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B-2 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- - MONDAY, JUNE 17, 1991 r X. x. V v V UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Fire and rescue personnel carry a chicken off the track at Long Pond, Pa. Racing in the NASCAR Spark Plug 500 there was yellow-flagged while the chicken was on the track. Rain doesn't delay Wtrip in Spark Plug 500 victory By MIKE OWEN ASSOCIATED PRESS Long Pond, Pa. Eleven months ago, Darrell Waltrlp could only start a race here. Sunday, he finished one In style. The three-time Winston Cup champion took the lead on the 183rd of 200 laps and sailed to a 1.92-second victory over Dale Earnhardt In the raln-dclayed NASCAR Champion Spark Plug 500 stock-car race at Pocono International Raceway. "1 knew 1 had a good car and I was real concerned about the rain delay," said Waltrlp, who won at an average speed of 122.691 mph after the 1-hour. 40-mlnute Interruption. Pole-sitter Mark Martin finished third, followed by Harry Cant and Geoff Bodine. It was Waltrlp's second victory with the team he began this season and his first since July 1981 at Pocono, where he has won three times. His other win this year came April 21 on a short track at North Wllkesboro, N.C.. in the First Union 400. He's not playing favorites, short track vs. superspeedway. "A win's a win," he said. "That was the first win with our team . . . and this is more of the same. We just want to win races. We just want to be competitive." Last July, Waltrlp ran one lap here to earn driver points while nursing a broken left leg. kneecap and arm from an accident in practice two weeks earlier. It was the 500th start of Waltrlp's career. "That was probably the dumbest thing we ever did," said Waltrip, who had to be carried Into and out of his car that day. He started 13th Sunday but made It clear early that he could be a force. He came out of the pits In fourth place after the first yellow flag caused when a chicken wandered onto the track on Lap 19 and ran competitively the rest of the day. Rain stopped the race with Jimmy Spencer In the lead after 138 laps on the 2'a-mile tri-oval. Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 144 before a crash by Mickey Glbbs caused another caution on 148. Ricky Rudd, Earnhardt. Ernie Irvan and Gant asserted themselves over the next several laps of green-flag racing while Waltrlp moved close. After the last of seven cautions. Earnhardt took the lead from Michael Waltrip, Darrell's younger brother, when the green waved on Lap 170. Darrell then moved up and took the lead, his third of the day, on Lap 183 and Earnhardt couldn't challenge. "The car started vibrating and that's when Darrell got by me," Earnhardt said. "It got worse and worse every lap." Fittipaldi k Continued from Page 1 ners and was locking the brakes up in some places, but I was doing the same thing. We were both driving very hard." Fittipaldi. asked if he had talked with his wife since winning the race, said, "No, I talked to her before the race began and everything was fine. I have to call soon. Maybe I'm a father again." The wild Incident that Interrupted the race began Innocently enough with Dennis Vltolo. already far off the leaders' pace, stopped in the fourth turn, a blind, slow right-hander. The transmission was frozen and the corner workers could not push It out of the way. so one of two safety trucks drove to the site and pulled In front of the stalled car to tow it back to the pits. The car was hooked up and the truck was Just about to pull away when Mario Andretti, near the back of the lead lap after a flat tire slowed him in the early going, came around the turn hard and slid into the back of the safety vehicle, the nose of his car under the truck and the rear partially blocking the track. Several cars. Including that of leader Fittipaldi, made it through the narrow space, but second-place Michael Andretti, the pole-winner and defending race champion, skidded into Vltolo's stopped car. That pretty much blocked the track and Rahal. running third, had to come to a full stop to keep from hitting anyone. CART officials then red-flagged the rest of the field while the mess was cleared. Michael's car was too badly damaged to continue, but Mario's car was towed to the pits and he was able to get it repaired and restarted. "I was In first gear," Michael said. "I was taking It easy because I knew there was trouble ahead. It's a totally blind corner. They put the safety car right In - vi.i ll 'I- I' I J? '-' mar 1 1 III Emerson Fittipaldi passes statue en route to victory. the line. There should have been a full-course yellow." Mario, who angrily told his crew his version of the accident In the pits, cooled down before talking to the media. "This car was the only thing I could see coming around the corner. I didn't know that big truck was out there. Usually In a situation like that, you have a full-course yellow," Andretti said. Nobody was injured In the Incident. ASSOCIATED PRESS in front of the Spirit of Detroit BRIEFLY Sports JL m i-: Norman FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS GOLF Norman may visit golf shrink After Greg Norman pulled out of the U.S. Open Friday, citing a worsening hip ailment that led to lower back spasms, he spoke briefly with noted golf shrink Dr, Richard Coop before departing Hazcltine National Golf Club In Chaska, Minn. A source close to Coop, a psychologist from Chapel Hill, N.C., said Norman, whose career has been lackluster lately, expressed interest In starting a program of consultation. However, Coop, who regularly works with Payne Stewart and other top tour pros, was vague about his conversation with Norman. He said nothing was set up with Norman, but he planned to discuss the possibility of treating Norman with Stewart after the Open. "Obviously, Dr. Coop and some other other psychologists are effective," Norman said. "I'm sure working with a psychologist Is like getting tips from teaching pros or any other source. If it helps you, fine. But I've never experienced anything like that to have someone else tell you how to think." Norman denied Sunday that he has already asked for an appointment with Dr. Coop. Walker nabs Lady Keystone title Colleen Walker followed an eagle and a birdie with a safe par on the final hole for a 5-under-par 67 Sunday and a two-stroke victory in the LPGA's $400,000 Lady Keystone Open at Hershey, Pa. Walker, who took home $60,000, finished 54 holes with a 9-under-par 207 total, Beth Daniel could have tied Walker on the final hole with a birdie, but her approach shot flew the green and she bogeyed to finish with a 70, tied with Kris Tschetter. who had a final-round 68. Thompson wins Syracuse Classic Rocky Thompson sank a short par putt on the 18th hole Sunday, then had to wait until two-time defending champion Jim Dent bogeyed before the $400,000 MONY Syracuse Senior Classic became his first tour victory. Thompson finished at 17-under-par 199 to win the $60,000 first prize. BASEBALL Police seize Clemens' gun permit A gun permit held by Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was seized by local police, who cited concerns about his arrest In Texas earlier this year for allegedly assaulting a police officer. The permit was seized by Framlngham. Mass.. police officers Friday pending a hearing before Police Chief Brent Larabee. No hearing date was set. Last January, he was arrested with his brother Gary outside a Texas bar. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, which was later reduced by a grand Jury to a misdemeanor charge. Clemens pled not guilty May 16. Coleman placed on disabled list The New York Mets have placed National League stolen-base king Vlnce Coleman on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday because of the left hamstring the centerflelder strained Friday night. To fill the roster vacancy, the Mets reactivated Keith Miller. BOXING Fighter regains consciousness Kid Akeem Anlfowoshe regained consciousness Sunday after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain following a loss to 1BF Junior bantamweight champion Robert Qulroga. "He's still In critical condition, but he's stable. He's awake, and he's responding to verbal commands," a spokesman at Baptist Medical Center In San Antonio said Sunday. AUTO RACING Patrese wins Mexican Grand Prix Ricardo Patrese outduclcd Williams Renault teammate Nigel Manscll Sunday to win the Mexican Grand Prix auto race at Mexico City. Ayrton Senna of Brazil, the leader in the season points chase, also matched his starting position by finishing third. It was the second defeat in a row for Senna's McLaren-Honda, which dominated earlier In the season by winning the first four races of the year. Taylor captures Mardi Gras race Wayne Taylor took the lead Just after the halfway point of the Mardl Gras Grand Prix and was ahead by almost a minute when rain washed out the final 15 minutes of the race through the downtown streets In New Orleans. Taylor, driving a Chevrolet Intrepid, produced the first IMSA victory In five years for an American engine builder. He averaged 60.126 mph and pocketed $95,000 for his first victory In 21 career IMSA starts. TENNIS McEnroe victorious in Davis Cup John McEnroe, his temper and his touch warming for greater tests ahead, beat Emlllo Sanchez 6-4, 3-6. 6-3 Sunday as the United States completed a 4-1 victory over Spain In the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Rick Leach, filling In for Injured Brad Gilbert in the final match on the grass at Newport (R.I.) Casino, lost the final match to Tomas Carbonell, 7-6(7-1). 5-7, 6-4. Edberg trips Wheaton in final Stefan Edberg tuned up for his defense of the Wimbledon title by winning the $500,000 gueens Club grass court tennis tournament for the first time, beating American David Wheaton 6-2. 6-3 in Sunday's final at London. Martina takes Edgbaston crown Martina Navratllova defeated Natalia Zvereva to win Sunday's final In the $150,000 Edgbaston women's grass-court tournament at Birmingham. England, regaining the title she captured in 1989. Top-seed Navratllova beat the fourth-seeded Zvereva 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) to claim the $27,000 first prize and her 155th tournament title. FOOTBALL Vols' NCAA hearing postponed A money squabble between fired Tennessee assistant football coach Jack Sells and the university's athletic department has postponed indefinitely a hearing over alleged NCAA violations. Sells was fired June 7 In connection with the six charges of rules violations. A hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions was set for June 28-30 in Monterey. Calif. But Tom Jones, an attorney representing Sells, requested and received an Indefinite postponement from NCAA headquarters In Kansas. HOCKEY Winnipeg set on new head coach The Winnipeg Jets have called a news conference today to formally Introduce their new head coach, John Paddock. The NHL team has made no secret that Its ninth head coach will be Paddock. 37. The deal has been waiting approval from the New York Rangers. BASKETBALL Loughery likely new Heat coach Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Kevin Loughery, a former teammate of Miami owner Billy Cunningham, has been named the Heat's head coach, according to a broadcast report Sunday. The report on Miami's WTVJ. an NBC affiliate, was attributed to unidentified sources. Spokesmen for both the Hawks and Heat said Sunday night that they were unaware the hiring decision had been made. "It may be true. There's been nothing told to me," Heat spokesman Mark Pray said. Hawks spokesman Arthur Trlche said he was aware of the report, but hadn't heard anything official. Chioccioli wins Tour of Italy title ASSOCIATED PRESS Milan. Italy Italy's Franco Chioccioli Sunday captured the Tour of Italy cycling race, his first major triumph. Chlocclolo, a 10-year veteran racer at age 31. finished In the same time as the winner of Sunday's 21st and last stage of the tour. 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