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.

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