Monday, August 11, 2008

Weekend recap

Ed. note: Since the racing weekend was truly epic in its proportions (OK, just a lot of races that we didn't see and don't want to write about), we'd like to present the 'Weekend recap' abbreviated edition. You know, in the interest of time.

What you missed while Nastassia Marachkouiskaya and Jop Hyun-Joo were tearing up the pummel horse.

-The IRL IndyCar Series was in Kentucky, where Scott Dixon took his sixth win of the season. Helio Castroneves played the fuel strategy game and looked like he'd make it work until he ran out gas coming out of the final turn. Castroneves held on to second, Marco Andretti was p3.

Dixon comes from behind to eke out sixth win

-Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. That's a sweep for Busch of the Cup road course events. Teammate Tony Stewart finished p2. Marcos Ambrose was third in the Wood Brothers' entry. David Gilliland and Michael McDowell got into each other coming on the front straight, causing a road racing 'big one.' A 40-some min. red flag ensued. Check it:

Busch makes history with dominant win at The Glen

Crash a violent reminder that road courses can bite

- The Nationwide Series went road racing at the Glen also, with Marcos Ambrose scoring his first career victory in NASCAR's AAA series. A slew of Cup regulars finished behind him.

Ambrose has just enough fuel, finally gets first win

- The AIM Autosport / Ford Riley of Brian Frisselle & Mark Wilkins won the Grand Am race (also at the Glen). This was a DP-only event. Sorry GT guys.

Frisselle and Wilkins Bring AIM Second Victory

- Johnny Benson won Saturday night's Craftsman Truck Series event in Nashville. That makes three wins in a row for Mr. Benson. Praise that man and his abilities behind the wheel of a racing car.

TRUCKS: Benson Wins Toyota Tundra 200

- Donny Schatz took victory in the biggest deal in winged dirt racing, the Knoxville Nationals. That's three wins in a row for Schatz in the Nats. Well done, sir.


- The ALMS was doing it, natural terrain-style this weekend, competing at Road America. Audi went 1-2 (class and overall), David Brabham and Scott Sharp took their third LMP2 win of the season for PatrĂ³n Highcroft Racing (Acura), Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen won in GT1 (Corvette). Tip the hat to Intersport Racing, as they led overall early and finished p3 in class.

ALMS: Audi’s 1-2 at Elkhart Lake in Thrilling 4hr Race

NHRA? Let Paul Page tell ya:

-Exhale. Busy weekend.

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