Nazareth Race Story

NAZARETH, Pa. - Rookie Buddy Rice led from start to finish Saturday to capture the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Present by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway. Rice, of Phoenix, Ariz., started from the pole on...

NAZARETH, Pa. - Rookie Buddy Rice led from start to finish Saturday to capture the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Present by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway. Rice, of Phoenix, Ariz., started from the pole on the .946-mile oval, and was never seriously threatened throughout most of the 60-lap race en route to his first series victory, driving the Lynx Racing Ralt RT-41. Rice beat runner-up Andrew Bordin, of Woodbridge, Ont., by 12.371 seconds. Bordin, in the B.D.J.S. Ralt RT-41, barely held off Matt Sielsky, of Northbrook, Ill., who finished just a car-length behind in third. The top-three finishers were rookies. Memo Gidley, the first of San Rafael, Calif., finished fourth to retain his lead in the points after two of 13 rounds. Gidley leads Bordin, 33-32, in the points chase. The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship continues on Friday, May 22, at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

NAZARETH, Pa. -- Results from Saturday's 60-lap, 56.76-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Nazareth Speedway, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, base purse, laps and reason out. 1. (1), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Ralt RT-41, $20,000, 60 laps. 2. (2), Andrew Bordin, Canada, Ralt RT-41, $13,000, 60. 3. (5), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Ralt RT-41, $9,000, 60. 4. (4), Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., Ralt RT-41, $7,000, 59. 5. (13), David Rutledge, Canada, Ralt RT-41, $6,000, 59. 6. (3), Lee Bentham, Canada, Ralt RT-40, $5,000, 59. 7. (17), David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, $4,000, 58. 8. (22), Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Ralt RT-41, $3,500, 58. 9. (12), Mark Tague, Laguna Hills, Calif., Ralt RT-41, $3,000, 58. 10. (9), Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, $2,500, 58. 11. (6), Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Swift 008.a, $2,000, 58. 12. (14), Ted Sahley, Cleveland, Ohio, Swift 008.a, $1,800, 58. 13. (7), John Rutherford, Ft Worth, Texas, Swift 008.a, $1,700, 58. 14. (19), Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt RT-41, $1,600, 57. 15. (11), Andrea Delorenzi, Italy, Ralt RT-41, $1,500, 56. 16. (18), Zak Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., Swift 008.a, $1,000, 54. 17. (10), Rob MacDonald, Canada, Swift 008.a, $900, 46, mechanical. 18. (8), Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, $700, 40, mechanical. 19. (16), Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Swift 008.a, $500, 33, mechanical. 20. (21), Alexandre Tagliani, Canada, Swift 008.a, $300, 16, overheat. 21. (15), Cam Binder, Canada, Swift 008.a, 13, overheat. Race statistics: Time of race: 27 minutes, 27.352 sec. Average speed: 124.039 mph. Margin of victory: 12.370 sec. Lap leaders: Rice, 1-60. Cautions: one, for six laps. Point leaders (after 2 of 13 rounds): Gidley, 33; Bordin, 32; Rice, 25; David, 16; Delorenzi, 16; Sielsky, 14; Hill, 12; Rutledge, 11; Imhoff, 11; Lang, 11; Bentham, 10; Montomery, 10. Next race: May 22, Madison, Ill.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Derek Hill , Memo Gidley , David Rutledge , John Rutherford , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin , Eric Lang , Zak Brown , Lee Bentham