Racing Results: 9/1/2003

September 1, 2003


Next Race: 9/14 Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy (7:30 a.m. ET; SPEED)


8/31 Mountain Dew Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (1.366-Mi. Oval; 367 Laps) – Terry Labonte’s #5 Kellogg’s/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo was the surprise winner, ending a 156-race winless streak dating back to 1999. It was Labonte’s 23 NASCAR Winston Cup victory, made possible by a 13.11-second pit stop on lap 355 that propelled him into the lead. Labonte held on to take a very popular win, leading Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet by 1.651 seconds to the checkered flag. Jimmie Johnson’s #48 Lowe’s Home Improvement/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was third, followed by Jamie McMurray’s #42 Havoline/Chip Ganassi Dodge, and three-time Southern 500 winner Bill Elliott in the #9 Dodge Dealers/Evernham Motorsports Dodge in fifth. Points leader Matt Kenseth in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford ran in the top ten most of the day but finished 14th, going from 351 points in front of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to 389 with Jr. finishing 25th, nine laps off the pace. Next Race: 9/6 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 7:00 p.m. ET; TNT)


8/30 Winn-Dixie 200 presented by PepsiCo, Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC (147 Laps) -- Scott Riggs' four closest pursuers are now all within 79 points of his lead in the Busch Series standings. Brian Vickers’ #5 GMAC Financial Services/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo won the race and cut the most off Riggs' lead when he unofficially jumped from fifth to third in the standings. Kyle Busch, in the #87 Chevrolet, Michael Waltrip’s #99 Aaron’s Chevrolet, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. in the #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford, and Kevin Harvick’s #21 PayDay/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet comprised the top five finishers. David Green in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac, Ron Hornaday’s #2 ACDelco Chevrolet and Jason Keller’s #57 Albertson’s/ ppc Racing Ford, who came into the day second through fourth in points, all beat Riggs as well. Riggs battled the intense heat and was plagued by a setup he could never get comfortable with, finishing 17th. Green is 19 points behind Riggs’ #10 Nestle Nesquik/ppc Racing Ford, with Vickers 67 behind, Keller 70, and Hornaday 79 back. Next Race: 9/5 Funai 250, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 8:00 p.m. ET; TNT)


Next Race: 9/4 Virginia Is For Lovers 200, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 8:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


9/1 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway, Park, Clermont, IN (Final Eliminations --8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN) -- POSTPONED TO 9/7 DUE TO RAIN


8/31 Harvest Classic Finals, Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA (Semi-banked, 1/2-Mi. Oval; 30 Laps) – Danny “The Dude” Lasoski recorded the first clean sweep in O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series history, winning the Second Preliminary Feature at the 11th Annual Harvest Classic. Lasoski is the first in the series 25 1⁄2-year history to sweep a preliminary program. Lasoski’s second straight preliminary victory pushed him to within two points of Kinser in the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series point standings as “The King of the Outlaws” finished 23rd for the second straight time. Lasoski’s crew replaced the engine in the #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle following the heat race, then “The Dude” led all five laps in the First Dash Race for the privilege of starting the 25-lap feature on the pole. Steve “The King of the Outlaws” Kinser’s #11 Quaker State Maxim crashed into the retaining wall in turn three during the Preliminary Feature. Kinser was uninjured in the crash, but the severe damage to his car kept him from returning to the race. Donny Schatz, who started inside the fifth row, drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J past Second Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer in the low groove between turns one and two as the race resumed to claim fourth place. “The Dude” was 12 car-lengths ahead of Jason Meyers’ #7 Karavan Motorsports when he took the checkered flag in his fourth Preliminary Feature victory of the season. The $5,000 victory gave Lasoski the preliminary points lead and the pole position in Sunday’s Dash Race. Joey Saldana’s #17 Saldana and Donny Schatz finished third and fourth for the second straight night. Tim Shaffer in the #83 Roth, finished in fifth place. Next Race: 9/6 Gold Cup Finale, Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA (3/4-Mi. High-Banked Oval)

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