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NASCAR - California Speedway SONY HD 500 - Sunday 9-3-06 Pre-Race Show: NBC - 7:00pm/et
Nascar, Jayski, My Photo Archives ^ | 08-30-06 | Me & Jack

Posted on 08/30/2006 3:51:13 PM PDT by WestCoastGal

WELCOME TO FONTANA CALIFORNIA

-THIS WEEKS RACE- SONY HD 500

Pre-Race Show: NBC - 7:00pm/et

Sunday, September 3rd - 250 Laps (500 Miles)

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NASCAR Busch Series AMERIQUEST 300 Saturday, September 2nd, 150 Laps (300 Miles) TV: TNT - 10:00pm/et

Qualifying: Saturday, September 2, 6:40pm/et

Qualifying: 2 laps for all positions. Cars will be impounded. TV coverage live on Speed.

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Friday Practice: Friday, September 1, 3:05 - 4:35pm/et, TV-none - On Trackpass

Saturday Practice: Saturday, September 2, 4:00 - 5:00pm/et, TV-none - On Trackpass

Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 2, 5:35 - 6:20pm/et on TV-NONE LISTED - On Trackpass

Cup qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 1 at 6:40pm/et, TV-Speed Channel



Make your FRFL picks by Friday 5am et.
This is not an impound race.
Craftsman Truck Series is off this week.


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KEYWORDS: california; fontana; frigginboringrace; nascar; nextel; nextelcup; sony; walterreed; wcgnascarthread
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Love this pic of the track from the old days.

Location Fontana, CA Distance / Track Type 2.0 Mile Oval 14-degree bank Nextel Cup Top Race Speed 155.012 by Jeff Gordon on 6/22/1997 Nextel Cup Top Qualifying Speed 188.245 by Kyle Busch on 2/27/2005 Plotting strategy There likely will be some long green runs when the cars get spread out, and that's when you have to have fuel-mileage strategy. The first time we raced at California, in 1997, Jeff Gordon won on fuel mileage, so it's always a factor at this track.

Gordon and former crew chief Ray Evernham were great at adjusting their car when they were together. Maybe that's why they won two of the first three races at Fontana. Even if you have a good car, you are going to have to work on it all day because the track changes throughout the race. Because the track isn't hard on tires, devising a sound tire strategy is a must. Get that track position, if you can, by changing two tires instead of four. Near the end of the race, definitely go with two or don't pit at all. I'd rather be leading the race on 20- or 25-lap tires than back there in 10th position on fresh tires because you're back in traffic and the car won't run as well.


1 posted on 08/30/2006 3:51:15 PM PDT by WestCoastGal
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Please give your support to the FR Canteen - Dedicated to our troops, veterans, and their families:
The FR Canteen

2 posted on 08/30/2006 3:51:59 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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Hi to everyone at Walter Reed



Ryan, Wild Bill, Rex, Jerry, Arnold, Cole, Brian, John, Joseph, Bobby,

Chris, Chuck, Aaron, Adam, Katey, Brian, Joshua, Bryant, Isaac, Mason,

Issac, Eduardo, Luther, Chris, Derek, Andrew, PD, David, Martin, Anthony,

Alexander, Eugene, Jayme, Tim, Maurice, Bob, Derick, Whephurn, Marian, Lucritia, Lyvell, Hassan, Uziel, William, Sidney, Adrian, Natasha, Zavian, Elijah, James, Verdina and Farai.

Now home with their families.....Bill, Wes [new daddy], Carlos, Jeremy are doing well from our DC FReeper report but Mike continues to need our prayers after a car accident.

Hugs and prayers to all of you!!

Thank you all for your service to our country

God Bless



3 posted on 08/30/2006 3:55:29 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; steveegg; WestCoastGal; tubebender; Afronaut; ...

CALIFORNIA PING


4 posted on 08/30/2006 4:00:39 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: WestCoastGal

Looking Good!

Thanks!


5 posted on 08/30/2006 4:12:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: WestCoastGal

How West Coast of you :o)


6 posted on 08/30/2006 4:36:31 PM PDT by glock rocks (will you tell me a story?)
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To: WestCoastGal

Thx for the ping.


7 posted on 08/30/2006 4:38:00 PM PDT by umgud (Do moderate muslims luv us infidels and Jews?.... Didn't think so.)
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To: WestCoastGal

Nice job WCG. Everyone seen this thread... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1692560/posts


8 posted on 08/30/2006 4:43:52 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: tubebender

Happy WEDnesday all!

Sunday Night Racing...WoooHooo!


9 posted on 08/30/2006 4:54:43 PM PDT by GRRRRR (Love America? Protect Her, VOTE GOP...they're better than nothing.)
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To: GRRRRR; All
I know this is the California thread but this is a great story from Bristol.......funny anyway.

There was a guy that was dropping a T-shirt for the drivers to sign! It was soo freakin funny! He had it on a hanger with some cardbourd inside to keep it formed.. with a sharpie hooked to it! We would scream up to him to tell him when the drivers were coming and he'd drop it down with a tape measure... LOL and when they were done signing the shirt he'd hit the button and it would retract.. freakin GREAT!

Then.. Robby came over just as a cop was yelling at the guy saying he couldn't drop the shirt anymore... Robby looked at the cop... At the shirt... up at the guy and back to the cop again... then... He grabbed the pen and signed the shirt! The crowd went wild! it was great!

>

Shared with permission from the person on the scene reporting.

10 posted on 08/30/2006 5:32:26 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: WestCoastGal

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


11 posted on 08/30/2006 5:34:27 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: WestCoastGal
>>...from the person on the scene...

I want a plane ticket.

Thanks for the ping

12 posted on 08/30/2006 5:56:58 PM PDT by vox_freedom (Matthew 5:37 But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no)
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To: WestCoastGal

Sony HD 500? Hope they didn't make any of the batteries for the cars.


13 posted on 08/30/2006 6:01:50 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: WestCoastGal
Thanks, WCG. Did you see the Nascar.com article on Fontana - getting butts in the seats? Interesting.
14 posted on 08/30/2006 6:27:35 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: LasVegasMac; NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; steveegg; WestCoastGal; tubebender; ..

call me old fashioned but Labor Day weekend should be for the track "too tough to tame" Darlington


15 posted on 08/30/2006 6:50:03 PM PDT by icecold
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To: icecold

I hear ya!


16 posted on 08/30/2006 7:42:21 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: WestCoastGal

Got it, thanks.


17 posted on 08/30/2006 8:58:48 PM PDT by SouthTexas (It's summer, of course it's hot.)
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To: WestCoastGal

I'll be there!!!! Won 2 tixs on Hugh Hewitts show today.

Eeeeehaa!!!!!


18 posted on 08/30/2006 10:16:04 PM PDT by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: WestCoastGal
How Funny!

Please add me to the ping list.

Thanks.

19 posted on 08/30/2006 11:18:59 PM PDT by bobbyd (Flyer, I love and miss you...Lords best my FRiend)
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To: bobbyd; NormsRevenge; NYTexan; glock rocks

Welcome to the group!!



Ping for the other ping list holders.


20 posted on 08/31/2006 4:22:56 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: steveegg; vox_freedom; Richard Kimball; SouthTexas; glock rocks; tubebender; NormsRevenge; ...

Good thing the Richmond race is next week, looks like Ernesto is heading for Virginia and the Carolinas with a lot of rain.

From the sound of the reports the pre-race in the stands and under the stands where the drivers went back and forth to their motorhomes was more exciting than the 'respectful' race.


21 posted on 08/31/2006 4:29:59 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: WestCoastGal

Supposed to be 99 degrees Sunday at the CA Speedway. Look for a hot and boring race.


22 posted on 08/31/2006 4:53:47 AM PDT by umgud (Do moderate muslims luv us infidels and Jews?.... Didn't think so.)
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To: umgud
Morning umgud for the weather report. Those of us who have drivers barely in the Chase are hoping for a clean and productive race.

BBL off to the little city.

23 posted on 08/31/2006 5:08:20 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: WestCoastGal

I'm a Mark Martin fan. He really got hurt at Bristol. Hope he improves somewhat or at least hangs on. But yer right, we probably won't see anyone get hurt at CA.

Have a great day. I'm off to work.


24 posted on 08/31/2006 5:17:59 AM PDT by umgud (Do moderate muslims luv us infidels and Jews?.... Didn't think so.)
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To: bobbyd; WestCoastGal

Welcome bobbyd!


25 posted on 08/31/2006 5:22:44 AM PDT by glock rocks (will you tell me a story?)
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To: WestCoastGal
Next they will install turn signals and brake lights.

Did you enjoy the cold front? We were down to 96 yesterday, almost long john weather!

26 posted on 08/31/2006 6:07:31 AM PDT by SouthTexas (It's summer, of course it's hot.)
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To: SouthTexas

Mid to upper seventies here in Michigan for the next week.
I know you guys probably hate winters here, but we have lots of nice weather too.


27 posted on 08/31/2006 9:26:26 AM PDT by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming. I'M a BUSHBOT!)
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To: WestCoastGal; All
Beautiful #3 for the guys at Walter Reed. Thank you.

To the Guys at Walter Reed, will see you at the gate this Friday, Sept 1. Get me more names of the ones that monitor this NASCAR site. We would like to acknowledge as many as possible. While I have met many of you, if you don't know me just ask any Freeper where is Coach Bill?

Sorry I haven't been participating much in the last few weeks. Sad news that I hate to bring up here but here goes.

I lost my wife at the end of July from cancer. It has been rough. The kid, 20, and I have been doing some deep sea fishing to get our minds off of it.

Get this, even though he is only 20, I have introduced him to the Atlantic City Casinos teaching him money management. (Or, how to not lose your ass). I had a $200 limit (show), but showed $500 winning and losing. Broke even and got a $50 dinner spiff. So, it worked out.

Hope to be here Sunday after a quick trip to Walter Reed this Friday.

28 posted on 08/31/2006 11:54:17 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Boot Murtha)
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To: WestCoastGal

I am out of town this weekend for a retriever field trial. I have to make my race picks tonight for FRFL, without the benefit of practice speeds or qualifying. Groan.

I hope to be back Sunday for the race, but no promises.

Hold down the fort. Tell the Juniors (Tony & Dale) to pull off another Michigan. They need it.


29 posted on 08/31/2006 12:19:52 PM PDT by fideist (Proud father of a U.S. Marine.)
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To: WestCoastGal; All
Check it out! We can finally make the FreeRepublic racing team a reality!!! --

eBay - Item #170024143724.

30 posted on 08/31/2006 12:28:30 PM PDT by fideist (Proud father of a U.S. Marine.)
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To: WestCoastGal; tubebender; glock rocks; SouthTexas; NYTexan

Hi/Bye.

In from Cal. headed for twin.

but had to share some possible good news for a change.


http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/08/30/gas-prices-could-fall-to-close-to-2-by-thanksgiving/


31 posted on 08/31/2006 1:06:07 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt
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To: fideist; steveegg; anyone
Darn, I bid $179,000.00 and the reserve is still not met and I'm out of money. They will take monthly payment. :)


32 posted on 08/31/2006 2:36:25 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: AGreatPer
Dear Bill, I'm so very sorry for your loss. It's something that is very, very difficult to live through. Several of us on this thread know the sorrow and grief you are going through. We are all here for you whenever you need us!

You are doing the right thing by keeping busy. I'm glad you will be visiting Walter Reed. If you see any of the guys, please wish them well and pass along all of our thanks for their service and our prayers for their healing.


33 posted on 08/31/2006 2:45:24 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: LasVegasMac

Hi LVM, yes I saw it.

I just find it so hard to believe that they would have problems selling that track out with the huge population in Cali. Probably the tickets are too expensive.


34 posted on 08/31/2006 2:49:10 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: SouthTexas
Hi ST, yes wonderful cold front. LOL... I almost opened the windows! Almost!! The animals must have thought something was up cause they seemed to be roaming around......dead deer, possum, skunk on the highway into town. The elk herd across the way was up and about this morning as well.

Funny, the cars stop here just like in Yellowstone when the animals are spotted, only they're not behind a fence up there.

35 posted on 08/31/2006 2:58:40 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: AGreatPer

I am sorry for your loss, buddy. You and your boy are in my prayers.


36 posted on 08/31/2006 3:14:16 PM PDT by Jackknife ( "It's not a real party 'til somebody breaks something.")
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To: AGreatPer

Man, you have my prayers and sympathy. I'm truly at a loss for words. Click my name. She had leukemia.


37 posted on 08/31/2006 4:01:43 PM PDT by glock rocks (will you tell me a story?)
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To: WestCoastGal

Kahne's event raises $144k; Stewart ok after wreck: #9-Kasey Kahne's year-old charity, the Kasey Kahne Foundation, which raises money to aid disadvantaged and critically ill children, raised $144,000 from Race night at Skagit Speedway [WA]. Fans clamored to see him and fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart take part in the sold-out event. They came early and stayed late. They proffered everything from hats and glossies to model cars and T-shirts for autographs. Some just wanted to be near him, as evidenced by the squealing teenage girl who got close enough to take a picture on her cell phone before running off with a hugest of grins.

It even took a little sting out of what could have been a bad break. Stewart, the defending Nextel Cup champion and currently eighth in the standings, flipped his car going around the third turn on the first lap of his qualifying heat. His car, which was later auctioned off, was badly damaged and Stewart appeared to have suffered a minor concussion. He was deemed fine enough to skip a hospital visit. Stewart returned later in street clothes, joking around in the pits with Kahne. Even the crash couldn't dampen the night's good vibes. "I love dirt track racing," Stewart told the crowd. "I was looking forward more to racing Kasey and being here than racing in (Sunday's Nextel Cup race at) Fontana (Calif.) this weekend. I love this kid like a little brother and I'm glad I could be here."(Seattle Post-Intelligencer)(8-31-2006)


38 posted on 08/31/2006 4:08:48 PM PDT by WestCoastGal (Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race Dale Earnhardt Jr. ~ Bristol Baby)
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To: AGreatPer
My sincerest condolences to you and your family Hershey Man. My prayers to all of you...
39 posted on 08/31/2006 4:36:23 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: WestCoastGal; fideist

If only I had 6 figures sitting around,.... I wonder if Terry Labonte would be willing to help out a startup team one more time :-)


40 posted on 08/31/2006 5:42:46 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: AGreatPer

Sorry to hear. Prayers for you and your son.


41 posted on 08/31/2006 5:44:22 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: steveegg

Couldn't we just beg more when the FReepathon comes up?

I really think it would be the perfect conservative advertisement for Jim with the Nascar Dad's!


42 posted on 08/31/2006 5:48:47 PM PDT by WestCoastGal ( Have we lost you Jr?You're reading the nutritional contents of a Bud Light...I think we've lost you)
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To: All; don-o; fideist; LasVegasMac

Jr's show recap.....

No guest tonight. Jr was with Josh Snyder and Steve Crisp as usual. They opened talking about Bristol and the good run Jr had there. Jr said he didn't want to run the Bristol Busch race this year. Shane Huffman had a tough run with a crash. Robby Gordon will drive the 88 car this weekend in front of the hometown fans. Robby is on a mission to impress his friends and family there. They congratulated Matt Kenseth on his wins. Steve liked that Katie Kenseth was in Victory Lane twice this weekend. Josh was impressed with Matt's team. Jr said his pit crew was fast all weekend. Josh asked why Jr let Kyle Bush go by late in the race. Jr said he has an understanding with him and that he was faster. Jr didn't want to wreck either. Jr likes the tight Chase race saying 4th - 11th place are all very close.
Update on Josh's medical problem. Josh said his C3 and c4 discs are out and the nerves are pinched. He has been getting some cortisone shots and therapy to help it.

Cali next weekend. Thursday, Jr is doing media for Gillette Young Guns. They reminisced about a being in Cali one time and the limo had a flat tire. Josh, Jr, Martin and J.R. changed the tire before the tow truck came. Cali has some new features with the Wolfgang restaurant. They want to see how it compares to the Martinsville hotdogs. Kelly Clarkson will be the grand marshall. Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson might be there. Jr said that Kate wanted to meet Jr once as she heard he was the badest SOB. Jr is nervous about earthquakes there. He said lots of celebrities go to the race. Josh saw Lindsay Lohan there once and she had body guards around her. Arnold S. came to see Jr after he ran 3rd there in a race. Josh asked Jr is he was going to qualify better. Jr said they are taking chassis #39.

They commented on Sam Hornish to run some Nascar and ARCA races next year. They also mentioned Rusty Wallace's accident on Monday night.

Josh read some news:
1) Finland - mans throws cell phone to win contest.
2) Milwaukee - drunkest city in the world.

Emails:
1) How do you cure a hangover? Tylenol and Jr said he has cases of it.
2) Matt Kenseth made a comment after Saturday night's Bristol race about flashbulbs bothering him when Jr took the lead in the race. Do flashbulbs bother Jr's vision when racing especially at night? (This was my question) Only time Jr noticed is when he came off turn 4 in Texas when he won there in 2000.
3) What is the last thing you permanently borrowed? Josh said a lawnmover and sunglasses.
4) After a race, Jr seems to walk with a limp. Is this from mashing the throttle and brake? Or is it an old injury that comes back every now and then? (Another one of my questions) He said it is from mashing the gas, honey (yes, he called me honey ). He wants to put the throttle through the firewall.
5) Does Killer roam your property? No, he stays inside.
6) Ever been through a major storm? Yes, Hurricane Hugo. Blew some things around and lost power.
7) Ever drive to a track when it is close to home? Yes, Bristol and Darlington sometimes.
8) Where you at the lake this past Sunday? Yes and had a good old time.
9) Ever google Josh's name as you would be surprised? No.
10) How do the Skins look this year as they have not scored a touchdown? Jr thinks it might be a tough year.
11) After using the word "uncouth", how many people do you think ran to the dictionary? Mike Davis has been trying to get Jr to use the word.
12) What is rolling over? When turning the corner the right tire is going down and down and it feels like you are going to roll over.

Josh is getting a goat. They are looking for emails to name the goat. If they choose your name, they will send you a picture of the goat. Jr wants to name the goat Teddy Brewski. Jr said he saw the movie Invincible recently and said it was a good movie. Near the end, Steve said "Have we lost you Jr? Your reading the nutritional contents of a Bud Light...I think we've lost you".

In closing, Jr said to send some emails in.


43 posted on 08/31/2006 5:50:12 PM PDT by WestCoastGal ( Have we lost you Jr?You're reading the nutritional contents of a Bud Light...I think we've lost you)
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To: WestCoastGal

It's "drunkest" city in America (ignoring, of course, the Vegas casinos, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, any Badger football game weekend in Madistan, and I'll go on and on....). Of course, we have some sort of festival going on at the Summerfest grounds just about every weekend during the summer, and there's all the church festivals too.


44 posted on 08/31/2006 5:54:39 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: WestCoastGal

Just buying the team would burn up about an entire year's worth of FReepathons, and then there's the ongoing expenses even if we have one of our own take a crash course in Cup Racing 101 (getting a shop, paying a crew, paying Pete to haul around the cars, getting replacement parts, acquiring a COT or two).


45 posted on 08/31/2006 6:00:04 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: steveegg; Pete-R-Bilt
I thought that was weird. In the whole world?

Probably a lot of beer drinkers there, but I doubt they out drink the Germans.

LOL on the car problems. I think we could get Pete cheap.

If you look quick and refresh the page the haulers are pulling in.

See you all tomorrow for qualifying.

46 posted on 08/31/2006 6:11:03 PM PDT by WestCoastGal ( Have we lost you Jr?You're reading the nutritional contents of a Bud Light...I think we've lost you)
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To: westmichman
Your winters would be just fine if they stayed like ours, in the 70s. :)
47 posted on 08/31/2006 6:58:29 PM PDT by SouthTexas (It's summer, of course it's hot.)
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To: AGreatPer

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that I will keep you and your son in my thoughts and prayers.


48 posted on 08/31/2006 7:03:51 PM PDT by SouthTexas (It's summer, of course it's hot.)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Prices are already down in this neck of the woods. Saw one this evening, on the highway, at $2.39


49 posted on 08/31/2006 7:07:13 PM PDT by SouthTexas (It's summer, of course it's hot.)
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To: SouthTexas
Saw one this evening, on the highway, at $2.39.

You must not have a heap of gas taxes, corn-a-hole or Algore/Whitman Memorial RFG to deal with. Still $2.86 or so up in the land of cheese and beer.

50 posted on 08/31/2006 8:28:34 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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