Fuel decision fuels Unser Jr.'s triumph

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2001

MADISON, Ill. -- Al Unser Jr. listened to car owner Rick Galles and came away with a victory in the Indy Racing League's inaugural Gateway Indy 250.

The longtime open-wheel star earned his second IRL victory and the 33rd of his career with a fuel strategy that allowed him to stay on the track while series leader Sam Hornish Jr. was forced to pit with 10 laps remaining on the 1.25-mile Gateway International Raceway oval.

With the help of a late caution flag, Unser ran the last 67 laps without pitting and beat runner-up Mark Dismore to the finish line by 1.18 seconds -- about 10 car-lengths.

NASCAR-Trucks

NAZARETH, Pa. -- Greg Biffle gave Ford its first victory of the year in the NASCAR truck series with a virtually perfect performance in Chevy Silverado 200 race.

Biffle, who won the 200-mile race two years ago, erased his own record in leading the final 192 of 200 laps over the triangular 1-mile layout at Nazareth Speedway.

Indy Lights

MADISON, Ill. -- Dan Wheldon took the lead when Townsend Bell retired with fuel pump failure and led the final 10 laps to get his first Indy Lights series victory.

Wheldon, a rookie from England, crossed the finish line 23.822 seconds ahead of PacWest Racing Group teammate Mario Dominguez. Rookie Matt Halliday finished third in the event at Gateway International Raceway.

Wheldon averaged a record 140.081 mph for the 80-lap race.

Points leader Bell led the first 69 laps and appeared headed for an easy victory before the mechanical failure. He failed to finish a race for the first time this season, but remains on top of the championship standings with 131 points.



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