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THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1995 X3 1 njoy the Hair After Earnhardt dictates lesson to Gordon Winston Cup points :leader earns his first checkered flag in the First Union 400. Associated Press . , North Wilkesboro, N.C. Dale Earnhardt showed that whipper-snapper Jeff Gordon a thing or .two, didn't he? , "Nah, this is early in the year." said Earnhardt, who emerged from the shadows cast by Gordon's early-season success to win his first Winston Cup event of the season Sunday, the First Union .400. A;. "One race don't win a championship." Earnhardt said. "One race don't win a season. Got to do a lot more than this." .... Gordon has been flexing his young muscles with his Chevrolet Monte Carlo, winning three times in the first six races and taking four poles Including the front spot at the .625-mile North Wilkesboro Speedway. He finished second to Earnhardt, the seven-time Winston Cup driving champion. The victory was the seventh in as many outings for the Monte Carlo. Earnhardt, who won for the nun time in 33 starts at North Wilkesboro, had opened up a lead of nearly seven seconds on Gordon with about 50 laps to go. Earnhardt had little trouble widening it as he closed in on the victory, his first since Rockingham last fall. His margin of victory was 13.48 seconds. Gordon was anything but disappointed, given his surprise at being on the pole to start the race. "This is something that we nev- on the pole and running second," he said. MILLER Continued from Page 1 years, including a devastating crash in 1990, but this personable young man never lost his drive. "Pat (Patrick) said it best, that I had some unfinished business in Indy-car racing," said Pruett, who broke his back, ankles, heels and knees when the brakes failed at West Palm Beach. Fla. during that '90 car test. "Firestone gave me an opportunity and I'm very grateful." Firestone's return, following a 20-year absence, has been as smooth as Pruett's . . . with very UNSER Continued from Page 1 , slide into the runoff area. . Then, in the closing stages after Andrettl had climbed back up to second from 11th despite losing first gear, the 1991 CART champion cooked his KmartTexaco '95 LolaFord into Turn 6 too hard and spun out again. "It looked like AI was having Hill avoids early pileup for Argentine GP win .- Associated Press T Buenos Aires, Argentina Da emon hiii was in tne ngnt place at :-thea start on the front row, where he avoided an eight-car pileup and the finish Sunday when he won the Argentine Grand .Prix. "I drove a very, very good race after making a bad start," Hill said. "The car was absolutely superb and we did three pit stops perfectly. "I have to thank the whole ' team as the boys did a great Job. ! It's easy to crack under that sort of pressure." The start could have been far : worse. Had H1U been farther back ; on the grid, he may have been ; caught in the accident that ; marred the return of the race to ' the Formula One schedule after a ' 14-year hiatus. The first turn crash Involved ' Jean Alesi, polesitter and Wil-! Hams-Renault teammate David ! Coultard, Olivier Panis, Heinz-; Harald Frentzen, Rubens Barl- NFL, NBA, Baseball, Hockey 1 College Sportiwur ' Mon.-Sat. 10-9; Sun. 11-5 , 2333N. POST DR. (i-7o Poit) 56th & GEORGETOWN (Croti Creek Centre) 895-7005 LOG07 FgP0RTSWEAR0UT First Union 400 At North Wilkesboro, N.C. Top 10 Finishers 1. Dale Earnhardt Chevy 2. Jeff Gordon Chevy 3. Mark Martin Ford 4. Rusty Wallace Ford 5. Steve Grissom Chevy 6. Ted Musgrave Ford 7. Sterling Marlin Chevy 8. Rick Mast Ford 9. Brett Bodine Ford 10. Darnell Waltrip Chevy Points leaders: Earnhardt 1,133, Marlin 1,077, Gordon 969, Martin 965, Terry Labonte 904. "Sorry we couldn't make a run of it with Earnhardt. He had it covered," Gordon said. Before Sunday, Winston Cup points leader Earnhardt was second in three races this season. He also had finished third, fourth and 25th. " "We were good at all the races this year. The opportunity didn't arise to win," Earnhardt said. "(Sunday) , our car was good and the driver used his head at the right times and the tires worked to our favor." Earnhardt said the biggest key to the victory was preserving tires and not to run so far on them that you fell behind before you could change them. "If you punished them at the wrong time, that would put you behind," he said. "The key to our running good Is not punishing our tires and being consistent on our tires." The early leaders were determined with the help of two caution flags within the first 65 laps. After Brett Bodine took an early lead over Gordon, Ward Burton's Chevrolet went into a spin out of turn two and made a loop In the consistent tires on the three street circuits and the only oval (Phoenix). "Firestone has to be conservative because we haven't had the opportunity to test on temporary circuits," continued Pruett. "I drove the wheels off this car all day and my tires' longevity were great." With a fourth at Miami, third at Australia, second at Long Beach and ninth at Phoenix. Patrick Racing already has 46 points and plenty of respect. Ironically, Pruett's most legitimate run came at Phoenix, when he tangled with Paul Tracy trying for second. "Al (Unser) said he's anxious to get back to ovals and so I am trouble so instead of collecting points I Just drove too hard. This was really disappointing because I made a mistake at the end that was uncalled for," said Andrettl, who's won three poles but no races so far in '95. Rahal, running second in the Miller Genuine '95 LolaMercedes, was within 2 seconds of Unser when his transmission pitched on Lap 77 and then Fittipaldi inherited second only to lose an engine. chello, Johnny Herbert and Pler-luigi Martini and Luca Badoer. All except Badoer were able to rejoin the race. The 32-year Hill averaged 100.923 mph. completing 72 laps on the 2.647-mlle Buenos Aires circuit in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 14 seconds. Alesj finished second in a Ferrari and ' defending Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was third in a Benetton-Renault. The race was stopped for 15 minutes because of the crash. No one was hurt In the melee, which occurred as the field tried to squeeze around the first turn. Schumacher, disqualified from the Brazilian Grand Prix for contravening fuel regulations, said tire problems thwarted his race plan. Hill put his Williams in the lead when Alesi pitted on the 26th lap. He had a half-second lead over the Frenchman by the 36th lap and increased the advantage with a third of the race remaining. MSI Family Owned & Operated Since 1928 FREE ESTIMATES TTR024 AIR CONDITIONERS X $1088 MEDIUM SIZE INCLUDES $100 LABOR ALLOW. I rrf,,,t t Ml. , - Assoc istsd Prsss WHERE HE WANTS TO BE: Defending NASCAR champ Dale Earnhardt and his wife, Teresa, celebrate his first win of '95. middle of the backstretch. That caution on lap 40 chased the leaders into the pits. Earnhardt, five spots ahead of Gordon on pit road, got back to the track first and gained the lead. On lap 64, Lake Speed and Dave Marcis tangled going into turn three. When the next round of pit stops was completed, Wallace sped out and took the lead. The biggest factor on the lead was the change in pit road at North Wilkesboro. Instead of slowing to reach the pit in turn four, drivers had to exit the track on because we'd be further ahead in the points if we hadn't had that incident at Phoenix. We were one of the fastest cars there, never out of the Top 3, and I'm looking forward to Nazareth." Where there's always plenty of traffic. Fabulous Fabi Another deserving driver with something to prove in 1995 is Teo Fabi and he's doing It. The 1983 Indy polesitter floundered with Jim Hall's team the past two years and thought his career was history. The quiet Italian's worst fear was that he would be remembered as someone who didn't live up to his potential. As Unser was cruising towards the checkered flag, lots of drama was going on behind him. Rookie Christian Fittipaldi had a marvelous drive in the Marlboro-Chapeco '95 ReynardFord, holding down third In the later stages, before his engine expired on the last lap and he wound up 14th. Pruett, in the factory Firestone '95 LolaFord, claimed second after Teo Fabi was given a late stop- Just by Bowling on jX. a Summer Team. foTI JubitttBtnvt f 1, 1 j Expo Bowl Woodland BoM Jf J UmsJ Winern Bowl Southm Buwi "jifa mm "There really are simple, medical solutions for common sexual concerns" Impotence Premature Ejaculation Lack of Desire INo Scalpel Vasectomy Complete Urology Services for a ConflftvnlM Appointment (317) 387-0602 3 THE GREY CLINIC For Sexual Medicine uu ft uX . n 1 r v i 1 V i i I I N the backstretch and, in Gordon's case, travel the entire length of the road to get new tires and gas. One of Gordon's scheduled stops on lap 140, dropped him from fourth to 16th and one lap down, although that turned out to be a momentary setback. Earnhardt stopped on lap 144, and Wallace followed him one lap later. There were 20 lead changes, but only three caution flags under the clear skies and warm temperatures that greeted the crowd of 56,000. But Jerry Forsythe, who brought him to Indianapolis, got back into IndyCar this year and hired his old buddy. Fabi qualified fifth at Australia and soldiered home seventh at Phoenix before Sunday's third that should have been second If not for that late stop-and-go penalty. "I guess I made a bad decision so I can't complain .... we had a good car (Sunday) and we got to lead some laps (13)," said Fabi, who hadn't been on the podium since finishing third in 1990 at The Meadowlands. "This is a new team, but we're learning and I'm looking forward to the future." and-go penalty in the Combustion Engineering '95 ReynardFord. Eddie Cheever, in the Copenhagen '95 LolaFord, ran out of fuel on the final corner but still took fourth, while Gugelmin recovered from a flat tire to place fifth in the Hollywood '95 ReynardFord. 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