Thursday, August 21, 2008

Horse power, schmorse power

I know that writing about NASCAR could very possibly alienate every single reader of this blog, but the recent suspensions of seven members of Joe Gibbs Racing was too good to pass up.

The suspension alone seemed pretty drastic when I heard the number. I have no idea if seven is a lot, or if there are hundreds of team members, but it sounds like a high enough number. So I looked in to it.

It seems that owners have been complaining that the Toyota engine design allows for more horsepower than those in competing Chevy, Ford, and Dodge cars. (Imagine that - Toyota making a better car than Ford... welcome to the party, NASCAR) So following Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Toyota's cars were tested. What did the team do to avoid detection of an advantage? They put magnetic spacers under the pedals, preventing them from reaching the floor and achieving maximum horsepower.

Great idea.

Did they really think this would work? How could anyone have made an argument justifying the decision? It's almost as if someone from Gibbs's team was convinced that nobody would notice. Why didn't they just take things a step further? You know, put bricks under the pedals, so when the cars registered a paltry 10 horsepower output NASCAR would realize that Toyota was actually at a disadvantage this whole time!

That's what I would've done.

Anyways, now you have my two cents. Feel free to leave comments with your opinions on the topic, especially if the attempted disguise - for lack of a better word - is not as stupid as I'm thinking it is.

On to a recap of the Bad Baseball action from Wednesday night...

The White Sox score 15 runs against the Mariners, thanks largely to R.A. Dickey's terrible start in which he allowed eight runs on six hits in two innings of work. Reliever Jake Woods wasn't much better, allowing another six runs on seven hits in three innings . . . The Padres spotted starter Jake Peavy a four run lead after the top of the first inning, but it wasn't enough. Peavy allowed six runs (five earned) in his first two innings and would be the eventual loser . . . The Marlins scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie their contest against the Giants, but Florida reliever Matt Lindstrom blew it in the bottom of the inning, notching the loss. This meant that Giants closer Brian Wilson was credited with both a blown save and a win, two misleading stats if there ever were any.

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