Jane Miller: Smoking tires in Fast Lane drag race
I have a short attention span this week — high school track will be taking up most of my brain cells for the next two weeks.
So this will be a kind of 1,000-foot Top Fuel run type of column this week.
Those Formula One rabble-rousers are at it again.
Five teams, including Ferrari, are threatening to sit out next season if the proposed budget cap is not removed.
Ferrari has already begun taking legal action.
This series constantly has trouble with rules, which sometimes appear out of nowhere and other times are imposed at very late dates.
Things always seem to get resolved at the last minute and the show goes on, but there is constant drama pretty much up until then.
Safety for real
There are times during TV broadcasts of NASCAR races that announcers can go a little overboard about raving on the safety features of the race car or track.
Not Friday night.
The two-fold hit Mike Skinner took in the Camping World truck race was horrendous.
He was hit hard from behind and hit the wall head-on at the same moment, launching the car onto its nose then skidding on its side with flames and sparks in the driver’s compartment.
Skinner was uninjured and able to do his post-care center interview moments later.
First No. 1
There are few nicer drivers in the NHRA than Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan, who earned his first No. 1 starting spot of the season this weekend at Bristol.
“(Crew chiefs) Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler may have run Funny Car for a lot of years, but they’ve done a great job (with the dragster),” McClenathan said. “They told me, ‘Hey, we’re stepping on it, we’re going for it, so be ready to lift if you have to.’ Obviously, it just went very flawless, very smooth, and almost ran 277 to half-track.
“I think I have, right now, the best team I’ve had and the best shot at winning a championship in my whole career.”
Doing the bump
It’s Bump Day at Indianapolis, which can be one of the most nerve-wracking of the month for drivers at the bottom of the grid.
Two of three drivers who need to bump their way in Sunday are big names — 1996 winner Buddy Lazier and 2002 polesitter Bruno Junqueira.
Stanton Barrett, who also attempts to qualify for NASCAR Sprint Cup races from time to time, also will try qualify.
Jane Miller is the Journal Star motorsports columnist. She can be reached at email@example.com or 686-3207.