FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
• 2003 Formula 1 World Drivers Champion – Michael Schumacher (6X; Schumacher has surpassed Juan Manuel Fangio in F1 World Drivers Championships)
• 2003 Formula 1 Manufacturers Champion – Ferrari
NASCAR WINSTON CUP
10/19 Subway 500, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA (1/2-mi. oval; 500 laps)
Jeff Gordon completed a season sweep of the two Cup races at Martinsville. The victory was the 63rd win of Gordon’s career but only his second of the season. The four-time series champion led 311 laps in the #24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Jimmie Johnson, Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, started 26th and lost more ground when he spun out early in the race, but came back to finish second in the #48 Lowe’s Home Improvement Chevrolet. It was a typical short-track race, with plenty of bumping and banging that produced 15 caution flags and a record 117 laps run under yellow. As he did in his victory here in April, Gordon started from the pole, dominated early, struggled for a while, then came back even stronger to lead the final 205 laps, pulling away on each of a series of restarts and staying out of trouble.
Johnson trailed Gordon across the finish line by 1.036-seconds. Tony Stewart, finished third in the #20 Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet, just ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #8 Budweiser/Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevy, who appeared to have the second best car through most of the race. Ryan Newman’s #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South Dodge Intrepid rounded out the top five. Points leader Matt Kenseth, who came into the race with a 267-point margin over Kevin Harvick and 324 over Earnhardt, finished 13th and saw his lead over Harvick cut to 240 points with four races remaining, as Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet finished 7th to Kenseth’s #17 DeWalt Power Tools/Roush Racing Ford’s 13th place finish.
Next race: 10/26 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA (1.54-mi. oval; 12:00 p.m. ET; NBC)
NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES
10/18 Sam’s Town 250 benefiting St. Jude, Memphis Motorsports Park, Millington, TN (0.75-mi. oval; 250 laps)
Bobby Hamilton Jr. picked up his third Busch series win of the season when his 325 U.S. Marines Ford Taurus nudged past Johnny Sauter in Richard Childress Racing’s #21 Payday Chevrolet with three laps to go Saturday and held on to win. After Hamilton took the lead, Jason Keller’s #57 Albertson’s/ppc Racing Ford also managed to get past Sauter for second place. Sauter finished third. Ron Hornaday’s #2 ACDelco/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led 11 laps midway through the race and finished fourth. Brian Vickers’#5 GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet led on two occasions and finished fifth. Vickers led 152 laps to claim the 10-point bonus. The Busch championship standings tightened up among the top five drivers with four races to go. Hamilton scored his third win of the season, tying him for the most in the series. Vickers’ finish moved him to first place in the standings, ahead of David Green, in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac, who came into the race leading Vickers by 36 points but finished 19th and now trails Vickers by 23. Keller moved up to third, with Hornaday and Riggs following. Only 44 points separates Vickers and Riggs.
Next race: 10/25 Aaron’s 312, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA (1.54-mi. oval; 1:00 p.m. ET; TNT)
NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES
10/18 Advance Auto Parts 200, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA (1/2-mi. oval; 200 laps; 72.069 mph avg. speed)
Jon Wood held off Roush Racing teammate Carl Edwards’ #99 Superchips Ford to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville. It was the second career victory for Wood, driver of the #50 Graham for President/Roush Racing Ford. Dennis Setzer, in the #46 Acxiom /Computer Associates Chevrolet, trying to win for the third straight time at Martinsville, led 118 laps but was bumped aside by Wood on lap 176. Edwards followed his teammate past Setzer and went after Wood. Edwards, who started from the pole, had two shots at Wood on restarts in the last 15 laps. He tried to nudge his teammate aside but couldn't get by. Setzer wound up third, followed by Rick Crawford’s #14 Circle Bar Motel/RV Park Ford, and Bobby Hamilton’s #4 Square D Dodge. Series leader Brendan Gaughan, in the #62 Orleans Hotel Dodge, finished 12th but saw his margin over Travis Kvapil increase from 30 to 45 points with two races left in the season. Kvapil’s #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet was derailed by a late crash and finished 16th.
Next race: 10/31 Chevy Silverado 150, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ (1.0-mi. oval; 5:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)
• 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Manufacturers Champion – Dodge (2X)
NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACING
Next race: 10/26 ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (9:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)
• 2003 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Champion – Larry Dixon
• 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion – Greg Anderson
O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES
10/18 Delta Bowl Speedway, Tunica, MS (30 laps)
Greg Hodnett completed a Delta Bowl sweep, winning the Preliminary Feature, Dash, and the A-Main. In the A-Main, Greg Hodnett’s #12 Apple won by a half straightaway over Steve “The King of the Outlaws” Kinser in the #11 Quaker State machine, with Donny Schatz’s #15 car 3rd, Sammy Swindell 4th in the #1 Roth, and Danny Lasoski’s #20 Stewart/J.D. Byrider Eagle 5th.
Next race: 10/25 Lone Star Classic, Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX
INDY RACING LEAGUE INDYCAR SERIES
• 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Drivers Champion – Scott Dixon, Team Target Chip Ganassi Racing
• 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturers Champion – Toyota
Next race: 2/29/04 Toyota Indy 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. oval; 200 laps; 300-mi. race distance; broadcast time TBA; ESPN)
CART CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES
Next race: 10/26 Lexmark Indy 300, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (2.795-mi. street course; 12:00 a.m. ET; SPEED live)
• 2003 CART Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year – Sebastien Bordais, Newman-Haas Racing
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
10/18 Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center, Braselton, GA (2.54 Mi. road course; 1000-mi. race distance; 394 laps; 9:31:10.608 race time)
Frank Biela and Marco Werner won the ALMS LMP 900 class driving championship and Chris Dyson won the LMP 675 title in Saturday’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Biela and Werner, co-drivers of the Infineon Team Joest Audi R8, entered the race with a large enough advantage in the driver point standings that they only had to finish sixth in class and complete 276 laps. Despite numerous problems during the race, including a crash when Biela was forced off the track by a lapped car, the car completed its 276th lap at 6:40 p.m. and the two German drivers were champions. Dyson also needed to complete 276 laps and did so at 8:02 p.m., just about an hour from the end of the race. For the fourth time in a row Audi has won the Petit Le Mans race.
JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert, driving Team ADT Champion Racing’s Audi R8, drove to victory in the Series finale, eight laps ahead of the second-place Panoz LMP01 of David Saelens, Olivier Beretta, and Max Papis. Frank Biela and Marco Werner, driving Infineon Team Joest’s Audi R8, fought their way back to third position clinching the ALMS title. Reinhold Joest’s team won the ALMS Teams’ Championship for the fourth consecutive time. Jon Field, Duncan Dayton, and Larry Connor won the LMP 675 class in the Intersport Racing Lola EX257-Judd; GTS class honors went to the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello of Tomas Enge, Peter Kox, and Alain Menu, and the GT class winner was the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Jorg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard, and Romain Dumas.
• 2003 American Le Mans Series GTS Team Champion: Ron Fellows & Johnny O’Connell, Team Corvette
• 2003 American Le Mans Series GTS Class Manufacturers Champion: Chevrolet
• 2003 American Le Mans Series GT Team Champion: Lucas Luhr & Sascha Maassen
Next race: 3/19-20/2004 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL
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
10/19 IHRA World Finals, Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC
Top Fuel: The return of Rhonda Hartman-Smith and John Smith meant that all eight qualifiers for the rain-delayed spring race were here, thus eliminating Bruce Litton from the ‘Spring’ makeup race as an alternate, and mathematically eliminating him from the season championship points race. With Litton's elimination, Clay Millican has clinched his third consecutive IHRA Top Fuel title. In the finals for this event, Clay Millican’s Werner Dragster was to meet Rhonda Hartman-Smith’s Fram Dragster, with Harman-Smith having lane choice.
Pro Mod: A first round 6.196, 227.23 to 6.288, 224.36 win by Mitch Stott in the Radiac Abrasives ’63 Chevrolet Corvette over Billy Harper’s Harper Industries ’00 Dodge Viper was enough for Stott to clinch the 2003 IHRA Pro Mod championship. It will be a no-blower final, with Harold Martin’s AC Delco ’03 Pontiac Grand Am with lane choice against Shannon Jenkins’ Western Beef ’68 Chevy Camaro, an EFI nitrous car against a carbureted nitrous car.
Funny Car: Rob Atchison in the Erickson Pontiac Firebird already clinched the IHRA Funny Car championship because he received ten points for entering the race, which put him out of reach of second-place Mark Thomas in the Ethanol Performs Dodge Avenger. Von Smith’s A&J Powder Coating Dodge Avenger will have lane choice over Fred Tigges’ Tigges Racing Camaro in the Funny Car final.
Pro Stock: In the second round of eliminations,the IHRA Pro Stock championship was on the line for Brian Gahm. A win and he would be the 2003 champion; a loss, and Carl Baker would get the title. It was a little tense, especially when both cars started moving around a bit in the first 300 feet, but Gahm tamed his Gahm's Car-Truck Parts Mustang down first and pulled away from Ron Miller in the Paone Brothers Cavalier for the win, 6.547, 209.46, to Miller’s losing 6.615 209.07, and the 2003 IHRA Pro Stock Championship. #1 Qualifier Rick Jones’ Quarter Max Neon has lane choice over #10 qualifier Brian Gahm in the Gahm’s Car-Truck Parts Mustang, although this event win would only be icing on the cake for Gahm. FINAL RESULTS NEXT WEEK.
Next race: 3/28/2004 Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira, Cars, Trucks and RVs, San Antonio Raceway, San Antonio, Texas
ASA AC DELCO CHALLENGE SERIES
10/19 BFGoodrich Traction T/A Tires 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast and Jani-King, Fairgrounds Speedway, Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN (0.596-mi. oval; 300 laps)
2002 ASA National Champion Joey Clanton, in the #71 Terry’s Automotive Group/Cub Foods machine, won the 2003 ASA Racing Series season finale. Clanton grabbed the lead on the 251st lap, making the race-winning pass on leader Glenn Allen Jr.’s #53 Keystone Parts/GL Nause car, heading into the third corner. This is the 14th career victory for the Georgia resident, tying him in 10th for most ASA Series wins with Kevin Cywinski. Glenn Allen Jr. finished second, with Mike Garvey in the Jani-King #17 crossing the line in third. Wisconsin second-year racer Todd Kluever’s TK2 Racing/Marshall Metals/Sign-1-1/Badger Music #55 was fourth with former series champion Bryan Reffner in the Morton Salt/Menards #80 filling out the top-five finishers. FINAL POINTS STANDINGS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
• 2003 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Rookie of the Year: Reed Sorenson, #29 ACDelco/Port City Racing/Tilton Engineering Chevrolet
ARCA RE/MAX SERIES
Next race: 10/18 Bank of America ARCA 200, South Boston Speedway, S. Boston, VA (0.4-mi. oval; 1:46:14 race time; 46.087 mph avg. speed; delayed broadcast: 11/1; 11:00 p.m. ET; The Outdoor Channel)
Ken Schrader, in his own Federated Auto Parts Pontiac, won the pole, led the most laps and cashed in with his tenth career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in his 29th attempt. Schrader pitted just once for fuel and four tires, and then battled back through the field before passing Hermie Sadler for the lead on the 134th circuit. From there, the Schrader fought off a late-race charge from Frank Kimmel to score the win. Kimmel, who got caught up in an early wreck, pitted three times to Schrader once, and still finished second by just .376 seconds in the #46 Advance Auto Parts-Pork Ford. Hermie Sadler led once for nine laps and finished third in his own #2 Bailey's Cigarettes Chevrolet. Sadler passed Jason Jarrett for position on the last lap. Jarrett, who led 39 laps, finished fourth in the #67 Gladiator GarageWorks Pontiac over L.W. Miller’s #19 Murtco-Hurley's Supermarkets Chevrolet in fifth. Schrader, who missed practice due to running the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at nearby Martinsville Speedway, showed up just in time for qualifying and won the Old Milwaukee Pole with a new one-lap track record. It was Schrader's eighth career ARCA RE/MAX Series pole award.
• 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series Drivers Champion – Frank Kimmel (5X)
GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES
Next race: 10/31 Daytona Finale, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (300 mi./3-hr. timed event)
NHRA SUMMIT SPORT COMPACT DRAG RACING
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
10/19 Mopar NOPI World Finals, California Speedway, Fontana, CA – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE.
IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUIT
10/18-19 Mid America Finals, River City Raceway, San Antonio, TX – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE. Next race: 11/22-23 IDRC International Finals, Los Angeles County Raceway, Palmdale, CA
USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP
10/18 Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, SC (2:14:14 race time; 91.077 mph avg. speed; delayed broadcast – 10/22; 10:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)
Benny Gordon in the #44 Baird Auto Transport/Johnnys Truck & Auto Sales/Firehouse Bar & Grill Ford Taurus picked up his second win a row in the Championship Series. Gordon tangled with leader Shane Huffman’s #84 Jennie-O Turkey Store/Tip Top Poultry Ford with three laps remaining, and came out clear on the other side, while Huffman crashed into the first turn wall and finished 26th. Steve Christian’s #2 Lucas Oil Products/Blacks Tire Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo picked up his first top five in the Championship Series, finishing second to Gordon only 0.985 seconds behind the leader. Scott Baker also had his best finish of the Championship Series, finishing third in the #11 Tallmadge Asphalt/Paving Chevrolet. Clay Rogers in the #16 Naturally Fresh Foods/Irmo Grading/Fire Protection Service Ford rebounded from a late-race spin to finish fourth, and Jay Fogleman’s #4 Lucas Oil Products Ford completed the top five. Next race: 11/2 Hooters ProCup 250, Peach State Speedway, Jefferson, GA (delayed broadcast – 11/5; 10:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)
WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
10/19 Rallye de France – Tour de Corse (4:32:17.6 race time; 971.75 KM race distance, incl. 397.40 km on 16 spl. stages; 36.6 seconds victory margin)
Petter Solberg brought his Subaru Impreza WRC2003 home to win the 12th round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. Solberg had crashed heavily at the pre-rally shakedown on Thursday, but his Subaru team worked through the night to repair his 555 Subaru Impreza WRC 2003 in time for the Friday morning start. Solberg repaid their efforts in fine style with a victory at the end of the third day of competition in Corsica. Solberg’s only threat through the final day had been Francois Duval in the Ford Focus RS WRC 03, but today’s stages proved difficult for the Belgian, who had never driven them before. Eventually Duval was caught and passed by Carlos Sainz’s Citroen Xsara WRC. Sainz’s efforts netted him the lead in the drivers’ championship – a series that Richard Burns has headed since Rally of Turkey in March. Burns’ eighth place drops him to third in the championship – three points behind Sainz – equal in points to Solberg, who is second by virtue of his wins. Marcus Gronholm finished 4th in the Marlboro Peugeot Total 206 WRC and Colin McRae rounded out the top five in his Citroen Xsara WRC. Sainz leads the FIA World Rally Championship for drivers, with Solberg down by 61-58, and Burns also at 58. Loeb is currently 4th at 55, and Martin and Gronholm both tied at 5th with 43 points apiece. In the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers, it's Citroen in the lead with 137, Peugeot at 129, Subaru 88, Ford 78, Skoda 21.
Next race: 10/26: Rallye Catalunya – Rallye de Espana
TECATE SCORE DESERT SERIES
Next race: 11/23 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, BC Mexico
CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING LUCAS OIL 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, Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Nevada. November 7th & 8th
SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS
Next Race: 11/8 Western Desert Championship, Henderson, NV
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&2, Thruxton