Rick Mears was one turn from winning the Quaker State 500 Indy-car race yesterday at Pocono International Raceway, and hoping he had enough fuel, when the new Chevrolet-Ilmor engine in his 1986 March coughed and died.

"When it stopped, I didn't know if it would start up again," Mears said. "Fortunately, it did catch again and then I ran out {of fuel} completely after I took the checkered flag."

Mears made two quick stops during the last caution period to top off the fuel tank and went the final 80 miles without stopping. He averaged 156.37 mph.

Geoff Brabham was second, 17.32 seconds back, in a Honda-powered 1987 March.

NASCAR: Bill Elliott slipped past Dale Earnhardt two laps from the finish to win the Champion 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. It was his third victory this year, his third straight in this race and sixth in eight races at this track.

Elliott won by 0.76 seconds as he led only 15 of the 200 laps and averaged 138.64 mph. Morgan Sheperd was third, followed by Rusty Wallace and pole-sitter Davey Allison.

Formula One: Nigel Mansell marked his 100th Grand Prix race with a victory in the Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg by 55.704 seconds over teammate Nelson Piquet.