Racing Results: 9/8/2003

September 8, 2003


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


9/6 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 400 Laps) – Dominating late in the race, Ryan Newman held on through three restarts to win the race. Newman, in the #12 ALLTEL/Penske Racing South Dodge, got a break when Robby Gordon’s #31 Cingular Wireless/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet crashed with 19 laps left causing a caution period that allowed him to refuel his car. Newman appeared to be pulling away from Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrech Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet when the race went back to green with 14 laps to go, but he lost the edge when debris on the track caused a yellow flag for the 12th time, setting up a nine-lap dash to the finish. Newman was again pulling away when Ricky Rudd’s #21 Motorcraft/Wood Bros. Ford, running in third, nudged Harvick, sending him slamming in the wall and causing Harvick to finish 16th, the last car on the lead lap. That incident brought out another yellow and another chance for Newman to be caught, but Newman's Dodge pulled away from Jeremy Mayfield’s #19 Mountain Dew/Evernham Motorsports Dodge for his sixth win of the season. Rudd finished third, followed by the #99 CITGO/Roush Racing Ford of Jeff Burton, and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge of Rusty Wallace, Newman’s teammate. Points leader Matt Kenseth in the #17 Smirnoff Ice/DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford ran in the top ten most of the day and finished 7th, going from 389 points in front of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to 418 with Jr. finishing 17th, one lap off the pace. Next Race: 9/14 Sylvania 300, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 12:30 p.m. ET; TNT)


9/5 Funai 250, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 250 Laps) – Johnny Sauter, in the #43 Curb Records/Channellock/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo, bumped Matt Kenseth’s #17 Alka-Seltzer Ford Taurus into the wall and out of his way in the final turn of the last lap to win his second career Busch Series race. Kenseth had passed Sauter two laps from the end coming out of a restart and seemed on his way to victory until the final lap tap. Sauter's teammate Kevin Harvick’s #21 PayDay Chevrolet finished second, also in a Chevrolet, followed by Bobby Hamilton Jr. in the #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford, Brian Vickers’ #5 GMAC Financial Services/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and new points leader David Green in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac. Kenseth finished sixth, and Scott Riggs’ #10 Nestle Nesquik/ppc Racing Ford ended up 29th, his lead in the Busch Series standings all spent, as both Green and Vickers lead Riggs by 68 and 20, respectively. Next Race: 9/20 Stacker 200 presented by YJ Stinger, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover, DE (1.0-Mi. Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; TNT)


9/4 Virginia Is For Lovers 200, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA (0.75-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps) -- Tony Stewart passed Ted Musgrave’s #1 Mopar Performance Parts/Ultra Motorsports Dodge for the lead with 16 to go Thursday night and picked up his second consecutive NASCAR truck series victory at Richmond International Raceway. Stewart, in only his third NCTS appearance, started 27th out of 36. He patiently worked his way to the front in the #33 Monaco Motorhomes/Diamond Rio Chevrolet Silverado, taking the lead for the second time when he passed Bobby Hamilton on lap 177. Musgrave then nudged Hamilton, sending him spinning before Musgrave pulled even with Stewart and edging ahead with 17 laps left. But Stewart quickly regrouped, passing Musgrave on the backstretch, running the rest of the race on old tires, but still strong enough to never really have his lead threatened. Robert Pressley, in the #159 Harris Trucking/Melling Engine Dodge passed Musgrave with two to go to get second. Musgrave was followed across the line by Jon Wood’s #50 Graham for President/Roush Racing Ford, and Dennis Setzer in the #46 Acxiom /Computer Associates Chevrolet rounding out the top five. Next Race: 9/13 New Hampshire 200. New Hampshire Int'l. Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


9/7 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Raceway, Park, Clermont, IN -- U.S. Army /Shumacher Racing’s Tony Schumacher became the only the third driver in NHRA history to win Top Fuel titles consecutively at Indy, defeating Darrell Russell’s DeeZee Truck Accessories dragster, 4.498 at 328.54 MPH to Russell’s losing 4.613 at 290.19 mph. ‘97 Indy runner-up, Levi, Ray & Shoup’s Tim Wilkerson, became the 500th Funny Car driver to hoist an NHRA national event trophy. This victory, the second of his career, came at the expense of Johnny Gray’s Checker, Schuck's & Kragen Pontiac Firebird, who ran a 4.903 at 314.24 mph against Wilkerson's 4.841 at 321.19 mph. In Pro Stock, points leader Greg Anderson, in the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am, downed Kurt Johnson, who red-lighted. This was the second U.S. Nationals win of the last three seasons for Pro Stock champion Anderson, who raced the only other car that is even competing in the same realm as the current POWERade points leader, the ACDelco Chevrolet Cavalier of Kurt Johnson. K.J. left too early, lighting the ‘Tree with a -.010 foul launch. Anderson posted a 6.803 at 203.40 mph to Johnson's 6.808 at 202.39 mph. Anderson, who now leads K.J. by 176 points in the championship chase, is 4-0 against him in final-round action. Next Race: 9/14 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA (4:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2)


9/6 Gold Cup Finale, Silver Dollar Speedway, Chico, CA (3/4-Mi. High-Banked Oval; Laps) – Steve “The King of the Outlaws” Kinser passed Joey Saldana early and held off hard-charging Danny “The Dude” Lasoski to successfully defending his Gold Cup Race of Champions title. Kinser drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Saldana in the low groove late in the 11th lap and beat Lasoski under the checkered flag by two car-lengths. The win put Kinser 13 points ahead of “The Dude” in their battle for the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series’ 25th Anniversary title. Saldana and Kinser tied for the preliminary points lead with 535. Saldana, who started on the pole because he won the Preliminary Feature on opening night, drove his family’s #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the 40-lap main event. Kinser took the lead late in lap 11 and was three car-lengths ahead of Saldana when he entered lapped traffic three laps later. Lasoski, who won the 2000 Gold Cup, steered NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle into the low groove in turn four to pass Saldana for the runner-up spot late in the 14th lap. Lasoski narrowed the gap to eight car-lengths in traffic by the 33rd lap, then closed to within two car-lengths three laps later when “The King of the Outlaws” had problems passing Shaffer. Lasoski caught Kinser the next time around and threatened to take the lead during the final three laps, but finished two car-lengths behind. McMahan finished in third place, ahead of Meyers, and Jason Sides. Next Race: 9/14 Hollywood Hills Feature, Hollywood Hills Speedway, San Felipe Pueblo, NM


9/7 Delphi Indy 300, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL (1.5-Mi. D-shaped Oval; Laps) -- Sam Hornish Jr. defeated Scott Dixon’s #9 Target Chip Ganassi Panoz G/Toyota and Bryan Herta to win the closest 1-2-3 finish in IRL IndyCar Series history. Hornish’s #4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet, and third-place finisher Herta, in the # 27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda, were separated by a mere .0100 of a second. The previous record for a 1-2-3 finish came at Texas Motor Speedway in Oct. 2001 when Hornish defeated Scott Sharp and Robbie Buhl by .0468 of a second. It was Hornish’s 10th career IndyCar Series victory and his second of the season. The margin of victory was .0099 of a second, the third-closest finish in IndyCar Series history. Hornish defeated Al Unser Jr. in 2002 at Chicagoland Speedway by .0024 of a second and defeated Helio Castroneves in Sept. 2002 at Texas Motor Speedway by .0096 of a second. Next Race: 9/21 Toyota Indy 400, California Speedway, Fontana, CA (2.0-Mi. D-shaped Oval; 3:30 p.m. ET; ABC Live)

• 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturer’s Champion: Toyota Motor Sales USA


Next Race: 9/28 Grand Prix Americas presented by, Bayfront Park, Miami, FL (1.367-Mi. Street Course; 1:00 p.m. ET; CBS Live)


9/7 Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA (2.238-Mi. Road Course; 2:45:30.373 Race Time; 120 Laps Completed) -- Frank Biela and Marco Werner drove the overall and P900 winning Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 to victory 1:22.283 seconds ahead of James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger, who finished second overall and first in the P675 class in their Dyson Racing Lola EX257/AER MG. It was the fourth overall win for Biela and Werner in seven ALMS races this year and placed them in command of the race for the LMP 900 class driver's championship. Tomas Enge and Peter Kox scored their first GTS class win of the season in the #88 Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello, while Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr won the GT class in the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS, clinching their second consecutive GT class driving championship in the process. Next Race: 9/27 Grand Prix Americas, Miami Downtown Street Circuit, Miami, FL (4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


Next Race: 9/28 MotoRock Miami 100, Grand Prix of Americas, Miami, FL (Delayed Broadcast; 1:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)


9/7 Amalie Oil North American Nationals, New England Dragway, Epping, NH -- Clay Millican, in the Werner Enterprises dragster, won Top Fuel, defeating Bruce Litton in the final round, with a 4.752-second, 310.02 MPH run. Millican and Litton maintain their first and second place Top Fuel points ranking. Defending Pro Modified world champion Shannon Jenkins, in the Western Beef/ Awesome Motorsports Camaro, defeated Mike Janis with a 6.316, 220.58 to take the Pro Modified event win. Mitch Stott maintains his lead in Pro Modified points with older brother Quain remaining in second. Funny Car points leader Rob Atchison started the day qualified No. 1 and defeated Vincent Rastelli and Tony Bogolo in rounds one and two. Atchison then met Motor City Nationals event winner John Vouros in the semifinals, where Vouros took the lead off the line but Atchison managed to drive the Erickson Firebird around him. Atchison advanced to the final round, his sixth final round appearance in eight events this season and met his closest competitor Mark Thomas. Atchison beat Thomas off the tree and ran a better quarter-rmile at 5.816. Atchison and Thomas remain number one and two in the point standings. Carl Baker started the day qualified No. 4 and defeated Jason Collins in the first round and Chris Holbrook in the second, before taking out No. 1 qualifier and defending event winner Brian Gahm in round three. It was a side-by-side race but Baker drove the Summit Racing Equipment Cougar down the quarter-mile in 6.580-seconds and crossed the finish line 6 inches ahead of Gahm. He defeated Frank Gugliotta in the final round with a 6.567 in Baker's fourth final round of the season. Baker and Gugliotta now sit first and second in the Pro Stock point standings, the most competitive and unpredictable class this season. Next Race: 9/28 Presidents Cup Nationals, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD


Next Race: 9/20 Illiana Motor Speedway, Schererville, IN PM (9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


9/6 200 , Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL (1.5-Mi. Oval; 134 Laps; 200-Mi. Race Distance) -- Frank Kimmel, in the Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford, set another ARCA RE/MAX Series milestone. The four-time series champion and current point leader sailed underneath veteran Greg Sacks with just over 10 laps remaining and never looked back to win his 50th career series victory and first ever at the Joliet, Illinois superspeedway. Kimmel, who had to work his way through the pack more than once, was fifth with 28 laps remaining when the caution flag flew for a spin. Kimmel, concerned about fuel pressure, was the only driver among the 11 lead-lap cars who came down pit road for service. Kimmel topped off the fuel, and with nothing to lose, changed all four tires before re-entering the race, the last car on the lead lap. When racing resumed, Kimmel, on fresher tires, steadily climbed towards the front. Within 13 laps, Kimmel had worked his way into second and quickly set his sights on Sacks. Sacks managed to hold off the charge for three laps before Kimmel drove underneath for the lead down the backstretch with 12 laps remaining. From there, Kimmel powered away from the pack winning by nearly two seconds over Sacks who finished second in the Fresh Seafood From Florida Dodge. Local favorites Bob Strait and Brent Sherman, who gave the hometown fans plenty to cheer about, finished third and fourth respectively with former NASCAR All-Pro champion Wayne Anderson trailing in fifth. Next Race: 9/13 Salem Speedway, Salem, IN (.555-Mi. Paved Oval; 8:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


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)


9/7 Tuned by Matrix GR Motorsports presented by and Red Line Oil NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA -- Matt Hartford raced to his first Pro RWD victory in NHRA competition. Hartford, who won the NHRA Modified title last season, earned his first victory of 2003 and fourth victory of his career by edging Abel Ibarra in a rematch of the final from Atco Raceway earlier this year. Hartford ran a 7.222, 187.13 to narrowly defeat Ibarra, who clocked a pass of 7.221, 188.82 in his K&N Filters Mazda RX-7. Nelson Hoyos, who clinched the Pro FWD title at Woodburn Dragstrip two weeks ago, earned his category-leading sixth victory of the season when he defeated Lisa Kubo in the final round. Hoyos powered his Bothwell Motorsports Chevy Cavalier to an 8.601, 183.12 to take the victory over Kubo's APC Saturn Ion Quad Coupe, which had mechanical failures at the start. Cesar Febus' dominance of the Modified category continued as he won his sixth race of the season. Febus used a starting line advantage and blasted his Nissan 300ZX to a run of 8.441 at 125.75 to hold off Jimmy O'Connor's 8.389 at 157.85 in his Venom Supra. J.J. Olson earned his first career NHRA sport compact victory by driving a Honda Civic to a run of 9.219 at 158.28 to edge defending event champion Bruce Mortensen's Venom Honda Civic, which recorded a pass of 9.374 at 168.78. Scott Kelley won his first race in two years when he used a starting line advantage to defeat No. 1 qualifier Leslie Durst in the All Motor final round. Kelley drove his Toyo Tires Bullet VW to a 10.657, 122.88 to knock off Durst's quicker, but losing 10.600, 127.34 in her Horizon Motorsports Honda CRX. Next Race: 10/5 K&N Filters NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ


Next Race: 10/19 Mopar Drag City, Banning, CA


Next Race: 9/27-28 East Coast Finals, Maple Grove Raceway, Maple Grove, PA


9/5 Advance Auto Parts 250 presented by Hooters Air, Motordrome Speedway, Smithton, PA (250 Laps; 2:00:00 Race Time; 96.027 MPH Ave. Speed; 9/11 Delayed Broadcast; 10:00 p.m. ET; SPEED) – Kertus Davis’ #68 Quality Brake Centers/MMP Ford Taurus led the #42 Turtle Run Golf Club/Poynter Drywall Ford of Brian Ross to the checkered flag by .479 seconds, followed by rookie Joel Kauffman’s #44 L A West Luxury Vans/Choo Choo Custom Vans Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Jason McLellan’s #3 Artic Clear/T D Smith Transport Chevrolet, and another rookie, Scott Baker, in the #11 Tallmadge Asphalt & Paving Chevrolet filling out the top five finishers. Davis led 225 of the 250-lap event, with the only other leader being Jeff Agnew’s #73 NGA/ Hooters Golf Tour/N D M Machinery Inc. Chevrolet. Davis passed Agnew on lap 132, and Agnew faded to eighth as the race ran down. Next Race: 9/13 Miller Lite 250

presented by Tucson, Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, NC (250 Laps; 9/18 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


9/7 Round 10 - Telstra Rally Australia – Subaru’s Petter Solberg sliced 10 seconds from Citroen‘s Sebastien Loeb on SS 23. Then, from the first split on SS24, it was clear that their Pirelli-shod man was on course to do the business. Loeb won’t be too disappointed, as co-driver Daniel Elena admits that second was a lot more than they hoped for when they started this event, and with three asphalt rounds coming up, he’s looking very good for the championship. The last five events now (since Greece) have been won by the up and coming young hotshots: Markko Martin, Sebastien Loeb, and Petter Solberg. It’s difficult to say whether or not experience has become less important in winning rallies, but what has changed in recent years is the cars themselves. The current generation of young drivers have never known anything but the cutting-edge World Rally Cars of today, and it shows in their confidence and mastery of this type of machinery. Citroen’s Richard Burns is still the championship favorite, with another strong finish that boosts his advantage to seven points. Peugeot still leads the manufacturers’ championship, even though they have the same number of points (110) as Citroen. Both companies have the same number of wins and second places with the tiebreaker going down to the number of third places, of which Peugeot has more. Next Race: 10/5 Rallye Sanremo, San Remo, Italy


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


Next Race: 9/13-14 New Berlin, NY


8/23 Baja Mex 300, Bay of Ensenada, B.C., Mexico – 1st overall and first in 1500 Production class, with a time of 6:50:33 was the Tube Specialities Company/ BFGoodrich/VP Racing Fuels/Fox Racing Shox Jimco of Mark and Gary Weyhrich, Keith Danczak, and John Vance. 2nd overall and first in 1400 P, with a time of 7:10:46, was

Kyle Taylor and Gordon “Smokey” McKiel in the K&N/Goodyear/Fabtec/Mogi Transmissions/Total Auto Body/Trailer Products/TCS/Sign Pros/VP Racing Fuels, HM-Rod Ends/Justice Bros. Ford. First in 7200 P and 3rd overall went to Larry Roeseler, Mike Ruane, Jason Ruane, and Danny Guernsey in their BFGoodrich/American Racing/Sierra Paint & Body/ Cone Industries/TransPros/C&D Fabworks/ OMF/Dirt Bagz/Toys For Trucks/Kartek Ford. Next Race: 12/7 Las Vegas 200


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


9/7 Donington Park, Rounds 17 & 18 -- In Round 17, it was Matt Neal’s Honda Civic Type-R completing the 25-lap event in a time of 32:02.449, 0.200 seconds ahead of James Thompson’s Vauxhall Astra Coupe, and the Vauxhall of Yvan Muller. Neal averaged 91.57 MPH in winning the first round contested. In Round 18, however, it was Muller taking the win in 33:08.517, at a speed of 88.53 MPH over Colin Turkington’s MG ZS, 4.056 seconds back. James Thompson finished third for his second podium finish of the weekend as well. Muller leaves Donington Park with an increased points lead over Thompson, and a massive task if Thompson is to retain his title at Oulton Park in two weeks time. Next Race: 9/20-21 Rounds 19&20, Oulton Park

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