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Biffle wins 6th truck race this year

Greg Biffle held off Stacy Compton Thursday night to win the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park and take over the lead in the Craftsman Truck Series driver standings.

Biffle, the eighth driver to lead the event, took over on the 160th lap, then held off Compton by .261 seconds at the finish.

Biffle, who has six wins this season, didn't think he had a chance to win.

"We were trying to get a top-three finish here," he said. "If I was told 30 laps before, I was going to win, I would have never believed it."

Biffle entered the race 71 points behind 1997 series champion Jack Sprague. Sprague, who won this event a year ago, had engine failure on the fourth lap and finished 34th _ his worst in a truck race _ to fall 48 points back with seven races left.

Mike Wallace finished third, followed by Kevin Harvick and Mike Bliss. Jay Sauter, Dennis Setzer, Andy Houston, Randy Tolsma and Joe Ruttman completed the top 10.

Setzer, who led the first 117 laps from the pole, was involved in two late accidents, one pushed the event a lap beyond its extended distance. All but Ruttman completed the 201 laps.

Biffle, who won $40,330, averaged 88.704 mph.

NESTLE SPONSOR: Winston Cup team owner Junie Donlavey has agreed to a four-race sponsorship agreement with Nestle.

OBITUARY: Chuck Mahoney, a driver who excelled in the early years of NASCAR four decades ago, has died at 79. Mahoney, who ranked seventh in points on the Grand National circuit in 1959, died July 20 after a heart attack.

He made a name for himself while competing against the likes of Lee Petty and Fireball Roberts, and was named NASCAR driver of the month in November 1957.

VIKES COACH, TEAM OWNER: Doc Watson, a Pennsylvania racer who has driven in the ARCA series, is combining with NFL Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green to start a racing team.

Known as Watson Green Motorsports, the team plans to enter five or six ARCA races this year. Next year, it will run a full schedule. Eventually, the team hopes to move into NASCAR's BGN or Winston Cup series.

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