<!§azette SPORTS Monday, October 28, 2002 — Page 17 MORE SCOREBOARD GOLF PGA 8UICK CHALLENGE Sunday A! Callaway Gardens Resort Pine Mountain, Ga. Purse: $3.7 million Yardage: 7,057, Pan 72 Final Jonathan Byrd, $665,000 67-66-65-63—261 David Toms, $399,600 66-68-63-65—262 Phil Mickelson, $251,600 65-67-70-63—265 Robert Allenby, $152,933 B7-71-63-65—-266 Craig Parry, $152,933 67-64-66-69—266 JofinHuston,$152,933 68-67-61 -70—266 Kenny Perry, $115,317 68-68-66-65—267 Joey Sindetar, $115,317 69-68-65-65—267 Stewart Cink, $115,317 69-66-65-67—267 Carl os Franco, $92,500 66-71-67-64—268 Billy Andrarfe, $92,500 67-69-66-66—268 Tim Herron, $92,500 63-68-65-72—268 Jeff Sluman, $71,533 70-67-70-62—269 Chris Riley, $71,533 68-66-69-66—269 Chris Smith, $71,533 69-66-63-71—269 Jay Williamson, $55,500 67-69-68-66—270 John Rollins, $55,500 70-67-67-66—270 Paul Gow, $55,500 67-70-67-66—270 Davis Love III, $55,500 70-69-64-67—270 J.L. Lewis, $55,500 68-66-67-69—270 Duffy Waldorf, $41,440 68-68-70-65—271 Olin Browne, $41,440 69-69-64-69—271 Ben Crane, $41,440 65-70-66-70—271 Tim Clark, $31,543 . 69-67-69-67—272 Lee Jan2en,$31,543 66-70-71-65—272 Kent Jones, $31,543 67-69-66-70—272 RoccoMediate,$31,543 65-72-65-70—2 72 Tim Petrovic, $25,160 69-68-68-68—273 Joel Edwards, $25,160 68-70-67-68—273 Chad Campbell, $25,160 69-65-70-69—273 Bob May, $25,160 65-70-72-66—273 Fred Funk, $25,160 71-68-69-65—273 Skip Kendall, $18,731' 70-69-66-69—274 JelfGove, $18,731 71-68-65-70—274 Notah Begay III, $18,731 72-66-66-70—274 Stuart Appleby, $18,731 68-70-66-70—274 Matt Gogel, $18,731 67-70-71-66—274 Jefl Brehaut, $18,731 71-67-70-66—274 Glen Day, $18,731 70-67-72-65—274 Dan Forsman. $18,731 70-69-71-64—274 David Gossett, $13,690 65-72-69-69—275 John Riegger, $13,690 70-69-67-69—275 Vijay Singh, $13,690 68-67-71-69—275 Ian Leggatt, $13,690 . 73-64-67-71—275 Jim Carter, $13,690 71-68-69-67—275 Robert Damron, $9,750 69-69-68-70—276 Frank Lickliter II, $9.750 66-72-68-70—276 Matt Kuchar, $9,750 71-68-67-70—276 Brandt Jobe, $9,750 70-68-69-69—276 Greg Kraft, $9,750 67-72-68-69—276 Pat Bates, $9,750 67-71-70-68—276 Kenneth Staton, $9,750 68-69-71-68—276 Jay Don Blake, $9,750 71-67-71-67—276 David Berganio, Jr., 58,547 67-70-68-72—277 tee Porter, $8,547 70-68-70-69—277 Luke Donald, $8,177 70-69-67-72—278 Woody Austin, $8,177 67-71-67-73—278 David Duval. $8,177 73-65-69-71—278 Len Mattiace, $8,177 69-67-72-70—278 Michael Long, $8,177 65-72-73-68—278 David Peoples, $8,177 67-70-73-68—278 Scott McCarran, $8,177 66-71-74-67—278 Scott Dunlap, $8,177 70-69-72-67—278 Curtis Strange, $7,807 68-71-69-73—281 Brad Faxon, $7,807 67-72-69-73—281 Jerry Pale, $7,696 68-68-74-72—282 Pat Perez, $7,585 70-67-72-74—283 Matt Peterson, $7,585 71-68-71-73—283 Mike Sposa, $7,474 70-69-72-74—285 SPGA SENIOR TOUR Sunday At Gaillardia Golf 4 Country Club course Oklahoma City Purse: $2.5 million Yardage: 7,012, Par; 72 Final Round Tom Watson, $440,000.00 74-67-66-67—274 Gil Morgan, $254.000.00 71-67-69-69—276 Bob Gilder. $213,000.00 70-68-73-68—279 Hale Irwin, $176,000.00 70-67-73-71—281 John Bland, $107,400.00 75-68-71-68—282 Tom Purtzer, $107,400.00 73-70-70-69—282 Larry Nelson. $107,400.00 70-69-72-71—282 Morris Hatalsky, $107,400.00 72-72-67-71—282 Fuzzy Zoeller, $107,400.00 72-69-69-72—282 Bruce Lietzke, $73,000.00 70-73-71 -69—283 Ed Dougherty, $73,000.00 70-71-73-69—283 Wayne Levi, $59,333.34 76-68-70-70—284 Stewart Ginn, $59,333.33 71-70-73-70—284 Allen Doyle, $59,333.33 71-70-70-73—284 Walter Hall, $50,500.00 69-72-72-72—285 Jim Thorpe, $50,500.00 72-72-69-72—285 Tom Jenkins, $44,500.00 74--70-69-73—286 John Jacobs. $44,500.00 73-72-72-69—286 Bruce Fleisher, $39,250.00 77-70-69-72—288 Hubert Green, $39,250.00 73-74-70-71—288 Tom Kite. $31.333.34 70-72-72-75—289 Mike McCullOugh, $31.333.34 77-67-69-76—289 Doug Tewell, $31.333.33 72-72-69-76—289 Jay Sigel. $31,333.33 73-74-71 -71 —289 Gary McCord, $31,333.33 73-70-75-71—289 Dana Quigley, $31,333.33 72-72-75-70—289 Don Pooley, $26,000.00 73-73-71-74—291 Sammy Rachels, $25,000.00 71-76-73-74—294 Bobby Wadkins, $24,500.00 76-74-73-74—297 MADRID OPEN Sunday At Club de Campo course Madrid, Spain Purse: $1.37 million Yardage: 6,957, Par: 71 Final Round Steen Tinning, Denmark 68-68-62-67—265 Adam Scott, Australia 67-65-66-68—266 Brian Davis, England 65-72-66-63—266 Andrew Coltart, Scotland 66-68-68-64—266 Bradley Dredge. Wales 71-65-67-64—267 Paul Lawrie, Scotland 70-64-69-65—268 Relief Goosen, South Africa 66-69-67-67—269 Trevor Immelman, South Africa 66-65-68-70—269 Padraig Harrington, Ireland 65-66-66-72—269 Soren Kjetdsen, Denmark 69-68-65-68—270 DCS Smyth, Ireland 69-63-69-69—270 Jean Francois Remesy, France 70-66-65-69—270 Maarten Lafeber. Netherlands 65-65-72-69—271 Anders Hansen, Denmark 68-67-69-68—272 Santiago Luna, Spain 69-67-68-68—272 Nick O'Hern, Australia 66-70-65-71^272 WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday At Saujana Golf and Country Club Saujana, Malaysia Yardage: 6,939: Par 72 Final Round United Slates 137-149-142-140—568 France 142-144-139-146—571 Australia 152-143-137-142—574 Philippines 146-145-143-140—574 Austria 150-140-144-141—575 New Zealand 149-142-144-140—575 England - 143-147-145-143—578 Colombia 143-153-143-141—580 Italy 150-150-137-144—581 Spain 148-147-140-147—582 Taiwan 150-141-148-144—583 Sweden . 144-154-141-144—583 Netherlands 150-152-141-142—585 Wales 151-143-144-148—586 Argentina 143-146-147-152—588 Germany 148-144-147-149—588 Switzerland 151-145-146-146—588 Finland 143-148-148-162—591 Norway 150-148-144-150—592 Thailand • 143-152-145-153—593 LPGA NINE BRIDGES CLASSIC Sunday At The Club al Nine Bridges Jeju Island, South Korea Purse: $1.5 million Yardage: 6,306, Par 72 (36-36) Final Round Se Ri Pak, $225,000 65-76-72—213 Carin Koch, $139,638 70-76-73—219 Lorie Kane, $90,576 70-75-76—221 Mhairi McKay, $90,576 70-75-76—221 Annika Sorenstam, $58,497 73-73-76—222 Danielle Ammaccapane, $58,497 72-74-76—222 Woo-Soon Ko, $44,534 73-77-73—223 Suzanne Strudwick, $35,475 73-76-75—224 Rachel Teske, $35.475 73-76-75—224 Jill McGill, $35,475 70-79-75—224 Leta Lindley. $26,098 74-76-76—226 Mi Hyun Kim, $26,098 70-75-81—226 Grace Park, $26,098 73-71-82—226 Gloria Park, $22,158 74-77-76—227 Joanne Morley, $22,158 71-77-79—227 Jennifer Resales, $19.574 73-77-78—228 Catriona Matthew, $19,574 71 -77-80—228 Kim Saiki. $17,726 72-80-77—229 Dorothy Delasin, $17,726 71-81-77—229 Hee-Won Han, $17,726 72-78-79—229 Sherri Steinhauer, $15,234 79-75-76—230 Emilee Klein, $15,234 72-78-80—230 II Mi Chung, $15,234 71-77-82—230 Jackie Gallagher-Smith, $15,234 69-76-85—230 Patricia Meunier-Lebouc. $13.664 74-76-81—231 Silvia Cavalleri, $13,664 71-79-81—231 Sophie Gustafson. $12,113 79-78-76—233 Barb Mucha, $12,113 75-81-77—233 Young Kim. $12.113 74-81-78—233 Tracy Hanson. $12,113 74-80-79—233 Becky Morgan, $12,113 73-81-79—233 Natalie Gulbis, $9,934 76-82-76—234 Ji Yeon Han. $9.934 79-78-77—234 Moira Dunn. $9,934 74-81-79—234 Soo Yun Kang, $9,934 75-77-82—234 Kelli Kuehne, $9,934 74-78-82—234 Nancy Scranton, $9,934 70-80-84—234 Helen Alfredsson, $8.272 75-78-82—235 Charlotta Sorenstam, $8,272 76-76-83—235 Donna Andrews, $8,272 71-81-83—235 Tae Hyun Kim, $7,090 81 -78-77—236 Mi Na Lee, $7,090 78-81-77—236 Betsy King, $7,090 75-78-83—236 Heather Bowie, $7,090 72-77-87—236 Candie Kung, $5,345 76-81-80—237 Jeong Jang, $5,345 76-80-81—237 Hyun Ju Shin, $5,345 74-81-82—237 Karen Stupples, $5,345 75-79-83—237 Jung Yeon Lee, $5,345 75-78-84—237 Maria Hjorth, $5,345 79-73-85—237 Marisa Baena, $5.345 76-76-85—237 Wendy Doolan, $5,345 73-76-88—237 Yu Ping Lin, $3,877 78-82-78—238 Sun Wook Lim, $3,877 73-84-81—238 Vicki Goetze-Ackerman. $3,877 77-79-82—238 Hyun Soon Park, $3,877 75-79-84—238 Yong Nam Yeon, $3,101 74-89-76—239 Beth Bauer, $3,101 76-81-82—239 Sun Hwa Lee, $3,101 73-81-85—239 Michelle Ellis. $2.307 78-82-80—240 Tina Barrett, $2,307 78-80-82—240 Eun Kyung Chang, $2,307 75-80-85—240 Liselotte Neumann, $2,307 75-80-85—240 Kate Golden, $2,307 76-78-86—240 Cristie Kerr, $2,307 69-85-86—240 Mi Jung Jeon, $2,307 73-80-87—240 Heather Daly-Oonofrio. $2,307 - 78-74-88—240 Eui Young Shim 79-83-79—241 Kyung Eun Bae. $1,883 73-83-85—241 Mi Hyang Kim, $1,735 83-83-76—242 Wendy Ward, $1,735 78-85-79—242 Leslie Spalding, $1,606 77-85-81—243 Stephanie Keever, $1,606 73-87-83—243 Ah Ram Sun, $1.546 82-83-79—244 Jean Bartholomew, $1,546 75-82-87—244 Sora Shin, $1,482 . 80-85-80—245 Jane Grafter, $1,482 79-81-85—245 Michelle McGann, $1,482 74-86-85—245 So Young Park. $1,409 76-88-82—246 Ji Won Yoon. $1,409 82-80-84—246 Kathryn Marshall, $1,367 72-89-86—247 Bo Kyung Kang, $1,340 83-84-81—248 Hee Jung Kim, $1,313 76-87-87—250 Su Jeong Kim, $1,286 78-87-91—256 NBA REGULAR SEASON Tuesday's Games Philadelphia at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Sacramento, 10 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday's Games Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. Houston at Indiana, 7 p.m. Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Orlando at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. New York at Detroit, 8 p.m. Utah at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Portland, 9:30 p.m. Phoenix at Seattle, 10 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursday's Games Utah at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Friday's Games Indiana at New Jersey. 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Minnesota, B p.m. Memphis at Detroit, 8 p.m. New York at Philadelphia. 8 p.m. Toronto at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. New Orleans at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Houston at Denver, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Seattle at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. CFL CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE East Division W L T OTL Pts PF PA y-Montreal 13 4 0 1 27 562 381 Hamilton 7 11 0 1 15 427 524 Toronto 7 10 0 0 14 311 450 Ottawa 3 14 0 2 8 330 525 West Division W L T OTL Pts PF PA y-Edmonton 13 4 0 0 26 506 430 x-Winnipea 11 6 0 0 22 546 413 x-8rit.Col. 9800 18 452 396 x-Saskatch. 890 2 18 432 365 Calgary 6 11 0 2 14 406 476 x-clinched playoff berth y-clinched division Note: Two points for a regulation or overtime win and one point for a tie or overtime loss. Friday's Game .Edmonton 27, Saskatchewan 21 Saturday's Game Montreal 43, Ottawa 34 Sunday's Games Winnipeg 28. Hamilton 7 Calgary 16, British Columbia 15 Friday, Nov. 1 Saskatchewan at British Columbia, 10:30 p.m. Byrd rides 63 to first victory By The Associated Press PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga.—Jonathan , Byrd waited on the first tee at the Buick Challenge as his playing partners were introduced. Craig Parry, winner of the 2002 NEC Invitational. Chris Smith, winner of the 2002 Buick Classic. They were among the record number of first-time winners on the PGA Tour this year. Also on that list were guys Byrd competed against in college, like Charles Howell III and Matt Kuchar. "All those guys do so well," Byrd said. "You see them do it and say, 'Hey, I've played these guys in college. I'm just as good. There's no reason why I can't.'" He did just that. Byrd became the 17th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, closing with a 9-under 63 that featured two eagles on the back nine at Callaway Gardens to win the final playing of the Buick Challenge. "The greatest thing in the world is to hit great shots when you need them the most," Byrd said after finishing at 27-under 261 for a one- stroke victory over David Toms. He needed all of them, thanks to a strong rally from Toms. Five strokes behind when he stood on the 15th tee, Toms made a 30-foot eagle putt, then a 12-footer for birdie on the 17th hole and had a chance to force a playoff until his birdie putt from 18 feet on the final hole slid over the left edge of the cup. The Ryder Cup star played as well as he has all year. Toms started the final round one stroke out of the lead, shot 65, and still wound up in second place; Byrd's 261 equaled the lowest 72- hole score on tour this year. Jeff Sluman (Milwaukee) and Loren Roberts (Texas Open) also won at 261. Senior Tour Championship OKLAHOMA CITY — Tom Watson shot a 5-under 67 and beat Gil Morgan by two strokes to win the Senior Tour Championship. Watson, who won this event in 2000, earned $440,000 for his first victory of the year on the Senior PGA Tour. The five-time British Open champion was 3 over after 20 holes, then played the last 52 in a bogey-free 17 under to finish four rounds at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club at 14- under 274. Morgan struggled down the stretch in a 69 that left him at 276, three strokes ahead of Bob Gilder, who Golf roundup closed with a 68. Hale Irwin had a 71 and was fourth, seven strokes behindWatson, but he became the first senior golfer to win $3 million in one season. Nine Bridges Classic JEJU ISLAND, South Korea — Se Ri Pak shot an even-par 72 to win the wind-swept Nine Bridges Classic by six strokes over Carin Koch. The South Korean finished at 3- under 213, while Koch had a final- round 73 to wind up at 219. Annika Sorenstam's 76 left her nine shots back, ending her bid to set a record for tournament wins in a year. Pak's fifth victory of 2002 and 18th on the LPGA Tour was worth $225,000. That boosts Pak's earnings this year to $1,600,518, second only to Sorenstam's $2,467,404. Madrid Open MADRID, Spain — Denmark's Steen Tinning offset four bogeys with eight birdies in. a 4-under 67 that gave him a ohe^stoke victory at the Madrid Open. Tinning finished at 19-under 265, one stroke ahead of Adam Scott (68), Brian Davis (63) and Andrew Coltart (64) for his second European tour victory. Ireland's Padraig Harrington, the leader after three rounds, shot a 1- over 72 and slipped to seventh place. Buy.ComTour Championship PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Third-round leader Patrick Moore was declared the winner of the rain-shortened Buy.comTour Championship, finishing on top of the money list and leading 15 players who earned promotions to the PGA Tour. Moore, who won for the third time this year, birdied three of four holes Sunday morning to complete a 6- under 66 that left him at 10-under 206 after 54 holes. Half the field failed to finish the final round before heavy rain left the Capitol Hill's Senator Course unplayable. Moore earned $108,000 for the victory and moved into the top spot on the Buy.com money list with $381,965. His third victory of the year earned him a "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour, so he is eligible to compete in this week's Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Steven ALker, Mike Heinen and Jeff Klauk tied for second at 8-under 208. For the first time since 1993, a player in the top 15 entering this event wasn't bumped out. Around the area From Staff Reports lUP's Howard earns honor A pair of touchdowns on returns against Lock Haven has earned Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior cornerback Mike Howard the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Defensive Player of the Week award. Howard, from Pittsburgh and a graduate of Schenley High School, is the fourth different defensive player from IUP and the seventh Indian overall to win the PSAC weekly award. In addition to Howard, strong safety Trent Jones, linebacker Kris Griffin and defensive end Andrew Battle have been selected the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week. Tailback Elice Parker, quarterback Brian Eyerman and wide receiver Carmelo Ocasio received the recognition for their offensive performances this year. Trailing Lock Haven 7-3 at halftime, Howard scored two touchdowns in a 21 -point third quarter that sent IUP on its way to its eighth win in a row. The 5-9,170- pound Howard, a converted wide receiver, returned a punt 81 yards for a score with 7:47 left in the third quarter to give the Indians the lead for good at 10-7. Howard found the end zone again with 4:22 to play HOWARD in the third period. Bald Eagle wide receiver Marcus Burkley fumbled at midfteld and, after Jones scooped the ball up and fumbled himself, Howard picked up the ball in stride and raced 42 yards untouched down the IUP sideline for a 24-7 lead. Howard also contributed an interception that led to a 56-yard drive and the final IUP score of the game and broke up one other pass. IUP (8-1 overall, 4-0 PSAC West) puts its eight-game winning streak on the line with a pair of road games to end the regular season beginning this Saturday at Shippensburg. The Indians are in the thick of the race for a playoff berth as IUP seeks its 13th postseason bid in the past 16 years. Indians fall to West Chester WEST CHESTER — Meghan Jakimer scored the only goal of die game with 14 minutes remaining in the first half to give West Chester a 1-0 victory over Indiana University of Pennsylvania in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women's soccer contest on Sunday. IUP dropped to 5-8-2 overall and 0-7-2 in the PSAC. West Chester kept its hopes alive for a PSAC playoff berth with a 5-4-2 conference mark and an overall record of 10-6-4. Sarah Daw kept the game close with 16 saves for IUR Golden Ram net- minder Ryan Levine was forced to make only one save. IUP plays next at Clarion on Tuesday before concluding its season at home on Friday against Shippensburg. TUP hockey team earns split The IUP ice hockey team split a weekend pair of games in Ohio to push its record to 5-1-1 on the season. The Indians opened their road trip Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss at Miami, which has been a top-five team over the last decade. Matt Sargo and Frank Busch scored for IUP, but Miami won on a goal 2:33 into the overtime period. IUP bounced back Saturday with a 4-3 win over Dayton. Sargo, Ryan Costello, Bill George and Adamn Harnish scored for the Indians. Harnish's backhanded effort with 5:05 left in the second period provided the winning margin. IUP goalkeeper Adam Curry made 46 saves. The Indians will play host to Penn State Friday. Indiana wins youth hockey game MOON TOWNSHIP—The Indiana Chiefs scored four times in the second period to overcome an early deficit and defeat Beaver 5-4 in an Indiana Youth Hockey Association Mite B game at Airport Ice Arena. Logan Lazor scored twice for Indiana and Austin Jasper, Patrick Hunter and Austin Moody added one goal apiece. Steven Cable contributed two assists to the effort; Hunter, Ian UJig and Derek Helmick had one each. Beaver managed only 14 shots against the outstanding defensive play of Cable, Helmick, Bryan Buzi and Matt Jones. Busch wins abbreviated NAPA 500 By KEITH PARSONS AP Sports Writer HAMPTON, Ga. — How far has Kurt Busch come in his second Winston Cup season? Last year, he didn't even qualify for the NAPA 500. "That was the lowest point of my career," he said. He made up for it in a big way Sunday, winning this year's rain-shortened race by holding off Joe Nemechek and Dale Jarre tt at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch also won at Martinsville last week in his Roush Racing Ford. "It's a great day for us," he said. "Last year, I wasn't even at this race to participate, so it feels that much better to get into Victory Lane." Rain forced a 2'/2-hour delay after 26 laps, and the sky opened up again later, ending the race on the 248th lap. Points leader Tony Stewart was fourth in a Pontiac, followed by the Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stewart stretched his lead to 146 points over Mark Martin, who was eighth. "There still isn't a sucker out there that can say we're points racing," Stewart said, grinning. "I was sideways out there chasing Nemechek. We said we were going to keep racing for wins and that's what we're doing." Just before the rain came, Nemechek and Jarrett were nibbling at Busch's lead, closing within about 10 car-lengths. And Stewart appeared to have the strongest car on long runs. Not that Busch was worried about any of them, particularly Nemechek. "I was going to stick to the low groove," he said. "I wasn't coming off the white line because I knew he was fast down there. Once the tires wore away a little bit, we were a bit quicker and I knew that we would wear him out eventually." In the past five races, Busch has moved from 12th in the standings to sixth, and clinched the manufacturer's title for Ford with his third career victory. "The way this whole operation has come together this year to produce results, it's a lot of fun to race these kind of cars," he said. For Nemechek, his best finish of the season probably couldn't have come at a better time. He's without a ride for next year, and Hendrick Mo- torsports hasn't announced yet who will drive the No. 25 Chevy he's been in since replacing Jerry Nadeau in May. "This is a good start," Nemechek said. "There are some discussions that have to be made. I look forward to staying with Hendrick Motor- sports if they'll have me." The pivotal point came during the final round of green-flag pit stops, when Busch and crew chief Jimmy Fennig decided to pit before any of the leaders. The extra time on the track with new tires proved to be the difference, moving Busch from third to first when the others stopped. An adjustment to the car's chassis also helped, and he led the final 43 laps. "We had a condition in the car that developed into a losing time situation, and Jimmy came up with the great idea to short pit," Busch said. "We knew if we pitted now, we'd pit one more time and we'd be good to the end." Jeff Gordon finished sixth, and Jamie McMurray backed up his surprising victory at Charlotte two weeks ago to come home seventh. Martin, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman rounded out the top 10. Jimmic Johnson, who entered the race second in the points chase, had a tough day, spinning out twice and finishing a lap down in 22nd. He dropped 150 points behind Stewart. "We had a loose race car and spun out twice," Johnson said. "We brushed the wall on the first one and didn't hit anything the second time, but it's something we didn't need for the big picture. "There's three races left, though, and anything can still happen." Nemechek cashes in prior to race indlanagazette.com The Indiana Gazette on the Internet By KEITH PARSONS AP Sports Writer HAMPTON, Ga. — Joe Nemechek made some extra money before he finished second in the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, thanks to a series of pranks by his Hendrick Motorsports crew. A day earlier, Nemechek lost a chance to win the Busch Series event when he ran out of gas with less than two laps left. When he got to the track before Sunday's Winston Cup race, his crewmen were handing him fistfuls of money, mostly $5 and $1 bills, telling him it was gas money. Then when got to his car on the starting line, there was another $5 bill taped to the steering wheel. "You've got to have a comedian in every group," Nemechek said with a smile. He didn't need much help, running up front most of the day and leading 33 laps. He was in front at the halfway point, and with rain in the area, he had hopes of getting his third career victory. But the inclement weather held off and he had to settle for his best finish of the season. "I am disappointed," Nemechek said. "But we're coming together." NASCAR notebook The No. 25 team hasn't hired a driver yet for next season, and Nemechek is doing all he can to hold on to the ride. "This is a good start," he quipped. A real early exit John Andretti was the first driver out of the race, crashing on the sixth lap. Since rain interrupted the race shortly after the .incident, Andretti was long gone by the time the checkered flag fell. "Maybe it'll rain out and I'll be home watching," Andretti said before leaving the track. "That's not a good thing, but you've got to look on the bright side." Andretti lost control of his Dodge in Turn 2 after contact with Jeremy Mayfield. The car slid into the inside wall along the backstretch and sustained heavy damage. "When he turned, he must have thought he was clear," Andretti said of Mayfield. "He turned me hard enough to turn me sideways on the straightaway. The thing just went straight into the wall." The crew loaded Andretti's No. 43 on the hauler during the red flag, and after a 15-minute maneuver to back out of the garage, the transporter left the track, too. Johnson's spin Jimmie Johnson's hopes for the Winston Cup title took a big hit when he spun twice, including an incident on lap 138 when he hit the wall in lurn 3. He recovered to finish a lap down in 22nd and fell 150 points behind leader Tony Stewart. Johnson was running by himself just before both spins. He also lost it coming off Turn 2 while he was trying to stay ahead of race leader Kurt Busch. "We had a loose race car and spun out twice," Johnson said. "We brushed the wall on the first one and didn't hit anything the second time, but it's something we didn't need for the big picture. "The longer we'd go the looser it would get, and I would spin out." Martin's comeback Sterling Marlin, out for the past four races with a broken vertebra, might make it back this season. If his doctors agree, he could return for Phoenix in two weeks. "It's my understanding lie's got a checkup next week to see how lie's progressing," Ganassi Racing team manager Andy Graves said. "I know he wants to come back had. Racing is all Sterling's ever done. I Ic wants to get back in the saddle." Jamie McMurray took over and won at Charlotte, but he's made it clear the No. 40 isn't his ride. The hat McMurray wore this weekend had Marlin's autograph stenciled on it, and the car has Marlin's name on the roof. Asked why Marlin would get back behind the wheel for just the last three races, Graves said: "He loves to race. It doesn't matter to him if it's for one race this year or two races this year. He'd race year-round if he could." Spark plugs Ford clinched its third manufacturer's title in four years with the victory by Kurl Busch. It's the company's 15th title overall. ... Jamie McMurray, who won in his previous start for team owner Chip Ganassi, finished a respectable seventh. ... Todd Bodine fell out of the race with engine failure, the fourth time in the past six races that's happened.
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