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Nascar Sprint Cup Daytona 500 Monday Feb. 27 on FoX 7PM ET (Rain Delayed)
NASCAR.com ^ | 2/23/12

Posted on 02/23/2012 3:46:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge

The field is set.

Tony Stewart won the first Duel under caution and Matt Kenseth took the checkered in a caution-free second event to set the lineup for Sunday's Daytona 500.

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Who will ride a lucky airstream to Victory Lane on Sunday?

Will the field get Smoke'd again?

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Daytona
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1 posted on 02/23/2012 3:46:09 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Daytona 500 Let’s get ready to rumble.. uhhh.. race !! PinG!


2 posted on 02/23/2012 3:47:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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Stewart, Kenseth win Duel races at Daytona
McDowell, Gordon, Blaney and Nemechek race way into Daytona 500


3 posted on 02/23/2012 3:50:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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Duel 1: Results
http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2012/101/data/results_unofficial.html

Duel 2: Results
http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2012/102/data/results_unofficial.html


4 posted on 02/23/2012 3:51:49 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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The Nationwide Series is running the Drive4COPD 300 Saturday the 25th at Noon ET
http://www.nascar.com/races/nationwide/1/index.html

The Camping World Trucks are running the NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday the 24th at 7PM ET
http://www.nascar.com/races/truck/1/index.html


6 posted on 02/23/2012 4:04:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Keep an eye on young Ricky Stenhouse Jr, (#6). This will be his 1st Daytona 500 and only his 2nd start in Sprint Cup.

I like the guys that came out of a sprint car background. Looks like 7 in this years field; Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kasey kahne, Ricky Stenhouse, Dave Blaney and JJ Yeley.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 4:17:53 PM PST by Gettin Betta
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The Line-up

NASCAR Qualifying

Last Updated: Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 6:52 pm, EST

Daytona 500

Status: Field Set Daytona International Speedway
Leaderboard Data
Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 194.738
2 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 194.087
3 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 193.607
4 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 193.245
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 194.028
6 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 191.063
7 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 193.999
8 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 193.449
9 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 192.777
10 Elliott Sadler (33) Chevrolet 191.270
11 Michael McDowell (98) Ford 190.990
12 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 192.868
13 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 192.914
14 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 191.873
15 A J Allmendinger (22) Dodge 193.121
16 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 193.803
17 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 188.229
18 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 193.224
19 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 191.840
20 Kasey Kahne (5) Chevrolet 192.583
21 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 193.665
22 Mark Martin (55) Toyota 193.503
23 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 192.992
24 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 191.506
25 David Ragan (34) Ford 193.249
26 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 193.665
27 Aric Almirola (43) Ford 193.382
28 Kurt Busch (51) Chevrolet 191.363
29 Danica Patrick (10) Chevrolet 191.738
30 Clint Bowyer (15) Toyota -
31 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 191.127
32 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 190.022
33 David Gilliland (38) Ford 190.046
34 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 191.160
35 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 192.600
36 Casey Mears (13) Ford 193.844
37 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 193.374
38 David Reutimann (93) Toyota 189.235
39 Landon Cassill (83) Toyota 190.605
40 Trevor Bayne (21) Ford 193.615
41 Tony Raines (26) Ford 192.534
42 David Stremme (30) Toyota 191.963
43 Terry Labonte (32) Ford 191.522
44 Michael Waltrip (140) DNQ 191.180
45 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) DNQ 188.438
46 Bill Elliott (97) DNQ 189.950
47 Mike Wallace (37) DNQ 189.853
48 Kenny Wallace (109) DNQ 191.567
49 J.J. Yeley (249) DNQ 187.954

8 posted on 02/23/2012 4:18:36 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Lets boogity


9 posted on 02/23/2012 4:26:44 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: NormsRevenge

Can’t wait! A milestone of the year!

Even with a fairly mild Winter it’s a promise the Good of the Year is near!

Now what to cook for the family this year. We’ve done sliders, meat on a stick, jambalaya, gumbo....need something new...


10 posted on 02/23/2012 4:32:42 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Gettin Betta

BTW mrs p6 is still going with Jeff Gordon...sigh. If he finishes higher than whomever I go with...Stewart?....I owe her...big, LOL!


11 posted on 02/23/2012 4:38:34 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: prisoner6
This qualifying method is so ridiculous nobody wanted to watch it today at my watering hole.
12 posted on 02/23/2012 5:06:42 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: AGreatPer

Look at the empty seats. How the mighty have fallen.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 5:16:55 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let’s go Jack’s boys: Cousin Carl, Matty, & the Bif!


14 posted on 02/23/2012 5:55:54 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: NormsRevenge

Missed the twins due to riding herd on grandchildren twins.
Replays looked like they raced pretty good.


15 posted on 02/23/2012 6:06:25 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Gettin Betta

Sprint and midget is the perfect training ground because you’ve got a severely overpowered car without aerodynamic download. I’ve watched all those guys you named run midgets at Indianapolis Raceway Park (aka Lucas Oil Raceway) on the 5/8s oval and they have my total respect.


16 posted on 02/23/2012 6:12:14 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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Daytona 500 Results
Year Winner Avg. Pole Winner Speed
1959 Lee Petty 135.520 Cotton Owens 143.198
1960 Junior Johnson 124.740 Fireball Roberts 151.556
1961 Marvin Panch 149.601 Fireball Roberts 155.709
1962 Fireball Roberts 152.529 Fireball Roberts 156.995
1963 Tiny Lund 151.566 Johnny Rutherford 165.183
1964 Richard Petty 154.345 Paul Goldsmith 174.910
1965 Fred Lorenzen 141.539 Darel Dieringer 171.151
Shortened to 332+ miles by rain
1966 Richard Petty 160.627 Richard Petty 175.165
Shortened to 495 miles by rain
1967 Mario Andretti 149.926 Curtis Turner 180.831
1968 Cale Yarborough 143.251 Cale Yarborough 189.222
1969 Lee Roy Yarbrough 157.950 David Pearson 190.029
1970 Pete Hamilton 149.601 Cale Yarborough 194.015
1971 Richard Petty 144.462 A.J. Foyt 182.744
1972 A.J. Foyt 161.550 Bobby Isaac 186.632
1973 Richard Petty 157.205 Buddy Baker 185.662
1974 Richard Petty 140.894 David Pearson 185.017
Shortened to 450 miles because of energy crisis
1975 Benny Parsons 153.649 Donnie Allison 185.827
1976 David Pearson 152.181 A.J. Foyt 185.943
1977 Cale Yarborough 153.218 Donnie Allison 188.048
1978 Bobby Allison 159.730 Cale Yarborough 187.536
1979 Richard Petty 143.977 Buddy Baker 196.049
1980 Buddy Baker 177.602 A.J. Foyt 195.020
1981 Richard Petty 169.651 Bobby Allison 194.624
1982 Bobby Allison 153.991 Benny Parsons 196.317
1983 Cale Yarborough 155.979 Ricky Rudd 198.864
1984 Cale Yarborough 150.994 Cale Yarborough 201.848
1985 Bill Elliott 172.265 Bill Elliott 205.114
1986 Geoff Bodine 148.124 Bill Elliott 205.039
1987 Bill Elliott 176.263 Bill Elliott 210.364†
1988 Bobby Allison 137.531 Ken Schrader 193.823
1989 Darrell Waltrip 148.466 Ken Schrader 196.996
1990 Derrike Cope 165.761 Ken Schrader 196.515
1991 Ernie Irvan 148.148 Davey Allison 195.955
1992 Davey Allison 160.256 Sterling Marlin 192.213
1993 Dale Jarrett 154.972 Kyle Petty 189.426
1994 Sterling Marlin 156.931 Loy Allen Jr. 190.158
1995 Sterling Marlin 141.710 Dale Jarrett 193.498
1996 Dale Jarrett 154.308 Dale Earnhardt 189.510
1997 Jeff Gordon 148.295 Mike Skinner 189.813
1998 Dale Earnhardt 172.712 Bobby Labonte 192.415
1999 Jeff Gordon 161.551 Jeff Gordon 195.067
2000 Dale Jarrett 155.669 Dale Jarrett 182.334
2001 Michael Waltrip 161.794 Bill Elliott 183.565
2002 Ward Burton 142.971 Jimmie Johnson 185.831
2003 Michael Waltrip 133.870 Jeff Green 186.606
Shortened to 409 miles because of rain
2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 156.345 Greg Biffle 188.387
2005 Jeff Gordon 135.173 Dale Jarrett 188.312
2006 Jimmie Johnson 142.667 Jeff Burton 189.151

Drivers with Multiple Victories

  • Richard Petty, 7
  • Cale Yarborough, 4
  • Bobby Allison, 3
  • Bill Elliott, 2
  • Jeff Gordon, 3
  • Dale Jarrett, 3
  • Sterling Marlin, 2
  • Michael Waltrip, 2

17 posted on 02/23/2012 6:57:39 PM PST by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are.)
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To: B4Ranch

Wow I forgot about shortening the race for the “energy crisis” back in the 70s.

I remember politicians clamoring to halt auto racing and Big Bill France pointed out that one weekend of NFL football uses more fuel for charter jet travel than a whole SEASON of racing.


18 posted on 02/23/2012 7:00:43 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: B4Ranch

I don’t see how that will help me with my league picks this weekend but thanks for the memories...


19 posted on 02/23/2012 9:35:24 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: prisoner6; NormsRevenge

How about trying a Fattie?

http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=591271&highlight=fattie

If the weather turns cold here in NW GA this weekend...this country boy is hoping to take some rabbits and make some fresh rabbit n dumplins.


20 posted on 02/23/2012 11:06:42 PM PST by Vigilantcitizen
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To: NormsRevenge

Present and waiting impatiently for Sunday! That first duel today was a good race warm-up though.


21 posted on 02/23/2012 11:16:28 PM PST by Wneighbor
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To: Wneighbor

North wind came through here about 4 this morning and is still blowing. Breezy up your way or did it go around?


22 posted on 02/24/2012 4:56:49 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks for the ping Norm.

Can't wait for Sunday!

Nascar sure buggered up these cars. Did you hear some of the water temps during the duels? Holy cow!

23 posted on 02/24/2012 7:46:13 AM PST by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: alancarp

We’re over here now...


24 posted on 02/24/2012 8:11:58 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: LasVegasMac

Nascar sure buggered up these cars. Did you hear some of the water temps during the duels? Holy cow!

Mooo Moo on that one..

Nascar just can’t stop tinkering .. the water temp and JJ’s supposed bum body part .. they’ve made a joke of the sport.

and in 2013,, new new cars.. oh well.


25 posted on 02/24/2012 11:22:37 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: tubebender

Another day headed toward 75 here.. may get some showers next week .. we’re at 27% of normal.. I think it’s all the chemtrail spraying down here .. 8-}

Danica was practicing in her backup car .. seems to be fine after the whack she gave the wall in her Duel race.

Trucks tonight,
Nationwide tomorrow,
The Big Wreck Sunday.


26 posted on 02/24/2012 11:27:06 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: tubebender

Nationwide Qualifying on now.. eSPN..

27 posted on 02/24/2012 11:30:25 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://news.yahoo.com/patrick-wins-pole-nationwide-race-daytona-205301425—spt.html

How About THAT! Good for her!!


28 posted on 02/24/2012 2:32:59 PM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: GRRRRR; NormsRevenge
Danica hits the wall hard yesterday in the last lap. Notice in the last clip from the inside camera how she braces for impact.
29 posted on 02/24/2012 4:24:06 PM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: Baynative

I’d rather her hit the wall like that in a REAL CAR instead of one of those IRL things...

So excited for her and her team. An example of perseverance and talent, rising above the Good Ole Boys network.

G


30 posted on 02/24/2012 5:09:17 PM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: Baynative

OW folks tend to avoid holding the steering wheel in a crash because there’s nasty mechanical feedback through the steering as the wheel(s) impact the wall and likely broken arm/hand. The full body on a stock car makes that less likely.


31 posted on 02/24/2012 5:15:30 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: GRRRRR

My cynical side wants to say she got the “good” restrictor plate for quals. But I won’t, LOL.


32 posted on 02/24/2012 5:17:16 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: NormsRevenge

Those new cars for 2013 got them a nearly full page story in the WSJ today. (The newspaper that the guys who write the sponsor checks read.)


33 posted on 02/24/2012 5:19:04 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: nascarnation

Oh man, don’t bumb me out!!!


34 posted on 02/24/2012 5:31:29 PM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: nascarnation
"OW folks tend to avoid holding the steering wheel in a crash..."

yeah, I heard that on the commentary. I never knew it before and I was impressed with the discipline it must take to do that. You can talk and talk about emergency procedures but when the shit hits the fan things change and instincts take over.

I did early spring time high altitude trail maintenance with the parks service and they taught us to stand our ground and make ourselves big if we encountered bears on the trail. Someone asked the instructor if he had come across bears coming out of hibernation and what he did. He said he ran like hell. :-)

I don't know how many times Danica has crashed, but I give her credit. I give all of them credit. Any sport at it's highest level is a proof of talent, dedication and an innate ability gene the rest of us didn't get.

35 posted on 02/24/2012 6:47:38 PM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: Baynative

Third restart coming up for the truck race...


36 posted on 02/24/2012 7:16:32 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: tubebender

John King in the #7 wins on another crash...


37 posted on 02/24/2012 7:21:35 PM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: tubebender

Got home just in time to watch. Looked there for a while they were going to try and take everyone of them out.


38 posted on 02/24/2012 7:53:01 PM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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Fox and Friends has been Biffled this morning.

Rain here, roughly 24 hrs after the wind came through. Winds in Daytona 15 to 28 right now. They best hurry!


39 posted on 02/25/2012 5:01:24 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: SouthTexas

Ray is back on eSPN but Rusty is still there...


40 posted on 02/25/2012 9:10:08 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: SouthTexas

Just watched a GREAT promo starring Marty Smith...


41 posted on 02/25/2012 9:16:13 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: tubebender

We have the Danica Series coming up shortly.

Did you ever find me an upper ball joint? Think I’m going to have to change it before too long.


42 posted on 02/25/2012 9:43:58 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: tubebender

the truck races last nite were flat out awesome


43 posted on 02/25/2012 9:45:32 AM PST by advertising guy ( the greatest threat to America is a Rino Senator in Congress)
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To: advertising guy

Them trucks was getting torn up last night.. 3 GWCs and then they still kept crashing.. Kudos to the track clean-up crew..

Pretty clean so far in the Nationwide..


44 posted on 02/25/2012 10:52:01 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: tubebender; SouthTexas; Pete-R-Bilt
She's all 'no nonsense' this year yet light and fluffy when off the track and at the microphone.. and she can take a hit.

but can she drive a tractor and pour a decent beer?


45 posted on 02/25/2012 10:56:21 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: tubebender

Live: Nationwide Series race

http://www.nascar.com/multimedia/webcast/nns_racebuddy/


46 posted on 02/25/2012 10:57:47 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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- Nationwide race - Feb. 25, 2012 - 120 laps - 300 miles -

Lap-by-Lap: Daytona

http://www.nascar.com/nationwide-series/lap-by-lap/120225/nwidedaylbl/index.html

Lap 30 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: The cars of Jason Bowles is smoking badly. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just taken the lead in a backstretch scramble.

Lap 28 — Debris is being reported on the backstretch. Meanwhile, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pull alongside Mike Bliss and Joe Nemechek at the stripe.

Lap 27 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch track down Mike Bliss and Joe Nemechek and briefly take the lead. Bliss grabs it right back.

Lap 26 — Officials are reporting that a pin may be out of the hood on T.J. Bell’s car.

Lap 23 — The mostly plain black cars up front have opened up a huge gap over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 22 — Eli Gold just said, “Mike Bliss and Joe Nemechek are showing the way.” Do you believe in miracles?!? Yessssss!!!

Lap 20 — Mike Bliss takes the lead. Just end the race now and call it official!

Lap 19 — Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski have a lead over a car length or two over Joe Nemechek and Mike Bliss. Wait. What? Nemechek and Bliss? Yepper ... go get ‘em, boys!

Lap 17 — The field appears to be split into tandems and packs. It’s going to be interesting to see how THAT works out.

Lap 16 — Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski power their way into the lead(s)!

Lap 14 — Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler are now side by side with Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. up front.

Lap 13 — Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have driven into the front two spots.

Lap 9 — Tony Stewart now has Kurt Busch as a partner, with Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to their outside.

Lap 8 — Sam Hornish Jr. appeared ready to swap places with Tony Stewart, but Kurt Busch interrupts the move with a huge charge into Turn 3.

Lap 7 — Danica Patrick gets high between Turns 1 and 2, and might have brushed the wall. She gets back up to speed without further incident.

Lap 6 — Move Tony Stewart to the front of the field.

Lap 4 — Elliott Sadler goes around drafting partner Trevor Bayne, which allows Sam Hornish Jr. to go up front.

Lap 3 — Up front, it’s Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a challenge from Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler.

Lap 2 — The familiar two-car tandem is still around in the Nationwide Series.

Lap 1 — GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 1:37 p.m. Pole-sitter Danica Patrcick is on the high side of the track, and she easily clears going into Turn 1 with drafting help from Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1:30 p.m. ET — Cars have made their way onto the track for the start of what should be three pace laps.

1:25 p.m. ET — Hold on to your hats ... there’s a crowd giving the command to fire engines. The honors are done by Jennifer Carroll, the lieutenant governor of Florida; John W. Walsh IV, president of the COPD Foundation; David Barringer, executive director of the COPD Foundation; Lawrence D. Stern, founding chairman and CEO of Talecris Biotherapeutics; and Wayne Elmer Withers, president of Withers Worldwide Transportation Systems.

1:19 p.m. ET — The flyover is performed by two F-18s from VFA-31 Naval Air Station in Oceana, Va.

1:18 p.m. ET — Bigger Picture recording artist Chris Cagle sings the national anthem. Yep. He’s a country singer ... the twang is perfect!

1:17 p.m. ET — Whew. Back on schedule! After the colors are presented by the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Color Guard, Rev. John Long III from the Tubman-King Community Church gives the invocation.

1:16 p.m. ET — Hey ... wait a second. The schedule shows that the invocation and colors should have started a minute ago. What gives?

1:06 p.m. ET — Looking through the entry list, it’s hard not to pick a favorite sponsor. How about the Kentucky Antler Co. on the Toyota driven by Benny Gordon, who starts 33rd?

1:05 p.m. ET — Ten minutes away from the invocation and national anthem.

12:54 p.m. ET — The sun is now shining brightly at Daytona International Speedway.

12:22 p.m. ET — The command to fire engines is coming up in exactly one hour. This time, the race counts!

12:20 p.m. ET — There are clouds overhead at the track, but there’s little chance of rain on the Nationwide Series’ parade today.

10:48 a.m. ET — Danica Patrick is the second woman to score the pole in the division now known as the Nationwide Series. Shawna Robinson first accomplished the feat in 1994 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but was taken out in a first-lap crash after contact with Mike Wallace.

Robinson posted on her Facebook page this morning, “OK I’ve held it in long enough!!! It’s not that hard to qualify at Daytona or Talladega!! Race, draft yes ... qualifying is CAR! If only POLAROID (her sponsor in 1994) would have been the event sponsor and I was driving for Tony!!”

7:49 a.m. ET — It’s race morning ... cue the the theme music from “Days of Thunder!” Danica Patrick’s No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet is on the pole for today’s 300-miler after turning in a lap of 182.741 mph during qualifying yesterday.

Defending Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne starts second, with Elliott Sadler in third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Austin Dillon fifth. Sam Hornish Jr., Tony Stewart, Cole Whitt, Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are sixth through tenth.

Seven drivers — Morgan Shepherd, Derrike Cope, Erik Darnell, Scott Speed, Mike Harmon, Donnie Neuenberger and Chase Miller — failed to qualify for the race.


47 posted on 02/25/2012 11:04:49 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ouch...


48 posted on 02/25/2012 11:18:24 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: SouthTexas

(who knew?) Joe Johnson’s Auto Wreckers closed in 1978...


49 posted on 02/25/2012 11:21:18 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Darn!!! I hope she didn’t mess up her Do...


50 posted on 02/25/2012 11:22:45 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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