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Gordon, Earnhardt steal the spotlight

By wire services
Published September 18, 2005

LOUDON, N.H. - Nextel Cup championship leader Tony Stewart won the pole for today's Sylvania 300 after touring the 1.058-mile oval at a speed of 131.143 mph in his No. 20 Chevrolet.

But it was two drivers out of the running for this year's NASCAR Chase for the Cup that created the biggest stir during Saturday's qualifying session.

Crew chief switches this week for the sport's two biggest names, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr., reaped immediate benefits after the duo posted the second and third fastest laps, respectively.

With 26-year-old Steve Letarte guiding his team, Gordon missed winning the pole by just 0.015 seconds.

Earnhardt Jr. posted his best qualifying effort of the season after being reunited with Tony Eury Jr., who spent the first 26 races of the year on the pit box for teammate Michael Waltrip.

"It fell right back into place for me, and I think for Tony Jr. too," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We worked together all year long, just not on the same team."

CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS: Rick Crawford fought off series points leaders Dennis Setzer and Ted Musgrave to win the Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

"What a great race among the veterans out there," Crawford said. "I needed to run my line and make sure Musgrave and Setzer battled it out. They did and I won."

FORMULA ONE: German driver Nick Heidfeld has signed a long-term deal to race for BMW's new team.

GRAND PRIX: Nelson Piquet Jr., son of the former Formula One champion, is near a deal to race for the Brazilian franchise in the A1 series.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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