Robert Pressley, beset by poor finishes this year in the Busch Grand National series, won the first pole of his career in qualifying Friday for today's Galaxy Foods 300 in Hickory, N.C.
Pressley failed to qualify for the last two races and has four finishes of 30th or worse.
He went 88.453 mph in a Chevrolet, edging out the Ford of Ed Berrier, who turned a lap at 88.107.
-- Mary Fendrich Hulman, whose frail voice delivered the most famous phrase in auto racing -- "Gentlemen, start your engines!" -- for almost two decades at the Indianapolis 500, died Friday at 93.
A descendant of German immigrants who made a fortune making cigars, Hulman was the widow of Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony Hulman, a millionaire businessman who rescued the crumbling, weed-infested track at the end of World War II and turned it into the world's premier motorsports showcase.
After her husband died in 1977, Hulman became the speedway's chairwoman of the board and carried on uttering the famous command at the beginning of the Indy 500.
TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport, saying aggression was the major element in her play, powered her way past Anna Kournikova in the quarterfinals Friday of the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Fla.
Davenport, using hard, deep ground strokes -- many of which clipped the lines -- beat the 16-year-old Russian 7-5, 6-3.
-- U.S. Open champion and top-seeded Pat Rafter of Australia and defending champion Mikael Tillstrom of Sweden won three-set matches Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the Gold Flake Open in Madras, India.
Rafter beat Lars Bugsmuller of Germany 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 7-5, after Tillstrom, banished to the outside courts during his first two matches, beat Mark Woodforde of Australia 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3).
FOOTBALL: The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Jimmy Smith to a five-year contract extension on Friday that will reportedly pay him $19 million over the next six seasons.
Smith, 29, caught 83 passes last season for a team-record 1,324 yards.
BASKETBALL: Utah forward Britton Johnsen has announced that he will leave school for two years to serve a religious mission for the Mormon church.
Johnsen was accused by North Carolina forward Makhtar Ndiaye of making a racial slur in the NCAA tournament semifinals March 28. Johnsen denied the allegation, and Ndiaye later said he lied about the accusation.
The 6-foot-9 Johnsen just completed his freshman year at Utah. A first-team McDonald's All-American during his senior year in high school, Johnsen was the most highly regarded recruit to sign with Utah during coach Rick Majerus' tenure.
-- Jermaine Watts, who led DePaul with a 15.9 scoring average last season, has been dismissed from the team and will not return to school for his senior season.
Watts had returned last season after being suspended during the 1996-97 season for violations of athletic department policy.
BOWLING: The Augusta Bowling Association's records for 5-man scratch game and series were shattered during Wednesday Night Men's League action at Brunswick National Lanes.
Steve Ahrens, Jamie Sanders, Allen O'Rander, Brian Arnold and Robert Wallo -- all members of the Brunswick Kings, bowled a 1242 game (old mark 1203) and 3378 series (old mark 3358).
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