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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 …


Epler Attempts U-Turn Halfway Down Strip Struggling Racer Hopes To Use Ahra Event To Work Out Bugs

Jim Epler has had his ups and downs as a funny car driver since he strapped himself into one for the first time five years ago. All drivers do. But …


Hofmann: Force Cheated Last Year

Funny car driver John Force has heard the rumors that he cheats. It’s the only way, opponents say, he’s been able to be so dominant. So in explaining his stumble …


Ten Weeks After Crash At Indianapolis 500, Fox Leaves The Hospital

It was the most satisfying stroll of Stan Fox’s life. Ten weeks after a horrifying crash in the Indianapolis 500, the race car driver walked out of a rehabilitation hospital …


Triber Putting His Unique Touch On Orv Park

Nearly everything in Airways Heights will revolve around this weekend’s AHRA World Finals at Spokane Raceway Park. Next week, however, Darrell Triber hopes it will be his turn. Triber, the …


Nhra Event Wraps Up

Ron Capps, Al Hofmann and Warren Johnson won professional titles in the rain-delayed wrapup of the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway in Kent, Wash. Capps won in top …


Victory Keeps Earnhardt In The Hunt Veteran Driver Holds Off Wallace For First Money In Brickyard 400

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Rain Washes Out Brickyard Qualifying, Hurting Foyt, Carter

Rain on Friday forced cancellation of the second round of time trials for today’s Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup stock car race. Officials of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR …


Irvan Still Out Of The Driver’s Seat And He’s Not Happy About It - Just Ask Him, If You Dare

Ernie Irvan, right, talks to Michael Waltrip before Waltrip practices for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Photo by Associated Press


Modifieds Race At Stateline

Thanks to a local racing enthusiast, the Northwest Modifieds will be racing for a bigger payday in their Saturday night race at Stateline Speedway. And thanks to those same modifieds, …


Unser Jr. Decision Upheld

The decision that deprived Al Unser Jr. of a victory and practically ended any hopes he had of repeating as IndyCar champion has been upheld, the sport’s sanctioning body, IndyCar, …


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The St. Louis Blues continue to stockpile veterans, acquiring 36-year-old defenseman Jay Wells from the New York Rangers for defenseman Doug Lidster… . Gloria Chadwick, director of the …


Pruett Earns First Victory

Scott Pruett refused to be intimidated by two-time series champion Al Unser Jr., losing the lead at the start of the last lap and coming back to beat Unser by …


Shumacher Tops Rival Hill

One lap. That’s how long Damon Hill’s much-touted challenge lasted at the German Grand Prix, where history was made by Michael Schumacher. Schumacher’s victory in a BenettonRenault not only was …


Earnhardt Wins Ninth Iroc Title

Dale Earnhardt sat in a hospitality suite and watched Al Unser Jr. help him win a second International Race of Champions title. Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion, was …


Little A Winner Despite Crash

Spokane’s Chad Little came back from an early race accident to score his sixth NASCAR Busch Grand National Series victory of the year in Saturday’s Ford Credit 300 at South …


Swift Needs Reversal Of Racing Fortune

This chasing the Wolfe thing is getting old for Billy Swift. The Wolfe that stays ahead of Newman Lake’s Swift is not the four-legged, furry, endangered species kind, but rather …


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Scott Brayton is alert and talking after spinning during testing for next week’s Brickyard 400 stock car race in Indianapolis, Ind. He crashed his Ford Thunderbird into the Indianapolis Motor …


Gordon Knows Earnhardt Lurking

Dale Earnhardt is having a frustrating season. Photo by Associated Press


Marlin Survives Scramble

Pole-sitter Sterling Marlin outran a Talladega tango, staying in front of a hectic scramble for position to win the DieHard 500 in Talladega, Ala. In a race slowed only twice …


Miscellany

Gil de Ferran overtook Jacques Villeneuve on the last lap of qualifying, winning the pole for today’s Cleveland Grand Prix at a course-record 147.512 mph. It was the first career …


Little Turns Back Spencer To Win Busch Race

Chad Little held off a last-lap charge by Jimmy Spencer on Saturday to win a tumultuous, wreck-plagued Humminbird Fishfinder 500k Busch Grand National race at Talladega Superspeedway. The race saw …


Thriving On Speed Autocross Racing Is The Latest Way Gary Klawitter Gets His Thrills

Gary Klawitter competes in the Autosports Northwest circuit in his Nissan Sentra. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review


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Moses Kiptanui of Kenya narrowly missed the 3,000-meter steeplechase world record, Britain’s Olympic champion Linford Christie won the 100 meters and Michael Johnson, the world’s top-ranked runner in the 200 …


Schultz Looks For Turnaround On Oval

Rick Schultz won’t find much sympathy among his competition for all the bad luck he seems to be having while competing in the 1995 NASCAR Northwest Tour. Little things like …


Andretti Outduels Rahal

All Michael Andretti needed to make himself well was a dose of the Toronto Molson Indy. Andretti, mired in bad luck and bad results through the first 10 races of …


Schumacher Taken Out

Damon Hill added more fuel to his bitter feud with world champion Michael Schumacher when he crashed into the German at the British Grand Prix and accidentally handed Johnny Herbert …


Jarrett Coasts To Victory

Dale Jarrett used every drop of fuel to get within a half mile of victory, then coasted around the final turn and hung on to beat Jeff Gordon in the …