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pit Stops
Mark Bechtel
June 04, 2001
Say what you will about Tony Stewart, the guy is honest and tough. After a yellow-flag pit stop dropped him out of first place in the Indy 500 with 48 laps left and rain clouds looming, track control radioed him to ask about the condition of the track. Stewart, who desperately needed the race to finish on time because he wanted to drive in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 that evening in Concord, N.C., gauged the light drizzle and replied, "I wouldn't go back to green with it like this." Officials red-flagged the race, but the brunt of the storm missed the Speedway by two miles. Stewart went on to finish sixth, and in a repeat of his gutty performance two years ago, made the 5:45 p.m. start in Concord, where he finished third....
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June 04, 2001

Pit Stops

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Say what you will about Tony Stewart, the guy is honest and tough. After a yellow-flag pit stop dropped him out of first place in the Indy 500 with 48 laps left and rain clouds looming, track control radioed him to ask about the condition of the track. Stewart, who desperately needed the race to finish on time because he wanted to drive in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 that evening in Concord, N.C., gauged the light drizzle and replied, "I wouldn't go back to green with it like this." Officials red-flagged the race, but the brunt of the storm missed the Speedway by two miles. Stewart went on to finish sixth, and in a repeat of his gutty performance two years ago, made the 5:45 p.m. start in Concord, where he finished third....

Sunday was a bad day for pole sitters. At Indy, Scott Sharp lasted one turn before wrecking. In Concord, Ryan Newman completed only 11 laps and, like Sharp, came in last. And in Monaco, David Coulthard stalled on the formation lap for the second time in the last three Formula One races and was relegated to the back of the field....

With Richard Childress likely to expand to a three-car operation next year, rumors are flying over the identity of the new driver. Defending Busch series champ Jeff Green looks like the front-runner, but Jeff Burton, who is 21st in the Winston Cup points race after a third-place finish last year, is said to be on the outs with owner Jack Roush and might be available. Burton and Green (along with Kevin Harvick) could both drive for Childress if Mike Skinner (25th in Winston points) is not retained....

The most improbable turn of events at the Coca-Cola 600 took place during qualifying. Dale Jarrett, who entered the weekend with the Winston Cup points lead, wrecked his primary car and had to use a provisional for the first time since the formation of the number 88 team five years ago.

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