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***NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's on Fox Sunday at 2pm PT /5pm ET***
NASCAR.com and Yahoo Sports! ^ | 5/24/03

Posted on 05/24/2003 8:10:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

After the Indy 500 race, catch all the action in a 400 lapper from Lowe's Motor Speedway.

God Bless our Armed Forces members and families.

Never Forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and this nation and its allies.


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: cocacola; lowes; nascar; nextel; nrnascarthread; speedway
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The Coca-Cola 600
Lowe's Motor Speedway
Sunday, May 25, 2003 on FoX at 2pm PT / 5pm ET


Lowe's Motor Speedway is a beehive of racing activities during the whole year. With the longest Winston Cup race on the NASCAR circuit -- the Coca-Cola 600, the only All-Star event in racing -- The Winston, the fall Homecoming classic -- The UAW-GM 500, and many other racing events, Lowe's Motor Speedway is the premier facility in racing, the Mecca of Motor Sports.




Track Facts
Banking/Turns: 24 degrees
Distance: 1.5 miles
Shape: Quad-oval




Starting Grid
Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed
1 Ryan Newman (12) Dodge 185.312 mph
2 Elliott Sadler (38) Ford 184.300 mph
3 Mike Skinner (4) Pontiac 183.999 mph
4 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 183.986 mph
5 Jack Sprague (0) Pontiac 183.530 mph
6 Tony Stewart (20) Chevrolet 183.467 mph
7 Joe Nemechek (25) Chevrolet 183.231 mph
8 Dave Blaney (77) Ford 183.231 mph
9 Michael Waltrip (15) Chevrolet 183.156 mph
10 Johnny Benson (10) Pontiac 183.125 mph
11 Bobby Labonte (18) Chevrolet 183.119 mph
12 Kurt Busch (97) Ford 182.952 mph
13 Steve Park (30) Chevrolet 182.753 mph
14 Jimmy Spencer (7) Dodge 182.593 mph
15 Jeff Green (1) Chevrolet 182.581 mph
16 Todd Bodine (154) Ford 182.482 mph
17 Jamie McMurray (42) Dodge 182.242 mph
18 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 182.235 mph
19 Casey Mears (41) Dodge 181.996 mph
20 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 181.953 mph
21 Mark Martin (6) Ford 181.910 mph
22 Jeremy Mayfield (19) Dodge 181.671 mph
23 Dale Jarrett (88) Ford 181.586 mph
24 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (8) Chevrolet 181.561 mph
25 Tony Raines (74) Chevrolet 181.476 mph
26 Kevin Lepage (171) Ford 181.421 mph
27 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 181.421 mph
28 Kenny Wallace (23) Dodge 181.360 mph
29 Larry Foyt (14) Dodge 181.275 mph
30 Ken Schrader (49) Dodge 181.117 mph
31 Kyle Petty (45) Dodge 181.044 mph
32 Bill Elliott (9) Dodge 180.953 mph
33 Ricky Craven (32) Pontiac 180.892 mph
34 Rusty Wallace (2) Dodge 180.838 mph
35 Jeff Burton (99) Ford 180.542 mph
36 Sterling Marlin (40) Dodge 180.499 mph
37* Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet --
38* Robby Gordon (31) Chevrolet 179.736 mph
39* Terry Labonte (5) Chevrolet 179.922 mph
40* Ricky Rudd (21) Ford 179.456 mph
41* Ward Burton (22) Dodge 180.048 mph
42* John Andretti (43) Dodge 179.420 mph
43* Mike Wallace (01) Pontiac 179.390 mph
* Denotes Provisional entry


1 posted on 05/24/2003 8:10:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; tubebender; arly; Flurry; Ga Rob; Uncle George; winodog; SShultz460; BushCountry; ...
Saturday Pre-Race Ping and Reminder.

Anyone up for 1,100 miles of left turns at high speed. 8-?

2 posted on 05/24/2003 8:12:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm here for the racing duration! :-)
3 posted on 05/24/2003 8:15:03 PM PDT by Normal4me (I am a militant conservative according to Petah Jennings. I LIKE it!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Check ya in the mornin' Norm!
4 posted on 05/24/2003 8:15:39 PM PDT by budman_2001
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To: NormsRevenge
Tomorrow is quite a racing day! My head will be swimming. Good news is we just got a big screen TV so I am looking forward to the Indy almost life size! :-)
5 posted on 05/24/2003 8:18:08 PM PDT by ladyinred (Freedom isn't free, remember our fallen heroes)
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Newman cruises to third Bud Pole of 2003

Johnson not worried after strong Happy Hour

Q&A: Nadeau's team boss on his driver's amazing recovery

6 posted on 05/24/2003 8:19:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
Anyone up for 1,100 miles of left turns at high speed. 8-?

Have been a couple of times and not something I want to repeat for awhile. Will be watching this year at a friend's house

7 posted on 05/24/2003 8:19:59 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: All
Show Your Support! Visit the Troops Support page!

8 posted on 05/24/2003 8:23:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
My money is on Bobby!!!! ######### 11111111118888888888 hehehhehe
9 posted on 05/24/2003 8:24:04 PM PDT by countrydummy
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To: NormsRevenge
Oh Yea!!!
10 posted on 05/24/2003 8:25:21 PM PDT by blastdad51 (Proud father of an Enduring Freedom vet, and friend of a soldier lost in Afghanistan)
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To: ladyinred
Have fun watching the races on the big screen! I'll try and get by on a little 32" screen ;-)
11 posted on 05/24/2003 8:37:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
Damn...Little E needs to step it up, I got Cup Champ on the brain!


Go Little E!
12 posted on 05/24/2003 9:00:53 PM PDT by SShultz460
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To: NormsRevenge
Can anyone explain the big deal about "Stock Car" racing? How many of these cars have front wheel drive like their likeness' on the street? Why do the race cars now go at least 20 miles an hour slower than cars did 15 years ago? Why do all the cars use the same tires? Why do they use the same suspension components? How about the body dynamics? Why are they wind tunnel tested and adjusted for conformity? Can anybody out there present an exact copy of a NASCAR rule book so we all can understand the rules like a real sport such as baseball or hockey? Or, is this just another entertainment device like WWE, formerly WWF.
13 posted on 05/24/2003 9:08:27 PM PDT by Final Authority
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To: Final Authority
Tru Dat FA!

This American will be watching the Indy 500. The National Association of Senior Citizen Auto Racing (NASCAR) races cars with all the sophistication of a 1050's pickup truck. Push rods, carbs, solid axles. Wow!
14 posted on 05/24/2003 9:18:03 PM PDT by ElTianti
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To: Final Authority
It's all about entertainment, but a lot of money is at stake too(money, btw, ties it back into it's bootlegging days part of its history, when the best drivers didn;t spill a drop or get caught).

If it isn't your cup of tea, what can I say? If I had my druthers I'd make 'em all race edsels and studebakers.

Indy or CART? Which do you prefer? Or are you a Grand Prix F1 or Road Rally kind of person? I can watch almost everyone of them and be content .. or change the channel. Click!

15 posted on 05/24/2003 9:24:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
Completely ready. Is there gonna be a switch hitter between Indy and the CC600 this year? I ain't kept up much this year.

Plus we got NHRA Drag Racing at Topeka tomorrow too (for those so inclined). A full day of motorsports bliss.
16 posted on 05/24/2003 9:46:51 PM PDT by catherine of alexandria
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To: catherine of alexandria
Robbie Gordon's driving in both races if that's what you mean by switch hitter.
17 posted on 05/24/2003 9:55:36 PM PDT by orbitboy
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To: Final Authority
for being the 'final authority', you sure ask a lot of questions!

; )

18 posted on 05/24/2003 10:04:29 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: catherine of alexandria
2 Drivers will try and go 1,100 miles to victory

Chip Ganassi


Chip Ganassi likes his chances in both races on Sunday, though winning at Charlotte may be the tougher of the two tasks. Credit: Autostock

And

Robby Gordon

Robby Gordon jokes around with ex-teammate Jeff Green at Charlotte. Credit: AP

19 posted on 05/24/2003 10:28:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: ElTianti
I love Indy as well. Just think how great the race would be if the rules makers would allow the present engine/chassis configuration to be turbocharged? It would require real driver skill like in the days when tires were not very good. Now, rules makers try to write the rules to minimize the risk of major injury and regulate the power of the engine and the chassis dynamics to make the tires work with a minimum of problems. F1 racing is different in that the tires are not sticky and the power available over most of the race course is excessive. This requires a fair amout of driver skill. I like that but IRL is good too. Just think, I believe the fastest Indy qualifiers were at least 15 years ago.
20 posted on 05/24/2003 10:30:32 PM PDT by Final Authority
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To: Final Authority
You want to have some fun? Go start an Indy 500 thread! LOL
21 posted on 05/24/2003 10:35:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: catherine of alexandria
A full day of motorsports bliss.

And my wife and mother-in-law are out of town, to boot! :-) Life IS Good!!!

22 posted on 05/24/2003 10:40:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: NormsRevenge
In about ten hours I will be honored to attend my 40th consecutive Indy 500. A.J. Foyt won his second 500 in the year I attended my first (1964). Two drivers were killed (Eddie Sachs and Dave Mcdonald) on the second lap that i was ever in the place. I swore I would never go back, but I gave it one more try the next year and have gone ever since.
23 posted on 05/24/2003 10:55:35 PM PDT by Solomon Grundy
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To: NormsRevenge
Checkin' in. Will have a house full and a hot bbq! See ya'll tommorrow.
24 posted on 05/24/2003 10:59:37 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (R)
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To: Final Authority
The fastest quals at Indy were actually in the firstyear of the IRL (1996). Arie Luyendyk set the one and four lap records at around 239. (This year pole speed around 232.) I think Eddie Cheever actually did a 235 lap in the 96 race.
25 posted on 05/24/2003 11:07:46 PM PDT by Solomon Grundy
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To: Solomon Grundy
In about ten hours I will be honored to attend my 40th consecutive Indy 500.

Envy, envy, envy.

have a good outing.

26 posted on 05/24/2003 11:09:52 PM PDT by Glenn (What were you thinking, Al?)
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To: Glenn
Thanks, Glenn. Can't wait. I taking my 12 yr old daughter. This will be her 5th race. She is on a course to outdo me. I went to my first at 12. I'm working on catching my late parents. They went to 43 consecutive (1949-92)
27 posted on 05/24/2003 11:19:57 PM PDT by Solomon Grundy
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To: Solomon Grundy
Congrat's Solomon on that 40th race. I will be attending Indy today for the 30th consecutive race. ('73 to present). Open wheel drivers are the best in the world, certainly better than the stockers. (several Indy car drivers have won the Daytona 500, I can't remember a NASCAR driver who ever even qualified for Indy, Also, several of the best NASCAR drivers got thier start in open wheel. ie. Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon) I don't mean this as a put down to the NASCAR boys as I enjoy stock car racing also and usually try to go to three or four Winston Cup events every year. But, you just can't beat the Indy 500, especially that first lap when all 33 cars come roaring down the track in formation - the greatest moment in sports.
28 posted on 05/25/2003 4:36:52 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: Final Authority
Perhaps its because the cup cars can actually bang and scrape for position. This is exiting to many of us considering the fact that those supercharged go-carts can't even rub tires without disintagrating. I have tried to watch the open wheelers race, but the announcers go into orgasm when one car passes another. Might as well watch airplane racing. As for the poster who thinks the open wheelers are superior drivers, I think a night at Bristol would leave the open wheelers in shock. The fact that Mario won at Daytona years back proves nothing, put him on a short track and wait for the DNF after the smoke clears. Fittapaldi (sp?) was hot stuff in his go cart, what has he done lately? Open wheel racing....blaaah. I'll work around the yard until the real racing begins.
29 posted on 05/25/2003 5:36:40 AM PDT by zygoat
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To: Final Authority
The engine block and a piece in the nose that carries the VIN number come from the manufacturer. That's about all that is "stock". Some other pieces, e.g. the Ford differentials used in most cars, come from the manufacturers, so not everything originates in the racing specialty shops.

The tubular space frame chassis and body panels are essentially hand made to fit a series of templates that define the shape of each type of car.

What I don't understand is why they don't continue racing in the rain? Just pit and put on rain tires like Formula One does. That goes for both NASCAR and American open wheel racing -- bunch of wusses.

30 posted on 05/25/2003 6:38:17 AM PDT by Lessismore
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To: NormsRevenge
An 1,100 mile A.M. ping
31 posted on 05/25/2003 6:56:31 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: NormsRevenge; B4Ranch; #3Fan; glock rocks; tubebender
Morning boys & openwheel fans, hope your weekend is pleasant and that you've remembered to honor the men and women that made this party weekend possible.

Here's the radar pic., and as always it self updates;


32 posted on 05/25/2003 7:47:42 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I wouldn't have spent that year in college, if it weren't for my horse...)
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To: NormsRevenge
Damn...I will be missing another race with you guys...Will be attending a bar-b-que this afternoon...will be recording the Coke 600...hope the 6 can repeat...if not then the 8, but smart money is always on the 97.
33 posted on 05/25/2003 7:50:04 AM PDT by CAfraudPI
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To: NormsRevenge
Lucky...
34 posted on 05/25/2003 7:54:17 AM PDT by CAfraudPI
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To: Lessismore
I don't understand the rain deal either...so they would have to slow down a bit...the speeds would be realative to eachother... would still be exciting.
35 posted on 05/25/2003 7:57:10 AM PDT by CAfraudPI
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To: NormsRevenge
Good Mornin' Racefans! Leeezzz get it on!

+

36 posted on 05/25/2003 8:23:05 AM PDT by budman_2001
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To: NormsRevenge; All
Good morning. That weather map Pete posted is not the thing I want to see but as the Resident Weather Lady said it's a long time till the Real Races start.

See you later...

37 posted on 05/25/2003 8:25:58 AM PDT by tubebender ((?))
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To: Final Authority
I do like IRL. Although racing is still, pretty much for those with cash, at least IRL harkens back to the old days, when 5 or 6 guys could pool their cash, find a driver, and try to get a car in the race.

And the speeds are getting back up there.

And I'll bet this year is pretty good racing. It's a pretty competitive field.
38 posted on 05/25/2003 8:28:54 AM PDT by The Coopster
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To: Pete-R-Bilt; NormsRevenge; tubebender; steveegg
I have a theory that if enough of us put enough pork smoke into the atmosphere today, we can cause a PBV, and distort the path of that nasty green weather blob over Charlotte...

so, let's get out there and fire up the coals folks!

( PBV = pig barbeque vortex )

39 posted on 05/25/2003 8:33:30 AM PDT by glock rocks (that's my theory, and I'm sticking with it !)
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To: Solomon Grundy
I just checked his official qualification ave. speed and it is posted as 225 and change in 1999. Before the IRL when turbocharged cars were running all the way back to 1991 speeds occasionaly touched 230 or higher. The cars are safer now and supposedly sound better. Gone are the days when a small team can build its own chassis and engine combo and go racing. Like NASCAR one has a couple of chassis builders to select from and a very tight engine spec to meet.
40 posted on 05/25/2003 8:37:33 AM PDT by Final Authority
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To: All
Ok folks, Tony is DUE for a win!! GO TONY, GO!!!!!!!!
41 posted on 05/25/2003 8:40:09 AM PDT by angelwings49 (Do we have a GREAT President or what !!!!!)
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To: budman_2001
The IRL website has just gone into a meltdown.
42 posted on 05/25/2003 8:46:06 AM PDT by budman_2001
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To: zygoat
If one reviewed Mario's race career one would discover he learned to race on local short tracks in PA like most drivers. Drivers now often start with go-carts, go to a drivers school and start racing on a local short track. I think that is how Jeff Gordon got into racing. If you ever get to see a supermodified race in Oswego NY or Star Speedway in NH you got to go. Alcohol injected big blocks, offset open wheeled chassis with a multi-element wing and tons of stagger. The go like stink, spinning tires down the straight and believe me, they do touch and sometimes bang.
43 posted on 05/25/2003 8:48:04 AM PDT by Final Authority
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To: budman_2001
cool pace cars !


44 posted on 05/25/2003 8:54:56 AM PDT by glock rocks (that's my theory, and I'm sticking with it !)
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To: Final Authority
Dirt & clay tracks .. open wheelers or supermodifieds.. I grew up in Minnesota and there were quite a few tracks back then .. I agree that is some very intense and exciting racing. I never raced myself but have a nephew who races superstock at a half mile dirt track. They run supermods there as well.

Re: the rain thing and Nascar rain tires + 190 mph ,,nyahhh,, too risky ,, with grand prix or road course , fine .. but some of these drivers are nutsy enough to go for it too aggressively on a wet track.

And the Indy Is on!!!

There are a couple of folks from your neck of the woods that come in here, PetesWife, for one.

45 posted on 05/25/2003 8:58:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: glock rocks
I almost bought spare ribs too! kielbasa and mango chicken sausages and burgies here later..

Have you seen an Indy 500 thread today?

46 posted on 05/25/2003 9:01:12 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: Solomon Grundy
Did you see his kid, AJ Foyt the 4th is running as a rookie? Wow.. 19 years old.
47 posted on 05/25/2003 9:02:06 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: glock rocks
is that todays pacecar?!!
48 posted on 05/25/2003 9:04:16 AM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I wouldn't have spent that year in college, if it weren't for my horse...)
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To: NormsRevenge
not "official race thread," but i found this...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/917440/posts
49 posted on 05/25/2003 9:06:30 AM PDT by glock rocks (that's my theory, and I'm sticking with it !)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt
yah... pace, er, vehicle. wild, huh? chevy ssr

http://www.motortrend.com/features/news/112_news030327_ssr/
50 posted on 05/25/2003 9:09:56 AM PDT by glock rocks (that's my theory, and I'm sticking with it !)
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