Originally created 08/15/04

Hamilton shoots past Starr



GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Bobby Hamilton used a high pass to get around David Starr with eight laps remaining and claimed his fourth Craftsman Truck Series race of the season at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday.

Hamilton, the series point leader, won the Toyota Tundra 200 by 0.795 seconds, about three truck lengths. He ran a conservative pace in his Dodge through much of the 150-lap, 200-mile event and averaged 124.068 mph.

Hamilton, who started 15th, was fifth or higher from lap 40. He had Starr's Chevrolet in his sights when the race restarted following the fifth caution and pulled outside Starr entering the first turn.

After the pair ran side-by-side down the backstretch, Hamilton was able to brake later than Starr entering the third turn, and then pulled away.

"I held two-tenths (of a second a lap) in my pocket all day," Hamilton said. "Passing on the outside is something you don't do.

"I was kind of worried, but if I didn't try, I was going to lose anyway."

Hamilton's winning pass was the ninth lead change of a race slowed by five cautions for 20 laps. Five drivers took turns heading the field.

Ted Musgrave, polesitter Bobby Hamilton Jr., the winner's son, and Steve Park completed the top five, all driving Dodge trucks. Hamilton Jr. led the most laps, 89, but faded from contention after a tire change on his final pit stop on lap 119.

FORMULA ONE: In Budapest, Hungary, Michael Schumacher won the pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix with teammate Rubens Barrichello beside him - the fourth time this season Ferrari will start from both front-row spots.

Schumacher captured his seventh pole in 2004 and is going for his 12th victory in 13 races this season. If he wins today, the German becomes the first Formula One driver with 12 victories in a season. He's already the first to have won 11, doing so twice.

IRL: In Sparta, Ky., Buddy Rice won his fifth pole of the season at Kentucky Speedway, moving within one of the series record.

Rice's qualifying speed of 216.016 mph left the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion one short of Billy Boat's record six poles, set in 1998. Two other drivers, Greg Ray (2000) and Scott Dixon (2003), have recorded five poles in a season, but Rice still has five races left to tie or break the record.

CHAMP SERIES: In Denver, Sebastien Bourdais broke the track record three times, securing the pole for today's Grand Prix of Denver with a time of 59.942 seconds (99.516 mph) on the 1.65-mile course.