This past weekend, SafeAuto Insurance sponsored the Summer Night Cruise-In and Indian Uprising GTO car shows in Dublin, Ohio. The car show, held by the GTO Association of Central Ohio, had a great turn-out with over 100 cars registered for the competition.
People visited from all around to see the classic automobiles on display and were also treated to a concert by the Rezes Hall Band on Friday. The music must have had some effect because many GTO lovers took a shot at a $5000 advertising contract by singing the 1-800-SAFEAUTO jingle for the 2012 Do The Jingle contest. Johnny Sauter even showed up to connect with fellow drivers and automobile enthusiasts. The SafeAuto Racing Team driver brought the #13 NASCAR truck and offered autographs to fans on Saturday.
This was a fruitful combination for SafeAuto because the event not only offered the insurance company an opportunity to mingle with locals and help an organization, but all proceeds from the car show went to two great causes: Operation Buckeye and the Society to Prevent Blindness.
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The NASCAR All Star Race is mostly for bragging rights … and the fans. Leave it to Carl Edwards, however, to give this year's race an ending they'll be talking about for years. No, Carl didn't blow his famous winning backflip: he nearly made his car pull one.
Edwards had dominated the entire race, taking two of the three segments before getting a chance to show off the speed of his pit crew and easily taking the win in the final round. In the long view, it was something of a surprise: Edwards is, of course, a superb racer, but he was only one of several favorites going in. Nonetheless, he pretty much ran the race his way and won handily. It was fun, but not exactly the most exciting or tense race for fans, so Edwards decided to engage in a little showboating...and pride goeth before the fall, as his front end learned the hard way.
Edwards decided to give his victory lap a bit of drama by skidding through the grass, in fine show-off style...and instead got a bit of a surprise when his Ford dug into the ground, crumpling the entire front-end and striking up sparks as it dragged across the blacktop.
As Edwards himself put it: “I almost flipped the thing over. That would have been insane.” Not to mention putting Edwards himself at serious risk of injury.
Fortunately, the only thing that got torn up was the Aflac Ford, and, we're fairly sure, Edwards' pride. No doubt he and his crew were less than happy that their winning car couldn't get to Victory Lane under its own power, and the rest of the crews had a bit of a chuckle at their expense watching the car that beat them get towed, but, after all, Edwards did win fair and square.
Carl, if you're reading, we've got a few recommendations to allow you to showboat without causing thousands in damage and giving everybody at the track a heart attack:
- Land your backflip by going right into a split. Hey, it's your trademark to show off how limber you are. Worst comes to worst, you can enter sports history as the first NASCAR racer to suffer a groin injury.
- Install one of those early warning systems that are so popular in cars these days to let you know when you're about to risk breaking your neck while showing off. We're sure your pit crew would figure out a way to shave off some weight for you to install it, if for no other reason than they don't want to bang out the dents.
- Take a page from football players and have you and your pit crew do an elaborate victory dance on the grass. Bonus points if you can get the crowd to dance along.
But, above all and in all seriousness, Carl, stay safe: no NASCAR fan ever wants to see a great driver get wrecked...especially if it's avoidable. Well, except for those backflips.
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Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 13 Safe Auto/Curb Records/Carrier.com Chevrolet Silverado, battled the "Monster" at Dover International Speedway's Monster Mile for an 11th place finish Friday afternoon.
Starting on the grid in seventh position, Sauter found himself "killing the splitter" early on in radio communication with crew chief Joe Shear, Jr. Taking advantage of an early lap five caution, the team pitted for adjustments. Fighting loose conditions, he went on to battle through lap traffic after a pit road penalty for speeding on entry at lap 135 from twenty-fifth position and two laps down - all the way back to eleventh position within 60 laps. Thanks to a lucky dog on the seventh of the race's nine cautions, Sauter joined the lead lap trucks in 17th and dialed down to the 11th position at the checkers.
"We had a top five truck here in Dover, so of course I'm disappointed," said SafeAuto Racing Driver Johnny Sauter, who now sits in second position in driver points going into Charlotte next week. "We've been trying a lot of new things with the front end geometry this year, and Joe and I want to just get back to the basics. My guys had some serious speed on pit road and that helps you out when you're not the fastest truck in the pack. I'm proud of them for working so hard in pit practice this month, it's showing for sure."
"It stinks that we got a speeding penalty on entry, it really pushed us to the back and I even told the guys that they could turn in their driver for a new one," he continued, joking. "They did their jobs, and I'm glad we could at least bring it back up to get in lucky dog position to post up to the lead lap. We earned the 11th spot today, but it's just not good enough for us this year. We're regrouping for Charlotte."
"The one thing I do like is having the pressure off. Congrats to my teammate Matt on the points lead, he earned it today. Me and my guys are really comfortable with that 'underdog' title, so it was a lot of pressure coming into Dover. Now, I think it's back to having our eyes on the prize. We're going to win races. So Charlotte, we're going to focus on the win."
NEXT RACE: North Carolina Education Lottery 200
Friday, May 20th
201 miles/134 laps
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