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Cope tops second-day qualifying at Pocono

Derrike Cope led second-round qualifying Saturday for today's NASCAR Champion Spark Plug 500 with a 159.306-mph lap.

Cope's lap in a Ford was good for the 24th position in the race.

Cope crashed in first-round qualifying Friday.

Cope said the car was not damaged badly Friday and he did not need to go to a backup car. His best finish at Pocono in 12 starts was 10th in June 1991.

Friday's qualifying set the top 20 positions. Mark Martin will start outside pole-winner Ken Schrader on the front row, with Hut Stricklin and Jeff Gordon on the second row. NASCAR leader Dale Earnhardt and Brett Bodine are on Row 3.


Champion 150: Bob Schacht won by .41 seconds over Jimmy Horton at Long Pond, Pa. Schacht, who had an average speed of 130.120, led the final 13 laps.

Carolina Pride 250: Jeff Burton held off older brother Ward to win the Busch Grand National at Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the first 1-2 finish by siblings in the 11-year history of the NASCAR series. Jeff, 25, beat Ward, 31, by 1.68 seconds in a one-lap sprint to the finish set up by a caution flag.

Exxon Supreme GTS: Tommy Kendall of La Canada, Calif., won at Lexington, Ohio, when the car of apparent winner Darin Brassfield was disqualified for not meeting ride height limits as stated in the IMSA rule book.

Nissan Grand Prix: P.J. Jones won the pole for today's race at Lexington, Ohio, with a lap of 113.59 mph in a Toyota Eagle MKIII. Juan Manuel Fangio II qualified second with a lap of 113.57.

Buick Challenge: Bryan Herta continued his pursuit of the Firestone Indy Lights championship by winning the pole with a lap of 95.172 mph for today's race at Detroit.

NHRA Springnationals: Wayne Radke was the No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car for today's finals at Kirkersville, Ohio. Radke covered the quarter-mile in 5.142 seconds at 288.18 mph. Scott Kalitta was the Top Fuel leader with a time of 4.905 at 293.82 in his dragster. Warren Johnson led Pro Stock with a 7.164 at 193.54.

Canadian Grand Prix: The stewards for today's race in Montreal received a report from the FISA Formula One technical delegate that said most of the cars are using illegal active suspensions or traction control, and in some cases both. The report said the cars, including the Williams-Renaults of pole-winner Alain Prost and teammate Damon Hill, will be allowed to race. The Formula One Commission will review the report.