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Video: Vitor Meira Crashes at Indy 500, Car Lights on Fire in Pits

The Indy 500 wasn’t a good race for Vitor Meira this year. The Brazilian racer finished second last year at the Brickyard but he would have been lucky to cross the finish line this time around. With 28 laps to go, Rafael Matos bumped into Meira and Meira went flying into the wall. The following crazy events transpired, and let me tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it:

Dude, did you see how long the car slid along the wall? I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the car to come down and it never did! It was like a piece of laundry stuck to the wall of a washing machine during spin cycle. Poor Meira actually wound up breaking two vertabrae because of it. OK, now if that wasn’t gnarly enough, when his car caught on fire in the pits you knew it was going to be a long day. Speed ahead to the 1:05 mark to see his car turn into a flaming shot at a bar:
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Carl Edwards Goes Airborne in Wreck on Last Lap at Talladega

How Carl Edwards walked away from this unharmed is beyond me. Let’s waste no time and go straight to the videotape:

If you told me he was at the controls of an aircraft I wouldn’t have been surprised. You see how freaking high he got? Dude had the takeoff of a jet. Edwards wasn’t even upset with Brad Keselowski after the race for the crash, saying he was more upset with NASCAR because they allow restrictor-plate racing at Talladega and because Keselowski had nowhere to go. And if you thought that wreck was bad, you haven’t even seen the half. Oh yeah, seven people were hurt by the flying debris, but nothing was serious.

Video: Danica Patrick Crashed Out of Honda Grand Prix by Rafael Matos

They say that rubbing is racing, but I’m guessing Danica Patrick doesn’t want to hear any of it right now. Danica got bumped out of the Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg on Sunday by Rafael Matos. The two were coming down a tight stretch early in the race when Matos tried for a pass. He wound up bumping into Patrick and the bump caused the two of them to crash. This one seemed to be all on Matos if you ask me. Why not judge the video for yourself — skip straight to the 1:35 mark.

It’s amazing how Patrick is always the headline regardless of what she does in a race. This time she was in the right and didn’t even initiate the contact, but she’ll probably be thought of as the “bad driver” because of her reputation as a hot-head. Her quote says it all: “It’s not exactly the ideal spot to pass,” she said. “We were going into the fast chicane there and there’s no room, there’s no room for two people. … I was looking in my mirrors and I saw him. He just wasn’t all the way up next to me.” That’s exactly how it appeared to me. Their loss was Team Penske’s gain as Ryan Briscoe got the win.

Kyle Busch Serves as Best Man for Landry Wedding After Vegas Qualifying

NASCAR’s in Las Vegas this weekend, and in addition to casinos, strip clubs, and brothels, Vegas is well-known for its walk-up wedding chapels. Well, Damon and Heather Landry of Laramie, Wyoming decided the racetrack would be a cooler place to get married than some trashy chapel. One problem — Damon didn’t have a best man to help out. Good thing Kyle Busch was there for the assist.

I guess Elvis wasn’t available.

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Randy Moss Is Going Japanese

With the economy going south and the big three automakers in Detroit possibly going under, it’s great to know that one of our true Patriots is doing all he can to help his country. Oops!

Randy Moss Motorsports announced Wednesday that it will partner with Toyota for the 2009 Camping World Truck Series season.

“We are extremely excited to be joining the Toyota team this season,” co-owner Randy Moss said. “Toyota has proven year in and year out that they are competitive on the track and can provide the resources to run for a championship. We are pleased to be a part of their camp.”

Moss’ team plans to compete full-time this season which is impressive in itself considering some teams had to merge or cancel cars altogether because of a lack of sponsorship. I guess that’s not the case for Moss whose checks keep rolling in from the Krafts. Would have been nice to see Moss’ team go American with their product, but then again, would have been nice to see an 11-5 team in the playoffs rather than a 9-7 in the Super Bowl.

Kevin Harvick: The All-Star Race Sucks

Kevin Harvick had a pretty good year for Richard Childress Racing, making the Chase as the 11th driver in the standings. He finished up the year as sixth in the Chase standings, 256 points behind Jimmie Johnson. Harvick ran well at the Ford 400 in Homestead, finishing second to Carl Edwards. Problem is Harvick and everyone else was already so far behind the points leader — Jimmie Johnson — that the race was practically meaningless. That’s why host Peter Brown said on Sporting News Radio that everyone loves the All-Star race, because it comes down to just one race — not an accumulation of points. Apparently everyone loves it with the exception of Kevin Harvick, who told Brown differently in an interview:

I think the All-Star race sucks. I think it has absolutely no meaning to anything that we do all year. There’s no points for it and you spend the same amount of money to go out race in a race that has absolutely no meaning. Everybody throws caution to the wind and takes a good chance of tearing everything up including themselves.

Harvick’s known for being a feisty one on the track, so to hear him make that comment really isn’t all that surprising. Thing is, how is the NASCAR All-Star race any different from an All-Star event in any other sport? They’re all spectacles purely for the fans, only this is more dangerous.

Tony Stewart Loves Him Some Women

Tony Stewart gave a pretty R-rated interview to Rolling Stone that Deadspin was kind enough to bring to my attention. I’ve already expressed my thoughts on Tony Stewart and his badass ways, so no surprise he was pretty revealing with Rolling Stone. Some of the highlights (beware, strong language):

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