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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japanp PACIFIC STMSMSTRIPB TUESDAY.H^20,1997 2f The Associated Press CONCORD, N.C."— Jeff Gor- don's qualifying gamble paid off quite handsomely Saturday night Making up for an overly ag- gressive move that cost him in the time trials, Gordon charged through the field at Charlotte Motor Speedway and won: The Winston, the 13th annual alk star event for stock car racing's top series. "Everything just kind of went our way. Tonight could not have worked out any better," said Gordon, who won $207,500 from the $1.1 million purse, Gordon overshot his pit stall during jpriday night's time tri- als, relegating him to the 19th spot on the race's 20-caf start- ing grid. But he quickly worked his way into contention, took the lead nine laps frohvthe end of the 70-lap race and pulled NASOARYTheWimton away to his second victory in three years. "Our car was just awesome for me to get through traffic like I clid," said Gordon, who became just the third driver to win me event more than once. Dale Earnhardt won the race three times and the late Davey Allison* was a two-time winner. Bobby Labonte wound Up about 15 car-lengths back "in second and his older brother, 1996 Winston Cup champion /^Perry Labonte, was third. Earn-,/ hardt and Jimmy Spencer rounded out the top five. The event featured exactly what the fans have come to ex- pect when series sponsor R.J. Reynold&TOffers so much money for a race^that typically takes less than^O^iinutes.Taking chances becomes the nornv 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 about 140,000 stayed on their feet throughout the event, which is divided into sesgrnents of 30, '.3CP and 10 laps, with the field being inverted after the first leg. Gordon needed less thai} 20 laps to work his way into the top five, and he was third at the end of the first segment behind Dale Jarrett and Earnhardt. While Bobby Labonte domi- nated the second leg, Gordon stayed in contention and fin-ished fourth. «* The Labonte brothers battled each other early in the final leg, allowing Gordon to slip past both of them on lap 61 and pull away for the victory. Pole-sitter Bill Elliott faded over the second/half of the race and wound up 10th. Mark Martin, winner of the last two Winston Cup races, started eighth, never led and finished sixth. .«:"-; Martin caused the event's only caution when he bumped into the rear of 'Bobby La- bonte's Pqntiac entering the front stretch, sending Labonte into a long slide that ended with him sitting helpless m the mid- dle of the track at the start-fin- ish line. Seven cars roared by within inches but none touched him. While Earnhardt, Elliott and Jarrett battled at the front of the pack over the rest of the segment, Labonte worked his way no higher than 17th. The Associated Press Indy car driver Alessandro Zampedri of Italy and his crew celebrate after bumping their way back into the Indianapolis 500 with a 211.757 irtpfi run during the last day of qualifications ajt the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. owner The Associated Press CHARLOTTE — The wife of NASCAR team owner Leonard Wood was killed, and he was among those injured in a crash on Interstate 85 shortly after the completion of a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Betty Webb Wood, 64, of Stu- art, Va., was killed about 10:50 p.m. Saturday night when a southbound car jumped the j®e- dian and hit the northbound van in which she was traveling, the state Highway Patrol said. The two people in the car which hit the van also were killed. Authorities identified them as Felix FqrmelUj 35, and Sharon Wilkinson FormelU, 30, of Charlotte. Troopers said Leonard^ Wood's injuries were not life threatening. Four other mem- bers of the Wopjd family also were injured. The Woods had been at the speedway for The Winston and Winston Open races. f • ' • . „ Jc •Sadies goes from worst to The Associated Press NAZARETH, Pa. — Elliott Sadler, last in the race a year ago, got the first NASCAR Busch series victory of his ca- reer. Sunday in the CoreStates Advantage 200 at Nazareth Speedway. . Sadler led 107 of 200 laps and held of f a hard-charging Todd Bodine to win by just .209 sec- onds in a Chevrolet Sadler took home $30,887 from the $321,620 purse. BGWsCoreStates 200 Defending rate winner Ran- dy La Joie maintained his series point lead by three over Bodine with a third-place finish in his Chevy.. :,/.v.V- ' ^'V; •'.'.• ; "I can't believe it. I love it!" Sadler screamed as he drove to the winner's curcle at the one- mile oval. Special to Stripes ° v AGANA, Guam — The sleep- ing Giants awakened. And thedefending Guam Major League champion Pepsi Giants will live to play another day. Elbert Certeza homered and Keith Hattig came out of an O-for-9 slump^ Sunday as the Giants edged the Guam Greyhounds 9-8 to pre» vent a sweep of the best-of-sev- GUAM BASEBALL Pepsi / Greyhound^ 8 en GML finals. \ Game 5 is Tuesday night at^ Paseo Stadium. The Grey- hounds had easily won the first three games, outscoring the Gi- ants 39-19. Certeza batted 4-for-5 and drove in two runs, while Hattig 3-for-4 with three RBIs in support of Tommy. Duenas, who ^t the win with six in- nings of relief. A -.' • Loser Chris WessUng, who pitched^ shutout in the Grey- hounds' 7-0 Game 1 victory, was rocked for 15 hits and nine runs, six earned, in six innings. Joe Tuquero batted 3-for-S and Chris Fernandez and GML Player of the Year Rico Castro each batted 2-for-5 for the Greyhounds. Stripes Sports Editor YOKOSt£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 of them next Sunday against their next Japanese club opponents. Marshall's 22-,i, yard scoring pass 'to Tony White capped a 47-0 win over the,Yokohama Harbors, the Greyhawks' seventh win of theseason and 28th straight dating back to 1994. Anpl, said coach Jerry Lom- bard), with regular quarterback Lee Pongraphan and dangerous running back Lament Male go- ing to Korea next weekend for a Pacific-wide softball tourna- ment, Marshall, who normally starts at wideout, will get the nod at quarterback next week against the Kamakura Lazarus, a tough defensive team. "All we wanted to do was get him playing time under live conditions," said Lombardi of Marshall, who played two se- ries, completing 1 -of-2 passes. He took most of the snaps in practice last jweek — and the Greyhawks played in the first half as if in need of practice, commiting five tiirnovers and leading just 6-0 at halftime. "We really struggled in the first half," said Lombardi. "We made big plays, controlled the line of scrimmage, but we were just killing ourselves. We ex-pect Lazarus togive us every- thing we want" Defense, which held the Har- bors to 111 yards, helped the Greyhawks settle down in the second half. The Greyhawks had four sacks, recovered three fumbles 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 two sacks*Pongraphan was 12-for-20 for 330; yards, including touch- downs of 64 yards to Marshall and 22 -to White. Hale caught three passes for 118 yards, in- cluding a 79^yard scorine romp, and also took a flea-flicker pitchput 60 yards for a score, finishing with 135 yards on nine carries. White had four catches ' for 73 yards, Marshall three for 91 and Patrick Jackson 'three for 60. -*••• ;