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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | May 31, 1991
In the world of pro sports, Winston Cup stock car driver Derrike Cope sounds almost too good to be true."I don't drink, don't smoke and don't do drugs," he said last night, at P.J. Crickett's while sipping club soda. "I never even tried pot. You can't do that kind of stuff if you're going to do sports. I was probably too good as a kid, but I was always into sports."Baseball was his first love. He was being scouted by the Chicago Cubs and the Orioles, until a home plate collision ruined his knee during his junior year in college.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | April 15, 1993
The whine of the Indy car is about to be enhanced by a stock car engine's roar.The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the site of the Indianapolis 500, will hold its first Winston Cup stock car race Aug. 6, 1994.Speedway president Tony George and NASCAR president Bill France Jr. made the joint announcement yesterday at the famed 2.5-mile track.It will be the first auto race at the speedway other than the Indianapolis 500 since September 1916.During the past five years, the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing has pushed its premier series north to New York and New Hampshire and west to Phoenix and Sonoma, Calif.
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August 11, 1991
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Record-setting Rusty Wallace won it all yesterday, taking the race at Watkins Glen International and wrapping up his first International Race of Champions title and the $175,000 that goes with it.The NASCAR star started from the pole and led all the way in the 30-lap race on the 2.428-mile, seven-turn road circuit after a crash by Al Unser Jr. aborted the initial start.Wallace became the first driver in the storied history of IROC to win three straight races and joined the late Mark Donohue as the only drivers to have won three of the four races in a single IROC season.
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By Tania Ganguli | July 21, 2010
Certain races mean more than others, and tradition tells us this weekend's Brickyard 400 is one of those. Location is mostly the reason. Indianapolis Motor Speedway with its yard of bricks at the start-finish line and milk-stained victory lane is why the Brickyard 400 matters at all. To drivers who hail from Indiana — Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon, to some extent — it means the closest thing to a hometown race. To a guy like team owner Chip Ganassi, who won this year's Indy 500 with Dario Franchitti, Indianapolis means a chance to pull an unprecedented triple.
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May 5, 1991
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Rusty Wallace fought off a succession of challenges yesterday to win the second round of the 1991 International Race of Champions series.Wallace earned his second IROC victory by holding off fellow NASCAR star Bill Elliott on the last lap around the 2.66-mile, high-banked Talladega Superspeedway oval.The 38-lap, 101.08-mile event was interrupted by rain after only three laps, but was finished with the sun breaking through heavy clouds.Geoff Bodine and Elliott tangled on the backstretch after three laps of green flag racing.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2001
Qualifying today at Daytona International Speedway is a day like no other in 24 years. Dodge is back. For the first time since 1977, Dodge will compete against Ford, Chevrolet and Pontiac in Winston Cup stock car racing and try to win the pole for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. The long-absent carmaker, which enjoyed enormous success from 1950 through 1977, winning seven Winston Cup titles and 160 races overall, is returning after a self-imposed hiatus....
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By Shav Glick and Shav Glick,Los Angeles Times | January 13, 1991
The best young race driver in America is named Gordon -- but is it Jeff or Robby?Both youngsters, who are unrelated, will be moving up to stock cars this year: Jeff from midgets and sprint cars, Robby from sports cars and off-road trucks.Both displayed rare talent on the high banks in showcase stock car debuts last year. In their first times driving a 3,500-pound, 200-mph stock car, Jeff Gordon qualified on the front row in a Busch Grand National race at Rockingham, N.C., and Robby Gordon won the pole in an Automobile Racing Club of America race at Atlanta.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2003
Twenty-four years ago, NASCAR put its rough-hewn roots on display for the whole country when two of its stars traded punches on the track during stock car racing's biggest event. Those within NASCAR say it was one of the best things that ever happened to the sport. Obviously, times have changed. Jimmy Spencer punched fellow driver Kurt Busch in the face while he was still sitting in his race car after Sunday's Winston Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, and Spencer was suspended by NASCAR until Tuesday.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | August 5, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is "intimidating."That was the opinion of veteran Winston Cup stock car drivers yesterday when they came back from their first meaningful run here."
NEWS
By Stanley C. Dillon | August 30, 1992
Marion Hare, of Millers, always was fascinated by drag racing. Three years ago, he was making plans for an addition to his house. Instead, he purchased a race car."My wife wasn't too happy," recalled Hare. "Now she likes it a lot better than me."Hare and his wife have been racing every week at the 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia. In fact, Hare has become so involved with racing he hasn't had any weekends to build that addition.His interest in drag racing came early in life. But he was side-tracked when he became involved in dirt track racing about 12 years ago. He owned a street stock car, with Ernie Jones of Westminster as his driver.
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