Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed into a dominating Matt Kenseth and Casey Atwood made the best of it, winning yesterday's MBNA Gold 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National race at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway.

Because Kenseth was unable to continue, Earnhardt picked up 10 valuable points in their battle for the series title. Earnhardt finished 33rd, and now leads by 113 points with five of 32 races remaining.

Atwood took the lead from two-time series champion Randy LaJoie on the 192nd of 200 laps and held on to win by three car-lengths for his second career win, both this season.

NASCAR: Rusty Wallace, seeking a career milestone 50th victory, won the pole for today's MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs with a track-record qualifying speed of 159.964 mph. "We used to have trouble qualifying and then run great, and now we're qualifying well and not running like we want," Wallace said. "We're trying to figure it out."

CART: Rookie Juan Montoya won the pole for today's Texaco Grand Prix of Houston. Montoya outdueled Bryan Herta and Team Kool Green teammates Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti to earn his seventh pole of the season, matching the CART rookie record set in 1993 by Nigel Mansell.

IRL: Sam Schmidt won his first career pole, turning in a fast lap of 209.485 mph over two qualifying runs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for today's Vegas.com 500.

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX: In Nuerburgring, Germany, Heinz-Harald Frentzen won the pole for today's European Grand Prix.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Sprint car driver Kevin Gobrecht died after an accident during a preliminary race Friday night.

Gobrecht was on Lap 15 of the 20-lap Channellock Fall Classic at NAPA I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., when his car rolled during a turn. Gobrecht's car was on its top when it was hit by a car driven by Matt Moro, who was not injured. Gobrecht, 30, of New Oxford, Pa., was in his first season on the World of Outlaws circuit.