RELATED: More on No. 42 team penalty | Busch sets XFINITY retirement markLOUDON, N.H. — This week’s L1-level penalty to the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team has consequences both short- and long-term, and both involve Kyle Larson’s fellow championship front-runner Martin Truex Jr.The immediate impact: Martin Truex Jr. is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader. He previously trailed Larson by one point, but the penalty announced Wednesday for the No. 42’s rear brake cooling assembly that didn’t meet standards included a 35-point penalty to the driver.So now Larson trails Truex Jr. by 34 points in the regular-season standings with eight races remaining. These two, the class of the field throughout 2017, have been battling for the top two spots in the standings since late April.MORE: Full series standingsThe long-term impact: Finishing first in the regular-season standings would give Truex Jr. an easier path to Homestead-Miami for the championship-deciding race, and now he has the upper hand. Fifteen playoff points go to the regular-season points champion, while second place receives 10.Truex Jr. already has an edge over everyone with 13 stage wins this season (Kyle Busch is second with four); each stage win is worth one playoff point. Adding the bonus for finishing as the regular-season points leader only pads his advantage.Prior to the penalty, Truex Jr. would have had a 10-point edge over Kyle Larson in the playoff standings. Now? He would start the playoffs with 2,043 points, dwarfing Larson, who would have 2,023.“We definitely want that 15 points, and we’re going to try everything we can do to get it,” Truex Jr. said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “This week we were within one point Wednesday, and now we’ll try to hold. You just never know how things can go.“At Sonoma and Daytona we finished 37th and (34th) two weeks in a row and lost a lot of points. It’s racing. You never know what can happen. We’re just going to try to do the best job we can do and let it fall where it does. It sure would be nice to have those 15 points, though.”MORE: Truex on pole at New Hampshire after No. 42 fails inspection
(READ more at The Local)Give Your Friends Something To Graze On… Share BelowAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThey hauled water ‘til the cows came home.The Swiss Army recently wrapped up a massive month-long effort to airlift tons of water to thirsty cows—some 20,000 of them—grazing high up in the Alps.The cows, who each require between 25 to 40 gallons of water a day, had been put at risk by a sustained period of extremely hot weather that reduced the alpine pastures’ water levels to critical lows.Oregon Shelter Delivering Tons of Pet Food to Families Fleeing WildfiresSo, beginning July 20, the army mobilized four Super Puma helicopters and 120 military personnel to scoop water from nearby lakes and deliver it to eight specially constructed reservoirs at various elevations.Photos by Martin AbegglenIt took the soldiers 254 hours of flight time over the course of 31 days to deliver more than 1,800 tons of water to the cows, according to The Local.By August 19, it was mission accomplished.Now that September is here, Switzerland’s well-slaked cows will soon be making their way home to valley farms after three or four months of grazing at altitude.Thousands of cows, we’re sure, will drink to that.
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