The All-Motorsport Power Rankings: No. 55
Ah, proper racing. Racing with overtaking, without front straights that leave race cars looking like Bambi on ice and without debris cautions for pieces of paper.
OK, for all I'm a sportscar zealot I'll admit that the 12 Hours of Sebring maybe wasn't the most riveting in recent, thanks to the lack of Audi and the continued, boring dominance of diesel power.
But at least Jimmie Johnson didn't win. Despite being dominant throughout the Food City 500 Kurt Busch found his way to a second consecutive victory blocked by a Roush armada (made even more intimidating given Carl Edwards' recent history with Dodges), and Jimmie Johnson was able to skip to the win.
Yet. Another. Win.
However, for people who like competition NASCAR are bringing back the spoiler (because what's good enough for every other racing series in the world isn't good enough for NASCAR), so Jimmie might not win again.
For those who enjoy mind-numbing dominance it's Martinsville this weekend.
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15. Narain Karthikeyan (NASCAR)
Narian denies he is looking at a career in NASCAR because he heard of the SAFER Barrier after falling off a wall at Le Mans.
14. Zoran Stefanovich (not really anthing, anymore)
Just the latest consumer to lose confidence in Toyota.
13. Richard Branson (F1)
Obviously this is translated from Italian, and Branson is hopeful, one day in the future of passing a Toro Rosso.
12. Bertrand Baguette (Indycar)
He’s going to Indycar, so presumably he’ll have to change his name to ‘Bertrand Sub’
11. Spa-Francorchamps (Yes, it's a track!)
10. Kris Meeke (IRC)
Ah, suspension failure.
That never happens in the adverts.
9. Lewis Hamilton (F1)
Even his mum found Bahrain boring.
And she couldn’t even moan about her ex-husband when he was on TV.
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR)
Oh no! Junior moaned about pit road speeding!
Expect an actual pit lane speed limiter next season.
7. Juho Hanninen (IRC)
IRC Rally Argentina winner in a Skoda 1-2-3.
Nope, still doesn’t sound right, let me try again – Sko-da, win-ner. Nope
6. Marcos Ambrose (NASCAR)
Juan Montoya justifies mauling Ambrose in Bristol big one
“I wanted to be the only foreigner to be robbed of a race win by speeding penalties,” the Colombian may have said.
5. Jan Magnussen (ALMS)
“I can’t tell you all the things that had to line up for that to happen,”
Well, let’s start. You. Emmanuel Collard. Communication worthy of the Middle East peace process......
P.S. Check out the impromptu Tarzan impression by the crew member trying to avoid the collision.
4. Kurt Busch (NASCAR)
listen to this—“I’d rather to lose to any other of the 41 cars than this No. 48 car.”
After years of being hated by fans Busch shows signs of tapping into the collective psyche.
3. Emanuele Pirro (ALMS)
Emanuele described his Racing Instinct as having some ‘dust’ on it.
So this must have been the equivalent of Spring Cleaning. With a Shotgun.
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2. Anthony Davidson (ALMS)
As a F1 radio commentator you’d think he’d recognise a slightly hollow win...
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1. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
The way he threw the Food City stuff around in Victory Lane was I the only thinking, 'if that was Kyle Busch, people would be complaining it was disrespectful to the sponsor and their food'?