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Sprint Cup - Nascar ~ Daytona 500 Sunday Feb 20 on FOX, 1:00pm/et LIVE THREAD
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Posted on 02/17/2011 4:43:35 PM PST by WestCoastGal

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Welcome to the Daytona 500 Free Republic Race Thread - NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 12:00pm/et ~ Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:00pm/et






The 2011 Mustang will be the pace car

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The Nationwide race is on Saturday - Race: 1:15pm/et, Saturday, February 19, 2011 in Daytona Beach, FL # Length: 120 Laps, 300 miles # TV: ESPN2 - 12:00pm/et





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This race is dedicated to the memory of Dale Earnhardt - It has been 10 years since his tragic death in turn 4 of the last lap at the Daytona 500 Feb 18, 2001.

Lap 3 will be a silent lap with three fingers held high for Big E.


It hasn't been the same since you left.


1 posted on 02/17/2011 4:43:40 PM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; advertising guy; ...
PING to 500 thread

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2 posted on 02/17/2011 4:46:06 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: WestCoastGal

WOO HOO!


3 posted on 02/17/2011 4:49:24 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: WestCoastGal
It hasn't been the same since you left.

For me, it hasn't been the same since R. Petty, C. Yarborough, D. Pearson, and B. Allison left.

4 posted on 02/17/2011 4:50:07 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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STARTING LINEUP

Starting
Position Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph) Reason in the race
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (A) Chevy 186.089 pole sitter
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 185.966 outside pole
3 22 Kurt Busch Dodge 184.896 won Duel 1
4 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 185.071 won Duel 2
5 78 Regan Smith Chevy 183.681 2nd in Duel 1
6 33 Clint Bowyer Chevy 185.223 2nd in Duel 2
7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.740 3rd in Duel 1
8 15 Michael Waltrip Toyota 183.966 3rd in Duel 2
9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 184.102 4th in Duel 1
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 183.595 4th in Duel 2
11 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 183.602 5th in Duel 1
12 92 Brian Keselowski # Dodge 177.581 5th in Duel 2
13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 184.763 6th in Duel 1
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 183.685 6th in Duel 2
15 43 A J Allmendinger Ford 184.290 7th in Duel 1
16 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 184.008 7th in Duel 2
17 5 Mark Martin Chevy 184.991 8th in Duel 1
18 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 181.316 8th in Duel 2
19 27 Paul Menard Chevy 185.422 9th in Duel 1
20 56 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 183.456 9th in Duel 2
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 185.002 10th in Duel 1
22 99 Carl Edwards Ford 184.475 10th in Duel 2
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 184.687 11th in Duel 1
24 00 David Reutimann Toyota 184.019 11th in Duel 2
25 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 184.911 12th in Duel 1
26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 184.911 15th in Duel 2
27 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 183.557 14th in Duel 1
28 37 Robert Richardson Jr. Ford 181.466 16th in Duel 2
29 09 Bill Elliott [PC2] Chevy 184.532 15th in Duel 1
30 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 182.120 17th in Duel 2
31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 183.576 16th in Duel 1
32 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 185.445 19th in Duel 2
33 46 J J Yeley Chevy 180.977 17th in Duel 1
34 6 David Ragan Ford 184.612 20th in Duel 2
35 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 184.748 21st in Duel 1
36 77 Steve Wallace Toyota 182.574 22nd in Duel 2
37 71 Andy Lally # Chevy 180.828 22nd in Duel 1
38 20 Joey Logano Toyota 183.206 23rd in Duel 2
39 34 David Gilliland Ford 182.697 24th in Duel 1
40-SPD 38 Travis Kvapil Ford 184.271 in by speed
41-SPD 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 184.222 in by speed
42-SPD 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 183.793 in by speed
43-PC 32 Terry Labonte [PC1] Ford 181.492 past champ
DNQ 60 Todd Bodine Toyota 183.057 21st in Duel 2
DNQ 97 Kevin Conway Toyota 182.949 18th in Duel 1
DNQ 13 Casey Mears Toyota 182.867 24th in Duel 2
DNQ 66 Michael McDowell Toyota 182.434 23rd in Duel 1
DNQ 64 Derrike Cope Toyota 177.894 15th in Duel 2

# Rookie of the Year Contender
a driver/car# in RED is a go-or-go-homer and had to qualify by speed to make the race
a driver/car# in BLUE is a go-or-go-homer and is a past series champion, eligible to use a past champ provisional

(A) = wrecked in practice and will fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race
PC = Past Champion Provisional used
DNQ = Did not qualify
SPD = made race by qualifying speed


5 posted on 02/17/2011 4:50:27 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: WestCoastGal

Excellent!


6 posted on 02/17/2011 4:50:48 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: WestCoastGal

Woot! Let’s DO THIS RACE!!


7 posted on 02/17/2011 4:51:30 PM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: WestCoastGal
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8 posted on 02/17/2011 4:55:10 PM PST by SouthTexas (Is it time for tea yet?)
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To: WestCoastGal

Thanks for the ping. I’m ready for a FAST Daytona race this weekend. I have some schedule shuffling to do.. Go Jr!!


9 posted on 02/17/2011 5:00:34 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: WestCoastGal; AT7Saluki

Is everyone jazzed with the 2x2 racing? I saw a bunch of it today and I’m not on board yet. The strategy - follow a fast car until yours overheats, switch spots and lose track position. Did I pretty much sum it up?


10 posted on 02/17/2011 5:00:57 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: NYTexan

thanks - it’s pretty rough, but I was tired and couldn’t get the frame even.

Luckily my computer/browser or ISP crashed right after I posted it. Whew.


11 posted on 02/17/2011 5:01:49 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: Libloather

Yes - that sums it up.

Duel 2 was a bit better today even with all the zero bars in it. I think they watched the first one and made adjustments.

Jr said today Dale Jr to Letarte: “I want you to look for more speed...and I’m trying to say that in a nice way.

Why 2nd race more dicey than 1st? Denny Hamlin: “We saw how much the first race was getting away with & we thought we’d push the limits.”

Dale Jr.:”Anyone can win it. With this type of racing .. if you get up front & you’re the 2 guys, 1 of them is going to win that race.”

I asked Dale Earnhardt Jr. if drivers will get better at two-car swap to make D500 more dicey. His answer? “No. Sorry.”


12 posted on 02/17/2011 5:07:27 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: WestCoastGal

Wow, just wow. What a beautiful racing thread. Thank you.


13 posted on 02/17/2011 5:09:36 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: WestCoastGal
Thanks for hosting.

Gonna be a another wild and crazy season.

How will the new youngins do? ...these two qualifying races won't be nothing like raceday.

14 posted on 02/17/2011 5:10:10 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

Anyone have a clue on C drivers? Gonna get ugly late in the season when nobody is getting any points.


15 posted on 02/17/2011 5:21:51 PM PST by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Libloather

Hard to say how this will look with the full field.
It appears things will string out much more than the previous decade or so.
Of course with the drafting and spot swapping there will likely be plenty of yellows to bunch things back up.


16 posted on 02/17/2011 5:25:02 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: AGreatPer

Thanks - I had a lot of trouble with it.

But, as Lance used to tell Jr “It is what it is” LOL

At the end of Duel1 MM and Lance were complaining that Jr dumped him, but they didn’t know that Jr said the #5 car was running very badly, he called it ‘dragging’. Mark aimed for a hole in the middle and Jr backed off because the 48 was next to him and he didn’t want to wreck him. That’s a teammate.


17 posted on 02/17/2011 5:25:06 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: AGreatPer

Trevor Bayne is the man in ‘C’


18 posted on 02/17/2011 5:26:22 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: TexasCajun

I’m mostly worried about Steven Wallace - thankfully Conway didn’t make the race and then we have Robby Gordon. He’s most of the reason Jr has to go to the back Sunday.


19 posted on 02/17/2011 5:28:14 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: WestCoastGal

Somebody please help me figure this out. Why did the 24th place finisher in Duel 1 (Gilliland) qualify, but the guy that finished *ahead* of him (McDowell) didn’t? Or Logano getting in finishing 23rd in Duel 2, but Derrike Cope finishes eight spots ahead in 15th and doesn’t make the field? Owner points from 2010?

}:-)4


20 posted on 02/17/2011 5:33:48 PM PST by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: WestCoastGal

Another great thread design Gal. I have forgotten which C drivers I have...


21 posted on 02/17/2011 5:34:37 PM PST by tubebender (The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Eureka...)
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To: Moose4

Yes, by speed


22 posted on 02/17/2011 5:42:00 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: tubebender; SouthTexas; NormsRevenge; All

Thank you Mr Bender :)

I’m pretty much pooped now though.

Long day tomorrow and I’m also working Saturday, so you guys have to keep the thread going.


23 posted on 02/17/2011 5:43:47 PM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: Mr. Mojo

“For me, it hasn’t been the same since R. Petty, C. Yarborough, D. Pearson, and B. Allison left.”

For me, it hasn’t been the same since we had real stock cars and the one that won on Sunday could be bought at the dealership on Monday. That’s how we got the Boss 429 and the Superbird.


24 posted on 02/17/2011 5:47:06 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: SVTCobra03

Yep, good call. I’m with ya there.


25 posted on 02/17/2011 5:52:06 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: SVTCobra03

Was that about the same time that the winner might finish 3 laps ahead of second place...


26 posted on 02/17/2011 6:03:44 PM PST by tubebender (The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Eureka...)
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To: WestCoastGal
Why don't you start a thread for the 2012 race now too?

ML/NJ

27 posted on 02/17/2011 6:42:47 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Back off NJ (nut job!)


28 posted on 02/17/2011 7:26:01 PM PST by NYTexan
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Somebody please tell me this swap stuff is just for this race.


29 posted on 02/17/2011 7:43:52 PM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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Seems to work...untill your engine blows up!

30 posted on 02/17/2011 8:16:49 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan
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31 posted on 02/17/2011 8:21:18 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

Just for a second that looked like my truck.


32 posted on 02/17/2011 8:24:33 PM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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LOL...

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Lagano mows the grass!

33 posted on 02/17/2011 8:27:38 PM PST by NYTexan
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Yee Haw...ride 'em cowboy!

34 posted on 02/17/2011 8:32:18 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

Logano is fixin to get bucked right outta thar...LOL.


35 posted on 02/17/2011 8:36:33 PM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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To: afnamvet; NYTexan; tubebender; NormsRevenge; WestCoastGal; AGreatPer; happydogx2; LasVegasMac; ...
2nd Lt. Edward J. Lake went missing during World War II after B-24 Liberator crashed over Papua New Guinea

Missing soldier to be buried with honors 68 years after he disappeared

36 posted on 02/17/2011 9:04:30 PM PST by SouthTexas (Is it time for tea yet?)
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To: SouthTexas

That’s amazing!


37 posted on 02/17/2011 9:11:33 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

My thoughts exactly.


38 posted on 02/17/2011 9:14:42 PM PST by SouthTexas (Is it time for tea yet?)
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To: SouthTexas
As was Flash's escape from that disater in the making!

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39 posted on 02/17/2011 9:20:53 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: NYTexan

I really thought he was toast when he hit the wall. First two qualifying positions would start side by side, in the back.

Hopefully they can patch it up, but how well it will go is another question.


40 posted on 02/17/2011 9:27:31 PM PST by SouthTexas (Is it time for tea yet?)
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To: SouthTexas

Thank you. I found myself holding my breath reading it at times...


41 posted on 02/17/2011 10:02:18 PM PST by tubebender (The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in Eureka...)
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To: NYTexan

Hey how’d he get his front wheels off the ground? - yeehaw


42 posted on 02/18/2011 4:31:40 AM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: SouthTexas

Alan said the car is good.

They do need to change that qualifying rule - if the front two wreck in practice, they should at least have a chance to race in for a position like everyone else, otherwise it’s not worth having the pole.


43 posted on 02/18/2011 4:35:45 AM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: All

Any Harvick fans out there?

Harvick on attack dogs, a roast & a diamond ring (his gift for 10-yr wedding anniversary): http://usat.ly/fRl2RR

Note: His roast will be on SPEED tomorrow night, check your schedules. I heard it was hilarious.


44 posted on 02/18/2011 5:24:19 AM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: SouthTexas; GRRRRR

Repairs continue Friday morning on No. 24 @Drive2EndHunger Chevrolet. http://twitpic.com/4122e2


45 posted on 02/18/2011 5:47:21 AM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: WestCoastGal

FRIDAY EVENTS - All Times EASTERN Coaster Timage

SPEED 02|18|11 11 a.m. Daytona 500 practice
SPEED 02|18|11 12:30 p.m. Daytona 500 practice
ESPN2 02|18|11 4 p.m. DRIVE4COPD 300 qualifying
SPEED 02|18|11 7:30 p.m. NextEra Energy Resources 250


46 posted on 02/18/2011 6:09:23 AM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: GRRRRR

Biffle on losing a dancing partner Thurs: “You’ve got to have a backup. ... Everyone was married, & my rose ceremony ended quickly.” #nascar


47 posted on 02/18/2011 7:12:26 AM PST by WestCoastGal (SL I believe hes a remarkable race-car driver, I think some people in the world have forgotten that)
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To: WestCoastGal

Logano caught the very end of the wall at just the right angle to launch the front end.


48 posted on 02/18/2011 8:21:56 AM PST by SouthTexas (Is it time for tea yet?)
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To: All; Everybody; Anybody

The following is a list of FL teams and the FReeper names of their managers.

Silver Drago Racing-Go MM #18!.....Drago
RichmondRocker....eyedigress
Wildhillbilly...mtbrandon49
RamJets....Grrrrr
Go for Broke Racing....afnamvet
Banana Slug Juice Company....MtnClimbr
Bush Country.....Bush Country
MoFo99......o_zarkman44
Ward Burtons Translator....Tom Pain
Keokuk29fan...4kids dad
Big - E Racing....Pete-R-Bilt
Bubba Q Racing...glock rocks
Mountain Williams.......Roccus
South Texas Racing...South Texas
Armadillo Wreckers....NYTexan
NormsRevenge CoastWatchers.......NormsRevenge
Benders de Fenders....tubebender
Tar Smokers...............don-o
Paydirt33..................07Jack
Drivebytruckers...Vigilantcitizen
Jana’s Raiders.........happydogx2
Lime City Racing..........John W
lovin the 88.........West Coast Gal
Rowdy Bunch.......WVKayaker
TT Motor Sports .....Texas2step

These are teams managed by non-FReeper friends of Texas2step

Adjust My Wedge.........([ Texas2step ])
Cayman Motorsports.........([ Texas2step ])
Cosmo Queen.........([ Texas2step ])

These are teams that I do not know the managers of

ononotagain...........???????????????
TexasT................???????????????
Goat Motor Sports.....???????????????
One Big Lug Nut.......???????????????
Hershey Motors........??????????????


49 posted on 02/18/2011 9:01:37 AM PST by Roccus (Joe Biden.....America's only living brain donor.)
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To: Roccus

Watching practice...24 and 83 in car cams...way cool. The LoveBug 2x racing is going to be very interesting.

Looks like some teams are installing more fans?into the cooling area for the radiator...

Can’t wait!


50 posted on 02/18/2011 10:01:33 AM PST by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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