Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Martin Edges Gordon To Win Pole In Delaware

Mark Martin will be starting from the pole position for the MBNA 400 on Sunday at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway. But that won't give him much of an advantage in his pursuit of Winston Cup points leader Jeff Gordon.

Martin's Ford toured the Monster Mile just 39-thousandths of a second faster than Gordon drove his Chevrolet in his qualifying runs Friday. Martin's pole speed was 152.033 mph. Martin is second in the series standings, 139 points behind Gordon. Dale Jarrett, third in the standings, qualified third in his Ford with a lap at 151.464. Dick Trickle was fourth, but won the pole for today's MBNA 200. MOTOR SPORTS Sprint Cars Run At Tri-City Doug Wolfgang is about to make his first appearance in the St. Louis area since suffering near-fatal injuries in 1992. He competes tonight in the Frigadare All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series races at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City. Gates open at 5 p.m., time trials begin at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. Adult reserved seats are $18, general admission $17. Children 16 and under are $5. Wolfgang last appeared at Tri-City on July 13, 1991, when he ran with the World of Outlaws. He was injured in a wreck about nine months later at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. More than 300 Mustangs are scheduled to compete in the "Gateway Rumble" today and Sunday at Gateway International Raceway. Gates open at 8 a.m., time trials start at 9, eliminations begin at 1 p.m. and the finals start at 5 p.m. each day. For more information, call (618) 482-2400. PRO FOOTBALL Cowboys' Newton Charged Dallas All-Pro offensive guard Nate Newton was charged with a misdemeanor after swearing at a woman who asked whether his dining companion was his wife or his mistress. The incident occurred Monday when Newton was eating lunch with a companion at a restaurant inside a Fort Worth mall. Vickie Miller, 41, came up to Newton's table and asked for an autograph, a request Newton declined, police said. Later, as the woman left the restaurant, she yelled back at the diners, including Newton. …

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