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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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.