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Sacks edges Nemechek

Greg Sacks held off record-setting pole-winner Joe Nemechek of Lakeland on the last lap to win the Humminbird Fishfinder 500-kilometer race at Talladega Superspeedway.

It was the first victory in 13 Busch Grand National starts for Sacks, who earlier this month replaced Steve Grissom in the Grand National and Winston Cup series.

Nemechek passed Randy Lajoie for second in the first turn of the last lap around the 2.66-mile track, then went after the leader. But Sacks was able to keep the dodging and darting Nemechek behind him to the finish.

"It was a heck of a shootout at the end," Nemechek said. "We needed just one more lap. It took a little time to get the momentum built up and Greg was in the right place at the right time."

Sacks, whose only Winston Cup victory came in the 1985 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, averaged 139.438 mph in the same car in which Grissom won the season-opening Goody's 300 at Daytona. Sacks, 43, won $28,145.

LaJoie, the only Busch regular in the hunt at the end, held onto third, followed by Terry Labonte, Michael Waltrip and Jimmy Spencer.

MARLBORO 500: Jimmy Vasser shattered the track record in his qualifying run at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

In earning his fourth pole of the IndyCar season, Vasser easily bettered Mario Andretti's 1993 track qualifying record of 234.275.

Canadian Paul Tracy is out for the weekend after hitting the wall in Turn 4. Tracy walked away from his damaged Penske-Mercedes, but was taken to the hospital after complaining of back pain. X-rays disclosed a chip fracture of the sixth vertebra. He was held overnight.

Before the accident, Tracy had turned a practice lap of 236.596, fourth fastest of the weekend up to that point.

GERMAN GRAND PRIX: Series leader Damon Hill, with eight poles in 11 Formula One races, earned the pole at 146.9 mph in Hockenheim.

The British driver got a leg up on what would be his seventh win of the season, touring the 4.2-mile circuit in 1:43.912. Gerhard Berger qualified second; Michael Schumacher was third. Hill's teammate, Jacques Villeneuve, was sixth, almost a full second back.

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES: Mike Bliss combined a perfectly handling truck with superior tire wear to win the Craftsman Western Auto 200 at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo.

NHRA AUTOLITE NATIONALS: Blaine Johnson held the lead in Top Fuel qualifying, taking the top spot with a quarter-mile run of 4.614 seconds at 308.74 mph. John Force was the top qualifier in Funny Cars.

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