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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 12, 2000


Winston Cup

WHAT: Winston 500.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Friday, first-round qualifying (ESPN2, 4 p.m.); Saturday, second-round qualifying, 11:45 a.m.; Sunday, race (ESPN, 1 p.m.); Talladega, Ala.

1999 WINNER: Dale Earnhardt.

FAST FACTS: Jeff Gordon won the spring race after starting from the 36th position, the deepest spot in the field for a Talladega winner. Darrell Waltrip makes his last appearance at Talladega. He made his Talladega debut in the spring race in 1972.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Bobby Labonte, 4,405; 2. Jeff Burton, 4,153; 3. Earnhardt, 4,147; 4. Dale Jarrett, 4,017; 5. Tony Stewart, 3,977; 6. Ricky Rudd, 3,972; 7. Mark Martin, 3,848; 8. Rusty Wallace, 3,808; 9. Ward Burton, 3,565; 10. Gordon, 3,564.

Craftsman Trucks

WHAT: O'Reilly 400.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Today, qualifying, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, race (ESPN, 8 p.m.); Fort Worth, Texas.

1999 WINNER: Jay Sauter.

FAST FACTS: One race remains after this week. The race is 42 laps longer than last season. The past two races at Texas have been won from the pole. Kurt Busch is the first rookie to win three times in a season in the series. Greg Biffle is the first driver to win $600,000 in a season.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Biffle, 3,573; 2. Mike Wallace, 3,283; 3. Busch, 3,246; 4. Andy Houston, 3,211; 5. Jack Sprague, 3,049; 6. Joe Rutman, 2,978; 7. Dennis Setzer, 2,929; 8. Steve Grissom, 2,925; 9. Randy Tolsma, 2,908; 10. Bryan Reffner, 2,818.

CART

WHAT: Indy 300.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Saturday, qualifying, 12:30 a.m.; race (ESPN, midnight); Surfers Paradise, Australia.

1999 WINNER: Dario Franchitti.

FAST FACTS: One race remains after this week. Nigel Mansell set the race record of 97.284 mph in 1993.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Gil de Ferran, 153; 2. Paul Tracy, 134; 3. Roberto Moreno, 131; 4. (tie) Michael Andretti, Adrian Fernandez, 127; 6. Juan Montoya, 122; 7. Kenny Brack, 118; 8. (tie) Helio Castroneves, Jimmy Vasser, 117; 10. Cristiano da Matta, 100.

Indy Racing

WHAT: Excite 500.

WHEN/WHERE/TV: Saturday, qualifying, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m., taped); Sunday, race, 2 p.m. (Ch. 28, 4 p.m., taped); Fort Worth, Texas.

1999 WINNER: Mark Dismore.

FAST FACTS: This is the final event of the season. Sarah Fisher made her Indy Racing debut at last year's race. Buddy Lazier can clinch the points title with a finish of 13th or better.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Lazier, 258; 2. Scott Goodyear, 220; 3. Eddie Cheever, 217; 4. Dismore, 186; 5. Eliseo Salazar, 180; 6. Scott Sharp, 179; 7. Robbie Buhl, 178; 8. Donnie Beechler, 174; 9. Al Unser Jr., 173; 10. Robby McGehee, 168.

Busch Grand National

UP NEXT: Rockingham 200, Oct. 21, Rockingham, N.C.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Jeff Green, 4,320; 2. Jason Keller, 3,794; 3. Todd Bodine, 3,618; 4. Kevin Harvick, 3,617; 5. Ron Hornaday, 3,410; 6. Elton Sawyer, 3,322; 7. Randy LaJoie, 3,181; 8. David Green, 2,944; 9. Casey Atwood, 2,883; 10. Kevin Grubb, 2,808.

Formula One

UP NEXT: Malaysian Grand Prix, Oct. 22, Kuala Lumpur.

POINTS STANDINGS: 1. Michael Schumacher, 98; 2. Mika Hakkinen, 86; 3. David Coulthard, 67; 4. Rubens Barrichello, 58; 5. Ralf Schumacher, 24; 6. Giancarlo Fisichella, 18; 7. Jacques Villeneuve, 15; 8. Jenson Button, 12; 9. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, 11; 10. (tie) Jarno Trulli, Mika Salo, 6.

NHRA

UP NEXT: O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Oct. 20-22, Ennis, Texas.

POINTS STANDINGS: TOP FUEL 1. Gary Scelzi, 1,663; 2. Tony Schumacher, 1,537; 3. Larry Dixon, 1,440; 4. Joe Amato, 1,281; 5. Doug Kalitta, 1,269; 6. Kenny Bernstein, 1,177; 7. Cory McClenathan, 1,008; 8. Bob Vandergriff, 873; 9. Doug Herbert, 807; 10. David Grubnic, 733. FUNNY CAR 1. John Force, 1,659; 2. Ron Capps, 1,369; 3. Jerry Toliver, 1,353; 4. Tony Pedregon, 1,201; 5. Jim Epler, 1,142; 6. Scotty Cannon, 998; 7. Whit Bazemore, 969; 8. Del Worsham, 937; 9. Dean Skuza, 874; 10. Bruce Sarver, 871. PRO STOCK 1. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 1,827; 2. Kurt Johnson, 1,295; 3. Ron Krisher, 1,267; 4. Warren Johnson, 1,239; 5. Mark Pawuk, 1,052; 6. Troy Coughlin, 1,009; 7. Richie Stevens, 957; 8. Jim Yates, 926; 9. Darrell Alderman, 811; 10. Bruce Allen, 768. PRO MOTORCYCLE 1. Angelle Seeling, 1,140; 2. Matt Hines, 1,002; 3. Tony Mullen, 881; 4. Antron Brown, 842; 5. David Schultz, 711; 6. Geno Scali, 664; 7. Craig Treble, 663; 8. Shawn Gann, 457; 9. Blaine Hale, 401; 10. Reggie Showers, 375. PRO STOCK TRUCK 1. Bob Panella, 1,221; 2. Randy Daniels, 991; 3. John Coughlin, 738; 4. Greg Stanfield, 672; 5. Steve Johns, 663; 6. Mike Coughlin, 578; 7. Brian Self, 565; 8. Jeff Gracia, 506; 9. Rick Jones, 488; 10. John Lingenfelter, 454.

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