Earnhardt's late move wins Miller 400 raceDale Earnhardt...

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September 10, 1990

Earnhardt's late move wins Miller 400 race

Dale Earnhardt took advantage of late fuel stops by Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin to win the Miller Genuine Draft 400 yesterday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Earnhardt's second victory in a row and eighth of the season moved him within 16 points of Martin in the battle for NASCAR's Winston Cup championship. Martin held onto the lead for the 11th straight race, but the margin shrank to 3,344-3,328 -- the closest Earnhardt has been since he led early in the season. He cut 10 points off Martin's lead yesterday.

Earnhardt moved into the race lead with just 25 laps remaining on the three-quarter-mile oval when Martin, who had held a lead of nearly five seconds, had to pit for fuel.

*Brazil's Ayrton Senna, driving a McLaren-Honda, won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, beating French rival Alain Prost. It was the sixth Grand Prix win of the season for Senna and the 26th of his career, but his first in this race.

The triumph extended Senna's lead in the World Championship standings and enhanced his chance to win the driving title for the second time. Senna has 72 points, 16 ahead of Prost, who finished second.

*Modifications in Formula One cars, aimed at reducing speeds and improving driver safety, may be approved at the next congress of the International Auto Federation and enforced in the 1991 world championship.

College football

Two Maryland starters are questionable for the Terps' Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Clemson on Saturday at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Safety Ron Reagan sprained an ankle and guard Ron Staffileno has a subluxation of the left shoulder. Both injuries came in Saturday's 14-10 upset of No. 25 West Virginia.

The injury to Maryland senior outside linebacker Scott Whittier, who had to leave the game in the third quarter, was diagnosed as a sore neck. He will play against Clemson.

*Siran Stacy, Alabama's leading rusher and an All-Southeastern Conference pick in 1989, suffered a season-ending injury in the Crimson Tide's 27-24 loss to Southern Mississippi. His top backup, Derrick Lassic, also was hurt, which could leave No. 13 Alabama with a gaping hole at tailback. Stacy suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the third quarter. Lassic has a pulled hamstring.

*University of Houston All-America wide receiver Manny Hazard, who set a National Collegiate Athletic Association record with 142 catches last season, is out for three weeks with a dislocated elbow.

Track and field

Mark Witherspoon scored a surprising victory in the 100-meter --, beating Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell, and Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Roger Kingdom were beaten in an international track and field meet in Rieti, Italy. Witherspoon used a strong finish to take the 100 in 10.13 seconds, .01 of a second ahead of the fast-starting Lewis, the world record-holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Joyner-Kersee, the 1988 Olympic champion in the long jump and heptathlon competing for the first time since suffering a leg injury during the Goodwill Games in July, finished second in the long jump and third in the 100-meter high hurdles.

Golf

Australian Peter Senior shot a final-round, 4-under-par 66 and won the European Open in Sunningdale, England by one stroke over Ian Woosnam of Wales. Senior finished with a total of 267, 13-under-par, over the 6,607-yard Old Course, in edging Woosnam, who closed with a 67.

*Dennis Winters of Prospect Bay Golf Club led all the way to capture the USAir Express/Henson pro-am tournament at Green Hill Yacht & Country Club in Quantico. Winters shot 68-71139. Joe Greenawalt of University of Maryland was second at 73-70143. Among the amateurs, Jerry Iorizo of Crofton CC earned low gross, 38-3472, and teams headed by pros Mark Spolarich of Crofton and Bill Molloy of Eisenhower GC tied for low team net at 127.

Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia executive committee unanimously recommended that Iraq be banned from this month's Asian Games in Beijing and expelled from the council because of its invasion of Kuwait.

Field hockey

Senior Heather Morris scored four minutes into the game -- the first Mount St. Mary's goal of the season -- and the Mount (0-2-1) and Longwood College played to 1-1 tie in Emmitsburg. Sophomore Hollie Phelleps scored Longwood's goal late in the first half.

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