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Newman wins fourth straight Busch start to tie record

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

DOVER, Del. - Moonlighting Ryan Newman tied a Busch series record by winning in his fourth consecutive start this season, a dominant performance in a wreck-filled race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Newman, who has the pole for today's Nextel Cup race, won at Watkins Glen, Bristol and Michigan but had not competed in the past two events. He tied the series record set by Sam Ard, who won four in a row in 1983. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won five straight over three years.

"It feels good to do four straight," said Newman, who started on the pole. "For some reason we show pretty quick in whatever car we run. We'll try to do the same tomorrow."

Newman was far ahead of the cars involved in two multicar accidents in the opening laps.

The Dover 200 was a rout, with Newman leading all but seven laps, setting a record on the Monster Mile. Darrell Waltrip led 167 laps in 1985.

Newman beat Clint Bowyer by 1.343 seconds. Newman led the first 94 laps, fell out of the top spot during green-flag pit stops and regained the lead by passing Martin Truex on Lap 124.

The race was halted for 20 minutes after a 14-car pileup on the second lap. The crash began when Paul Menard hit Matt Kenseth as the cars exited the second turn on the high-banked concrete oval.

A half-dozen laps after the green flag waved, there was a five-car crash. Nearly half the cars were off the track permanently or being repaired after 18 laps.

TRUCKS: Todd Bodine passed Ted Musgrave on the final lap in a green-white-checker finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second victory of the season. Bodine averaged 119.557 mph and led 114 of 146 laps in the Las Vegas 350.

INDYCAR: Helio Castroneves won the pole for the inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, posting the fastest lap in a 10-minute shootout among the top six cars. Castroneves covered the 3.37-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International road course at a record 133.806 mph, edging newcomer Giorgio Pantano (133.774 mph) and knocking Scott Dixon (133.497 mph) from first to fourth. Patrick Carpentier qualified third (133.629 mph). After all 20 drivers finished their single-lap qualifying runs, positions seven through 20 were locked and the top six drivers ran an extra 10 minutes on new tires in an effort to improve their positions.

FORMULA ONE: Fernando Alonso won the pole for today's Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, improving his chances for a top-three finish that would make him the series youngest champion. The 24-year-old was timed in 1 minute, 11.988 seconds during qualifying on the 2.678-mile Interlagos circuit.

WALTRIP'S NEW RIDE: Michael Waltrip has a new Nextel Cup ride next season with Bill Davis Racing and will continue to be a valued pitchman for NAPA Auto Parts. Two months after announcing his departure from Dale Earnhardt Inc., Waltrip said Friday that he's joining Davis. The deal is for one year and that the team will continue to field Dodges.

[Last modified September 25, 2005, 02:15:40]


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