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Villenueve Cashes In

Jacques Villeneuve wrapped up the IndyCar PPG Cup championship with a problem-filled ride in the Bank of America 300, a race that saw rookie Gil de Ferran close the season …


Quick Stop Keys Wallace Victory

Rusty Wallace used a lightning-fast pit stop with 104 laps to go and a precise weave through slower traffic to win the Miller Genuine Draft 400 by 5.6 seconds over …


Elliott Has Become A Big Jeff Gordon Fan

Some expect Jeff Gordon to choke on his inexperience and lose the Winston Cup championship despite his big lead with eight races to go. Bill Elliott, the 1988 Winston Cup …


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Abraham Olano of Spain won the 25-mile individual time trial through Salamanca, Spain, in the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain, and Laurent Jalabert of France held to the …


Jarrett Wins With A Burst

Dale Jarrett overtook Mark Martin on the 249th lap and withstood one last challenge to win the Autolite Platinum 250 Busch Grand National at Richmond International Raceway at Richmond, Va. …


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David Davallilo singled to right field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to score the winning run from third as the Boise Hawks beat Bellingham 3-2 to …


Prost Considers Return

Four-time Formula One champion Alain Prost is considering a comeback. He believes Formula One needs him. The French driver, who retired last year with a career-record 51 Grand Prix victories, …


Hoerner Moves In On Season Crown

To some, Saturday night’s final appearance of the Spokane Pro Gas Association at Spokane Raceway Park is just another drag race. It means a lot more for Rod Hoerner. Riding …


Rookie Takes Nationals

Larry Dixon beat Bob Vandergriff Jr. in the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals to become the first rookie Top Fuel winner since Gary Beck in 1972. Dixon covered a quarter mile at …


Hoffman Claims Big Bud

Al Hofmann earned the largest single-day purse in NHRA history, winning $100,000 in the Big Bud Shootout special event for Funny Cars during the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. …


Little Suffers Major Setback

Mark Martin rallied to win the Gatorade 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National stock car race at Darlington Raceway. Meanwhile, the series points battle took a major turn when contender Chad …


Andretti Takes Pole

John Andretti won the first pole of his Winston Cup career and in the process set an event record in gaining the top starting spot for the Southern 500 at …


Race Team Focuses, Ignoring Rearview Mirror

As Jeff Zimmerman continues to close ground in his chase for a Northwest Modified Series championship, his eyes and mind are firmly focused on what’s ahead, not what’s past. You …


Indy Announces Schedule

The new Indy Racing League will schedule its season over parts of two calendar years in order to end its championship competition annually with the Indianapolis 500. The IRL, the …


Schumacher Grabs Win

Michael Schumacher used daredevil tactics to extend his lead in the Formula One standings with a wet and wild victory that withstood a protest at the Belgian Grand Prix. Belgium’s …


Labonte Spins To Win

Terry Labonte, trying to hold off hard-charging Dale Earnhardt in heavy traffic, won the rain-delayed Goody’s 500 while sliding backward across the finish line at Bristol International Raceway. Earnhardt slammed …


Grissom Gets Break, Holds On Chad Little Finishes Fourth At Food City; Benson Cuts Tire

After grabbing the lead with 23 laps to go when front-runner Johnny Benson cut a tire, Steve Grissom held first place the rest of the way to win the Food …


Bogathon Promises Muddy Going

Like lots of boys, Jeff Williams probably used to get in trouble with his mother years ago for going out and getting dirty playing in mud puddles. Sunday, Williams and …


Prost Ponders Comeback

Retired four-time Formula One champion Alain Prost could be on the verge of a comeback with McLaren. The team announced in Woking, England, that the 40-year-old French driver will take …


Ribeiro Gets First Cart Win

Rookie Andre Ribeiro of Brazil won his first Indy-car race at the New England 200 in Loudon, N.H., while Jacques Villeneuve edged closer to the overall championship. Ribeiro, the pole-sitter …


Martin Awarded Race Victory After Inspection Of Jarrett’s Car

Mark Martin, easily outrun in the Detroit Gasket 200 at Brooklyn, Mich., was given the victory nearly 2 hours after the race Saturday when NASCAR relegated Dale Jarrett to the …


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Jeff Green led a rain-shortened qualifying session at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., for the Detroit Gasket 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National stock car race… . Trainer …


Top Drivers Cash In Big Overseas

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is joining Ferrari, Damon Hill is staying put and Jacques Villeneuve is moving from Indy cars to Formula One. Three of auto racing’s top drivers …


Finally, Hall’s Race Team Finds A Winning Formula

Hey! Ron Hall! Your NASCAR Northwest Tour race team has just won its second race of the season and you’re climbing in the points race. Where are you going now? …


Smoking Debate Fires Up Nascar

NASCAR has a smoking problem. In the last quarter-century, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has helped take stock car racing from a Southern delicacy to a burgeoning national industry called the …


Capps Sparkles In Final Race Mishaps For Top-Fuel Rivals Help Decide Ahra Title

John Force burns in his tires before his preliminary run in the Funny Car class at the AHRA World Finals while crew member Bernie Federly, right, takes in the preparations. …


Martin Wins Race From Pole

Mark Martin ran down former teammate Wally Dallenbach six laps from the finish for his third straight victory from the pole in the Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup …


Big-Time Racing Takes More Than Just Clean Pits Elite Teams Have Generous Sponsors, As Odessa Drag Racer Knows Too Well

When looking at Craig Smith’s top fuel dragster pit area, a person might think the operation is comparable to the big teams sponsored by McDonald’s, Castrol or Budweiser. Smith has …


Hill Takes Hungarian Pole

Damon Hill took the pole for today’s Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest, Hungary with a best time of 1 minute, 16.982 seconds, about 1.4 seconds faster than he managed in …


Hill On Top

Damon Hill, hoping to retain his ride next season with the Williams-Renault Formula One team, took the provisional pole for the running Sunday of the Hungarian Grand Prix. But Hill …