Racing Results: 9/15/2003

September 15, 2003

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX

9/14 Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy (53 laps; 1:14:19.838 Race Time; 5.294-Sec. Victory Margin) -- Michael Schumacher brought Ferrari their coveted 50th victory in the Italian Grand Prix, with Juan Pablo Montoya's HP/Williams-BMW in second, with Schumacher's teammate Rubens Barrichello in the second Marlboro Ferrari scoring another podium finish for the home team. Schumacher took a huge step closer to his dream of a recording sixth Formula 1 World Championship title by winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, despite race-long pressure from the Williams/BMW of Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya made a brave bid to take the lead on the opening lap, with a sensational around-the-outside pass attempt, but Schumacher just fended him off on the exit and kept his lead. The critical moment came on lap 39, when the pair came up to lap Hainz-Harald Frenten’s Sauber. Schumacher was able to quickly pass the German, but Montoya was less fortunate. He found himself stuck behind the Sauber for nearly half a lap, losing over a second in the process. This seemed to dampen the Colombian's enthusiasm somewhat, and he slowly dropped back from Schumacher, allowing the World Champion to back off in the closing laps and cruise to victory. Rubens Barrichello also had to withstand his fair share of pressure on the way to third. The second Ferrari driver was passed by the fast-starting Renault of Jarno Trulli into the first chicane, and was right on the Italian's tail when he slowed suddenly with a terminal hydraulic problem coming out of Lesmo 2 on the opening lap. The Brazilian kept pace with the lead duo through his opening stint, and it looked for a while as if he might aid his teammate by challenging Montoya. Unfortunately for Barrichello, his second set of tires upset his car's balance, and over the stint he dropped away from the leaders. This put him into the clutches of Kimi Raikkonen, who was extremely consistent in his McLaren MP4-17D, even if he couldn't match the ultimate pace of the leaders. Raikkonen emerged from the final pit stop just a second behind Barrichello, but could never quite get close enough to make a move in the closing laps. In the championship race, Michael Schumacher now enjoys a three-point cushion over Montoya, 82-79, while Raikkonen is still in with a chance at 75. All other contenders have been mathematically eliminated. Next Race: 9/28 U.S.Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN (1:30 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)

NASCAR WINSTON CUP

9/14 Sylvania 300, New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 300 Laps) – Another exercise in fuel calculations and pit strategy, Jimmie Johnson's worked to perfection, bringing home the #48 Lowe's Home Improvement/ Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo in first place, followed by Ricky Rudd’s #21 Motorcraft/Wood Bros. Ford 6.24 seconds back, the #25 UAW Delphi/Hendrick Chevrolet of Joe Nemechek, Bill Elliott’s #9 Dodge Dealers/Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s #8 Budweiser/DEI Chevrolet. Earnhardt Jr. picked up a few points on standings leader Matt Kenseth, who wound up 7th in his #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford, still 404 points in front of Earnhardt. Next Race: 9/21 MBNA America 400, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC)

NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES

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)

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

9/13 New Hampshire 200. New Hampshire Int'l. Speedway, Loudon, NH (1.058-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps) -- Jimmy Spencer held off Carl Edwards, bouncing the rookie off the wall on the way to a victory in just his second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Edwards, winner of three of the previous seven races, appeared to have a faster truck but found himself stuck behind Spencer, a Winston Cup regular, on a restart with just 16 laps to go. As the two came off turn four on lap 185, Edwards, in the #99 Superchips/Roush Racing Ford moved up to the rear of Spencer's truck and the two came together, sending Edwards banging off the concrete wall. Edwards kept his truck under control and held off veteran Bobby Hamilton’s #4 Square D Dodge to finish second. Spencer, who started from the pole, led 124 laps, including the last 85. In his only other truck start, last week in Richmond, Spencer crashed. The man nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" during his modified racing days in the Northeast, was put in the #2 Team ASE/CarQuest/Ultra Motorsports Dodge truck as an interim driver. Jason Leffler, who started the season in the truck, recently left for a Winston Cup ride. Dennis Setzer’s #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet finished fourth, followed by series leader Brendan Gaughan’s #62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge. That increased Gaughan's lead over Travis Kvapil from five points to nine. Next Race: 9/20 American Racing Wheels 200, California Speedway, Fontana, CA (4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED LIVE)

NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACING

9/14 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA – RAINOUT – RESCHEDULED TO 10/5

Next Race: 9/28 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Rt. 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL (8:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)

O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES

9/14 Hollywood Hills Feature, Hollywood Hills Speedway, San Felipe Pueblo, NM ; 30 Laps; 1.2-Sec. Victory Margin) – Steve “The King of the Outlaws” Kinser, in his #11 Quaker State Maxim, extended his Hollywood Hills Speedway winning streak to seven features Saturday while increasing his O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points lead to 27. The defending and 17-time series champion passed pole-sitter Jason Sides’ #7S Aramark/Ozark Maxim late in the second lap and held off the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate throughout the final 28 laps to remain undefeated at San Felipe Pueblo’s semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Kinser’s victory added 14 points to his advantage over 2001 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion Danny Lasoski, who finished in fifth. Fast qualifier Donny Schatz’s #15 Parker Stores J&J finished 3rd, with Brian Brown’s #6 Casey’s General Stores Maxim in fourth, and Danny “The Dude” Lasoski’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle in fifth. Next Race: 9/20 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals, Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE

INDY RACING LEAGUE INDYCAR SERIES

Next Race: 9/21 Toyota Indy 400, California Speedway, Fontana, CA (2.0-Mi. D-shaped Oval; 3:30 p.m. ET; ABC Live)

• Toyota, 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturer’s Champion

CART CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES

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

AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES

Next Race: 9/27 Grand Prix Americas, Miami Downtown Street Circuit, Miami, FL (4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH CUP

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

IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIES

Next Race: 9/28 Presidents Cup Nationals, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD

ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES

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

ARCA RE/MAX SERIES

9/13 Salem Speedway, Salem, IN (.555-Mi. Paved Oval; 204 Laps; 1:46:19 Race Time; 63.896 MPH Ave. Speed) -- Eighteen-year-old Shelby Howard survived a wild, wreck-infested short-track war and a late-race meeting with veteran Frank Kimmel to score his third-career victory, and second consecutive at the renowned high-banked oval. Racing for the lead 20 laps from the finish, Howard’s #64 Mack Trucks/Beck Dodge and Kimmel’s 346 Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford, three-wide with a lapped car, tangled on the backstretch. Kimmel's machine veered hard-right into the wall while Howard's continued on. In the end, Howard beat runner-up finisher Jason Jarrett to the checkered flag by five lengths while Kimmel, who would not return to competition, went behind the pit wall with a mangled racecar. With Kimmel out of the mix, a late-race caution, inside of ten laps, prompted the extension of the race by four laps so the ARCA-mandated green-white-checker finish could be procured. When the green flag fell for a two-lap shootout to the finish, Howard pulled away to win by 1.059 seconds, while Jarrett, in the #67 Gladiator GarageWorks-Damon RV Chevrolet, replaced seventeen-year-old Justin Allgaier for second. Allgaier, in only 9th start, finished a career-best third in the #86 Hoosier Tire Midwest Chevrolet, with Brian Ross trailing in fourth in the #70 Bailey Excavating Chevrolet. Randy VanZant, in the #7 Devers Truck Bodies-Mike’s Body Shop Pontiac, finished fifth. Next Race: 9/20 South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA (.4-Mi. Paved Oval; Delayed Broadcast -- 10/1; 10 p.m. ET; Outdoor Channel )

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: 10/5 K&N Filters NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ

NDRA NOPI THE FAST & THE FURIOUS RACING SERIES

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

IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUIT

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

USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP

9/13 Miller Lite 250 presented by Tucson, Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, NC (265 Laps; 1:58:30 Race Time; 82.978 MPH Ave. Speed; 9/18 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED) Jason Sarvis’ #22 Blacks Tire Ford Taurus, while still unsponsored, didn’t let that get in the way as he finished first over Clay Rogers’ #16 Naturally Fresh Foods/Irmo Grading Ford by .277 seconds, followed by Michael Ritch’s #28 Jackaroo Sauces Dodge Intrepid, the #84 Jennie-O Turkey Store/Tip Top Poultry Ford of Shane Huffman in fourth, and Bobby Gill’s #5 Triple Diamond Jet Center Ford rounding out the top five. While Danny O'Quinn, Jr. in the # led the most laps at 42, and Bobby Gill led at the halfway point in the race, it was Sarvis who led the last 39, and of that the most important lap of all. 16 caution flags, and a total of 107 laps under caution held speeds down for a little less than half the race, but it didn’t put a damper on Sarvis’ victory celebration. Next Race: 9/20 Winchester Speedway, Winchester , IN(250 Laps; 9/25 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Next Race: 10/5 Rallye Sanremo, San Remo, Italy

TECATE SCORE DESERT SERIES

9/13 Primm 300, Las Vegas, NV – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.

Next Race: 11/23 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, BC Mexico

CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING EXXON SERIES

9/13-14 Unadilla Valley Sports Center , New Berlin, NY – With championships to be decided in the Pro-4 and Pro-Lite divisions, the racing, and tensions among the drivers, became furious in the final two rounds of the Series. With 22 points separating the top-four drivers in the division, it was almost as if the competitors had an ‘all or nothing’ mentality heading into the final two rounds. Carl Renezeder entered the weekend with a ten-point lead over Curt LeDuc. Johnny Greaves and Scott Douglas were within striking distance of Renezeder with 40 points up for grabs.

In Round 13, Johnny Greaves recovered from spinning out on the first lap to win. Greaves was able to catch the leaders when Josh Baldwin, Curt LeDuc, Scott Douglas, and Carl Renezeder piled into each other around the second turn on the sixth lap. With the top four drivers delayed by the accident, that opened the door for Greaves to slip by. Renezeder was able to recover and finish second, and had a comfortable 188 to 171 lead with one round left to claim his first championship in the CORR Lucas Oil Series. In Round 14, it was a showdown between two of the most popular trucks in the division, the RANCHO Ford of Scott Douglas and the Skyjacker Ford of Curt LeDuc.

With a long history of success for both in off-road racing, they were at it again, ferociously battling for the final win of the season. LeDuc took the lead on the sixth lap, with Douglas making several attempts to pass LeDuc, which he did on the final turn, but Douglas was assessed a black-flag penalty, giving LeDuc his second win in 2003, and sole possession of second place. With Scott Taylor wrapping up his 5th straight Pro-2 title after Round 12, pride was on the line for the Pro-2 drivers, who were eager to prove they could take their best shot against the new Pro-2 champion. Taylor did not back off in his Mobil1 Ford, winning the final round of the year, and placing second in Round 13. Carl Renezeder passed Evan Evans for the lead with one and a half laps to go in Round 13 to win, his third Pro-2 win of the year. With Taylor building an insurmountable lead from the start in Round 14, the battle was for second. Dan Vanden Heuvel took over second place to claim that spot over Evans. Rick Huseman did all he could do to catch points leader Jeff Kincaid by sweeping Rounds 13 and 14. Although he swept both rounds, Kincaid’s Forest County Potawatomi Toyota placed third (Round 13) and fourth (Round 14) to win the Pro-Lite title for the fourth time in a row, 173 to 167 over Huseman. This is the third season in a row in which Huseman (4 wins and 9 top-five finishes) placed second behind Kincaid (4 wins and 9 top-four finishes).

FINAL RESULTS:

• Carl Renezeder, 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-4 Champion

• Scott Taylor, 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-2 Champion

• Jeff Kincaid, 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-Lite Champion

• Ford, 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-4 Champion

• Chevrolet, 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-2 Champion

• Toyota, 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-Lite Champion

BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION

Next Race: 12/7 Las Vegas 200

SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS

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

BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Next Race: 9/20-21 Rounds 19&20, Oulton Park

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