TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 7, 2008) – The latest stop of the 2008 racing season at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Amp Energy 500 in Talladega, Ala. had stars and fans of the Sprint Cup Series experiencing heartburn. From two “big ones” causing trouble on the track to a confusing ruling at the start/finish line, everyone from fans to big-name drivers experienced more than a few TUMSâ moments in Talladega. 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. Goodyear came under fire once again after at least four on-track incidents including two multi-car wrecks that were directly linked to tire problems.
9. Mike Wallace had a competitive car that was capable of running up front but a tire failure doomed him to the role of an also-ran.
8. David Ruitimann had a right rear tire explode and a spinning Ruitimann collected Jeff Gordon and shoved his Chevrolet into the wall. The crash sealed any chance that Gordon had of staging a late season rally to grab his 5th title.
7. It was another short day for the Alltel Dodge as its engine surrendered on lap 48 and Ryan Newman ended up finishing 43rd.
6. Denny Hamlin suffered from yet another “tire incident” this time while he had the lead. The resulting crash sent Hamlin to a nearby hospital for examination – definitely a TUMS worthy moment for the team.
5. Brian Vickers suffered from the tire woes when his right front tire gave way. The resulting crash swept up several cars including Martin Turex Jr., Kasey Kahne, David Gilliland and Mike Skinner to name a few.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. saw his slim title hopes evaporate when he was a part of the second “big one” at Talladega. The Amp sponsored car was unable to the finish the Amp Energy 500.
3. Carl Edwards spent the entire day at the back of the pack trying his best to avoid trouble. When Edwards finally made a move to the front, trouble found him in a big way. While trying to push his teammate Greg Biffle to the front, Carl triggered a HUGE wreck that took out Chase contenders Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.
2. The second big wreck of the day took a little of the drama out of the Chase with so many Chasers missing a chance to gain ground on Jimmie Johnson.
1. For a few brief seconds Regan Smith thought he had won his first Sprint Cup Race as he edged by Tony Stewart at the start finish line. In the end, the official ruling called Smith’s pass illegal and credited him with an 18th place finish, making Stewart the big winner for the day. Smith was racing for a TUMS after that announcement.
Stay tuned each week for the Top 10 TUMS Moments to see which drivers and teams are most in need of TUMS fast relief.