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Kulwicki returns to victory lane

For anyone looking to sponsor a NASCAR driver, Alan Kulwicki left his calling card at the finish line of the North Carolina Motor Speedway by winning Sunday's AC Delco 500. Kulwicki held off Bill Elliott and took advantage of a last-minute caution flag to break a two-year winless streak and capture the 492-lap race. After this season's remaining two races, Kulwicki will need someone to sponsor his team, and Sunday's victory didn't hurt his reputation at all.

"We've done the best we can for them," Kulwicki said of his sponsor. "I think we've got a good team. We're looking forward to the future. And I'm sure we're going to make a good team for another sponsor next year."

Kulwicki says he has no sponsors on the horizon, but is looking.

"I think we've got the best available team out there," he said.

The race within the race between Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt didn't really materialize. In the battle for the driving championship, second-place Earnhardt gained just four points on Martin after the pair started in the middle of the pack and failed to gain on the leaders.

"That's better than losing four," Earnhardt said. "What a messed-up day. We just couldn't go anywhere."

Sullivan leaves Penske with win

MONTEREY, Calif. _ Danny Sullivan ended an era with a seemingly easy but emotional victory in the Champion Spark Plug 300-kilometer race at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Sullivan led every lap on the way to his second victory of the season, the 15th of his career and 12th in six years with the elite Penske Racing team.

The 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1988 CART PPG Cup champion is negotiating for a new ride next season, and his last weekend working for Roger Penske left him with mixed feelings.

"It's really great to finish on a winning note," said Sullivan, who also won his fourth pole position of the season, tying Michael Andretti for the season high. "It's probably a little early to put everything in perspective. But it's been a tremendous six years.

"We had some lean years and we won some races and a championship. Roger's been a great guy to drive for. Being an ex-driver and a great competitor himself, knowing what you go through out there, he was great to drive for. But, due to business, it's time to move on and that's the way it goes."

Crash gives Senna F1 title

SUZUKA, Japan _ Archrivals Alain Prost of France and Ayrton Senna of Brazil crashed at the Japanese Grand Prix for the second time in two years Sunday, allowing Senna to walk away with the 1990 world Formula One championship.

Ironically, the crash last season gave Prost his third Formula One title at the expense of Senna, the 1988 driving champion.

Winning Sunday's race was Brazil's Nelson Piquet in a Benetton-Ford. He finished in one hour, 34 minutes, 36.824 seconds at an average speed of about 122 miles per hour.

In second, 7.223 seconds back, was compatriot and Benetton teammate Roberto Moreno, and in third was Japan's Aguri Suzuki in a Larrousse Lamborghini, 22.469 seconds behind.