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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The road to the 2023 Daytona 500 is not paved for Travis Pastrana, he’ll attempt the DIRTcar Nationals
Travis Pastrana will attempt to make his first NASCAR Cup series race on February 19 with the grandaddy of them all, the Daytona 500, but his road to get there will not be paved and his car will have only two fenders as he tackles Florida Speedweeks and the DIRTcar Nationals.
“It’s good,” Pastrana said in a press release. “We’re going to go down, we’re going to go hangout with [NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion] Matt Crafton, one of [Black Rifle’s] drivers, we’ll go to Modified races and watch all the Late Models. We’ll watch the racing, and we’ll bring [United States military] veterans down and hangout with [Steve] Arpin.”
But there is a saying among dirt track fans that goes, ‘asphalt is for getting to the track; dirt is for racing’ – and Pastrana is taking that to heart.
After racing on the snow in Nitro Rallycross February 4-5 in Calgary, Alberta, the original plan was to head to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida to watch the modified and late model races. Until Crafton called him out for not racing.
Pastrana relayed the conversation: “I told Crafton [I was coming to watch] and he goes, ‘Ah, too much of a sissy to drive?’ I called Arpin, and said, ‘So, Longhorn, I heard you guys have vehicles that can kick the crap out of Crafton’s vehicle.’ [Arpin] said, ‘Yeah, if you don’t suck, you can beat him.’ I said, ‘Alright, I’m in.’”
The DIRTcar Nationals run from February 6-18. The first week features six UMP Modified Mains each night they run, on Monday (Feb. 6), Friday (Feb. 10), and then the prestigious Gator Championship race on Saturday (Feb. 11). Pastrana hopes to run every night in one of Arpin’s cars, also with sponsorship from Black Riffle Coffee.
And this is not just for bragging rights; there is money on the line. Pastrana and Crafton have a $1 bet on who has the best finish.
It took a day for Pastrana to get comfortable in the modified. And it took a little coaching from Arpin, who has experience in both dirt modifieds and rally cars to make him fast.
“[Arpin] showed up the second day after hearing how bad the first day was,” Pastrana said, which is confirmed in the Instagram post embedded above. “But he just told me, until you commit, it’s not going to work. Once I committed, it started making a lot of sense. But coming in, if you’re lifting off the gas while trying to turn, it just doesn’t turn and all your natural instincts say, ‘Don’t get on the gas.’ So, yeah, I feel like it should suit my driving style because I’m more of an aggressive sideways type of driver, but it was very difficult. Turning and sliding, I’m fine. Getting it there is not the easiest.”
Pastrana has one previous start in a dirt late model that came in the 2010 Prelude to the Dream. He finished 23rd in the 27-car field and was three laps off the pace. He wasn’t the only driver having difficulty getting a feel for the car that night; Jeff Gordon finished on the same lap, only one position ahead of him.
The price of the weekend could well exceed the dollar he may lose to Crafton.
“It’s going to be an expensive weekend,” Pastrana said. “Not everything is covered. If I crash anything, it is going to be all on me. This is one of those things where I want to come down and have fun. I want to hang out with the crowd, I want to sign autographs and give high fives. Especially for the Modified crew, that’s the grassroots racing that I love and some of my friends are involved with. We’ll be camping down there with Arpin and all the Longhorn guys, just hanging out. I feel like that’s a great opportunity for us to bring a lot of [US] veterans and bring people that are into racing and aren’t into racing, friends and family, and just have an awesome time.”
And it’s not out of the question that Pastrana could add another top-10 to his record book in the DIRTcar Nationals. After the rocky first day, Pastrana gained speed. Enough so that Arpin’s confidence was raised.
“We’re pretty confident Crafton is going to have to run hard to keep his dollar,” Arpin said.