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| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 19 2009
The "Red Dragon" of Gainsco moved into a tie in points by winning in Alabama on Sunday. (Grand-Am Series Photo)

The "Red Dragon" of Gainsco moved into a tie in points by winning in Alabama on Sunday. (Grand-Am Series Photo)


Alex Gurney held off Scott Pruett after a restart with 20 minutes to go to win the Daytona Prototype portion of the Porsche 250 Rolex Grand-Am Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Sunday.

The victory gave Gurney and his Bob Stallings-owned operation a tie for the series points lead. It was the team’s third victory of the season.

Gurney and Gainsco Auto Insurance driving mate Jon Fogarty started the race from the pole despite damaging their car in a practice crash.

And as the race progress, they were able to push their Pontiac-powered Riley to significant leads.

But a caution called in the final half hour bunched up the field for the restart.

When the green flag dropped, Gurney was first and was followed by two lapped prototypes, while Pruett was fourth in line.

Pruett and his Lexus-powered Riley quickly dispatched the lapped cars and four minutes later, was on Gurney’s rear bumper.

Moving up to challenge Pruett was Michael Valiente in a Ford Riley.

The three protos stayed nose to tail until about a minute left. At that point, Pruett had trouble with lapped GT cars and fell back by about a second. That ended up giving Gurney a .7-second victory.

“I had just enough to hold in front of Scott,” Gurney said. “And, he raced me clean.”

The Gainsco team and Pruett and Memo Rojas’ Telemex team head to the next round of the championship at Watkins Glen International with 231 points each.

“We were going for the win,” Pruett said. “But the championship fight continues.”

Robin Liddel and teammate Andrew Davis won the GT portion of the race in a Pontiac GXP.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 19 2009
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