It may be a fake story, but funny nonetheless: Driver wins race going backwards

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Admittedly, we are talking about a fake story here. At least, it sure seems like it after reading the original version (if you’re a fan of The Onion, you’ll understand what we’re talking about).

But for a minute or so, a report by EmpireSports.com almost had us believing a report that a driver had won a NASCAR-sanctioned race in Atlanta this week while going backwards.

In what appeared to be a Ricky Bobby story come to life for at least a few moments, the EmpireSports report claimed that with two laps remaining in a “non-televised race,” a driver wrecked and was left facing the wrong way.

With time and laps running out, the driver was left with a predicament:

“Knowing that turning around would take too much time that he didn’t have to spare, the driver threw the car in reverse and continued to race around the track backwards,” the tall tale claimed.

Yep, b-a-c-k-w-a-r-d-s.

And, gosh darn it, if he didn’t wind up winning the race, too.

(Yeah, right.)

But the final paragraph sealed the deal that it was a fake story, claiming “the name of the driver was not released to the press, as officials are still checking their rulebooks to see whether or not the win would count if the car didn’t cross the line nose-first.”

Yes, it was a fake story, but you have to give EmpireSports credit for making it seem believable, but also left us with a real-life question:

What would happen if this really did happen in a NASCAR race?

To read the whole story, and to get a good laugh (check out some of the fan and driver “quotes” in it), click here to read the original EmpireSports.com’s “report.”

While you’re at it, check out a couple of other “Breaking News” stories on the site: the PGA starting its first mini-putt (mini-golf) Masters and North Korea hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics (now, that’s reaaaalllly stretching the truth).

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Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”