Talladega, Ala. (October 8, 2007) – The 30th stop of the 2007 season at Talladega Superspeedway once again had the stars of the Nextel Cup Series experiencing several indigestion-causing incidents from engine failures to the “Big One.” Each weekend, PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from that week’s racing activities. For the 30th week of the Nextel Cup season, top TUMS honors go to:
10. John Andretti qualified a season-high seventh only to cut a right front tire. Andretti limped home in 33rd place.
9. Matt Kenseth struggled throughout the day with a myriad of problems on the DeWalt Ford. He then picked up even more damage in the “Big One” on lap 144.
8. Nextel Cup Championship chaser Jeff Burton saw his slim title hopes literally go up in smoke when his engine erupted on lap 92. It was the start of long afternoon for the RCR-DEI engine department.
7. Martin Truex Jr. was an early retiree when his engine ceased to run on lap 113. His title hopes have started to take on water like the Titanic.
6. The “Red Army” leaves Talladega disappointed after watching Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead 31 laps before his motor failed yet again.
5. Michael Waltrip started the day on the pole but wound up in the garage after being caught up in a late race crash. He would finish 25th.
4. Bobby Labonte spins on lap 144 and triggers the infamous “Big One.” The tornado of a crash collects 11 cars, including Chase contender Kyle Busch.
3. Kyle Petty was cruising along on lap 161, when his car broke loose and backed into the wall. The wreck took Petty out of the race and left him with a 28th place finish. Kyle is battling desperately to stay in the top 35 in car owner’s points.
2. The DEI-RCR engine department had a TUMS worthy day, as Earnhardt, Jeff Burton, Martin Truex and Kevin Harvick all experience engine woes.
1. Tony Stewart looked like a contender when the white flag fell but somehow got shuffled back to eighth as he helped Jeff Gordon win the race by shoving the No. 24 to the front.