Sunday, June 29, 2003

IRL's Dixon leaves SunTrust field behind



The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. - Scott Dixon turned his first start at Richmond International Raceway into the most dominant performance in IRL history, leading all 206 laps before rain came Saturday night.

Dixon, who moved over from the CART series this year, became the first driver in IRL history to lead from start to finish. The SunTrust Indy Challenge ended 44 laps short of the scheduled 250.

After saying he thought the three-quarter-mile oval looked like a go-kart track when he got his first look at it Friday, Dixon had a different opinion after winning.

"This is an awesome place to race," he said.

It was Dixon's third victory in seven races.

FORMULA ONE: Kimi Raikkonen won the first pole position of his career during qualifying for today's Formula One European Grand Prix at Nuerburgring, Germany.

Brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher hold the next two spots.

Raikkonen, in a McLaren-Mercedes, was timed in 1 minute, 31.523 seconds. Michael Schumacher finished in 1:31.555 in his Ferrari. Ralf, who held the pole in the last two races, followed at 1:31.619 in a Williams-BMW.

BUSCH SERIES: Johnny Sauter won the pole for Busch Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., when rain washed out Saturday's qualifying. The field for today's GNC Live Well 250 was set by car owner points.

David Green, who leads the drivers' standings will start from the second position, and Scott Riggs will start third in the 43-car field.

Sauter, who has two top-five finishes in his third year in the series, is racing a partial schedule for owner Richard Childress. Sauter, who shares racing time with Winston Cup driver Kevin Harvick, is ranked ninth in points.

CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS: Brendan Gaughan overcame a mistake on the next-to-last lap and became the ninth different winner in nine NASCAR truck series races at West Allis, Wis. Gaughan had a four-length lead over Jason Leffler when he overdrove the third turn and nearly lost control of his Dodge on the Milwaukee Mile.

WINSTON CUP: Those tuning in to the Pepsi 400 on July 5 at Daytona shouldn't try to adjust the color on their TV screens when they see Tony Stewart's car.

The familiar orange of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet will be just a memory for one weekend. The Winston Cup champion will be trading paint in red, white and blue.

The paint scheme coincides with the stopover in Daytona Beach of the Declaration of Independence Road Trip exhibit. Copies of the nation's most prized document will be on display in the Corporate Village at Daytona.

Today's races

Busch Series

Race: GNC Live Well 250

Time/TV: 2 p.m./FX

Track: The Milwaukee Mile (oval, 1 mile, 9 degrees banking in turns).

Race distance: 250 miles (250 laps).

Fast fact: The top four drivers in the standings are separated by only 98 points. David Green leads with 2,180 points.

Formula One

Race: European Grand Prix, Nuerburgring, Germany

Time/TV: 7:30 a.m./Speed Channel

Track: Nuerburgring (permanent road course, 3.196 miles).

Race distance: 191.76 miles

(60 laps).




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