Monday, August 4, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed while watching the X Games rally competition and thinking, "Man, this is much better than most of the shit racing I normally watch."

-Two moments of historical significance happened during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal: 1) This was the first time a "big-three" NASCAR-sanctioned series raced using rain tires. 2) Marty Reid set an unofficial record for the most utterances of "history" and its derivatives during a racing telecast. Sportscar-stud Ron Fellows (driving a one-off in the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevy) won the race. Marcos Ambrose had the thing well in hand until a pit speeding penalty effectively ending his chance for the 'dub.' The race was called 26 laps early because of the rain and poor visibility. Before the final red flag, cars were circulating under yellow and wrecking into one another. This was the fate that befell Jacques Villeneuve and Joey Logano. Oh. Darn. Patrick Carpentier and Ambrose finished second and third, respectively.

-The monotony of 4+ hours of competition at Pocono Raceway was broken up by an intermission of sorts. 41 minutes of rain delay gave fans -both at the track and couch side- a chance to question their reasoning for devoting time to a race that everyone outside of Long Pond knew was going to be a bore. The showers subsided and the race (mercilessly) restarted. Seven hours later the race morphed into a fuel mileage affair with "Hot" Carl Edwards outlasting Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson. Rejoice, the Sprint Cup now has a 10-month Pocono reprieve.

-Heikki Kovalainen took his first F1 victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver inherited the lead from Felipe Massa, who led the lion share of the event, after his engine imploded with three to go. Toyota’s Timo Glock tallied his best result with a p2. The championship is figuring thusly: L. Hamilton leads with 62 points, while K. Raikkonen has moved to second with 57 and Massa fell to third with 54, five ahead of R. Kubica in fourth.

-Mark Wilkins and Brian Frisselle took overall honors at the Grand-Am event in Montreal. Wilkins' passed Darren Law and Antonio Garcia on the last lap to give the pair their first DP victory. Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell took the GT win with their Stevenson Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R. Good for all of the above.

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