by Phil Allaway
April 15 Q: Roughly 60 miles away from Kansas Speedway is Heartland Park Topeka, a facility that hosts NHRA Drag Racing and a number of road races. In 1995, the track hosted the first road course event for the then-NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman. However, the race all but ended the career of Kerry Teague. What happened?
April 15 A: _On Lap 8, Teague appeared to either lose his brakes exiting Turn 1, or the throttle hung. Regardless, when it came time to slow down for Turn 2, Teague simply could not do it. Teague drove his Chevrolet off-course to avoid Bob Jones. The No. 51 then spun and went hard into a concrete wall, drivers’ side first. A small fire started as well. The crash can be seen in this clip.
Teague was knocked unconscious in the crash and suffered head injuries that resulted in a lengthy hospital stay. However, he did make a full recovery._
April 16 Q: The 2002 Protection One 400 saw Jeff Gordon claim his second consecutive win at the new 1.5 mile tri-oval. However, it also saw the end of Sterling Marlin’s season. What happened?
April 16 A: _Marlin was running in the seventh position just after a restart when he approached the lapped Conseco Pontiac driven by Mike Wallace. Marlin had to check up just a little, which resulted in Jeff Burton tapping Marlin’s No. 40 from behind. Marlin fought the car, then overcorrected and shot hard into the outside wall exiting Turn 2. The crash can be seen in this clip.
Marlin suffered neck injuries in the crash that put him out of the car for the remainder of the 2002 season. A combination of Mike Bliss and Jamie McMurray filled in.)
April 17 Q: In the 2002 Ameristar Casino Indy 200, Tomas Scheckter dominated the proceedings for Cheever Racing. However, with just a few laps to go, it ended in tears for the rookie. What happened?
April 17 A: _Scheckter had dominated the race, leading over 100 laps before he developed a slow leak in his right rear tire. The car quickly became undrivable and he crashed out in the lead, in Turn 2 with ten laps to go. The crash can be seen here.
This was not the only time that season that Scheckter crashed out of the lead. Scheckter’s first Indianapolis 500 earlier that year ended up against the wall exiting Turn 4 after leading 85 laps. Eventually, Scheckter did reach pay dirt at Michigan._
April 18 Q: Former Truck Series racer Kelly Sutton (currently recovering from a severe motorcycle crash near Baltimore) had an arduous time in the series, never finishing better than 15th in 54 career starts. Kansas in 2005 was no better. What happened to Sutton that day?
April 18 A: Sutton was nothing more than an innocent bystander. Ahead of her, Chris Fontaine spun out while running underneath Terry Cook and backed his Bobby Hamilton-owned Dodge into the wall. Sutton had already gotten loose while trying to avoid Fontaine and attempted to go low. Unfortunately, trucks are not the most nimble vehicles. Sutton overcorrected a sudden slide and hit Fontaine’s front-end. The force of the hit put Sutton on her roof. Her Copaxone Chevrolet slid on it’s roof and hit the wall before sliding down to the apron. Once on the apron, the truck righted itself. The crash can be seen in this clip. Sutton was ok, but both her and Fontaine were out of the race._
April 19 Q: Later this season, Kansas Speedway will host their first-ever major sports car event with a night race for the Rolex Sports Car Series on August 17. Which race does this event effectively replace?