Watkins Glen, Ny. (August 13, 2007) – The 22nd stop of the 2007 season at Watkins Glen International once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from rain interfering with qualifying to spinning out while leading the race. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities. For the 22nd week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:
10. Michael Ambrose is unable to take advantage of Robby Gordon’s generous offer to drive his car at the Glen after rain washes out qualifying. The field later started on points. The offer was an attempt to appease Ambrose after Gordon spun him out while racing last week in Montreal.
9. Kyle Petty had a terrible day at the Glen after going down 11 laps early. His Dodge eventually erupted in flames, but luckily Kyle was okay.
8. On lap 11 David Ragan makes what would be his first of two trips to the unfriendly gravel pits that guard the Watkins Glen International Raceway. You need a wrecker, not a sand wedge to get out of these traps.
7. Brian Vickers’ Red Bull Toyota sustained heavy sheet metal damage and then the shock absorbing foam spilled all over the racetrack bring out the yellow.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered a broken valve spring while running in the top five. This bad break may keep Jr. from making the chase; a real TUMS moment.
5. A shirtless fan ran on the track and approached Matt Kenseth while he was in his car during the red flag. The fan asked for an autograph, but was quickly taken into custody. This is not the way to get you favorite driver’s autograph.
4. Carl Edwards ran off course during the final lap, while challenging Stewart for the win. Edwards then had to settle for 8th.
3. Martin Truex started a chain reaction in turn one on the restart that caused heartburn for lots of other folks (see No. 2). He may have some heartburn from the paybacks as the season progresses.
2. Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, and Juan Pablo Montoya all saw their day end on lap 73 when they crashed in turn one on the restart. Harvick and Montoya then got into a small shoving and shouting match, although no real punches were landed. You could tell they weren’t serious about fighting since they both kept their helmets on during the whole altercation.
1. After dominating the race by leading 51 laps, Jeff Gordon spun out all alone while leading with less than two laps remaining. This is like Tiger Woods putting one in the water on 18 while leading; it just doesn’t happen. This one may take more than TUMS to get over.