KMART 400: None of the drivers wanted the race to be decided by fuel efficiency. Dale Jarrett took care of that.He ran wide open all day and won on sheer horsepower.
"I believe that's the best car I've been in," Jarrett said Sunday in Brooklyn, Mich., after winning the Kmart 400 in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 56 seconds -- the fastest NASCAR Winston Cup race this season.
Jarrett was so fast that the race soon turned into a rout. He led Jeff Gordon by almost 15 car lengths down the final backstretch, then eased off the throttle of his Ford and crossed the finish line .505 seconds ahead of the NASCAR poster boy.
Jarrett took the lead from Gordon on the 53rd lap and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. Fans began leaving with 25 laps remaining.
"Sitting as a fan, I'd hate to see a race like that," Jarrett said after his second victory of the season. "But where I was sitting, there couldn't be anything better than having an almost perfect race car and no cautions to interrupt that."
With the win, Jarrett stretched his Winston Cup lead over Jeff Burton -- who finished third -- to 66 points. He is 349 points ahead of Gordon, who remained sixth in the standings.
24 HOURS OF LE MANS: At Le Mans, France, BMW captured its first victory at the famed Le Mans 24 Hour race, as driver Pierluigi Martini held off a late challenge by the Toyota team. Martini, Yannick Dalmas and Joachim Winkelhock completed 365 laps, two ahead of Toyota's trio of Ukyo Katayama, Keiichi Tsuchiya and Toshio Suzuki. Toyota had a great chance to win until a tire burst 55 minutes from the finish.
CANADIAN GRAND PRIX: At Montreal, Mika Hakkinen won the Canadian Grand Prix after failing to finish six of seven previous starts at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Michael Schumacher, who stopped Hakkinen's string of five straight poles, crashed after leading the first 29 laps and fell behind the defending Formula One champion by four points, 34-30, in their battle for the 1999 title.
STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP: In all his years in the saddle, jockey Jerry Bailey has had his share of impressive victories.
But he could barely find the words to describe the way Victory Gallop bolted from worst to first in record time to win the $827,250 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
"He dropped back farther than I thought he would, about 12 or 14 lengths off the lead," Bailey said following Saturday's race. "He was content to be there until I pulled the trigger. And then it was the most powerful rush I've felt around a turn since I've been riding."
The 4-year-old winner of the 1998 Belmont Stakes covered the 1 1/8 miles in a track-record 1:47.28, more than eight lengths in front of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.
The advertised showdown between the two former Triple Crown race winners quickly turned into a one-horse show.
Victory Gallop -- who finished second in the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness to Real Quiet -- breezed past Silver Charm and the six other horses in the field as if they were in slow motion.
Silver Charm is done racing and will start a career as a stallion, according to his owners, Bob and Beverly Lewis. Silver Charm retires in third place on the thoroughbred career earnings list behind Cigar and Skip Away.
ROOKIE INJURED IN DEBUT: Mike Colangelo, making his major league debut, was hurt in a collision in the outfield Sunday in the seventh inning of the Anaheim Angels' game against Arizona in Anaheim, Calif.
Colangelo was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center with a high back injury and an injured left wrist, Angels spokesman Tim Mead said. A preliminary examination revealed no serious neck injury.
Track & field
GOLDEN WEST CLASSIC: Several Utah high school athletes represented the state in fine fashion at the 40th annual Golden West Classic this weekend. This meet is considered the most prestigious high school meet in the nation with only the top eight to 12 ranked athletes invited in each event.
The Utah placers included Provo's Josh Rohatinsky, who placed third in the 3,200-meter run with a second-best-ever Utah time of 8 minutes, 55.69 seconds; Davis' Josh Sides, third in shot put at 60 feet, 5.5 inches and fifth in hammer at 165-0; and Wasatch's Josh Probst, fourth in javelin at 200-03.
Competing, but not placing were: Dixie's Cody Fonnesbeck, eighth in 100-meter dash (11.14) and eighth in 200-meter dash (22.61); Mountain View's Brett Andrus, 11th in the mile at 4:21.24; and Wayne's Sarah Ellett, who finished eighth in the 3,200m in 10:46.
YEAR'S FASTEST 100M: Canadian Bruny Surin ran the fastest 100 meters of the year after Donovan Bailey failed to qualify for the final at the Nuremberg Track Festival in Nuremberg, Germany. Surin won in 9.92 seconds after breaking out of the blocks first and leading all the way.
MILLER TOYOTA WINS: Salt Lake's Larry H. Miller Toyota, ranked No. 4 in the world, captured the Blue-Gray Classic Fastpitch Tournament Sunday in Montgomery, Ala., defeating the Lonesome Oak Rockers (Va.), 3-1, in the championship game.
It marks the second time Miller Toyota has win the Blue-Gray Classic, winning the crown in 1994.
Miller Toyota (31-4) had to battle the rainy weather conditions, winning seven games in less than 24 hours.
Brandon Burt had three home runs and 10 RBI to win MVP honors. Against the Delta (Miss.) Travelers, Burt went three-for-three Sunday with six RBI, including two home runs.
Peter Meredith hurled a perfect game against the Clearwater Pride, Fla., 6-0. He had 17 strikeouts in the game. Sunday afternoon, Meredith picked up a save in the championship game. Dewey Dyck pitched 5 2/3 innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead. Meredith fanned the four hitters he faced.
Thomas Cameron won two games in the tournament, pitching a one-hitter against the Birmingham, Ala., Travelers, 8-1, Satuday night and came back Sunday to post a win over the Alabama Telephone Services, 8-4, in the semifinal game.
Against the Travelers, Brad Orr had a solo home run and an RBI single.
Kyle Magnusson was the leading hitter at .523.
BRIGHAM CITY OPEN: Amateur Jason Wight beat the pros at the Brigham City Open Saturday with a 6-under-par 65 at Eagle Mountain Golf Course.
Wight, a Brigham City native, beat fellow Brigham City golfer and former Eagle Mountain pro Reid Goodliffeand Spanish Oaks pro Roy Christensen by three strokes. Goodliffe and Christensen both earned $1,250.
Amateur Bob Kaas also shot a 68, while Old Mill pro Devin Dehlin and amateurs Kevin Blotter and Kirk Bowler shot 69s.