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Earnhardt, Martin duel side by side

Dale Earnhardt has reduced the AC Delco 500 to the basics _ stay ahead of points leader Mark Martin. "Experience won't have that much to do with it," Earnhardt said. "You just have to go out and run, and he's got to run behind you if you're going to gain any points. It's that simple."

Earnhardt will start 20th and Martin 21st in today's AC Delco 500. Their close starting positions add more drama to their battle for the Winston Cup championship _ Martin has 3,990 points and Earnhardt 3,941. Two races remain after today.

Ken Schrader won the pole position with a speed of 147.814 mph.

Being back in the pack has raised some concern in the Earnhardt and Martin garages. Earnhardt's worst start this season was 15th at Darlington, but he fought through the traffic and won with Martin taking second. Martin's worst start was 17th in Atlanta. He finished fifth with Earnhardt winning again.

"I think you need to start up close to the front," Earnhardt said. "Trouble can get you here easy. And it's usually the other guy's problems that you get into."

In racing at the North Carolina Motor Speedway on Saturday, Steve Grissom overtook NASCAR Winston Cup points leader Mark Martin in the 194th lap to win the Busch Grand National AC Delco 200.

Other racing

Champion Spark Plug 300: Danny Sullivan won the pole position for the Champion Spark Plug 300-Kilometer event at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

Sullivan, who is negotiating with several other teams for a 1991 ride after being told his contract at Penske Racing will not be renewed, had a fast lap of 110.113 mph.

Japanese Grand Prix: Brazilian Ayrton Senna won the pole position for today's Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, edging defending Formula One champion Alain Prost of France.

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