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NASCAR -- Allstate 400 at the Brickyard -- on ESPN -- July 29, 2007 , Sun. 130 pm ET
Nascar.com ^ | 7/24/07

Posted on 07/24/2007 4:16:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Join us for this weekend's events at the Indy Motor Speedway.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: allstate; brickyard; espn; nascar; nextel; nrnascarthread
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Welcome to the weekly Nascar at FR thread!

This Week - the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 29, 2007



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Nextel Cup Allstate 400 - July 29 - ESPN Sun. 130 pm ET w/ Qualifying July 28 ESPN2 - 10am ET

Busch Series - Kroger 200 - July 28 - ESPN2 Sat. 730pm ET

Craftsman Truck Series - Power Stroke Diesel 200 - July 27 Speed - 730pm ET




Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Race Menu for the weekend series

While Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the most popular racetrack in the Hoosier State, the vast majority of motorsports events held in Indianapolis are held at O'Reilly Raceway Park, including a Craftsman Truck Series race and a Busch Series event.

Drag racing, road racing, Sprint Car races and other events suited to a shorter track fall to ORP, which changed its name from Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2006. You can also usually find a large racing program there on the night before the Indianapolis 500.

The annual NHRA U.S. Nationals are traditionally held there on Labor Day weekend and SCCA events are held on the park's road course.




Track Facts
Banking/Turns: 12 degrees
Distance: .686 miles
Shape: Oval
Banking: 7.5° turns / 2° straights


FR Fantasy Leaguers - Deadline to select or edit your drivers is Jul 28 2:00am PDT

1 posted on 07/24/2007 4:16:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 07/24/2007 4:18:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; afnamvet; Afronaut; ...

Racing at the Brickyard this week-end, race thread is up Ping!


3 posted on 07/24/2007 4:19:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hope Jeff Gordon wins. It’s his turn.


4 posted on 07/24/2007 4:20:45 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Do people who say hello at the end of each sentence know how stupid they appear to be?)
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To: commish; All

fyi and Thanks! .. adding the link for this thread to the FReshly pinged race thread.

DEI completes merger with Ginn Racing
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1871013/posts


5 posted on 07/24/2007 4:22:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge
Come on Rocket Man Ryan Newman... only 30 points out.. one good top 10 and he is in the chase..
6 posted on 07/24/2007 4:26:20 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Yeah, Jeff’s had such a terrible run of luck. He hasn’t won in, what, 4 or 5 races now?


7 posted on 07/24/2007 4:26:40 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: mnehrling

What? Another Newman fan out there? I thought I was the only one.


8 posted on 07/24/2007 4:27:39 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: saganite
I guess it is a geek thing.. You have Stewart for the bullies, Gordon for the metros, Jr. for the rednecks, Edwards for the preps, and Newman for the geeks..
9 posted on 07/24/2007 4:30:14 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: mnehrling

hey, I am an Edwards fan and I am a long long way from being a prep! LOL


10 posted on 07/24/2007 4:32:21 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: NormsRevenge

THX for da ping


11 posted on 07/24/2007 4:32:27 PM PDT by umgud ("When illegals are banned, only greedy businesses and welfare providers will have them)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for the ping, Norm.


12 posted on 07/24/2007 4:34:09 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (I've reached the age where happy hour is a nap.)
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To: o_zarkman44
OK, Edwards also fills the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ fans..
13 posted on 07/24/2007 4:35:52 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: mnehrling

Never thought of it that way but you’re right. The reason I like Newman is that he’s a Purdue engineering grad.

I have to say, Edwards is a great guy. He’s articulate and during one of the rain delays several weeks ago they showed his trip to one of the aircraft carriers. Good stuff.


14 posted on 07/24/2007 4:37:51 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: saganite
Not to mention Newman is responsible for wrecking both Stewart and Gordon.. He is either going to win or go out with a bang (OK, except for the last two seasons..)
15 posted on 07/24/2007 4:39:52 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: All

Having lived in southern cal, and being a race fan I had to drive to Indy one year.

I couldn’t make the race, so I visited the museum and took the bus ride around the Speedway.

All nifty stuff, first time impression was Indy seemed such a big spread out place to live, was green everywhere, and good museum.

Didnt realize the raceway was in the town, or city? of ‘Speedway’.

Like the F1 race the best, but like it all, and try to contact the hams there at the speedway during the race.

My pick? MONTOYA


16 posted on 07/24/2007 4:42:28 PM PDT by msnpatriot
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To: mnehrling

Wrecking Stewart and Gordon is not a bad thing in my book. ;^)..

I loved Newman’s comment a few weeks ago when Stewart complained that Newman had bumped him 5 times. Newman’s response? “I didn’t know he could count that high”.


17 posted on 07/24/2007 4:42:54 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: mnehrling

How about Luke Skywalker fans?
Edwards can pilot just about anything.
I don’t think Wally or Beaver has anything to do with this guy. Besides I know him very well. Used to race on the dirt against him in Central Missouri.
I blew out a tire on my hauler one night after the races and he came along and got me a spare so I could make it home. We had been rubbing fenders on late models earlier that night. Thats just the kind of guy he is.

As for Neuman, he is the nerdy one.


18 posted on 07/24/2007 4:47:57 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: o_zarkman44
I don’t think Wally or Beaver has anything to do with this guy.

I meant that in that he has the 'good guy' image.. Kind of like the All American guy.. which, based on the rest of your post, it seems he lives up to that off the track too..

19 posted on 07/24/2007 4:53:24 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Does Kale Yarborugh have a chance? Oops, that was a couple of years ago. Well, I have me a couple of good cigars and will glued to the tube on the 29th. Maybe Kale will make a comeback like they do in the entertainment business. Do you spell Kale with a “C”?
20 posted on 07/24/2007 4:55:51 PM PDT by CHEE (Shoot low, they're crawling.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

What are you talking about? It is never anyone’s turn.


21 posted on 07/24/2007 4:57:31 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: msnpatriot

Montoya doesn’t have the horsepower. Sad but true.


22 posted on 07/24/2007 4:57:38 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: mnehrling

I’ll admit to being a bully!!!!


23 posted on 07/24/2007 4:58:53 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: mnehrling

You are right on about Carl being the all American good guy. I guess that is the image of a Beaver. Just hadn’t thought of the charactor comparison.


24 posted on 07/24/2007 4:59:14 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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To: o_zarkman44
It’s a marketing thing.. NASCAR isn’t just a sport for gearheads and country folks.. it is a case study in successful marketing..
25 posted on 07/24/2007 5:02:01 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: NormsRevenge

(click on it!)

26 posted on 07/24/2007 5:31:53 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks for the ping Norm!

A Tuesday NASCAR thread from you? Ya must be suffering withdrawal!

27 posted on 07/24/2007 5:32:01 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: o_zarkman44

I nicknamed him Opie a couple of years ago because he reminded me of a young Ronnie Howard...


28 posted on 07/24/2007 5:34:24 PM PDT by tubebender (My first great grandson is a Miniature Schnauzer...)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
hope Jeff Gordon wins. It’s his turn.

No. Jeff already had his turn. It's Bill Elliot's turn

29 posted on 07/24/2007 5:38:35 PM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for the ping Norm. Lots of fresh faces represented on the thread today...


30 posted on 07/24/2007 5:39:26 PM PDT by tubebender (My first great grandson is a Miniature Schnauzer...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll be there. In the press room.

Look for one of the Gibbs cars to be in Victory Lane. Denny has a knack for these tracks, and Tony’s a proven winner there.


31 posted on 07/24/2007 6:02:16 PM PDT by TWohlford
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To: mnehrling

I thought it was the “30 years old and still living with mom” fans.


32 posted on 07/24/2007 6:09:02 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: NormsRevenge
ESPN NASCAR Show on the air as I write this. It is called DIRT and features the old moonshiner dirt trackers. Really good coverage.
33 posted on 07/24/2007 6:11:53 PM PDT by CHEE (Shoot low, they're crawling.)
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According to ESPN, DEI has bought Ginn, announcement Wednesday. Mark Martin is now the fourth driver for DEI through 2009 (22 races), and will have driver development responsibilities. Owner points from #14 to transfer to Menard, locking him in the top 35. Owner points from #13 being sold to #78, locking Herm in top 35.

Or so it is being reported for now.

34 posted on 07/24/2007 6:36:04 PM PDT by fideist (Martin Truex, Jr. is #1 in every NASCAR race.)
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To: mnehrling

But... I am a redneck and like Gordon... Can I be a metro redneck? You know I get $1200 dollar mullet shapings!


35 posted on 07/24/2007 7:39:11 PM PDT by USAFJeeper
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To: USAFJeeper
That would be a Redneck who shops at designer country stores.. Do you wax your truck, you might be a metro redneck.. Do you bet more than one haircut a year, you might be a metro redneck.. Do you shop for your cloths at someplace that doesn’t contain the word ‘Mart’ in it’s title, you might be a metro redneck...
36 posted on 07/24/2007 7:42:44 PM PDT by mnehring (Ron Paul is as much of a Constitutionalist as Fred Phelps is a Christian)
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To: fideist

Almost all the major NASCAR sources are reporting this now. Jim Utter from the Charlotte Observer is reporting that “sources” have told him that DEI has offered the #8 to Mark Martin for next year. THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT! That would just about be all Budweiser needs to stay at DEI.


37 posted on 07/24/2007 11:06:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (You know you are a great American when a Kennedy calls you a traitor.)
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To: o_zarkman44
ESPN reported yesterday Carl broke a thumb dirt racing.

I hope it doesn't affect his performance his week. I'm a big Flipper fan.

38 posted on 07/25/2007 1:56:32 AM PDT by NEPA
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To: NEPA

Carl dislocated his thumb at a dirt late model race at I-80 Speedway in Omaha. I think he was competing against his little brother and there was something like an 8 car pile up. Roush Racing said Carl Will participate in the Busch and Cup races this weekend.
It may be uncomfortable for shifting and keying the mic button on the steering wheel. But it shouldn’t affect his performance.


39 posted on 07/25/2007 5:37:50 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (No Bull in 08!)
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Good news.

His physical conditioning sure must help in situations in which other racers would have a tougher time adapting.

40 posted on 07/25/2007 6:16:32 AM PDT by NEPA
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Ain’t going to happen for two reasons.

1. Martin wants to be part-time.

2. Bud is looking for a young driver to represent its brand.

Look for Shrub to replace Junior. So far, DEI is the only team offering Shrub a top-35 car.


41 posted on 07/25/2007 9:56:14 AM PDT by fideist (Martin Truex, Jr. is #1 in every NASCAR race.)
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; afnamvet; Afronaut
PRess Release from DEI

Dale Earnhardt Inc. has become even stronger through a merger with Ginn Racing. Effective immediately, the team will feature the Chevys of #15-Paul Menard, #1-Martin Truex Jr., #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #01-Mark Martin and #01-Aric Almirola. Martin and Almirola will combine to drive the #01 Army Chevy for the remainder of the 2007 season as well as the entire 2008 season. Menard drives the Menards Chevy, Truex drives the Bass Pro Shops Chevy and Earnhardt handles driving duties of the Budweiser Chevy. All four entries are inside the top 35 in Nextel Cup points heading into this weekend's Brickyard 400. Regan Smith, who was originally slated to drive the Ginn Clubs and Resorts Chevy in the Brickyard 400, will instead compete in the Craftsman Truck Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park Friday night in the Ginn Resorts Chevy Silverado. Specific schedules for Martin, Smith and Almirola will be announced later. In addition to Nextel Cup Series competition, the company will continue to field entries in the Busch Series, the Busch East Series and will analyze its future involvement in the Craftsman Truck Series. The numerous teams of Dale Earnhardt Inc. will operate from both the original facility built by Dale and Teresa Earnhardt as well as the nearly 180,000-square-foot facility currently housing Ginn Racing's teams. The buildings are less than five miles apart in Mooresville, N.C. Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s current management team will be responsible for all day-to- day activities and transition plans have already begun to develop. John Story, vice president of motorsports operations for DEI will oversee the expansion of the company's racing efforts. In completing this merger, points on Ginn Racing's #13 car, which was 34th in Nextel Cup owner's points, have been eliminated.

Big news there - #13 points. Me thinks Dave Blaney and the #22 team are doing the happy dance, as they just moved into 35th place (Unless I remember the points wrong)

42 posted on 07/25/2007 10:53:45 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: commish

Thanks, lots of activity for mid season or is it just me?

a lot of teams need to get going and now..


43 posted on 07/25/2007 10:56:58 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow - another possible huge merger in the works too. Fox is reporting that NEWMAN-HAAS Racing (Champ Cars) has put in a offer to purchase ROBERT YATES RACING.


44 posted on 07/25/2007 11:01:13 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: commish

Wow,, that would be interesting.


45 posted on 07/25/2007 11:05:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge
Yep having Newman-Haas and thier resources in NASCAR would definately be interesting.

I am still trying to figure out why DEI/Ginn would just eliminate the #13 points. I am sure a lot of teams would have spent good hard cash to garauntee themselves a spot into the top 35.

Plus I imagine Chevy is pissed as hell. They just eliminated a Chevy position and garaunteed a Toyota into the top 35.

Hmm I wonder if NASCAR maybe told them they couldn't sell the points just for that reason.... makes ya wonder.

46 posted on 07/25/2007 11:09:59 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: commish

I am still trying to figure out why DEI/Ginn would just eliminate the #13 points. I am sure a lot of teams would have spent good hard cash to garauntee themselves a spot into the top 35.

Money wouldn’t be the reason with all the dough in the game, just a hard business move.


47 posted on 07/25/2007 11:16:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oops I made a mistake — it is not the Bill Davis 22 of Blaney -— it is the WOOD BROTHERS #21 and Bill Elliott who will take over the 35th spot in the owners standing.


48 posted on 07/25/2007 11:50:06 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: TWohlford

I’m pickin’ Smoke for the win.


49 posted on 07/25/2007 2:19:55 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder why Caterpillar isn’t more aggressive in NASCAR? They seem to be content with never finishing in the top 10 or 15 or even 20. They certainly have the resources and as one who does business with CAT through mining, I can relate that their employees are loyal and enthusiastic race fans, but are continually dissapointed that #22 is always an also-ran.
Curious that CAT can’t seem to put together a better effort.


50 posted on 07/25/2007 5:58:43 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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