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Wimmer on top at rain-delayed race

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October 21, 2002

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Scott Wimmer held off Ron Hornaday on a restart with seven laps left Sunday and won the rain-delayed Busch Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park for his second victory in four races.

Wimmer, who will try to move to Winston Cup next season, led 83 of the 250 laps and passed Hornaday for the final time on the 218th. He averaged 79.337 mph in his Pontiac on the three-quarter-mile oval and had to avoid three cautions in the final 30 for his second career victory.

Stacy Compton was second in his Chevrolet, followed by Jamie McMurray, who needed a provisional and started 37th after becoming the quickest Winston Cup winner in the modern era last week at Charlotte in his second start.

Hank Parker was fourth, and Kerry Earnhardt was fifth.

Series leader Greg Biffle didn't finish the race and now leads Jason Keller, who was 10th, by 105 points with four races left. Wimmer is third, 357 back.

Hornaday got close enough to Wimmer to bump his rear and get his back tires up a couple times, including on a restart on lap 243. Wimmer won by 0.523 seconds.

"NASCAR's got the rule you can't pass outside until after the start-finish line," Wimmer said. "I'd stay up there until I got to the start-finish line, then slide down. He had nothing to do but run in the back of me."

Wimmer has eight top-10 finishes since his Busch team lost its sponsor in July. Team owner Bill Davis has paid the bills while the crew prepares to move up if a sponsor can be found.

"I don't know if it made us all work a lot better," Wimmer said. "I need to race to make a living. I love racing. I didn't want to be out of the sport. I didn't want to be on the sideline watching races."

AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX: MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi successfully defended his title, pulling away from Alex Barros on the last lap in Phillip Island, Australia.

Rossi, the Honda star who clinched the season championship Sept. 21 with his victory in the Rio Grand Prix, has 11 victories this year and 50 in his career.

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