Racing Results: Nov. 17, 2003

November 17, 2003

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 Formula 1 World Drivers Champion – Michael Schumacher (6X)

• 2003 Formula 1 Manufacturers Champion – Ferrari

NASCAR WINSTON CUP

11/16 Ford 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. oval; 267 laps)

A blown tire on the last lap cost Bill Elliott a second straight win and instead gave Bobby Labonte the victory, his second of the season, in the era-ending Winston Cup race at Homestead. Elliott’s #9 Dodge Dealers/Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid was stronger this time out than in his victory last week, leading 189 laps. Elliott held off Labonte on a restart nine laps from the end and pulled away, driving into the first turn of the last lap leading Labonte by five car-lengths, on his way to another win. As Elliott came off turn two, his Dodge slowed as his right rear came apart, sending pieces of sheet metal and rubber flying and igniting a fire in the wheelwell. Labonte, whose #18 Interstate Batteries/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo had not led a lap all day, shot past Elliott on the backstretch and beat Kevin Harvick’s #29 GM Goodwrench Service/Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the finish line by 1.749 seconds. Elliott held on to finish eighth. This was the last race for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. after 33 years as NASCAR’s major sponsor. Beginning in 2004, NASCAR’s top stock car series will be sponsored by Nextel Communications and will be known as the Nextel Cup. It was not a good day for newly crowned Winston Cup Champion Matt Kenseth, who had an engine failure and finished last. Jimmie Johnson’s #48 Lowe’s Home Improvement/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was third in the race and held onto second place in the season standings, finishing 90 behind Kenseth. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 24th in his #8 Budweiser/DEI Chevrolet, and third in the points, 117 behind Johnson. Johnny Benson’s season-best fourth place in the #10 Valvoline/MBV Pontiac Grand Prix gave Pontiac, also leaving NASCAR, its top finish in the race. Ryan Newman, in the #12 AllTel/Penske Racing South Dodge, who came into the race fourth in the points, saw Jeff Gordon, who finished fifth in the race in the #24 DuPont/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and Harvick move past him in the standings.

• 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion – Matt Kenseth, #17 DeWalt Tools/Roush Racing Ford

Next race: 2/15/04 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (broadcast time to be announced; NBC)

NASCAR BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL SERIES

11/15 Ford 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. oval; 200 laps)

Brian Vickers became NASCAR’s youngest champion ever, claiming the Busch Series title with an 11th-place finish behind first-time winner Kasey Kahne at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 20-year-old Vickers regained a lost lap and finished 11th in the season-ending Ford 300. That was just enough to hold off ’95 series champion David Green, who finished ninth in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac and wound up 14 points back, the second-closest margin in series history. Vickers, who will move up to the Nextel Cup Series in 2004, is the youngest full-time driver ever in NASCAR’s top series to win a NASCAR championship. Green, who started the day 22 points behind Vickers, nearly pulled it out despite losing three laps early in the race. He lost two laps when he cut down a tire running over debris from a wreck, and a third when he was penalized by NASCAR for coming directly into the pits without using the safety lane. The 45-year-old veteran made up two of the laps with timely caution flags. He stayed on the track on two different occasions while other drivers pitted under green. He regained the lead lap under NASCAR’s new rule giving a lap back to the first driver a lap down when a caution flag waves. Vickers was lapped by the leaders in the early going, but he, too, got the lap back under the new NASCAR rule. The #5 GMAC Chevrolet that Vickers drives is fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, which joined Roush Racing and Richard Childress Racing as the only teams to have won championships in each of NASCAR’s top three series — Craftsman Trucks, Busch and what has been known as Winston Cup. Vickers, who raced for the same team in Sunday’s Ford 400 Cup race, moves up to a Hendrick Nextel Cup team next season as teammate to four-time champion Jeff Gordon, two-time champion Terry Labonte, and rising star Jimmie Johnson. The 23-year-old Kahne, also considered a top prospect and driving the #38 Great Clips Ford Taurus for Akins Motorsports, got his first win in his 54th Busch start. His best previous finish was second in August at Michigan. He also struggled after an early pit stop, but took the lead for the first and only time 29 laps from the end. Kahne beat Martin Truex Jr.’s #8 Chance 2 Chevrolet to the finish line by 0.59-seconds. Five drivers went into the final Busch Series race with a chance to win the championship. Ron Hornaday Jr. finished 15th in the race in his #2 ACDelco/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and third in the standings, 46 points behind. The #25 U.S. Marine Corps Ford of Bobby Hamilton Jr. was third on Saturday and fourth in the points, 49 out. Scott Riggs, in the #10 Nestle Nesquik/ppc Racing Ford, who led the points several times during the season, was taken out in a first-lap accident and wound up sixth in the standings, 175 points behind Vickers and 66 behind teammate Jason Keller’s #57 Albertson’s Ford. Jason Leffler’s #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet finished fourth, and Ashton Lewis’ #46 Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet rounded out the top five.

• 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Champion – Brian Vickers, #5 GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

• 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Manufacturers Champion – Dodge (2X)

Next race: 2/14/04 Hershey’s Kisses 300, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (broadcast time to be announced; NBC)

NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES

11/14 Ford 200, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. oval; 134 laps)

Controversy clouded the finish of the closest championship in the history of the NASCAR truck series, with Travis Kvapil in the #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet Silverado winning the championship by eight points and the #1 Mopar Performance Parts/Ultra Motorsports Dodge of Ted Musgrave winding up angry and frustrated in third. The fifth caution flag of the day forced a restart two laps from the end of the race. Musgrave and Kvapil — racing for seventh place with Dennis Setzer’s #46 Acxiom/Computer Associates Chevrolet the third title contender — were tied for the points lead with the tiebreaker going to Musgrave approaching the restart. As the trucks neared the flagstand, Musgrave darted out of line and pulled alongside Setzer before they reached the starting line. NASCAR rules prohibit passing on the left before the line and Musgrave was immediately black-flagged, costing him any chance to beat Kvapil in the points. The #4 Square D Dodge of Bobby Hamilton held off the #14 Newspaper in Education Ford of Rick Crawford by 0.186-seconds for his second win of the season and the fourth of his truck career. Meanwhile, confusion reigned behind them. Kvapil waited in his Chevrolet truck for nearly ten minutes before NASCAR confirmed he had won the championship. The electronic scoring at the finish initially showed Musgrave in sixth, just ahead of Kvapil and Setzer. That would have given Musgrave the title by 16 points over Kvapil and 21 over Setzer. Instead, Musgrave was penalized to the end of the lead lap, leaving him 13th. That gave the Craftsman series title to Kvapil, who moved up to sixth, by nine points over seventh-place finisher Setzer, and 18 over Musgrave. Mike Bliss won the championship last year in the same truck, owned by Steve Coulter. Brendan Gaughan, who came into the race leading the standings with the top four drivers separated by only 39 points, also ended the day in frustration. After starting near the rear of the field because of an engine change on Thursday, Gaughan moved up among the leaders. The trucks were slowing for a caution on lap 101 of 134 when Marty Houston hit the wall and ricocheted into Gaughan’s #62 Orleans Hotel/Dodge truck, which was then slammed hard by Bryan Reffner’s #180 Emerson Chevrolet. Gaughan finished fourthin the standings, 40 points behind Kvapil. David Starr was 3rd in the #75 Spears Manufacturing Chevy, followed the #2 ASE/CARQUEST/Ultra Motorsports Dodge of Andy Houston, and the #311 IWX Motor Freight Chevy of three-time series champion Jack Sprague.

• 2003 Craftsman Truck Series Champion: Travis Kvapil, #16 IWX Motor Freight Chevrolet Silverado

Next race: 2/13/04 Florida Dodge Dealers 250, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (broadcast time to be announced; SPEED)

NHRA POWERade CHAMPIONSHIP DRAG RACING

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Champion – Larry Dixon

• 2003 NHRA POWERade Funny Car Champion – Tony Pedregon

• 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion – Greg Anderson

Next Race: 2/22/04 K&N Filters Winternationals, L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona, CA (Broadcast time to be announced)

O'REILLY WORLD OF OUTLAWS SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series Champion: Steve Kinser (18X)

INDY RACING LEAGUE INDYCAR SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 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

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 CART Champ Car World Series Drivers Champion – Paul Tracy, Forsythe Racing

• 2003 CART Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year – Sebastien Bordais, Newman-Haas Racing

AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 900 Team Champion: Frank Biela and Marco Werner, Infineon Team Joest

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 900 Manufacturers Champion: Audi

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Team Champion: Chris Dyson

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Manufacturers Champion: Lola

• 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

• 2003 American Le Mans Series GT Class Manufacturers Champion: Porsche

Next race: 3/19-20/2004 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL

TRANS-AM SERIES FOR THE BFGOODRICH CUP

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Drivers Champion – Scott Pruett (3X)

• 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Manufacturers Championship – Jaguar

IHRA HOOTERS RACING SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 IHRA Top Fuel Champion: Clay Millican, Werner Enterprises Dragster (3X)

• 2003 IHRA Pro Mod Champion: Mitch Stott, Radiac Abrasives ’63 Chevrolet Corvette

• 2003 IHRA Funny Car Champion: Rob Atchison, Erickson Pontiac Firebird

• 2003 IHRA Pro Stock Champion: Brian Gahm, Gahm's Car-Truck Parts Mustang

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

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Champion: Kevin Cywinski, #1 Greased Lightning Orange Blast/SK Hand Tool Country Joe Racing Chevrolet (2X)

• 2003 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Rookie of the Year: Reed Sorenson, #29 ACDelco/Port City Racing/Tilton Engineering Chevrolet

ARCA RE/MAX SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series Drivers Champion – Frank Kimmel (5X)

• 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year – Bill Eversole

Next race: 2/7/2004 ARCA 200, Daytona Int’l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. tri-oval; air time to be announced; SPEED)

GRAND AMERICAN ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 North American Road Racing Championship: #40 Bell Motorsports/Derhaag Racing Corvette

• 2003 Daytona Prototypes Drivers Championship: Terry Borcheller, # 54 Chevrolet Doran JE4

• 2003 GTS Team Championship: Heritage Motorsports

• 2003 GTS Drivers’ Championship: Dave Machavern, Tommy Riggins and Joao Barbosa, Heritage Motorsports (three-way tie)

• 2003 GT Team Championship: Scuderia Ferrari of Washington

• 2003 GT Drivers’ Championship: Brent Martini and Cort Wagner

• 2003 GT Manufacturer’s Championship: Ferrari

Next race: 1/29–2/1/04, Rolex 24 At Daytona, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL

NHRA SUMMIT SPORT COMPACT DRAG RACING

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 Mazda NHRA Summit Sport Compact Pro RWD Champion – George Ioannou, StreetGlow/Bullish Racing Toyota Solara

• 2003 Mazda NHRA Summit Sport Compact Pro FWD Champion – Nelson Hoyos, Bothwell Motorsports/GM Racing Chevy Cavalier

• 2003 Mazda NHRA Summit Sport Compact Hot Rod Champion – Marty Ladwig, Bothwell Motorsports/GM Racing Pontiac Sunfire

• 2003 Mazda NHRA Summit Sport Compact All Motor Champion – Scott Mohler, Mopar Performance/Dodge Neon SRT-4

NDRA NOPI THE FAST & THE FURIOUS RACING SERIES

FINAL RESULTS

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion: Ara Arslanian, Street Glow/Bullish Racing Toyota Supra

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Outlaw RWD: Brent Rau, ACT/Osofast Racing Mitsubishi Eclipse

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Street Tire: Paul Efantis

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Stock Erick Aguliar

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Outlaw FWD: Steven Thompson

IDRC IMPORT DRAG RACING CIRCUIT

Next race: 11/22-23 IDRC International Finals, Los Angeles County Raceway, Palmdale, CA

USAR HOOTERS PRO CUP

Next race: 11/29 USA International Speedway, Lakeland, FL (delayed broadcast – 12/4; 7:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)

WRC WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 FIA World Rally Championship Drivers Champion – Petter Solberg, Subaru

• 2003 FIA World Rally Championship Manufacturers’ Champion – Citroen Xsara WRC

TECATE SCORE DESERT SERIES

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

CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACING LUCAS OIL SERIES

FINAL RESULTS:

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-4 Champion – Carl Renezeder

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-4 Champion – Ford

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-2 Champion – Scott Taylor

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-2 Champion – Chevrolet

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-Lite Champion – Jeff Kincaid

• 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

SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS

11/8 Western Desert Championship, Henderson, NV – RESULTS NOT AVAILABLE

BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

FINAL RESULTS:

• 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

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