FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
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
10/05 Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS (1.5-mi. tri-oval; 267 laps)
Ryan Newman’s gas-mileage gamble paid off with another win. Newman, in the #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South Dodge Intrepid, elected not to pit with 65 laps to go, then held off a challenge from Bill Elliott’s #9 Dodge Dealers/Evernham Motorsports Dodge to win the Banquet 400 – his series-leading eighth victory of the year. Jeremy Mayfield, Elliott’s teammate in the #19 Dodge, stayed out of the pits along with Newman, finishing third as Dodges took the top three spots. Elliott, third after a restart with 14 laps to go, got held up momentarily by Mike Skinner’s lapped car. He passed Mayfield with 11 laps to go but could not manage a serious challenge to Newman. Jeff Gordon, in the #24 DuPont Refinishes/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet finished fifth behind Tony Stewart’s #20 Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet. Points leader Matt Kenseth’s struggles continued with his second wreck of the weekend and his second frustrating finish in as many weeks. Kenseth, starting 32nd in a backup car after he wrecked in practice Friday, crashed in the backstretch. Kenseth, in the #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford, was trying to avoid Michael Waltrip’s #25 NAPA Auto Parts DEI Chevrolet after Waltrip spun out in the 68th lap. Kenseth returned to the race in the 114th lap – 46 laps down. He finished 36th and saw his lead over Kevin Harvick shrink to 259 points – down from 354 points last week and 436 two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet finished sixth.
Next race: 10/11 UAW-GM Quality 500, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC (7:00 p.m. ET; NBC)
NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES
10/4 Mr. Goodcents 300, Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS (1.5-mi. tri-oval)
David Green led just one lap down the stretch, and that was all he needed to win and to retake the lead in the Busch series points. Green, in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac, won a wild one-lap shootout, passing Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford after a restart to win the race. Kevin Harvick’s #29 Sonic Chevrolet finished second and Greg Biffle in the #7 Scott Products Chevrolet was third. Brian Vickers, in the #5 GMAC Chevrolet, fought an ill-handling race car, until it spun and slapped the wall on lap 90, also losing the points lead in the process. The race finished under caution when Hamilton crashed on the last lap, causing momentary confusion in the announced points standings because of a new NASCAR rule that prohibits racing back to the line after a yellow flag. Drivers said they were unclear when the caution flag came out after Hamilton’s crash, and several cars changed position on the last lap. Consequently, Scott Riggs’ #10 Nestle NesQuik/ppc Racing Ford Taurus was briefly listed as the new points leader. Green’s victory was his third Busch series win of the season, and eighth of his career, in a race dominated by Michael Waltrip, who led 140 of the 200 laps in his # 99 Aaron’s Chevrolet. The race appeared headed for a boring conclusion until pole-sitter Waltrip’s right front tire blew and he crashed with just under four laps to go. Waltrip, coming off a Winston Cup win last week, brought out a caution as Hamilton moved into the lead, with Green second. Greg Biffle was third as the cars came out of the restart for one last lap. Then Green shot past Hamilton on the inside, and Biffle tried to go outside. Instead, he collided with Hamilton, who spun into the wall.
Next race: 10/10 Little Trees 300, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord, NC (air time to be announced; TNT)
NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
10/04 John Boy and Billy 250, Big Daddy’s South Boston Speedway, South Boston, VA (0.4-mi. oval; 203 laps)
Dennis Setzer picked up his third victory of the season after losing several big leads, giving Travis Kvapil’s #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet a shot when Brendan Gaughan’s #62 The Orleans Hotel Dodge spun in the third turn to trigger the race’s fifth caution. But Kvapil spun his Chevrolet’s tires on the restart, giving Setzer’s #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet the room he needed to post the victory. Setzer, who averaged a race-record 73.337 mph, beat Kvapil by 0.984 seconds. Ted Musgrave, who wrecked his #1 Mopar Performance Parts Dodge in practice and qualified third with no laps on the rebuilt truck, got early adjustments from his pit crew to finish third. Kvapil cut a 72-point deficit to just 20 as Gaughan finished 15th after starting from the pole. Musgrave, 100 back when the race began, closed within 58 with four races remaining. Jon Wood, in the # 50 Graham for President/Roush Racing Ford, was fourth, and Rick Crawford, in the #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford, rounded out the top five.
Next race: 10/11 Silverado 350, Texas Motor Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX (3:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)
• 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Manufacturers Champion – Dodge (2X)
NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACINGNext 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
10/4 41st Annual Williams Grove National Open, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA (semi-banked, 1/2-mi. oval; 40 laps)
Steve Kinser became the first driver to win four Williams Grove National Opens Saturday night, taking the 40 lap O’Reilly World of Outlaws A-feature at the historic Pennsylvania speedway. In the A Main, Donny Schatz got the jump off of turn 4 to take the lead, but before the field could complete a lap, Sammy Swindell spun in turn 4 and collected Joey Saldana. Both drivers were able to restart. Donny again got the jump off of turn 4 to take the lead.
On Lap 12, Lance Dewease took the lead from Donny Schatz low exiting turn 4. Then on Lap 14, Danny Lasoski went low in 1 and 2, pulled even with Steve Kinser, but couldn’t complete the pass for 3rd. On Lap 21, a red flag was shown for a turn 2 accident that saw Jason Meyers and Brooke Weibley flip, with Jac Haudenschild, Jason Sides, Sammy Swindell, Jonathan Allard, and Johnny Herrera involved as well. Only Sides, Haudenschild, and Herrera were able to restart. On Lap 22, Steve Kinser took 2nd from Donny Schatz low exiting turn 2, then on Lap 23, Kinser went low exiting turn 2, pulling even with Lance Dewease, but couldn’t get the lead. On Lap 30, Danny Lasoski got by Donny Schatz for 3rd low exiting turn 4. Steve Kinser then took the lead from Lance Dewease low exiting turn 2. Greg Hodnett took 5th from Mark Kinser on the top in 1 and 2. With 33 laps complete, a red flag was shown for Paul McMahan, who flipped in turn 3. Jason Sides was involved as well, and flipped, but neither driver was injured. On Lap 34, Mark Kinser passed Greg Hodnett for 5th on the top exiting turn 2, and everyone was talking about Steve Kinser, who won by 6 carlengths.
Next Race: 10/11 Texas Motor Speedway Finale, Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, Ft. Worth, TX
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)
• 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturer’s Champion - Toyota
CART CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES
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
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
Next race: 10/26 Puerto Rico Grand Prix, Isla Grande Airport. San Juan, Puerto Rico (Temporary Circuit; 1:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)
• 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Drivers’ Champion – Scott Pruett (3X)
IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIES
Next race: 10/19 IHRA World Finals, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC
ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES
10/4 Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast, Salem Speedway, Salem, IN
Series veteran Robbie Pyle, in the #63 Citgo machine, won the Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast, the 16th event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series season. Pyle grabbed first on the 217th lap, making the race-winning pass on leader Todd Kluever’s #55 TK2 Racing entry. This is the second victory of the 2003 season for Pyle and third of his career. ’95 ASA Rookie of the Year Rick Beebe’s #5 Structural Transport car finished second, with current Rookie point's leader Reed Sorenson’s #29 ACDelco ingnitor in third. Mike Cope, #25 Manheim Auto Auction repo-ed fourth with Rich Loch’s #24 Lewis Schmidtt Plumbing rounding out the top five.
Next race: 10/18 Fairgrounds Speedway, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN (4:00 p.m. ET; SPEED Live)
• ASA Rookie of the Year: Reed Sorenson, #29 ACDelco/Port City Racing/Tilton Engineering Chevrolet
ARCA RE/MAX SERIES
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
10/5 VIR 400, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA (400K race distance; 3.27-mi., 17-turn permanent road course) – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.
Next Race: 10/31 Daytona Finale, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (300 mi./3-hr. timed event)
NHRA SUMMIT SPORT COMPACT DRAG RACING
10/5 K&N Filters NHRA Sport Compact Nationals, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE. Next race: 10/26 Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World Finals presented by Toyo Tires, Pomona Raceway, L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona, CA
NDRA NOPI THE FAST & THE FURIOUS RACING SERIES
Next Race: 10/19 Mopar Drag City, Banning, CA
IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUIT
10/4-5 IDRC Compact Car Invasion, Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE. Next race: 10/18-19 Mid America Finals, River City Raceway, San Antonio, TX
USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP
10/4 Charlie Campbell Memorial Miller Lite 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products, Jennerstown Speedway, Jennerstown, PA (250 laps; 10/16 delayed broadcast; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)
Benny Gordon, in the #44 Baird Auto Transport/Johnnys Truck & Auto Sales Ford Taurus, outran Mart Nesbitt’s #92 BCBSNC.com/Coca Cola Ford by 0.594 seconds, followed by Jay Fogleman’s #4 Lucas Oil Products Ford, Bobby Gill’s #5 Triple Diamond Jet Center Ford and Michael Ritch’s #28 Jackaroo Sauces Dodge Intrepid, the latter succeeding in preventing an all-Ford Top Five.
Next race: 10/18 Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, SC (delayed broadcast – 10/18; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)
WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
10/5 Rallye Sanremo - RALLYE DxTALIA, San Remo, Italy (1375.86 km race distance, 14 special stages; 4:16:33.7 race time; 28.3 sec. victory margin)
Sebastien Loeb won the 11th round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Sanremo. The Frenchman had an untroubled run through the final leg of the event to move his Citroen Xsara WRC to within two points of points leader Richard Burns, who finished seventh. Weather played a big part today’s action, with the final leg starting with dry conditions, but after lunch it started to rain heavily. Peugeot won and lost in the downpour with third-place Marcus Gronholm crashing his Marlboro Peugeot 206 WRC out of the rally on the final stage. Gronholm’s teammate, Gilles Panizzi, was the only one of the leaders to go out on intermediate tyres. Panizzi rocketed up the leaderboard from fifth to second, taking almost two minutes out of Loeb in the process. Ford’s Markko Martin in the Focus RS WRC03 finished third, having run in second for most of the last two days. Loeb’s success means Citroen now leads the manufacturers standings by four points over Peugeot, with Subaru 49 points back in third.
Next race: 10/19 Rallye de France-Tour de Corse
TECATE SCORE DESERT SERIES
Next Race: 11/23 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, BC Mexico
CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING EXXON SERIES
• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-4 Champion – Carl Renezeder
• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-2 Champion – Scott Taylor
• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-Lite Champion – Jeff Kincaid
• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-4 Champion – Ford
• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-2 Champion – Chevrolet
• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-Lite Champion - Toyota
BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION
Next race: 12/7 Las Vegas 200
SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS
10/4 The Coast Resorts SNORE 250, Las Vegas, NV – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.
BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
• 2003 BTCC Drivers’ Champion - Yvan Muller
• 2003 BTCC Manufacturers Champion - Vauxhall
• 2003 BTCC Hilton Independents Cup Champion - Rob Collard
Next race: 4/10-11, 2004, Rounds 1 and 2, Thruxton