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May 19, 1996 | MIKE DOWNEY
He won a $100,000 bonus. He won a $35,000 Dodge Tiara van. He won them for driving an automobile 234 mph, to take the pole position for the 80th running of the Indy 500. Say a car passing you on the freeway is doing 58. Picture one going four times faster. Scott Brayton's did. "The good Lord willing, He allowed us to get through it all. I'll tell you, we had a major heart rate going," Brayton said. May 11, 1996. * May 27, 1982. Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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May 27, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in a thrilling finish to a race that saw a record number of more than 30 lead changes. As the white flag waved for the last lap in the 200-lap race, Japanese driver Takuma Sato tried to pass Franchitti for the lead on the inside of Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But Sato then lost control, spun and smacked the wall. That brought out the caution period and Franchitti had his third Brickyard victory on a scorching hot day with temperatures in the low 90s. He also won the famed race in 2007 and 2010.
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June 25, 2011 | Wire reports
Justin Allgaier could have coasted to victory under caution — but he ran out of fuel, handing a victory to Reed Sorenson in a chaotic finish to the NASCAR Nationwide series race Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Allgaier took the lead from Michael McDowell on the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Allgaier held the lead after the final restart and appeared to have the win sealed when the yellow flag waved for the final time because of another rash of crashes.
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April 11, 2012 | John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Maybe legendary race car driver Al Unser Jr. thought he saw a raised checkered flag in the dead of night on that lonely stretch of New Mexico freeway: Speeds were high, discretion apparently tossed to the wind. But with his second DUI conviction on Wednesday in less than five years, it's Unser's reputation that's now seemingly a bit more checkered. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and drag racing, charges that stemmed from a September incident near Albuquerque, authorities say. Unser, 49, a scion of the legendary Albuquerque Unser racing family, entered his guilty plea the day before he was scheduled to be tried on aggravated DUI, drag racing and reckless driving charges.
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April 11, 2012 | John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Maybe legendary race car driver Al Unser Jr. thought he saw a raised checkered flag in the dead of night on that lonely stretch of New Mexico freeway: Speeds were high, discretion apparently tossed to the wind. But with his second DUI conviction on Wednesday in less than five years, it's Unser's reputation that's now seemingly a bit more checkered. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and drag racing, charges that stemmed from a September incident near Albuquerque, authorities say. Unser, 49, a scion of the legendary Albuquerque Unser racing family, entered his guilty plea the day before he was scheduled to be tried on aggravated DUI, drag racing and reckless driving charges.
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September 1, 1985
The only thing missing on the Ventura Freeway 500 is a checkered flag when you enter the on-ramp. BILL STEIN Encino
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November 29, 1994 | Greg Johnson, Times staff writer
Clean Machines: Kevin Cogan earned his reputation as an Indy Car driver. Now he's putting that reputation to work at Checkered Flag, an Irvine-based company that is opening hand carwashes in California. Checkered Flag's second Orange County location recently opened on Alton Parkway in Irvine. The chain previously opened washes in Anaheim and Novato. The Irvine location features memorabilia from Cogan's 15-year professional racing career.
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August 2, 1989 | From Times wire service s
The International Motor Sports Assn. ruled today that Price Cobb of Evergreen, Colo., won Sunday's G. I. Joe's Camel Gran Prix because he was leading when the starter mistakenly waved the checkered flag three laps too soon. "While the starter could give no reason for doing it and it was definitely erroneous, it still was a checkered flag," association spokesman Adam Saal said.
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April 30, 1989
Danny Sullivan won the second round of the International Race of Champions at Nazareth, Pa., but he didn't know the checkered flag was for him. "I didn't know after race where I finished," Sullivan said. "I drove right past Victory Circle. I figured I was in the top three or four, but I didn't know I had won until my mechanic, Richie (Lubenstein), got in the car with me. I said, 'How'd we do?' and he said, 'You won!' " Scott Pruett was second, 13.45 seconds behind, and Rusty Wallace, who won the series opener in February at Daytona International Speedway, was third.
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May 2, 2004 | Tony Solorzano
Bloomington's Billy Zieman earned his first victory of the season in the 15-lap Pick Your Parts Figure-8 Series feature Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway in front of a near-sellout of about 5,500. Zieman had been locked in a battle with Rod Proctor and "Monster Garage" host Jesse James through the first six laps when James and Harry Kueniger collided and ended up locked together.
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June 25, 2011 | Wire reports
Justin Allgaier could have coasted to victory under caution — but he ran out of fuel, handing a victory to Reed Sorenson in a chaotic finish to the NASCAR Nationwide series race Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Allgaier took the lead from Michael McDowell on the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Allgaier held the lead after the final restart and appeared to have the win sealed when the yellow flag waved for the final time because of another rash of crashes.
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May 28, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Indianapolis Drivers racing for Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi again are favorites to win the Indianapolis 500 on the 100th anniversary of the race Sunday. Penske is an Indy legend, with a record 15 of his drivers winning the Memorial Day weekend race. This year, his team includes three-time winner Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe and Australian Will Power, who leads the Izod IndyCar Series point standings. Ganassi's drivers are Dario Franchitti, the two-time and defending Indy 500 winner, and Scott Dixon, who won the race in 2008.
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August 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Closing in on the checkered flag with mostly fumes in his gas tank, there were only two possibilities for Brian Vickers. Run out of gas and probably blow any chance at making NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, or make a bold move toward title contention by winning the race. After a surprising gamble on gas by his crew chief, Vickers drove conservatively to conserve fuel. Then Vickers pounced when race leader Jimmie Johnson's fuel tank ran dry, taking the lead with two laps to go and holding on to win the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
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January 18, 2005 | By Jim Peltz
Turns out Jimmie Johnson was right about the lightning. After suffering an unexpected crash a week earlier that slowed his bid for yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, Johnson said, "I don't think lightning can strike two weeks in a row." And it didn't. Johnson won the next-to-last race of the season Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, just as he did in 2007 and 2008, to all but clinch the Cup title ahead of the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida next Sunday.
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October 29, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Three thousand people gathered Thursday to grieve for one of NASCAR's royal families, which lost four members and six trusted friends when a small plane crashed on the way to a race, killing everyone aboard. In a sport punctuated by high-profile tragedies, Sunday's loss may be felt most profoundly in the inner circle of the racing world, although the people killed were not celebrity drivers.
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May 2, 2004 | Tony Solorzano
Bloomington's Billy Zieman earned his first victory of the season in the 15-lap Pick Your Parts Figure-8 Series feature Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway in front of a near-sellout of about 5,500. Zieman had been locked in a battle with Rod Proctor and "Monster Garage" host Jesse James through the first six laps when James and Harry Kueniger collided and ended up locked together.
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June 23, 1989 | DOUG FERBER, Special to the Times
It has been three years since Oren Prosser last steered his car, the familiar No. 15, through the pack at Saugus Speedway, flirting with danger and the retaining wall on almost every pass as he made his way to the checkered flag. Three years. A long time. But not long enough to extinguish the memories. Prosser, or "Roarin' Oren" as he was known, remembers the good times, and so do those who still compete at Saugus. Some watched him from the stands. Others saw him--or the rear of his car, rather--on the track.
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June 2, 1986 | MIKE DOWNEY
Darrell Waltrip took the checkered flag, then dedicated his victory to Frank Cannon. Typical day at the races. Except Waltrip, who set a track record Friday at 117.006 m.p.h., was doing around 60 when he hit the Budweiser 400 finish line Sunday, coasting behind a pace car. And Frank Cannon is his dead dog. "We had to put him to sleep this week," Waltrip said. "He'd been to every race but Riverside. I guess he'll never get to go to Riverside." Yep. Afraid that dog has had his last lap.
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May 22, 2003 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
After his experience with blustery winds buffeting his car around Indianapolis Motor Speedway during time trials, Michael Andretti is feeling better about his decision to retire Sunday, immediately after the Indianapolis 500. Then too, as a rookie majority team owner of Andretti Green Racing, he has two veteran drivers, Tony Kanaan and Robby Gordon, in the front row, and rookie Dan Wheldon in the second.
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July 21, 2002 | Tony Solorzano
Tim Woods III of Chino Hills used a favorable starting position to his advantage as he won the 75-lap Jani-King Super Late Model series feature in front of a near-capacity crowd of 5,386 at Irwindale Speedway. Woods, who has been splitting time between the Super Late Model series and the Winston West Series, qualified ninth but because of the starting inversion, started on the outside pole position.
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