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Vukovich, Carelli Are Repeat Winners

February 08, 1988| Associated Press

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Lealand McSpadden and Rich Vogler won their first titles and Rick Carelli and Billy Vukovich III repeated previous championships Sunday in the $145,000 Copper World auto races at Phoenix International Raceway.

McSpadden, from nearby Tempe, won the sprint-car 25-lap event and Vogler, of Indianapolis, Ind., took the midget crown.

Carelli, of Denver, Colo., matched his 1982 stock-car victory and Vukovich, of Coarsegold, Calif., took his second straight supermodified main.

The event was marred by a serious accident involving stock-car pole winner Jim Robinson.

Robinson, 42, of North Hollywood, was listed in extremely critical condition at St. Joseph's Hospital with head injuries after hitting the wall in turn two on the ninth lap of the stock car feature.

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