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' ""'"" 'W ,r rrffT, , . , ,.,, .. r r f - X m f . . . - , 4C THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 c Auto racing Spencer leads qualifying I Resmtsimeups Winston Cup Fernandez pulls out fast finish 1. ui emon aaoier, Chevrolet, 250 S3! 335 2. (1) D. Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet. 250 S2U60 3. (13) Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 250 s 16 610 sidelined for several months. "Being on the go all the time and being ... ti t-iiu.i Mnyei, rora, Ml $15,885 5. (37) Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 250 .. s9,6o! around the race track and the race 7 J ! o ' l-nl!ve', '50 S 1 1, 785. 17,135 $9,835. cars and just going wide open all w,, r mm rariun,, t-neVTOieT, 8. (21) Stanton Barrett, Ford, 250 9. (14) Glenn Allen, Chevrolet, 250 the time, then to almost being $6,840. $6,540. iu. m rany nnoise, Ford, 249 11. (6) Andy Santerre, Chevrolet, 249 57290 restricted to not leaving the house, that s been tough. Darrell Waltrip, who is substi Joe Nemechek tries everything - even reverse - but misses the Food City field. The Associated Press ' BRISTOL, Tenn. Jimmy Spencer led second-day qualifying Saturday for the Food City 500 in a Session highlighted by Joe Neme-Ohek's unique but unsuccessful bid to make the field. Shortly after Spencer guided his Ford Taurus to a fast lap of t99 KOI mnU of Ur-Jo-,! Mntnr The Associated Press MOTEGI, Japan Adrian Fernandez had to win two very different battles to earn the second Indy-car victory of his career. tuting as the driver in Park's Dale Earnhardt Inc.-owned car, was not fast enough to make the field and hirst, he had to take a provisional starting spot. Rudd's milestone: The Food City 500 will mark the 600th start of Ricky Rudd's Winston Cup Winston Cup advantage of NASCAR rules. He stopped his 'car, shifted it into reverse and slowly backed three-fourths of the way around the track so he could build up as much speed as possible for his second lap. It nearly worked. While the lengthy drive in reverse translated into a speed of 19 mph for his first lap, he posted a 121.006 on his second. Alas, it wasn't fast enough to make the starting field. Park back on track: Steve Park, whose injuries in a practice crash at Atlanta earlier this month included a broken thigh bone, returned to a track for the first time. Hobbling around on crutches, Park made his way slowly through the infield at Bristol on Saturday morning. "It's like going 110 mph and then going down to idle for me. That's been the toughest part," said Park, who is expected to be career. Rudd, 41, is a 19-time winner had to overcome a bout with the flu the night before the race. Then, the 32-year-old Mexican had to hold off Al Unser Jr. in a sprint to the finish of the Budweiser 500 wi, ,,ai.y c3iie, unevroier, 249 $6 845 13. (28) Dick Trickle, Chevrolet, 248 $4490 14. (35) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, 248 $6 455 15. (43) Mike Cope, Chevrolet, 248 .... $4's4o' 16. (33) Lance Hooper, Pontiac, 245 ' $4'695 17. (23) Mark Green, Chevrolet, 243 ' " $6' 475' 18. (38) M. Hutter, Pontiac, 240, hndlng' $10' 850 19. (40) Shane Hall, Chevrolet, 233 $6 285 20. ( 15) Hermie Sadler, Chevrolet, 231 $7' 165 21. (19) R. Barlield, Chevy, 230, ovrhtng $4315' 22. ( 10) D. Blaney, Pontiac, 230, engine $4 205 23. (24) B. Hillin, Chevrolet, 229, crsh S4 160 24. (4) K. Grubb, Chevrolet, 220, crsh $4' 155' 25. (7) R. LaJoie, Chevrolet, 219, crsh $11 845' 26. (16) T. Stewart, Pontiac, 219, crsh $6'll5' 27. (17) J. Purvis, Chevrolet, 219, crsh . $10 605' 28. (2) B. Jones, Pontiac, 218, crsh $8 oao' 29. (8) M. Waltrip, Ford, 218, crsh $4 055 30. (29) Dale Jarrett, Ford, 213, rear end sa'sio' 31. (34) M. Dillon, Chevrolet, 212, crsh . $5435' 32. (32) Mark Krogh, Chevrolet, 183 . . $3'235' 33. (18) Kelly Denton, Chevrolet, 172 $3' 135 34. (30) Tim Fedewa, Chevrolet, 112 .. $5'o95 35. (5) B. Alexander, Chevrolet, 98, crsh $9 725 36. (41) Jeff Krogh, Chevrolet, 83, crsh 53,055' 37 (22) Joe Bessey, Chevrolet, 55, crsh $9,535 38 ( 36) Randy Porter, Ford, 51, brakes $3,000 39. ( 12) J. Burton, Ford, 48, water pump $3, 100 40. (20) C. Atwood, Chevrolet, 42, crsh . $3,000 41. (42) M. Wallace, Pontiac, 29, crsh .. $3,000 42. (II) Jimmy Foster, Ford, 17, crsh . $3,200 43. (25) Ed Berrier, Ford, 15, crsh .... $5,100. Race statistics Winner's average speed: 75.484 mph. Time of race: 1 hour, 45 minutes, 55 seconds. Margin of victory: 2 seconds. Caution flags: 9 for 59 laps. Lead changes: 5 among 5 drivers. Lap leaders: Earnhardt pole-10; Jones 11-65; Alexander 66-83; Jones 84-150; Keller 151; E.Sadler 152-250. Series points leaders McLaughlin 823; Earnhardt 816; Kenseth 810; E.Sadler 796; Jones 759; Lajoie 752; Trickle 748; H.Sadler 742; Sawyer 697; Keller 692. who began driving on the circuit in jyilii i 1975. He needs two more starts to move into a tie with James Hylton for eighth place on the all-time Winston Cup starts list. Richard Speedway, earning the 26th starting spot for today's race, Nemechek drove onto the .533-mile oval for his two-lap qualifying run. ' Less than midway through his first lap, Nemechek briefly lost Control of his Chevrolet Monte Carlo, sending it into a small spin atid costing him any chance of a good speed on the opening lap. But since he had yet to cross the start-finish line to begin his second lap, Nemechek took full Fernandez Petty tops the chart with 1,177. Food City 500 lineup Today's lineup for tha at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., with car number in parentheses, driver, make of car and qualifying speed in mph: 1. (2) Rusty Wallace, Ford 124.275. 2 (241 Jetf Gordon, Chevrolet 123.762. 3 (5) Terry Labonte, Chevrolet 123.539. 4 (311 Mike SKinner, Chevrolet 123.515. 5. (9?! Jeft Burton, Ford 123.499. 6 (88) Dale Jarrelt, Ford 123.395. 7. ( 18) Bobby Labonte, Pontiac 123.324. 8 (26) Johnny Benson, Ford 123.245. 9 (6) Mark Martin, Ford 123.221. 10 (12) Jeremy Maylield, Ford 123.182. 11. (98) Greg Sacks, Ford 123. 158. 12 (46) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet . 123.110. 13. (81) Kenny Wallace, Ford 123.055. 14. (33) Ken Schrader, Chevrolet 123.008. 15 (30) Derrike Cope, Pontiac 123.008. 16 (35) Todd Bodine, Pontiac 123.000. 17. (50) Randy Lajoie, Chevrolet 122.976. 18 (7) Geoff Bodine, Ford 122.748. 19 (75) Rick Masl, Ford 122.725. 20. (11) Brett Bodine, Ford 122.670. 21. (43) John Andretti, Pontiac 122.654. 22. (13) Jerry Nadeau, Ford 122.584. 23. (91) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet .... 122.584. 24 (40) Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet ... 122.568. 25. (8) Hut Stricklin, Chevrolet 122 552. 26. (23) Jimmy Spencer, Ford 122.521. 27. (28) Kenny Irwin, Ford 122.443. 28 (36) Ernie Irvan, Pontiac . 122.435. 29. (16) Ted Musgrave, Ford 122.411. 30 ( 96) David Green, Chevrolet 122.411. 31. (77) Robert Pressley, Ford 122 388. 32. (31) Michael Waltrip, Ford 122.263. 33. (44) Kyle Petty, Pontiac 122.217. 34 (97) Chad Little, Ford 122.193. 35. (10) Ricky Rudd, Ford 122.170. 36. (9) Lake Speed, Ford 122.131. 37 (3) Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet prov. 38. (94) Bill Elliott, Ford prov. 39. (22) Ward Burton, Pontiac prov. 40. (4) Bobby Hamilton, Chevrolet .... prov. 41 (90) Dick Trickle, Ford prov. 42 (41) Steve Grissom, Chevrolet prov. 43. (1) Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet prov. Formula One Brazilian GP lineup Today's lineup for the race over the 2.687-mile Jose Cai los Pace circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with driver, team, best lap time and average speed in mph: 1. Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:17.092, 125.263 mph 2. David Coulthard, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:17.757, 124.192. 3. Heinz-Harald Frentjen, Willlams-Mecach-rome, 1:18.109, 123.632. 4. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:18.250, 123.409. 5. Alexander Wurz, Benetton-Playlife, 1:18 261, 123 392. 6. Eddie Irvine, Ferrari, 1:18.449, 123.096 7 Giancarlo Fisichella, Benetton-Playlife, 1:18.652, 122.779. 8 Ralf Schumacher, Jordan-Mugen Honda, 1:18 735, 122 649. 9. Olivier Panis, Prost-Peugeot, 1:18 753, 122 621. 10. Jacques Villeneuve, Willlams-Mecach-rome, 1:18 761, 122.609. 11. Damon Hill, Jordan-Mugen Honda, 1:18 988, 122 256. 12. Jarno Trulli, Prost-Peugeot, 1:19 069, 122.131. 13. Rubens Barrichello, Stewart-Ford, 1:19.344, 121.708. 14. Johnny Herbert, Sauber-Petronas, "There probably areji't too many guys out there that have that many, so I guess we re up there in the senior tour, so to speak, Rudd said. Indy Car Budweiser 500 results Saturday's results of the race on the 1.549-mile Twin Ring Motegi superspeedway in Mo-tegi, Japan, with starting position in parentheses, driver, make of car, taps completed and reason out if any: on Saturday. "The car felt so good that it just gave me the Adrenaline to keep going," said Fernandez, who moved to the top of the point list in the CART FedEx Championship Series. Fernandez led 102 of the 201 laps in his Reynard-Ford, and spent much of his time out front fending off Unser's Penske-Mer cedes. Unser led the race twice for a total of 26 laps, the first time he's been out front since 1996 at Road America in Wisconsin. "Al was very strong from mid-race on," Fernandez said. "1 knew he was going to be strong all the way." After a pit stop with 42 laps remaining, Fernandez took the lead 30 laps from the finish. He was holding his advantage over Unser at more than a second when Bobby Rahal hit the wall on Lap 186, bringing out the last of three caution flags. Rahal was not hurt in the crash. B McLarens take Brazilian pole: Despite having their new braking system declared illegal, Florida Dodge Dealers 400 WHAT: Craftsman Trucks Series WHERE: 1.5-mile oval at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, Homestead WHEN: Qualifying Friday, race Saturday 5 p.m. TV: TNN (race only) DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kenny Irwin, Jr. TICKETS: $25 open grandstand, $40 yellow grandstand, $75 club seat. INFORMATION: (305) 230-RACE 1. (2) Adrian Fernandez, Reynard-Ford . 2. (15) AI Unser Jr., Penske-Mercedes . . 3. (3) Gil de Ferran, Reynard-Honda . . . 4. (5) Greg Moore, Reynard-Mercedes 5. (16) Paul Tracy, Reynard-Honda 6. ( 10) Tony Kanaan, Reynard-Honda 7. (1) Jimmy Vasser, Reynard-Honda 8. (6) Dario Franchitti, Reynard-Honda . 9. (8) Andre Ribeiro, Penske-Mercedes . 10. (7) Mark Blundell, Reynard-Mercedes 11. (26) H. Castro-Neves, Rey. -Mercedes . 12. (13) Gualter Salles, Reynard-Ford . . . 13. 23) Max Papis, Reynard-Toyota .... 14. ( 14) Michael Andretti, Swift-Ford . . . 201. 201. 201. 201, 201. 200. 200. 200. 199. 199. 198. 198. 197. 195. 195 188. 185. 185. 163. 147. 146. 121. 15. (27) Arnd Meier, Lola-Ford 16. (30) Hiro Matsushita, Reynard-Toyota Sadler gains edge, win with quick pit stop The Associated Press "" BRISTOL, Tenn. Elliott Sadler took the lead on a fast pit stop with 99 laps left and went on to win Jhe crash-filled Moore's Snacks 250 on Saturday, his fourth NASCAR Busch Grand National victory in 10 jnonths. Sadler avoided three wrecks over the final 80 laps ",5 and was pulling away at the finish BlJSCh on Br'stl Motor Speedway's m j .533-mile, high-banked oval. brand Dale Earnhardt Jr., who start- "wmmmmmtmmmt ed on the pole, finished second, about 10 car-lengths behind Sadler. -Z "The car ran great and the crew was even Better," said Sadler, who started third and stayed jlear the front of the pack all day en route to winning $31,335. Sadler was running third behind Buckshot Jones and Earnhardt when all the leaders pitted under ijaution for fuel and four new tires on Lap 151. Sadler beat everyone out of the pits and spent the rest of the jace dodging crashes in his Chevrolet and pulling Jaway from his pursuers between caution flags. ; "Just an awesome stop. We had great pit stops all day," Sadler said. ; Wrecks were responsible for nine caution flags that slowed the 250-lap race for 59 laps. There were Jno injuries. 17. ( 17) Bobby Rahal, Reynard-Ford, crash 18. (25) Hideshi Matsuda, Swift-Ford 19. (20) P. Crpntr, Rey.-Mrcds, w.brng . . 20. (11) M. Gglmn, Rey.-Mrcds, w brng . . 21. (12) Scott Pruett, Reynard-Ford, ohtng 22. (24) M. Jrdain Jr., Rey.-Ford, eng ... 23. (4) A. Zanardi, Reynard-Honda, crsh . 24. (28) A. Barron, Rey. -Toyota, trans. . . 1:19 375, 121 660. 15. Jean Alesl, Sauber-Petronas, 1:19.499, 121 471. 118. 108. 16. Jan Magnussen, Stewart-Ford, 1:19.644, 121 250. 25. ( 19) Christian Fittipaldi, Swift-Ford, eng. 98. 17. Toraanasuka Takagl, Tyrell-Ford, 1:20.203, 120 404. Shmti Nakano, Minardi-Ford, 1:20.390, 120 124. 19. Esteban Tuero, Minardi-Ford, 1:20.459, 120.021. 20. Mika Salo, Arrows-Yamaha, 1:20.481, 119.989. 21 Ricardo Rossel, Tyrell-Ford, 1:20 748, 119.592. the McLarens of Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard filled the front row qualifying spots for to 27. Pedro Diniz, Arrows-Yamaha, 1:20.847, The last caution flag came out for a 12-car pileup on Lap 219, prompting NASCAR officials to red-flag the race to clean up the mess at the entrance to the backstretch. Jones appeared to cause the wreck when his Pontiac suddenly shot up into the Chevrolet of two-time defending series champion Randy Lajoie. "I just hope it wasn't intentional," Lajoie said, The afternoon's eighth caution was caused by a wreck involving Mike Dillon and Michael Waltrip, who later angrily exchanged words in the pits. Dillon said he was unfairly accused by Waltrip of trying to wreck him. "He was mad about it," Dillon said, "and he came by and let it be known." 26. (22) R. Moreno, Rey.-Mrcds, trans. ... 86. 27. (21) Richie Hearn, Swift-Ford, engine , 74. 28 (9) Bryan Herta, Reynard-Ford, clutch 49. 29. (18) J.J. Lehto, Reynard-Mercedes, elec. 45. 30. (29) P.J. Jones, Reynard-Toyota, oil . . 16. Race Statistics Time of race: 1:57:12.016. Margin of victory: I 086-seconds. Winner's average speed: 159 393 mph. Caution lags: 3 for 33 laps. Lead changes: 12 among 7 drivers. Lap leaders: Fernandez 1-22; Vassar 23-44; Fernandez 45-47; Vasser 48-69; Andretti 70-86, Unser 87-95, Fernandez 96-99; Unser 100-116, Fernandez 117-159, Tracy 160-163; de Ferran 164-167; Moore 168-171; Fernandez 172-201. 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