A burp from his car tested Geoff Bodine's nerves a lap from the finish, but his gamble on fuel paid off with his second NASCAR win of the year.
"My heart stopped," Bodine said yesterday after winning the AC Spark Plug 500 in Long Pond, Pa., where a caution flag forced a 2 1/2-mile sprint to the finish. "But then it took off. I looked at the fuel pressure -- that's the only indicator we have -- and it bounced up.
"It never gurgled again, so I just held my breath."
A caution caused by Ken Ragen's spin with four laps left helped Bodine's ploy as all but Harry Gant among the nearest challengers had made late pit stops for fuel.
The race went back to green for the final 2 1/2-mile lap, but Bodine's Ford easily held on as Gant ran out of gas and Bill Elliott could get only within 1.29 seconds in the final sprint. . . .
Al Unser Jr. conquered a slippery track and the rest of the 27-car field as he splashed to a rain-shortened victory in the Molson-Indy race in Toronto.
Unser, who earlier in the day announced he has signed a three-year contract extension with the Galles-Kraco team, led the final 40 of the 94 laps, nine short of the scheduled distance. Michael Andretti was second. . . .
Belgian Guy Renard, 27, was killed in a 24-hour endurance race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, when he lost control of his Toyota Corolla, crashed into the railings, collided with two other cars and exploded in a ball of fire. The other drivers were not hurt.