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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- If Ernie Irvan has proven anything over the past three years, it's that he excels under adversity. He should be exceptional today.As Irvan celebrates claiming his first No. 1 pole position of the season by leading the Winston Cup stock car field to the start of today's Brickyard 400, he also will be coping with enough bad times to fuel a country music hit.Irvan will be without a job 13 races from now and his mother is critically ill in...
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- If Ernie Irvan has proven anything over the past three years, it's that he excels under adversity. He should be exceptional today.As Irvan celebrates claiming his first No. 1 pole position of the season by leading the Winston Cup stock car field to the start of today's Brickyard 400, he also will be coping with enough bad times to fuel a country music hit.Irvan will be without a job 13 races from now and his mother is critically ill in...
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August 12, 1991
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Longtime stock car racer John Delphus "J.D." McDuffie was killed yesterday when his car became airborne and smashed into a tire wall and guardrail five laps into the Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race.It appeared in television replays that McDuffie's left front tire came off, triggering a 160-mph slide off the Watkins Glen International track at the end of the long straightaway -- the fastest part of the 2.428-mile, seven-turn road course.His car skidded through the grassy area in turn five, cutting little speed, if any. The Pontiac flipped into the air and the driver's side slammed into the tire wall and adjoining guardrail before coming to rest on its roof.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1995
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Yates didn't have his heart checked before coming to the Daytona 500, but perhaps he didn't need to. Nearly everyone in racing knows it is big and strong.Yates owns the Texaco/Havoline team that has put Dale Jarrett on the pole for today's Daytona 500. Certainly other teams have been on the pole at Daytona, but perhaps no other team has been so consistent in the face of adversity.This is the same team that won the 1989 race with Davey Allison as its driver, and was building toward a championship season 1 1/2 years ago, when Allison was killed in a helicopter accident.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
Rick Viers was busy tearing down the motor in Harry Gant's No. 33 car after a third-place finish in the Goodwrench 500 at Rockingham Speedway last March when he heard a former classmate from North Harford High hollering to him from across the track fence."
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By Knight-Ridder | August 30, 1991
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Davey Allison boosted his bonus possibilities in the Southern 500 to $214,000 yesterday, putting his Ford on the pole with a sizzling lap of 162.506 mph at Darlington Raceway.If Allison takes the NASCAR Winston Cup Series classic Sunday at the 1.366-mile track, he'll earn $114,000 for starting first/finishing first, and another $100,000, the Winston Million consolation prize. The latter goes to a driver winning two of stock car racing's Big Four events in the same season.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1994
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ernie Irvan is about 5 feet 6. He has bushy eyebrows, a wide mustache and an easy smile.He doesn't look like a bad guy.But more often than not, that is the role he has put himself in. He has won the Daytona 500, but he is most remembered for the crashes he has caused.Swervin' Irvan. It is a name he has been trying to live down for years.Tomorrow, when the 36th annual Daytona 500 roars off the starting line, his Havoline Ford will be in the second row, behind pole sitter Loy Allen Jr."
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | October 16, 1994
Audiotapes have been a museum staple for years. Look at the picture, push the button and hear all about it.Talking Frames Corp. is bringing the concept to collectors' living rooms.Remarkable Moments are 16-by-19 lithographs of memorable events.Each includes a text, and when the viewer reaches the Talking Frames logo, it's time to push the button and get a 20-second sound bite. Sometimes the principal is talking (Lou Gehrig's farewell), and sometimes it's an announcer (Russ Hodges calling Bobby Thomson's 1951 playoff home run)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 16, 1992
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt. A lot of competitors are already sick of hearing his name, and the Daytona 500 hasn't even been run yet.Earnhardt won for the second time in two days yesterday, with a victory in the Goody's 300 Grand National race here at Daytona International Speedway.And it may very well have been a preview of today's 500, for the 110,000 fans in the grandstands.The 34th annual Daytona 500 takes the green flag at noon (Channel 11, 9)."It has been a very good week for us -- so far," Earnhardt said, after beating defending Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan to the finish line by .22 of a second.
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July 22, 1991
LONG POND, Pa. -- Rusty Wallace won the rain-shortened NASCAR Miller Genuine Draft 500 yesterday for his second victory of the year and his first in three months.Wallace, who earned $34,100, had the lead after 176 of 200 laps when the race, which had been filled with wrecks, was stopped. Two hours later, the race resumed under caution for three laps before rain came again, ending the race."We're back. We're looking good," Wallace said.Wallace's Pontiac, which would have needed a pit stop for fuel, got a push during the final caution laps from Dale Earnhardt's Chevrolet, which was out of contention.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | October 16, 1994
Audiotapes have been a museum staple for years. Look at the picture, push the button and hear all about it.Talking Frames Corp. is bringing the concept to collectors' living rooms.Remarkable Moments are 16-by-19 lithographs of memorable events.Each includes a text, and when the viewer reaches the Talking Frames logo, it's time to push the button and get a 20-second sound bite. Sometimes the principal is talking (Lou Gehrig's farewell), and sometimes it's an announcer (Russ Hodges calling Bobby Thomson's 1951 playoff home run)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1994
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ernie Irvan is about 5 feet 6. He has bushy eyebrows, a wide mustache and an easy smile.He doesn't look like a bad guy.But more often than not, that is the role he has put himself in. He has won the Daytona 500, but he is most remembered for the crashes he has caused.Swervin' Irvan. It is a name he has been trying to live down for years.Tomorrow, when the 36th annual Daytona 500 roars off the starting line, his Havoline Ford will be in the second row, behind pole sitter Loy Allen Jr."
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
Rick Viers was busy tearing down the motor in Harry Gant's No. 33 car after a third-place finish in the Goodwrench 500 at Rockingham Speedway last March when he heard a former classmate from North Harford High hollering to him from across the track fence."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 16, 1992
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt. A lot of competitors are already sick of hearing his name, and the Daytona 500 hasn't even been run yet.Earnhardt won for the second time in two days yesterday, with a victory in the Goody's 300 Grand National race here at Daytona International Speedway.And it may very well have been a preview of today's 500, for the 110,000 fans in the grandstands.The 34th annual Daytona 500 takes the green flag at noon (Channel 11, 9)."It has been a very good week for us -- so far," Earnhardt said, after beating defending Daytona 500 winner Ernie Irvan to the finish line by .22 of a second.
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By Knight-Ridder | August 30, 1991
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Davey Allison boosted his bonus possibilities in the Southern 500 to $214,000 yesterday, putting his Ford on the pole with a sizzling lap of 162.506 mph at Darlington Raceway.If Allison takes the NASCAR Winston Cup Series classic Sunday at the 1.366-mile track, he'll earn $114,000 for starting first/finishing first, and another $100,000, the Winston Million consolation prize. The latter goes to a driver winning two of stock car racing's Big Four events in the same season.
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August 12, 1991
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Longtime stock car racer John Delphus "J.D." McDuffie was killed yesterday when his car became airborne and smashed into a tire wall and guardrail five laps into the Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race.It appeared in television replays that McDuffie's left front tire came off, triggering a 160-mph slide off the Watkins Glen International track at the end of the long straightaway -- the fastest part of the 2.428-mile, seven-turn road course.His car skidded through the grassy area in turn five, cutting little speed, if any. The Pontiac flipped into the air and the driver's side slammed into the tire wall and adjoining guardrail before coming to rest on its roof.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1995
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert Yates didn't have his heart checked before coming to the Daytona 500, but perhaps he didn't need to. Nearly everyone in racing knows it is big and strong.Yates owns the Texaco/Havoline team that has put Dale Jarrett on the pole for today's Daytona 500. Certainly other teams have been on the pole at Daytona, but perhaps no other team has been so consistent in the face of adversity.This is the same team that won the 1989 race with Davey Allison as its driver, and was building toward a championship season 1 1/2 years ago, when Allison was killed in a helicopter accident.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 6, 1994
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan has chased speed since he can remember, but 20 mph may determine whether he ever races again.If he'd been racing just that much slower when he crashed at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 20, Irvan says, he'd be able to race at Charlotte this weekend.Yesterday, he issued an emphatic call for slower speeds, a single tire company and well-trained safety crews during his first visit to a racetrack since the crash that nearly killed him."I would probably be here at Charlotte Motor Speedway getting ready to qualify if we were going 20 miles an hour slower [than 170 mph]
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July 22, 1991
LONG POND, Pa. -- Rusty Wallace won the rain-shortened NASCAR Miller Genuine Draft 500 yesterday for his second victory of the year and his first in three months.Wallace, who earned $34,100, had the lead after 176 of 200 laps when the race, which had been filled with wrecks, was stopped. Two hours later, the race resumed under caution for three laps before rain came again, ending the race."We're back. We're looking good," Wallace said.Wallace's Pontiac, which would have needed a pit stop for fuel, got a push during the final caution laps from Dale Earnhardt's Chevrolet, which was out of contention.
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