On a Labor Day Weekend of mixed emotions, it was hard to fully enjoy oneself pursuing leisure and athletic activities with the knowledge that so many thousands were suffering the ravages of Hurricane Katrina along the
Herewith, the results:
Formula 1: Montoya Wins at
McLaren’s Juan Pablo Montoya picked up his second win of the year on Sunday in the Italian Grand Prix at
Montoya led from the pole after teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who was fastest in qualifying, had to start 11th after an engine change in practice (costing him ten grid spots). Raikkonen employed crafty strategy that might have helped him win, but tire problems of his own forced an unscheduled pit stop, then an unforced-error spin cost him more precious time.
Renault teammates Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella finished second and third, respectively, ahead of Raikkonen, further padding Alonso’s championship lead over Raikkonen, which now stands at 27 points with four races remaining.
Michael Schumacher has now accepted the fact that he has no mathematical chance to retain his championship crown. Despite Ferrari’s refusal to limit its testing days like its competitors, the fact remains that their Bridgestone tires have been a problem (Bridgestone supplies
The series moves on to another legendary circuit,
Grand Prix of
1) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 10 McLaren/Mercedes-Benz, 53 laps
2) Fernando Alonso, No. 5 Renault, -2.479 sec.
3) Giancarlo Fisichella, No. 6 Renault, -17.975 sec.
4) Kimi Raikkonen, No. 9 McLaren/Mercedes-Benz, -22.775 sec.
5) Jarno Trulli, No. 16
Driver’s Championship: 1) Fernando Alonso, 103; 2) Kimi Raikkonen, 76; 3) Michael Schumacher, 55; 4) Juan Pablo Montoya, 50; 5) Jarno Trulli, 43.
NASCAR: Kyle Busch Wins
The “other” Busch, Kyle, won Sunday’s night’s Nextel Cup race under the lights at California Speedway, fending off the strong and expected-to-win Roush Racing armada and becoming the youngest-ever event winner in series history.
At 20 years, four months and two days old, Busch displaced Donald Thomas, who was 20 years, four months, and six days old when he won at
The younger brother of defending series champ Kurt started 25th, with four of Jack Roush’s five Fords at the front of the grid. Smart pitwork and adjustments helped Kyle move up through the pack. He took the lead for the first time on Lap 82, and led 95 laps of the eventual 254 (four extra for a late caution and green-white-checkered finish) to claim the extra five points for leading the most laps in claiming victory in his 31st series start.
Greg Biffle finished second, ahead of Kyle’s teammate Brian Vickers. Polesitter Carl Edwards, who won Saturday’s Busch Series race, finished fourth, with current series points leader Tony Stewart fifth. Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Ricky Rudd, and Joe Nemechek completed the top ten.
There now remains only one race before the ten-race “Chase to the Championship” begins. Currently, Stewart, Biffle (who moved up a spot in the standings in