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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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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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1997
RICHMOND, Va. - Gentlemen, start your buying power.Just hours before the NASCAR Winston Cup 400, the parking lot outside Richmond International Raceway is a frenzy of commerce. Fans wear caps and T-shirts pledging fealty to their racing idols and they clamor for more: another $39 stopwatch, an $88 set of noise-reducing headsets, a $6 toy Monte Carlo.And on this noisy midway, where at least two dozen tractor-trailers are turned into storefronts, the merchandise not only touts the clean-cut, polite men named Jarrett, Labonte and Gordon, but also sponsors such as McDonald's, Camel cigarettes and Unocal 76 gasoline.
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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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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1999
Hard-packed dirt. Flying dust. Grimy faces. The first images in the birth of a sport.Stock car racing started on the tiny bull rings of the south.Richard Petty can tell mind-bending stories about driving 500 miles on a quarter-mile dirt track.In the early days, the tracks were anywhere from a quarter-mile to a half-mile.It was on those rutty surfaces that stock car racing's soul was forged out of sheet metal rubbing side-by-side to a finish line.The short tracks have almost disappeared. The ones that are left are all about a half-mile in length, but they're paved now and surrounded by 100,000 seats.
SPORTS
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 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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