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Kwi-Infineon Raceway, umkhondo we-asphalt ojijekileyo umxinwa kakhulu.

Iimoto zesitokhwe ze-NASCAR, ezakhelwe ukuba ziqhube kwiingoma ezibanzi ze-oval, zinenyama kwaye zinkulu.





Ke, xa iToyota/Save Mart 350 isenza utyelelo lwayo lwenyanga kaJuni e-Infineon … kakuhle, izinto ziyenzeka. Ukubukela ugqatso kufana nokubukela umhlambi weimvubu uzama ukuhamba umqadi ngaxeshanye. Iimvubu ziyangqubana ngokungenakuthintelwa zize zibethwe.

Kakade ke, kule meko, iimvubu zinabaqhubi. Ngoobani abadla ngokucaphula abalungileyo. NjengoTony Stewart kunye noBrian Vickers apha ngeCawa.



Akukho ndoda iphumeleleyo ugqatso. UKurt Busch wenza, eqhuba kakuhle. Kodwa ulonwabo lokwenyani lolo suku yayikukubukela uVickers noStewart bedlala umdlalo wabo wabucala weemoto ezinkulu imini yonke.

Okokuqala, uVickers wamcaphukisa uStewart ukuba abethe uVickers emgceni. Emva koko, emva kokulungiswa kwemoto yakhe, uVickers wabuyela kukuziphindezela imijikelo engama-49 kamva kwaye wayibethelela imoto kaStewart phezulu kwimfumba yamatayara ngaphaya kojiko lwe-11.



Enyanisweni, xa umsi uphelile, uStewart wavala amavili akhe angasemva exhonywe esibhakabhakeni, kumgama nje weemitha ezimbalwa ukusuka kwintente yokungenisa iindwendwe kwelinye icala locingo lokubambisa. Okwexeshana, njengoko uStewart elinde abasebenzi ukuba bamkhulule kunye nesithuthi, uzibuze ukuba umntu osuka ententeni unokufikelela ecingweni aze amnike itreyi ye-shrimp.

Endaweni yoko, uStewart wayehleli kwisigcina-ntloko sakhe, ebonakala enomsindo. Ke yayiyintoni isivumelwano phakathi kukaVickers noStewart, kunjalo?



Ndamlahla kwangethuba ngenxa yokundivimba, watsho uStewart, waza wandifumana emva kwexesha.

Wandophula, ndaza ndamophula, uVickers wavuma kudliwanondlebe lwakhe lwasemva kogqatso, emva koko wongeza ngokuluncedo: Ndingaqhubeka ndithetha ngayo ukuba uyafuna.



Akukho mfuneko. UStewart wayesagcwele isandi sokulunywa njengoko wayemi ngaphandle kwelori yeqela lakhe.

Mhlawumbi bendiyifumene, utshilo uStewart, kuba ndamlahla kwangethuba. Wenza into awayefanele ayenze. Andimsoli. … Kodwa ndamlahla kuba wayendivimba. Ilula ngokwenene. Ukuba abafana bafuna ukubhloka, ke baya konakala ngalo lonke ixesha. De i-NASCAR yenze umthetho ngokuchasene nayo, ndiya kubalahla rhoqo.

Uqikelelo nje apha. Akunakwenzeka ukuba i-NASCAR iya kwenza nawuphi na umthetho onjalo.

Kunye nemidlalo emininzi eMelika ngaphandle kwebhola ekhatywayo, i-NASCAR iyasokola ukulwa kwindawo yentengiso exineneyo namhlanje. Ukhuphiswano lwebhola zamehlo kunye nemali yetikiti lunzima. Kwiminyaka emibini edlulileyo, ukulinganiswa kukamabonwakude we-NASCAR kwathatha idiphu ebalulekileyo, kwaye izihlalo ezingenanto zanda kwiingoma ezifana ne-Infineon. Ke esidlangalaleni kwaye ngokuvakalayo, iinkokeli zombutho zabhengeza umgaqo-nkqubo ongekho sikweni othi: Amakhwenkwe, yiba nako.

Ngamanye amazwi, i-NASCAR poobahs yayingayi kugweba okanye ijezise ukuqhuba ngokukrakra njengangaphambili. Ukugoba kweFender kwakubuyile. Kwaye kuya kufuneka uthi ukugoba kuyakhula. Iireyithingi zikamabonakude zonyuke kancinci kunonyaka odlulileyo. Kwaye ii-Infineon bleachers bezigcwele ngeCawe, nangona bezingekapakishwa. Kuqikelelwa ukuba bebengama-93 000.

Kuya kufuneka ucinge uninzi lwabo lushiye lwanelisekile. Umkhondo we-Infineon yindawo ephazamisayo yababukeli kuba inamathuba ambalwa okwenene okudlula, kwaye eyona nto ingcono kakhulu ku-Turn 11 hairpin apho kungekho zihlalo ze-bleacher. Kodwa kulo lonke ixesha leCawa, bekukho unxibelelwano olusecaleni. Abaqhubi bebepholile ngayo.

Lo mdlalo ubusekelwe kubafana abakrwada, utshilo uBusch, ophumelele umdyarho. Laa mnyango umdala umbakrazayo, ubhampa ukuya kubhampa. Lilifa lemidlalo yethu. Sisikolo esidala. Kwaye ndingumfana osesikolweni sakudala.

UStewart noVickers ngokucacileyo bazimase iziko elinye. Ingxaki yangeCawa yaqala ngenxa yokuba uStewart ulwela indawo ye-10 ephezulu okanye enye yeendawo ezimbini zamakhadi asendle kwindawo yokuma yamanqaku e-Sprint Cup, eya kumenza afanelekele i-Chase yokuphela kwesizini. Leyo yinguqulo ye-NASCAR ye-NCAA okanye i-NFL playoffs. UStewart waqala ngomhla we-11 kuluhlu lokuma. Wayefuna ukugqiba kakuhle.

Oku kukhokelele kubunzima kumlenze wama-38 njengoko uStewart wayesondela kuMjikelo we-11. UStewart ke ngoko uye wasondela nca kuVickers's bumper kwaye wamtyhalela kwi-spin eyabangela ukuwohloka kweemoto ezisixhenxe-njengoko, ngobukrelekrele, uStewart wadlula kubo bonke ubutshijolo wajoyina iinkokeli zogqatso.

Emva koko, uStewart uye waqinisekisa ukuba uVickers wayelifanele iqhuma, ngokungaphumi endleleni.

Andazi nokuba kukuswela intlonipho na okanye abafana batyhala nje imvulophu kwaye bangasebenzi kunye, utshilo uStewart. Kwakungekho nasiphi na isizathu ngelo xesha logqatso apho waqala ukuvimba. Kwakungekho ngqiqo ukuyenza, kwaye andiyi kukunyamezela.

Akumangalisi ukuba, inkcazo kaVickers ngesiganeko sokuqala yahlukile. Wathi wayezama ukuphepha ukungqubana nemoto eyayingaphambi kwakhe.

Khange ndivimbe uTony, utshilo uVickers. Ndicinga ukuba xa ebona impinda, uya kuqonda ukuba ayinanto yakwenza naye.

Ngokwemvelo, loo nto ayizange imthintele uVickers, emva kokuba abasebenzi bakhe bekhuphe izibonda zongquzulwano, ekugqibeleni bezingela uStewart ukuze afumane intlawulo-kwindawo kanye kanye. Ngeli xesha, uVickers watyhala eyakhe ingquza yangaphambili kwibhampa yangasemva kaStewart kwaye wayigqiba imini yakhe. UStewart ugqibe indawo yama-39 kugqatso kwaye wawela kwindawo ye-12 kumanqaku ewonke eSprint Cup. UVickers ugqibe i-36th ngosuku.

Indlela endiyibona ngayo, sonke sikwere, utshilo uVickers. Ndiqinisekile ukuba siza kuthetha. Mna noTony besingabahlobo ixesha elide. Kukubaleka nje. Yindalo yomntu. Yindlela abantu abajongana ngayo nezinto.

Abantu bemoto yesitokhwe banethemba lokuba kunjalo. Kuba nantsi esona sibhengezo sincinci somdyarho somdyarho esisuka kumagosa e-NASCAR malunga noStewart noVickers: Akukho nyathelo loluleko belilindelwe ngokuchasene nabo.

Heck, njengokuba bekuyimpumelelo i-extravaganza kulo nyaka, kunyaka ozayo iTurn 11 inokwenziwa iqine ngakumbi. Mvubu, nithe qwa.

Qhagamshelana noMark Purdy apha mpurdy@mercurynews.com okanye 408-920-5092.




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