Before Sunday, Richard Petty and his father, Lee, were the only father and son to win the Daytona 500 (Lee won the race in 1959 and Richard has won it seven times). And much of this year's crowd had come to Daytona to see if 54-year-old Richard, who has announced that he will retire after this season, could win it one more time. In this, his 32nd start in the Daytona 500, King Richard ran well all day, but he finished 16th.
Seeing an Allison in Victory Lane conjured up memories of the '88 race in which father and son staged an exciting duel over the last few laps, with Bobby beating Davey by two car lengths to win Daytona for the third time. It was the 84th victory of Bobby's career, and his last. Four months later he was in a crash at Pocono in which his left leg was shattered and he suffered a severe concussion. Bobby's leg has healed, and he may even return to racing, but some of his memory is still missing—including any recollection of the '88 Daytona race. "I've had some good times here myself. I remember all but one of them," Bobby, now 54, said after Davey's triumph. "I guess I'll just have to guess what that felt like." Now his son can help him remember.
Nowhere to Run
Sprinter Katrin Krabbe is suspended for cheating
Time and again German sprinter Katrin Krabbe (SI, Oct. 21) has greeted inquiries about whether she had used performance-enhancing drugs with her characteristic haughtiness. "I simply do not understand why I'm being asked these questions," Krabbe, the world champion in the 100 and 200 meters, recently told the Hamburg-based monthly Sports.
Last Saturday, suddenly, the questions had an answer. The German Track and Field Federation suspended Krabbe and two other stars from the former East Germany, ex—100-meter world champion Silke Möller and Grit Breuer, who won a silver medal in the 400 meters at the World Championships last summer, for four years. Their coach, Thomas Springstein, was also suspended. All four are expected to appeal.
The federation cited urine samples taken from the three athletes on Jan. 24 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where they had been training. Though the samples turned out to be clean, tests determined that they had all come from the same person, and according to the rules of the federation, tampering with a drug test brings the same penalty that a positive test does. "There is no doubt that the athletes manipulated their urine samples," the German federation said, "especially since this was not the first time."
Evidently it wasn't. According to newspaper articles published last week, samples submitted by Krabbe and Breuer last July 20 while the two were training at the Baltic seaport town of Zinnowitz turned up traces of the same type of birth-control pill—although Krabbe and Breuer use different kinds.
Krabbe stands to lose millions of dollars in endorsement fees and other business ventures during her suspension. But then, if the allegations are true, cheaters never prosper.
On the Ropes
The heavyweight division is reeling without Mike Tyson
Last week was a sad one for former heavyweight champions. Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape, John Tate was charged with aggravated robbery (of $14) in Knoxville, Tenn., and Buster Douglas was arrested for drunken driving in Westerville, Ohio.