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2-car crash in High Point, 2 people hurt, 1 rescued by Good Samaritan

Update: 2-car crash in High Point, 2 people hurt, 1 rescued by Good Samaritan

October 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm | In High Point, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 16 Comments

(WSB photo, substituted for cameraphone photo that was originally published)
8:11 PM: Big Seattle Fire/Police response on the way to Sylvan Way/SW Morgan in High Point, for a reported two-car crash, with one car on fire, and people reported to be trapped in the other car. More to come.

8:22 PM: Two people are reported to be injured – one seriously. The scene is just east of Neighborhood House’s High Point Center at Sylvan/Lanham, on the westbound side of the road. The more-seriously hurt patient will be taken to the hospital by SFD medic unit, the other by private ambulance. Police are investigating the possibility of DUI.

8:38 PM: Eastbound lanes will be reopened soon, police are saying, while westbound will be closed a while. The crash involved a Honda Pilot and Subaru Forester (the latter is the one that caught fire, and is in the foreground of our top photo). At this point, the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is *not* being called out, which indicates they expect both people to survive. A 128 bus was having some trouble getting through the area a few minutes ago, so if you rely on that route, you might seem some delays.

9:34 PM: SPD just announced via emergency radio that Sylvan is open again, both ways.

10:08 PM: Just published to SFD’s Fire Line website, a summary identifying the Subaru’s driver as a 26-year-old man who was pulled, unconscious, from the burning vehicle by a Good Samaritan before fire crews arrived. He was “alert, oriented and conscious when medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center,” SFD reports. The driver of the Honda Pilot is described only as male; he’s the one who was taken to the hospital by private ambulance, indicating less-serious injuries.


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  1. Oh, good Lord. Sounds terrible. I hope it isn’t as bad as all that…please let them all be safe.

    Comment by MMB — 8:17 pm October 19, 2014 #

  2. Yikes. Sounds horrible, thoughts go out to the victims, hope people pull through this.

    Comment by Andi — 8:19 pm October 19, 2014 #

  3. So sad that it’s likely a DUI per scanner of medics consulting Medic One Doc

    Comment by tim — 8:22 pm October 19, 2014 #

  4. Heard all the sirens coming from all directions at Morgan and 35th. They all stopped shortly after they turned down through High Point. New it was pretty close by. Hope all involved will be ok and recover quickly. My thought go out to all injured.

    Comment by ~HockeyWitch~ — 8:34 pm October 19, 2014 #

  5. sounds like a terrible accident. I hope all recover quickly. I sure do wish that people would stop and think before they drive after drinking :(

    Comment by JanS — 8:39 pm October 19, 2014 #

  6. Wow just got home. This is a block from my house. So thankful I stayed an hour longer at my friend’s house. The intersection of Morgan and Sylvan is very tricky to navigate on a regular basis under normal conditions. People fly down Sylvan and you can’t see around the median, add the cars parked to the very edge of Morgan and its a daily nightmare. Hope everyone recovers fully. So scary to see the clean up after being across town all day.

    Comment by trickycoolj — 9:43 pm October 19, 2014 #

  7. I was the car directly in front of the Honda Pilot. It was terrifying to see the reality of the situation. The Subaru was coming at high speed down the opposite direction and came across the median. The speed was so intense that it scared me, so I sped up and swerved a bit because I knew it was coming to my side of the road. It was terrifying to see.

    Comment by Philip — 9:57 pm October 19, 2014 #

  8. OMG – looking at those cars, it’s a miracle people survived. Hope recovery is quick for those involved.

    Comment by Sue — 9:57 pm October 19, 2014 #


    Comment by tim — 10:07 pm October 19, 2014 #

  10. Yup, just got that, adding whatever’s new …

    Comment by WSB — 10:09 pm October 19, 2014 #

  11. Incredible selfless act of bravery by the Good Samaritan. There are everyday heroes among us. Healing thoughts to the injured.

    Comment by m — 10:21 pm October 19, 2014 #

  12. Wow what happened!

    Comment by 12th man — 10:23 pm October 19, 2014 #

  13. We were behind that Subaru with MT plates on 35th and were concerned with their erratic driving. As soon as we got home and heard the sirens, I had a feeling and walked over to confirm it was the same car. Philip, did you see a Red Jeep Cherokee traveling behind it or chasing it?

    Comment by Andrew — 10:38 pm October 19, 2014 #

  14. I was the driver behind the Honda Pilot. I saw the Subaru coming super fast and swerve so I slammed on my brakes. Saw the whole thing. So scary. Called 911 as soon as I was safe. Hats off to the person who pulled the man from the car.

    Comment by Lisa — 11:00 pm October 19, 2014 #

  15. @Andrew: I did see a car behind the Subaru but didn’t notice much aside from the impact. I turned around and parked in the bus zone on opposite side of street to ensure the authorities had me as a witness since he missed me by inches. That’s when the Subaru caught on fire.

    I want to take a minute here to commend the residents from the homes at the impact. A large number came out to help and as soon as the fire erupted, several ran to pull the driver out of the car. It took three or four people to do it but they refused to leave him in the car which was a true act of selflessness. Others were also ushering the driver of the other car out and to safety since no one knew if the Subaru was going to explode. These are my neighbors!

    Comment by Philip — 8:48 am October 20, 2014 #

  16. I have to offer kudos to the person who was trying to warn eastbound drivers away from the scene for a while. I was updating our site from our car on Lanham south of 35th (while our photographer was over gathering information) and could hear her shouting at approaching cars – police were all busy further down the block with the actual crash.

    Comment by WSB — 9:03 am October 20, 2014 #

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2016 Acura ILX

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Acura’s ILX compact sedan has been a near total sales dud. Sure, the idea of wrapping the Honda Civic’s bones in fancier clothes and ladling on an extra helping of refinement sounds good—and it worked in Canada!—but that’s not exactly how the ILX turned out when it hit the market as a 2013 model. Yet don’t bury the thing just yet, because Acura has announced that it will debut a refreshed version at the 2014 L.A. auto show.

Acura hasn’t outlined what exactly we can expect from the 2016 ILX besides offering up the darkened image of the car seen above and the promise that it is “substantially new.” To be substantially more specific, Acura says the refresh includes “a potent new powertrain, more forceful, sporty exterior styling, and substantially upgraded interior design.”

We’d say that those ILX features-slash-bullet-points are all worthy upgrades. Instead of “modern-day Integra,” the ILX instead heads into the fight with cars wearing A3, 2-series, and CLA badging without many actual weapons. The current car has substantial road and powertrain noise, a dull interior, and a snoozeworthy base 2.0-liter four-cylinder. (The optional 2.4-liter four borrowed from the Civic Si, on the other hand, is fantastic if a bit raucous for a luxury car.) As such, fitting Honda’s new direct-injected 2.4-liter four would be a most welcome change. A sportier or at least worked-over body would keep the ILX fresh in the face of Acura’s newest darling, the larger TLX, and from the photo Acura released, it would appear new lighting—likely LED-lit all around—is in store, too.

We’ll bring you more from the L.A. show next month, but we’re glad Acura seems to be listening to its customers—or rather its lack of customers—and making an effort to buff up the slow-selling ILX.

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The number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. this year has hit an all-time high since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was founded in 1970.

According to the Detroit Free Press, automakers have recalled more than 56 million vehicles year-to-date in 2014, surpassing the 1999 full-year record of 55.6 million. (You may now add 53 2015 Ford Mustangs to this total.) As you might expect, General Motors vehicles make up nearly half of that number, at more than 26.5 million.

However, GM’s own running tally of its 2014 actions lists them as they’re reported individually to NHTSA, which means there are some duplicate vehicles subject to multiple recalls or expansions of recalls. So that 56-plus-million number, a mix of NHTSA stats and the Freep‘s latest count through today, probably includes duplicates from more than a few manufacturers since to weed them out would require days of tedious, unrewarding combing through hundreds of recall PDFs in NHTSA’s database. We’re assuming the perennially underfunded and overworked NHTSA didn’t do the legwork for the 1999 number, either, so let’s call it a wash. Either way, 56 million is a lot of vehicles—and we’re only in October.

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The section of Pope Lane just beyond Lindle Lane junction

The section of Pope Lane just beyond Lindle Lane junction

Police are appealing for information after a man died in an accident in Penwortham.

The incident happened around 8.25pm on Friday 17 October when an MG ZT-T was heading towards Chain House Lane.

As the car passed Lindle Lane it is believed to have left the carriageway and collided with a tree.

The driver, Kevin Williams, 38, from Leyland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant David Hurst of the Road Policing Unit said: “This is a tragic accident where a man has sadly died and my thoughts are with his family at this time.

“An investigation is now underway and I would appeal to anybody who may have witnessed this accident, or who may have any information that could assist with our investigation to come forward.”

Anyone with further information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-29141917-1397.

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Ice Picks Talladega Superspeedway – Geico 500

Welcome to my Ice Picks for Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

This weekend will mark the 45th anniversary of the track built on a former WWII airfield deep in the heart of Alabama that we all come to know simply as “Dega”.

I’m not going to get into drivers with stats as wide as Kim Kardashian’s most famous part, but I will somewhat by the time you’re finished reading this post.

You see, this is the most unpredictable track on the NASCAR schedule and throwing in the fact that this is the last chance for drivers to make the “Elite Eight” or the Eliminator Round of the Chase makes it that more challenging.

As I think of the race tracks for my upcoming Ice picks, I think of how the race will play out in my head according to the race team’s history and the year their having. This comes from over 50 years of watching NASCAR races and studying the tendencies of racing teams.

I can honestly say I have no clue how this one is going to end, especially with this new Chase process of elimination.

It’s thrilling that Dega is the last race of the Contender Round of the Chase, but I also think of the ramifications that come with it.

You have to make an accord in order to win at Dega. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch will have to rely on their equipment operating at its very best to reach the zenith of Sunday’s race. Don’t take this like I’m picking on these two drivers, but they both have burned enough bridges to make a war movie.

I don’t see this race ending with 43 race cars in one piece. This will be the mother of all carnage endings Talledega has ever seen because what is at stake at day’s end. This is what my head has been playing out for Sunday.

Fastest Speeds from todays first practice:

#15 Clint Bowyer – 200.385

#43 Aric Almirola – 200.268

#1 Jamie McMurray – 200.117

#95 Michael McDowell – 199.971

#33 Travis Kvapil – 199.883

#42 Kyle Larson – 199.537

#40 Landon Cassill – 199.284

#2 Brad Keselowski – 199.238

#41 Kurt Busch – 199.197

#18 Kyle Busch – 199.160


Richard Childress Racing leads all active teams with 12 wins, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 11.

Jimmie Johnson tops the list of active drivers with an average start of 10.5. His teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in average finish — 15.0 at Dega.

Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in laps led at Talledega — 844 laps lead in 43 starts.

Only 13 of 90 races have been won by the pole and Jeff Gordon leads the active drivers with three victories from the pole.

The front row starters have won 30 races while the top ten has produced 62 winners.  Only eight winners have started outside the top 20 in 90 Dega races.

Denny Hamlin won the Spring race at Dega after starting 34th and led 12 laps.

I would stay away from Harvick and Logano competing for a win since they are on to the next round. This is what I don’t like about the new Chase format; it takes the drama out of some of the races.


Here’s my Ice Picks for Talledega:


A List


Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Clint Bowyer

Matt Kenseth


B List


Jamie McMurray

Ryan Newman

Denny Hamlin

Brad Keselowski


C List


Austin Dillon


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Heading into Sunday’s Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, two drivers — Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick — are already guaranteed advancement into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup that’ll get underway next weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. That leaves six remaining advancement spots that 10 drivers will be vying for Talladega.

A win by one of those 10 will guarantee their survival into the next round, but there are five drivers who can control their own destiny with a solid points day at Talladega. One of those drivers is Carl Edwards. Edwards can guarantee survival, regardless of the finishes of others, with a finish of 18th or better. That drops to 19th or better if he leads a lap, or 20th or better if he leads the most laps.

Earlier this week, Edwards participated in a NASCAR teleconference to discuss the Chase and his possible advancement, among other things. Here’s what he had to say:

Q. Carl, you head to Talladega this weekend fifth in points standings. While you have a good shot at advancing to the Eliminator Round of the Chase based on points, a win would automatically push you through. With that in mind, what is your strategy going into the weekend?

CARL EDWARDS: I am not sure yet. We’ll have to see where we qualify and how basically the starting lineup shapes up. If we’re out front, we definitely want to stay there. If we’re in the middle, I don’t know how aggressive I would want to be early on. We just have to basically watch where our competition is running and try not to get caught up in the race too much and focus on the fact that we have an opportunity to advance to the next round based on our good finishes at Kansas and Charlotte.

Q. According to NASCAR, if you finish 18th or better on Sunday, you’ll advance to the next round. Can you talk about the dynamic of approaching that at Talladega versus if it was another track.

CARL EDWARDS: 18th or better sounds simple to do, but it is not at Talladega.

Talladega obviously poses bigger risks than most racetracks. That’s because you are literally in a pack of cars. One mistake or one parts failure or something on any of those cars could affect you.

You’re not just subject to your own mistakes or your own problems, but being in a pack like that makes it very easy to finish 40th even if you’re doing everything right.

It is a tougher race to guarantee a good finish.

Q. How do you balance when to take a risk or not take a risk?

CARL EDWARDS: Oh, man, I don’t know. It’s tough. I rely on my spotter, Jason Hedlesky. I rely on Jimmy Fennig. He has a lot of restrictor plate success, specifically with Matt Kenseth. I’ve spoken with Jimmy, spoken with Robbie Reiser. Jason and I will have a lot of discussion leading up to the race.

We will basically have a plan for each scenario. Early on let’s say anyone that we were racing for points were to get caught up in something, yeah, it’s a lot more fun to just go race, race for the front, try to go get the win. If it looks like other guys are playing it safe, they’re taking less risks, we would probably have to follow suit just so we don’t do something foolish.

I mean, the way the format is, is that we feel like we have a big opportunity to make it to this next round. Especially with everything that’s going on and the craziness that has happened, we feel like this is perfectly suited to us and we don’t want to give that opportunity up.

Q. Carl, obviously there was some crazy stuff that went down after the race on Saturday night. Guys playing bumper cars, Matt Kenseth probably showing more anger than we’ve ever seen from him. We don’t usually see that. Maybe at Martinsville, but not at a place like Charlotte, not in the middle of the Chase. What is your take on why we saw so much emotion and passion? Is that a positive for the sport?

CARL EDWARDS: I can tell you that people are interested in it. I mean, I’m in NASCAR just like most of the people on this call are. Being inside the sport it’s sometimes hard to get a gauge of how it’s perceived.

I can tell you a lot of people were really excited about all of the drama. It’s real. I mean, I don’t know if people outside of the sport really understand that. I mean, all of us drivers and the teams, the sponsors for that matter, we take this really seriously. This is fierce competition. There’s a lot on the line. There’s a lot of risk, not just financially, there’s real risk.

When you see people get that wound up, I think it shows how much passion there is inside the sport. I mean, I’ve always said that. I know that after an event like that, there’s always people saying what people should have done, what they shouldn’t have done. But overall it’s obvious that this format has raised the level of intensity which all of us have to compete. People definitely care.

That’s what I take away from it. I’m glad nobody was hurt. At the end of the day it was just a display of passion, I think.

Q. You said it might be ruthless, early on, you might have been the first one to say that. What you had to say about the intensity of it, I’m wondering if you understand even going over the line and what the lines are about pit road, fighting. As a driver, only you guys can understand what it would be like to have that kind of feeling. Can you explain it at all?

CARL EDWARDS: I don’t know. I mean, I think we all kind of know where the lines are and what the rules are. I think it just becomes a question of how upset are you and how much is it worth to you, what are you willing to do to stand your ground.

I mean, I don’t know. Things like this happen. When guys get into it, they’re so dynamic, there’s so much going on. The interesting thing about racing, I’m sure everyone can relate to driving down the highway, somebody cuts you off, somebody gives you some hand signal, there’s some communication.

You can’t really communicate well from car to car or even from team to team. It’s a loud environment. You’re wearing your helmets. You perceive someone has offended you or wrecked you, and things escalate very quickly.

Anyway, it’s a long way of saying every situation’s different. Everybody’s responsible for their own actions. At the end of the day you just have to decide what you’re willing to put up with or what you’re going to do something if somebody does something to you.

I don’t know how to describe that for everyone.

Q. Given what we already know Talladega was going to be, coming out of it last week, what do you think about Talladega then?

CARL EDWARDS: I think, and I’m not certain, but I think that everyone will go to Talladega and they’ll be very professional. I don’t believe that you would see any on-track retaliation at Talladega. It’s such a fast place. There’s so much potential for collateral damage with other cars, other teams.

I have a feeling, my gut feeling, is that Talladega will go pretty smoothly. I think once we get to Martinsville, some other places, if there are any hard feelings over stuff that happened over the year or even last week, I think that’s where you’ll see most of that dealt with.

Q. You’re not the NASCAR disciplinarian. Do you think other drivers will talk to Brad Keselowski about it besides what NASCAR does, tell him you don’t drive through the garage area? Denny Hamlin said that he was acting like a dumb ass instead of a champion.

CARL EDWARDS: I’m really careful not to get involved in other people’s fights because a good sound byte can sound good, but you never know the whole story. I know I’ve been involved in stuff with people and I have seen things personally that have been framed in ways that I did not think were accurate. So I try to stay out of all that.

As far as guys in the garage talking to Brad or something, I would say you won’t see that happening. People might give each other a hard time joking around. But really, you know, every guy out there racing, I mean, we are professionals and we’ve been doing this long enough, I’ve learned even when I’m the one on one side of something, somebody is on the other side – I don’t know how to put it – but if you stop and listen to each side, there’s good points on each side. Guys have legitimate gripes or concerns, or there’s a misunderstanding.

Anyway, I’m just saying I don’t think guys will be going to Brad and talking to him. I know I won’t because I didn’t see specifically what happened and I don’t know the backstory.

Q. Carl, if you could rewind back to the beginning of the year when NASCAR announced the elimination setup, did you expect this much driver intensity with that new elimination? Did you expect to be doing as well in the Chase as you’ve done so far?

CARL EDWARDS: I had no clue what to think. This format surprised me. I didn’t think that was possible. The idea of a format like this caught me off guard. The only thing I knew when they announced this format, I knew that Homestead would be extremely interesting.

If you would have said Charlotte ended the way Charlotte ended, I never could have guessed that. As I left the racetrack the other night, I thought I guarantee you Brian France is kicked back with his feet up with a smile on his face because right now this is working. There’s a lot of interest in the sport. All the teams are trying their very hardest to do the best they can every week.

From that point of view, it’s pretty amazing.

Q. Do you think Chase drivers will look out for each other at Talladega, if I draft him a little harder, maybe he won’t do as well? Do you think you’ll see Chase drivers putting other Chase drivers in bad positions intentionally, not necessarily wrecking, but not necessarily doing them any favors either?

CARL EDWARDS: Yeah, towards the end of the race 100%. This is a zero sum game, specifically between certain guys. Everyone’s going to be very aware of who they have to beat and by how much, by how many positions.

I think there will be a lot of stuff like that that goes on in this race. I think it will be almost impossible for the competitors to keep up with, and hopefully the broadcasters can do a good job of keeping up with it so the fans can see what’s going on.

It’s too hard to guess how it’s going to go right now. But, yeah, you’re exactly right.

Q. I saw on Twitter where Clint Bowyer got a flame flower as a gift. I was wondering what was the craziest gift you ever received.

CARL EDWARDS: Man, I don’t know. Well, okay, I did get after winning at Milwaukee in the Nationwide Series one night, a guy gave me a stuffed porcupine. It was mounted. I’m trying to remember the porcupine’s name. It was something really funny. That’s probably the craziest thing I’ve gotten. Just caught me off guard. He really wanted me to have it.

Q. Knowing it’s the last few races with you and the 99 team, it’s ironic because it’s like the 10th anniversary when you joined the team full-time. What are some of your favorite memories with the 99 team?

CARL EDWARDS: All of my Sprint Cup Series, all of our successes have been a blast. We had a great time. I learned a lot from Jack Roush not just about racing but about a number of things. For me, I guess the most fun stuff that we’ve done together would be the 2008 season, that was a blast, won a ton of races. The championship battle with Tony was a lot of fun. That’s probably the neatest racing thing I’ve ever been a part of. The All-Star win was huge. Really, I’m excited about the final races of this season.

I think even though we haven’t had a ton of speed, we’ve done a really good job strategy-wise, and Jimmy has made great calls. I think we have an opportunity to still have quite a bit of fun leading up to Homestead.

Q. A lot of people may not have put you in the Eliminator Round of eight bracket. Knowing you have a chance to go to the penultimate round of the Chase, do you view Talladega to go for the win or just go and realize you have to finish in the top 15?

CARL EDWARDS: Yeah, just kind of depends on how we qualify. Like I said earlier, a lot is going to happen in that race. I don’t know.

The hardest thing is you go to those races, it’s hard not to be extremely aggressive. It’s a lot of fun. You’re staring up there. You can see the lead. You can go up there and try to do that. I just have to try to be careful not to get too excited, and definitely think about getting to that Eliminator Round.

Q. You going to the Gibbs team next year, might we see a new form of celebration or will you keep the backflip?

CARL EDWARDS: I plan on doing the backflip for as long as I can. I don’t think people realize the winning is the hard part. Backflips are really pretty easy. I have noticed I don’t practice them as much, I don’t do them as often. When I have to do them, I get a little more nervous.

As long as I can do them and I’m winning, I’ll keep doing them.

Q. Your thoughts on John Henry as an owner, maybe a memory or two of interactions you’ve had with him? For the laymen out there among us, what sort of role does an owner like that play in the driver’s development beyond the obvious financial support?

CARL EDWARDS: I mean, John Henry, he’s an amazing man. I’d say the most striking thing to me about Mr. Henry is he’s just a normal guy. I mean, I sat and had dinner with him early on in the Roush Fenway Racing partnership. We talked about life, a little bit of baseball. We talked about his farming, all the things he’s got going on.

He’s just a good guy. I think he’s a great leader. From a driver standpoint, I don’t have a lot of interaction with him competitively, but I know on the corporate level, all of our business stuff, management, those folks have leaned a lot on him and the Fenway group. They’ve been a huge help.

It’s been really good. I think a lot of him.

Q. Obviously you have a chance to give him a championship this year. When you’re leaving a team, how does that motivate you any differently than it would if you had been planning to stay with them indefinitely?

CARL EDWARDS: I’ve got a couple things going on this year that really make this year important. Number one, there’s just the fact that I’m very aware of the rare nature of having a shot at winning a championship. I’ve only had this opportunity a few times, to be this close to it. With this format, I think we have a real good shot.

The second thing is that obviously Jack Roush, the relationship with him, everybody at Roush Fenway Racing, Henry, and my crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, this is the last year he’s going to crew chief, and I think he’s been doing this longer than I’ve been alive. There are a lot of doors closing, chapters closing or finishing here. It would be really cool for a number of reasons to win this year.

Q. You’re going from a guy who has won three World Series to a guy who has won three Super Bowls. Is that a prerequisite for you?

CARL EDWARDS: I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’ve had the opportunity to be around some really amazing people, from Mike Mittler, my first owner in NASCAR, Jack Roush, John Henry. Just a lot of people I’ve had the opportunity to be around and see how they operate, how they deal with people. It’s really amazing. For people that have been around those guys, they know what I’m talking about. It’s really cool.

That’s one of the neat things about my job, is there’s some really great leaders and some amazing people I get to spend time with.

Q. Carl, it’s not uncommon that we see drivers departing teams get left out of meetings. In this case you’re the only driver from Roush Fenway Racing left. How does that play into how you prepare for races?

CARL EDWARDS: I haven’t seen anything change. I told somebody the other day, If they’re withholding anything from me, they’re doing a good job of it because I don’t notice it. Everything’s been the same. Jack Roush, Robbie Reiser, Steve Newmark, everybody on my team is committed to giving 100%. Robbie walked in the trailer the other day, we talked about it. He said, I hope you notice there is no quit in any of us, we’re going 100% at this.

We’ve been doing this a long time together. I’ve been at Roush Fenway Racing for almost 12 years. I feel like it’s family. Yeah, we’re going different ways at the end of the year but we all want to win this thing. So far it’s gone great. My hope is that we win it, we’re able to shake hands and move forward as friends.

Q. Looking ahead to next year, do you find yourself racing or getting raced by your future teammates a little bit differently than you were prior to the beginning of this year?

CARL EDWARDS: No, I really don’t. That would be nice. It hasn’t worked that way. I mean, I know that once the green flag drops, it’s not about who your teammates are, your future teammates are, your old teammates were. Everybody races based on how they race, how they act on the track. It’s pretty professional and buttoned up once the green flag drops.

So, yeah, that hasn’t really been a factor. Nothing’s changed there.

Q. Considering how things have played out thus far under this new format, is it different than what you expected going into the Chase or pretty much what you thought it was going to be?

CARL EDWARDS: It’s a little bit different. I didn’t really bring any preconceived notions or I didn’t really have an opinion on it before it started because it appeared like it would have the opportunity to be pretty chaotic. That’s what it has been, in my opinion.

If you look at the guys that could potentially be out of it after this week, historically those guys would be way up in the front of the points. Yeah, I think it has shaken things up. It has definitely taken the season and taken it from a full season down to a 10-race season, and now it’s a series of three races. There’s no place to hide if you have a bad race with this format.

I guess to answer your question, I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s about as chaotic as I would have guessed it to be.

Q. Is it a good thing or bad thing that three of the drivers who were most successful during the regular season are on the verge of elimination? Is that a good thing for the sport or is that how the playoffs are?

CARL EDWARDS: I don’t know. I don’t know what’s good or bad for the sport. I know that it’s definitely a paradigm shift from the way I grew up racing. It’s totally different.

But without this format I don’t know that you’d see the intensity level or the excitement you saw the other night at Charlotte. I mean, I don’t know.

I will say this. Whatever format we end up with here, I hope this is a time in the sport that we look back on and say, We perfected this, got it right, then stuck with it. I think in the long run there’s a lot of credibility to be had, a lot of interest in something that is, number one, the right format and, number two, stays the same for a long time.

Q. You attended the University of Missouri. You had three semesters of studying engineering. You stopped doing that. My question is, back when things were not moving as fast as today with technology, are there things that you learned back then that still help you with the new engines of today or has technology blown all that away?

CARL EDWARDS: Technology obviously is changing rapidly. I mean, the amount of information that goes around is building exponentially, not just in racing but all around us. I think for anyone, it’s hard to keep up with everything.

But some of the stuff that I learned, not just from school, but from my father, some of the peripheral stuff I read about scientific method, the way you figure things out, the way you problem solve, all that stuff’s the same.

Really, if you look at our sport, the guys who are most successful, the crew chiefs and the team owners that are the most successful, are sometimes not the most educated. They’re the guys who just understand how to simply solve a problem and move forward.

I mean, my crew chief is a great example. I don’t know how much formal education in engineering Jimmy Fennig has. If there’s a problem, he can solve it, period. If he can’t solve it, he’s very good at delegating and finding someone who can.

I’d say if I could go back, all that time I spent in school, I don’t know if I would have spent it on some of the things I spent it on. I probably would have worked harder on management, basic sciences, understanding people. This sport is about getting the most out of people. It’s truly a team sport.

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NASCAR Defuncts: Team Red Bull

It is no secret a select few NASCAR teams dominate the Sprint Cup scene. In 2014, two have claimed their dominance: Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske. Their drivers have combined for an incredible 21 wins in 31 races to date.

To dethrone these well-organized, well-financed teams is obviously no walk in the park. Yet some teams find enough success and become competitive, take Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) as a recent example.

But for every MWR, there are hundreds of teams that are but a footnote in NASCAR history, but even footnotes are worth reading.

NASCAR Defunct: Team Red Bull.

The extremely successful energy drink corporation owned by Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz expressed interest in NASCAR in 2005, the same year they begin their Formula 1 race team.

2006: The Foundation.

In January, Mateschitz purchases Roger Penske’s 425,000 square foot racing facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Brian Vickers announces his decision to join the team starting in 2007 after three years at Hendrick Motorsports. He will drive the No. 83.

“I think they are going to bring new ideas, new concepts into our sport that they have learned from other forms of racing around the world. The sponsor is the team. That’s kind of a new concept for our sport. And it’s a clean sheet of paper. We have seen the clean sheet of paper concept work very well for a lot of teams including the 24 way back when, the 48, it worked real well for those guys.”–Vickers, June 2006

Brian Vickers Phoenix 09

Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger makes the move from open-wheel racing to pilot the No. 84 car.

The team attempts to qualify in three races, failing to do so each time.

2007: Growing Pains.

Along with MWR and Bill Davis Racing, Team Red Bull will drive the new Toyota Camry in the makes first year in the series.

Both drivers fail to qualify for the Daytona 500. By season’s end, Vickers misses 13 races on speed, Allmendinger 19.

The No. 83 team provides the biggest highlights of the year, scoring a 10th place finish in the second race of the year in California, and a season best fifth place in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

For the rookie driver, 15th place at the fall race in Charlotte is his season’s best.


2008: Improvements

Kevin Hamlin takes over as crew chief of the No. 83, bringing his experience gained from working with Dale Earnhardt Sr., Jeff Burton, and Kevin Harvick.

Allmendinger continues to struggle on qualifying day, missing the first three races of the year. He is temporarily replaced by veteran Mike Skinner, who starts the next five races for the team. His best finish is a 27th in Atlanta.

With Allmendinger back in the seat, the No. 84 team wins the Sprint Showdown in Charlotte. He also scores the first top-10 finish of his career in the Brickyard 400 (10th), and follows that up with another at Kansas (ninth).

Vickers and Hamlin find chemistry as they score back-to-back top-five finishes at Pocono and Michigan midway through the season, including a runner-up at the former. They end the season with three top-fives and six top-10s.

Allmendinger announces his departure from the team after two seasons, moving over to Richard Petty Motorsports. Scott Speed, a former Red Bull F1 driver, steps in to drive the final four races of the year in the No. 83 car. He qualifies second and finishes a respectable 16th at the season finale at Homestead.

2009: Welcome to the Chase

His third full year with the team finds Vickers, along with new crew chief Ryan Pemberton, developing a groove.

The No. 83 team heats up in the summer months. Beginning with the night race at Daytona, they rack up seven top-10 finishes in nine races, including the organization’s first ever Sprint Cup win coming at Michigan International Speedway.

Vickers earns six poles, four top-fives, and 14 top-10s on his way to the Chase. In the final 10 races, the No. 83 team’s best finish is an 11th at Louden and Martinsville, finishing 12th in the driver’s standings.



2010: Medical Woes

Any hopes of capitalizing on a strong 2009 season come to an end for Vickers when he gets sidelined with medical issues after only 11 races. The No. 83 team uses a rotating door of drivers to finish out the rest of the year including Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, Mattias Ekstrom, and Boris Said.

Kasey Kahne drives the last five races in the car, scoring a pole and a sixth place finish at Homestead. He will race full-time for the team in 2011 in a one-year deal.

Speed shows little improvement in this sophomore year, with another lone top-10 coming at the summer race in Daytona. He finishes 30th in driver’s standings and is let go at the end of the year.

In return, he files suit against Red Bull Racing for $6.5 million, citing breach of contract.

“They can’t say ‘We’ll give you three more years’ and then at the end of the season say ‘Just kidding.’ They think they have a way of getting out of my contract. I think they’re crazy.” –Speed, Dec. 2011.

The two eventually settle out of court.

2011: Goodbye

Vickers returns to drive the No. 83.  Kahne pilots the No. 4 car.

The former Evernham Motorsports driver scores 15 top-10s, including a win at Phoenix at the end of the year.

Rumors abound that Red Bull will leave NASCAR at the end of the year, and in June the team confirm their departure.

“They never really had the level of success (in NASCAR) that I’m sure they were hoping for. And on the flip side, you have enormous success around Formula One. I’d probably say it’s a combination of both, and I’m not sure there was ever the same level of excitement and passion (for NASCAR). (Red Bull owner) Dietrich (Mateschitz) is a winner, and he’s not going to go on forever if he doesn’t get the results.”- Zak Brown, founder and CEO of Just Marketing


And just like that, they were gone. One day they are giving drivers wings, the next they are giving them the slip. Now they are just a NASCAR Defunct.

Team Red Bull NASCAR Stats: 2007-2011

Races: 324

Wins: 2

Top Fives: 20

Top 10s: 56

Poles: 10

Average Finish: 22.94

Total Laps Led: 887

DNFs: 45


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Car Dealer Gets 15 Months in Money Laundering Conspiracy

A Memphis man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Wednesday for helping drug traffickers launder money through his used car dealership.

Wayne David McAlpin, Jr., 50, was the president of Budget Auto Sales. He pled guilty last year to one count of money laundering and one count of filing fraudulent tax documents with the Internal Revenue Service.

Co-defendants in the case are Brian Bowman, 46, of Lakeland, and James Austin (also known as “the Rev”), 61, of Memphis. Austin was a salesman at Budget Auto Sales. Bowman was president of Pyramid Used Car Sales. Each pled guilty to one count of filing fraudulent documents with the IRS.

The two dealerships were frequented by known drug traffickers, according to the Department of Justice. The businesses sold multiple vehicles to them, knowing they had vehicles seized by law enforcement for transporting or concealing illegal drugs.

The trio of salesmen concealed the fact that the vehicles were being purchased with drug money by filing false tax documents. They also titled vehicles in the names of other people to try to hide the transactions from police.

“While masking themselves as legitimate businessmen, these individuals lined their pockets with excessive profits by helping drug dealers enjoy the lavish fruits of their criminal acts,” said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III. “These guilty pleas should serve as a clear reminder to those business operators who facilitate fraud and money laundering schemes that while you think you may be flying under the radar, you are not. It’s just a matter of time before you are caught and brought to justice.”

The trio will forfeit about $12 million in bank accounts, investment accounts, and vehicles including a Bentley, an Audi, a Cadillac, and a Lexus.

This crime was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS Criminal Investigations, the Memphis Police Department, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

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