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NASCAR Sprint Cup - The Pure Michigan 400 - Sunday - 8/19/12 - ESPN - Noon ET
NASCAR.com ^ | 8/17/12

Posted on 08/17/2012 4:21:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

Michigan's second visit of the year and its getting down to the end of the rope for some teams and a shot at the Cup Chase.. Here's to clear blue skies and a fast track.

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This Week , The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

August 19, 2012


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Michigan International Speedway, home of the state's largest single-day, paid-admission sporting events since 1992, is a track rich in racing tradition. Groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967. More than 2.5 million yards of dirt were moved to form the D-shaped oval. Charles Moneypenny, who had designed the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, designed the Michigan oval.

Michigan International Speedway, home of the state's largest single-day, paid-admission sporting events since 1992, is a track rich in racing tradition. Groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967. More than 2.5 million yards of dirt were moved to form the D-shaped oval. Charles Moneypenny, who had designed the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, designed the Michigan oval.




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1 posted on 08/17/2012 4:21:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Michigan race thread is up Ping!!


2 posted on 08/17/2012 4:22:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good news is the weather. Its going to be perfect race weather with temperatures expected to be below normal in the low to mid 70s.


3 posted on 08/17/2012 4:25:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good work Norm.

I’ll miss this one, driving the medical car for the Moto GP at Indianapolis. If you get bored on Sunday, flip over to SpeedTV race is from 2 to 3.


4 posted on 08/17/2012 4:50:09 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: NormsRevenge

Martin on the pole?


5 posted on 08/17/2012 5:08:22 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: umgud; tubebender

Yup. I managed 14 points. whew.. Thanks Mark Martin!

Tork pulled a big fat .. uhhh


6 posted on 08/17/2012 5:19:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: nascarnation

Thanks for the heads up! Sounds like fun, Be careful!


7 posted on 08/17/2012 5:20:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a pal??? You’ll be out of my will Monday morning...


8 posted on 08/17/2012 5:22:58 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks! fingers crossed on the weather.. we need full races

http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:49230.1.99999

He who laughs last: Martin first in MIS qualifying
http://www.nascar.com/news/120817/mmartin-pole-michigan/index.html

Notes-n-Nuggets
• Mark Martin won his 55th career Cup pole in his 845th start.
• Mark Martin’s last pole was at Dover in June of this season, four starts ago.
• It’s Mark Martin’s first Michigan pole in 54 starts.
• Mark Martin has now won a pole at 20 different tracks.
• Michael Waltrip Racing notched its 12th all-time pole, and Cup-leading fifth of the season.
• Carl Edwards (second) grabbed his best Michigan start in his 17th race at the track.
• Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 15th top-10 start in 22 races at Michigan — one of five tracks at which he is winless.
• Matt Kenseth(fourth) posted his fifth consecutive top-10 start at Michigan.
• Kasey Kahne (fifth) notched his seventh top-10 start at Michigan in the past eight races.
• Parker Kligerman (17th) qualified the No. 22, which Sam Hornish Jr. is expected to race on Sunday. Hornish must start from the rear because of the driver change.
• Aric Almirola (41st) had an accident in his time-trial run that forced him to a backup car.
• Two drivers failed to qualify: Stephen Leicht and J.J. Yeley.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 5:24:23 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: WestCoastGal

National Guard extends sponsorship of No. 88
http://www.nascar.com/news/120817/hendrick-national-guard-release/index.html

CONCORD, N.C. — The Army National Guard has announced that it will continue as a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Sprint Cup Series team and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. after extending its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2013 NASCAR season. The National Guard will receive primary paint schemes in 20 Cup races, including the 2013 Daytona 500, and prominent brand placement during all non-primary events.

“National Guard citizen soldiers represent the more than 3,200 communities across the United States in which they live, work and serve their state and the nation,” said Lt. Col. Michael Wegner, marketing branch chief for the Army National Guard. “What NASCAR gives us is a national marketing platform that also can be leveraged at that local level, touching recruiters, potential recruits and influencers. With our all-volunteer military and rigorous enlistment standards, it plays a key role in increasing the awareness of what the Guard does and the many career opportunities and benefits it offers.”

The National Guard’s association with Hendrick Motorsports began with sponsorship of the No. 25 Cup team for the 2007 season. Its most recent contract, which included 18 primary paint schemes per year with the No. 88 team, was set to expire at the end of 2012.

“It’s an honor to be associated with the National Guard and its citizen soldiers,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Like many of the world’s most innovative marketers and leading brands, the Guard sees the opportunities that our sport presents, and they have built a strong effort around it. As we go into 2013 together, we’ll continue to focus on the performance of the program both on and off the race track.”

Currently fourth in the 2012 Cup standings, Earnhardt has one victory and 15 top-10 finishes through 22 points-paying races this season. The Kannapolis, N.C., native is seventh on Forbes’ list of America’s most influential athletes and the top-ranked NASCAR driver in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Power 100.” He has been voted by fans as NASCAR’s most popular driver for nine consecutive years.

“Working with the Guard has been incredible,” said Earnhardt, 37, who most recently won June 17 at Brooklyn, Mich., where the Cup Series returns this weekend. “On a weekly basis, we’re interacting with people considering a life-changing decision [to enlist] or who are already serving our country. Their sacrifices are difficult to comprehend, and we feel a lot of pride representing them and seeing firsthand how passionate they are about NASCAR and our team.”


10 posted on 08/17/2012 5:26:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

MM is the oldest driver to win the pole at Michigan at 53...


11 posted on 08/17/2012 5:28:44 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

Darn, no welfare check in the mail today. But, I got 11 welfare Q-points on the FR Racing League! Saw Paul Ryan on Tuesday in Lakewood, CO. He pledged to bring the EPA down on Benderville due to blight.


12 posted on 08/17/2012 8:04:55 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Zero says we are our brother's keepers. Ask his poverty-striken half brother George how that works.)
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To: MtnClimber

I give you 11 points and all I get in return is visit from Mother Washington???


13 posted on 08/17/2012 8:51:20 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks Norm.

Been on the road & didn’t even know qualifying was today. Good to be back home.

Why is Hornish a “NE”? He is racing but starting in the back of the pack since he didn’t practice or qualify.


14 posted on 08/17/2012 9:55:07 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: tubebender

Yep, he said “I will eliminate the blight in Benderville that threatens our nation’s supply of Tater Tots and we will send in 1,000 DHS agents with millions of rounds of brand new ammo” and then the crowd erupted in such applause I could not hear what Ryan said after that. My advice...hide behind your dog. They never shoot the dog.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 10:00:01 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Zero says we are our brother's keepers. Ask his poverty-striken half brother George how that works.)
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To: happydogx2

I think you are right. During qualifying they had another driver who did very well and was only running for pit selection since Hornish was going to the back of the field.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 10:04:26 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Zero says we are our brother's keepers. Ask his poverty-striken half brother George how that works.)
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To: MtnClimber
So by majority vote we are all running Horny no matter where he starts and Oh'Bummer lost a Major Contributor this week...
17 posted on 08/17/2012 10:33:14 PM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: MtnClimber

I’ll run Hornish and hold my breath.

Speaking of not shooting dogs there’s a story thats gone national about the guy who left his injured German Shepherd dog at the top of a 14K peak in Colorado. Someone else found it and organized a rescue party and brought the dog down. Now the guy wants the dog back?? I’m partial to German Shepherds as that’s where my moniker (Janavonfrolich = Happydog) ame from. Articles can be slanted but it does sound like the owner is a putz.


18 posted on 08/18/2012 8:55:53 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

There have been three dogs that had to be rescued from on top of 14’ers recently. The one you are referring to was on Mt Bierstadt right next to Mt Evans. The dogs owner said that a thunderstorm came in and the dog could not keep up. Before that two dogs could not make it down from Quandry peak and a rescue group had to make dog backpacks to get them down. I think those two were lab type dogs. I really don’t understand. I have climbed Bierstadt and Quandry (summer and winter) with my old Belgian Sheepdog. Those are not difficult peaks by the normal route. Basically steep hiking trails.


19 posted on 08/18/2012 10:06:27 AM PDT by MtnClimber (Zero says we are our brothers keepers. Ask his poverty-striken half brother George how that works.)
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hide behind your dog. They never shoot the dog

Really?

Personally I prefer ...


20 posted on 08/18/2012 11:47:34 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I love guns... and coffee!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good news - Nat’l Guard snubs nose at DC. They are getting a lot for their money.


21 posted on 08/18/2012 4:30:00 PM PDT 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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You can understand the Democrat’s desire to eliminate military advertising on race cars:

“We made the economy so bad there’s no place else to work, so why should we spend money to get recruits?”


22 posted on 08/18/2012 6:41:47 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: NormsRevenge
Tough day in Indy qualifying, five to the hospital. BTW fastest guys running 215mph end of main straight....


23 posted on 08/18/2012 6:54:57 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: WestCoastGal
I wish Newman luck too after they back-doored the Army sponsorship.

Everytime they go by and even when they crash .. It's a great place for an ad. ;-)

24 posted on 08/18/2012 7:15:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: nascarnation

I saw the clips of those spills. Their riding suits must be coated in grease to slide as like they do.


25 posted on 08/19/2012 7:42:27 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: MtnClimber

Ah, here’s a photo of Missy, our “14er” German Shepherd:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/man-faces-animal-cruelty-charge-abandoning-dog-colorado-230459473—abc-news-topstories.html

Don’t tell you-know-who but both JJ (engine) and Jr (wreck) are starting in the back of the pack today.


26 posted on 08/19/2012 7:43:04 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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A nice looking dog. I was wondering if the feet were not used to rocky terrain. My yard is very rocky so my dogs have tough feet. JJ and Jr will have a tough day today. Jr smacked the wall in final practice and did not have time to get the backup out for even a lap.


27 posted on 08/19/2012 7:54:20 AM PDT by MtnClimber (Zero says we are our brothers keepers. Ask his poverty-striken half brother George how that works.)
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To: MtnClimber

She’s a cutie that’s for sure. Some folks use doggie booties for their forever friends on the trails around here.

Church then family dinner. Won’t catch the race ‘till much later. Catch ya on the post race cmts.


28 posted on 08/19/2012 8:17:06 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; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Michigan pre-race Countdown show on espn.. weather looks good.


29 posted on 08/19/2012 9:01:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: happydogx2

Let me get this straight... Jr and JJ starting at the back is bad but it’s ok to run Hornish?


30 posted on 08/19/2012 9:19:11 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Hopefully there won't be any shoe trowing incidents today. Hopefully we Americans have more class than that.

Too bad for that crybaby Jacques Villeneuve though. What goes around comes around pal.

31 posted on 08/19/2012 9:44:48 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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Michigan International Speedway
Pure Michigan 400

Lap-by-Lap
http://www.nascar.com/lap-by-lap/120819/michcuplbl/index.html


32 posted on 08/19/2012 10:07:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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American drivers have more class than that.. They throw their $5,500 helmets...


33 posted on 08/19/2012 10:09:06 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: McGruff

I bet it wasn’t an Air Jordan.


34 posted on 08/19/2012 10:11:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bitter MtnClinger is in.


35 posted on 08/19/2012 10:16:17 AM PDT by MtnClimber (If building a successful business were easy democrATS would do it.)
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To: tubebender

Sluggo de Yellow racing is running:

Tony the Tiger
Martin
Kahne
Bayne


36 posted on 08/19/2012 10:20:50 AM PDT by MtnClimber (If building a successful business were easy democrATS would do it.)
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Green Flag!!
37 posted on 08/19/2012 10:23:10 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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It’s

Matt
Mark
Kasey
Aric

I hope.

Leaderboard
http://www.nascar.com/lap-by-lap/120819/michcuplbl/index.html


38 posted on 08/19/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Cartion— Gilliland gets tapped by Aric and spins her into the infield.


39 posted on 08/19/2012 10:27:26 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

It looks like Hornish is not being scored currently on Yahoo Racing. He is still shown as NE.


40 posted on 08/19/2012 10:29:33 AM PDT by MtnClimber (If building a successful business were easy democrATS would do it.)
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To: MtnClimber

weird, he had someone else qualify the car.. it should correct or update eventually. or maybe Yahoo laid that guy off. :-o.


41 posted on 08/19/2012 10:32:52 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Flash
MT jr
Amboy
Sam

and that should put the jinx on all 5 of them...


42 posted on 08/19/2012 10:32:52 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

It’s getting racy out there.. look out! and Good Luck!


43 posted on 08/19/2012 10:34:48 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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I’m gonna go looking for a brisket,, back in a bit..

Keep an eye on the place. ThX!


44 posted on 08/19/2012 10:38:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: tubebender

Here we are with no adult supervision!


45 posted on 08/19/2012 10:44:11 AM PDT by MtnClimber (If building a successful business were easy democrATS would do it.)
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psssttttt... Norms gone, let’s play some poker


46 posted on 08/19/2012 11:01:18 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: MtnClimber

Snicker... Smoke will be really smoking soon...


47 posted on 08/19/2012 11:05:05 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: MtnClimber

Holy Cape Batman. That could have killed MM if it hit in his door!!!


48 posted on 08/19/2012 11:12:58 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

OMG, just two feet forward and that concrete would have cut Mark in half at the hip...

I wonder if the door beams would have held?

God Bless US All


49 posted on 08/19/2012 11:14:40 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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MM tough bastard would have been fine but im happy we dint have to find out


50 posted on 08/19/2012 11:23:41 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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