The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on May 19, 1989 · 53
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i MOTOR SPORTS By-Jim Rattle Labonte up for victory Even though he hasn't visited Victory Lane this season the signs are good for defending champion Terry Labonte entering The Winston on Sunday'in Charlotte NC Labonte is coming off a runner-up finish to Davey Allison in the Winston 500 on May 7 in Talladega Ala The second place was Labonte's third consecutive top five finish Ile was forced to make an adjustment this season when the Junior Johnson team switched from Chevrolet to Ford Thunderbird over the winter Labonte figures it took the first nine Winston Cup races to sort out things "There are a lot more smiling faces among our guys in the shop and at the tracks than there were at the first of the year" Labonte said Labonte also favors the three-segment format of The Winston NASCAR's special winners-only $800000 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway The race has segments of 75 50 and 10 laps "If the format were different you'd be talking to a different driver about defending his title (this year)" Labonte said "We had problems in the first two parts last year but were able to get it all together and win the part that really counted — the last 10 laps" Labonte starting fifth for the final segment overtook the pack to lead the final nine laps and claim the $200000 first prize Sunday's field also includes the race's three previous winners: Darrell Waltrip (1985) Bill Elliott (1986) and Dale Earnhardt (1987) Also Sunday is the Winston Open a 100-lap race serving as a final qualifier for The Winston The Open field includes Mark Martin Dick Trickle Sterling Marlin and Rick Wilson Notebook — Elliott the 1988 Winston Cup chanipion Allison and Alan Kulwicki spent some cockpit time with famed driving instructor Bob Bondurant at Sears Point Raceway last week Sears Point near Sonoma is the site for the first Winston Cup road race June 11 The race will be 500 kilometers over Sears' 252-mile course Roseville's Scott Pruett a rookie at the Indy 500 admitted he was frustrated being stuck on a 210 mph lap time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway But Pruett got some unexpected help from an excellent source — three-time Indy winner Rick Mears "I think Rick must have noticed my frustration because one day he just walked down to the north end of the pits and shared some suggestions with me" Pruett said Pruett a former SCCA Trans-Am and IMSA GTO champion qualified 17th at 213955 mph among the 26 drivers who earned positions Sunday in the tentative lineup for the May 28 race The Golden State 100- mile dirt car race June 4 at Cal Expo will carry a puree of $73000 according to Tom Hunt USAC's ' Fleabag furor: Hornets get unlikely wake-up call Bee Sports Staff SAN LUIS OBISPO — If Sacramento State reaches the 1989 Division II baseball World Series coach John Smith has the hostelries of San Luis Obispo County to thank When the Hornets reached here late Wednesday night they found their accom- modations less than satisfactory -"They said it was going to be - first-class and 4 q it turned out to be a fleabag" Smith said "We just got out of there We're so Mike Frame mad now we got to take it out on somebody" After scrambling for hotel rooms for the last two nights the Hornets hope to take out their aggressions today on San Francisco State in first-round action of the NCAA Division II West Regional tournament The second-ranked Hornets Softball Continued from page Cl year the girls want this one" Florida Southern enters with the tournament's best record 45-6 The Lady Moccasins went 24-0 in the Sunshine State Conference and put together a 27-game winning streak The Lady Moccasins are making their second trip to the Final Four impressive considering they've been playing fastpitch for only five years All of the junior colleges and 60 percent of the high schools in Florida play slowpitch I've got a lot of respect for the teams in this tournament" Lady Moccasins coach Chris Bel lotto said "The four teams are of such quality thaLit's going to come down to who has the hot weekend" Bakersfield won the national title in Sacramento last year and was fortunate to get a berth in the West Regional after finishing fourth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Sacramento State Record: 54-17 Midwest Regional champ' Coach: Irene Shea Outlook: The Hornets posted their second straight 50-win season They've been doing it with pitching and defense led by the one-two dub-of Kathy Pierce (29-8) and Karen Andreotti (17-5) Pierce has thrown 19 shutouts and Andreotti has pitched three no-hitters Offensivaty center fielder Teri Eagleston was named All-American after hitting 394 with 11 doubles and was chosen MVP of the Midwest Regional Shortstop Toni Heisler solidified the HorneW infield and he 327 She also broke the school record for doubles with 14 and was successful on all 13 of her stolen-base attempts Junior -Lou Avis an All-American at third basei Calendar TODAY Gold Country Fairground in Auburn — Class A motorcycle racing Gates open at 6:30 pm Racing at 8 pm Information: 487-2966 or 448-7557 Sacramento Raceway at 5305 Excelsior Road — CMC stadium cross a 20-race series running through Sept 29 Gates open at 5 pm First race at 7:15 pm ET bracket races Eliminations at 8:30 pm Information: 363-2653 Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico — Sprint cars limited sportsman and pure stock racers Gates open at 6 pm Qualifying at 7 pm Information: 9697484 Twin Cities Raceway Park in Marysville — Late model stocks street stocks and bombers Gates open at 5 pm Qualifying at 7 pm Racing at 8 pm Information: 677-7828 SATURDAY Placer County Speedway in Roseville — Limited sportsman street stocks and mini stocks Gates open at 3 pm Qualifying at 5 pm Racing at 7 pm Information: 786-2023 Placerville Speedway in Placerville — Open wheel 410 and 360 sprints super stocks and street stocks Gates open at 5 pm Qualifying at 6:30 pm Information: 969-7484 San Jose Speedway at Santa Clara Fairgrounds San Jose NASCAR supermodifieds and late model stock cars Gates open at 5 pm Qualifying at 6 pm Information: (408) 438-3210 Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton NASCAR late model and street stocks Gates open at 5 pm Racing at 8 pm Information: (209) 946-7484 Twin Cities Raceway Park in Marysville — Late model stocks street stocks and bombers Gates open at 5 pm Qualifying at 7 pm Racing at 8 pm Information: 677-7828 SUNDAY San Jose Speedway at Santa Clara County Fairground San Jose — San Jose Mile a Camel Pro motorcycle event Practice at 10:30 am Time trials at 1150 am Racing at 2 pm Information: (408) 438-3210 WEDNESDAY Sacramento Raceway at 5305 Excelsior Road — Wednesday Nite Drags for street machines Special blown alcohol and jet dragster races Gates open at 5 pm Racing at 745 pm Information: 363-2653 vice president for West Coast operations In San Jose they are referring to Sunday's San Jose Mile as the second annual Last San Jose Mile A year ago promoter Ken Clapp billed the event as the last for the Santa Clara County Fairground facility Clapp was pushing a proposal to restructure the mile oval for NASCAR Winston Cup racing But local officials didn't exactly welcome the news forcing Clapp to put his idea on the back burner Returning is Steve Morehead who won the "final" event last year in a duel with four-time Camel Pro champion Bubba Shobert A brief tribute is planned Sunday for Shobert who was critically injured in the US Grand Prix on April 16 at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey According to Bill Spencer a friend of Shobert the rider is showing progress as he recovers in a Lubbock Texas hospital near his parents' home Steve Lucero the US and international motorcycle speedway champion will make his first regular-season Northern California appearance since 1982 tonight at Gold Country Speedway in Auburn (35-16) meet the No 17 Gators (31-20) at 2 pm today The loser meets host Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at 7 pm The double-elimination tournament continues Saturday and Sunday if necessary with the survivor advancing to the eight-team World Series beginning next Saturday in Montgomery Ala "This is the beginning of the real season" Smith said from one of his hotel rooms Thursday "1 can feel it We had a workout today and there was a lot of intensity I can feel a mood change now that the playoffs are here" The Hornets will throw hard-luck All-America Erik Bennett at San Francisco State today Despite a 191 ERA Bennett is only 6-5 "We haven't been scoring many runs for him that's for sure" Smith said "But in the mood we're in we're ready to explode I haven't felt this way since this time last year" The key for the Hornets this weekend could be the availability of starterreliever Mike Frame who suffered a spike wound on his pitching Florida Southern Record: 45-6 South Regional champion Coach: Chris Be !lotto Outlook: The Lady Moccasins have a pitching combination to match Sac State's with Cindy Johnsen (22-3 079 earned-run average) and hard-throwing All-American Nycki Sandstede (21-3 102) Each threw 13 shutouts The Lady Moccasins had a string of 75 scoreless innings during their 27-game winning streak This is FSC's second Final Four appearance in three years the Lady Moccasins finished second to Cal State Northridge in 1987 Florida Southern also can hit the ball posting a 322 team batting average All-American Kellie Robinson a freshman first baseman hit 378 with five homers and 54 RBI All-America catcher Diane Wiedeman hit 370 with a team-high six HRs and center fielder Robin Allen hit 358 with 11 triples Central Missouri State Record: 36-10 Northeast Regional champion Coach: Rhesa Sumrell Outlook: Despite making their third straight postseason appearance the Jennies from Warrensburg Mo are the mystery team They feature two formidable pitchers in Becky John (17-3 070) and Roxzanne Abbott (12-4 129) All-America shortstop Renay Ries hit 385 and led the team in every offensive category including 12 doubles and four HRs The Jennies rely on defense They went through the Northeast Regional without an error in 152 chances and have a six-game errorless streak Cal State Bakersfield Record: 35-22 West Regional champion Coach: Kathy Welter Outlook: The defending national champs finished fourth in the CCAA with a 7-11 record but they knocked out top-ranked CSU Northridge in the West final The Roadrunners are hot and moved up to No 11 in the final poll Their pitching combo of Lisa Dro !linger (18-10 079) and Margaret Harvey (10-9 120) is tournament-tested Second baseman Barb Santa Cruz was named AN-America after hitting 377 with eight triples The Roadrunners are young and lost a lot of heartbreakers this year going 12-14 in one-run games hand last weekend against Cal Poly SLO Frame who is 6-1 with 11 of the team's 17 saves remained in Sacramento an extra day to throw for pitching coach Gordon Blackwell "Gordy told me he was throwing gas in the bullpen" Smith said "But he was having trouble with the curveball because one of the (three) stitches was poking him" Smith said trainer Joe Ramos may remove the offending stitch this morning Smith hopes Frame will be available Saturday The Gators won the Northern California Athletic Conference title with a 22-8 record They feature three left-handers whom 1JC Davis coach Phil Swim ley thinks will give the Hornets trouble Greg McKnight (8-3 252 ERA) was the NCAC Pitcher of the Year and likely will start against the Hornets today The Gators also have lefties Scott Henry (7-3 252) and Bobby Rudhe (7-3) Offensively the Gators are led by DH Todd Preston a 464 hitter Sullivan back at the wheel Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — At first Danny Sullivan had trouble gripping the wheel Thursday So they adjusted the special 8-ounce plastic brace that covers his broken right arm cutting some material from around the thumb and adding foam padding Yet even before the fix he turned a practice lap of 209986 slow by this year's Indianapolis 500 standards but not bad considering Sullivan had to make four left turns at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sullivan 39 had gone more than 223 mph in practice before he crashed last Thursday He broke the ulna bone in his forearm and was hospitalized But the 1985 Indy winner is expected to try to qualify for the May 28 race Saturday when the final weekend of time trials begins The special brace Sullivan is wearing covers his arm from the top of the hand to just below the elbow After being cleared by Dr Henry Bock the track's medical director Sullivan took two slow laps to adjust to the cockpit then got back up to speed "It felt pretty good to be back in the car" he said as his Penske Racing crew adjusted the PC17-Chevrolet he drove first Thursday "It didn't hurt that bad not as bad as I thought it would" Sullivan later got into the new PC18-Chevrolet that he will try to put in the race He quickly got up to 213118 "I made one change on the car before the last run" Sullivan said "But I was more concerned with driver comfort and the cockpit We had the car pretty much in race trim and it was comfortable and easy enough to do that speed" Meanwhile Geoff Brabham who has been shaking down the PC17 this week at speeds up to 217 mph will stand by until the Penske team is certain he will not be needed as a substitute for Sullivan for qualifying or the race Among other drivers still hoping to qualify Kevin Cogan was fastest Thursday at 217654 followed by Dominic Dobson (213523) Pa ncho Carter (212665) and Rocky Moran (212615) Crawford crashes — Jim Crawford of Scotland escaped injury when he crashed hard in the third turn during practice Thursday Crawford had qualified the car a Buick-powered 1987 Lola on the inside of the second row at 221450 mph But the car was badly damaged in the crash and it took workers several minutes to get Crawford out of the wreckage Crawford 41 was taken to Methodist Hospital for examination and released after about two hours Crawford had turned a lap at 220696 mph shortly before the crash "It appears that the lower left suspension arm broke and caused Jim to hit the wall" said Bob Riley team engineer for King Motorsports It appeared the car could not be repaired although Riley said the team still was evaluating the situation fl4C - The Hornets beat SF State 7-5 in March "If they beat Bennett they deserve to win the whole thing" a confident Smith said The host Mustangs (30-23) ranked seventh are led by Greg Paxton the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year who is 9-2 with a 345 ERA They also feature Dave Wilson (6-5 285) They also have a squad of bashers led by right fielder Rich Shepperd (323 45 RBI) shortstop Ron Crowe (II HRs 48 RBI) and first baseman Pat Kirby (317 39 RBI) who went 5 for 6 against Sac State last Friday during a two-game series split While Smith doesn't like to compare past clubs he likes his chances with this year's squad "This is the deepest pitching staff we've ever had" Smith said pointing to a staff ERA of 355 terrific by Division II standards "I've got eight guys I trust to 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