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• Gordon wins at Martinsville
• Haas wins SBC Championship
• Haunted house to benefit keiki rodeo
Gordon wins at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jeff Gordon held on in a three-lap dash with Tony Stewart, who still grabbed a 15-point lead over third-place finisher Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the championship Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
Gordon, a four-time champion who didn’t qualify for the 10-race, Nextel Cup playoff, completed a sweep of the season’s two races on the .526-mile speedway — the oldest, shortest and tightest run in NASCAR’s premier stock car series.
As he did in April, Gordon said he was dedicating the victory at the Subway 500 to the 10 people killed a year ago when a Hendrick Motorsports plane crashed on the way to the track.
“It’s been awhile,” Gordon said in Victory Lane after his 73rd career victory, fourth this year and first since May 1 at Talladega. “What a great, great feeling.”
The runner-up finish was the second in a row for Stewart here. He led 247 laps in the spring before a tire came off with 70 laps to go. This time, he led 283 of the first 343 laps, then wasn’t nearly as dominant after his last two pit stops.
But his dominance did give him 10 bonus points — 5 for leading a lap and 5 for leading the most in the race — to take first place to himself with four races left.
He and Johnson came in tied for the lead in a very tight championship chase.
Haas wins SBC Championship
SAN ANTONIO — Jay Haas won his second Champions Tour title in three weeks, shooting a second straight 5-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Tom Purtzer at the SBC Championship.
Haas finished at 14-under 199 and won for the third time in his career at Oak Hills Country Club, site of his Texas Open victories in 1982 and 1993, two of nine PGA Tour wins.
“I just feel like I’m going to shoot a good round when I come out here,” said Haas, who won the Greater Hickory Classic two weeks ago and was tied for fifth last week at the Admini-staff Small Business Classic.
Haas, who has also competed in 16 PGA Tour events this season, earned $232,500 for the win and raised his Champions Tour earnings to $744,653 in nine tournaments.
Haunted house to benefit keiki rodeo
There will be a haunted house in Kalaheo at 4647 Pu’uwai Road on Oct. 30-31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost to enter is $1. Proceeds will benefit the Kaua’i Keiki and High School Rodeo Association.
This is a drug-free event, sponsored by the KKHSRA and in part by the County of Kaua’i.
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