Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jarrett's Loss Is Gordon's Gain at Darlington

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jarrett's Loss Is Gordon's Gain at Darlington

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A few cents worth of oil ended Dale Jarrett's million-dollar chase, making him just a spectator Sunday as Jeff Gordon added his name to a short list of those who have humbled "The Lady in Black."

With a commanding lead on the 46th of 367 laps at treacherous Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway, Jarrett's Ford suddenly slipped up the high banking and scraped the wall between turns three and four. That took him out of contention in the Southern 500 and left the Winston Select Million unclaimed for the 11th year in a row.

Gordon became only the second driver to win three consecutive times at Darlington, known as "The Lady in Black," with a successful defense of his Southern 500 title. Jarrett finished 14th, two laps down, while trying to become just the second driver to collect the Winston Select Million, a bonus payoff from the series sponsor for victories in three of four major NASCAR races in the same year. Andretti Wins Molson: Michael Andretti thrust himself into the Indy-car championship race with a dominating victory in the Vancouver Molson Indy in British Columbia. It was the second consecutive win and series-leading fifth of the season for Andretti, who vaulted past fellow second-generation star Al Unser Jr. into second place in the PPG Indy Car World Series. He trails leader Jimmy Vasser by 15 points with only next Sunday's race at Monterey, Calif., remaining on the 16-race schedule. Vasser, who came in Sunday leading Unser, a two-time series champion, by 21 points, finished seventh and needs only to finish seventh or better in the finale to wrap up his first title. Fellows Wins Trans-Am Race: Ron Fellows took advantage of Tom Kendall and St. Louisan Dorsey Schroeder's hard luck for an 11.509-second Trans-Am victory over Kendall on the Reunion Arena street circuit in Dallas. Kendall's second-place finish gave Ford a 103 to 94 lead over Chevrolet in the Manufacturers' Championship point standings, clinching Ford's sixth Trans-Am manufacturers' title with one race to go in the season. …

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