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Tiger Wins Celebrity Stock Car Race

HUNTLY, New Zealand -- It was driving, but not the kind Tiger Woods is renowned for.
The world's top-ranked golfer still ended up on the leaderboard.
Woods won the second of two celebrity stock car races Monday on a dirt track in New Zealand's rural heartland -- even after starting at the back of the grid.
Woods, in New Zealand for his caddie Steve Williams' wedding, was a designated 'blocker' in the first race, which also included several full-time V-8 circuit drivers. He started on the outside of the first row.
His job was to prevent other cars from passing and reaching front-runners on his team, and Woods received no placing in the 12-lap race. On several occasions, Woods showed no fear in some of his corner blocking duels with other racers.
In the second race, he started at the back of the field, but worked his way up through the grid to win. He hit the wall on the third lap, but remained in the race.
Before the races, Woods said he expected to be involved in crashes but added his insurance was 'taken care of.'
The races, held in this former coal mining town 55 miles south of Auckland, were organized by Williams through his Steve Williams Foundation to raise funds to provide sporting careers for disadvantaged youth. A capacity crowd of more than 7,000 crammed the Huntly Placemakers Speedway.
Woods, who was driving a stock car in a race for the first time, warmed up for the race with another daredevil deed -- diving 440 feet from a cable car holding New Zealand's highest bungy jump Sunday.
Woods and Williams both made the jump from the Nevis Highwire near the South Island township of Queenstown, during a flying visit to the resort by helicopter and private jet.
The cable car is held by 1,247 feet of tension wires spanning the Nevis Valley, but the canyon's walls narrow to only 30 meters 98 feet at river level.
Jumpers free-fall for about 8.5 seconds, and the leap is regarded as one of the world's most daunting challenges for adventure tourists.
Woods was the best man at Williams' wedding on Friday to Kirsty Millar. His only previous visit to New Zealand was for the 2002 New Zealand Open golf tournament.
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