Unser Takes Advantage of Andretti’s Trouble

From Staff and Wire Reports

Al Unser Jr. took the lead Sunday when Michael Andretti’s engine expired three laps from the end and went on to win the Miller Genuine Draft 200 at Lexington, Ohio, for the second year in a row.

Unser averaged 107.110 m.p.h in taking his second victory of the season and third for the Penske racing team, ending an eight-race winless streak for the organization that has dominated the series in recent years.

Canadians Paul Tracy and Jacques Villeneuve finished second and third, respectively, with Villeneuve’s finish nearly assuring him the season points title.



Mark Martin caught former teammate Wally Dallenbach six laps from the finish for his third consecutive victory from the pole in the Budweiser at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup road race at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

He beat Dallenbach across the finish line by 1.01 seconds, averaging 100.266 m.p.h.

Martin is the first Winston Cup stock car racer to win three years in a row from the pole since Darrell Waltrip dominated North Wilkesboro Speedway in 1981-83.

Martin’s second victory of the season boosted him into third in the driver standings ahead of Dale Earnhardt, who finished in 23rd with gear troubles.



Damon Hill started from the pole and led all the way to win the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest at an average speed of 107.047 m.p.h. Reigning champion and current Formula One points leader Michael Schumacher’s hot pursuit ended with mechanical failure three laps from the finish.

It was Hill’s third victory of the season and left him with 45 points, only 11 behind Schumacher, who has won five races this season.


Ray Floyd made an eight-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a four-under-par 68 and a one-stroke victory over Graham Marsh in the Burnet Senior Classic at Coon Rapids, Minn. . . . Beth Daniel, a four-time winner in 1994 who had finished second in four tournaments this year, shot a three-under-par 69 to earn a three-stroke victory over Colleen Walker and Meg Mallon in the LPGA Ping-Welch’s Championship at Canton, Mass.

Swimming and Diving

Amy Van Dyken broke her nine-day-old American record in winning the women’s 50-meter freestyle in 25.03 seconds in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Atlanta.

Florida 15-year-old Brooke Bennett’s bid to sweep the women’s three distance events was thwarted by Australia’s Hayley Lewis, who won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:28.78. Bennett had a personal-best 8:29.21.


Patrick Jeffrey won the 10-meter platform in the Phillips 66 National Diving Championship at Bartlesville, Okla., when Chuck Wade balked on his last dive.

Needing only 6.5s on his last dive, Wade bent his knees to leap into a reversed 3 1/2 somersault tuck--and then stopped.

Eileen Richetelli won the 3-meter springboard one day after she finished second on the platform.


Monte Marcaccini, who averaged 10 points and five rebounds as a freshman for Pepperdine last season, will transfer to Virginia. . . . In an international soccer match at the Coliseum, Club America of Mexico and FAS of El Salvador played to a 0-0 tie in front of an estimated crowd of 40,000. . . . Bruce Baumgartner won his fifth world-level title and the United States recovered from a disastrous Saturday performance to win the team title in the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships at Atlanta.