Monday, June 9, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed while watching Big Brown shit the bed, reading about Jim McKay, and contemplating suicide while in a heat-induced stupor.

- The IndyCar Series was deep in the heart of Texas (okay, greater-Dallas) for the Bombardier Learjet 550K. Scott Dixon won (third of the season), taking advantage of a late caution caused by Ryan Hunter-Reay getting into to Marco Andretti. Enrique Bernoldi crashed with 15 laps to go, which pretty much took fuel consumption out of the equation. This screwed Vitor Meira who stopped just before the yellow while whilst leading. Despite the numbers of oval newbies, there were no catastrophic accidents. Good. For. Them.

Points leader Dixon wins IndyCar Series race at Texas

- NASCAR's big-three found themselves all competing on different tracks. Cup was in Pocono (which you read about on RB'ers Deadspin link. You did, right?), where Kasey Kahne won from the pole. Point leader Kyle Busch tried to emulate Big Brown by finishing dead last. Props to Bobby Labonte for finishing 11th. He says his pit crew deserves the credit. Of course they do. Red Bull Racing also looked pretty damn racy.

Kahne overcomes pit snafu to dominate Pocono race

-The Nationwide race was in Nashville, where Brad Keselowski took his first career win. Other notables were Kyle Busch (20th) and Joey Lagano (31st).

Keselowski gets first career victory with late-race pass

- The Craftsman Truck Series was with the IndyCar-guys in Texas. Ron Hornaday held off Kyle Busch for his first win at TMS. This was the first leg of Busch's weekend trifecta and yielded the best result. For those scoring at home, his average finish in three NASCAR-starts this weekend was about 21st.

Hornaday holds off Busch for long-awaited Texas win

- F1 was in Canada were Robert Kubica (!?) won. This was his first win, the first for BMW Sauber, and their first one-two finish with Nick Heidfeld p2. David Coulthard rounded out the podium. Lewis Hamilton (the pole sitter), plowed into the back of Kimi Raikkonen when he stopped on pit lane behind Kubica beacuse the light was red. That ended the day for both. Hamilton is now sorry. Kubica is now the points leader. What a day for Poles everywhere.

F1: Maiden Win for Kubica, BMW in Canada

-The Route 66 NHRA Nationals saw the following pro-winners:

Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher
Funny Car: Tony Pedregon (after having a rather spectacular fire in qualifying)
Pro Stock: Kurt Johnson
Pro Stock Bike: Chris Rivas (first career win)

T. Ped completes turnaround; Shoe, K.J. extend leads; Rivas nabs his first

Grand-Am was upstate to have a 6-hour go at Watkins Glen. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won in Daytona Prototype.

In GT, it was Jeff Segal, Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi in their SpeedSource Mazda that found victory lane. (First win for the trio, second of the season of the team.)

GRAND-AM: Pruett, Rojas Win The Glen

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