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   Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - November 2, 1990, Casa Grande, Arizona                                12 Casa Grande Ariz DISPATCH Friday November 2 1990 GRANDE DISPATCH sports Earnhardt Hopeful Of Reducing Points Gap in Checker 500 By MIKE HARRIS AP Writer PHOENIX There are two races to go but Dale Earnhardt has been through the Winston Cup wars enough times to know that Sundays Checker 500 is the only one he can allow himself to think about The threetime NASCAR stock car champion trails Mark Martin a relative newcomer by 45 points going into the race at Phoenix In ternational Raceway we cant get the lead we need to get back within about 10 points of him heading for Atlan said Earnhardt who lost a similar battle last year by just 12 points to Rusty Wallace This is an exciting part of the racing season and I look forward to it each Earnhardt said My team and I all work through out the year to get into the position where we can be a factor in the championship stretch run Win or lose you want to be in the position to give it a shot Thats a good feeling even if you come up short It means you did a lot of things right during the Martin and his Roush Racing team have done a lot of things right in 1990 enough to lead the points race since June and hold off the intimidating Earnhardt in a battle that has remained amaz ingly close With a maximum of 185 points possible in each of the 29 Winston Cup events Martins lead has nev er been more than 94 points and has been cut to as little as one Still the 31yearold Arkansas native remains at least outwardly untouched by the intense pressure and unfamiliar media scrutiny that accompanies the stretch battle Really Im trying not to think about the championship said Martin who wants only to get put of Phoenix on top and head into the seasonfinale on Nov 18 at Atlanta International Raceway in position to control his own destiny But the pressures off the track are enormous and new for Martin There are a lot of demands on my time now that we have a chance to win Winston Martin said A lot more people want more little pieces of you Sometimes I sit and wonder how Im going to cut myself up into enough little pieces to go around to everyone When I start feeling closed in I just think back to four years ago when I was on the outside looking in when I had no team no Win ston Cup ride and not much of a chance I had tried Winston Cup before and had Martin then only 21 years old drove his first five Winston Cup events in 1981 He was back for all RAY PETERSON of Casa Grande looks over Darrell Waftrips Chevrolet Lumina stock car on display at the TriValley Plaza Thursday after noon The car can reach up to 185 mph and has Staff Photo by Oscar Perez a lap average of 150 to 160 mph at Phoenix International Raceway which is the site for Sundays Checker 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race 30 in 1982 and 16 in 1983 His best showing was a pair of fifths in 1982 and by 1984 he was gone from NASCARs premier circuit I went back to the bullrings and short tracks of the Midwest and got it all going again working toward coming back and finding a way to compete here again I spent 15 years of my life in misery to get to this position I Wildcats Eager for Challenge Of Battling No 7 Washington By JIM COUR AP Writer SEATTLE Arizona football coach Dick Tomey says his Wildcats will be facing their best opponent of the season when they play No 7 Washington at Husky Stadium Saturday Washington leading the Pacific 10 Conference can wrap up its first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1981 season by beating the No 23 Wildcats if UCLA loses at No 22 Oregon The Huskies 71 overall 50 Pac10 are 17point favorites to beat Arizona 62 Weve played some really good football games against some really good Tomey said As far as University of Washington is concerned I think everybody in our conference and everybody in the country is well aware theyre an outstanding team They may be playing as well as anybody in the country Were going to have to play better than I think weve played to beat Arizona defeated No 5 Illinois 2816 in Tucson in its opener Tomey calls Oregon a team Arizona beat 2217 in Tucson in its third game the Wildcats best opponent until now The night we played Illinois they werent the best he said Washington beat Oregon 3817 in Seattle in its sixth game and is thrashing Pac10 opponents by an average of 31 points per game The Huskies are hopeful that theyll be able to get different results against Arizona this year Un der Tomey the Wildcats have beaten the Huskies the past two seasons and played them to a tie in 1987 Against Washington Arizona will be facing the nations best rushing defense The Huskies are al lowing just yards per game on the ground Tailback Lamont Lovett a freshman rushed for two touchdowns in a 4234 Arizona victory over Washington State in Tucson last Saturday night Veal ran for a touchdown and passed for another Weve faced no one at all with the defensive quickness or the capability that Washington Tomey said Theres really no way you can simu late what they do You just have to get into the football game and see how things match Washingtons offense gives Arizona a lot to think about too Led by the 205yard performance of Greg Lewis Washington rolled up 396 yards on the ground in a 467 victory over California in Seattle last Saturday The Huskies had 597 total yards against the Gold en Bears a team that beat Arizona 3025 in Tucson in the Wildcats fourth game had very little family life very lit tle personal life outside of racing no vacations no getaways no nothing to get here Jack Roush took a chance with me hired me in the fall of 1988 for a limited season in Martin added Then six weeks before the season started we committed to run a full season when a spon sor came That was the fuming point with Martin taking his first Winston Cup victory and finishing third behind Wallace and Earnhardt Martin is determined to enjoy this situation pressure or no pressure I have a choice of either mak ing myself miserable about some thing that might happen or might he said Football Forecasts ED PETRUSKA Last Week 73 Season 59301 This Weeks Casa Grande 34 Apache Junction 13 Santa Cruz 30 San Pasqual 20 Washington 24 Arizona 21 Arizona State 16 Oregon State 7 Idaho 38 Northern Arizona 23 Georgia Tech 28 Virginia 27 Illinois Iowa 10 Colorado 35 Nebraska 33 Auburn 16 Florida 13 Miami Dolphins 27 Phoenix Cardinals 17 JOE E CERVI Last Week 82 Season 56331 This Weeks Predictions Casa Grande 28 Apache Junction 12 Santa Cruz 38 San Pasqual 6 Washington 35 Arizona 28 Arizona State 24 Oregon State 17 Idaho 31 Northern Arizona 20 Virginia 28 Georgia Tech 27 Illinois 17 Iowa 10 Nebraska 31 Colorado 24 Florida 24 Auburn 20 Miami Dolphins 27 Phoenix Cardinals 24 Suns Set To Begin NBA Slate TOKYO AP Neither the Phoenix Suns nor the Utah Jazz will have a homecourt advantage or even a homecountry advan tage when they open the 199091 NBA season in Japan The two games the teams play tonight 9 MST and Satur day night 8 represent the first regularseason competition played outside North America in a major professional sports league Teams from the NBA NFL NHL and major league baseball previously have participated only in tournament and exhibition games overseas Organizers expect capacity crowds of about for the games at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and the teams say they are ready to give the Japa nese a taste of NBA action We didnt come over here to sightsee we want to do the best we Jazz AllStar Karl Ma lone said Thursday Several players said they would have preferred coming to Japan in the preseason because the pres sure of regularseason games mean all work and no play It will detract from the experi ence of the Jazz guard John Stockton said So for the American players the likelihood is no sushi no sake no Shinto shrines A day trip Mount Fuji is definitely out But for Japanese sports fans who already are fanatics about baseball and have shown a liking for football the NBA game will provide a glimpse of worldclass basketball that is rarely on dis play here The relative novelty of the sport was apparent Thursday when Ma lone was questioned about his prowess at Ma lone broke into a wide smile be fore politely explaining that the expression favored in the United States was slam The teams were scheduled for a second day of practice Friday the games are being played Sat urday and Sunday1locally and both coaches dismissed concerns that players may be suffering from jet lag I dont think that should be a Suns coach Cotton Fitz simmons said Win or lose ther ell be no excuses about The Suns who became the first Western Conference team since 1986 to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs won 54 games last season and finished 71 in the preseason The Jazz winners of 55 games last season added highscoring guard Jeff Malone to go with All Stars Karl Malone and Stockton Phoenix bumped off the Jazz in the playoffs last season before falling to Portland in the Western Conference finals Struggling ASU Seeks To Holt 5Gome Skid By WALTER BERRY AP Writer TEMPE Arizona State will be trying to bring Oregon State down to its level Saturday night The Sun Devils 25 are off to the worst start in their 13year tenure in the Pacific 10 Confer ence at 04 Oregon State which usually oc cupies the league cellar is 17 overall and 13 in Pac10 play Arizona State needs a win to gain a tie for last place and avoid tying the school record for the longest losing streak six games set in 1929 Its not easy when youre not winning Thats for said Sun Devils coach Larry Marmie who is 14141 overall in his third year and may be fired at seasons end The only thing we can do is go out and win this Oregon State already is assured of its 20th consecutive losing sea son The Beavers opened the year with five straight losses then shocked Arizona 3521 at Corval lis before losing their last two games to Washington State 5524 and UCLA We had numerous injuries ear ly that got us off to a poor Oregon State coach Dave Kragth orpe said We played a solid foot ball game against Arizona and didnt make any mistakes To win we have to keep our mistakes down to a minimum But we just havent played up to our The Sun Devils likewise have been decimated by injuries Senior quarterback Paul Justin suffered a separated left shoulder in a 309 loss Sept 29 He returned to the lineup in last Saturdays game against Southern Cal and completed only 11 of 31 passes for 115 yards and two interceptions in a 136 defeat Paul wasnt 100 percent be cause he was out a Mar mie said Im sure the harness on his ailing nonthrowing shoul der bothered him but he was as ready as he could be after four days of practice Hell probably try it without the harness this Justin is 52 of 110 for 692 yards and three touchdowns with six in terceptions overall on the season Kragthorpe said senior Matt Booher out the past three weeks with a sprained left thumb and broken left foot may start at quarterback this week because redshirt freshman Fred Schweer has an infected right elbow Booher has completed 69 of 135 passes for 568 yards and three touchdowns with five intercep tions while Schweer is 2661 for 413 yards with two TDs and one interception Junior tailback Leonard Russell leads the Sun Devils with 473 yards and three touchdowns on 101 carries The Sun Devils lead the alltime series 1161 with 10 wins and a tie in the last 12 meetings They had to forfeit a 450 victory in 1979 be cause of the use of ineligible players Oregon State hasnt beaten Ari zona State outright since taking a 2418 decision in 1971 at Corvallis the Beavers fifth straight win over the Sun Devils in a series that started in 1961 A crowd of is expected at Sun Devil Stadium for Saturdays 7 kickoff Rallying the Troops Staff Photo by Oscar Perez TERRY HAIFLEY defensive coordinator for the Casa Grande foot ball team talks to his players during a timeout in last Fridays road against Tempe The Cougars travel to Apache Junc tion tonight and conclude the regular season Nov 9 at home against Arcadia Casa Grande is 54 overall and 13 in the East Sky Region c   
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