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COUNTY NEWS-OUTLOOK On the road again I 1 The Winston Cup Series moves to a road course --Watkins Glen International- this week for Sunday's Sirius at The Glen. | Cup: Sirius at The 1 on NBC. 250, 1:30 ;. 16 on TNT. Truck: Auto Parts 200, 9 Friday on SPEED Channel. .er's streak to an end Race: Sirius at The Glen Where: Watkins Glen International When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m., EDT Race distance: 220.5 miles, 90 laps. Defending champion: Tony Stewart Race record: Mark Martin, 100.303 mph, Aug. 13, 1995. Qualifying record: Dale Jarrett, 122.698 mph, Aug. 10, 2001. Storyline: Following his second-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth extended his lead in the standings to 286 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr. I 1 Race: Cabela's 250 Where: Michigan International Speedway I When: Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. EDT i Defending champ: Michael Waltrip Race record: Mark Martin, 169.571 mph, 1 Aug. 19, 1995. Qualifying record: Jimmy Spencer, 1 184.824 mph, Aug. 17, 2001. 1 Storyline: The Busch Series takes a week- end off with Scott Riggs holding just a 7- 1 point lead in the standings. Only 99 points separate the top five drivers in one of the 1 closest competitions in series history. I CRAFTSMAN TRUCK II Race: Federated Auto Parts 200 Where: Nashville Superspeedway II When: Friday, 9 p.m. EDT II Defending champ: Mike Bliss Race record: Scott Riggs, 132.466 mph, Aug. II 10, 2001. Qualifying record: Mike Bliss, 157.322 mph, II Aug. 9, 2002. Storyline: Travis Kvapil takes a 10-point lead 1 in the standings following last week's Power II Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Only 107 points separate the top four 1 drivers. Indianapolis ?lth 52 drivers vying for 43 starting 8Pots in the Brickyard 400, nine went disappointed after Saturday's at Indianapolis Motor Was more disheartened than Ken whose streak of 579 consecutive came to an end. The long in 1984 on the old road course at ,Calif. been third on the Winston Cup behind Ricky Rudd, who starts, and Rusty Wallace, who has started 494 in a row, for Musgrave veteran Winston Cup driver in the Craftsman had a car fast enough to make the but lost out when it started rain- his qualifying run. said, adding his crew that it was raining listening and communi- COncerns to NASCAR, he likely would to try again. to tell me to come in," bad preparation on our team's race were Brett Bigley Jr., Robert Pressley, Jim Fittipaldi, David Routimann and temperatures in the ' at mid-morning, 11 drivers record. Polesitter the 84,343 m'.fl.,_e s per hour, while llth- 1Aadretti s speed of 183.098 mph was the 182.960 that Tony Stewart ran to in 2002. the starting time for needs to be moved to noon or later so to go out when the sun is at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to said Sterling qualified 12th. Wins Busch race Shane Hmiel late in the at r Park for his first career victory in 47 career starts for at 19 is one of the youngest driv- Who is fifth in the Busch Series , started third in the 20(Hap race and of it in Hmiers rearview mirror. Hmiel for 181 and held on for the win in Speedway see, 500, Raceway 13. Tony Stewart, 2,420. 14. Terry Labonte, 2,392. 15. Mark Martin, 2,362. 16. Sterling Marlin, 2,339. 17. Bill Elliott, 2,244. 18. Ricky Craven, 2,174. 19. Elliott Sadler, 2,151. 20. Greg Biffle, 2,126. 21. Jamie McMurray, 2,092. 22. Ward Burton, 2,075. 23. Johnny Benson, 2,036. 24. Dave Blaney, 2,003. 25. Joe Nemechek, 1,999. 26. Ricky Rudd, 1,990. Harvick wins at Indy Fastest on restart, Childress driver sees his dream come true By RICK MINTER Cox News Service Indianapolis uto racing can be a cruel sport, sometimes taking the lives of its participants. But it also tends to reward people like Kevin Harvick, who realized a boy- hood dream of winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by taking Sunday's 10th run- ning of the Brickyard 400. Harvick motored past rook- ie Jamie McMurray on a restart with 16 laps to go and drove away to victory. Winston Cup points leader Matt Kenseth finished second and boosted his lead from 232 to 286, while McMurray, Jeff Gordon and Bill Elliott com- pleted the top five. Winning at Indy was some- thing that had been on Harvick's mind since he got an autographed photo from four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Meats years ago. On the photo Meats wrote, "Good luck. Hope to see you here some day." "I've looked at that picture for a long time," said Harvick, 27, as he reflected on the fourth, but biggest, win of his 2-year Winston Cup career. "When I finally got the oppor- tunity to race here a few years ago, it was pretty much a dream come true. "It's hard to explain how good I feel." The same was true for his car owner Richard Childress, who tasted victory at the Brickyard with the late Dale Earnhardt in 1995 but took great pleasure in celebrating with the driver who took over Childress' car aRer Earnhardt's death. The veteran car owner par- ticipated in the winning crew's traditional kissing of the bricks on the frontstretch of the historic track. "I've never had a cold kiss that felt so good," he said. Like Harvick, Childress had fond thoughts of Indianapolis Motor Speedway long before he ever had a race car. "I always dreamed of com- ing to Indy, just to see it," he said. "Every year I would Us. ten to the Indy 500 from the 27. Jimmy Spencer, 1,948. 28. Dale Jarrett, 1,918. 29. Todd Bodine, 1,885. 30. Jeremy Mayfield, 1 873. 31. Kenny Wa lace, 1,843. 32. Steve Park, 1,736. 33. Jeff Green, 1,719. 34. Casey Mears, 1,612. 35. Kyle Petty, 1,475. 36. Tony Raines, 1,475. 37. Ken Schrader, 1,431. 38. Jack Sprague, 1,284. 39. John Andretti, 1,275. 40. Mike Skinner, 1,067. mmn||n|||||||m|im||||n|n|l|l||nl| Cox News Service Kevin Harvlck opened up a big lead on a restart with 10 laps to go to win Sunday's Brickyard 400. time I was just a kid. "I never will forget the day listening to the [1964] race when Eddie Sachs got killed." As with most Winston Cup races these days, pit strategy was a key factor Sunday. Harvick started on the pole and led 17 laps before turning over the lead to Bill Elliott. But the fastest cars for most of the race belonged to Tony Stewart, who led three times for 60 laps, and Jamie McMurray, who led twice for 33. Late in the race, teams began to execute plans they hoped would bring them victory. Harvick made a green-flag pit stop on Lap 133 of 160, which meant he wouldn't have to stop again. Kenseth took gas and four tires on Lap 106, with the hope of taking only gas on a later stop and winding up out front. But a caution flag at Lap 140 spoiled that strategy. "I knew this would happen," Kenseth radioed to his crew as the yellow flag flew. But since most of his com- petitors also stopped, he returned to the track in third place, with fresher tires than McMurray and Harvick, the two drivers in front of him who did not pit. Stewart, who had taken right-side tires and gas 11 laps earlier, came back in under cau- tion on Lap 142 to get left-side tires and a chassis adjustment because his car was handling so poorly. He returned in 12th place and finished there. McMurray and Harvick stayed on the track and kept the lead, but on the restart, they had to line up behind sev- eral drivers who were on the taft end of the lead lap. As the drivers came up to speed, the tail-end drivers boxed in McMurray so Harvick drove to the bottom of the track and into the lead, bringing his teammate Robby Gordon with him. Then, as the pack sped down the backstretch, Dave Blaney appeared to slow with a fiat tire, triggering a Talladega. style crash that collected seven other drivers -- Terry Labonte, Joe Nemechek, Sterling Marlin, Ricky Rudd, Jimmie Johnson, Johnny Benson andMike Skinner. On the restart for the final 10-lap dash to the checkered flag, Harvick opened a big lead, while McMurray and Kenseth struggled to get by second-running Robby Gordon. Harvick said his teammate, with whom he has occasional. ly been at odds, took care of him this time by blocking his challengers. "He did all he could for the company and myself today," Harvick said. Jarrett's jackman struck by vehicle during pit stop By RICK MINTER Cox News Service Indianapolis I ale Jarrett and his team had a huge scare | during the Brickyard 400 when jackman John Bryan was struck by Jarrett's car dur- ing a pit stop. He avoided serious inju. The incident occurred less than two years after Bryan was struck and injured on pit road at Homestead (Fla.) Speedway. On the 37th lap of Sunday's Brickyard 400, Bryan was standing on pit road preparing to jack up Jarrett's No. 88 Ford when Jarrett lost control, spun around and hit Bryan. The impact knocked Bryan into the wall and sent his jack rolling down pit road. Bryan and Joe Krupa, a pho- tographer who was struck by a JARRETT tire that was about to be put on Jarrett's car, were taken to nearby Methodist Hospital, where they were treated and released. Fortunately for Bryan, he was wearing a helmet, a piece of equipment NASCAR mandated after the incident at Homestead in which Bryan and three other crewmen were hit by the spinning car of Ward Burton. Jarrett, who returned to the track after repairs to his car, shouldered the blame. "This is probably the worst day of my life," he said. "It's the most devastating thing I've ever been associated with, and it was just stupidity on my part." He said his heart wasn't in the race when he returned to the track after repairs. He finished 39th. "I had to finish it for the guys because they worked hard, but I couldn't have cared less," he said. Nudge for V00axl Burton Bill Davis, owner of the No. 22 Dodge driven by Ward Burton, said Sunday that he's ready to part company with the only driver who ever won a Winston Cup race in his cars. A day after Burton went pub- lic with his complaints about the team's poor performance of late and indicating he'd like to find a new ride, Davis said he's ready to accommodate. "Nobody's happy," Davis said. "We haven't run to our poten- tial for two years now, and we offered Ward the opportunity to BURTON go look elsewhere, and we did the same thing. "We think a change is better." But Davis disputed garage rumors that Burton could leave as early as next week. 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