After winning Sprint Cup pole, Brian Scott wrecked in Nationwide race

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The comedown came quick for Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott at Talladega Superspeedway.

Just hours after he’d claimed his inaugural Sprint Cup pole for tomorrow’s Aaron’s 499, Scott was involved in an eight-car incident on Lap 62 of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Aaron’s 312.

Scott was tapped in the left-rear bumper in Turn 3 by Trevor Bayne, which sent him into another car on the inside and then back up into the wall to collect Bayne, Brendan Gaughan, and Ty Dillon. Also involved in the incident were early race leader Ryan Reed, Kyle Larson, Robert Richardson and Mike Harmon.

Neither Scott or Childress were pleased with Bayne’s driving. Some of the reporters at Talladega were able to capture their frustration over the team radio.

“Anybody that’s done superspeedway racing [knows] you can’t do that,” Scott said later to ESPN. “It turns them immediately…Stupid move, and at halfway through the race, there was no need for it.

“It wrecked a lot of good cars [and] tore up a lot of stuff, and it’s unfortunate when you’re a victim of stupidity…I hated it. That Chevrolet was feeling good out front.”

We’ll have more on today’s race later on MotorSportsTalk.

Lauda labels Verstappen USGP penalty ‘the worst I’ve ever seen’

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Mercedes Formula 1 non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has called the FIA stewards’ decision to penalize Max Verstappen for his last-lap pass on Kimi Raikkonen in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix as “the worst I’ve ever seen”.

Verstappen charged from 16th on the grid to take third place from Raikkonen on the last lap after a stunning fight through the field, completing the fightback with a bold pass in the final sector.

However, the stewards stripped Verstappen of P3 after he appeared to put all four wheels off the circuit when riding the kerb to pass Raikkonen, causing outcry in the F1 community.

Speaking to reporters after the race in Austin, Lauda condemned the stewards’ decision, slamming them for interfering in the late fight.

“We had meetings at the start of the year to see how far stewards should go in decisions during a race because it always says ‘under investigation’,” Lauda said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“So we complained about that and we agreed all together that the stewards would not interfere – very simple.

“If the driver goes over another and upside down, only then would they weigh in. That was at the beginning of last year.

“For six months it was OK, but this decision was the worst I’ve ever seen. He did nothing wrong.”

Lauda said F1 team bosses would discuss stewarding at the next Strategy Group meeting, which is due to be held in the next two weeks.

“These are racing drivers. We are not on the normal roads and it is ridiculous to destroy the sport with these kind of decisions,” Lauda said.

“At the next strategy meeting, we will put it back on the agenda and start all over again, because we cannot do that.

“They go too far and interfere and there was nothing to interfere with. It was normal overtaking.”