RICHMOND (September 11, 2007) – The 26th stop of the 2007 season at Richmond International Raceway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents, from drivers finding out they need to start looking for new seats in 2008 to just making the Chase. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities. For the 26th week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:
10. Earlier in the week, Tony Raines learned officially that he won’t be driving the No. 96 car next season when J.J. Yeley was announced as the new driver.
9. The race was barely underway before Jeff Green and Tony Raines wrecked along with Dale Jarrett.
8. A miserable season for Scott Riggs continued, as he made the race and then blew a right front and wound up in the wall.
7. Joe Nemechek finished 43rd for the third consecutive race. Talk about a guy that could really use some TUMS.
6. Despite holding a commanding lead of over 300 points coming into Richmond, Jeff Gordon now finds himself in second place 20 points behind teammate Jimmie Johnson due to a rule change awarding 10 bonus points for each victory in the new Chase format.
5. Clint Bowyer spun while battling for the lead. He made the chase but is still chasing his first win in NEXTEL Cup.
4. While leading, Carl Edward’s Ford had an engine expire on lap 182, and any chance he had of picking up 10 bonus points evaporated.
3. Juan Pablo Montoya had to bail out of flaming race car after being involved in a multi-car crash.
2. Jamie McMurray, Dale Jarrett, Dave Blaney, John Andretti and David Stremme were all involved in a big crash on lap 294; it brought out the second red flag of the night.
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. put forth a lot of effort but was denied making the Chase for the second time in three seasons. To make matters worse, the engine let go with 5 laps to go in the race.