Racing Results: 9/22/2003

September 22, 2003


Next Race: 9/28 U.S.Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN (1:30 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


9/21 MBNA America 400, Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE (1.0-Mi. Oval; 400 Laps) Ryan Newman, the only Winston Cup driver with more than four wins this year, overcame a flat tire that cost him two laps, then went the final 106 laps without stopping to get his seventh win this season, benefiting from two late caution flags that slowed the field for twelve laps. Newman didn't have to race hard to get the first lap back because of NASCAR's new rule awarding a lap to the highest-scored car off the lead lap. This was the first event in which racing back to the flag stand under caution was prohibited. Newman regained the second lap by staying on the track on lap 328. Then, on old tires, held off hard-charging Jeremy Mayfield, who harassed him for ten laps until Newman opened a five-car-length lead with fifteen laps to go, winning by a 1.152-second margin. Series leader Matt Kenseth, in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/ Roush Racing Ford, finished ninth after starting from the pole, and now has a season-high lead of 436 over Kevin Harvick. Kenseth was awarded the pole on the basis of car-owner points when NASCAR canceled qualifying last week due to Hurricane Isabel. Tony Stewart was third in the #20 Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet, followed by Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont Refinishes/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the #8 Budweiser/DEI Chevrolet, who spun out and hit the wall in turn two late in the race, was taken to Bayhealth Medical Center for evaluation.

Next Race: 9/28 EA Sports 500, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL (2.66-Mi. Tri-Oval; 1:30 p.m. ET; NBC)


9/20 Stacker 200 presented by YJ Stinger, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover, DE (1.0-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps; 113.154 MPH Ave. Speed) — Brian Vickers, at 19 the youngest NASCAR driver, took the lead in the Busch series standings with his third win of the season. Vickers’ #5 GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo won, in part, because of a quick pit stop, and he seized the points lead from David Green, who crashed the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac early and finished 31st. Vickers is moving up to NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series next year, replacing Joe Nemechek at Hendrick Motorsports. The win enabled Vickers to tie Nemechek and Kevin Harvick for the most Busch Series victories this year. Former series champion Jeff Green, in the #48 Goulds Pumps/Innovative Motorsports Chevrolet, who came into the race 48 points ahead of Vickers, fell to fourth. Green was spun out on 16th lap by Scott Riggs, who moved from third to second in the standings, 32 points behind Vickers. Bobby Hamilton’s #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford Taurus made a bid in the first turn when the race went green for the final lap. After regaining his momentum, Vickers pulled away and won easily. Vickers' Chevrolet beat the Ford of Hamilton by 0.419 seconds. The #10 Nestle NesQuik/ppc Racing Ford of Riggs faded over the final 30 laps, and he finished third. Kasey Kahne was fourth in the #38 Great Clips Ford, followed by Mike Bliss in the #20 Rockwell Automation Chevy.

Next Race: 10/4 Mr. Goodcents 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS (1.5-Mi. Tri-Oval; 2:00 p.m. ET; NBC)


9/20 American Racing Wheels 200, California Speedway, Fontana, CA (2.0-Mi. D-shaped Oval; 100 Laps) — Ted Musgrave, in the #1 Mopar Performance Parts/Ultra Motorsports Dodge Ram, ran down Bud Pole starter Brendan Gaughan’s #62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge with nine laps remaining to win. Musgrave, who also won the race in 2001 and 2002, became the third driver in series history to win three consecutive times at the same track. Winless since June 21 at Memphis Motorsports Park, Musgrave recorded his third victory of the season and 13th of his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career. The winning average speed, 145.92 mph, was a California Speedway race record. The speed also was second fastest in series history. Musgrave, who qualified 10th, went to the rear of the field at the start. His Gene Nead-headed crew made a major suspension adjustment, moving the rear end assembly, under the race's second caution at Lap 65, a move turned out to be the race winner. Musgrave came from 11th place on Lap 69 and took over second place on the 85th lap, 1.6 seconds behind Gaughan. The winning pass came on Lap 92. Musgrave failed to gain ground in the standings to Gaughan, who got the ten bonus points for leading 66 laps around the 2.0-mile superspeedway. Gaughan holds a 42 point lead over Travis Kvapil, who finished eighth, and 62 on Musgrave, with six races remaining in the 2003 season. Gaughan, who led three times, finished 2.158 seconds behind Musgrave. Dennis Setzer’s #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet finished third, Rick Crawford’s #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford was fourth, followed by the #75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet of David Starr.

Next Race: 9/27 Las Vegas 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (1.5-Mi. Tri-Oval; 9:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)


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


9/20 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals, Husker Auto Group Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE — Donny Schatz set a personal record for “A” Feature victories in a season Saturday at Eagle Raceway when he led all 40 laps to win the 14th Annual One/Third-Mile Short Track Nationals. The victory was Schatz’s seventh of the season in the #15 Parker Stores J&J. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year won six main events in 2001. Schatz drove into the lead as the green flag fell. Series points leader Steve Kinser passed Shaffer and Joey Saldana during the third and fifth laps to claim third place. Steve “The King of the Outlaws” Kinser, in his #11 Quaker State Maxim, who won the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway June 28th, battled McMahan during laps 37 and 38, but was unable to drive into second place. Schatz raced away while the battle for the runner-up spot raged, and took the checkered flag with 3.9 seconds to spare. Kinser’s third-place finish increased his Series points lead to 58 points as 2001 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series champion Danny “The Dude” Lasoski Lasoski’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle finished 14th. Shaffer finished fourth, ahead of Pittman.

Next Race: 9/27 Talladega Short Track at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL


9/21 Toyota Indy 400, California Speedway, Fontana, CA (2.0-Mi. D-shaped Oval) — Two-time IRL IndyCar Series champ Sam Hornish Jr. remains in contention for a third consecutive series title after taking his third victory of the season. Hornish has earned a record eleven career IndyCar Series wins. Scott Dixon finished second in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota, followed by Tony Kanaan in the # 11 Team 7-Eleven/Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Honda. Hornish’s victory moved him to fourth in the point standings, nineteen points behind Dixon and Helio Castroneves, who are tied for the points lead. Kanaan’s third-place finish places him third in the championship standings with 460 points. Rookie Dan Wheldon finished fourth, tying a career best, in the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Andretti Green Racing Dallara/Honda. Tomas Scheckter rounded out the top five in #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz G Force/Toyota. Pole sitter Helio Castroneves finished sixth in the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota, and is tied with Scott Dixon for the championship lead. Castroneves and Dixon lead Kanaan 467-460 in the point standings, followed by Hornish at 448 and Gil de Ferran at 437. All five drivers remain in contention for the IndyCar Series Championship. The Toyota Indy 400 established a new closed-course speed record with an average race speed of 207.151 mph, eclipsing the previous record of 197.995 set during a 500-mile CART event at California Speedway in 2002.

The previous IRL IndyCar Series record was 197.897 mph set at Kentucky in 2002. Hornish also won that event. Next Race: 10/12 Chevy 500, Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX (1.5-Mi. Oval; 200 Laps; 300 Mi.-Race Distance; 3:30 p.m. ET; ESPN)

• Toyota, 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturer’s Champion


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)


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)


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


9/20 Illiana Motor Speedway, Schererville, IN (1:59:59.609 Race Time) — Series point s leader Kevin Cywinski took a major step toward winning his second championship by driving the #1 Greased Lightning Orange Blast/SK Hand Tool Chevrolet to win. Cywinski set a new track record to start on the pole position and then led 155 of the 250 laps to record his fourth victory of 2003. Cywinski took the lead for the final time on lap 160 with an inside power move underneath Gary St. Amant in #7 The Medicine Shoppe Chevrolet. From there Cywinski was never headed but rookie standout Reed Sorenson in the #29 ACDelco/Port City Racing/Tilton Engineering Chevrolet and Toby Porter in the #11 Meijer/Red Baron/Edy's/Tyson/Stouffer's Chevrolet closed with fifteen laps remaining. The 11th and final caution flag waved on lap 233 when Peter Cozzolino in the A&A Manufacturing Chevrolet spun and hit the Turn one retaining wall, setting up a thirteen-lap shoot-out to the end. Cywinski was able to keep Sorenson at bay by 0.229 seconds with Porter coming home in third and St. Amant and Bryan Reffner in the #80 Morton Salt/Menards Chevrolet rounding out the top five. Entering the race, Cywinski held a 109-point lead over Butch Miller in the Timber Wolf Chevrolet and leaves with a lead of 149 markers with two races remaining. Sorenson's second place finish locked up the 2003 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year honors. Cywinski averaged 62.503 mph for the race that was slowed a total of eleven times for 59 laps. Thirty of the 34 cars starting the race finished the event. Next Race: 10/4 Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast, Salem Speedway, Salem, IN (9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)


Next Race: 9/27 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL (2.66-Mi. Tri-Oval; Delayed Broadcast – 1:00 a.m. 9/28; SPEED)


9/21 6 Heures du Circuit Mont Tremblant, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (6-Hr. Timed Event) — The Brumos Racing #58 Red Bull Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype team got a little more breathing room in its race for the Daytona Prototypes championship. David Donohue, who partnered with Mike Borkowski, and Sascha Maassen, entered the six-hour enduro with a slim one-point lead over the Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype, but has now extending its margin to eight points with a victory. The Red Bull Porsche started on the pole, but battled with both Doran JE4s during its run at the front. First the #58 car fought for the lead with the Doran-Lista Racing Toyota-powered Doran JE4, but shifter trouble knocked the car out of contention and eventually forced its retirement from the race. Then the Red Bull machine went nose-to-nose with its points rivals, the #54 Chevy-engined Doran JE4, but it too fell victim to transmission trouble and lost 14 laps in the pits for repairs. An off-track excursion by the Brumos Racing #59 Porsche of Hurley Haywood, J.C. France and Max Papis sent it into the pits for an extended pit stop to remove debris, but the team was still able to persevere for a second-place finish overall, two laps behind its teammates in the Red Bull machine. The Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT scored a GT class victory, as drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini were able to hold off the Rennwerks Motorsports #83 Porsche GT3 RS of Johannes Van Overbeek, Seth Neiman and Lonnie Pechnik to take the class win and third place overall after the two had battled for the class lead throughout the six-hour race. Similar to the six-hour race earlier this year at Watkins Glen, the GTS class victory went to the last car running. Once again the points leading Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang was struck with trouble early in the race — this time in the form of a steering rack. The Georgian Bay Motorsports #38 Corvette took over the GTS lead when the # 48 Mustang dropped back. It held the lead until an off-track incident spurred overheating problems that took drivers Jim Holtom, Ted Martin and Stu Hayer out of the race with 1.5 hours remaining. That allowed the driving trio of Tommy Riggins, David Machavern and Joao Barbosa to move the #48 Mustang back to the front of the GTS class, and earning them first place.

Next Race: 10/5 VIR 400, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA (400K Race Distance; 3.27-Mi., 17-turn Permanent Road Course; Delayed Broadcast — 4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


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


9/20 Alan Kulwicki Memorial Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Astral, Winchester Speedway, Winchester , IN (250 Laps; 1:56:24 Race Time; 9/25 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED) — Shane Huffman’s #84 Jennie-O Turkey Store/Tip Top Poultry Ford Taurus led every lap, Mardy Lindley in the #15 Hooters Ford Jason Sarvis’ unsponsored #22 Blacks Tire Ford in third, Jason McLellan’s #3 Artic Clear/T D Smith Transport Chevrolet Monte Carlo in fourth, and the #44 Baird Auto Transport/ Johnnys Truck & Auto Sales Ford of Benny Gordon rounding out the top five. Among the seven caution flags, was one red flag that stopped the race for 7:02 minutes, while damaged cars and debris were cleared from the track, but it didn’t stop Huffman, as he averaged 105.117 MPH, and won by 4.998 seconds over Lindley.

Next Race: 10/4 Jennerstown Speedway, Jennerstown, PA (250 Laps; 10/16 Delayed Broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


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


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



• 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


Next Race: 12/7 Las Vegas 200


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


9/20-21 Rounds 19 & 20, Oulton Park — Yvan Muller was crowned 2003 BTCC Champion in a dramatic conclusion to what has been a thrilling season of racing. James Thompson in the Vauxhall Astra Coupe won the first race of the day by 1.549 seconds over Alan Morrison’s Honda Civic Type-R, but Muller's third place in his Vauxhall Astra Coupe was enough to earn him his long awaited driver's title. Matt Neal clinched third in the championship when he dominated Round 20, taking his sixth win of the year in his Honda Civic Type-R besting Muller by 2.662 seconds, and equalling Yvan Muller's win tally. Independent driver Rob Collard had to wait until the final race of the season before he was crowned Hilton Independents Cup Champion, the highest non-factory supported racer, with a sixth-place finish in Round 20.

Next Race: 4/10-11, 2004, Rounds 1&2, Thruxton

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