Motorsports Update – October 8, 2012
American Le Mans Series
Next race: Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, October 17-20
Next race: AirAsia GHrand Prix of Japan, October 14
AMA Pro Racing
Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans
Three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike king Josh Hayes closed out his 2012 campaign in fitting style. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha superstar notched up one last blowout victory to put the finishing touches on the season in front of his home crowd.
Hayes tore off from pole to his 16th win of the season, far and away the most attained in a single-season in the 30-plus year history of the championship. The Mississippian worked his advantage into double digits before easing to the last checkered flag of 2012 with a 9.194-second margin of victory.
Sunday’s race saw the closest ever finish in the history of the Superbike World Championship when Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) ended the second race in fifth place and in doing so he ended up the season 0.5 points ahead of Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).
Biaggi had fallen in the first eni FIM Superbike World Championship race of the day, leaving open a path of opportunity for Sykes and race one second place finisher Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport). With Melandri crashing out in spectacular style in race two it was down to Sykes to make the running and he did it in style after putting in his fourth race win of the year. Biaggi, receiving pit signals from his crew, had worked his way far enough forward to take the overall win and score his second SBK championship, adding to his 2010 season win, again for Aprilia.
Biaggi now has two world titles, 21 race wins, 70 podiums and five pole positions to his credit, and four 250GP titles.
Next race: Korean Grand Prix, October 14
Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, Taladega
Watch the video: http://www.nascar.com/video/post-race/final-laps/121007/cup-tal2-high-final/index.html
Defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart triggered a 25-car pileup Sunday as he tried to protect his lead on the final lap of the race. His car sailed through the air and caused a pileup that knocked 10 of the final 12 “Chase for the Cup” drivers out of the race. Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won under caution.
Talladega is a restrictor-plate track, which basically means that everyone races at the same speed, leaving everyone bunched together around the track. One car wrecks and it takes out a slew of others because of the proximity of the cars.
Jeff Gordon finished second and Kyle Busch third.
Auto Plus NHRA Nationals
Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to postpone the completion of eliminations for the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway until today.
Nearly two rounds of racing was completed in Top Fuel, and only one round was finished in Funny Car and Pro Stock before rain showers moved into the area Sunday afternoon.
Sources: series websites, press releases and various independent motorsports websites