Dale Earnhardt Jr. widened his lead in the Busch Grand National series to 89 points by pulling away from Winston Cup star Jeff Gordon for a decisive victory yesterday in the NAPA 200 at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn.

"Man, it was a great race and I really enjoyed racing Jeff Gordon," Earnhardt said. "He's a class act."

The victory, his fifth of the season, went down well with Earnhardt's father, too.

"I can get used to this being a car owner stuff," a smiling Dale Sr. said. ". . . I really enjoy this."

WINSTON CUP: While Ward Burton won the pole and shattered the track record in the process, the rest of the field will only have eyes for Dale Jarrett in today's Pepsi 400 at Michigan Speedway. Jarrett leads the circuit by 300 points with only 13 races remaining. Burton, who set a track record Friday with a lap of 188.843 mph, will start his Pontiac beside Mike Skinner's Chevrolet. Jarrett, who leads the Winston Cup circuit with 3,359 points, qualified third in a Ford. Meanwhile, Ernie Irvan, who suffered a bruised lung and a mild head injury in a practice crash at Michigan on Friday, was listed in good condition.

CART: Max Papis won the pole for today's inaugural Target Grand Prix at the brand-new Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Ill.