BROOKLYN, Mich. (August 19, 2008 ) – The latest stop of the 2008 racing season at Michigan International Speedway for the 3M Performance 400 in Brooklyn, Mich. had the stars and fans of the Sprint Cup Series experiencing heartburn. From the Gibbs team’s racing controversy to a weekend sweep for Carl Edwards (marking his fifth win in the Sprint Cup Series this season), big-name drivers experienced more than a few TUMSâ moments in Brooklyn. Each weekend PRN lead anchor Doug Rice picks the Top 10 TUMS Moments from the weekend’s racing activities.
This week’s Top 10 TUMS honors go to:
#10 J.D. Gibbs and company were feeling the burn as they faced the media to discuss allegations of the team’s Nationwide Series cars being tampered with to under-perform on the dyno. Gibbs’ “meet the media” session may become a pleasant memory after their sanctions are decided.
#9 Tony Stewart and crew kept their winless streak alive, stretching it to 38 races after failing to win at Michigan.
#8 Loyal Michigan fans could use some TUMS after a group of media paraded around Ann Arbor in Appalachian State University gear. Michigan’s Wolverine fans are still trying to forget the football team’s monumental upset to ASU last year.
#7 Last week Marcos Ambrose was a true Cinderella story, finishing 3rd at Watkins Glen. It was back to reality this week as he staged an early exit and a 43rd-place finish.
#6 Brad Coleman’s Sprint Cup debut was less than sensational as he finishes 38th, three laps down for Hall of Fame Racing.
#5 Ryan Newman got into Dave Blaney sending the Caterpillar Toyota into the backstretch wall.
#4 Chase hopeful Kasey Kahne had a rough day in the Budweiser Dodge as engine troubles relegate him to 40th and he drops two spots in the Chase standing. As a result of a disastrous weekend, Kahne will be loading up on TUMS as the Chase nears.
#3 With just six laps remaining, the motor in Denny Hamlin’s Toyota erupts. A disappointed Hamlin expressed his less than optimistic opinion about making the Chase to the media, causing heartburn for his teammates.
#2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked like a lock for a top-ten finish, but got into the wall late and limps the number 88 home in 23rd place.
#1 Jeff Gordon, who hasn’t won a race this season, crashed after running into his own teammate, Jimmie Johnson. After the Johnson and Gordon rub on lap 90, Johnson immediately goes to the pits with a flat tire and eight laps later, Gordon crashes when a right front tire gives way. Gordon dropped three positions in the Chase and is now ninth in standing.
Stay tuned each week for the Top 10 TUMS Moments to see which drivers and teams are most in need of TUMS fast relief.