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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan                              p PACIFIC STMSMSTRIPB TUESDAY.H^20,1997 2fThe Associated PressCONCORD, N.C."— Jeff Gor-don's qualifying gamble paidoff quite handsomely SaturdaynightMaking up for an overly ag-gressive move that cost him inthe time trials, Gordon chargedthrough the field at CharlotteMotor Speedway and won: TheWinston, the 13th annual alkstar event for stock car racing'stop series."Everything just kind of wentour way. Tonight could not haveworked out any better," saidGordon, who won $207,500from the $1.1 million purse,Gordon overshot his pit stallduring jpriday night's time tri-als, relegating him to the 19thspot on the race's 20-caf start-ing grid. But he quickly workedhis way into contention, tookthe lead nine laps frohvthe endof the 70-lap race and pulledNASOARYTheWimtonaway to his second victory inthree years."Our car was just awesomefor me to get through trafficlike I clid," said Gordon, whobecame just the third driver towin me event more than once.Dale Earnhardt won the racethree times and the late DaveyAllison* was a two-time winner.Bobby Labonte wound Upabout 15 car-lengths back "insecond and his older brother,1996 Winston Cup champion/^Perry Labonte, was third. Earn-,/ hardt and Jimmy Spencerrounded out the top five.The event featured exactlywhat the fans have come to ex-pect when series sponsor R.J.Reynold&TOffers so much moneyfor a race^that typically takesless than^O^iinutes.Taking chances becomes thenornv as do bumping, bangingand frequent three-wide racing,long regarded as a sure pre-scription for disaster tin. Char-lotte's 24-degree banking.A record crowd of about140,000 stayed on their feetthroughout the event, which isdivided into sesgrnents of 30, '.3CPand 10 laps, with the field beinginverted after the first leg.Gordon needed less thai} 20laps to work his way into thetop five, and he was third at theend of the first segment behindDale Jarrett and Earnhardt.While Bobby Labonte domi-nated the second leg, Gordonstayed in contention and fin-ished fourth. «*The Labonte brothers battledeach other early in the final leg,allowing Gordon to slip pastboth of them on lap 61 and pullaway for the victory.Pole-sitter Bill Elliott fadedover the second/half of the raceand wound up 10th.Mark Martin, winner of thelast two Winston Cup races,started eighth, never led andfinished sixth. .«:"-;Martin caused the event'sonly caution when he bumpedinto the rear of 'Bobby La-bonte's Pqntiac entering thefront stretch, sending Labonteinto a long slide that ended withhim sitting helpless m the mid-dle of the track at the start-fin-ish line. Seven cars roared bywithin inches but none touchedhim.While Earnhardt, Elliott andJarrett battled at the front ofthe pack over the rest of thesegment, Labonte worked hisway no higher than 17th.The Associated PressIndy car driver Alessandro Zampedri of Italy and his crewcelebrate after bumping their way back into the Indianapolis500 with a 211.757 irtpfi run during the last day ofqualifications ajt the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.ownerThe Associated PressCHARLOTTE — The wife ofNASCAR team owner LeonardWood was killed, and he wasamong those injured in a crashon Interstate 85 shortly afterthe completion of a race at theCharlotte Motor Speedway.Betty Webb Wood, 64, of Stu-art, Va., was killed about 10:50p.m. Saturday night when asouthbound car jumped the j®e-dian and hit the northbound vanin which she was traveling, thestate Highway Patrol said.The two people in the carwhich hit the van also werekilled. Authorities identifiedthem as Felix FqrmelUj 35, andSharon Wilkinson FormelU, 30,of Charlotte.Troopers said Leonard^Wood's injuries were not lifethreatening. Four other mem-bers of the Wopjd family alsowere injured.The Woods had been at thespeedway for The Winston andWinston Open races.f • ' • . „ Jc •Sadies goes from worst toThe Associated PressNAZARETH, Pa. — ElliottSadler, last in the race a yearago, got the first NASCARBusch series victory of his ca-reer. Sunday in the CoreStatesAdvantage 200 at NazarethSpeedway. .Sadler led 107 of 200 laps andheld of f a hard-charging ToddBodine to win by just .209 sec-onds in a ChevroletSadler took home $30,887from the $321,620 purse.BGWsCoreStates 200Defending rate winner Ran-dy La Joie maintained his seriespoint lead by three over Bodinewith a third-place finish in hisChevy.. :,/.v.V- ' ^'V; •'.'.• ;"I can't believe it. I love it!"Sadler screamed as he drove tothe winner's curcle at the one-mile oval.Special to Stripes ° vAGANA, Guam — The sleep-ing Giants awakened. And thedefending Guam Major Leaguechampion Pepsi Giants will liveto play another day.Elbert Certezahomered andKeith Hattigcame out of an O-for-9 slump^Sunday as the Giants edged theGuam Greyhounds 9-8 to pre»vent a sweep of the best-of-sev-GUAM BASEBALLPepsi /Greyhound^ 8en GML finals. \Game 5 is Tuesday night at^Paseo Stadium. The Grey-hounds had easily won the firstthree games, outscoring the Gi-ants 39-19.Certeza batted 4-for-5 anddrove in two runs, while Hattig3-for-4 with three RBIsin support of Tommy. Duenas,who ^t the win with six in-nings of relief. A -.' •Loser Chris WessUng, whopitched^ shutout in the Grey-hounds' 7-0 Game 1 victory,was rocked for 15 hits and nineruns, six earned, in six innings.Joe Tuquero batted 3-for-S andChris Fernandez and GMLPlayer of the Year Rico Castroeach batted 2-for-5 for theGreyhounds.Stripes Sports EditorYOKOSt£KA NAVAL BASE,Japan— Usually on the receiv^mg end of touchdown passes,Thomas Marshall is now throw-ing them. The Yokosuka Grey-hawks senior interservice foot-ball team is hoping for more ofthem next Sunday against theirnext Japanese club opponents.Marshall's 22-,i,yard scoringpass 'to TonyWhite capped a 47-0 win overthe,Yokohama Harbors, theGreyhawks' seventh win of theseason and 28th straight datingback to 1994.Anpl, said coach Jerry Lom-bard), with regular quarterbackLee Pongraphan and dangerousrunning back Lament Male go-ing to Korea next weekend for aPacific-wide softball tourna-ment, Marshall, who normallystarts at wideout, will get thenod at quarterback next weekagainst the Kamakura Lazarus,a tough defensive team."All we wanted to do was gethim playing time under liveconditions," said Lombardi ofMarshall, who played two se-ries, completing 1 -of-2 passes.He took most of the snaps inpractice last jweek — and theGreyhawks played in the firsthalf as if in need of practice,commiting five tiirnovers andleading just 6-0 at halftime."We really struggled in thefirst half," said Lombardi. "Wemade big plays, controlled theline of scrimmage, but we werejust killing ourselves. We ex-pect Lazarus togive us every-thing we want"Defense, which held the Har-bors to 111 yards, helped theGreyhawks settle down in thesecond half. The Greyhawkshad four sacks, recovered threefumbles and linebacker DougLarson took an interception 52^yards for a score; LinemanSteve Sampson had a sack,and^a^unible recovery and litie-backer Sam Brewer had twosacks*Pongraphan was 12-for-20 for330; yards, including touch-downs of 64 yards to Marshalland 22 -to White. Hale caughtthree passes for 118 yards, in-cluding a 79^yard scorine romp,and also took a flea-flickerpitchput 60 yards for a score,finishing with 135 yards on ninecarries. White had four catches 'for 73 yards, Marshall three for91 and Patrick Jackson 'threefor 60.-*•••  

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