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Skinner wins truck series race marred with crashes

After starting ninth in the Copart 200 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. Matt Crafton, who had led the race, was black flagged for aggressive driving and sent to back of the field.

September 13, 2009|Wire Reports

Mike Skinner started ninth Saturday and won the Copart 200 in a Camping World Trucks Series race at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., that was marred by late crashes.

A week ago, Skinner won the first trucks race at the Iowa Speedway, dominating the field from the pole for his second victory of the year and 27th overall.

With less than 10 laps to go, Todd Bodine spun through the infield after he tried to block Matt Crafton. With just four laps to go, Crafton sent race leader Ron Hornaday, who is also the points leader, spinning out after the two bumped on the first turn. Crafton was black flagged and had to restart at the end of the lead line.

Johnny Sauter finished second, 0.285 seconds behind Skinner, followed by Brian Scott.

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Formula One

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren will start the Italian Grand Prix from the pole position after leading qualifying in Monza, Italy, and Giancarlo Fisichella will make his Ferrari debut from 14th on the grid.

The defending Formula One champion earned his 15th career pole after setting a leading lap time of 1 minute 24.066 seconds to edge Force India driver Adrian Sutil at the Monza circuit.

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Irwindale

Rip Michels of San Fernando and Travis Thirkettle of Newhall each notched victories in the NASCAR AC Delco Super Late Model 40-lap feature twin bill at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale.

Nick Joanides of Woodland Hills scored second- and fifth-place finishes to clinch his second consecutive division title and the NASCAR California State Championship.

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