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Portenga wins Coors 125

October 19, 1997

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) _ Steve Portenga won the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour’s Coors 125 on Saturday night, beating series points leader Bryan Germone by two seconds.

Steve Portenga, of Sparks, Nev., who averaged a race-record 55.364 mph in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo, took the lead just before the halfway point.

``I didn’t want to push for the lead that early, but Dana Stahl, my crew chief, told me to use the traffic and I did,″ said Portenga, who earned $3,925 for his third victory of the season.

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