SBRS: Gordon wins big at Las Vegas

Skip Barber trained Jeff Gordon won Sunday's UAW/DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to record his first victory of the young season and 53rd of his Winston Cup career. Todd Bodine, winner of Saturday's Busch race, took fifth place ...

Skip Barber trained Jeff Gordon won Sunday's UAW/DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to record his first victory of the young season and 53rd of his Winston Cup career. Todd Bodine, winner of Saturday's Busch race, took fifth place honors, Steve Park, last week's winner at Rockingham seventh and Jimmy Spencer tenth, to round out the Skip Barber trained Top-10.

The 267-lap race, which featured over 20 lead changes, was typical of Winston Cup at Las Vegas. The leader had the aerodynamic advantage, and weaker cars were able to lead for long stretches. The tracks two grooves allowed for plenty of side-by-side action, though not much of it for the lead.

A day earlier, Bodine won the Sam's Town 300 in Busch Grand National competition, by overcoming a couple of miscues by his pit crew, and leading the most laps on the 1.5mi tri-oval. The Las Vegas triumph followed a dominating run by Bodine the week before at Rockingham. Joe Nemechek turned in a seventh place result.

The third major leg of NASCAR activity, Craftsman Trucks, was also in action this weekend, albeit at a different venue. Trucks were running in Homestead, Florida where Skip Barber trained Jack Sprague [3rd] and Randy Tolsma [6th] recorded top-10 results.

Skip Barber grads fared just as well in Sports Cars over the weekend. Butch Leitzinger and his teammate won the Nextel 250 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in their No. 16 Dyson Racing & Riley Scott/Ford. The team started from pole and never relinquished the lead, ending the race by a comfortable margin over their closest competitors. Skip Barber Instructor Barry Waddell and his team placed sixth in the same class. Fellow instructor Peter Argetsinger and his team earned an eighth place result to round out the SB trained SRP top-10. In SRP II class, Former Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Andy Lally and team took third in their Lola/Nissan. Right behind them was fellow Barberite Rich Grupp, who placed fourth in SRP II with his team.

Dorsey Schroeder and his teammate turned in a fourth place finish in LMP at the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas in American Le Man Series competition. The two were part of select few that finished on the lead lap in their Audi R8. Boris Said and his mate placed third in GT class driving their BMW M3.

- Andrew Torres

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Series NASCAR Cup , Other open wheel
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Jimmy Spencer , Jack Sprague , Andy Lally , Dorsey Schroeder , Skip Barber , Peter Argetsinger , Barry Waddell , Rich Grupp
Teams Dyson Racing