By Erik Tomas, The Raceline Radio Network.
Weekend of: August 12, 13 and 14th, previewing August 19, 20, 21, 2011
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Last Race: Sunday August 14th: Watkins Glen NY Road Course. Rain pushes race to Monday Aug 15th at 10 AM! Aussie Marcos Ambrose tapped Brad Keselowski out of the way with 2 laps to go, then made his fuel last as the rain re-started for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win. Last lap, David Regan got David Reutimann airborne into the fence. Same crash collected Toronto’s Ron Fellows.
All drivers OK. Roxton Pond Quebec’s Andrew Ranger 35th.
Cup Points: Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are tied at 752 each, 6 ahead of Jimmie Johnson.
Next Race: Sunday August 21: Michigan. Last year’s winner: Kevin Harvick.
Indy Racing League IZOD IndyCar Series:
Last Race: Sunday August 14th: New Hampshire. A mess! First points leader Dario Frachitti is taken out by Takuma Sato and DNF’s. The with 8 laps to go, IndyCar inexplicably re-starts the race while it’s still raining triggering a big crash. After the wreck, they checker the race and award the win to Ryan Hunter Reay even though he doesn’t actually take the green! Drivers are furious! Oriol Servia 2nd, Scott Dixon 3rd. Toronto’s James Hinchcliffe 4th. Will Power 5th. Power gives the double-finger to race control for the botched re-start and finish ruling!
Alex Tagliani had a body work fire: 19th.
IndyCar Points: Power’s 5th and Dario’s DNF means Power pulls to within 35 of Franchitti with 5 races to go.
Next Race: Sunday August 28th: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma California. Last year’s winner: Power. _____________________________________________________________________________
Formula One World Driving Championship:
Next Race: Sunday August 28th, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Franchorchamps. Last year’s winner: Lewis Hamilton.
Last Race: Sunday July 31, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring: Jenson Button wins his 2nd of the season to with his win in Montreal.
F-1 Points: Vettel still leads Mark Webber ( 5th ) by 85 in Driver’s. Red Bull with a healthy lead over McLaren in Constructors: 103.
Next American LeMans Series August 8th: Mid-Ohio: Luhr/Graf, Muscle Milk Aston Martin wins overall and LMP-1 to go back to back with Mosport win. Canada’s Kyle Marcelli and Tommy Drissi win LMPC. Henzler/Sellers win GT. Next Race: Aug 18th: Road America.
World Rally Championship: July 31: Finland: Sebastien Loeb ( Citroen ) to lead Mikko Hirvonen by 27 in Driver points.
Canadian Rally Championship presented by Subaru: July 1-2: Rally Baie des Chauleurs PQ. Winner: Antoine L’Estage. Next Rally: Sept. 9-10: Rally Defi St. Agathe PQ.
North American Championship: New England Forest Rally: Winner: L’Estage/Richard by a minute over Higgins/Drew ( Subaru ).
COMING UP ON RACELINE RADIO on SportsNet Radio The FAN 590:
Monday August 15th, 7:06 PM : RON FELLOWS on his JR Motorsports NASCAR NW rides at Watkins Glen and Montreal… MIKE BARTELLI recaps the Richard Petty Driving Experience Canadian Tour… TANA ROBINSON on the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals….PETE BICKNELL on this traction control controversy in DIRT Modifieds, and our Tissot/Raceline E-mail Bag contest!
Monday August 22nd: BOBBY RAHAL and PIPPA MANN talk about their progress toward a full-time IndyCar assignment… KYLE MARCELLI’s recent ALMS win is the first for a full-time Canadian driver since Ron Fellows. Kyle comments… plus our Tissot/Raceline E-Mail Bag contest!
-Guest scheduling is subject to change.