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Gordon Wins Trophy Truck Race

January 21, 1996

PARKER, Ariz. (AP) _ Indy-car driver Robby Gordon, out of gas three miles from the finish, refueled and went on to beat Paul Simon by 31 seconds to win the 200-mile Trophy Truck off-road race in the Parker 400 Saturday.

Gordon of Orange, Calif., averaged 53.644 mph, finishing in 3 hours, 40 minutes, 40 seconds. Gordon and Simon drove Ford pickups.

Simon, who had already crossed the finish line when Gordon finished the race, had an elapsed time of 3:41:11 and an average speed of 53.519 mph.

``My crew got to me just as Simon drove by,″ Gordon said. ``They dumped in the fuel, and I hit the starter. It fired up the first time, and I took off. I started so quickly that I didn’t even hook up my safety harness.″

The field of 10 specially modified pickups were flagged off at 30 second intervals beginning at 7:30 a.m. to signal the opening of the offroad racing season.

Third place went to Jeff Lewis of Irvine, Calif., in a Chevrolet. He finished in 3:45:10, averaging 53.572 mph.

Race favorite Ivan Stewart of Alpine, Calif., driving a Toyota, lost about two hours early in the race while having a broken transmission replaced. He had been in the lead when his truck stopped.

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