Archive for Sunday, June 30, 2002

Saunter, 3 sons in top 10 of Live Well 250

June 30, 2002

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— Greg Biffle took the pole, and Jim Sauter and his three sons will start in the top 10 of today's GNC Live Well 250.

Biffle, who won the race last year, will head the field after a fast lap of 121.770 mph Saturday on the Milwaukee Mile.

"It's a fun place to race, and I like flatter, technical race tracks," said Biffle, third in Busch series points with a victory at Dover. "I seem to adapt better to those conditions."

Jason Keller will start second in the 43-car field after he clocked in at 121.544.

Tim Sauter, third at 120.964, will race his father, Jim, and two brothers, Jay and Johnny.

Jay was fifth, Johnny ninth, and Jim 10th.

"It turned out real good for us," said Tim Sauter, who competed in 76 Winston Cup races from 1980-96, with four top-10 finishes. "I'm not too surprised. Those guys came and tested here a little while ago. ... They were pumped up."

Four members of the same family haven't raced together since 1949 when Bob, Fonty and Tim Flock were joined by sister Ethel on the Daytona road and beach course.

Biffle, who won the Craftsman Truck Series race at the Milwaukee Mile in 1999 and finished third in 2000, has finished third or better in his last four Busch series races.

Indy 500 decision expected soon

Richmond, Va. IRL president Tony George expects to rule late this week or early next week on the appeal of the disputed finish of the Indianapolis 500.

George did not hint which way he is leaning in the decision about whether Helio Castroneves or Paul Tracy was the true winner of the 500 on May 26.

On the next-to-last lap of the 500, Tracy passed Castroneves for the lead and an accident brought out a yellow caution flag at about the same time. Tracy's pass was ruled to have come after the yellow flew, Castroneves was put back in front and won his second straight 500.

Tracy's team owner, Barry Green, filed a protest and IRL vice president Brian Barnhart upheld his own decision making Castroneves the first back-to-back winner at Indianapolis since Al Unser in 1970-71.

Green then filed an appeal June 3, and he and Roger Penske, who owns Castroneves' car, agreed to waive any further appeals and allow George or a panel appointed by George to rule in the case after holding a hearing.

That hearing was held with representatives of both teams on May 17.

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