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Rockville Rd. County Line Rd. SAT. 9-4 1 Mile North of 465 1 Mile West of 465 4 Miles South of 465 'We'll Beat Any 870-8770 271-1900 888-9900 Local Competitor's Prkel Luck changes for Jarrett, gives him Pocono victory D Driver's winless streak comes to an end as yellow flag comes out at just the right time. Associated Press LONG POND, Pa. Dale Jarrett was starting to wonder when his slump would end. He knew luck played a part when that finally happened Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Certain to be beaten by at least one driver who could have stretched his gas to the end, and being outrun by Ricky Rudd, Jarrett figured the Pocono 500 would be just another loss even though he was running well. "That last yellow, that's when you know that prayer works," he said. "When that caution came out, I knew we'd have a chance." Jarrett ended a 30-race losing streak and won for the third time in his career at Pocono. He passed Rudd, his Robert Yates Racing teammate, on the 195th of 200 laps, then won under caution after Rudd hit the wall with one lap to go. Rudd looked like the driver to beat, but had a late tire problem that made it easy for Jarrett. "Maybe not the best car but the , luckiest car won today," said Jarrett's crew chief, Todd Parrott. "You just keep praying, keep hoping and keep working." Rudd, who continues to run well but have late problems, was almost resigned to his fate. "I guess the good thing is we're up front when we have trouble," said Rudd, who finished 17th. Crew chief Michael "Fatback" McSwain was very upset by the team's continuing run of bad luck. A late tire problem also killed Rudd's' chance for winning a week earlier in Dover, Del. "Don't give me a gun to play with right now," McSwain said. "And you sure don't want to take me to Las Vegas with you." The victory was the first for 1999 Winston Cup champion Jarrett since last July in Loudon, N.H. 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That permitted Jarrett, Rudd and the other contenders to gas up and have plenty of time to get back to the front. "Knowing that everybody else had to stop, I could have started running half-throttle down the straightaways and really saved some extra gas," Martin said. "We feel like we would have easily been able to cover it." Jarrett felt sorry for Rudd, who ended an 88-race losing streak by winning this event last year. But Jarrett was delighted to cap a great weekend for his family. His son Jason finished second Saturday in the ARCA series race at Pocono. Even though he realized luck was on his side, Jarrett said a strong run put him in position to win. That hasn't been the case in many of his recent races. "If you put yourself in the top five, you've got a chance," he said. "I might have been able to catch Ricky, but passing him might have been another." He conceded Rudd had the best car, and said that teams constantly in contention are in position to have disappointments when things don't work out. "There's nothing I can say to make them feel better," Jarrett said. "That team has been going through this for three years. Today, at least his teammate benefited." The 45-year-old driver from Hickory, N.C., has not been effective for most of this season. His best previous finish was fourth in April in Martinsville, Va. The winner averaged 143.4Z6 mph in a race slowed for 17 laps by five cautions. The $3.6 million race had 17 lead changes among 12 drivers. Schumacher pads F-l lead by Miming Canadian GP German driver takes 43-point edge, comes close to clinching title with half of season left. Associated Press MONTREAL - Michael Schumacher insists race wins and championships are no longer his main goals. "I said in 2000 that from now on I just race for the pleasure, whether I win too many races or not, or championships," the German driver said Sunday after winning his 59th Grand Prix and making a record-tying fifth Formula One championship a virtual rubber stamp with half the season to go. "That's not really the driving motivation for me," he said after a workmanlike win in the Canadian Grand Prix, giving Ferrari its 150th victory. "It's the pleasure of the racing itself." The German driver obviously had a good time at Circuit Gilles Ville-neuve, where he won for the fifth time in 11 tries. He took the lead for good when pole-winner Juan Pablo Montoya made his second and final pit stop on lap 51 of the 70-lap event on the 2.747-mile, 13-turn road course. Montoya moved back to second when Schumacher's Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, pitted. But his challenge ended on lap 56 when smoke began pouring from the engine on his Williams BMW. His sixth win of the season stretched Schumacher's season lead to an eye-popping 43 points, putting him well on the way to matching Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five titles. Asked if he might wrap it up by July, Schumacher shrugged. j ilk. 'X 4 VtfM MarW fm 5, v Paul Chlasson Associated Press Winning team: Ferrari's Michael Schumacher (right) celebrates with race engineer Luca Baldissari after winning the Canadian Grand Prix for the fifth time in 11 races. "It's no point in thinking about it," he said. "We know we have a comfortable lead, but there is no point in thinking about when we can win it, just make sure we do win it." David Coulthard, whose McLaren Mercedes won two weeks ago in Monaco, inherited second place and fought off a strong attack from Barrichello the rest of the way. Meanwhile, . 33-year-old Schumacher, who also has a second and a third in 2002, added another 10 points to his lead as both Montoya and his Williams teammate, Ralf Schumacher, failed to score. Michael's brother had a problem in the pits with his fueling rig at mid-race and had to make an extra stop. He wound up seventh, one place out of the points. Montoya and Ralf Schumacher remain tied for second, now trailing 70-27, with Coulthard one point behind in fourth. Efesfi (Dash OSIBO ILoBIHISii H Jl Locally owned and operated' North ft t i' South 879-9oio 787.2150 Grand Prix of Monterey (Top finishers) Driver Car 1. Cristiano da Matta L-T 2. Christian Fittipaldl L-T ' 3. Kenny Brack L-T 4. Bruno Junqueira L-T 5. Patrick Carpentier R-F 6. Scott Dixon ' . , L-T 7. Townsend Bell R-T & Jimmy Vasser L-F ; 9. Michel Jourdain Jr. L-F 10. Alex Taglianl , , R-F Chassis: L-Lola, R-Reynard Engines: F-Ford, H-Honda, T-Toyota Series points leaders: Da Matta 51; Jourdain 46; Fittipaldi 43; Junqueira 38; Da-rio Franchitti 35. Da Matta dominates Monterey CART race Brazilian driver leads nearly flag to flag as he takes 2nd win of season, moves into points lead. Associated Press Cristiano da Matta loves any place called Monterey, no matter how it's spelled. Starting on a Championship Auto Racing Teams pole for the first time, da Matta pulled away from the competition Sunday to easily win the Bndgestone Grand Prix of Monterey, his second victory of the season, sixth of his CART career and fourth in his past seven races. Da Matta added the Monterey, Calif., title to his season-opening victory at the Tecate Telmex Da Matta Monterrey Grand Prix in Mexico on March 10. His unchallenged triumph more like a pleasant Sunday drive on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca moved him into the lead in the championship points race. "For me, it was a perfect day," he said. Da Matta's Newman-Haas teammate Christian Fittipaldi was second, 19.087 seconds behind. Kenny Brack, who started alongside da Matta in the front row, was third, 19.410 seconds behind the champion. It was the seventh 1-2 finish for Newman-Haas, and second at Laguna Seca. The top four finishers had Toyota engines, the first time that's happened in CART competition. Da Matta led 82 of the 87 laps, falling behind only when he went to the pits. The 28-year-old Brazilian won 22 of a possible 23 championship points. Of his 51 points this season, 49 have come on road courses. He leads second-place Michel Jourdain Jr. by five points. After a seven-car crash on the second turn at the start of the race, da Matta's car could not be caught. "We had a good start. That was my main concern," da Matta said. "Once I got in the clear, I knew I had a good car." At the start of the race, Jourdain was knocked into a spin in the crowded second turn, triggering a crash that involved seven cars and knocked Dario Franchitti and Adrian Fernandez out of the race. Team Kool Green had a miserable end to a bad week. After Franchitti was knocked out, teammate Paul Tracy was soon to follow. Tracy went to the pits after lap 16, and a crew member apparently failed to get the left rear tire on securely before the car sped away. Just after turn four, the tire flew off and sent Tracy's car spinning into the tire wall Rahal signs female driver Danica Patrick has signed with Team Rahal with the goal of getting behind the wheel of a CART entry in the next few years. The 20-year-old racing sensation from Roscoe, 111., will drive in three races this year in the Barber Pro Dodge series, the entry level in the CART ladder system for drivers. Next year, she will race a full season for Rahal in the Toyota Atlantic Series, the level just below CART. She will be the first woman driver in the Atlantic series since 1974. Patrick began racing go-karts at age 10 and won her first national championship at 12. At 15, she won two World Karting Association grand national titles and set her sights on auto racing. Driver dies In Southwest Series Driver John Baker was killed Saturday night in a crash during the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series K&N Filters 150 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. Baker, 49, of Tucson, Ariz., was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Baldwin Park, where he died, said Reyna DelHaro, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Baker, who was wearing a neck restraint, was slowing on the second turn of the half-mile oval when he was hit from behind and his car went headlong into an xit. f

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