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OREGON SPORTS H ISTORY.1999: Montoya takes pole, but de Ferran wins race at PIR

June 18-19, 1999

The Women's World Cup kicks off, with former Portland Pilots star Shannon MacMillan on the U.S. team and with Portland's Civic Stadium to play host to four games over two days in late June (Japan-Russia, China-Ghana, North Korea-Denmark, Germany-Mexico).

• Championship Auto Racing Teams season series leader Juan Montoya captures the pole for the Budweiser/G.I. Joes 200 at Portland International Raceway. Helio Castro-Neves qualifies second-fastest.

Gil de Ferran of Brazil wins the race in a battle with Montoya, Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti.

• Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., wins the Grainger 225 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at PIR, earning $39,655. Mike Bliss of Milwaukie is second.

• The Portland Rockies win their Class A baseball season opener 5-4 over Salem-Keizer before 4,135 fans at Volcanoes Stadium.

It's the fifth of what will be six seasons in Portland for the Rockies, who will finish fourth and lose in the Northwest League playoffs under manager Alan Cockrell.

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