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Posted on 05/09/2012 2:00:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Some pretty good stories have come out of this track about those who raced there with fierce abandon and paid the price..
Saddle up and ride along as we see who The Lady in Black kisses this time.
Who's gonna get a stripe or two this race? Cinch it up real tight for Saturday Night!!
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This Week , Saturday Night racing at the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington.
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Believing that Bill France's fledgling NASCAR just might catch on, Harold Brasington set out in the fall of 1949 to shape a 1.25-mile speedway on land that had once produced peanuts and cotton. Brasington himself often manned the controls of bulldozers and grading equipment. His plan called for a true oval, but the racetrack's design had to be changed in order to satisfy the landowner, who did not want his nearby minnow pond disturbed. The west end of the track (Turns 3 and 4) was narrowed to accommodate the fishing hole, creating Darlington's distinctive egg-shaped design.
FRFL'ers - Deadline to select your drivers is May 11 2:00am PDT
The Lady in Black race thread is up! Ping!
Is Danica racing?
Yes, she has a guaranteed ride for the cup race.. as long as she doesn’t crash both her cars in practice.. this is one of ten or so she’s running on the cup circuit.. she’s full time nationwide for now, no indy except in nascar races..
My son and I were invited to the recent NASCAR race (Friday night Nationwide) at Richmond along with several other Gold Star families. We had a NASCAR-provided escort and were dragged all over the infield and pits. Got to sit in the pre-race driver’s meeting and got a standing ovation from all the drivers and crew chiefs. Very hospitable folks and a real experience.
If you would please add me to your ping list. While I cannot always take the time to post, my next six weeks transferring to Concord, NC is going to entail a bunch of work and commitment.
She didn’t do so well in the Nationwide after getting a 7th row start.
Hopefully she does better this time.
Short track bump
Nice try no cigar, Tork.
3-mast schooner Isaac H. Evans sails out of Maine.
When pigs sail: Bacon Cruise more than a side of fun
PLEASE...Can’t you see I’m watching Swamp People!!!
Try and hit the chew can next time.
Ma likes to keep the place tidy.
That’s good Norm!!! I think they also star in the Pickers or Storage Wars...
A couple of days late but thanks Norm, again, for the work on the thread. If you want something to consume all of your time try hand-sanding and painting a house in three months.
Lows in the teens the last coupla days here but highs forecast to be in the 80’s this weekend.
Really, really, really looking forward to Saturday night racing. AB Kobe beef burgers on the menu and what’s a dog doing in 1st place?
1st Place? Really? I hadn’t noticed...
Per your advice I’ve followed the direction of Dolly’s tail while making my picks. Works like a charm - that and a LOT of luck.
Are you getting any part of the heat wave that’s coming or will it be fog city down there?
If someone suggests that you use a “duo” prime & paint in one don’t do it. Doesn’t work on hardy-plank where I’m going from a light brown to a light yellow. (MIL’s house)
All I ask is for you to cleanup after yourself if you know what I mean and you DO know what I mean...
Danica’s running more races than me this year, it seems. I’ve got three briskets in the apple juice for tommorrow. Should have about 25 people at my house for race/bbq/poker.
Danica is 52.4 years younger then you are...
She looks it, too.
BTW I enjoy you sharing all those beautiful pictures of your garden on the other site. ;)
Would you ping the List and inform them that Old Tork had high score today and for this I will gladly pay you Tuesday...
Weather forecast for Darlington is rain free; which “B” driver are you gonna sit?
Judging by my score it would appear I have been parking all of them...
It’s time to dance with the Lady in Black.
Pre-race on now.. FoX!!
Nice pickin’, Tork! I got 1. Good luck!
Sorry to hear of the passing of Carroll Shelby, a giant of the muscle car age.
May 12, 2012
6:30 p.m. ET — We’re a little less than an hour from the green flag, and Fox is on the air with its prerace show.
12:54 p.m. ET — Looks like it’s going to be a cloudy but dry day leading up to Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Temperatures will top out in the upper 70s, but start dropping down into the 60s as the race goes on under the lights. Greg Biffle will start out front, right next to Jimmie Johnson. Green flag is set for 7:16 p.m. ET.
Wish we had a Bopjangles around here.
7:02 p.m. ET — The national anthem is performed by Casey Weston, one of the final eight performers from last year’s “The Voice.”
7:01 p.m. ET — The invocation is given by Pastor Mark Jones, First Baptist Church of Darlington.
7 p.m. ET — The South Carolina Air National Guard presents the colors, and a moment of silence is held for Carroll Shelby.
6:57 p.m. ET — Michael Waltrip just said he likes Danica Patrick’s eyeballs. I really have nothing to add to that.
Evening all, life is good.
Colby-Jack infused burgers.
Tires big issue tonight??
7:08 p.m. ET — And in my favorite pronouncement of the whole darn season, the drivers’ moms get together to say, “Sons and daughter, start your engines!”
Happy Mother’s Day to All the Moms!!
none around except the southeast
Lap 2 — AJ Allmendinger has picked up three spots to 13th.
Lap 1 — Greg Biffle pulls out to a lead, but they are packed up behind him.
7:18 p.m. ET — GREEN FLAG: Greg Biffle leads the points, and he leads the field to green at Darlington for the Bojangles’ Southern 500.
Lap 34 — Joey Logano, who won the Nationwide race Friday night, is running 17th.
Lap 32 — The front of the field is spaced out, as there’s more than a second between Kasey Kahne in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.
Lap 30 — Kurt Busch has gained two more spots and is up to 15th.
Lap 29 — Danica Patrick has gone a lap down, and is still struggling to get as close to the wall as her spotter would like.
Lap 28 — Jeff Gordon has climbed up to ninth and is closing on Ryan Newman.
Lap 26 — Jimmie Johnson keeps drawing up closer to Greg Biffle, but then falling back a little. Biffle’s got to have his eyes on the rear-view mirror.
Lap 25 — Denny Hamlin is up to seventh. He’s had plenty of success at Darlington in the past.
Lap 23 — Regan Smith got the first stripe of the night. Congratulations, Regan!
Lap 21 — Brad Keselowski is running 13th, one spot ahead of Matt Kenseth.
Lap 20 — Danica Patrick has made up four spots and is running 34th.
Lap 19 — Regan Smith, who won here last year, is holding strong in ninth. That means he’s neither gained nor lost a spot in 19 laps.
Lap 17 — Tony Stewart is knocking on the door of the top 10, running 11th after starting 17th.
Lap 16 — Kurt Busch has picked up eight spots and is up to 17th.
Lap 15 — Greg Biffle has extended his lead back to nearly a second on Jimmie Johnson after getting quite a scare a few laps ago.
Lap 13 — Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards have also gotten past Ryan Newman, who is now down to seventh.
Lap 12 — Kurt Busch is continuing his mad dash toward the front of the field.
Lap 11 — Jeff Gordon is running 10th, putting three Hendrick Motorsports cars in the top 10.
Lap 10 — Never mind on that note, as well. Kyle Busch passes Ryan Newman for a spot in the top five.
Lap 8 — Matt Kenseth is moving forward. The top seven is unchanged from the start, however.
Lap 7 — Remember two laps ago when Greg Biffle was up a half-second on Jimmie Johnson? Not so much.
Lap 6 — Tony Stewart is up to 13th after starting 17th. He’s one spot behind AJ Allmendinger.
Lap 5 — Greg Biffle leads by almost a half second over Jimmie Johnson, then it’s another half-second back to Kasey Kahne.
Lap 3 — These drivers don’t seem to be having much trouble passing, though spots are easier to come by early in the race.
Lap 43 — Jimmie Johnson takes the lead from Greg Biffle for a split second, but not at the start/finish line so Biffle has still led every lap.
Lap 42 — Jeff Gordon has gotten into the wall pretty hard and has some damage to the right side.
Lap 41 — The top 10 has stayed pretty static for the last little bit, but Matt Kenseth has gotten past Brad Keselowski for the 13th spot.
Lap 39 — Cars are starting to peel off for the garage. See you guys next week!
Lap 37 — Greg Biffle has led all the laps, and just forced his way past David Reutimann.
Very nice Norm
Ps Go away Mikey...
Banana Sluggers is running:
Had snow yesterday.
Shrimp on the barbe coming up.
Best part, I'm home alone and its all mine.
Is this heaven?
Lap 115 — Jimmie Johnson’s lead is at 4.1 seconds in front of Greg Biffle.
Lap 113 — Danica Patrick is two laps down and running 31st.
Lap 112 — Carl Edwards has gotten past Kasey Kahne and taken over the sixth position.
Lap 108 — Eighteen cars on the lead lap. Ryan Newman, you’re next on Jimmie Johnson’s list.
Lap 106 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is down one lap and running 21st.
Lap 105 — Whatever they did to Jimmie Johnson’s car, he’s thankful. He was running second before the pit stop, and is now out front by nearly 4 seconds.
Lap 104 — David Reutimann has headed to the garage with no brakes. At least this time he went in before his car caused a caution. Too soon?
Lap 102 — The top 10 after stops: Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart.
Lap 101 — And as the pit stops cycle through, Jimmie Johnson is now scored as the leader.
Lap 100 — Jeff Gordon leads now as Denny Hamlin peels into the pits.
Lap 99 — Greg Biffle has hit the pits, leaving the lead to Denny Hamlin.
Lap 98 — Green-flag pit stops have started, with Jimmie Johnson heading into the pits.
Lap 96 — There are 22 cars on the lead lap, with Mark Martin the last car in that line.
Lap 95 — Matt Kenseth has passed Tony Stewart for ninth, leaving Stewart one spot ahead of Kurt Busch and two in front of Joey Logano.
Lap 94 — Two consecutive green-flag pit stops to start the race? I’m serious, you guys ... what happened to Darlington?
Lap 91 — Three Hendrick Motorsports cars are in the top eight.
Lap 90 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 21st and says he’s “wrecking loose” but thinks he can move forward if Steve Letarte can tighten his car up.
Lap 89 — Greg Biffle’s lead is now approaching one second. Denny Hamlin has taken fifth from Kasey Kahne.
Lap 88 — Ryan Newman has dropped to 18th. This was not what he wanted after qualifying fourth.
Lap 86 — Greg Biffle’s lead on Jimmie Johnson is almost seven-tenths of a second.
Lap 85 — Clint Bowyer is up to 14th, just behind his old teammate Kevin Harvick.
Lap 84 — Martin Truex Jr. has gotten past Kasey Kahne and taken over the fourth spot.
Lap 82 — We’re still under green *knock on wood* and Greg Biffle is still out front. What happened to Darlington?
It’s all on these 4 today..
The Stripe’em Lamp is lit.
Ya had the PLayers tournament on earlier too..
The poodles are resting, the pool is beckoning
We’re hitting 90 the last few days here.. the water is about 75 degrees. almost too warm.
Lap 128 — Carl Edwards has taken fifth from Denny Hamlin.
Lap 126 — Kyle Busch has taken second from Greg Biffle, but is still nearly 6 seconds behind Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 125 — Carl Edwards is closing in on Denny Hamlin for that fifth position.
Lap 123 — How hard would it be to be running fifth and still be 13 seconds behind the leader? Welcome to Denny Hamlin’s world.
Lap 121 — Sixteen cars on the lead lap, three cars within 10 seconds of the leader, and no cautions yet.
Lap 119 — Kevin Harvick is staying solid in 13th, but is still well back from the leader.
Lap 118 — Make Jimmie Johnson’s lead nearly 5 seconds as Kyle Busch is making moves on Greg Biffle for second.
Lap 116 — Kurt Busch is back into the top 10, geting past Tony Stewart for 10th.
Lap 137 — Jimmie Johnson’s lead is at nearly 6.4 seconds over Kyle Busch now.
Lap 136 — I’m just cursing myself now. Martin Truex Jr. makes a move on Greg Biffle and takes over third place.
Lap 135 — The passing that was going on early has slowed considerably as the top 15 is staying largely static. Then again, Jimmie Johnson is just dominating up front.
Lap 133 — Clint Bowyer is the last car on the lead lap in 14th, 26.8 seconds behind Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 132 — Brad Keselowski is a lap down and is still struggling with his car after he hit the wall early on.
Lap 130 — Down to 14 cars on the lead lap as Jimmie Johnson is just rolling along.
lap 144,, green flag pitstops start