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Sorenson tops race's namesake

By wire services
Published July 31, 2005

MADISON, Ill. - Rookie Reed Sorenson took control with 33 laps to go and pulled away to win the NASCAR Busch Series Wallace Family Tribute 250 on Saturday night.

Mike Wallace, one of three racing brothers from the St. Louis area family, finished second at the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway oval. Rusty Wallace, honored during his final year of racing before retiring, led for 17 laps in the middle of the 200-lap race before crashing on Lap 137 and finishing 37th. Kenny Wallace was 24th.

"The car was very quick," Rusty Wallace said. "I'm disappointed right now because the car was easily a top-five car. It's just really tough right now because I really wanted to win this race in my hometown."

The event drew a crowd estimated at 60,000, largest ever at the raceway.

The 19-year-old Sorenson won his second career Busch race after qualifying second behind Martin Truex earlier Saturday. He also won the Pepsi 300 on March 26.

Mike Wallace was unable to mount a challenge after a restart before the final three laps, with Sorenson winning by 0.71 seconds. Carl Edwards was third, rallying after starting in the rear of the 43-car field because of an engine change.

CHAMP CAR: Sebastien Bourdais has the new and very difficult street circuit at the San Jose Grand Prix figured out.

The reigning series champion earned his third pole of the season and 16th of his career with a lap at 96.101 mph on the temporary course in downtown San Jose, Calif.

That was good enough to edge Oriol Servia's 95.991 and give the Newman/Haas Racing team a 1-2 start for today's race.

The circuit got a bit of a makeover Friday night. A chicane was added on the short straightaway leading to the slowest turn on the course, a right-handed hairpin where the cars slow to 30 mph, and Turn 4 was widened by raising the concrete barriers lining the turn onto the curbing.

INDYCAR: Bryan Herta won his third pole of the season at qualifying for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

He'll look for his first win of the season today.

Herta clocked in at 219.141 mph during qualifying on the wide, 2-mile oval. Tomas Scheckter will start second after qualifying at 219.100, while defending race champion Buddy Rice will start third at 218.909. Scott Dixon starts fourth at 218.890. Danica Patrick qualified eighth at 218.479.

Also, Sam Hornish said he would not move to Nextel Cup and replace Rusty Wallace in the Miller Lite Dodge. "No, I'm not going," he said. "Well, I'm not going to run NASCAR full-time next year."

FORMULA ONE: Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher earned his first pole of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

It was his 64th career pole but first in 14 races, dating to the Japanese Grand Prix in October.

It is the first time since 1998 that Schumacher had gone so long without a pole position. His next one will tie him with Ayrton Senna for the F1 record.

With track temperatures approaching 122 degrees, the Ferrari driver clocked 1:19.882 on the twisting 2.722-mile Hungaroring circuit. McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya, who has taken first and second in the past two races, was next with 1:20.779 ahead of Toyota driver Jarno Trulli (1:20.839).

NHRA: Kurt Johnson took the top qualifying spot in Pro Stock in a track-record 6.676 seconds at 206.80 mph in Sonoma, Calif. Johnson, who has won two of the past three events, earned his third top qualifying award of the season and 26th of his career. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Tony Pedregon (Funny Car) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Bike) also were top qualifiers.

TRANS AM: Boris Said won his first race in his second series start, moving past Greg Pickett on Lap 9 at the Grand Prix of San Jose. Said finished in 1 hour, 15 minutes, 42.420 seconds with an average speed of 65.4123 mph.

[Last modified July 31, 2005, 01:33:10]


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