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Pennzoil Racing Report -- Guerrero at Charlotte, Raines in Topeka

29 July 1997

Pennzoil Race Report
Indy Racing League
VisionAire 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
July 26, 1997

Guerrero Leads First Laps Since Indy `96

   Roberto Guerrero told everyone after his strong run last month at 
Pikes Peak that the Pennzoil Pagan team would have something for their 
Indy Racing League (IRL) competitors at Charlotte.  He was right.

   Guerrero started seventh, but steadily worked his way to the front. 
 The bright yellow Pennzoil Dallara handled well throughout the early 
stages of the race, enabling Guerrero to take the lead on lap 101.  He 
led the next 25 laps, surrendering the point when he made a scheduled 
pit stop.

   Following the stop, Guerrero returned to the track in seventh and 
again set his sights on the front.  But on lap 141, he and Davey 
Hamilton made contact in turn two, sending both cars into the outside 
wall.  Neither driver was hurt.  Guerrero wound up 17th.

   "Unfortunately, we haven't finished either of the last two races, 
but we were in a position to do well in both of them," Guerrero said.  
"We you are running up front every race, it will eventually come."

   The Pennzoil Pagan Racing team heads next to New Hampshire 
International Speedway for the Pennzoil 200 on August 17th.  The race 
begins at 3 p.m. (Eastern) and airs live on ABC.

   "I like New Hampshire very much.  I am really pumped for that one, 
especially with it being the Pennzoil 200.  That would be a great 
place to finish what we started here."

   In the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Pennzoil Dodge driver Tony 
Raines survived brutal heat and humidity in Topeka, Kan., to finish 
10th in the Lund Look 225 at Heartland Park.

   Heading into the event, Raines owned a streak of four straight stop 
10 finishes, which appeared to be over a the white fag flew on the 2.1 
mile road course.  However, leader Jay Sauter ran out of fuel on the 
final lap, which moved Raines into the top 10 for the fifth time in a 
row and the seventh time in his rookie season.

   Raines and his Roehrig Motorsports teammates now take the Pennzoil 
Dodge to Indianapolis Raceway Park for Thursday's Cummins 200.  The 
race begins at 8 p.m. and airs live on ESPN.

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