Kurt Busch went from first to last Thursday at Dover Downs International Speedway, wrecking his truck during a practice session less than two hours after winning the pole for tonight's race.
The accident, blamed on a cut right front tire, occurred with less than a minute left in final practice for the MBNA E-Commerce 200 Craftsman Truck race. The 22-year-old driver slammed into the outside wall but was uninjured.
He qualified his Roush Racing Ford at 151.764 mph, but will have to start his backup truck from the rear of the 34-car field.
The pole was Busch's third of the season. He won from the No. 1 starting slot at Milwaukee in July, then followed a week later with a victory in New Hampshire.
Greg Biffle, Busch's teammate who is on the verge of clinching his first series title, was just one-tenth of a second slower than Busch at 151.127. Andy Houston, a two-time winner this season, was next at 150.194, followed by Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader at 150.188, and two-time series champion Jack Sprague at 150.106.
Buckshot Jones will drive a Dodge for Petty Enterprises next year on the Winston Cup circuit. Jones ran 10 Winston Cup races in 1999 for his family-owned team. He has competed in the Busch Series since '95, and has two career wins on that circuit.
Jones will be part of three-car team next season, driving the No. 44 car and joining John Andretti and Kyle Petty, who runs Petty Enterprises. Petty will drive the No. 45 car he started for his late son, Adam, who was killed in Loudon, N.H., on May 10.
Astreos held off favored Gallo Blue Chip to win the 55th Little Brown Jug, the second of the Triple Crown events for 3-year-old pacers.
Paving the way for Astreos' victory was a stunning upset in the second heat. George Scooter, winning for only the fourth time in 27 career starts, swept past Gallo Blue Chip in the stretch.
A 50-1 long shot, George Scooter paid $114.80 for a $2 ticket -- the biggest payoff in Jug history.
Marty McSorley goes on trial Monday for an on-ice assault, a case that will test the Canadian legal system's jurisdiction.
McSorley is charged with clubbing Vancouver forward Donald Brashear in the side of the head with his stick during a Feb. 21 game between the Canucks and Boston Bruins. Brashear suffered a concussion, but returned to play near the end of the season.
The key issue the trial will examine is not whether McSorley wielded the stick and struck Brashear, but whether such an incident in a pro hockey game constitutes assault with a weapon.
Defending champion Carol Semple Thompson won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur. Semple Thompson, 51, beat Dot Bolling of Salem, Va., 4 and 3 in the second round, and defeated Sally Wessels of Mount Morris, Ill., 4 and 3 in the third.
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