Racing Results: 9/29/2003

September 29, 2003

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX

9/28 U.S. Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN (73 Laps; 1:33:35.997 Race Time) -- From seventh on the grid, Michael Schumacher made a great start to rocket up to fourth by the first corner, squeezing past teammate Rubens Barrichello at Turn One. Conversely, Championship rival Juan Pablo Montoya in the Williams BMW made a poor start and dropped to seventh. Polesitter Kimi Raikkonen’s McLaren-Mercedes made a strong start to lead, with Olivier Panis’ Toyota passing Barrichello, while Ralf Schumacher did likewise to take third. Ralf passed Panis on the next lap, but it was the Williams of Montoya that caught Barrichello on the outside under braking, as they turned into the left-hander side-by-side. Montoya went for the inside of the following right-hander, as did Barrichello, resulting in Montoya's right-front wheel clipping Barrichello's left-rear, contact that sent Rubens off track. Later Montoya was required to serve a drive-through pit penalty for causing an "avoidable incident”. As rain began to fall, the Michelin dry tires coped with the greasy surface better than the Bridgestones. Michael Schumacher’s Marlboro Ferrari fell back, although not before he passed Panis for third. Behind him, Montoya pulled a similar move on Jarno Trulli for seventh. Montoya then passed Alonso and Michael Schumacher in quick succession, before making his way to Coulthard. Michael had fallen back to sixth as the first pit stops approached, but as his Ferrari came on to pit road, the skies opened. This was when the race turned, as Montoya suffered a fuel rig failure, which caused a 15-second pit stop, and then had to serve the penalty. Staying out on dry tires too long, Montoya slid off the track before pitting for wets. Ralf Schumacher also stayed out on dry tires in the rain, only to slide off into the tire wall, ruining Williams' constructors championship hopes. Benefitting most from the rain were Jenson Button’s BAR Mugen-Honda, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s Sauber, not only because they were on Bridgestone wet tires, but because they had switched to them at their first pit stops. Button led briefly before Michael Schumacher outran both Button and Frentzen. Michael had already dismissed Raikkonen, who had trouble with Frentzen until the track dried and he was back on dry tires. By then Button's car had expired, and Kimi took second from Frentzen on lap 54. After that, Schumacher cruised to victory by 18.2 seconds over Raikkonen, and Frentzen held on to third. Montoya took sixth, but the points he scored aren't enough to keep him in the title fight. Next Race: 10/12 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka, Japan (3.64-Mi. Road Course; 53 Laps; 192.986-Mi. Race Distance; 1:00 a.m. ET; SPEED Live)

NASCAR WINSTON CUP

9/28 EA Sports 500, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL (2.66-Mi. Tri-Oval; 188 Laps; 156.045 MPH Ave. Speed) -- Michael Waltrip broke Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s hold on Talladega Superspeedway, sweeping high off the final turn and denying his teammate a fifth straight victory after a four-lap sprint to the finiish. When pole-sitter Elliott Sadler’s #38 M&M’s/Robert Yates Racing Ford got tangled up with Kurt Busch’s #97 Rubbermaid/Roush Racing Ford on lap 182 coming down the backstretch, flying through the air, sliding on its roof before flipping 4 1/2 times and coming to rest right side up at the start of Turn 3, NASCAR red-flagged the race to give the rescue crew time to clean up. A couple of laps under yellow followed, then Waltrip’s #25 NAPA Auto Parts DEI Chevrolet Monte Carlo led the pack as the green flag dropped. He never relinquished the lead, though Earnhardt was on his bumper the whole way. Coming off turn four for the final time, Waltrip went high to block Jeff Gordon Gordon’s #24 DuPont Refinishes/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Earnhardt’s #8 Budweiser/DEI Chevrolet got a peek to the inside, but Waltrip dove to the bottom of the track to block his teammate and to win by 0.095 seconds for his second victory of the year and fourth of his career. Gordon slipped to fifth, while Tony Stewart’s #20 Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet took third, and the #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South Dodge of Ryan Newman wound up fourth. Dale Earnhardt Inc. cars have won nine of the last 12 restrictor-plate races at Talladega and Daytona. Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth, in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford, wasn't so fortunate. He failed to finish a race for the first time this year, blowing an engine while contending for the lead on lap 158. Kenseth finished a season-worst 33rd but still has a comfortable lead in the standings. With seven races left, he is 354 points ahead of Kevin Harvick and 384 in front of Earnhardt, who swapped places with Jimmie Johnson in the standings. Kenseth had not finished lower than 22nd all season. He placed among the top 10 in 22 of 28 races, failing to finish only two laps until his engine blew up. Next Race: 10/05 Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS (1.5-Mi. Tri-Oval;12:30 p.m. ET; NBC)

NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES

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

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

9/27 Las Vegas 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (1.5-Mi. Tri-Oval; 146 Laps) – Brendan Gaughan picked up his fifth victory of the season by winning the Las Vegas 350. Gaughan’s #62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge led 107 laps after starting from the pole. He edged last year's winner, David Starr, by just under a second after a late caution erased a sizable lead. Gaughan extended his points lead to 67 over Travis Kvapil, who finished 4th in the #16. Gaughan covered the 219-mile race distance at an average speed of 123.826 MPH. The win also gave Dodge the 2003 series manufacturers championship, the truck maker's second on the series. Starr’s #75 Spears Manufacturing Chevrolet took second on the final lap when Jack Sprague, a three-time champion making his return to the series, had an engine let go in his #111 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet in the final turn. Dennis Setzer’s #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet and Kvapil also passed Sprague's truck to finish third and fourth. Sprague managed to roll across the start-finish line in fifth. Gaughan took the lead for the third and final time on lap 103 when rookie Carl Edwards’ #99 Superchips/Roush Racing Ford made a pit stop for fuel and tires. Next Race: 10/04 John Boy and Billy 250, Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA (0.4-Mi. Oval; 4:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)

NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACING

9/28 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Rt. 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL -- Racing legend Kenny Bernstein moved past "Big Daddy" Don Garlits into second place on the all-time wins list in Top Fuel with his 36th victory in that class. Bernstein also has 30 wins in Funny Car. Joining Bernstein’s Bud King in the winner's circle were Tony Pedregon, who regained the POWERade Funny Car points lead Sunday, and Jeg Coughlin Jr., who dismissed a red-lighting Greg Anderson in the Pro Stock final.

Bernstein's first victory of his abbreviated season came at a track where he's had plenty of success. This was Bernstein's fourth victory in six final-round appearances at this track. It was also the sixth time he has beat beer rival Larry Dixon’s Miller Lite/Don Prudhomme Racing dragster when an event title was at stake. Dixon, who now leads the POWERade points by 323, got an early jump on Budweiser's Bernstein with a .057- to .073-second starting-line edge, but the 59-year-old crowd favorite had caught Dixon by the 330-foot timers and ran away from there, posting a 4.503 at 328.46 mph to Dixon's losing 4.638, 321.35. After surrendering the POWERade points lead he held for most of the season to rival Whit Bazemore six days ago in Memphis, Tony Pedregon answered back here with his seventh victory of the year, which leaves him a perfect 7-0 in final-round action. Pedregon's win in the Castrol Syntec/John Force Racing Ford Mustang, combined with Bazemore's unlikely first-round loss, pushed his lead to 69 points with four races left. Pedregon's 26th career victory came at the expense of Phil Burkart Jr., who was shut off at the starting line after completing his burnout when NHRA Chief Starter Rick Stewart noticed fluid leaking underneath his car. Pedregon might have been tough to beat anyway as he posted his best pass of the weekend in the title round, a 4.769, 316.52. Pedregon raced to his seventh final of the year and 47th of his career with a lot of help from his teammates. After beating Bob Bode in Round 1, he accepted what amounted to free passes from teammates Gary Densham and Force, who both smoked their tires just off the starting line. His good luck continued in the final when Burkart failed to answer the call to race. In just his third race in the Checker, Schuck's & Kragen/Worsham Racing Pontiac Firebird, Burkart proved he belonged among the sport's elite with his second career run to the money round of an NHRA national event. On this day he beat Scott Cannon with a 4.81, then Cory Lee, and Gary Scelzi’s Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T with a pair of 4.77s before his meltdown in the final. Pro Stock winner Coughlin, in the Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier, avenged his final-round loss of a week ago by beating series points leader Greg Anderson, who red-lighted by one-thousandth of a second. Anderson’s Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am had the numbers to win as he posted a 6.728, 204.91 to Coughlin's 6.749, 203.22, but the reigning champ took the trophy. Coughlin's win, his second of the season and 33rd of his Pro Stock career (45 overall), lifted him to within 150 points of second place, which is currently held by Kurt Johnson. Anderson is another 286 points ahead of that mark and could clinch the championship as soon as next weekend. Next Race: 10/12 O’Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec, Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX (6:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)

O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES

9/27 Talladega Short Track at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL (1/3-Mi. High-banked Oval; 40 Laps) – Steve Kinser increased his points lead to 74 points as he dominated the Talladega Short Track event. The defending and 17-time series champion was near-perfect, setting fast time, winning the First Dash Race and leading every lap of the “A” Feature. All that kept “The King of the Outlaws” from a clean sweep was a second-place finish in the First Heat Race. Kinser held off Tim Shaffer in dense lapped traffic through the final 15 laps to claim his 23rd victory of the season, and the 494th victory of his career. Kinser won two of the six main events run at Talladega. Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, who led the point standings for most of the season, drove NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart’s #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle past six cars to finish sixth. Kinser’s #11 Quaker State Maxim drove to the front immediately after the green flag fell in the Main. First Heat Race winner Donny Schatz passed Kraig Kinser for 6th with an inside move. The leaders were approaching lapped traffic two laps later when Johnny Herrera spun over the bank in the third corner. Joey Saldana’s #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim and Shaffer exchanged fourth place after the race resumed. Saldana and Shaffer then took turns passing each other. Kinser was nine car-lengths ahead of Paul McMahan when he entered lapped traffic the next time around. Saldana lost fifth place early in the ninth lap when he collided with Scott Wimberly and stopped in turn two. Kinser controlled the ensuing restart and opened a 10 car-length advantage within four laps. Shaffer and Schatz passed Daryn Pittman for third and fourth place. Shaffer, who won the Third Heat Race, continued his run toward the front when he drove the #83 Beef Packers Eagle around McMahan high in turn four. Schatz raced wheel-to-wheel with McMahan through the third and fourth corners the next time around, but was unable to drive the #15 Parker Stores J&J into third place. Steve Kinser raced away from Shaffer as the green flag replaced the yellow, and caught the back-markers with a five-car-length advantage five laps later. Shaffer caught “The King of the Outlaws,” however, and was nose-to-tail with him in dense traffic when Saldana collided with Jeremy Scott late in the 35th lap. McMahan challenged Shaffer for the runner-up spot three laps after the race resumed, but was unable to drive the #11H Vivarin Maxim into second place. Kinser was 10 car-lengths ahead of Shaffer when he entered lapped traffic early in the final lap, and took the checkered flag with eight car-lengths to spare. McMahan finished in third, ahead of Schatz, and Pittman. Next Race: 10/4 41st Annual Williams Grove National Open, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA (Semi-banked, 1/2-Mi. Oval)

INDY RACING LEAGUE INDYCAR SERIES

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

CART CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES

9/28 Grand Prix Americas presented by Sportsbook.com, Bayfront Park, Miami, FL (1.367-Mi. Street Course; 135 Laps) – Known for years as Bettenhausen Motorsports, the newly-rebuilt Herdez Competition pushed its team into the limelight on occasion in the last two years racing in the Series, but in Miami, Mario Dominguez’s #55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola and Roberto Moreno’s #4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola took most of the hardware home as they swept the top two spots. Dominguez and Moreno ran clean all day and rewrote the team’s record books as they earned the first-ever 1-2 sweep in the long history of Herdez/Bettenhausen. No two Herdez drivers had ever finished in the top 10 of the same race before Dominguez and Moreno erased that mark. Dominguez took the lead on lap 108, leading his teammate past Darren Manning’s #15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard and the rest of the pack. Dominguez, who took his first Champ Car win a year ago at Surfers Paradise, held off his teammate on a lap 122 restart and protected his lead with some of his fastest laps of the race as he claimed a 5.241-second victory margin over Moreno. The Brazilian veteran would complete the historic sweep by coming home in second, earning his best finish of the year and his first podium since 2001. Mika Salo’s #27 PK Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola came back from losing a lap on his first fuel stop to claim the third spot, earning a podium finish in just his second Champ Car start, making him the first driver since Nigel Mansell in 1993 to earn a podium finish in one of his first two series starts. The run also gave the rookie PK Racing squad its first-ever podium, and marked its highest finish of the 2003 campaign. The first pass for the lead came in the first corner as Bruno Junqueira’s #1 PacifiCare Newman-Haas Ford-Cosworth/ Lola swooped around polesitter Adrian Fernandez’s #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Ford-Cosworth/Lola to take the lead, but Fernandez battled back just one lap later with a strong inside move in Turn 1 and reclaimed a lead that he would hold for the next 88 laps. Fernandez took some of the drama out of the lead battle for the first half of the race, but there was plenty of action directly behind him. Fernandez and Junqueira held the top two spots ahead of Oriol Servia’s #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, Paul Tracy’s #3 Player’s/Indeck/ Forsythe Racing Ford-Cosworth/ Lola and Sebastien Bourdais’ #2 McDonald’s/Lilly Newman-Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola as Tracy looked to protect his series lead from the Newman/Haas Racing duo. Servia lost control of his mount on a Lap 44 restart, and ended his day sitting against the wall. Tracy and Bourdais tangled 24 laps later in a skirmish that threw the points race wide open. Bourdais tried to make a pass for third coming through Turn One, but did not totally complete the pass, leaving enough room for Tracy to try an inside move in Turn Two. Tracy made contact with Bourdais and sent both of them spinning, creating enough damage to end the race prematurely for both drivers. Junqueira’s opportunity to narrow the 17-point championship lead evaporated on Lap 93 when Junqueira went to the inside of Fernandez in Turn One, finding the rear of Fernandez’s car, crashing both leaders out and ending their chances for victory. The crash also collected the Tiago Monteiro’s #7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, who had just come out of the pits after contact with Michel Jourdain Jr.’s #9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola. That contact would be memorable not because it slowed Monteiro, but that it would end the victory chances of Jourdain 10 laps later. Jourdain inherited the lead after the Fernandez crash, but was penalized by CART for the Pit Lane incident, moving him to the back of the restart line and promoting Manning to the lead. Manning’s lead would be short-lived however as Dominguez, Moreno and Salo would all get by the British rookie and into the lead on Lap 108. Dominguez built a two-second lead but was forced to endure a restart with 12 laps to go after Ryan Hunter-Reay’s #31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard expired on track. Up to the task, Dominguez sped away at the green flag to the win. Junqueira would return to place 9th and did manage to shave a few points off of Tracy’s advantage with three races to go. Tracy now leads Junqueira by 13 points, with Jourdain within 33 points of the leader. Patrick Carpentier, in the #32 Player’s/Indeck/Forsythe Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, kept his title hopes alive by finishing sixth, making him the last of the five drivers that are still in the championship hunt. Next Race: 10/12 Gran Premio Telmex/Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico (2.75-Mi. Road Course; 4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)

AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES

9/27 Grand Prix Americas, Miami Downtown Street Circuit, Miami, FL (157 Laps; 2:42:06.617 Race Time) -- ADT Champion Racing and Infineon Team Joest gave Audi their fourth 1-2 victory of the season. After 157 laps on the Miami street course, two former Formula One drivers Johnny Herbert and J.J. Lehto in the #38 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 led Frank Biela and Marco Werner’s #1 Infineon Team Joest Audi R8. The two Germans, Biela and Werner, are leading the championship by 14 points going into the finale at Road Atlanta, with only Lehto having any chance of unseating them. Lehto led from the start, then on lap 46, Lehto came into the pits under yellow, for refueling, driver and tire change, only to have his ADT Champion Racing Audi catch on fire during the refueling. After the fire was extinguished, Herbert rejoined the race in third, with Infineon Team Joest’s Werner as new race leader. On lap 80, when Werner handed over to the car to Biela, Biela returned to the fray second to Herbert. Despite two cautions and restarts on laps 91 and 97, and rain that began around lap 154, Herbert/Lehto stretched their lead to 40.642 seconds and scored the third victory of the season for Team ADT Champion Racing, the 32nd victory for Audi in the ALMS, and Audi’s seventh of the season as well. The Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG of Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace won the LMP 675 class, finishing 6th overall and taking the lead near the end of the race after their team car driven by James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger experienced a drivetrain problem while leading the class. Dyson's win, coupled with the fourth-place class finish of nearest challengers Duncan Dayton and Jon Field, moved him closer to winning the LMP 675 class driving championship. Ferrari swept the top three spots in the GTS class, the first time in ALMS history. The Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of David Brabham and Darren Turner took the class win, with the other Prodrive entry of Tomas Enge and Peter Kox 1.778 seconds behind in second. The win was the third straight for Brabham in the GTS class, while Turner, who was subbing for Jan Magnussen as Brabham's teammate, scored his first career ALMS win. Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr won the GT class in the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Maassen's 20th win in ALMS competition and an early 34th birthday present for the German driver. The race had boiled down to a battle between the two Job cars, and Maassen and Luhr won after Jorg Bergmeister clipped a wall while leading Luhr near the end of the race. Next Race: 10/18 Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center, Braselton, GA (2.54 Mi. Road Course; 11:00 a.m. ET; SPEED)

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH CUP

9/28 MotoRock Miami 100, Grand Prix of Americas, Miami, FL (1:14:16.312 Race Time; 61.288 MPH Ave. Speed; Delayed Broadcast – 10/10; 9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED) -- Scott Pruett won the race and clinched his third Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Drivers’ Championship. Pruett, in the #7 Motorock/Jaguar R Performance XKR, led every lap en route to his 8th win in 10 races this season, and now holds a 55-point lead going into the final race of the season. Johnny Miller’s #64 Motorock Jaguar XKR, finished second, and clinched second in the 2003 points race. Rookie Bobby Sak’s #10 Chevrolet Corvette finished third, narrowing Jorge Diaz, Jr.’s lead in the Rookie of the Year battle to 27 points. John Baucom’s #86 MAP Quality Engineering Jaguar XKR finished fourth, his first top-five effort, ahead of Michael Lewis’ # 12 Westward Tools Car Available at Grainger Jaguar XKR. Pruett’s weekend mirrored his dominant run this season, which has also included a third-place finish at Long Beach. Starting from the pole, Pruett led every lap, and set the race’s fastest race lap. He also earned the Flowmaster American Thunder Challenge Award, worth $6,000, for winning the pole, leading the most laps, setting the fastest race lap and winning the race. Pruett joins Paul Gentilozzi, Tommy Kendall, and the late Mark Donohue in winning three Trans-Am championships. Pruett won his first title in 1987 driving a Merkur XR4Ti, and he wheeled a Chevrolet Camaro in 1994 to claim his second championship. With his third title in the Jaguar XKR, Pruett joins his team owner, three-time Trans-Am champion Paul Gentilozzi as the only drivers to have won three Trans-Am championships while driving three different marques. Gentilozzi’s titles came while driving a Chevrolet Corvette in 1998, a Ford Mustang in 1999, and a Jaguar XKR in 2000. Next Race: 10/26 Puerto Rico Grand Prix, Isla Grande Airport. San Juan, Puerto Rico (Temporary Circuit; 1:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)

IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIES

9/28 Presidents Cup Nationals, Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD -- Clay Millican defeated Bruce Litton’s Lucas Oil dragster in the Top Fuel final. Millican ran a 7.385, 212.09 in the Werner Enterprises dragster to win his 28th career IHRA Top Fuel race, to a losing 11.107, 72.79 for Litton. En route to his 100th IHRA Top Fuel round win, Millican began the day as the #1 qualifier. In Pro Modified, Carl Spiering’s Chevy Bel Air was the No. 10 qualifier and defeated Thomas Patterson in the first round and Mike Castellana second round, both competitors with event-wins this season. In the semifinals Spiering beat Kent Ferrell with a 6.323 to advance to his first career final round, where he met Roy Wasko. Wasko drew a red light, giving Spiering his first career Pro Modified win in the Cutler-Hammer Pro Mod. The Pro Modified title battle looked to heat up this weekend as points leader Mitch Stott failed to qualify, opening the door for brother Quain Stott and Mike Janis, the only competitors able to catch him. Quain lost first round and Janis second, ending their chances to make up any serious ground in the points championship. In Funny Car, once Rob Atchison laid down a 5.757 E.T at 242.67 mph Friday night in the Erickson Pontiac Firebird to take the number one qualifying position, he chose to leave the car in the trailer Saturday. His time from Friday held but the London, Ontario, Canada native came in Sunday morning with two less shots at the track than his competitors. Atchison defeated Melinda Green-King in round one, Joe Comella in round two, and Neal Parker in the semis. Atchison advanced to his seventh final round of the season and faced Mark Thomas’ Ethanol Performs Dodge Avenger. This was the fourth final round for this pair, and with this win Atchison has won three of them. His 5.802, 241.93 downed Thomas’ 5.866, 238.64, handing him his sixth win of the year. Thomas came into this race as the only competitor able to catch Atchison for the world championship. After the first round in Sunoco Pro Stock, defending world champion Brian Gahm was the only driver remaining with a chance to catch points leader Carl Baker. Gahm had his chance but lost to Jeff Dobbins in round two, leaving Baker, who almost failed to qualify, the opportunity to increase his lead heading into the final event. Baker defeated Chuck DeMory in round one, Jerry Haas round two and Elijah Morton to advance to his fifth final round of the season. In the final round, Jeff Dobbins beat Baker off the starting line but Baker was able to chase him down with a quicker E.T. -- 6.579, 213.16, to Dobbins’ 6.608, 212.86 in a Ford Probe. Baker proved the consistency of the Summit Racing Equipment Cougar with his E.T.s during eliminations: 6.626, 6.620, 6.720 and 6.579. Dobbins began the day qualified second and defeated Charlie Peppers in the first round and Gahm in the second round. He met Pete Berner in the semifinals and won on a holeshot. Berner ran a quicker E.T., but his reaction time of 0.290 was enough for Dobbins to defeat him with a 6.733. Next Race: 10/19 IHRA World Finals, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC

ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES

Next Race: 10/4 Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast, Salem Speedway, Salem, IN (9:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)

• ASA Rookie of the Year : Reed Sorenson, #29 ACDelco/Port City Racing/Tilton Engineering Chevrolet

ARCA RE/MAX SERIES

9/27 Food World 300, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL (2.66-Mi. Tri-Oval; 113 Laps; 126.059 MPH Ave. Speed; 2:34:04 Race Time) -- Series rookie Paul Menard overcame a variety of issues throughout the week to win the action-packed event Saturday. Menard, in Andy Petree's #26 Turtle Wax-Monaco Coach Chevrolet, worked his way to the front from the back and then held off Billy Venturini to earn the hard-fought victory by .151 seconds in only his third series start and first-ever at Talladega. Venturini’s #25 Alabama Auto Show Pontiac and David Stremme, in the #77 Coors Light/Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge, raced hard for position all day. But while Venturini capitalized on a solid second place finish, Stremme's day ended after a scuffle with Christi Passmore. Tony Ave’s #66 KDS Controls/Cen-Tex Apparel Pontiac, the #46 Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford of Frank Kimmel, and Christi Passmore’s #91 GAP Roofing-Royal Trading Ford rounded out the top five. Next Race: 10/9 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord, NC (1.5-Mi. Paved Course; Delayed Broadcast - 10:00 p.m.; SPEED Live)

GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES

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)

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

9/27-28 East Coast Finals, Maple Grove Raceway, Maple Grove, PA – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE. Next Race: IDRC Compact Car Invasion. Firebird International Raceway,

Chandler, AZ

USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP

Next Race: 10/4 Jennerstown Speedway, Jennerstown, PA (250 Laps; 10/16 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

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

CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING EXXON SERIES

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

FINAL RESULTS:

• Yvan Muller , 2003 BTCC Champion in a dramatic conclusion to what has been a

• Vauxhall, 2003 BTCC Manufacturers Champion

• Rob Collard, 2003 BTCC Hilton Independents Cup Champion (highest non-factory supported racer)

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

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