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MOTOR RACING / RICH ROBERTS : At 78, Nordskog Is Still Seeking the Fast Lane

March 21, 1992|RICH ROBERTS

STOCK CARS--The Coors 100, part of the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest tour, will be raced today at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield. Mike Chase of Bakersfield won two of the four events at the track last year. . . . For what it's worth, Neil Bonnett of Hueytown, Ala., defended his title in the Evinrude-Daytona 500 fishing tournament on Lake Lloyd in the Daytona International Speedway's infield. Bonnett, a television commentator, is a former NASCAR Winston Cup driver.

SPORTS CARS--More than 250 drivers are expected to race in the California Sports Car Club's SCCA regional event next Saturday and Sunday at Willow Springs International Raceway. An eight-race program is planned for formula and sports cars. Details: (818) 508-7811.

INDY CARS--Arie Luyendyk, the 1990 winner who will drive in this year's Indy 500 for Chip Ganassi, will appear in People magazine's annual issue of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. . . . Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward has been selected to become the San Diego Automotive Museum's third member in the Racing Hall of Fame. He joins five-time world Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio and former national sports car champion and race car designer Carroll Shelby in the Hall of Fame. Ward, who won at Indy in 1959 and 1962, will be honored March 28 at the museum.

MOTORCYCLES--Jeff Ward of San Juan Capistrano, Jeff Matiasevich of Anaheim Hills and Jean-Michele Bayle of Redondo Beach are three of the top competitors in Round 1 of the 500cc World Championship Motorcross series to be held April 4-5 at Glen Helen Park in San Bernardino. . . . Jeff Stanton, won the 22nd Daytona Supercross at Daytona International Speedway. For Stanton, 23, of Sherwood, Mich., a two-time Camel Supercross champion, it was his fourth consecutive victory at Daytona and the 14th of his career.

MISCELLANY--Mazda's RX-792P Camel GT prototype racer makes its debut today in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Mazda factory drivers Pete Halsmer and Price Cobb will share driving time with veteran English driver James Weaver. . . . Leo Parente of Los Angeles is one of the favorites in the International Motor Sports Assn. Zerex Saab Pro Series "NAPA Challenge," a 30-minute race today as part of the 12 Hours of Sebring. . . . The eight-race, $500,000 IMSA Porche Carrera Cup series begins May 25 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. . . . Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, twin sons of the late Rick Nelson and leaders of the rock group, Nelson, will drive in the Toyota pro-celebrity race on April 11 as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

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