Monday, June 2, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed you while watching a Kimbo Slice fight and asking, "why is this on CBS? And what the hell is Gus Johnson doing there?"

-The IndyCar Series took to the flatter than a 14 year-old Milwaukee Mile, where Ryan Briscoe grabbed his maiden victory, just ahead of Indy-500 winner Scott Dixon. The big early- weekend news was Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal qualifying on the front row. Neither drivers contended, with Andretti losing the handle and Rahal wrecking whist attempting to lap Darren Manning. Briscoe and Dixon had to navigate a rather large smozzle in the waning laps, as Andretti, Ed Carpenter and Vitor Meira wrecked directly in front of the leaders. Meira got airborne, Briscoe and Dixon avoided, race ended.

The Way It Is/ Briscoe scores Penske's 300th win

-NASCAR's big three touring divisions were in Dover, Delaware. F1 ex-pat Scott Speed took his first victory in the Truck Series. That makes three first time winners in as many weeks. How about that?

Speed outruns Sprague, Hornaday for first victory

-The Nationwide event was delayed for too damn long on Saturday (three hours) because of rain, and Joe Gibbs Racing won again. (Denny Hamlin, this time.) That is the eight straight Nationwide win for a full-time Gibbs driver. (However, not all of those wins came in JGR cars, if that makes sense.) The second coming of Christ in a stock car, Joey Lagano, finished sixth.

Hamlin wins in Dover to give JGR ninth '08 victory

- The Cup race had a "big one" on lap-17. Involved drivers included Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick... The wreck yielded the quote of the weekend, coming from Stewart, "I take 100 percent responsibility -- it's my fault for being anywhere close to Elliott [Sadler], if I'm within half a lap of him, I expect that to happen." After the wreck, nothing really happened, like nothing. Stewart's teammate Kyle Busch won. Say goodbye to the Fox television crew until next year's Daytona 500. Say hello to TNT.

Good pit stops help Busch pull away to easy victory

- The NHRA was in Topeka (said in the tone and diction of the Billy Crudup character from Almost Famous) where Hillary Will continued the streak of ladies winning things, as she took Top Fuel honors. John Force won Funny Car. Ron Krisher took Pro Stock.

Will gets first Top Fuel win, Force his first since crash; Krisher wins in PS

-Testing at Le Mans was in full swing this weekend. Peugeot logged the quickest time with Pedro Lamy at the helm. Their sister car (#7 Peugeot 908 Hdi-FAP driven by Marc Gene) joined the ranks of Mercedes and Porsche by taking flight at the famed French circuit. Enjoy.

Check out the well written and humorous Le Mans testing blog scribed by's Marshall Pruett.

Le Mans: Pruett’s Official Test Day Blog

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