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D4 THURSDAY. MAY 14. 1998 V INDY 500 AUTO RACING THE SAUNA JOURNAL Luyendyk strives for a third victory 'Flying Dutchman' won at the historic track last year as well as in 1990 By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Fast is no problem for Arie Luyendyk at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Luyendyk has been among the quickest on the 2 H-mile oval almost since the day he first put a wheel on the historic track in 1985. The Dutch driver finished seventh that year, earning rookie-of- the-year honors. But that was only the beginning. In 1990, Luyendyk ran away with the Indianapolis 500, with a record average speed of 185.981 mph. Last year, starting from the pole for the second time, he outgunned then-teammate Scott Goodyear in a one-lap dash to the finish by 0.57- seconds — the third-closest finish in 81 years of racing at The Brickyard. Among his other records at Indy are the fastest lap ever recorded in practice, 239.620 mph; the fastest single lap in qualifying, 237.498; and the fastest four-lap qualifying run, 236.986 — all in 1996. His victory last year was rewarded with the biggest winner's purse in auto racing history, $1,553,650. Luyendyk's career Indy winnings are a record $4,950.819. AP file photo Arle Luyendyk sprays champagne after winning the Indy 500 last year for the second time. Luyendyk has several Indy speed records. So what can the "Flying Dutchman" do for an encore? "We're here to win the race again," he said. "It's going to be tougher this year because we've got 12 to 15 guys that could be really in there. But what we've got going for us is the Treadway Racing team is back pretty much the way it was last year, and everybody knows what it takes to win this race." Luyendyk, at 44, is one of the more experienced drivers and certainly one of the biggest stars in the Indy Racing League — the brainchild of speedway president Tony George. With the more-established teams and driving stars of the open-wheel sport remaining aligned with Championship Auto Racing Teams, the IRL was considered by many a second-rate act starring at Indy — the biggest stage in auto racing. But no one can deny that the new league, now supported by series sponsor Pep Boys, has put on two fast, exciting Indy 500s and appears to be making strides in establishing itself as a viable alter- native to CART. Team-owner Fred Treadway, who says his life has changed since his G Force-Aurora won the world's richest race last May, is a solid backer of the IRL. "I came into this sport after the split began, and I'm not involved in the politics," the Indianapolis businessman said. "I like CART and I go to CART races, but I'm a true believer in the IRL. I just think they're selling two very different products." As for Indy, the victory last year has truly touched Treadway. "I hate to say it, but it almost adds instant credibility to our team, and I'm more noticeable in public now," he said. "I was always a pretty private guy, but now people in restaurants, especially in Indy and around the Midwest, they'll see Treadway Racing on my credit card and say, 'Hey, you won Indy, didn't you?' "Actually, I'd rather just stay old Fred Treadway, who nobody knows much about. Let Arie have the celebrity status." Luyendyk definitely has that. And he goes into Indy as a co-favorite with reigning IRL champion Tony Stewart — who has yet to win the 500. "There's not much question that those guys (Stewart and Team Menard) are the guys we'll have to beat this year to win the pole and to win this race," Luyendyk said. "They really seem to have their act together." CART-IRL division frustrates Andretti By The Associated Press Michael Andretti, who longs to match his father's Indianapolis 500 victory in 1969, will miss the big race for the third straight year because of the continuing split between Championship Auto Racing Teams and the Indy Racing League. Andretti, 36, one of the biggest stars in the CART series, still finds it hard to believe that he and many of his peers are no longer racing at Indy. "It's definitely on our minds this month," said Andretti, who will drive in the Motorola 300 at Gateway International Speedway, across the river from St. Louis, Mo., on May 23, the day before the 500. "It is something that just will always bug me, and the questions still come up. I think the IRL is something that will be a thorn in our side for a long time." The IRL was created in 1996 by Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as a lower-cost, all-oval- racing alternative to CART. Last year, the split became ; even wider when the IRL began using totally different cars and engines. -.--.. "It's just a shame that it (the IRL) is even there," Andretti said. "There is no reason for it to be there. Just imagine if Indianapolis and CART were together right now with the way times are going for auto racing. Just think how much bigger . they both would have been." Most people agree, and the TV numbers tend to support the contention that the creation of the IRL has hurt the overall popularity of the sport. "I really feel if the two (sides) would have joined forces and been together at this time, we would be probably not as big as NASCAR, but we would be competing with NASCAR and be much more a thorn in NASCAR's side," Andretti said. "Losing Indianapolis was a shame, and I think it hurt Indianapolis more than CART. "I think Indy never will be the same unless you get this resolved. I think the whole city of Indianapolis is taking a huge hit over this." Special Advertising Feature THE WINSTON CUP CIRCUIT All Times Eastern • Winston Cup Qualifying 5:30 p.m.'Friday • SV • Winston Cup, Th» Winston 7 p.m. • Saturday • TNN • Bubble Day, Indianapolis 500 5 p.m. • Sunday • TNN THE WINSTON CUP SERIES COMING UP: The Winston WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C. WHEN: Saturday, May 18 DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jeff Gordon QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, Ford, 143.272 mph, May 16, 1997 (qualifying run Includes a two-tire pit stop). RACE RECORD: Davey Allison, Ford, 168.750 mph, May 19, 1991. WWWWWWYWV ALMOST HOMl COOKING The Sandwich Construction Co. (Hwy. 49, near Charlotte Motor Speedway) Is where the racing- themed restaurant craze got its start. The place has many Imitators, and the latest, Stock Car Cafe, is located In, of all places, Douglas International Airport, entry point for a number of NASCAR fans. Gordon POINTS MNH»GT WINSTON CUP 1. JsremyMayfield. 1.457 2. Terry Ubonte, 1,421. 3. Jeff Gordon, 1,410. 4. Rusty Wallace, 1,384. 5. Mark Martin. 1.334. 6. Dale Jarrett. 1,295. 7. Dale Earnhardt, 1.223. 8. Jimmy Spencer, 1,184. 9. Bobby Labonte, 1,169. 10. KenSchrader, 1,158, NOTABLE: For the first time, a pair of 25-lap qualifying races on Friday will set the field for the Winston Open, the preliminary race whose winner trans- BUSCH 1. M. Mclaughlin. 1.369. 2. Matt Kenseth. 1.364. 3. D.Earnhardt Jr., 1,339. 4. Buckshot Jones, 1,310 5. Randy UJole, 1.250. 6. Elliott Sadler, 1,208. 7. Dick Trickle. 1,195. 8. Jason Keller, 1,168. 9. Hermle Sadler. 1,156. 10. Mike Dillon. 1.145. ~FROMBSTW£EK" TRUCK 1. Jack Sprague. 640. 2. Ron Homaday. 822. 3. Stacy Compton, 728. 4. Jay Sauter, 718. 5. Rick Carelll. 697. 6. Joe Ruttman. 678. 7. Randy Tolsma. 624. 7. Bryan Reffner, 624. 9. Tony Raines, 605. 10. Bob Keselowskl, 603. fers Into The Winston. ... Dale Earnhardt Is the only three-time winner. The late Davey Allison and Jeff Gordon each won twice. BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL COMING UP: Corestates 200 WHERE: Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway WHEN: Sunday, May DEFENDING CHAMPION: Elliott Sadler QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike McLaughlln, Chevrolet, 124.903 mph, May 12,1995. RACE RECORD: | Chad Little, Ford, 104.972 mph, May 13, 1995. NOTABLE: Pontlac registered a 1-2 finish last week at New Hampshire, with Buckshot Jones and Tony Stewart taking the first two places. ... Stewart will be occupied by the Indianapolis SCO for the next couple of weeks, and Bobby Labonte, a winner at Darlington, will take over his No. 44 Grand Prix. Little PROFILE David Green BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL Buckshot Jones assumed control after the halfway point and breezed to a victory over fellow Pontiac driver Tony Stewart in the Gumout Long Life Formula 200 at Loudon. It was the Georgia driver's second career victory and his first since a triumph on the Milwaukee Mile back in July of 1996. Teen-aged standout Casey Atwood started on the front raw for the second time this season and proved that the first qualifying performance, at home track Nashville, was not a fluke. CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES The weekly rivalry between 1997 champion Jack Sprague and '96 champ Ron Homaday continued at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., with Sprague holding off Homaday in the drivers' second 1-2 finish of the year. Sprague's victory gave Chevrolet a 3-2 edge over Ford in manufacturer wins, with Dodge, a two-time winner in 1997, still wlnless. Ironically, the series next visits I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., on May 23. That track was the site of the first Dodge victory, by Tony Raines, one year ago. TOPTfN" Weekly rankings by NASCAR This Week writer Monte Dutton. Last week's ranking is In parentheses. 1. Mark Martin (1) Only man with 3 wins 2. Jeff Gordon (2) No place like Charlotte 3. Jeremy Mayfleld (3) Everything but a win 4. Terry Labonte (4) Seldom a wrong move 5. Bobby Labonte (5) Seeking consistency 6. Rusty Wallace (6) Time for a W 7. Dale Earnhardt (7) Slumping since Daytona 8. Dale Jarrett (8) Mysterious engine woes 9. Jeff Burton (9) Could use a lift 10. Bill Elliott (10) If not for bad luck ... _ _ ,«..., John Clark/NASCAR This Week David Green, left, believes communication is vital to a racing team's success. ONTHESCHlDBil T Date May 16 May 24 May 31 June 6 June 14 Juno 21 June 28 July 4 July 12 July 26 Aug. 1 AU.I. 9 Aug. 16 Aug. 22 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 12 Rao The Winston. Concord, N.C.' Coca-Cola 600. Concord. N.C. Miller 500, Dover. Del. Pontiac 400. Richmond. Va. Miller 400. Brooklyn. Mich. Pocono 500. Long Pond, Pa. Save Mart 300. Sonoma. Calif. Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. Jiffy Lube 300. Loudon, N.H. Pennsylvania 500. Long Pond, Pa. Brickyard 400, Speedway, Ind. Bud at the Glen, Watklns Glen, N.Y. DeVilbiss 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Goody's 500, Bristol, Tenn. CMT 300, Loudon, N.H. Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Exide 400, Richmond, Va. 1997 Winner J. Gordon J. Gordon Rudd R. Wallace In/an J.Gordon Martin Andretti J. Burton Jarrett Rudd J. Gordon Martin Jarrett J. Gordon J. Gordon Jarrett Polo Elliott J. Gordon B. Labonte T. Labonte Jarrett Hamilton Martin Skinner Schrader Namechek Irvan T. Bodine Benson K. Wallace Schrader B. Labonte Elliott 'All-star event FEUD OF THE WEK By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week The former Busch Grand National champion has found the going rough in the Winston Cup Series. David Green Joined the Winston Cup Series in 1997, moving up with his BGN car owner, Buz McCall. McCall was tremendously successful as a car owner in the SCCA Trans-Am road racing series before moving over to NASCAR. Green has two brothers, Jeff and Mark, who are also active as drivers in Winston Cup and Busch Grand National. AGE: 40 WIFE: Diane CHILD: KaylieRae (11 months) CAR: No. 96 Caterpillar Chevrolet Monte Carlo, owned by Buz McCall. CAREER RECORD: 35 starts, 0 wins, 0 poles, 0 top- five finishes, 0 top 10s, career earnings of nearly $800,000. FIRSTS (WINSTON CUP): Start (Feb. 23, 1997, at Rock- Ingham), pole (none), win (none). DOES THE DANGER OF DRIVING AT TRACKS LIKE TALLADEGA AND TEXAS BOTHER YOU? "You're so comfortable with the cars we have nowadays. Safety Is the ultimate thing. When you're out there running, you don't think about fear until it's over. You look at the replay and say that's a pretty big wreck, but these are the greatest drivers in the world and you don't think about It." HOW TOUGH IS IT TO BECOME COMPETITIVE WITH A NEW TEAM? "The key Is having the right people putting their heads together and communicating. Communication Is the biggest thing. We've got good people, but when our communication got better, and we set out to fix our problems to the best of our abilities, and all of a sudden things started happening. ... We've had some sleepless nights. Thank goodness the sponsor has been willing to stay behind us." DO THE RUMORS THAT HAVE BEEN SWIRLING AROUND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT? "The rumors have gone because we've had other things to talk about. Rumors always hurt. It doesn't matter if you're a driver, a sponsor, an owner or whoever you might be. It hurts the most when you know you're giving 100 percent. I don't play around through the week. I stay In the best physical shape I can. When I get to the track on weekends, I'm tesdy to do battle and give 100 percent." Jack Sprague vs. Ron Hornaday . veteran driver ran out of tires before he could catch Sprague. NASCAR This Week writer Monte Dutton give* hi* opinion: "Ridicule the Truck Series all you want, but the rivalry between these two may be the best one going in all The two top dogs In the Craftsman Truck Series have staged a pair of battle royals this season on the short tracks, with each driver winning one of the 1 -2 finishes between the two. Homaday made another charge at Sprague Saturday at Monroe, Wash., but this time the TRIVIA Of NASCAR." .,,,„ ,. WHO'S HOT? ^" Mark Martin, who shows signs of dominating. WHO'S NOT? Kyle Petty, who's been running most of his miles on a Hariey. 1. Who was the only Winston Cup champion to hold a college deoree? 2. Who was NASCAR's first rookie of the year? esei ui •uinou «po 4S -j IWTOI u« w 'I 8U3MSNV AROUND THE GARAGE FROM THE ARCHIVES: The rich history of NASCAR One of the earliest depictions of NASCAR stock car racing on the screen was 1960's "Thunder in Carolina" with Rory Calhoun. Most of the footage was taken during Darlington Raceway's Southern 500, and while the picture was no classic, it does make for interesting viewing for the fan interested in the sport's history. The late Joe Weatherly, a two-time Grand National (now Winston Cup) champion, makes a cameo appearance. Dallenbach likely to join Team Hendrick Chevrolet By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week wally Dallenbach Jr. will likely be phased in as driver of the No. 50, Budweiser-sponsored Team Hendrick Chevrolet until regular driver Ricky Craven is medically able to return. Dallenbach, released at the end of April as driver of Felix Sabales' No. 46, will drive lite car in (he Winston Open on May 16 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Randy LaJoie, who has had some success in the car, will then return for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 and the Miller 500 at Dover on May 31. "We had a commitment through Dover when we first made this Randy didn't want to Busch team, and itli tired a little bit," said John Hendrick. ^ Craven is suffering from the lin- $ering : elTeittSWveral concussions nnd awaitsffidlcil clearance before he isable to rcjturn. He also rccenily-unatfwent knee surgery. Of Craven, Hendricfc said, "He , very much wants to be back inline 50 car this year, and thatlj our ~ " Ricky is working hard jr> get i self physically fit Ufc'haye.Jg . prepared fbirj. jf he catj|j$ r retum." ,.tbc roa^coursejtgears Point, June 128) for Us ajgiinay be in the car as ^rly as fljchrnond (June 6) or right after Richmond." '"*? LaJoie has a Conflict duoilg Winston weekpd becausfcthe Busch Grand Nat/gat cars I race in I HELP FJROM2BS FRIENDS* 5 theWui^cfljl frocynics who have that most of the sport i _ stars seem to vault to the top •.because of family connec- tjons^personal wealth. Mayfield artiyed in NASCARi premier division irf hiij mid-iOs without either. "My family helped'Bie as best, they could," saii MayfielcL^to ~'-:\ will turn 29 later this monfli; "1 ! H moved to Nashville (frotn"0wiens-y boro, Ky.) and got in with the Sadlers (Sadler & Sons Racing), and they supported me. They gave me my first break, gof me in the ARCA series and helped me meet a lot of people. I had friends like Bobby Hamilton and Darrell Wai- trip, plus a lot of other people I met along the way, and they really gave me directions to follow. "Cale Yarborough gave me a big break and hired me as his driver when I had only eight (Winston Cup) races under me. I appreciate that; then, of course, Michael Kranefuss (his present car owner) wanted me to drive his car. "It's still about desire and determination," he said. UBcnFrom Dear NASCAR This Week, My son and I have been NASCAR fans for a few years now and grew to love it even more as we became disillusioned with Indy-car racing and all of its controversy. I love everything about NASCAR and, even though I have a very interesting lifestyle flying jets for a major airline, my thrill of a lifetime came when I went to the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Charlotte, N.C., last summer, a gift from my wife. My question is this. With the huge potential of the Chicago area for NASCAR, is there any effort being made to construct a race track within driving distance? I would give anything to see this happen. Rick Husted McHenry, III. Dear Rick, The Chicago area is one that has drawn the attention of several groups. So far, none of the various plans has succeeded, partially because of the opposition of citizen groups lobbying against such a facility being built in their neighborhoods. Take heart, though. It is probably just a matter of time. If you've got a question or a comment, write: NASCAR This Week Your Turn, o/o The Gaston Gazette, 2500 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, N.C. 28054 • Newt Moore and his Square D pit crew overcame a costly mistake on pit road — a tire came off when Kenny Wallace pulled off - to get Wallace back Into contention In the DleHard 500. Wallace's seventh- place finish was his third top 10 of the year, one more than all of last season. No Jeff Gordon fan should be without "One In a MMon" (ESPN video), a recounting of his 1997 Winston Cup championship. The camaraderie between Gordon and crew chief Ray Evemham Is vividly demonstrated, and considerable attention Is afforded to his chief rivals, Dale Jarrett and Mark Martin. Entertaining and historically significant RACING ON Dick Trickle; America Wlnnlngest Driver www.geocWes.com/ r MotorClty/2302/' Strong I Copyright 1988 Th« Gallon (N.C.) Gazette • Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate (800) 255-6734 . For release week of May 11 there n ). t; Page Deeign by Erin PotiefAha Gaslon Qaielte DRIVING DEPENDABILITY HOME TIGER PAW Km 9 All-Season Radius The aggressively responsive, all-season, steel-belted radial with road-hugging performance and super-smooth ride. Bengston Tire Oil & Lube $1/195 • •J^B Includes up to ™ • 5 quarts of oil Plus FREE 15 Point Inspection Call Now! 785-823-6372 Bennett Autoplex, Inc. Service Department 651 S. 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