Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed while learning about the baby-momma drama of the possible VP.

- Tony Schumacher might be the best to ever wheel a dragster. He tallied his seventh career victory at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals on Monday, has six straight Top Fuel victories this season and is now tied with Joe Amato atop the all time TF wins list with 52. Since the NHRA instituted 1000-ft races for fuel cars, Schumacher has not lost a single round. Impressive.

-Other winners from the U.S. Nationals:
Robert Hight (FC); Dave Connolly in (PS), and Steve Johnson (PSB). It was the second career "Big Go" wins each driver. Props to Larry Morgan (from Columbus, OH) and Doug Kalitta for making the finals in their respective classes.

- Jimmie Johnson ruined the show at the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday night. He led 228 of 250 laps. Greg Biffle finished second followed by Denny Hamlin.

-With one race to go until the field for The Chase is set, David Ragan sits 13th in the standings, 17 points behind 12th-place Clint Bowyer. Kasey Kahne's p8 left him 48 points out of 12th, the final Chase-eligible position.

-Kyle Busch and "Hot" Carl Edwards finished 1-2 in Saturday's Nationwide race. They didn't even wreck into one another. Not once. Boring.

-The IRL IndyCar Series ran in between Windsor (Canada) and Detroit (US of A) on Sunday. Justin Wilson won his first race of the merged open wheeled series. The big story was Helio Castroneves being penalized for blocking Wilson while HCN was leading. He was forced to relinquish the lead and lost a likely victory. He finished p2 and thus lost out on 10 extra points. HCN trails Scott Dixon by 30 points going into the finale at Chicagoland.

-The ALMS was also in between Windsor (Canada) and Detroit (US of A) this past weekend. Andretti Green Racing took their first overall victory with their Acura. (This is still not enough to get AGR a LMP 1 Acura for next year. Or any Acura, for that matter.) The race-winning Audi R10 of Emanuele Pirro and Marcel Fässler failed post race tech, giving Intersport Racing (from Columbus, OH) LMP 1 honors. That ends Audi's 30-race class winning streak. Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta won in GT1 and Flying Lizard Motorsports took GT2 with Jörg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler.

Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson (Michael Shank Racing, from Columbus, OH) won their second race in Grand-AM DP competition. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched the DP team championship with a p9 finish in a backup car. Tim George Jr. and Andy Lally won in GT for TRG. This was the first professional feature race at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Bada Bing.

Big weekend for C-Bus, Ohio racing outfits.

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