FONTANA, CA (September 2, 2007) – The 25th stop of the 2007 season at California Speedway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from sizzling temperatures to chase hopes that disappeared. Every weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities. For the 25th week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:
10. Dale Jarrett and Scott Riggs both failed to crack the starting lineup. It’s a long way from North Carolina to California and not make the race.
9. Robby Gordon hit the wall and was the first car to actually get turned around in the race. Later, Robby laid the blame on his spotter.
8. A lap 40 accident sidelines Michael Waltrip; a blown tire ruptures an oil line and Michael’s day literally goes up in flames.
7. A rugged season continues for the affable Elliott Sadler, when he spun out on lap 23. Then, on lap 67 he had a right front tire go down on his Dodge; he would actually rally to finish 26th.
6. It wasn’t exactly a Kodak® moment for Ryan Newman as he was turned around after a little help from Jeff Burton. Then, later on in the race, motor problems sent him to the garage and officially ended his slim chance of making the Chase.
5. The Richmond International Raceway had virtually no drama left in the Chase to promote but fortunately the racing at Richmond seldom needs to be hyped.
4. David Reutimann’s best run of season was ruined when he was involved in a 5 car crash on lap 180; contact between Jeff Gordon and Jeremy Mayfield triggered the melee.
3. Ricky Rudd’s 900th start ended with the crash on lap 180. Rudd was transported to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a separated shoulder. I’m afraid TUMS won’t help with that discomfort.
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s slim hope of making the Chase became slimmer, even though he finished a respectable 5th in the Budweiser Chevrolet.
1. Southern California proved to be tough location with a mild earthquake in the morning and temperatures that resembled the surface of sun. At last report, no swarms of locust were seen heading toward the speedway.