World Rallying has real competition again
after Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon won in
Argentina. Or, at least real dramatic conflict:
VW’s Sebastien Ogier argued rules requiring
him to run first are tilting the playing field.
STEWART’S COMEBACK BY DEGREES
Tony Stewart is back – in accordance
with the directives of a carefully chosen
path that aimed to satisfy both his
doctors and the arcane rules of
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship.
Stewart suffered a burst L1 vertebrae
fracture while racing off-road vehicles in
January and missed the first eight Sprint
Cup races of the season. After launching
his comeback at Richmond in April,
Stewart agreed to only start the race at
Talladega before turning over to Ty Dillon
(LEFT). NASCAR rules dictate that a
It’s hardly news that restrictor plate
racing brings out the worst in NASCAR,
unless multicar crashes are your thing. But
this May’s race at Talladega was a
particularly ugly example: Of the 40 cars
that started, 33 were involved in at least
one of the 10 cautions, while three drivers
– Chris Buescher, Matt Kenseth and Kevin
Harvick – walked away from crashes in
which their cars went airborne.
Kyle Busch, who took second to Brad
Keselowski, blamed over-aggressive
Austin Dillon – who took flight into the
catch fencing in another restrictor plate
tussle at Daytona last summer – called for
change after finishing third. “If we need to
put something on the back of the car to
keep them on the ground, I’m all for it.”
But are the spectacular wrecks part of
the attraction? Not for Dillon.
“We don’t like to be a part of crashes.
It’s not what our job is,” he said. “If people
are cheering for crashes, man, it’s not a
starting driver will receive points and
earnings from an event – thus making
Stewart Chase-eligible with a Dillon victory.
That didn’t happen, but he did make it
through the wreck-fest to finish sixth.
“It sucks, to be honest. The good news
is this is last time we have to do it,”
Stewart said. “I really appreciate Ty. He’s
been a rock star through this whole thing
and especially this weekend. He’s done all
the heavy lifting and I just got in to ride
around for 50 laps.”
Whatever it takes...
DOESN’T MEET ROAD
Kevin Harvick’s frightening
tumble was part of a
troubling trend at ’Dega.
Matt Kenseth was
another to get
Another destruction derby at Talladega has NASCAR’s stars and up-and-comers seeing red
After running a full
race at Richmond
made way for Ty
Dillon at Talladega.
driving for the mayhem as much as the
characteristics of the cars and the track.
“I’m not sure if guys thought weather
was coming or something like that, but you
know, it’s just Talladega,” Busch said.
“These cars, you try to get a little bit
aggressive – start bumping people and
pushing people – and they are real easy to
get out of control. I don’t even know why
we’re bumping and pushing, because
these cars, they go slower when you push.
That’s how stupid we are.”