Bill Elliott broke his track record at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., when he wheeled his Ford Thunderbird around the two-mile oval at 165.479 mph to take the pole for today's Champion Sparkplug 400 NASCAR Grand National stock car race.
It was Elliott's 10th pole this season, including one recently awarded him from the Pocono Summer 500 when Darrell Waltrip's fuel was discovered illegal. Elliott won that race.
After Elliott, Geoff Bodine of Julian, N.C., was second at 163.778 mph.
Also at Michigan International Speedway, Harry Gant edged Terry Labonte in the final straightaway to win the final race and the overall championship in the International Race of Champions. The victory, by less than a car length at an average of 153.257 mph, earned Gant $8,200 and $150,000 for his first IROC championship.
The IROC series matched 12 of the world's top race drivers, representing different branches of the sport, in equally prepared Chevrolet Camaros. It was the third straight IROC title by a driver from the NASCAR Grand National stock car circuit . . .
In Lime Rock, Conn., driving a Porsche Turbo, Paul Miller of Morristown, N.J., won the $55,000 Nissan Trans-Am. Actor Paul Newman, who won the pole with a record qualifying lap Friday, was in front of the pack when his Nissan 300ZX Turbo sprung a leak in a radiator hose. He was forced out of the race in lap 44 . . .
Danny Fair of Hoadly, Va., took the lead from Todd Taylor of Richmond on the 125th lap and led the final 75 as he won the Miller High Life 200 at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas. Fair, driving a Camaro, earned $3,000. Taylor finished second, and Bobby Cox of Goochland, Va., took third . . .
A woman died of injuries suffered after she was struck by a racing car at a race in Adelaide, Australia, police said. The 43-year-old woman was acting as a track marshal.