Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 26
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Page 24 — Wednesday, September 17, 2003 AUTO RACING fliazttte If you have a question or a comment, write: NASCAR This Week, q/o The Gaston Gazette, RO. Box 1893, Gastonia, NC 28053 ^MBNA America 400, p/;2'pQp,m. Sunday "kLf>-~<^' 4-p,mv Saturday- ***??* > / Br ran Ffar^e fiij too \n ro ing a'vjsibn of yetojping mt - , J,fer»d to tfje- simpler; i aces l racers that he 1 , The end' of tfwj r Sy1yar>fr3QQ •<: ^ was excitih'g bfecaoae yCiternent occurred f y'one fast 'car passing anbther.|| happened "only once a,H> i ' ' " •i, I ', t , f ' ' s •*,* ce again, we are informed pfale tarnfiardt Jr* will JWQfi '- sJgiS new contract v¥e*d lite'to -I •_„v^, jfa the paper this)j told he signed a w,, ,~.,"«Jt)n January."" '„ t " '• For the first .time In six raoe^/j "Matt Kenseth's ^points' fea'd j '.' .shrank. 1 No .need to"'panic,"* ! though., He lost 14 measly - poifits, , ' ', < • , ',»> France,apparently wants to f A take ^tock-car racing worldwide. ^No/he doesn't want to^hotd'l * {soon to be) Nejjtet Cup races in' -foreign countries", attteast not , r yet. He wants '[4ASCAF! to sano-,'- i '• t'ron series there Can yo« iiay.l ^NASCAR Europe? ,• _3 >t How embarrassing can It get"' ,for jeff Gordon? He gharges , down the inside^trying to pass 4 Michael' Waltrlp's car <?n pit ) ,road Upforturiately, he forgets ' ' tfiat Wattrip's pit stall is near the,, ^e'rjtrance.'-A'nd in the unavofd- jable colitston, his caf hits^hree of his teammate's {Jirnmie Johnson) crewmen. / v I ',• •»• Yet Gordon'was'tuchy akthe sarne^time. None of the crewmen was seriously fnjured ... and Johnson went on to win the race. ^/ t> 4 - t ^ *• 'l» r R^rriember-whe(i me Busch Se- 11 'f?es,was where'^trdgglfngV/in-' ston Cup dnvers went to picif up" needed victories'? Tony Stewart and Jtmmy Spencer have now' won the past two races in the Craftsman Truck Series. , , *• From out of nowhere, Ricky Rudd has finished third and second in consecutive weeks. Now it's off to Dover, where Rudd has vyon four times. K Out of the past 16 races, one has been won by a driver older than 34 years old WINSTON CUP 1. Man Kenseth 4.015 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr 404 3. Kevin Harvick -463 4. Jimmie Johnson 5. Ryan Newman 6. Jeff Gordon 7. 'Kurt Busch Bobby Labonte 9. Terry Labonte JO._MLchaeLWaitrip.^ -472 617 -633 -692 -692 -824 -_846 BUSCH SERIES 2. Brian Vickers 3. __ Sc ott Rjggs -48 4•_. Ron Hornadav 5. Jason Keller 6. Bobby Hamilton Jr. 7. Johnny Sauter 8. Shane Hmiel 9. Kasev Kahne -494 10. Scott Wimmer CRAFTSMAN TRUCK i, Brendan Gauahan 2. Travis Kvapil -2,786 3. Ted Musgrave -62 4. Dennis Setzer Jo n_Wood •164 6. Bobby Hamilton -184 7. Rick Crawford 8. Carl Edwards -186 10,._Chad_Chaffin .--453 -470 What: MBNA America 400 Where: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1 mile), 400 laps/400 miles When: Green flag drops at 1 p.m. Sunday Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson Qualifying record; Rusty Wallace, Ford, 159.964 mph, Sept. 24,1999 Race record: Mark Martin, Ford, 132.719 mph, Sept. 21,1997 Most recent race: A review of the Winston Cup results at New Hampshire International Speedway this year suggests dominance by Jimmie Johnson. That may be too strong a word, but Johnson did indeed sweep both events. It wasn't that long ago that Johnson, who turned 28 on Wednesday, felt uncomfortable on tracks like New Hampshire International Speedway, where the turns are practically bereft of banking. Then he won the New England 300 on July 20. And Sunday, Johnson became the first driver ever to sweep both races in a single season at this 1.058- mile track. Ricky Rudd finished second in a Ford, followed by Joe Nemechek in a Chevrolet, Bill Elliott in a Dodge and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Chevrolet. Points leader Matt Kenseth came home seventh in a Ford. What: Stacker 200 Where: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1 mile), 200 laps/200 miles When: 1 p.m. Saturday Last year's winner: Scott Wimmer Track qualifying record: Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, 155.932 mph, Sept. 22, 2000 Race record: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 130.152 mph, May 30,1998 Most recent race: Johnny Sauter, in a Chevrolet, won the Sept. 5 Funai 250 at Richmond. With eight races remaining, veteran David Green holds a 48-point lead over rookie Brian Vickers in the points standings. What: • American Racing Wheels 200 Where: California Speedway, Fontana (2 'miles), 100 laps/200 miles When: 4 p.m. Saturday Last year's winner: Ted Musgrave Track qualifying record: Kurt Busch, Ford, 177.388 mph, Oct. 27,2000 Race record: Kurt Busch, Ford, 144.260 mph, Oct. 28, 2000 Most recent race: Jimmy Spencer, in a Dodge, won Saturday at New Hampshire. He edged Carl Edwards, Bobby Hamilton, Dennis Setzer and Brendan Gaughan for his first Truck Series victory. MBNA America 400 June 1 Dover 400. Sept 21 Dfetaace: : ,'.1 mite wal; Length of froatstretcfc. ...1,076 ft Length of backstrete*:. ...l.Of^ft, 400 m»..= 4pqjaps JLk mm? MARK MARTIN, WINSTON CUP SERIES Mentor Martin John Clark/NASCAR This Week Mark Martin is credited with helping bring teammate Matt Kenseth through the ranks of NASCAR. 'He knew race cars himself. He knows how to make them go fast without anyone's help,' Martin says of Kenseth. Martin won't take all credit in guiding along Kenseth By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week M ark Martin, who has won 33 Winston Cup races, competed in his 500th in a row Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway, finishing 28th — two laps behind winner Jimmie Johnson. For Martin, it was a performance all too typical of what has turned into a down year. Martin finished second in the Winston Cup standings for the fourth time in 2002, but this year he ranks only 16 th , 1,075 points behind Matt Kenseth. Yet Martin's influence on the points race is quite substantial. He was instrumental in recruiting Kenseth to the Jack Roush stable. Kenseth considers Martin his mentor. Martin, 44, discussed Kenseth's rise with typical modesty. "I really didn't discover Matt Kenseth," Martin said. "I'm very proud of him. I have very, very little to do with his success: Matt Kenseth and (crew chief) Robbie Reiser do. All of the credit for the success that they've had belong to them, and they would have had their success whether I would have been in the picture or not." But Martin conceded that he and Kenseth have similar styles. "That was one of the things that I really liked about Matt," Martin said. "He knew race cars himself. He knows how to make them go fast without anyone's help. He could build a car with his own hands, take it to the race track and run up front with it. He was a tremendous driver, as well, and he didn't have a huge ego, and he drove by a code that was reasonable to me. "Mart's code may be more aggressive than mine, but it's certainly tame compared to some. Yeah, I really, re- ally-admire Matt Kenseth. He's a very, very smart man. I like the way he handles his business. I like the way he handles his team. I like the way he drives. There isn't anything about him that I don't admire." Young drivers have come to dominate NASCAR, and Martin talked about the increase in ugly incidents that have occurred, perhaps, as a result of talent coupled with enthusiasm and inexperience. "There's enough of it going on right now that it feels like it's not 'containable' to me," Martin said. "It looks like things have changed. It looks like things are going to be different in ..NASCAR racing going forward. Maybe not, but I will say this: Every week these younger guys are experiencing things, and many of them will look deep inside and say, 'I won't do that again.' They have to do that. Contact Monte Dutton at Tony Stewart Ryan Newman The two Hoosier hotshots — one having a remarkable year and the other languishing through a subpar season — have clashed before, and it was a bump from Ryan Newman's Dodge that sent Tony Stewart's Chevrolet into a spin Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway. Stewart was obviously miffed but, typically, had no comment after the race. "I want to apologize to Tony," Newman said. "I didn't mean to get into him, like I did there, and take him out. I just tried to move in on him, and we were both looking for the same piece of real estate. I hope there's no hard feelings." NASCAR This Week's Monte Dutton gives his take: "For those who think Stewart was uncommonly fortunate during his championship season in 2002, the pendulum has certainly swung the other way this year." -tSFTERfrFROM OUR READERS' Watch that kid I think they need to start checking Ryan Newman's race car. I think that it is a little funny that he wins seven poles and six'races. How come he wins every two races? I'll tell you what I think. 1 think that he is cheating some way. No wonder nobody else can win any more races. I am really getting fed up to my neck with him. It used to be Jeff Gordon, but now I have changed my mind. If he gets the pole and wins the race next week, I am going to stop watching the races altogether. Kattiy Rhudy Bluefield, W.Va. All we know is that Newman's Dodge Intrepid passed successfully through NASCAR inspection before and after each qualifying session and race. In case you were wondering, Newman won the pole and race earlier this season at Dover, Del., the same place the Winston Cup Series competes this weekend. —WHO'S HOT -ANO WHO'S~NOT *• HOT: Ricky Rudd has finished third and second in consecutive races. ... Jeremy Mayfield had another strong run Sunday, finishing llth. *• NOT: Tony Stewart has finished in the top 10 only once in the past nine races. ... It wasn't a good day for the Burton brothers. Ward finished 39th; Jeff 42nd. The NASCAR world turned upside down after Tara Parker, the wife of Dale Jarrett's crew chief, died on the night of Sept. 10 in a traffic accident. Memorial donations can be made for Shawn and Tara Parker's infant son at the following address: Jagger Alexander Parker Fund c/o Wachovia Bank P.O. Sox 2519 Cornelius, NC 28031 NASCAR empire stays in family, falls under control of Brian France By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week In a short span of days, the dynamics of NASCAR's leadership changed dramatically with the decision of William C. France to hand over the reins of chairman and CEO to his 41- year-old son, Brian. For those who perceived a slight when Mike Helton succeeded the elder France as NASCAR president, order has been restored. The move was controversial because Brian France is controversial. He has been lauded for his marketing expertise and ambitious vision but also derided for a seeming lack of interest in NASCAR's competi- tion side. The change was officially announced Saturday after a rash of reports hit Internet sites — specifically in Robin Miller's column — and then the wire services. A press conference was scheduled for Monday to expound further on Brian France's succession to what is essentially the throne occupied by his father and grandfather, the late NASCAR founder William H. G. France. "Brian is well-prepared to lead this sport and this company into the future," said William C. France, who said he would be cutting back but not retiring. "I am confident the future of NASCAR is in very capable hands. NASCAR is my life's work, and my father's before me. This decision is probably one of the most important ones I've made at NASCAR — and I know it is the right decision." William C. France, 70, and his younger brother, Jim, will now serve as NASCAR vice chairmen. No more changes: As expected, NASCAR officially announced its Nextel Cup Series schedule, and there were no surprises. The principal changes — Rockinghatn being cut back to one date, California getting a Labor Day weekend date and Darlington's Southern 500 being moved to November — had been common knowledge for quite some time. One minor change is a switch in spring dates between Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, with Martinsville being run on April 18 and Talladega on April 25. Staying put: The Winston will not actually be The Nextel in 2004 ... although it will remain at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The all-star race will be offi- cially known as the Nextel All- Star. Challenge, and it will be run for the 18" 1 year in a row at the Charlotte-area track. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company helped found the event and sponsored it since its inception in 1985. The race has been at the track now known as Lowe's in every year but one. It was run at the track now known as Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1986. The extension of the agreement to run the race at LMS is apparently for one year only. Tragedy strikes: The entire sport is reeling in the aftermath of a multiple traffic fatal- ity that occurred last week in Greensboro, N.C. Three sisters, the eldest of whom was the wife of a NASCAR crew chief, died in accident that occurred when the limousine in which they were riding was struck from behind while stopped in traffic due to a construction delay on 1-40. Tara Howell Parker, 29, was both the wife of Dale Jarrett's crew chief, Shawn Parker, and the survivor of a heart transplant she received on July 28, 2001. Also killed in the flaming crash were her sisters: Megan Elizabeth Howell, 16, and Mysti Howell Poplin, 24, both of Mocksville, N.C.

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