Greg Ray was a lot happier this time, ending his race in the winner's circle instead of the second-turn wall.
On a day when most of the other serious contenders wound up in crashes, Ray parlayed two courageous moves into the second victory of his Indy Racing League career yesterday in Dover, Del.
"We were never the quickest car, but we made the decisive moves at the right time," Ray said after winning the MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200.
None was better than the three-wide pass he pulled on pole sitter Mark Dismore, who had slowed in traffic on the 163rd of 200 laps. Ray dived beneath him to the bottom of the narrow concrete surface, passing within inches of Dismore, who led 91 laps before joining the other crash victims.
Nine laps after getting by Dismore for second, Ray bolted by Stephan Gregoire for the lead and began to pull away.
Last year, Ray crashed with Eddie Cheever exiting the second turn and wound up along the wall.
FORMULA ONE: Eddie Irvine seized the lead in the drivers' standings by capturing the German Grand Prix for his second straight victory. He led Ferrari to a 1-2 finish, with teammate Mika Salo the runner-up in Hockenheim, Germany. Irvine leads Mika Hakkinen by eight points in the standings. Hakkinen, the defending champion, crashed out of the race with a blown tire on the 26th lap.
NASCAR: Dennis Setzer recovered from a mid-race spin that buried him deep in the field to win the Craftsman Truck Series Pennzoil 200 at New Hampshire International Raceway in Loudon.