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Brett Bodine rides to pole for Miller 400, beating Rudd

Published Oct. 9, 2005

Driving Kenny Bernstein's Ford Thunderbird, Brett Bodine earned his second pole position of the season and the fifth of his career on Friday, qualifying for Sunday's Miller Genuine Draft 400 with a lap of 175.456 mph at Michigan International Speedway. Twenty of the 42 drivers earned starting spots in the 40-car field for Sunday's 400-mile event in Brooklyn, Mich. Ricky Rudd's lap of 174.851 in a Chevrolet Lumina took the outside starting spot on the front row. Defending race winner Davey Allison drove his Ford to the No.

3 spot with 174.770 mph, followed by the Chevrolets of Ken Schrader (174.681), Ernie Irvan (174.482) and Winston Cup points leader Dale Earnhardt (174.338. Mark Martin, fastest in practice, slipped to seventh at 174.317. Kyle Petty, winner last Sunday at Pocono, was 26th at 172.212 and must hope to qualify today.

MORE AUTOS: Peugeot seeks its second consecutive Le Mans 24-hour endurance title this weekend in France, starting at 4 p.m. today. Wing icing may have been a factor in the April 1 plane crash that killed NASCAR driver Alan Kulwicki in Johnson City, Tenn., but the exact cause may not be known until the end of summer, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

TRACK AND FIELD: Lynda Tolbert, a two-time NCAA champion, foiled Gail Devers' bid for an unprecedented sprint-hurdles double in the USA-Mobil Outdoor Championships. Tolbert finished the 100-meter hurdles at Eugene, Ore., in a wind-aided 12.72 seconds, with Devers just behind in 12.73. Jack Pierce, Olympic bronze medalist, took the men's 110-meter hurdles, edging Olympic silver medalist Tony Dees in 13.19, the fastest by an American this year. World record-holder Roger Kingdom was among the leaders before hitting the ninth hurdle. Yolanda Chen of Russia broke the world record in the women's triple jump with 49 feet, 1{ inches at the Russian championships in Moscow.

OLYMPICS: The Chinese Olympic Committee blasted a U.S. House of Representatives foreign-affairs subcommittee's opposition to Beijing's bid to stage the 2000 Olympic Games. To oppose the bid "on the pretext of the so-called human rights issue is a wanton interference with the just right of the Chinese people and tramples upon Olympic principles," the statement said. IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch has said human rights will be an important factor in the decision. The IOC votes Sept.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The attorney for Monty Grow said he plans to seek a temporary restraining order next week that could allow the University of Florida linebacker to participate in fall practice. Grow was suspended for the 1991 season for testing positive for a steroid-like substance. He filed suit against UF and the NCAA, claiming the testing procedure is flawed and seeking to regain his final year of eligibility. The suit was to be heard this month but was postponed.

ET CETERA: An early goal by Roberto Cabanas gave Paraguay a 1-0 victory over Chile at Cuenca, Ecuador, in the America Cup soccer tournament. A six-figure payment to former assistant basketball coach Tim Grgurich has settled a lawsuit filed over the secret videotaping of a UNLV conditioning class, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said, quoting unidentified sources. Yolanda Chen of Russia broke the world record in the women's triple jump with 49 feet, 1{ inches at the Russian championships in Moscow. Walter Ray Williams Jr. had a pinfall of 9,814 with one round of match play remaining at Kennewick, Wash., moving 175 pins ahead of Bryan Goebel in the Professional Bowlers Association's Northwest Classic.

_ Compiled by Matt Lorenz