When Your Tire Keeps Bursting Into Flame, You Know It’s Not Your Day
I'm not a big Family Guy fan, because I'm older than 14, but there's a scene from the early days of the series that for some reason I've always remembered. A stagecoach is moving rapidly on a road near the edge of a cliff, and topples over. After bouncing down the side of the cliff and breaking apart, it comes to a rest, and then after a pause bursts into flames. Funny.
And that kind of reminds me of this, and I laughed, especially because no one was hurt and the driver actually finished the race. Alex Bowman was in pit row with a flat tire, but before the crew could get to it the tire burst into flame, like a Roman Candle. The crew extinguished the blaze and got another tire on there, but as Bowman was driving back onto the track, the tire caught on fire again. D'oh! (to quote a better animated comedy).
And so it went at the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a NASCAR event so humorously named that I'd be writing about it now even if people's tires weren't spontaneously combusting. What causes such a thing anyway? Oil leakage? Sparks? Professor Snape casting spells from the grandstands? Frankly if I knew the technical reason then it wouldn't be as funny, so please, no spoilers.
Kyle Busch won the race (it was the "1" in the "5-Hour Energy 301" that made the difference), his third win in four starts, holding off Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr., in that order. Bowman finished 42nd, but hey, he finished. Not easy to do when you're driving the Ghost Rider car.
Let's hope he skips the Match-Lite 400.
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