Elliott Sadler took the lead on a fast pit stop with 99 laps left and went on to win the crash-filled Moore’s Snacks 250 at Bristol, Tenn., his fourth NASCAR Busch Grand National victory in 10 months.
Sadler avoided three wrecks over the final 80 laps and was pulling away at the finish on Bristol Motor Speedway’s .533-mile, high-banked oval.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who started on the pole, finished second, about 10 car-lengths behind Sadler.
Chad Little of Spokane will start 34th in the lineup for today’s Food City 500 NASCAR race at Bristol, Tenn. Little, in a Ford, had a qualifying speed of 122.193.
At Motegi, Japan, Adrian Fernandez had to win two very different battles to earn the second Indy-car triumph of his career.
First, he had to overcome a bout with the flu the night before the race. Then, the 32-year-old Mexican had to hold off Al Unser Jr. in a sprint to the finish of the Budweiser 500.
Fernandez led 102 of the 201 laps in his Reynard-Ford, and spent much of his time out front fending off Unser’s Penske-Mercedes. Unser led the race twice for a total of 26 laps, the first time he’s been out front since 1996 at Road America in Wisconsin.
Despite having their new braking system declared illegal, the McLarens of Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard filled the front-row qualifying spots for today’s Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo.
Hakkinen had a best lap of 1 minute, 1:17.092 seconds around the 2.687-mile Jose Carlos Pace track, .655 seconds ahead of Coulthard. His average speed was 124.263 mph.
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