FORT WORTH, Texas, (April 9, 2008) – The seventh stop of the 2008 season at Texas Motor Speedway once again had the stars of the Sprint Cup Series experiencing heartburn-inducing incidents. From drivers on the edge of the top 35 in owner points to a spectacular wreck in qualifying, a fair share of big-name drivers proved to have several TUMSâ moments. Each weekend, PRN lead anchor, Doug Rice, picks the Top-10 TUMS Moments from last weekend’s racing activities.
This week’s Top-10 TUMS honors go to:
10. Petty Enterprises announced that was going to evaluate the performance of the No. 45 Dodge by allowing Chad McCumbee the opportunity to qualify at Texas. Kyle Petty steps aside, but a misunderstanding in regard to the decision makers behind the move lead to a media frenzy. To make matters worse, the No. 45 does not qualify on time and falls further outside the top 35.
9. Jeremy Mayfield finishes 38th at Texas and then finds out the next day that he has been replaced by Johnny Sauter at Haas CNC Racing for the upcoming Phoenix race.
8. Martin Truex Jr.’s Chevrolet explodes just four laps from the end and costs him a guaranteed top 10 finish.
7. J.J. Yeley is one of the few cars to crash at Texas as he finishes 42nd. Yeley has fallen out of the all important top 35 in car owner’s points.
6. After total domination last year; Hendrick Motorsports is now 0 for 2008. You can bet none of the other teams have any sympathy pains.
5. Greg Biffle rolls into Texas riding third in points but leaves the Lone Star State in ninth; it was a rough day for the Biff.
4. Robby Gordon spends most of the day getting to know the walls at Texas but some how manages to bring his scarred up Dodge home in 30th.
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the pole but loses the handle on his Chevy and finishes out of the top ten for the just the second time this season.
2. Jeff Gordon battles an ill handling car and finally hits the wall. The team spent a great deal of the race in a glorified test session. This was only the second time in his long and established career that Jeff Gordon finished 43rd.
1. Michael McDowell becomes a household name for all the wrong reasons as he survives a wild crash in qualifying. McDowell may become the new poster child for “The Agony of Defeat” on The Wild World of Sports.
Stay tuned each week for the Top-10 TUMS Moments to see what drivers and teams are most in need of TUMS fast relief.