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Sean Patrick Flanery Wins Long Beach Celebrity Crash Fest

04/14/97

Sean Patrick Flanery, who is regarded as a celebrity driver because he appeared in a movie--Powder--with Cher several years ago, won the ten lap pro-celeb race with all drivers behind the wheel of identically prepared Toyota Celicas. Flanery looked pretty good as he pulled away from the field and went off and hid as behind him Jason Bateman drop kicked Grant Show out of the race and went on to finish second followed by Olympic Archery gold medal winner Kristy Carlson and Dallas Raines, L.A.'s TV weatherman.

The four pro drivers, Sir Jack Brabham, Trans Am Champ, Tommy Kendall, USAC dirt star, Jimmy Sills and Ivan Stewart started 20 seconds behind the celebs and by the mid point had caught the TV soap stars and put them away. When the yellow flag was displayed in order to take Grand Show's car off the track

Black Jack Brabham ignored the hankie and passes several cars. Back to green and Tommy Kendall made his move on the former F-1 champ but peroxide Tommy kept getting blocked so he tapped Brabham, spun him out of the race and went on his merry way to fourth overall.

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Bill Maloney -- The Auto Channel