The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on October 22, 1990 · Page 35
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1990 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- Kulwicki hangs on for Rockingham win ASSOCIATED PRESS N.C. For to sponsor a Alan Kulwicki Rockingham, anyone looking NASCAR driver, left his calling card at the finish line of the North Carolina Motor Speedway by winning Sunday's AC Delco 500. Kulwicki held off Bill Elliott and took advantage of a last-minute caution flag to break a two-year winless streak and capture the 492-lap race. After this season's remaining two races, Kulwicki will need someone to sponsor his team, and Sunday's victory didn't hurt his reputation at all. "We've done the best we can for them." Kulwicki said of his sponsor. "I think we've got a good team. We're looking forward to the future. And I'm sure we're going to make a good team for another sponsor next year." Kulwicki says he has no sponsors on the horizon, but is looking. "1 think we've got the best available team out there," he said. The race within the race between Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt didn't really materialize. In the battle for the driving championship, second-place Earnhardt gained Just four points on Martin after the pair started in the middle of the pack and failed to gain on the leaders. "That's better than losing four," Earnhardt said. "What a messed-up day. We Just couldn't go anywhere." With two races left. Martin, who finished 11th on Sunday, has 4.120 points. Earnhardt, who was 10th, has 4,075. Martin has to finish third or better in the remaining two races, at Phoenix and Atlanta, to clinch the championship. Martin, who started 21st Just behind Earnhardt, got no closer than ninth place during the cloudy and cool afternoon. Earnhardt was up to sixth after 180 laps, but he dropped a lap to the leaders late in the race and never got it back. Kulwicki, driving a Ford, took his last victory at Phoenix in 1988, a drought covering 57 races. He is the 13th driver to win a race In 1990, one short of the record set in 1988. But before Kulwicki coasted to the checkered flag, he had to drive all out to keep Elliott's Ford behind him. "Last year, we ran good a lot of times, but we'd break down. Now, it's a nlght-and-day difference in our reliability." Elliott held the lead for 45 laps until Kulwicki overtook him for the last time on lap 376. With Elliott running out of time to make up a gap of several seconds, Darrell Waltrip's Chevrolet spun out between Turns 3 and 4 of the 1.017-mile track. The caution flag went up on lap 491 and Kulwicki crossed the start-finish line with just the red pace car In front of him. "You never know what's going to happen on a restart," Kul- CART Continued from Page 1 stay with him early in the race," Unser said. "Then I got some help from traffic and I was able to stay with him until the first pit stop. After that stop, it (traffic) seemed to work to his advantage and he Just got away from us." Sullivan, who averaged 103.556 mph and won $86,908, was emotional following the fast race. After taking off his helmet, he said: "I'm having a real hard time. This is great. I'm kind of thinking about everything that went on these past six years (with Penske). It was a great day. It feels real good." Unser, who had 11 top-five finishes and a series-leading six victories in 16 races, came into the finale with his first CART PPG Cup title already wrapped up. His second-place finish pushed the second-generation Indy-car star's point total to 210, -breaking the mark of 196 set by 1989 champion Emerson Fitti-paldi. Michael Andretti beat Rick Mears in a wild battle for third, wrapping up second place In the series with 181 points. Mears was next with 168, followed by Bobby Rahal with 153, Fittlpaldi with 149 and Sullivan with 137. Mears actually made a spec tacular pass on Andretti two laps from the end to take third place, but the defending race champion ran out of fuel on the last lap and Andretti whipped past the slow-moving Mears just before the line. Rahal was fifth and Fittipaldi. the last driver on the lead lap, sixth. There were no serious accidents and no injuries reported in the race, which saw the Porsche team make its final CART appearance. Teo Fabi was seventh and teammate John Andretti eighth for Porsche, which will concentrate on its sports car and Formula One entries In 1991. Didier Theys, substituting In this race for the Injured A.J. Foyt, drove a solid race and finished just in the points In 12th, three laps down. Mario Andretti, Michael's father and teammate, failed to win a race for the second straight season. He started from the outside of the first row, but went out of the race before the end of the second lap with an electrical problem. Rahal, a two-time CART champion, also failed to win a race this season, the first time in his nine-year Indy-car career. Unser's teammate closed the season with five second-place finishes and a pair of thirds. The race was run under cloudless skies with temperatures iri the high 70s. A crowd estimated at more than 50.000 turned out for the event. Thomas, Laimbeer undergo surgery KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer had surgery Sunday for injuries sustained In Detroit's 101-82 loss to Seattle Saturday night. Surgeons repaired a ruptured tear duct in Thomas' left eye Sunday morning and Laimbeer's fractured left cheekbone Sunday night. The operations were successful. Thomas was hurt when he was poked in the eye by Seattle's Sedale Threatt in the first quarter as Threatt took a shot. One stitch closed the wound, but the eye remained discolored after the game. 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It took 3 hours. 59 minutes. 27 seconds, the second time in the history of the 26-year-old speedway that a race was completed in under four hours. After early jockeying among five drivers, Kyle Petty's Pontiac was starting to run away from the field. The charge ended when his car developed engine trouble and began to slow on lap 263. By lap 300, Petty had dropped back to sixth and never made up ground. He finished 20th. From there, the duel developed between Kulwicki and Elliott, the pair battling for the lead between lap 300 and the final turn. GOLF CLUBS NEW, USED & REPAIRS CUSTOM FIT CLUBS KEYSTONE GOLF 53S M. KEYSTONC 251-7775 COED VOLLEYBALL Sat. Evening League 10 Games $225 898-2233 4002 N. Franklin Rd. iiiii FONTAINE TRUCK EQUIPMENT COMPANY & ! 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