Labonte edges field at Pennsylvania 500

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

LONG POND, Pa. -- Bobby Labonte passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a little more than two laps remaining Sunday to win the Pennsylvania 500 for his first victory of the season.

The cars waged a magnificent battle for two laps until Labonte finally was able to pass Earnhardt nearing the line at the end of the 198th lap at Pocono International Raceway.

Both benefited when Jeff Gordon pitted to change a bad set of tires with 68 laps left. Gordon finished eighth, and took sole possession of the lead in the Winston Cup standings after Dale Jarrett wrecked twice and wound up finishing 41st.

It was the third career victory at Pocono for Labonte, who swept on the mountaintop in 1999. He led only four laps, and his Pontiac beat Earnhardt's Chevrolet by 1.68 seconds.

The winner, who started 11th, averaged 134.590 mph in a race slowed six times by 24 laps of caution. Labonte's teammate, Tony Stewart, was third.

Ricky Rudd wound up 11th and moved into second place in the standings, 45 points behind the leader.

CICERO, Ill. -- Kenny Brack ended his two-race slump Sunday, winning the Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway.

After a pair of no-points finishes, the convincing win by Brack moved him from a three-point lead over Dario Franchitti coming into the race to a 22-point edge over Helio Castroneves.

The Swedish star was the strongest entry on the 1.039-mile track most of the day and the yet to finish worse than fourth in a CART race on a mile oval.

It was a strategic race for Brack, who made the 225-lap distance with two well-placed pit stops and drove away with his third CART victory -- all this season.

Patrick Carpentier, last week's winner in Michigan, wound up second, 4.48 seconds -- a full straightaway -- behind Brack.

Formula One

HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- Ralf Schumacher won a wild German Grand Prix on his home track in a Formula One race marked by a crash that involved his brother and forced a restart.

Michael Schumacher, the defending series champion and points leader, was not injured. He quit in the 24th lap of a race in which only 10 cars finished.

Ralf Schumacher won for the third time this year, covering the 45 laps on the 4.2-mile circuit in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 17.873 seconds, averaging 146.370 mph.

KENT, Wash. -- Gary Scelzi raced to his first victory of the season, beating Kenny Bernstein in the Top Fuel final of the NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Scelzi powered his Team Winston dragster down the track in 4.556 seconds at 319.29 mph to hold off Bernstein, the points leader who experienced mechanical problems near the finish line. Whit Bazemore and Mark Osborne also won their divisions in the $1.7 million event at Seattle International Raceway.

Whit Bazemore claimed his first Funny Car victory of the season in a photo finish over Ron Capps, and Mark Osborne beat teammate Darrell Alderman in an all-Dodge Pro Stock final.

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