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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1998 5C . .J If J If , ,.-: ... i -4 Wills iealers II Uilil Ifellll Top points leaders to date: And the Mo. 1 reason why he owns a race car is . . . I could feel the heat radiating off of the helmet while I was sliding. It was incredible It was actually kind of cool." ARIE LUYENDYK, on his upside-down slide, in Turn 2 on Sunday during the Indy Racing , League's Dura-Lube 200 at Phoenix. 7. Gil de Ferran 8. Bryan Herta 9. Dario Franchitti 10. Maurlcio Gugelmln 11. Patrick Carpentler 12. Mark Blundell Winston Cup 1. Rusty Wallace 0 races won, 835 points a " hr infirm I Mffh 'J i mi mi Ricky Craven WHO: Winston Cup's 1995 rookie of the year i's out for at least three months with post-con-' ""1 cussion svndrome from iniu- crTT1 IRL Tony Stewart 1 race won, 95 poitns Driver points 1. Tony Stewart 95 2. Scott Sharp 78 3. Jeff Ward 73 4. Stephan Gregolre 64 5. Sam Schmidt 48 6. Billy Boat 46 7. Mark Dismore 44 8. Scott Goodyear 41 tie MikeGroff 41 10. Davey Hamilton 39 11. Bun Catkins 38 12. Raul Boesel 36 tie. Tyce Carlson 36 14. Kenny Brack 33 15. John Paul Jr. 31 16. Arte Luyendyk 30 17. Robbie Buhl 28 18. Eddie Cheever Jr. 26 tie. Jimmy Kite 26 20. Eliseo Sslazar 25 Craftsman Trucks Ron Hornaday rr y . I ...... ' l-H !" ries lingering from an April crash at Texas Motor Speedway. He sustained another crash in the next-to-last race of the 1997 season, and began 1998 with a crash during a qualifying race at Day-tona. Craven raced in the first four events this season before doctors grounded him L f sw i; .1 180 Driver points 3. Jeremy AAayfleld 781 3. Date Earnhardt 70S 4. Jeff Gordon 6M 5. Bill Elliott 680 6. Terry Labonte 676 7. Mark Martin 653 8. Jell Burton 634 9. Bobby Labonte 619 10. Dale Jarrett 615 11. Ken Schroder 575 12. Jimmy Spencer 569 13. Ward Burton 553 14. Michael Waltrip 544 15. Bobby Hamilton 531 16. Johnny Benson 528 17. Ted Musgrave 521 18. John Andretti 505 19. Ernie Irvln 502 20. Geoff Bodine 501 21. Dick Trickle 495 22. Chad Little 492 23. Brett Bodine 473 24. Kenny Irwin 457 25. Kyle Petty 449 26. Steve Grissom 449 27. Rick Mast 438 28 Lake Speed 428 29. Mike Skinner 406 30. Ricky Craven 403 31. Sterling Marlln 402 32. Robert Pressley 389 33. Kenny Wallace 375 34. Ricky Rudd 356 35. Derrike Cope 337 36. Jerry Nadeau 316 37. Joe Nemechek 303 31. Greg Sacks 296 39. Kevin Lepage 295 40. Darrell Waltrip 278 41. David Green 256 42. Jeff Green 228 43. Todd Bodine 221 44. Hut Strlcklin 162 45. Steve Park 110 46. Wally Dallenbach Jr. 95 47. Mike Wallace 94 48. Andy Hillenburg 76 49. Billy Standridge 58 50. Dave Marcls 55 Money tenters 1. Dale Earnhardt $1,272,555 2. Bobby Labonte (804,545 3. Rusty Wallace S640.935 4. Jeremy Mayfield S605.935 5. Mark Martin S564.205 6. Ken Schrader 1492,785 7. Jeff Gordon S42I.790 8. Dale Jarrett t420,740 9. Jell Burton 1419,405 10. Jimmy Spencer $383,905 11. Ernie Irvan 8348,360 12. Bill Elliott 1355,555 13. Terry Labonte S322, 155 14. Michael Waltrip 1299,420 15. John Andretti 1297,505 16. Ted Musgrave $291,660 17. Kenny Irwin $283,770 18. Ward Burton $275,875 19. Geoff Bodine $271,620 20. Bobby Hamilton $271,140 1 race won, points Driver points last week because he was still having balance and vision trouble. PERSONAL Age 31, from Newburgh, Maine. :. Married to Cathleen and has two children, Riley and Richard. FAST FACT: In his first race as a member of the Hendrick Motorsports team, Craven finished-1 third in the 1997 Daytona 500 right behind teammates Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte. n THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Talk show host and car owner David Letterman, who's so busy he has little time to spend at the track, says 'I'm in (racing) 'til they throw me out or until I drop dead in the pits.' Pure passion. The one thing funny man David Letterman takes seriously is his ownership in Bobby Rahal's IndyCar. The Associated Press David Letterman makes a pretty good living joking around. Sometimes, it's hard to get him to be serious. One thing that gets the star of CBS' Late Night With David Letterman to talk straight is his part ownership of Team Rahal in the CART Championship Series. Bobby Rahal, the team's principal owner and a three-time series champion, has begun his final trip around the circuit as a driver. But Letterman says that isn't going to affect their relationship or his commitment to the team. "You know, I think when Bobby told me that he was retiring, I was thinking to myself: 'When do I get to retire?' When I get to retire, I'll actually have a life," Letterman said. "I'll be able to participate." Finding time for his great offstage passion has been the biggest problem for Letterman, whose interest in auto racing began as a kid at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indy 500. "The fact that I still have this job is the single biggest detriment to enjoying my relationship with the team," Letterman said. "I'm looking forward to my own retirement in that sense." His career certainly has cut into his enjoyment of racing. "Because I'm working, you know, like 48 weeks out of the year, I can only come to a few events. "My hope is, eventually, when the schedule changes, that I can actually show up at more of these." if lit m 2. Joe Ruttman 170 3. RickCarelll 165 4. Jack Sprague 160 5. GregBiftle 155 6. Joe Nemechek 150 7. Jay Sauter 146 8. Bob Keselowksl 142 9. Butch Miller 138 10. Rich Blckle 134 11. Boris Said 130 12. Mike Bliss 127 13. Bryan Refiner 124 14. Jimmy Hensley .... 121 15. Wayne Anderson ... 118 16. Tony Raines 115 17. Tammy Jo Kirk 112 18. Kevin Harvlck 109 19. Mike Skinner 106 20 Randy Tolsma 103 Formula One 1. Mika Hakkinen 1 race won, 10 points Driver points 2. David Coulthard 3. Heinz-Harald Frentien 4. Eddie Irvine 5. Jacques Vllleneuvo 6. Johnny Herbert SHORT TRACK: A track less than 1 mile in ;?. length. Bristol, Richmond and Martinsville, the only three short tracks remaining on the Cup circuit, are long on excitement and hard on . , brakes. STAND ON IT: In the early 1980s, a movie was" being filmed on the NASCAR circuit under the : title Stand On It. The producer said he was out to make a movie showing the camaraderie and esprit de corps of the NASCAR circuit. The .. finished product came out as StrokerAce with Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson and Jim Nabors, Bad movie. But "stand on it" is a great racing term. It means to keep the gas pedal on the,;, floor. ,' . ttr 't hl't . ... This weekend's auto racing events. Letterman likes the way Rahal is going out. "It's great when you see somebody do something exactly right," he said. "It's great to see somebody do it with grace. "Not everybody is lucky enough to call their own shots. Not everybody is lucky or smart enough to form and shape their own destiny. . . . When you look around show business, nobody is really smart enough to handle it this way." Rahal, in Japan for the inaugural Budweiser 500 on Saturday at the new Twin Motegi oval, said his partnership with Letterman is one reason he's happy to be continuing in the sport as an owner. "David and I have a partnership as friends and as compatriots," he said. "That's irrespective of my being a driver." Despite his heavy TV responsibilities, Letterman also has become involved with Tim Moser, who is driving an Indy Lights car this season. Indy Lights is a steppingstone series to CART. "I met this guy and some others at Jim Hall's go-cart school four or five years ago," Letterman said. They're really nice kids. "Just as a hoot, I said, 'If there's anything I can do, let me know.' Of course, if I'd realized what I could do was give them money, I would have kept my mouth shut." Moser will make his Lights debut April 5 at the Long Beach Grand Prix. That investment in a young driver, as well as his ongoing commitment to Team Rahal, pretty much ensures that Letterman is going to be around the open-wheel sport for some time. Said Letterman: "I'm in (racing) 'til they throw me out or until I drop dead in the pits." Busch Grand 1. Mike McLaughlin O races won, 673 points Driver points NHRA Top Fuel Driver points 325 321 270 259 230 244 247 222 215 174 1. Cory McClenathan 2. Jim Head 3. Larry Dixon 4. Mike Dunn 5. Kenny Bernstein 6. Joe Amato 7. David Grubnlc 8. Gary Scelll 9. Bruce Sarver 10. Doug Kalitta Funny Car Driver points 302 300 298 281 277 229 225 213 211 150 1. Cruz Pedregon 2. Chuck Etchells 3. Ron Capps 4. John Force 5. Tony Pedregon 6. Randy Anderson 7. Al Hofmann 8. Dean Skuza 9. Tim Wilkerson 10. Whit Bazemora Pro Stock Driver 2. Buckshot Jones 670 3. Randy LaJoie 664 4. Matt Kenseth 645 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 641 6. Hermie Sadler 639 7. Dick Trickle 624 8. Jeff Burton 617 9. Elliott Sadler 616 10. Mark Martin 581 11. Mike Dillon 571 12. Mark Green 547 13. Elton Sawyer 537 14. Jason Keller 532 15. Jeff Purvis 528 16. Tim Fedewa 521 17. Joe Nemechek 510 18. Glenn Allen 481 19. Robert Pressley 445 20. Tracy Leslie 437 21. Joe Bessey 430 22. Andy Santerre 428 23. Tony Stewart 418 24. Matt Hutter 416 25. Blaise Alexander 409 26. Phil Parsons 402 27. Shane Hall 393 28. Stanton Barrett 379 29. Kevin Schwann 347 tie. Ed Barrier 347 31. Jimmy Spencer 323 32. Mark Krogh 310 33. Kevin Lepage 300 34. Michael Waltrip 289 35. Jason Jarrett 276 36 Casey Atwood 275 37. Jeft Krogh 271 38. Lyndon Amick 258 39 Bobby Hillin 240 40 Brad Loney 228 CART IndyCar 1. Michael Andretti 1 race won, 2 1 points Driver points 2. Greg Moore 17 3. Ale Zanardl 14 4. Christian Fittipaldl 12 5. Scott Pruett 10 6. Adrian Fernandez 8 I j u points 1. Warren Johnson 2. Jim Yates WINSTON CUP: Food Qualifying Qualifying lira City 500, Bristol, Tenn. jy. SPU2, TV: ESPN2, TV: ESPN. 1 3 p.m. ' tape delay 6 1 p'm' Deftmlinf dun.: Jeff Gordon and 8 p.m. GRAND NATIONAL: Quffylnc R Moore's Snacks 250, TO CCDN Bristol, Tenn. , ' 2 p.m. MmdiiK dump Jeff Burton CART INDYCAR: QuaMfytng Rac Budweiser 500, Motegi, 1V:WP6F25 tv-' Japan WPLG-IO, ' ;-J liuuguril tvtnl 2 p.m. FORMULA ONE: Qualifying Ira' Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Zi DillilinC camp: J. Villeneuve . IRL: Idle. Next race: Indianapolis 500. May 24 CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS: Idle. Next race: Florida iL Dodge Dealers 400, April 4 NHRA: Idle Next event: Winston Invitational. April 3-5 443 346 346 236 197 196 173 156 150 144 3. Jeg Coughlin 4. Mark Osborne 5. Mike Thomas 6. Kurt Johnson 7. George Marnell I. Pete Williams 9. Mark Pawuk 10. Scott Geoffrion Pro Stock Truck Services Sunday Services will be Sunday for race car driver Chris Trickle, who fought for more than a year before succumbing to a bullet wound to his head. Trickle died Wednesday at a Las Vegas hospital after spending 13 months in a coma, the result of being shot in the head on a darkened freeway overpass near the Las Vegas Strip. The 25-year-old nephew of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dick Trickle died in a local hospital, where he had been taken points pounds of cargo per team is $60 million. Stat of the week Should a driver who has not yet wor this season get to Victory Circle on Sunday at Bristol in the Food City 500, it would be the first time since 1991 that the season has opened with six different winners. So far this year, the winners have been Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Dale Jarrett. The Associated Press earlier in the day by his parents, who had been caring for him at home. The cause of death was lung complications. Heavy lifting Three FedEx MD-11 airplanes are being utilized to transport 58 CART Championship IndyCars from Indianapolis to Japan and back for this weekend's inaugural Budweiser 500K at the 1.549-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval, outside Tokyo. Total estimated value of the cars and 8,350 117 98 95 76 54 54 53 33 32 32 1. David Nlckens 2. Larry Kopp 3. Randy Daniels 4. Todd Patterson 5. Roy Hill 6. Brad Jeter 7. Bob Panella Jr. 8. John Lingenfelter 9. Sondra Sikes 10. Jerry Haas BASIC BRAKE SERVICE;' PUi AXlt BHAAl HWkl I kistaH new front brake pads and rear,' shoes Resurface drums and rotors I Adiust drum brakes Sav with thia ad thru 4498 ' v rK- Kru-m c : tnc oTxT tr 4 ' I It X If I II I r I 1 1 r . II I I ft II I lln,.,l,Tr' ii.nnnr D.nn, I r.C7nDniAI II IAII ntDWCCC MT I QllVBlPtll I flilf I FR HT I1 Wi 1 V U PU W mmr ? Wwes& asas I (OIL CHANGE 4 FILTER Install new filter I Refill up to 5 quarts 10W-30 oil Lubricate chassis ttWi fr-fl j h4299 40?l. 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