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2nd Quarter - 2000

The Las Vegas Indy 300

April 22, 2000

Al Unser, Jr. captures an exciting victory in Las Vegas, a month before Indy. This is his first win in the IRL series and a end to a drought for this great driver. Rick Galles was quite happy. You have to wonder what Roger Penske is thinking after this.
Al dedicated the win to Cody, his daughter.
AL UNSER, JR. WINS VEGAS INDY 300!
Mark Dismore started on pole and led the most laps, but finished 2nd.
There were ten lead changes among 6 different drivers and 5 cautions just past the halfway point.

Salazar had been leading, but on lap 120, a caution came out and the leaders pulled into the pits. Salazar came out in 4th, behind Scott Goodyear, Sarah Fisher and Mark Dismore. (Little Al was in 8th at that point.)

Salazar was considering passing Sarah on the inside when she lost the rear of her car. She collected Eliseo in her slide, sending him hard into the wall. Afterward, he seemed ok, other than some bruised knees. Perhaps, understandably, he was pretty hard on Sarah to the reporter immediately after the accident. Basically he said she isn't ready for this league, she needs to go back to Powderpuff.
Until that point, Sarah had been doing a great job!

On lap 144 of 208, with 75 laps to go Lap - Dismore had the lead again. Scott Goodyear in 2nd and rookie Airton Dare in 3rd.

With 50 laps to go Dare, driving for Team Xtreme, took the lead as Al Unser, Jr. passed Scott Goodyear to get back on the lead lap.

With 40 laps to go Jason Leffler in 3rd, got up high and hit the wall. This yellow bunched up the field and when Dare came out of the pits, his gearbox broke! Goodyear inherited the lead and Little Al swapped places with Greg Ray in the pits to move into 2nd.

Dare was fairly distressed about not getting to finish this race. He said his car was perfect, he was flat out all around, and he'd never had such a good car in his life.

With 24 laps to go, Scott Goodyear's Pennzoil car's engine blew, giving the lead to Al Unser, Jr. Al held onto the lead to the checkered flag!

It's great to have you back Al!

Also, Nascar had the weekend off and Tony Stewart was there acting as Crew Cheif for Dr. Jack Miller. Tony is a co-owner along with Larry Curry, of Tri-Star Motorsports.

TOP TEN FINISHERS
1. Al Unser, Jr. .................... Galles Racing
2. Mark Dismore ..................... Kelley Racing
3. Sam Hornish, Jr. ................ PDM Racing
4. Jeret Schroeder ................ TriStar Racing
5. Robbie Buhl ....................... Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
6. Robby McGehee .................. Treadway Racing
7. Billy Boat ....................... Pelfrey Racing
8. Tyce Carlson ................... Hubbard-Immke Racing
9. Greg Ray ........................... Menard Racing
10. Jaques Lazier ................... Truscelli


FRIDAY QUALIFYING: Mark Dismore surpasses 208 mph to win the Pole Position for Saturday's Las Vegas race .

Top 7 out of 28 Qualifiers
1. Mark Dismore ......... Kelley Racing
2. Greg Ray ............. Conseco Menards
3. Scott Sharp .......... Kelley Racing
4. Eliseo Salazar ....... A.J. Foyt Racing
5. Billy Boat ........... Pelfrey Racing
6. Jeff Ward ............ A.J. Foyt Racing
7. Eddie Cheever Jr ..... Team Cheever



Greg Ray 1999 Indy Racing League Champion

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