Racing Results: 8/18/2003

August 18, 2003

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX

Next Race: 8/24 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring Sport RT, Budapest, Hungary (7:30 a.m. ET; SPEED)

NASCAR WINSTON CUP

8/17 Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI (2.0-Mi. Tri-Oval; 200 Laps; 127.310 MPH Ave. Speed) – Winning his fifth race of the year, Ryan Newman’s #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South is the only Dodge to visit Victory Lane this season. Again relying on fuel strategy, Newman went 52 laps on the last tank of gas to win. Kurt Busch in the 397 Rubbermaid/Roush Racing Ford Taurus pushed his luck, ran out of gas and ended up 18th. Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/ Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet gained the runner-up spot partially by attrition, ending up 1.652 seconds behind Newman at the finish. Defending Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart’s #20 Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet finally had a decent outing, finishing third. Greg Biffle in the #99 Grainger/Roush Racing Ford was fourth, and Steve Park’s #30 America Online/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet ended up a surprising fifth. Current points leader Matt Kenseth in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford finished 9th, going from 258 points in front of Earnhardt to 329 with Jr. finishing 32nd. Next Race: 8/23 Sharpie 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (1.0-Mi. Oval; 7:00 p.m. ET; TNT)

NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES

8/16 Cabela’s 250, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI (2.0-Mi. Tri-Oval; 110 of 125 Laps – Rain Shortened; 140.850 MPH Ave. Speed) -- In a rain-shorted race, Kevin Harvick hit “payday” with the #21 Payday/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, while Tony Stewart, in the #8 3 Doors Down/Chance 2 Chevrolet, who led 86 of those laps, had to pit on Lap 101, handing the lead to Harvick. Stewart managed to work his way back to 11th when the race was called. Meanwhile polesitter Kasey Kahne’s #38 Great Clips Ford finished second, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. in the #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford was third, the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac of David Green fourth, and Scott Riggs’s #10 Nestle NesQuik/ppc Racing Ford finished fifth. Riggs is now only two points in front of Green in the championship.

Next Race: 8/22 Food City 250, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (1.0-Mi. Oval; 8:00 p.m. ET; TNT)

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

Next Race: 8/20 O’Reilly 200 presented by Valvoline Maxlife, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN (1-Mi. Oval; 8:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)

NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACING

8/17 Rugged Liner Nationals, Brainerd, MN – Top Fuel: Doug Kalitta, in the Mac Tools dragster, got the best of points leader Larry Dixon in the Miller Lite/Don Prudhomme Racing machine, both running identical 4.698s (at 311.20 MPH for Kalitta, and 304.19 MPH for Dixon), with Kalitta’s reaction time being the difference. Funny Car: Gary Densham, in the third John Force Racing Ford Mustang, this one sponsored by the Auto Club of Southern California, had the horsepower to drive around Tim Wilkerson after a great holeshot, winning with a 5.009, 298.01, to Wilkerson’s losing 5.042, 297.29. Pro Stock: Greg Anderson again had Kurt Johnson’s number, putting the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am in front of Johnson’s ACDelco Chevrolet Cavalier, by a 6.917, 200.05 to 6.930, 198.82 margin. Next Race: 9/1 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway, Park, Clermont, IN (Final Eliminations --8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN)

O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES

8/16 Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA (1/2-Mi., Semi-banked Oval; 30 Laps) – Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, who drove the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past Donny Schatz’s #15 Parker Stores J&J for the lead late in the eighth lap, suffered a broken left rear shock just before the 29th-lap caution period. The 2001 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion raced away as the green flag replaced the yellow and beat Schatz under the checkered flag by two car-lengths for his third Nationals championship. Schatz, who started on the pole, finished second, with Kenny Jacobs, who passed former Nationals champions Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell during the 19th lap and McMahan and Hodnett the next time around, in third. Next Race: 8/23 Feature Race, Grays Harbor Raceway Park

INDY RACING LEAGUE INDYCAR SERIES

8/17 Belterra Casino Indy 300, Kentucky Speedway, Florence, KY (1.5-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps; 300-Mi. Race Distance) – Two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. led 181 of the 200 laps en route to his first victory of the season. Hornish, driving the #4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara-Chevrolet, established a new average race-speed record of 197.897 MPH. This was Hornish’s first victory since he won at Chicagoland Speedway in 2002. The victory is also the first for a Chevrolet engine this season. At one point, Hornish and second-place finisher Scott Dixon, driving the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force-Toyota, lapped the entire field. Third-place finisher Bryan Herta, driving the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara-Honda, was able to get back on the lead lap when he beat Hornish out of pits during a yellow-flag pit stop. Hornish, Dixon and Herta were the only cars on the lead lap at the end of the race. Next Race: 8/24 Nazareth Indy 225, Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, PA (1-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps; 200-Mi. Race Distance; 3:00 p.m. ET; ESPN)

CART CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES

Next Race: 8/24 Molson Indy Montreal, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada (2.709-Mi. Road Course; Delayed Broadcast -- 9:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)

AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES

8/17 Grand Prix of Mosport, Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (2.459-Mi. Road Course; 2:45:44.079 Race Time; 116 Laps Completed) -- Frank Biela and Marco Werner in the Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 scored their third overall win this year and extended their lead in the series LMP 900 point standings. The car was damaged with Biela behind the wheel when the rear was contacted by another car during a caution. However, The car was not significantly slowed and the team was able to effect repairs on the next pit stop. Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson finished second, two laps down, and won the LMP 675 class in the second Dyson Racing Lola-MG. Ron Fellows and co-driver Johnny O’Connell won the GTS class in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, with O’Connell, driving the final stint, holding off the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Peter Kox and Tomas Enge over the last three laps and finishing a car length ahead for the class win. Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard in the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS finished a lap ahead of the Risi Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena of Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro to win the GT class. Next Race: 8/24 Road America 500, Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH CUP

Next Race: 8/24 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI (Delayed Broadcast; 12:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)

IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIES

Next Race: 8/24 Sunoco World Nationals, Norwalk Raceway Park, Norwalk, OH

ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES

8/16 Pennsylvania 250, Jennerstown Speedway, Jennerstown, PA -- Kevin Cywinski took a big leap towards winning a second ASA title by electing not to pit and then watching rain shorten the race.Cywinski decided not to pit just before the halfway point, and when the skies opened, it was the SK Hand Tools Chevrolet upfront. With threatening weather, Garvey and Butch Miller in the Timber Wolf Chevrolet, running third at the time, elected to stop for tires, a decision that impacted the finish of the rain shortened event. That handed the lead to Cywinski followed by Chad Wood in the Track Side Charities Chevrolet, Ed Brown in the Grubb’s Auto Repair Chevrolet and Greg Stewart in the Body Balance Chevrolet up front, none of who pitted at that time. Miller came out of the pits in sixth with Garvey rejoining the field in eighth. With Cywinski opening up a sizeable lead, Wood, Brown, Stewart, Peter Cozzolino and Garvey raced side-by-side for second. On Lap 124, a multi-car accident collected Cozzolino, Zach Niessner, Glen Allen Jr. and Kris Stump. Just as the race was to be restarted on lap 133, the rain started to fall and the race was declared official after 137 circuits. For Cywinski, it was the third win of 2003 and the 13th of his career. He extended his points lead by 50 over Miller to 129 with five races remaining. Following Cywinski to the checkers was Wood, Stewart, Brown and Garvey. Next Race: 8/24 Lake Erie Speedway, Erie, PA (5:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

ARCA RE/MAX SERIES

8/17 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL (1.0-MI. Clay Ovall; 100 Laps; 100 Mi. Race Distance) — They held him off for a while but not long enough to keep ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Frank Kimmel and the Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford out of the record books. The four-time series champion made history Sunday afternoon on the Springfield, Illinois mile-dirt oval with a record fourth consecutive victory in the Allen Crowe Memorial 100. The win sets Kimmel apart from the motorsports world as the only driver ever to win four straight national stock car championship events at the renowned central Illinois fairgrounds oval. Kimmel pulled away by nearly 4 seconds at the final stripe to earn his 48 career series victory in his 251st attempt. Doug Keller, in the #5 Keller Motorsports Pontiac, finished second to Kimmel for the second consecutive year. Mark Gibson steered the Williams Brothers Lumber Chevrolet from 15th to third in the finishing order, with Ron Cox, in the Invisible Glass Pontiac, in fourth. Norm Benning, raced from the 33rd starting position to a career-best fifth in the Tobin’s RV & Boat Cleaner-Heubner Tire Chevrolet. Next Race: 8/30 Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN (0.5-Mi. Paved Oval; 8:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)

GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES

Next Race: 9/21 6 Heures du Circuit Mont Tremblant, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (6-Hr. Timed Event; 5:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

NHRA SUMMIT SPORT COMPACT DRAG RACING

Next Race: 9/7 Tuned by Matrix GR Motorsports NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA

NDRA NOPI THE FAST & THE FURIOUS RACING SERIES

8/17 Virginia Motorsports Park, Dinwiddie, VA – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE. Next Race: 8/30 Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX

IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUIT

Next Race: 8/24 All Star Nationals, Atco Raceway, Atco, NJ

USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP

8/15 Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Hooters Air, Peach State Speedway, Jefferson, GA (252 Laps; 2:14:50 Race Time; 91.447 MPH Ave. Speed ; 8/21 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED) – Mario Gosselin’s #10 Daniel Shaffers D-A Auto Auction Chevrolet Monte passed Jason Sarvis’ #22 Blacks Tire Chevrolet on a restart and led the final two laps, .433 seconds ahead at the checkered flag, with the polesitting #84 Jennie-O Turkey Store/Tip Top Poultry Ford Taurus of Shane Huffman, the #92 Wesson Oil/Peter Pan Chevrolet of Mart Nesbitt, and Steve Christian’s #2 Lucas Oil Products/Blacks Tire Chevrolet all in close pursuit. Next Race: 8/23 Cayuga Speedway, Nelles Corners, Ontario, Canada (250 Laps; 8/28 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Next Race: 9/7 Round 10 - Telstra Rally Australia

TECATE SCORE DESERT SERIES

Next Race: 9/13 Primm 300, Las Vegas, NV

CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING EXXON SERIES

Next Race: 8/30-31 Crandon, WI

8/9-10 U.P Off-Road 100, Bark River Off Road Raceway, Bark River, MI (1.5-Mi. Course) – Curt LeDuc’s Skyjacker Ford won its first Pro-4 victory of the year in Round 10, the 12th of his CORR career. LeDuc held off Scott Douglas’ Rancho Ford, while Carl Renezeder kept the points lead by virtue of his second-place finish in Round 9, and a third in Round 10. Johnny Greaves won Round 9, with Josh Baldwin 3rd in Round 9. In Pro-2, Scott Taylor’s Mobil1 Ford is seeking his fifth championship in a row, with 33 career wins in 88 starts. In this year’s competition, he has five wins and nine top-four finishes. Finishing first in Round 9, Taylor had a tire problem in Round 10, but still managed a 4th in that round. Pro-Lite’s had the fifth different driver win in Round 9, with Steve Federico’s Ingle’s Market/Mountain Dew Toyota claiming the victory. In Round 10, it was Jeff Kincaid’s Forest County Potawatomi Toyota taking his fourth win of the season, and now leading the points in that division.

BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION

Next Race: 8/23 Baja Mex 300, Bay of Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS

Next Race: 10/4 The Coast Resorts SNORE 250, Las Vegas, NV

BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Next Race: 8/24-25 Brands Hatch

8/8-9 Rounds 13 & 14, Snetterton – In Round 13, it was all Vauxhall’s VX Racing team, with lead driver Paul O’Neill scoring his first win of the season, followed on the podium by teammates James Thompson and Yvan Muller. O’Neill completed the 25-lap event in 34:55.549, 1.037 seconds ahead, at an average of 83.83 MPH. In Round 14, however, it was Matt O’Neal’s Honda Civic Type-R winning his fourth race of the season, followed by Alan Morrison in another Honda, and Anthony Reid in an MGZS. O’Neal covered the 25 laps in 31.33.337, averaging 92.78 MPH, 0.335 seconds in front of Morrison.

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