NEW HAMPSHIRE (July 1, 2007) – The 17th stop of the 2007 season at New Hampshire International Speedway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from slow pit stops to being disqualified. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities. For the 17th week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:
10. Brian Vickers qualifies 28th only to then be disqualified for the car being an eighth of inch too low. Vickers has failed to qualify for eight out of the first 17 races this season. Talk about a great reason for heartburn.
9. Dave Blaney wins the first ever pole for Toyota but many of his Toyota teammates fail to make the show including Michael Waltrip, Dale Jarrett, A.J. Allmendinger and Brian Vickers.
8. Scott Riggs for the second week in a row and the third time this season fails to get his Dodge into the race.
7. Ward Burton barely gets up to speed before his car erupts in smoke and Ward exits early to finish 43rd.
6. Clint Bowyer has an oil line break on the Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet and any chance of strong run literally goes up in smoke.
5. Kyle Busch and Johnny Sauter’s cars are too low in post-race inspection, that’s almost never a good thing especially the way NASCAR has been handing out penalties this season like TUMS in a chili parlor.
4. Kurt Busch is involved in a last-lap crash that cost him as least 15 positions; hard to take for a driver and team that is desperately fighting for a place in the chase.
3. Ryan Newman runs over an air hose during a routine pit stop and the resulting penalty cost the alltel Dodge tons of track position but Ryan is able to rally back and finish 10th.
2. Joe Nemechek loses a tire and crashes hard into the outside wall. Track officials load up on TUMS as they wait to see if the catchfence will hold the bouncing tire. It does, as fans and officials sigh with relief.
1. Carl Edwards enters pit road as the race leader but his Ford falls off the jack and he loses a lap in the pits costing him any chance of picking up the win. The New England sellout crowd is also disappointed because the car was sporting the logo and colors of their beloved Red Sox.