Filed under “acts of God,” so they aren't covered by your car insurance. Which kind of stinks for drivers, because roads, which generally are laid over sewers, subway tunnels, and other large gaps that can suddenly have the roof fall in, get an awful lot of sinkholes. Here are ten of the worst we could find.
10) Milwaukee Eats Escalade (Nom Nom Nom) To be fair, Milwaukee was the home of the Brewers. This driver was probably so used to a sinking feeling, he didn't notice he was in a sinkhole until the traffic light fell on him.
9) Polk County Gets Depressed
This is just one sinkhole from Polk County, Florida, which became the site of a sinkhole convention in January 2010, eating up roads. Also tree, houses, farm animals, and people, but we don't insure those.
8) In San Fernando, You Rescue Fire Truck
This sinkhole was caused by a water main break, which is a common source of sinkhole creation. The truck taking a nice little swim was, obviously, completely unintentional, but it could have been more embarrassing. Possibly. Maybe?
7) School's Out!
This Levittown school bus also fell victim to the insidious water main break. Now they're attacking our children! Our children! We must ban water mains before it's too late!
6) OK, Maybe We Should Have Taken the Detour
This sinkhole in Austin, TX, shut down traffic at this intersection for three weeks. What we enjoy in this photo is the fact that the road crews are clearly at a loss. “How are we filling this thing in, Hank?”
5) And He Was Almost Done With His Shift
This snowplow driver in Hanover Township, PA, was on his last run of the day when the rear end of his plow decided it needed to take a nice, comfortable seat about two feet below the actual level of the road. We hope this poor guy got overtime.
4) Bob, I Think You're Doing It Wrong
This happened in Ohio, thanks to a century-old sewer system. Even better, it happened right in front of the mayor. We're also pretty sure this was immediately turned into a motivational poster: “Revenge: If You're Going to Go Down, Take the Tools You Need To Bring Others Down With You.”
3) In Florida, Even The Ground Will Eat You
That Camry you see in this Tampa sinkhole? It had disappeared by the time rescue vehicles had shown up. Fortunately, nobody was in it, but people had cameras handy. What is it with Florida and the ground yawning open to consume you, anyway?
2) Kansas City Blues
This sinkhole shut down a major highway in Kansas City, MI. We suppose it could be worse; the Kings could still be in Kansas City.
1) This Is Why You Don't Take the Red Pill
This is what happens when you combine a terrible soil that easily washes away with a huge sewer pipe that explodes. This sinkhole appeared in Guatemala, and was 330 feet deep. On the bright side, at leas
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SafeAuto Racing Member Johnny Sauter proved that 2011 can be a big year by delivering a strong performance and a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the third consecutive year that Sauter has finished in the top five at Phoenix.
Sauter was extremely impressed with his team’s performance.”It was a solid night for me and my guys, I am so proud of them,” said the racer. “We chased it all night long and freaking dug. The guys did an amazing job in the pits, and I can’t say that enough.”
He made impressive strides early on in the race by protecting the seventh position and following teammate Matt Crafton - even after giving feedback in the first 30 laps that the truck was rolling over and having trouble in the corners. “We were fighting loose, tight, loose, tight all night long – just couldn’t get that perfect balance,” Sauter said after the race.
Taking four tires and fuel at lap 38, the team also worked on air pressure to protect from splitter damage. Sauter went on to restart seventh after a lap 41 caution and motor to fourth by lap 63. Holding the spot for 25 laps until the next caution warranted a pit stop, Sauter wheeled the truck through a fast pit stop with four tires, trackbar and air pressure adjustments and as crew chief Joe Shear Jr said, "enough gas to get us through this thing as the tires hit." On lap 122, he powered back from fifth to fourth position and battled Ron Hornaday for the third position. Holding his own through a tight race truck in the final laps, Sauter showed his on-track prowess at Phoenix by motoring the No. 13 home in fourth position at the checkers.
The strong finish not only gives Sauter his first top 5 of the season (after Daytona's 17th finishing spot) for the SafeAuto Racing member, but also lands him in the fourth position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points going into Darlington on March 12. “To get that fourth place finish, we really worked as a team,” stated Sauter. The veteran racer is looking forward to carrying the teams momentum to South Carolina.
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Church Band member William Burton finished last years SafeAuto Do The Jingle contest in fourth place. Being so close to victory made the drummer even more determined to win the 2011 competition. Burton gathered the rest of his band, Marcus Bell, Darryl Washington, Lethaniel Harris, and Alfonso Jones to put together a Jingle that would contend for the grand prize.
With less than three days left in the competition, The Church Band has received over 216,384 votes and is currently in first place. “It’s fun not just for The Church Band but also for the whole ministry,” Burton said of the competition, “we’re having a ball with this contest.”
The Illinois based band wanted to incorporate their music talents for the contest while sending a message about the importance of having auto insurance while driving. “Not having auto insurance is a major liability, “exclaimed lead singer Darryl Washington, “nobody should get behind the wheel without having coverage.” Their message is clearly hitting home with the viewers as they currently sit in first place.
The Church Band is remaining positive as the clock continues to wind down in the competition, but they are not celebrating just yet. “Anything can happen with this competition and it’s anyone’s game to win,” said bass guitar player Lethaniel Harris, “We are still asking people to continue to vote for us so we can win this competition!”
Regardless of what place The Church Band finishes in, they plan on using the finances to donate to their local community church, Liberty Temple.
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