Monday, September 8, 2008

Weekend recap

What you missed while watching Tom Brady get hurt, Willie Parker's impersonation of a beast and Erin Andrews flip the bird.

The first season of blissful marriage between the IndyCar Series and Champ Car came to an end Sunday in Chi-town. Scott Dixon was able to finish higher than eighth, thus clinching his second championship for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Heilo Castroneves finished p2 in both race and title, or so was initially reported on timing and scoring. You see, the timing and scoring monitors said Dixon had won the race by .001 seconds. This was relayed to Dixon and he eloquently spoke abut winning both the race and championship while receiving his big cheque. See below. Someone then looked at the photo finish image and decided that HCN indeed won the race (the official margin of victory was later determined to be 0.0033 seconds, the second closest in IRL history). Vince Welch told HCN that he won the race, he celebrated and TV coverage ended approximately 15 seconds later. It was truly odd.

Until next season, IRL...

Dixon seals IRL crown as Castroneves wins nail-biter

The field for The Chase is set. It took a day longer than expected because of a bloody hurricane, but it's now set in stone. Nothing really bomb-tastic happened in Richmond, as David Ragan and Kasey Kahne were unable to race their ways into The Chase. When The Chase starts Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch will have the #1 seed with 5,080 points. (5,000 base points, plus 10 points for each of his eight victories.) Carl Edwards will be seeded second with 5,050 points. Jimmie Johnson, who won Sunday’s race will begin the Chase with 5,040 points. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Burton each will have 5,010 points and Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart (p2 at RIR), Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon will all have 5k. Make sense?

CUP: Chase Field Set

Felipe Massa was declared the official winner of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps after first-to-finish-line Lewis Hamilton was penalized for straight-lining a chicane. During the alleged course cutting, Hamilton was deemed to have not let Kimi Raikkonen properly repass after the Brit passed the Fin. So, officially, Hamilton finished third, BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld got moved to p2 and Massa won. Hamilton's lead in the drivers' standings is reduced from a potential eight to just two points with five races to go. Oh, Hamilton and Co. are appealing the the ruling.

BREAKING NEWS: Massa Handed Spa Win

The Nationwide Series event was postponed because of the aforementioned hurricane. The race ran last night and "Hot" Carl Edwards won. Good for him.

Edwards edges by Bowyer for fourth Nationwide win

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