Racing Results: 8/18/2003

August 18, 2003


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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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)

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