Weekend Events, Suggested by David Foster Wallace

The weekend’s loud and sponsorially christened Nextel Cup Kansas 4001 comes thundering into the Kansas Speedway (400 Speedway Boulevard) preinstalled with unexpected narrative twists of a type that in decades past would have induced, inter alia, fedora-wearing sportswriters to dive toward phone booths, the stopping of presses, and preadolescent cries of “EXTRY! EXTRY!”

Rousch-Fenway racer Carl Edwards – he of the acrobatic post-victory backflip celebrations2 and the pole winner of the 2007 Nextel Open – was, after winning Sunday’s race at the Dover International Speedway, subsequently penalized 25 points by NASCAR when his car was found to be suspended too low in the right rear quadrant, a major structural infraction, the penalties for which are draconian.

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