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Michael Waltrip grabs pole for Goody's 300

Published Oct. 10, 2005

Winston Cup regular Michael Waltrip nipped Joe Nemechek to take the pole position Tuesday for Saturday's Goody's 300 Busch Grand National stock car race at Daytona Beach. Waltrip, driving a Pontiac, turned a lap of 186.556 to jump past the 185.413 posted about 15 minutes earlier by Nemechek's Chevrolet. Only the top 20 positions were determined Tuesday, with the rest of the 40-car lineup to be set in time trials today. NASCAR officials have levied fines against several Winston Cup teams for rule infractions found during inspections before qualifying for the Daytona 500. The Richard Jackson Oldsmobile driven by Rick Mast drew the biggest fine, $1,000, for using spacers designed to crush and lower the car during qualifying. Jackson's team also was fined $500 for a windshield cut down by 1.25 inches. The team owned by Jackson's brother, Leo, was also hit with a $750 fine after Harry Gant's Oldsmobile was found to be a quarter-inch too low following the opening round of qualifying.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Stefan Edberg defeated Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Tuesday in the opening round of the Donnay Indoor Championship in Brussels, Belgium. Patrick McEnroe advanced by defeating Andrei Cherkasov 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Boris Becker, seeded third, needed only 66 minutes to oust Jonas Svenson 6-4, 6-0. Jim Courier, the tournament's No. 2 seed, debuts today against Fabrice Santoro. No. 80 Michiel Schapers kept his serve moving to eliminate 17th-ranked Derrick Rostagno 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in second-round play of the Federal Express International in Memphis, Tenn. MaliVai Washington, the No. 14 seed, advanced to the third round with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over unseeded Bryan Shelton. Eighth-seeded Pam Shriver used her height advantage and big serve in attacking the net repeatedly for a 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory over Peanut Harper at the Virginia Slims of Chicago.

AMERICA'S CUP: Bill Koch's America extended its winning streak to three in a row Tuesday, handing Dennis Conner's beleaguered Stars & Stripes an embarrassing 6-minute loss in the fourth race of Round 2 of the America's Cup Defender Selection Series. America trailed Stars & Stripes by five seconds at the start but quickly took command of the race, completing the eight-leg, 22.6-mile race course in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 55 seconds. America now has 12 points; Stars & Stripes has three points, and Defiant has two points.

ET CETERA: Ty Detmer, who set 65 NCAA records and tied three others during his career at Brigham Young, received his second consecutive Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Monday night in Forth Worth. Detmer finished ahead of Florida State's Casey Weldon and Texas A&M's Bucky Richardson. Professional cyclist Steve Speaks, 29, whose wife was killed and two daughters seriously injured by a drunk driver in May 1991, has been arrested for investigation of drunk driving. Sergei Bubka of Ukraine cleared 19 feet, 4\ inches to win the pole vault in the Yomiuri Chitose International Indoor in Osaka, Japan. Bubka failed in three atempts to clear 20-1\, a quarter inch over his world indoor record. Florida's three-game baseball series at Long Beach State scheduled for Friday through Sunday has been moved to Gainesville because of heavy rain in southern California. Friday's game time is 5 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday games are set for 1 p.m. Lake Mary High midfielder Justin Walker, who has played for the under-17 U.S. national team, and defender Matt Buckmaster have signed letters of intent to play at the University of South Florida.

Six. In Lake Placid in 1932 and in Lake Placid in 80. Eric Heiden won 5 of the 6 in '80.

Oregon AD Byrne to interview for UF post

University of Oregon athletic director Bill Byrne has been invited to interview for the top athletic job at the University of Florida. "The program at Florida is of such stature that I want to find out more about it," Byrne said Tuesday. "I will accept their invitation to visit their campus. I haven't been seeking other employment, but I have sent them a completed application form and resume upon their request." Byrne has been athletic director at Oregon since 1984. Bill Arnsparger, the athletic director at Florida for five years, resigned last month to become defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.