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NASCAR Sprint Cup - The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover - 6/3/12 - 1230ET on FoX
NASCAR.com ^ | 5/31/12

Posted on 05/31/2012 9:03:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Dover, The Monster Mile. The Grinder. Sunday. if it don't rain.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: autism; chat; dover; fedex; nascar; sports
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Welcome to this week's Nascar at FR race thread!

This Week - The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover

June 3, 2012



Dover International Speedway
Race Menu for the weekend series

Dover International Speedway

The way to best illustrate the early history of Dover International Speedway would be to look at the list of winners in the track's early years as a site for Cup racing. From 1969 through '80, 21 of the 22 Cup races at Dover International

Speedway were won by drivers who either already had or would go on to win championships in NASCAR's top series.

The names of those winners are part of the fabric of the sport -- Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Benny Parsons and Darrell Waltrip. Allison and Petty rank first on the all-time winner's list at Dover International Speedway with seven victories apiece.

About 3,200 seats were added in 1982. Each following year until 1998, more seats were added.

In 1995, the track's surface was switched to concrete -- making it the first all-concrete superspeedway in the sport.

The unique look of the white concrete surface still makes Doverýs appearance unique among the sport's bigger tracks.

Dover hosted the first Cup race held after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the win that day and took a giant American flag on a victory lap.



Track Facts
Banking/Turns: 24 degree
Distance: 1 mile
Shape: Oval





FRFL'ers - Deadline to select or edit your drivers is June 2 2:00am PDT

1 posted on 05/31/2012 9:03:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Dover race thread is up! Ping


2 posted on 05/31/2012 9:04:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Boogity, boogity the Monster


3 posted on 05/31/2012 9:19:39 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: umgud

You are going to have seven (7) flat tires tomorrow morning...


4 posted on 05/31/2012 10:17:41 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: tubebender

Geez, I only got 5.


5 posted on 05/31/2012 10:22:06 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: NormsRevenge

Will be relaxing in my recliner chair as I watch the Dover race. Beer and pretzels optional.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 10:38:09 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: Diver Dave

Got to remember to put beer in the fridge.


7 posted on 06/01/2012 6:53:57 AM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for the thread Norm. On the road but will be home for the race. Went to the Dover fall race last year and we froze our butts off. Great track & not so great state.

We are past due for several big ones. That bill might be paid at Dover.


8 posted on 06/01/2012 11:29:38 AM PDT by happydogx2 (How about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wonders if there really is a dog...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gardening is interfering with my Racin! Thanks for baby sitting the malcontents on these threads Norm. Truck race is on...


9 posted on 06/01/2012 5:57:17 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: happydogx2

The stands are EMPTY for the truck race...


10 posted on 06/01/2012 7:21:17 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: tubebender

Home. Just in time for the cool down back in to the 50’s and 60’s. There’s even a chance of snow Tuesday night.

To bad about the empty stands; Dover is our favorite (visited) track w/Las Vegas 2nd. Easy to watch the entire track/race from the stands. The track does seem to be out in the middle of nowhere....maybe the Monster roams around at night?? Heck, Delaware seems to be out in the middle of nowhere. I doubt we’ll ever make it back there again.


11 posted on 06/01/2012 8:56:06 PM PDT by happydogx2 (How about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wonders if there really is a dog...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hi folks. Is the race gonna be rained out?


12 posted on 06/02/2012 8:55:37 AM PDT by Wneighbor
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To: Wneighbor

Beats me.. flip a coin.. they got blasted overnight but the track looks ok now as they qualify.. JJ on the pole so far.


13 posted on 06/02/2012 10:20:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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uhh,, ol’timer Mark Martin just beat JJ’s time by 5 1,000ths to take the pole.. Oh My!


14 posted on 06/02/2012 10:21:26 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Martin on pole at Dover

Mark Martin went out last in qualifying and barely edged Jimmie Johnson's time to win the pole at Dover.
Martin circled the mile track in 22.74 seconds; Johnson was at 22.75.

15 posted on 06/02/2012 10:29:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Wneighbor

Nationwide race should be OK..

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:19901.1.99999

Saturday - Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 77F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Saturday Night - Partly cloudy. Low of 52F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday - Partly cloudy with rain showers in the afternoon. High of 75F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Sunday Night - Partly cloudy with rain showers. Low of 59F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.


16 posted on 06/02/2012 10:32:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge; tubebender
Thanks for the thread & ping, NormsRevenge!

What malcontents???

17 posted on 06/02/2012 2:09:53 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Here is one of them Norm...


18 posted on 06/02/2012 3:19:44 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: vox_freedom; tubebender

YW! Enjoy the new diminishing race thread while it lasts!

This is likely the final season for me pushing these things out of the garage and on to a track of late with enough empty seats to make ‘em really tighten the camera shots.

After Homestead,, It’s Hasta La Vista Baby!

Alaska or Hawaii or someplace or Bust if I can convince wifey!

It’s Time for a new breed of pups to tap the keyboard and marshall the troops.. and folk always have the FR Canteen open 7 days a week.

‘Til Then, The smoking lamp is lit and the dance floor and wet bar are open.


19 posted on 06/02/2012 7:46:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yep, the #’s have sure been down on these threads, eh? My excuse is that church and family obligations take up most of my Sunday’s during race times. Tivo allows speed-watching (w/o commercials) later Sunday evenings.
We’ve got plans for a much needed vacation to Hawaii, so maybe I’ll see you there...


20 posted on 06/02/2012 8:22:22 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hear ya Norm. I spend a lot of my time on one of those “social network” forums where local history is the topic. California can’t collapse fast enough for me...


21 posted on 06/02/2012 9:01:14 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: vox_freedom; tubebender; NormsRevenge

Yeah, I agree w/vox. Time.

Why watch a race live when 30+% is commercials? NASCAR is still this households #1 sport to view but if I had to watch it live I’d quit watching. The four major networks are suing Dish Network because of Dish’s “Hopper” product. “Hopper” allows you to watch prime-time programs w/o commercials on multiple TV’s in your household.

Business Insider has a lengthy article this morning showing why regular TV viewing is declining rapidily due to iTunes, Hulu, Netflex, etc., and viewing/revenue is going the way of newsprint. We watched the season finale of “Castle” last night on iTunes - $2.99 - excellent quality and no commercials.

We’ll watch the race this evening. If it looks like rain I’ll just add a couple of hours to the DVR.


22 posted on 06/03/2012 6:00:56 AM PDT by happydogx2 (How about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wonders if there really is a dog...)
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To: happydogx2
About 18 members of my American Legion took the bus to the race today.
All the beer you can drink both ways, good seat tickets, ham or roast beef sandwich both ways.
Total cost $70 each.

All of them good guys/gals. Nobody gets slobbered.
They just want to see good racing and have fun.

23 posted on 06/03/2012 8:31:37 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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To: happydogx2

Congratulations on the High Q Score of the weekend bdx1.9.2.


24 posted on 06/03/2012 9:12:39 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Dover skies look good.. Ping!
On FoX now!!


25 posted on 06/03/2012 9:43:15 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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http://www.nascar.com/lap-by-lap/120603/dovcuplbl/index.html

Lap-by-Lap: Dover
By NASCAR.COM
June 03, 2012

8 a.m. ET — Mark Martin is on the pole for the third time this season. It’s the 54th of his Sprint Cup career, and his first came 31 years ago at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Jimmie Johnson is second, Ryan Newman third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.

Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin round out the top 10.

Josh Wise and Cole Whitt missed the cut and failed to qualify for the event.


26 posted on 06/03/2012 9:48:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Live Leaderboard
http://www.nascar.com/races/leaderboard/cup/race/


27 posted on 06/03/2012 9:49:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for the link. I’ll be in and out if I can get FR to load...


28 posted on 06/03/2012 10:07:38 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: tubebender

1:10 p.m. ET — The drivers are ready to participate!

1:07 p.m. ET — Delaware Governor Jack Markell gives the command to fire engines.

1:04 p.m. ET — The Aerial Adventures Parachute Team jumps onto the frontstretch. It would be a dream gig to fly with the F-16s ... but jump with these guys? Uhhhhh ... no. Not so much!

1:02 p.m. ET — Four F-16s from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard do the flyover.

1:01 p.m. ET — Kris Allen, winner of the eighth season of “American Idol,” sings the national anthem.

1 p.m. ET — Dan Schafer, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God in Heightstown, N.J., is giving the invocation.

12:56 p.m. ET — Jimmie Johnson is wearing a brightly colored wig as part of a promotion for the upcoming movie, “Madagascar 3.” Yeah ... that will get some attention!

12:53 p.m. ET — Nice to see all the caps in honor of Dick Berggren, the legendary pit reporter and journalist who is retiring after today’s race.

12:50 p.m. ET — Ten minutes until the presentation of colors by the Army Military District of Washington Armed Forced Color Guard.


29 posted on 06/03/2012 10:12:53 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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BooGity!! BooGity!!

Green Flag!!!

30 posted on 06/03/2012 10:17:04 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

10 car pileup on lap 10


31 posted on 06/03/2012 10:21:59 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: NormsRevenge

Was she driving the 78 car?


32 posted on 06/03/2012 10:23:35 AM PDT by tubebender
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1:27 p.m. ET — Also involved in the wreck were Stephen Leicht, Dave Blaney, David Gilliland, Michael McDowell and Joe Nemechek.

1:22 p.m. ET — The race is under the red flag.

Lap 9 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: There’s a big wreck on the backstretch involving Tony Stewart, Juan Montoya, Regan Smith, Scott Speed and others. The accident began when Stewart touched Landon Cassill coming off the corner.

Lap 7 — Mark Martin scoots under Jimmie Johnson for the lead in Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 4 — Jimmie Johnson hasn’t been able to shake Mark Martin.

Lap 2 — Matt Kenseth grabs fourth place from Clint Bowyer between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 1 — GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 1:17 p.m. ET. Jimmie Johnson clears for the lead on the backstretch.

1:11 p.m. ET — Pace-car driver Brett Bodine is easing the field off pit road for the start of three pace laps.


33 posted on 06/03/2012 10:31:24 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: tubebender

Regan Smith is taking the blame, he had nowhere to go as he ran into Smoke who took Landon for a spinaroo.. and a whole bunch of folks followed to the garage..It’s SawzAll Time!


34 posted on 06/03/2012 10:33:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Smoke .. Landon just came down on the track and stuff happened.. his car is pretty torn-up.


35 posted on 06/03/2012 10:36:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Checking in for one of my fav tracks.

What a heckuva wreck! Dang looks like it’ll be awhile. I’m working on taking the steering gear out of my Durango so I can’t watch the whole race.

Would have chevked in sooner but the dang pitman arm is hung up on the center link. Tried a puller but I think it’s going to need me loosening the tie rod.

BTW since a lot of bolts are “frozen” on my Durango I started trying some different p-oil. Even Kroil was not working. Finally I mixed up some acetone - mrs p6’s nail polish remover and some transmisdion fluid. Wooo....works GREAT! UNTIL mrs p6 gets home and finds her stuff gone....


36 posted on 06/03/2012 10:41:36 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Banana Slug Racing is running:

JJ
MM
Biff
Almerola


37 posted on 06/03/2012 10:44:06 AM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: NormsRevenge

Morning, took a break to check out the race and saw a replay of the commute on the 580 last Tuesday!

go figure...

just took delivery of 300lbs of pork from the bacon companies parent division, did teriyaki ribs yesterday, think we’ll bbq some pork briskets today...


38 posted on 06/03/2012 10:44:35 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I love guns... and coffee!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow Norm, you and DDD (Dos Dirty Dogs) have almost the same picks as I have.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 10:52:14 AM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

OK, what time is dinner? I wanted to bbq today but with 3 of the 5 grandkids sick and two others probably on the way down it would have just been me. Mrs p6 is watching the three, youngest son just got home from work and crashed and I really have to get my Durango fixed.

Looks like leftovers for me although I did start raisin bread in the bread machine before I went to the garage. Looks and smells great. Too tired to enjoy it though!


40 posted on 06/03/2012 10:58:55 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: prisoner6

Mmmm...cheap beer, raisin bread and racin’! Good times, good times, LOL!


41 posted on 06/03/2012 11:06:07 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: prisoner6

I feel for ya, gramma and I (well mostly I)are just getting over some sort of gombu. Was terrible!

So am doing the domestic stuff this weekend.

Pork parade lap begins at 2 with forks up at 2:57 get to the eastern edge of the Salt Lake valley, light smoke signals and your nose will get you the rest of the way!


42 posted on 06/03/2012 11:14:20 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I love guns... and coffee!)
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Lap 113 — The leaders are on pit road.

Lap 111 — CAUTION FLAG NO. 2: The engine in David Reutimann’s car has detonated.

Lap 108 — Don’t look now, but Jeff Gordon is catching Mark Martin to challenge him for second place.

Lap 104 — Jimmie Johnson has set sail. His lead over Mark Martin is now up to 2.3 seconds. Also, Jeff Gordon has moved around Matt Kenseth for third place.

Lap 93 — Jimmie Johnson’s lead over Mark Martin has already shot up to 1.4 seconds.

Lap 90 — Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon get around Kyle Busch, dropping him to fifth place.

Lap 86 — Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon — running third, fourth and fifth — are still very close together on the race track.

Lap 84 — Jimmie Johnson has closed back in on Mark Martin for the lead, and he takes the spot coming off Turn 2.

Lap 81 — Jeff Gordon is trying to figure out a way past Matt Kenseth for fourth place, just as Kenseth is looking to work his way around Kyle Busch for third.

Lap 78 — Mark Martin leads Jimmie Johnson by about 6/10ths of a second.

Lap 74 — After the cycle of stops, the top five is Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon.

Lap 73 — Matt Kenseth has brought his car into its pit stall.

Lap 72 — Leader Mark Martin is in. So are Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

Lap 71 — Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and others are pitting.

Lap 70 — Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin are pitting.

Lap 69 — Greg Biffle is pitting.

Lap 67 — Tony Stewart’s crew is still working on his car in the garage.

Lap 64 — Mark Martin is being given time differentials between what he and Jimmie Johnson are running. Other than that, it’s pretty quiet on the radio.

Lap 60 — The lead goes to Mark Martin. He should be pitting in about nine laps.

Lap 55 — The gap between leader Jimmie Johnson and second-place Mark Martin is now down to about half a second.

Lap 53 — Mark Martin has erased a couple tenths of a second off Jimmie Johnson’s lead.

Lap 50 — Fifty laps in, drivers appear to have settled into a nice groove following the grinding crash earlier.

Lap 46 — Third-place Matt Kenseth has lost touch with Mark Martin, who is running in second place. He’s now nearly two seconds back.

Lap 43 — It’s about one second from leader Jimmie Johnson back to second-place Mark Martin.

Lap 39 — Clint Bowyer is running alone on the track in fourth place.

Lap 35 — The top-three cars — Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth — are separated by about a second each. It’s more than two more seconds back to fourth-place Clint Bowyer.

Lap 30 — Jimmie Johnson goes to the outside of Mark Martin for the race lead in Turn 3.

Lap 29 — Jimmie Johnson is closing back in on Mark Martin for the lead.

Lap 26 — Hey, look at that. Dave Marcis finished second in Mark Martin’s Cup debut here at Dover.

Lap 22 — Mark Martin’s first Cup start here at Dover came on May 16, 1982. He finished fifth in a race won by Bobby Allison.

Lap 18 — Mark Martin has a lead of about half a second over Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 17 — Clint Bowyer is racing Kyle Busch hard for fifth place. He takes the position coming off Turn 4.

Lap 15 — Matt Kenseth gets a run on Ryan Newman to take third place between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 13 — GREEN FLAG: Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch are leaders on the restart. Johnson and Martin remain side by side until they come off Turn 4, when Martin clears for the lead.

Lap 11 — The leaders stay on the track, but from 17th-place Brad Keselowski on back, most everyone else takes the chance to pit under the caution.

1:41 p.m. ET — The cars are being refired. The caution is back out.

1:36 p.m. ET — According to Fox, this accident involved more cars than any other wreck so far this season.

1:35 p.m. ET — Work is still going on to clear the track.

1:27 p.m. ET — Also involved in the wreck were Stephen Leicht, Dave Blaney, David Gilliland, Michael McDowell and Joe Nemechek.


43 posted on 06/03/2012 11:28:40 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: MtnClimber

Uncanny, huh? lol

Junior is looking good too,, oh well.


44 posted on 06/03/2012 11:31:05 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

I’m seriesly considering hitting the Sparks Rib Fest,, it’s been awhile for me.. It’s a taste extravaganza..


45 posted on 06/03/2012 11:33:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Lap 117 — GREEN FLAG: The top five are Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. Johnson gets a great restart and is clear in Turn 1 for the lead.


46 posted on 06/03/2012 11:34:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

You can’t never go wrong at the rid cook off!


47 posted on 06/03/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I love guns... and coffee!)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

rid = rib

darned oppose-able thumbs!


48 posted on 06/03/2012 11:41:41 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I love guns... and coffee!)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Carl Edwards into the wall...Gordon in second...mrs p6 likes Gordo...sigh.


49 posted on 06/03/2012 11:56:08 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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Lap 218 — Jeff Gordon isn’t waiting around for anybody. He’s already 1.2 seconds ahead of Jimmie Johnson. It’s more than five second back to third-place Kevin Harvick.

Lap 211 — Jeff Gordon is finally able to take over the lead from Jimmie Johnson. Johnson just pulled over to allow at the end of the backstretch to allow the move to happen unchallenged.

Lap 207 — Third-place Kevin Harvick is 2.6 seconds behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 205 — Kyle Busch goes straight to the garage.

Lap 203 — Smoke has begun to billow out from under Kyle Busch’s car.

Lap 200 — Jimmie Johnson is the winner of today’s Nationwide Series race. No ... wait. That was yesterday. We’ve still got another 200 laps to go!

Lap 196 — A visitor to the MRN booth is discussing autism right now. Thanks to all who have participated in the awareness campaign this weekend!

Lap 194 — Jeff Gordon seems to be content riding behind teammate Jimmie Johnson. The margin between them has been stable at a few car lengths for several laps now.

Lap 192 — Running in fifth place, Matt Kenseth is very unhappy with his race car.

Lap 188 — Kevin Harvick makes the pass of Dale Earnhardt Jr. for third place.

Lap 185 — Wow. Marcos Ambrose just made one heck of a save coming off Turn 2. He was wrecked ... he just didn’t bend anything.

Lap 183 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is about 2.1 seconds behind leader Jimmie Johnson. He’s got Kevin Harvick not far behind him.

Lap 179 — Jeff Gordon is within 4/10ths of a second of leader Jimmie Johnson.

Lap 177 — Hey! Good ol’ Bowman Gray Stadium is getting some love on Fox’s broadcast.

Lap 173 — Kyle Busch took the restart in 19th place. That’s where he’s running right now.

Lap 170 — It’s a Hendrick Motorsports sweep of the top-three spots for the time being.

Lap 169 — GREEN FLAG: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth are the top five. Johnson clears easily for the top spot.

Lap 168 — Kyle Busch is back on pit road.

Lap 166 — The leaders are on pit road. Kyle Busch will have to pit again to tighten all the lugs.

Lap 164 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Carl Edwards slaps the wall in Turn 2.

Lap 160 — Kevin Harvick finally clears Kyle Busch in their battle for third place.

Lap 159 — Kevin Harvick gets a nose under Kyle Busch for third place coming off Turn 4.

Lap 158 — Kevin Harvick is fighting Kyle Busch hard for third place. Here ... hold my watch!

Lap 156 — Jeff Gordon has closed to within about 1.5 seconds of teammate Jimmie Johnson for the lead.

Lap 153 — Don’t tell Joey Logano about D.W.’s miscue, because we all know who holds the microphone in that family, right?

Lap 150 — Darrell Waltrip just forgot Joey Logano’s name. Ooooops.

Lap 148 — The top five is currently Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin.

Lap 145 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is shown in eighth place. C’mon, Joooooooon-yer!!!

Lap 140 — Jeff Gordon blasts past Kyle Busch for the runnerup position.

Lap 139 — Kyle Busch now trails leader Jimmie Johnson by about three seconds.

Lap 136 — Jeff Gordon dives under Kevin Harvick for third place in the treacherous Turn 2.

Lap 133 — One thing’s for sure. The cockpit of Mark Martin’s car is much, much different than when he first raced here. And that’s a good thing. A very, very good thing.

Lap 130 — Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin nearly make contact coming down the backstretch as Harvick takes over third place.

Lap 127 — Further back in the back, Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski are having a hard time getting around Jeff Burton.


50 posted on 06/03/2012 12:20:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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