Saturday, August 23, 2003

Tracy misses Molson pole


Open-wheels roundup

The Associated Press

MONTREAL - CART points leader Paul Tracy and Bruno Junqueira sat on either side of Oriol Servia looking unhappy.

A precious point had slipped through their hands in Friday's provisional qualifying for the Montreal Molson Indy, and both of the top contenders in the CART championship were frustrated.

Servia, a Spaniard in his fourth season in the series, was guaranteed the first front-row start of his career when he turned a fast lap of 1-minute, 21.112-seconds (120.234 mph) to take the provisional pole for Sunday's race.

The quick trip around the 13-turn, 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve also gave Servia one point, moving him into a tie for sixth in the season standings with Adrian Fernandez.

Tracy's lap of 1:21.405 (129.801) gave him second on the tentative grid but didn't improve his 20-point lead over Junqueira, who was third at 1:21.476 (119.697).

IRL: Tomas Scheckter was quite surprised after running the fastest lap in practice Friday at Nazareth Speedway, but he doesn't know what to expect in qualifying.

Scheckter got around the 1-mile oval at 169.888 mph. That was easily the fastest speed on a warm and muggy day that figures to be quite different than what the drivers expect in today's qualifying for the IRL's Firestone Indy 225 in Pennsylvania.

FORMULA ONE: Jarno Trulli of Renault posted the fastest time in pre-qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, while five-time world champion Michael Schumacher finished ninth.

Pre-qualifying determines the order of today's official qualifying session. The drivers will have just one lap to post a time to determine the starting grid for Sunday's race.




FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL
Mason 30, Lakota West 6
Middletown 48, Withrow 0
McNicholas 38, Turpin 29
Indian Hill 13, Ross 0
Roundup of Friday night's other prep football games
Photo Galleries: Mason/LWest | Midd/Withrow | McNick/Turpin
Scores, how poll teams fared

OTHER PREP SPORTS HEADLINES
Crosstown Showdown: Anderson puts win streak on line
St. Ursula tops national poll; Ursuline defends state title
Cautious approach to hot-weather practices pays off
Friday's results
Prep sports schedule

REDS
Reds 4, Astros 3
A reeling club loses its leader
Graves will return to bullpen

BASEBALL NOTES, ROUNDUPS
Oakland's Mulder has fracture in right hip
NL: Pujols plays, but hitting streak ends
AL: Orioles end Yankees' seven-game win streak

BENGALS
Thornton seeks his own identity
Ex-Bears Frazier, Fisher to clash as coaches

NFL
Dallas' QB saga to end next week
Bettis in unfamiliar spot on Pittsburgh's bench
Cardinals 27, Bears 17
Dolphins 30, Falcons 21
Vikings 21, Raiders 6
Patriots 24, Eagles 12

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Clarett suspended indefinitely
No. 7 Kansas State set to open vs. Cal
QB LoVecchio finds new life with Hoosiers
Husker facing 21 days in jail

MOTOR SPORTS
Gordon wins pole at Bristol
Helton is happy with current job
Tracy misses Molson pole

TENNIS
Williams sisters both on sidelines

GOLF
Toms, Riley atop NEC

HOCKEY
ECHL players announce strike

BASKETBALL
Dennehy's dad sues Baylor

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