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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 1, 1991
DOVER, Del. -- Most NASCAR drivers don't expect to accomplish milestones in their careers on the infamous high-banked Monster Mile at Dover Downs International Speedway.But Michael Waltrip won the first pole position of his seven-year career on the Winston Cup racing circuit yesterday, turning in the fastest qualifying lap, 143.392 mph, for tomorrow's Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs.Waltrip, 28, will be driving a Pontiac Grand Prix (No. 30) from the No. 1 starting position at 12:15 p.m. in the 23rd running of the race.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Sam Schmidt, who is in town for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, didn't get to celebrate his 49th birthday on the race track. That didn't stop Baltimore's Charm City Cakes from wishing the owner of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports a happy birthday. Two weeks after his actual birthday, Schmidt was presented Saturday afternoon with a race car cake. Members of Schmidt's team, including IndyCar drivers Simon Pagenaud and rookie Tristan Vautier, and onlookers sang “Happy Birthday” to Schmidt, a former driver who became a quadriplegic after a car he was driving at the Walt Disney World Speedway crashed into a wall on Jan. 6, 2000.
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March 22, 1992
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- For a man who had won both races in which he earned the pole position, Al Unser Jr. was indifferent about the honor.Unser, driving a new Valvoline Galmer-Chevy, set a track record yesterday at the Gold Coast Indy Grand Prix -- the first series race of 1992. He sped around the revamped street course at 101.900 mph, passing a trouble-plagued Michael Andretti for the pole position in today's race.Andretti, last year's IndyCar series champion, had electrical problems yesterday and failed to record a lap time.
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By Mike Conway and Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
Welcome back! We've been very busy today with qualifying and some appearances, but it's been a fantastic experience so far. Qualifying went fairly well. I would have liked to have made it to the Firestone Fast Six but came up just a few tenths short in the No. 27 Buffalo Wild Wings Dallara/Honda. I screwed up my best lap going into the chicane in the second round of qualifying, so we'll start eighth in Sunday's race. Up until that point, I thought we had a shot to get to the final round, where the top six cars battle it out for the pole position.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Sam Schmidt, who is in town for the Grand Prix of Baltimore, didn't get to celebrate his 49th birthday on the race track. That didn't stop Baltimore's Charm City Cakes from wishing the owner of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports a happy birthday. Two weeks after his actual birthday, Schmidt was presented Saturday afternoon with a race car cake. Members of Schmidt's team, including IndyCar drivers Simon Pagenaud and rookie Tristan Vautier, and onlookers sang “Happy Birthday” to Schmidt, a former driver who became a quadriplegic after a car he was driving at the Walt Disney World Speedway crashed into a wall on Jan. 6, 2000.
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By Mike Conway and Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
Welcome back! We've been very busy today with qualifying and some appearances, but it's been a fantastic experience so far. Qualifying went fairly well. I would have liked to have made it to the Firestone Fast Six but came up just a few tenths short in the No. 27 Buffalo Wild Wings Dallara/Honda. I screwed up my best lap going into the chicane in the second round of qualifying, so we'll start eighth in Sunday's race. Up until that point, I thought we had a shot to get to the final round, where the top six cars battle it out for the pole position.
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April 28, 1991
IMOLA, Italy -- Ayrton Senna did not need to set another lap record yesterday to secure his 55th career pole position.Rain and the wet track prevented the world Formula One champion and his rivals from improving Friday's qualifying times, and the Brazilian driver earned a front-row start in today's San Marino Grand Prix on the basis of his fastest lap in the first session.All drivers, including Ferrari's Alain Prost and Jean Alesi, who had been hoping to improve and please the home crowd, turned the 3.132-mile lap 18 to 24 seconds slower than they did Friday, using rain tires.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 15, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Anyone watching the camera crews lined up in front of Al Unser Jr.'s garage here in Gasoline Alley would think he had just won the pole for the May 29 Indianapolis 500.And when the sun set yesterday, Unser, in his Penske/Mercedes Benz V8, was on the pole, with a four-lap average speed of 228.011. But the position is likely temporary.Eight other drivers had not completed qualifying because of rainy conditions.Those drivers, including Mario Andretti, who will be qualifying for his last 500, and Unser's teammate Emerson Fittipaldi, the favorite to win the pole, will attempt to qualify today, weather permitting.
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June 21, 1992
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Emerson Fittipaldi benefited from Michael Andretti's late misfortune yesterday and claimed the pole position for today's IndyCar Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200.Fittipaldi, who also started on the pole last year, had an average speed of 115.730 mph on his final lap of qualifying over the 1.95-mile Portland International Raceway road course. That bettered his earlier best of 115.727 mph, which also would have been good enough for the pole.Andretti, who had to replace the engine on his Penske Ford after a piston broke midway through Friday's qualifying, had his top speed of 115.564 mph three laps from the finish.
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By Dave Caldwell and Dave Caldwell,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 12, 1991
INDIANAPOLIS -- He can put little weight on his bruised right foot, but Rick Mears stomped harder on the gas pedal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway than anyone else yesterday.Less than 24 hours after his car thumped the wall in turn one on Friday -- his first accident in 15 years at Indy -- Mears piloted his backup car to the pole position for the 75th Indianapolis 500 on May 26.Mears averaged 224.113 mph in his four-lap, 10-mile qualifying run, more than one full mph off the record of 225.301 mph Emerson Fittipaldi set last year.
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By SUMATHI REDDY and SUMATHI REDDY,SUN REPORTER | May 18, 2006
For 26 years, Ted the Barber has been keeping shop here at Pimlico Race Course, using the same antiquated vacuum hose to suck up hair and watching the same customers trudge in, albeit with less and less hair each time. He is Ted Ambrose, a 76-year-old mainstay at a place where mainstays named Gelo and Doc and King abound. If Pimlico were Cheers, this is clearly their Norm. "Everybody knows Ted," says Joseph Poag, chief investigator for the Maryland Racing Commission, plunked down in the barber chair on a recent morning as Ambrose clips and cuts and buzzes away.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 15, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Anyone watching the camera crews lined up in front of Al Unser Jr.'s garage here in Gasoline Alley would think he had just won the pole for the May 29 Indianapolis 500.And when the sun set yesterday, Unser, in his Penske/Mercedes Benz V8, was on the pole, with a four-lap average speed of 228.011. But the position is likely temporary.Eight other drivers had not completed qualifying because of rainy conditions.Those drivers, including Mario Andretti, who will be qualifying for his last 500, and Unser's teammate Emerson Fittipaldi, the favorite to win the pole, will attempt to qualify today, weather permitting.
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June 21, 1992
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Emerson Fittipaldi benefited from Michael Andretti's late misfortune yesterday and claimed the pole position for today's IndyCar Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200.Fittipaldi, who also started on the pole last year, had an average speed of 115.730 mph on his final lap of qualifying over the 1.95-mile Portland International Raceway road course. That bettered his earlier best of 115.727 mph, which also would have been good enough for the pole.Andretti, who had to replace the engine on his Penske Ford after a piston broke midway through Friday's qualifying, had his top speed of 115.564 mph three laps from the finish.
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March 22, 1992
SURFERS PARADISE, Australia -- For a man who had won both races in which he earned the pole position, Al Unser Jr. was indifferent about the honor.Unser, driving a new Valvoline Galmer-Chevy, set a track record yesterday at the Gold Coast Indy Grand Prix -- the first series race of 1992. He sped around the revamped street course at 101.900 mph, passing a trouble-plagued Michael Andretti for the pole position in today's race.Andretti, last year's IndyCar series champion, had electrical problems yesterday and failed to record a lap time.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 1, 1991
DOVER, Del. -- Most NASCAR drivers don't expect to accomplish milestones in their careers on the infamous high-banked Monster Mile at Dover Downs International Speedway.But Michael Waltrip won the first pole position of his seven-year career on the Winston Cup racing circuit yesterday, turning in the fastest qualifying lap, 143.392 mph, for tomorrow's Budweiser 500 at Dover Downs.Waltrip, 28, will be driving a Pontiac Grand Prix (No. 30) from the No. 1 starting position at 12:15 p.m. in the 23rd running of the race.
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By Dave Caldwell and Dave Caldwell,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 12, 1991
INDIANAPOLIS -- He can put little weight on his bruised right foot, but Rick Mears stomped harder on the gas pedal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway than anyone else yesterday.Less than 24 hours after his car thumped the wall in turn one on Friday -- his first accident in 15 years at Indy -- Mears piloted his backup car to the pole position for the 75th Indianapolis 500 on May 26.Mears averaged 224.113 mph in his four-lap, 10-mile qualifying run, more than one full mph off the record of 225.301 mph Emerson Fittipaldi set last year.
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By SUMATHI REDDY and SUMATHI REDDY,SUN REPORTER | May 18, 2006
For 26 years, Ted the Barber has been keeping shop here at Pimlico Race Course, using the same antiquated vacuum hose to suck up hair and watching the same customers trudge in, albeit with less and less hair each time. He is Ted Ambrose, a 76-year-old mainstay at a place where mainstays named Gelo and Doc and King abound. If Pimlico were Cheers, this is clearly their Norm. "Everybody knows Ted," says Joseph Poag, chief investigator for the Maryland Racing Commission, plunked down in the barber chair on a recent morning as Ambrose clips and cuts and buzzes away.
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June 16, 1991
Record-breaking lap puts Andretti on Detroit poleDETROIT -- Michael Andretti broke his track qualifying record yesterday as he earned the pole position for today's Detroit Grand Prix.Andretti's fast lap of 88.721 mph eclipsed the mark of 88.512 he set in 1989 while winning the first of his three straight poles on the 2.5-mile, 17-turn circuit in downtown Detroit.He has shown consistency here, running at or near the front all the time. Andretti started the day with his Chevrolet-powered Lola on the provisional pole after leading Friday's opening round of qualifications with a lap of 86.374.
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April 28, 1991
IMOLA, Italy -- Ayrton Senna did not need to set another lap record yesterday to secure his 55th career pole position.Rain and the wet track prevented the world Formula One champion and his rivals from improving Friday's qualifying times, and the Brazilian driver earned a front-row start in today's San Marino Grand Prix on the basis of his fastest lap in the first session.All drivers, including Ferrari's Alain Prost and Jean Alesi, who had been hoping to improve and please the home crowd, turned the 3.132-mile lap 18 to 24 seconds slower than they did Friday, using rain tires.
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