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AUTO RACING

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Allison drives to win, track mark in Miller 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- There was no controversy this time, as Davey Allison walked all over the field on the way to a record-setting NASCAR victory in yesterday's Miller Genuine Draft 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Allison was awarded his second win of the year two weeks ago on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., when Ricky Rudd was penalized for bumping him aside two laps from the end. This time, though, he left no doubt in anybody's mind by leading for 104 of the 200 laps on the two-mile, high-banked oval.

Allison's speed of 160.912 mph smashed the track record o157.704 for a 400-mile race, set in August 1989 by Rusty Wallace.

It took the second-generation Winston Cup star little time tshow the power in his Ford Thunderbird, --ing from fourth in the 41-car field to first after 15 laps.

He battled defending race champion Dale Earnhardt and Hut Stricklin, another member of the Alabama Gang and the driver for his father, Bobby Allison, in the early going. The racing got intense at times as Allison and the other drivers bumped and banged some until Allison asserted his dominance.

The 30-year-old from Hueytown, Ala., was in virtual control before the halfway point in the 400-mile event. By the time he made his final scheduled pit stop on lap 171, Allison was able to take on two tires and gas and get back on the track quick enough to retake the lead for good as soon as Stricklin pitted on lap 176.

After that, with only one early caution flag for a total of four laps, the field strung out quickly and Allison lost the lead only during each round of green flag pit stops.

Stricklin, who is married to the daughter of Davey's uncle, Donnie Allison, managed to hold off Mark Martin to finish second, with Earnhardt padding his Winston Cup point lead with a fourth-place finish, just ahead of Ernie Irvan.

Allison crossed the finish line 11.7 seconds ahead of Stricklin's Buick Regal.

1. (4) Davey Allison, Ford Thunderbird, 200, $90,650, 160.912, breaks track record of 157.704 set in August 1989 by Rusty Wallace). 2. (9) Hut Stricklin, Buick Regal, 200, $41,925. 3. (3) Mark Martin, Ford Thunderbird, 200, $37,650. 4. (6) Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet Lumina, 200, $30,950. 5. (19) Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet Lumina, 200, $24,725. 6. (8) Ken Schrader, Chevrolet Lumina, 200, $23,550. 7. (13) Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet Lumina, 200, 15,300. 8. (7) Ricky Rudd, Chevrolet Lumina, 200, $18,600. 9. (15) Morgan Shepherd, Ford Thunderbird, 199, $18.750. 10. (22) Harry Gant, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 199, $17,450.

11. (20) Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird, 199, $17,300. 12. (14) Dale Jarrett, Ford Thunderbird, 199, $12,825. 13. (10) Sterling Marlin, Ford Thunderbird, 199, $10,275. 14. (30) Mickey Gibbs, Pontiac Grand Prix, 198, $9,725. 15. (17) Bobby Hillin Jr., Pontiac Grand Prix, 198, $15,175. 16. (16) Dave Marcis, Chevrolet Lumina, 198, $10,750. 17. (23) Rusty Wallace, Pontiac Grand Prix, 198, $6,925. 18. (21) Lake Speed, Pontiac Grand Prix, 198, $10,500. 19. (31) Joe Ruttman, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 197, $9,585. 20. (25) Larry Pearson, Chevrolet Lumina, 197, $7,270.

21. (34) Ted Musgrave, Pontiac Grand Prix, 197, $7,800. 22. (29) Bobby Hamilton, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 197, $7,135. 23. (37) Stanley Smith, Buick Regal, 196, $5,925. 24. (5) Alan Kulwicki, Ford Thunderbird, 196, $12,715. 25. (26) Terry Labonte, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 196, $8,555. 26. (38) Chad Little, Ford Thunderbird, 196, $5,435. 27. (41) Jimmy Means, Pontiac Grand Prix, 195, $5,385. 28. (33) Wally Dallenbach Jr., Ford Thunderbird, 195, $5,325. 29. (12) Rick Mast, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 194, $7,965. 30. (28) Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 193, $5,150.

31. (27) Rick Wilson, Buick Regal, 192, $7,720. 32. (24) Jimmy Spencer, Chevrolet Lumina, 188, engine failure, $7,625. 33. (40) H.B. Bailey, Pontiac Grand Prix, 187, $4,870. 34. (1) Michael Waltrip, Pontiac Grand Prix, 185, valve, $10,450. 35. (36) Richard Petty, Pontiac Grand Prix, 166, engine failure, $7,360. 36. (18) Brett Bodine, Buick Regal,121, engine failure, $7,290. 37. (32) Jim Sauter, Pontiac Grand Prix, 104, piston, $4,660. 38. (39) Eddie Bierschwale, 86, engine failure, $4,635. 39. (2) Geoff Bodine, Ford Thunderbird, 70, oil pan, $17,910. 40. (35) Bill Venturini, Chevrolet Lumina, 64, camshaft, $4,550. 41. (11) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet Lumina, 2, engine failure, $12,950.

Time of race--2:29:09. Margin of victory--11.7 seconds. Caution flags--1 for 4 laps. Lead changes--28 among 11 drivers. Lap leaders--G.Bodine 1-8; Martin 9-12; Allison 13; Martin 14; Allison 15-35; Martin 36-39; Earnhardt 40-50; Martin 51-52; Allison 53; Earnhardt 54-56; Stricklin 57-76; Allison 77; Stricklin 78-80; Allison 81; Martin 82; Gant 83; D.Waltrip 84-85; Rudd 86-87; Schrader 88-92; Allison 93-124; M.Waltrip 125; Irvan 125-128; D.Waltrip 129-138; Schrader 139-145; Allison 146-170; Stricklin 171-175; Allison 176-200. PORTLAND, Ore. -- For the second year in a row, Michael Andretti dominated the competition in the Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200, cruising to a 4.5-second victory to become the first two-time winner on the Indy-car circuit this year.

Andretti, using his backup car, qualified fourth but used a daring move at the start to shoot in between the two front-row drivers, Emerson Fittipaldi and Rick Mears, into first just seconds into the race.

Andretti's Chevrolet-powered Lola barely slipped ahead of Fittipaldi as they entered the chicane at the end of the main straightaway. Andretti led all but two of the 104 laps, a race record, dropping out of first only during pit stops.

Andretti, 28, who also won this year at Milwaukee, averaged 115.208 mph. Fittipaldi was second and Bobby Rahal third.

Fittipaldi, who started from the pole, fell behind by as many as 17 seconds before narrowing the gap as Andretti was held up for several laps while trying to lap Scott Pruett.

1. (4) Michael Andretti, Lola-Chevrolet, 104, $79,398, 115.208 mph. (new record; old record 110.673 set by Michael Andretti, 1990). 2. (1) Emerson Fittipaldi, Penske-Chevrolet, 104, $69.798. 3. (8) Bobby Rahal, Lola-Chevrolet, 104, $49.698. 4. (5) Al Unser Jr., Lola-Chevrolet, 104, $43.898. 5. (7) Mario Andretti, Lola-Chevrolet, 104, $40,248. 6. (2) Rick Mears, Penske-Chevrolet, 103, out of fuel, $36,598. 7. (10) Arie Luyendyk, Lola-Chevrolet, 103, $32,698. 8. (3) Scott Pruett, Truesports-Judd, 103, $29,298. 9. (9) Eddie Cheever, Lola-Chevrolet, 102, $25,898. 10. (15) Scott Goodyear, 101, $25.218.

11. (12) Mike Groff, Lola-Cosworth, 101, $24,878. 12. (14) Jeff Andretti, Lola-Cosworth, 99, $24,198. 13. (16) Tony Bettenhausen, Lola-Chevrolet, 99, $24,198. 14. (18) Hiro Matsushita, Lola-Chevrolet, 99, $22,498. 15. (13) Scott Brayton, Lola-Chevrolet, 97, $22,498. 16. (20) A.J. Foyt Jr., Lola-Chevrolet, 97, $20,798. 17. (17) Ted Prappas, Lola-Judd, 97, $14,599. 18. (21) Guido Dacco, Lola-Cosworth, 96, $9,250. 19. (11) John Andretti, Lola-Chevrolet, 74, gearbox, $14,599. 20. (22) Jeff Wood, Lola-Buick, 65, engine, $19,948. 21. (6) Danny Sullivan, Lola-Alfa Romeo, 30, engine, $19,098. 22. (19) Didier Theys, Lola-Cosworth, 19, oil leak, $19,848. 23. (23) Dale Coyne, 17, clutch, $19,598.

Time of race--1:44:06.44. Margin of victory--4.533 seconds. Caution flags--No full course yellows. Lead changes--4 among 2 drivers. Lap leaders--Mi. Andretti 1-33; Fittipaldi 34; Mi. Andretti 35-68; Fittipaldi 69; Mi. Andretti 70-104.

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