Sunday, August 27, 2000

Penske driver wins ARCA race




By Tom Groeschen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPARTA, Ky. — Roger Penske, owner of race tracks and race cars and a good chunk of the Western Hemisphere, now owns a victory at Kentucky Speedway.

        Ryan Newman, a 22-year-old Penske protege, won the ARCA Blue Grass Quality Meats 200 before 29,464 fans Saturday afternoon.

        Penske was there to greet Newman in victory lane.

        “He did a super job. Obviously he's a great young driver,” Penske said.

        Penske, the white-haired mogul famous for his Indy 500 victories, has been involved in many worldwide racing ventures including Formula One. He has been a car owner for Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi and the Unsers at Indy and Rusty Wallace in NASCAR.

        Newman could be his next star. The South Bend, Ind., product made just his third ARCA start Saturday but already has won twice. Expect to see him in Winston Cup before long.

        Saturday, Newman easily beat ARCA star Tim Steele to the checkered flag on the final lap. The field was bunched together for a last-lap restart, but Newman raced away from Steele and won with yards to spare.

        Penske was impressed with the new Kentucky facility.

        “Our hat's off to Jerry Carroll,” he said. “This is an outstanding track.”

        LOCAL STORY: Willie Green and Jeff Alsip, both driving for the Master Motorsports team of Walton, Ky., didn't finish as high as they had hoped.

        Green, who started 13th, got caught in an early accident and finished 33rd. He experienced handling problems and left after completing 58 of the 134 laps.

        Alsip, who started 33rd, finished 28th.

Race results
        1. (1) Ryan Newman, Ford, 134.

        2. (7) Tim Steele, Ford, 134.

        3. (20) A.J. Henriksen, Ford, 134.

        4. (12) Billy Venturini, Chevrolet, 134.

        5. (9) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, 134.

        6. (8) Bob Schacht, Ford, 134.

        7. (15) Bob Strait, Ford, 134.

        8. (2) Mark Gibson, Chevrolet, 133.

        9. (32) Marc Brenner, Chevrolet, 133.

        10. (3) Shawna Robinson, Ford, 133.

        11. (16) Jon Herb, Ford, 133.

        12. (5) Frank Kimmel, Chevrolet, 132.

        13. (10) Damon Lusk, Ford, 132.

        14. (18) Tracy Leslie, Chevrolet, 132.

        15. (23) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 132.

        16. (26) Joe Cooksey, Chevrolet, 132.

        17. (35) Ron Cox, Chevrolet, 132.

        18. (22) Andy Belmont, Ford, 131.

        19. (24) Dennis Strickland, Chevrolet, 130.

        20. (14) Mark Stahl, Ford, 130.

        21. (21) Austin Cameron, Chevrolet, 129.

        22. (31) Richard Hampton, Chevrolet, 128.

        23. (25) Anthony Hill, Ford, 127.

        24. (30) Greg Sarff, Ford, 127.

        25. (27) Dion Ciccarelli, Ford, 125.

        26. (34) Kieran Dynes, Chevrolet, 122.

        27. (19) Chuck Weber, Chevrolet, 121.

        28. (33) Jeff Alsip, Ford, 119.

        29. (39) Billy Meazell, Chevrolet, 110.

        30. (38) Alan Bigelow, Chevrolet, 87, belt.

        31. (17) Jeff Beck, Ford, 83, handling.

        32. (28) Mike Harmon, Pontiac, 65, handling.

        33. (13) Willie Green, Ford, 58, handling.

        34. (4) Rich Woodland, Chevrolet, 38, engine.

        35. (37) Dan Pardus, Chevrolet, 34, handling.

        36. (11) John Borneman, Ford, 20, accident.

        37. (6) Brian Ross, Chevrolet, 20, accident.

        38. (29) Ronnie Bates, Ford, 3, engine.

        39. (36) David Bridges, Chevrolet, 2, clutch.

        Time of race: 1 hour, 44 minutes, 13 seconds.

        Margin of victory: .985 seconds.

        Caution flags: 8 for 36 laps.

       



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