The devil made her do it: Wife allegedly stabs husband for ‘worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol’

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We’re a little late in getting to this one, but without question, this has to qualify for one of the most bizarre stories of the year.

The alleged combination of smoking too much marijuana and her husband watching Sunday’s NASCAR race at Bristol apparently set off a Tennessee woman into quite a devilish manner.

When it was all over, Stephanie Hamman was in jail on attempted murder and felony vandalism charges, while her husband Steve was recovering from allegedly being stabbed by his better – or probably in this case – worst half.

According to WJHL.com in Johnson City, Tenn., which first reported the story, and was subsequently picked up by SportingNews.com, Mrs. Hamman told police that after smoking too much pot, she became quite incensed that her husband was “worshipping the NASCAR race at Bristol.”

But instead of talking to her hubby, or at the very least trying to turn the TV off, Stephanie reportedly told police that she got in her car and decided to crash into the front door of the Providence Church.

Then she laid down on the altar, police said, in wait for her husband to come find her.

When Steve arrived at the church, according to the police report, he came to his wife’s aid, only to promptly have her stab him in the chest with a large kitchen knife, claiming “the devil is in me.”

“So God told me He wanted me in there, so I drove my car through the front doors (of the church),” Hamman said, according to the police report. “I laid down in front of the altar until (Steve) got there. I prayed I would not have to use (the knife) on him, but I did.”

This is just a guess on our part, but somehow we get the impression Stephanie isn’t much of a NASCAR fan.

Oh, we failed to mention that the Hamman’s live in a little eastern Tennessee burg — about 35 miles as the crow flies from Bristol Motor Speedway — with the perfect name to be in this kind of tale: Church Hill.

As comedian Jeff Foxworthy might say, “You can’t make this stuff up.”

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Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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