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McMurray wins as leaders spin

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published November 3, 2002

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray's luck continued Saturday with his second straight Busch series win, achieved because leaders Jeff Green and Michael Waltrip wrecked with one lap to go at North Carolina Speedway.

McMurray scored his first Busch win last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway after leader Joe Nemechek ran out of gas on the last lap. Subbing for an injured Sterling Marlin, McMurray set a record last month at Lowe's Motor Speedway by winning his second Winston Cup start.

"I cannot believe the luck we've had," McMurray said.

McMurray was running third, watching Green and Waltrip battle for the lead ahead of him.

Green, who led 133 laps, was running away with it when an accident involving Hermie Sadler and Kerry Earnhardt brought out the red flag with seven laps to go.

That set up the battle between Green and Waltrip, which picked up intensity with three laps to go when Waltrip tried to bang Green out of his way. He pulled alongside Green coming out of the third turn but couldn't get by him, and Green's car slid down and made contact with him. The two cars went into spins, and McMurray cruised by for the win.

Greg Biffle finished second to give him a 212-point lead in the standings over Jason Keller with two races to go.

PIT CREWS COMPETITION: Matt Kenseth's No. 17 DeWalt team won the Winston Cup event at Rockingham, N.C., for the second straight year, putting in two cans of gas and changing four tires in a record 16.823 seconds. Their record last year was 17.695.

AMERICAN RACING WHEELS 200: Ted Musgrave came from the back of the field and pulled away to an easy victory in the Craftsman Trucks race at Fontana, Calif.

Musgrave started at the rear of the 36-car field after blowing an engine in practice. It took him 26 laps on the 2.029-mile oval at California Speedway to take the lead.

He wound up leading five times for 51 laps, taking the top spot for the final time on lap 71 and beating Ultra Motorsports teammate Jason Leffler's Dodge to the finish line by 1.603 seconds.

He averaged 140.296 mph, the fifth fastest race in the eight seasons since the truck series started.

CART 500: Tony Kanaan led a Brazilian sweep of the top three qualifying positions with a 232.011 mph lap at Fontana.

Bruno Junqueira was second, series champion Cristiano da Matta third.

Off the track, CART got a boost with the announcement that Bridgestone will be a presenting sponsor in 2003.

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