NASCAR Rivals: Bobby Labonte Injured by Watkins Glen Mele’

August 13, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Bobby Labonte Injured by Watkins Glen Mele’

With the laps dwindling down and the middle of the pack getting a little antsy, the field turned to complete mayhem with just 8 laps to go in the Centurion Boats at the Glen on Sunday afternoon. Michael McDowell spun David Gilliland as the two raced for position, setting off a chain reaction that left several cars crippled near the pit road entrance. Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte, Sam Hornish Jr, Reed Sorenson, Max Papis, Dave Blaney, and Joe Nemechek were also involved.

As seen in the video footage of the accident, Bobby LaBonte was left limping his way over to the … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Slicks vs. Grooves

August 6, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Slicks vs. Grooves

It was undoubtedly one of the most historic moments in NASCAR when they decided to convert the Nationwide Series field from the “slick” tires that they typically run to “grooved” tires at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this past Saturday for the NAPA Auto Parts 200. With heavy rain working its way to the track and cars sliding all over the place, NASCAR made the call to do just what they’ve been talking about doing and race in the rain.
Incase you missed the action on Saturday afternoon, here’s some video to show you how the cars were handling on the regular slick … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Kurt Busch Spins and Collects Kevin Harvick

July 30, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Kurt Busch Spins and Collects Kevin Harvick

In a race that was dominated by tire issues, Kurt Busch brought out one of the few cautions of the day at Indianapolis this past weekend that wasn’t caused by tires. Just 14 laps into the race, Busch was trying to let the no. 29 car of Kevin Harvick pass underneath him when Busch’s car got loose and set off into a spin …. a spin that also collected Harvick in the process.
Video footage of the wreck involving Busch and Harvick:

Although these two drivers have mixed it up with one another plenty of times earlier on in their careers, this … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Mike Bliss, Reed Sorenson, Scott Wimmer Wreck at Gateway

July 23, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Mike Bliss, Reed Sorenson, Scott Wimmer Wreck at Gateway

Going for his third Nationwide Series win at Gateway International Raceway this past weekend, Reed Sorenson came up a bit short with a little over 80 laps to go when his car got loose getting into Turn 3 and hooked onto the no. 29 car of Scott Wimmer. The two wrecked each other into the wall and collected the no. 1 of Mike Bliss along the way.
The incident really started when David Reutimann got into the back of Sorenson coming out of Turn 2, which got him loose going through the next turns, leaving him pinched up near the wall going … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Kyle Busch Gets Jimmie Johnson on the Restart

July 16, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Kyle Busch Gets Jimmie Johnson on the Restart

Sure, this section is typically reserved for one of the week’s better wrecks, but like him or not, let’s face it - Kyle Busch’s restart to win the Lifelock.com 400 last Saturday was just too good to pass up. After starting from the pole and leading more than 160 laps in the race, Kyle nearly let one get away after getting passed by Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps of the race. But, a blown engine by David Gilliland with just 6 laps to go bunched the field back together and gave Kyle one last crack to pick up the … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Jeff Gordon Spun by Carl Edwards on Final Restart

July 9, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Jeff Gordon Spun by Carl Edwards on Final Restart

As Jeff Gordon searched for his first victory of the 2008 season this past weekend at Daytona International Speedway, the racing Gods had other plans in mind. With the field all set to go for the sixth green-white-checkered finish of the year after a crazy final 35 laps of the race finally wound down to the end, Gordon lined up behind the race leader, Kyle Busch, with Carl Edwards lagging behind. As you can see by watching the video below, the restart was a bit slow, and Edwards was the first to duck out of line. Gordon moved down the track … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Juan Pablo Montoya Intentionally Wrecks Kyle Busch

July 2, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Juan Pablo Montoya Intentionally Wrecks Kyle Busch

After the caution on lap 279 of Sunday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Juan Pablo Montoya was mixed up in a back-and-forth battle of “love taps” with the Sprint Cup Series points leader, Kyle Busch, which ultimately led to Montoya taking a dive at the no. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing machine with every intent of spinning him. The end result? Both cars wound up wrecked on the frontstretch and the race was called for rain just moments later.
Video footage of the wreck between Montoya and Busch:

Following the race, reporters caught up with Montoya to discuss the … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Kevin Harvick vs. Tony Stewart

June 25, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Kevin Harvick vs. Tony Stewart

Okay, so they’re actually pretty good friends and probably the furthest thing from being rivals with one another, but still. It’s pretty abnormal for Smoke to run this deep into the season without a Sprint Cup win to show for it, but so far in 2008, he’s managed to do just that. Of course, the racing Gods haven’t really seemed to help Stewart out much in that department, either. What … a pit road speeding violation during the last round of stops at Pocono … the cut tire at Charlotte … the late race wreck at Talladega … the mid-race … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Kenseth, Vickers vs. NASCAR Rulebook

June 19, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Kenseth, Vickers vs. NASCAR Rulebook

It’s been tough to find a fan in America that wasn’t happy to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. FINALLY reach Victory Lane this past weekend at Michigan. While the majority of the NASCAR garage area was also happy to see the likeable Dale Junior get the win as well, some drivers brought into question the validity of it, particularly due to the fact that on several occassions during the final caution period he would pass the pace car by several car links, and then slide back behind it by shutting off the ignition in an effort to save fuel. This is … [Read More]

NASCAR Rivals: Patrick Carpentier vs. Sam Hornish Jr.

June 12, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
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NASCAR Rivals: Patrick Carpentier vs. Sam Hornish Jr.

Coming into Sunday’s Pocono 500 race, both Sam Hornish Jr. and Patrick Carpentier found themselves in 33rd and 38th place in the standings, respectively, as both drivers continue to fight in a bid to make the cut for the top-35 in owner’s points. In Hornish’s case, it’s an effort to keep the car inside the top-35, while Carpentier’s quest is to make in over the hump after the car was sidelined for a handful of the events earlier on in the season. Both drivers are also competing for Rookie of the Year honors amidst a rookie field that is top-heavy … [Read More]

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