Kulwicki overcomes flat, gets first victory of year

August 25, 1991

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Alan Kulwicki overcame a flat tire early in the race to earn his first Winston Cup victory this year, capturing the Bud 500 at Bristol International Speedway last night by a half-lap.

Kulwicki, who started fifth in his Ford Thunderbird, earned his third career Winston Cup victory and first on a short track, finishing 9.4 seconds ahead of Sterling Marlin on the .533-mile, high-banked oval. Marlin, who started 14th in a Ford Thunderbird, finished second. Ken Schrader was third in a Chevrolet Lumina.

Mark Martin was a lap back in a Ford Thunderbird, and Ricky Rudd finished fifth in a Chevrolet Lumina.

Kulwicki took the lead on the 364th lap from Marlin during the restart after a caution period. Kulwicki got into heavy traffic in the last few laps and Marlin chased him unsuccessfully.

He was the 12th winner in 20 races this season. It was his third career Winston Cup victory.

Texaco-Havoline Grand Prix

DENVER -- Michael Andretti and Bobby Rahal played showdown and Andretti pulled an ace to win the pole for today's race a little more than one minute before the end of yesterday's qualifying session.

Andretti set a track qualifying record with his lap of 79.631 mph, breaking the mark of 78.964 set by Teo Fabi last year in the inaugural event in the streets of downtown Denver.

Rahal went into the second of two days of time trials holding the provisional pole by virtue of a 78.747 mph lap he threw at the

field Friday. Andretti was the runner-up, well back at 78.146.

Belgian Grand Prix

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Ayrton Senna set a course record for the second day in a row as he nailed down the pole position.

Senna drove his McLaren Honda over the 4.312-mile course in 1 minute, 47.811 seconds -- 1.289 seconds better than his time during the first qualifying run Friday when he won the provisional pole.

Frenchman Alain Prost will start his Ferrari alongside Senna on the first row today.

Italy's Riccardo Patrese had the second best qualifying time, almost a full second behind Senna, but Patrese was disqualified because the reverse gear on his Williams Renault was not in working order.

Briton Nigel Mansell, the closest to Senna in the driver standings, will start in the third spot.

The pole position was the 58th for Senna, the world champion, by far the best in the history of Formula One racing.

The Brazilian driver averaged 139.996 on the lightning fast track cut through the pines and valleys of the Ardennes. Spa is the longest of the 16-course Grand Prix circuit.

NB Prost was clocked in 1:48.821, edging Mansell by .007 seconds.

Firestone Indy Lights

DENVER -- Robbie Groff earned his first Firestone Indy Lights pole position despite failing to better his first-day lap on the tight downtown Denver street circuit.

P.J. Jones, who fell just short of Groff's 72.834 mph, led the final round of qualifying with a lap of 72.338.

Jones set the track qualifying record of 72.888 in the inaugural event last August.

Robbie Buhl wound up third at 72.117, followed by Roberto Quintanilla of Mexico at 72.008 and series point leader Eric Bachelart of Belgium at 71.903.

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