David Reutimann won his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, driving a
Reutimann had been strong throughout the race, but hard-luck Mike Skinner had the best piece. Skinner dominated the race, but slipped in oil in the late going and pancaked his right-side bodywork. Reutimann also slipped in the oil, but was able to stay off the wall.
With his bodywork rearranged, Skinner developed a push that allowed Reutimann to slip past in the closing laps and motor away. In his rear-view mirror, a great scrum developed for second through 10th, with folks bumping and gouging for position.
Ted Musgrave wound up second ahead of Todd Bodine, with Skinner falling to fourth ahead of rookie Todd Kluever. Brendan Gaughan, Bill Lester, Johnny Benson, defending series champ Bobby Hamilton and Rick Crawford rounded out the top 10.
The series gets a week off now before rejoining the Nextel Cup and Busch Series at the best venue on the circuit, Bristol Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Top Five:
1) David Reutimann, No. 17 Darrell Waltrip Motorsports Toyota Tundra, 150 laps
2) Ted Musgrave, No. 1 Ultra Motorsports Dodge Ram, 150 laps
3) Todd Bodine, No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra, 150 laps
4) Mike Skinner, No. 5 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra, 150 laps
5) Todd Kleuver, No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150, 150 laps
Driver’s Championship: 1) Dennis Setzer, 2400; 2) Ted Musgrave, 2222; 3) Bobby Hamilton, 2188; 4) Ron Hornaday, 2133; 5) David Reutimann, 2114.
IRL: Sharp Proves He Can Still Do It at
It’s been a long time – since 2003 – since 1996 IRL co-champion Scott Sharp won a race. That’s 40 races. Lots of people said he was washed up, over the hill, past his prime. The 37-year-old proved them wrong on Sunday, winning a thriller of a race over Vitor Meira at Kentucky Speedway.
Sharp, who switched teams from now-defunct Kelley Racing to Fernandez Racing this year, took the lead on Lap 175 of the 200-lap race and spent the remainder of the race running inches from Meira at speeds over 210mph and fending off innumerable challenges. He was able to hold on to seal the deal by sticking to the bottom line of the track, and Meira was unable to make an outside pass.
Indy 500 winner and points leader Dan Wheldon led early but finished third, ahead of Alex Barron and Helio Castroneves. Buddy Lazier, Sam Hornish Jr., Kosuke Matsuura, A.J. Foyt IV and Jimmy Kite rounded out the top 10.
Wheldon was a little lonely out there, as all three of his teammates succumbed to mechanical problems: Dario Franchitti (18th) and Tony Kanaan (20th) had wheel-bearing issues, while Bryan Herta (19th) had a gearbox failure. Tomas Scheckter also failed to finish after running up front early, also with a gearbox problem. Gearbox woes also hit Danica Patrick, who started from pole once again when the grid was set by practice times after qualifying was rained out, and she struggled to 16th at the finish.
The series heads west to Pikes Peak International Raceway next weekend.
IRL IndyCar Series Top Five:
1) Scott Sharp, No. 8 Fernandez Racing Panoz/Honda, 200 laps
2) Vitor Meira, No. 17 Rahal-Letterman Racing Panoz/Honda, -0.078sec
3) Dan Wheldon, No. 26 Andretti-Green Racing Dallara/Honda, -0.518sec
4) Alex Barron, No. 51 Cheever Racing Dallara/Toyota, -1.138sec
5) Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Toyota, -5.361sec
Driver’s Championship: 1) Dan Wheldon, 455; 2) Sam Hornish Jr., 365; 3) Tony Kanaan, 350; 4) Dario Franchitti, 345; 5) Scott Sharp, 326.
Champ Car: Bourdais Scores Hat Trick at
Defending Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais won his third consecutive race on Sunday, claiming victory on the streets of
Bourdais, who won this race last year enroute to his championship, led the rest of the way handily. The battle for second was decided with two laps to go, as
The race started out with a bang, as a first-corner incident collected four cars, putting Justin Wilson and Cristiano da Matta out on the spot and killing any hopes for contention for Jimmy Vasser and Alex Tagliani, both of whom also eventually retired.
The series now heads north of the border to run the Gilles Villeneueve circuit in
Champ Car World Series Top Five:
1) Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 Newman-Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, 97 laps
2) Mario Dominguez, No. 7 Forsythe Championship Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, -15.269sec
3) A.J. Allmendinger, No. 10 RuSport Ford-Cosworth/Lola, -17.207sec
4) Oriol Servia, No. 2 Newman-Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, -35.774sec
5) Rodolfo Lavin, No. 55 HVM Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola, -37.629sec
Driver’s Championship: 1) Sebastien Bourdais, 248; 2) Paul Tracy, 196; 3) Oriol Servia, 183; 4) Justin Wilson, 180; 5) Mario Dominguez, 152.
In the support races, Klaus Graf led a three-deep Jaguar sweep in the Trans-Am event to claim his second victory of the year, coming home ahead of his Rocketsports Racing teammates Tomy Drissi and Greg Pickett. In the Toyota Atlantic race, German rookie Andreas Wirth claimed his first series victory, coming home ahead of Alan Sciuto and points leader Charles Zwolsman. There was another first-time winner in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car race, as Eric Curran bested the field in his RealTime Racing Acura RSX, with Jeff Altenburg second in his Tri-Point Motorsport Mazda 6 and Charles Espenlaub third in his Tindol Motorsport Mazda 6. In the Speed World Challenge GT race, polesitter Wolf Henzler went flag-to-flag in his Farnbacher Loles Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, besting Robin Liddell’s Jon Groom Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Henzler’s teammate, rookie Lawson Aschenbach.
Grand-Am: Taylor/Angelelli Win Glen Sprint
Wayne Taylor and Max “The Axe” Angelelli made it two in a row and four for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season on Friday evening at Watkins Glen International, claiming victory in their No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac/Riley. The duo, who won two weeks ago at