Monday, August 18, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed while getting shafted on the uneven bars.

-It was a "Hot" Carl weekend in Michigan, as Carl Edwards was victorious in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events at MIS. Edwards was able to hold off a charging Kyle Busch and David Ragan on a host of waning-lap restarts during Sunday's Cup race. Four of the top-five finishers were Roush drivers. Busch's runner up clinches the #1 seed in the Chase. Three races until Chase.

Edwards wins at Michigan for fifth victory of season

Edwards gets first N'wide win at MIS, 19th for Roush

-The notable news from Saturday's Nationwide event was a post-race tech inspection blunder by Joe Gibbs Racing. When JGR's two Toyotas were tossed on a chassis dyno, it was discovered both had devises to limit throttle travel, thus skewing the horsepower numbers obtained. Let Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition for NASCAR, explain:

In our post-race inspection, our inspectors discovered some shims that were placed on the gas-pedal stop. They were magnets that were about a quarter-inch thick that prevented the accelerator from going 100 percent wide open.

This comes on the heels of NASCAR limiting horsepower on the Toyotas after dominating the N'Wide Series.

Big fine forthcoming.

JGR faces penalties after Nationwide post inspection

-The NHRA was in Pee-ya for the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading. Final round results are as follows:

(W) Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army Dragster) 0.031 3.845 313.88
(L) Larry Dixon (U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Drag 0.051 3.891 302.35

(W) Jack Beckman (Valvoline/MTS Charger) 0.067 4.183 291.57
(L) Frank Hawley (Rite Aid Pharmacies Charger) 0.096 6.967 95.08

(W) Jeg Coughlin ( Cobalt) 0.038 6.650 206.39
(L) Dave Connolly (Charter Comm. Cobalt) -0.005(R) 12.142 71.55

(W) Matt Smith (NitroFish/Torco Buell) 0.045 6.957 188.81
(L) Angelle Sampey (Rush Racing Products Buell) 0.036 7.061 186.28

Tony Schumacher scored a class-record-tying fifth straight victory in Top Fuel and is unbeaten in 1,000-foot distance races. That would be 20 straight rounds, for those scoring at home. Two weeks until U.S. Nationals, where field will be set for "Countdown."

Schumacher, Smith keep on rolling; Beckman, Coughlin score seconds

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