Psssssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh (Sega/Binary Domain)

Posted by imelda sovzky on Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Bro, I tell you what.  I only have a week left of school this semester, but I'm becoming extremely exhausted.  Like I drove my car over a spike strip and I'm flopping around kicking up sparks.  Trust me, if you've been in my position for 4 1/2 years, you'd feel the same way too.  All the red tape when it comes to registering for next semester and stuff.  But let's FOCUS on the finish line, get to Christmas, then we can party.


But there's this news about Toshihiro Nagoshi again and how he's making this new game called Binary Domain.  It's a robot game that takes place in in 2080 Tokyo, presumably in third-person view and you can play online and stuff.  The game will be for PS3 and Xbox 360.  I don't know what to say about this. At least I haven't seen that many robot games outta Japan lately--just a lot of Final Fantasy crap.  TBQH I really don't care about the game personally...

I know that others beat me to the punch--I know I'm late, I had to take a nap earlier... - thanks model3 - press release

If you look at the Kotaku comments, you see my boy twinturbo2 talking up Daytona USA, go get 'em noobs.  I remember him, he's the one who posted my Daytona 2 Forza 3 video on that pathetic excuse for a website.

EDIT: Here's the trailer for the game in all of its "glory":

Reminds me of Time Crisis, Terminator, and that old Brute Force Xbox game.  American soldiers in Japan shooting robots.  What for??  In the most polite way I can say it, all I have to say is that it's somewhat underwhelming to see a futuristic post-apocalyptic shooter game out of this studio.  Really, like no one has ever done that before.  First it was a zombie Yakuza game, now it's a futuristic shooting game.  Didn't Sega just release Vanquish and Alpha Protocol?  Is this what Nagoshi-San thinks Americans want?  Sadly, that may be the case...

 Keeping with the theme here

Well, this game MAY turn out good so I don't want to put my foot in my mouth just yet, but I've posted plenty of Nagoshi links on how he's losing his mind and how he really doesn't talk about racing games anymore (shameless self-promotion).  He may be useless to our Daytona crusade at this point.  Or maybe he'll surprise us in the future.  I don't know, the man is an enigma, but I think he's had one too many shots last night...

 Thanks, Nagoshi.  Thanks.


And this is another thing I read.  You like Red China?  Well, Sega is opening up a line of arcades there with those little white rows of cabinets.  Remember that game consoles are banned in China--what a great place to be.  Don't get me wrong, I like Chinese culture but the whole Communism thing...I'm not feeling it.  But if this business move keeps Sega alive, then do it.


Also, I must throw this in here.  THUMBS UP to Harmonix for coming out with some good Rock Band DLC lately.  Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi, Bad Company, .38 Special, The Doors, Bee Gees, HA, this is good.  They also have the rest of John Lennon's Imagine, but uh...not a fan of the guy.  Give me the ACTION PACKED RACING MUSIC any day.
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YORBA LINDA, CA (November 30, 2010) — 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force was announced as one of eleven finalists for the Economaki Champion of Champions award today. The award presented by National Speed Sport News will announce the winner in its year-end issue due December 15. Force is one of two drag racers nominated. He is joined on the finalist list by fellow Full Throttle champion Larry Dixon.
“This is a huge honor. Anytime your name is mentioned along with a name like Economaki that is a big deal. I am excited to be nominated with Larry Dixon. I know he had a great season so did Jimmie Johnson who just won his fifth NASCAR championship in a row. I saw Jimmie in Homestead and I wished him luck before the race. He is a great champion and when you look at the list of finalists National Speed Sport News has a tough call to make. I am glad they are making the decision and not me,” said Force.
The award is annually given to the North American racing champion judged to have had the best season on and off the track. It is named after legendary motorsports journalist and publisher Chris Economaki who began editing National Speed Sport News in 1950. National Speed Sport News is often and accurately described as “The bible of Motorsports.” It is the weekly must-read for serious fans, drivers and crew, and industry leaders alike.
The NSSN staff selected 11 deserving finalists for this year’s honor, which goes to the champion who is judged to provide the best combination of on-track success and dedication to the sport.
NASCAR 2010 Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is the only former winner of the award nominated this season. NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher is the only two-time winner of the honor and other winners are Johnson, J.J. Yeley, Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz and Kyle Busch.
The eleven finalists are presented below:
John Force — NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Funny Car
The 61-year-old veteran Funny Car racer made his case for the championship, rallying from 37 points behind entering the season finale at Pomona, Calif., to win the event — his sixth victory of the season — and secure his 15th NHRA Funny Car championship.
Larry Dixon — NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Top Fuel
After losing the championship by two points in 2009, Dixon and his Al-Anabi Top Fuel team were the dominant force in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Dixon earned his third Top Fuel championship after winning 12 times and dethroning six-time defending champion Tony Schumacher.
Jimmie Johnson — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Johnson won six races en route to his fifth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. But he did it in unusual Johnson fashion, rallying from 33 points behind with two races to go to claim the title. Johnson was the 2006 winner of the Economaki Champion of Champions.
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas — Grand Am Rolex Series
Fifty-year-old Pruett teamed with Rojas to win nine of the 12 Grand Am Rolex Series races and picked up his third series championship for Chip Ganassi Racing. Pruett/Rojas finished outside the top two only once all season.
Tim Shaffer — O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions
Shaffer charged to his second-straight O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions title on the strength of 16 All Star triumphs. Shaffer, however, won 21 overall feature events, including his popular victory in the 50th annual Knoxville Nationals. He also won a World of Outlaws feature.
Jason Meyers — World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Meyers swept the final two World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races of the season during the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to cap off his first championship in style. Meyers drove his Elite Racing No. 14 to 12 triumphs along the way.
Scott Bloomquist — Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
The veteran late-model racer earned his second-straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship and his eighth overall championship on the strength of nine victories in Lucas competition alone. Bloomquist also posted the 500th victory of his illustrious career.
Dario Franchitti — IZOD IndyCar Series
Franchitti picked up his second-straight and third overall IZOD IndyCar Series championship in the past four seasons. Though he won only three times during the 17-race campaign, one of the victories was his second in the world’s most famous race — the Indianapolis 500.
Levi Jones — USAC Sprint Car, Silver Crown Series
Jones tied Steve Butler with his fourth-career USAC National Sprint Car Series championship, but also added his first Silver Crown title to the mix and narrowly missed winning the USAC National Driver’s Championship. He won eight sprint-car races and two in the Silver Crown division.
Bryan Clauson — USAC Mopar National Midget Series
Clauson earned the USAC Mopar National Midget Series title and claimed the inaugural USAC National Driver’s Championship to earn a ride in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Clauson won six midget races — including the Turkey Night Grand Prix — three sprint-car events and one in the Silver Crown Series. Clauson also earned the National Midget Driver of the Year award.
Chip Ganassi — IZOD IndyCar, NASCAR, Grand Am
The first team owner nominated for this award, we did not think Ganassi’s unique season could be overlooked. Ganassi’s cars won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. As well, he claimed the IZOD IndyCar Series championship with Franchitti and the Grand Am Rolex Series crown with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.


Richard Petty Motorsports Purchased By Richard Petty

Posted by imelda sovzky on Monday, November 29, 2010

Racing Assets Of Richard Petty Motorsports Purchased By Richard Petty, Medallion Financial And DGB Investments Print Page Email Page

November 29, 2010 Official Team News Releas

Concord, N.C. (November 29, 2010) - Racing legend and all time NASCAR win leader Richard Petty is back in the driver’s seat.
Richard Petty Motorsports signed and closed a sale of its racing assets to an investment group comprised of Richard Petty, Medallion Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:TAXI) and DGB Investments.
Richard Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion has won 200 races, including 10 Daytona races. Known in the NASCAR world as “The King,” Petty will serve as Chairman and will be actively involved in overseeing day-to-day operations of the company. As previously announced, the team will operate the legendary No. 43 car driven by AJ Allmendinger and the No. 9 car driven by Marcos Ambrose.
“Today is a great day for me, my family, our fans and our wonderful sponsors. Ford, Stanley Tools, Best Buy, Valvoline, Reynolds, Air Force, Super 8, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), WIX Filters and Menards have supported me through thick and thin and I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” said Petty.
Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion Financial, commented: “We could not be happier to be able to acquire these assets together. Richard is one of the greatest names, not only in NASCAR, but in all sports. His name and image are a world recognized brand with unlimited potential to grow and expand in racing. Ample working capital has been invested in the company to insure this great team and legend will not only continue to perform, but will thrive and be back in the winner’s circle.”
“George and Foster Gillett deserve a great deal of credit for running a successful race team,” commented Petty. “They made a significant investment into the business and helped get back into Victory Lane. Going forward, we have put together an all-star ownership team consisting of myself, Medallion, and VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron.”
Medallion Financial, a publicly traded investment company, has invested over $3 billion in companies since its IPO in 1996 and its board members include such notables as former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, former Connecticut Governor and Senator Lowell Weicker, and another “King” of his sport, Hank Aaron. The Murstein family is the largest shareholder in Medallion, owning approximately 20 percent.
DGB Investments is an investment vehicle of Canadian-born investor Douglas G. Bergeron, CEO of VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY), San Jose, Calif. In 2001, Bergeron and DGB participated in the acquisition of VeriFone Systems from Hewlett-Packard in a transaction valued at $50 million. Today, VeriFone’s market value exceeds $3 billion dollars and Bergeron remains CEO and one of the largest individual shareholders.
Douglas Bergeron commented, “With Richard Petty’s unmatched name and reputation in the motorsports industry, I know this investment is well-timed to succeed. We are going to help put Richard Petty Motorsports back in Victory Lane.”
Richard Petty concluded, “Our partnership with Andy Murstein and Doug Bergeron will help take us to a whole new level and I could not be more excited about our future.”

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Jerry Was A Race Car Driver

Posted by imelda sovzky on Sunday, November 28, 2010

This is just for show

This was something I read off Kotaku.  Ever heard of this iRacing game?  It's an online racing simulator that's arguably one of the most realistic.  You can drive stock cars, Formula 1, and other miscellaneous road cars.  You have to pay for online subscriptions though, just like World of Warcraft.  Except this is a thousand times better than WoW if you know what I mean.  I don't know if I would get on-board with this because my computer sucks, I don't have a steering wheel or money, and I don't think I'm in the mood for a hard-ass racing sim right now.

Now, what about it?  Well, I've always wanted to be a real race car driver.  However, that's not easy, especially to be a Formula 1/Le Mans driver for the undesirable factors behind professional racing: tons of practice and car tuning, motion sickness, extreme G-forces, grueling body conditioning, possibility of a wreck/injury/death, the pressure of competition, and so forth.  I talked WAY back about the dangers of racing.  And on top of this, it takes a lot of skill and a bit of luck to even reach a level of racing where you can do it for a living.  Then again, Cole Trickle jumped off the motorcycle and became a stock car racer just like that, but that's the movies we're talking about.  Okay, so what?

Well, make way for Greger Huttu who is arguably #1 at iRacing.  Just some normal gaming joe schmoe from Finland.  Since he won, he got the chance to drive a real Formula 1 car around Road Atlanta (a track I've played enough of in Forza to hate it).  Click for the article/slideshow to see what happens:

He does fifteen laps.  His best lap time is 3 seconds off the benchmark time, which is pretty damn good for someone who's never driven professionally before.  However, he throws up halfway through his run and has to change his helmet and down some medication.  Then after that, he does a few more laps until he is physically worn out and has to stop.

Dammit, and I thought I could pull a John Daly and cruise right into professional racing without having to undergo a professional workout regimen, but that's not the case.  Of course, this is Formula 1 we're talking about--maybe try something slower like go-karts instead?

Huttu is only 30 years old and it's already "too late" for him to condition his body for racing.  Now this isn't entirely true because if Brett Favre can still play in the NFL then anything goes, I guess.  Well, that just sucks because it's another instance of "you can't do this when you're old."  Football, basketball, tennis, Starcraft, you name it (the only exception to this is golf and shuffleboard).  Life isn't fair.  I'm only 22 and even if I wanted to drive SOMETHING, I better start getting prepared now, but with college and computer science calling, there's very little room to maneuver.  And when it comes to "racing," my options past getting an old muscle car and taking it out to the drag strip is nonexistent.

That leaves two options:

1. Skip Barber Racing School!  Yes, this looks like fun.  It's like college in that you can take lessons in  a wide variety of areas.  However, the price usually goes for $1000+ a day which means I could save up for a Daytona USA 2 cabinet instead.  The closest courses from where I live would be Sebring (Florida) and Road Atlanta (Georgia).

 2. 24 Hours of Lemons.  You take a car that's $500 or less and race it around for a few hours or something.  This one's really stupid...only if I'm extremely desperate.

Well, when you compare real life racing to...say, Daytona USA or OutRun or whatever, they're two different things.  You can be a good real-life race car driver but you may suck at Daytona USA.  That's what makes these games fun, because they're games, not simulations.  I'd like my Sega racers to have a lick of realism in them (and they do to a certain extent...gotta hit the braking lines, control the sensitive pedals and wheel, and so forth) but I like them how they are.  Real-life driving and Sega racer driving are two different worlds.

Now, would I rather be a paid race car driver or work for Sega and make a new Daytona game?  Which would I pick?  I would like both, but give me Daytona USA--make all the people happy, deliver justice, and SAVE VIDEO GAMES AS WE KNOW IT...  Sega first, then race-car driving later.  Besides, you can press the restart button in a video while in the race, you just crash and die.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week

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Jimmie Johnson Again The Star As NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week Returns To Las Vegas Print Page Email Page

* Frank Caliendo, Rascal Flatts Headline Awards Ceremony At Wynn Las Vegas

* Popular Victory Lap On Famous Vegas Strip Again Planned

* NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon To Be Showcased At Bellagio

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2010) – The champion is crowned, the celebration awaits.

What a party it promises to be.

The 2010 edition of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas will fete Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson, who earned an unprecedented fifth consecutive series title following the Nov. 21 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Just a few days away, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week is full of fan-friendly activities that showcase the nation’s No. 1 form of motorsports while honoring its top driver and its loyal fan base.

After a 28-year run in New York, the annual postseason celebration made its Las Vegas debut last year, capped, as always, by the champion’s Friday-night coronation. This year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony returns to one of the city’s premier resorts, Wynn Las Vegas, on Friday, Dec. 3.

SPEED will once again broadcast the event, live at 9 p.m. ET.

Comedian Frank Caliendo and country rockers Rascal Flatts will entertain during the awards ceremony. Joining them will be “Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil,” a special performance of dance, acrobatics and music celebrating the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley.

The ceremony culminates several days of whirlwind activity involving not only the series champion, but also the other 11 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – NASCAR’s “playoffs”. Those drivers, together with Johnson, comprise the top 12 in the series’ final standings.

“It's just been an amazing experience, amazing for myself and the team,” Johnson said of his five-title run. “I think it's been great for our sport to see the comparisons drawn to other sports that have been able to link together multiple championships. It's been awesome, a ton of fun.”

For the second consecutive year, some of the thousands of fans who flock to catch a glimpse of stock car racing’s biggest stars will join drivers, team owners and industry leaders in celebrating Johnson at the awards ceremony. Approximately 300 tickets are available to fans, which are being distributed by tracks, NASCAR partners and teams through various promotions. Fan tickets offer the following experiences:

· NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon seats

· Access to “NASCAR After The Lap, Made Possible By Coca-Cola and Ford”

· Fan reception & Red Carpet walk prior to the awards ceremony

· Awards ceremony seats

Following is a complete rundown of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week activities.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

· NASCAR Street Tour: Two tricked-out NASCAR interactive Ford vehicles are scheduled to appear all week throughout Las Vegas with dynamic street teams, interactive video games and free giveaways. (Detailed schedule TBD.)

· NASCAR Pit Stop Tour:The Pit Stop Tour program will run from Dec. 1-3, consisting of Official Partner show cars placed in iconic locations throughout the Las Vegas Strip. Brand ambassadors at each location (locations TBD) will be on site from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for all three days, engaging the fans.

· Chasers for Charity Event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Gates open at 10 a.m. The Richard Petty Driving Experience will offer rides with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to charity. The speedway will offer tours of the facility. There will be interactive displays throughout the track’s “Neon Garage” and live music on the main stage from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. In addition, all 12 Chase drivers will participate in a Family Feud-style game show hosted by comedian Kevin Burke between 2-3:30 p.m. Admission to the Fanfest is free, and mass transportation will be available from the strip and downtown.

Thursday, Dec. 2

· NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: This annual industry/media event begins at 11 a.m., in the Bellagio Ballroom at the Bellagio and includes presentations to the Champion Crew Chief, Champion Sponsor, Raybestos Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver. Fans have the opportunity to attend for the first time. It is co-hosted by NASCAR and the National Motor Sports Press Association.

· Victory Lap: Set for 3:30 p.m., the top-12 drivers will motor down the famed Las Vegas Strip in their respective race cars. Expect an authentic pit stop along the route and two burn-out sections for drivers. Victory Lap begins in front of Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino and ends at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Prior to Victory Lap at 3 p.m., Johnson will receive the Key to the City of Las Vegas from Mayor Oscar Goodman and Commissioner Tom Collins. Commissioner Collins also will present a Proclamation recognizing Champion’s Week and Johnson’s accomplishments.

· NASCAR After The Lap: This free fan event starts at 4:30 p.m., at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and features a question-and-answer session with drivers and an interactive Coca-Cola Fan Zone experience. Select fans will win NASCAR-themed prizes, including a 2011 Ford Taurus SHO. The Coca-Cola Fan Zone opens at noon, with doors to NASCAR After The Lap opening at 3 p.m. General admission seats are free, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register for tickets at

Friday, Dec. 3
· 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony: The big show starts at 6 p.m., crowning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner and honoring the other drivers who finished in the top 10 in the final series standings.

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Let's Go Make Some Crazy Money! (Crazy Taxi With Guides/Maps)

Posted by imelda sovzky on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crazy Taxi came out a few days ago (along with GT5, but we'll get to that in a minute).  For just $10, Crazy Taxi isn't bad.  Let's get into it.

This is basically the same thing as the Dreamcast version.  You get to pick from the Arcade and Original courses, both of which are drastically different.  The graphics are crisp with the same sense of speed and no slowdown, but the blocky graphics and occasional pop-up are clear as day.  You can tell this is a ten year old game off the bat.  Not a big deal though, still looks good.  As you know, the old logos are gone so no KFC, FILA, Pizza Hut, etc.  No big deal, you get to transport people to the "Fried Chicken Shack" now or something.

Now about the soundtrack.  No Offspring or Bad Religion--we know that.  Instead, you got some new licensed punk bands.  Here's the soundtrack from some guy's post on GameFAQs.  Try to identify any of these bands...

Burn the Fields - Escape Artist
The Hooks - Get Out
Jonny Rumble - Black Radio
Three Against Four - Jump, Sink
Lions, Lions - Radiator
One Light Out - Orange Wednesday
The Juliet Dagger - Flinch
The Juliet Dagger - Taking It Back
The Juliet Dagger - Ragdoll
The Vicious Five - Your Mouth is a Guillotine
Theron Bay - The Chase
The Days The Nights - Radical Sabbatical
We Are Invisible - Spy Chaser

I really don't like any of the music in the game at all, but it's not terrible.  It's filler music--not happy with it but not too bad for me to turn off.  I could put some punk music on a USB drive and pop it into my 360, but I'm too lazy to do that.

Now about the gameplay.  Just like the original--run over to people, pick them up, drive them over.  You do it fast, you get more time.  You pull crazy tricks, people throw money at you.  It's crazy fun and also very difficult.  Now having played this for the first time in years (I owned it for the PC), the handling feels the same as before.  However, it sure is slippery.  Your car can rub off traffic and just bounce all over the place.  Guess the best way to describe it in Grand Theft Auto on major steroids.  I also hear a lot of "phomp" sounds (like an old car exhaust) when you hit jumps and whatnot which kind of got annoying.

Besides the usual arcade mode (get people and drop them off), you have the Crazy Box.  The Crazy Box is just sixteen ghetto little missions where you have to slide around on a few primitive levels and make it to the end in time and whatnot.  They remind me of Gran Turismo license tests but with no purpose whatsoever.

As for the achievements, if you can earn an S-license (make over $5,000) on both Original and Arcade courses as well as pass all the Crazy Box missions, then you have 200/200.  Not hard, I did it in a day.

Come to think of it, this is a fun game and it's worth the money, but it's a shame that there's hardly any changes in the game at all.  Just copy and paste the game from one console to another.  I wish Sega put a little more time in each Dreamcast port they work on to show they really care, but no dice.

DISCLAIMER: This was before I knew how to limit cut which greatly helps your taxi abilities...

Read how specifically to do a Limit Cut here.

Now here, I'm going to offer you some guides.  I'm not that good at it--the most I've made so far is $6,000 which is pathetic compared to others who can go into the six digits*** (read footnote).  I know how to do tricks with the throttle and shifter (such as the Crazy Dash) but I still need help with it.  I can do good and keep my time around 45-50 seconds until I plow head-first into a bus and end up going in reverse which wastes enough time for me to drop off a "Slow" customer which means no bonus time and then it all goes downhill from there.  But you can do better than me, I hope.

Click to enlarge pics...

 Arcade Course, a big loop so a map really isn't too helpful:

Original Course, you're really gonna need a map for this one.  The GPS arrow is horribly off, especially in the NW part of the town:

NEW: Found out about this Crazy Taxi Techniques site.  One of the best around.  I linked to it multiple times in this blog already but hey, knowledge is power...

Also check out MKim's Crazy Taxi guide from GameFAQs.  He already wrote massive guides on Daytona USA 1/2 so this guy has some credibility.  It's for the arcade version, but the 360/PS3 versions are practically the same so yeah.  He tells you how to do tricks like the Crazy Dash (huge acceleration boost from stand-still; just shift from R to D then hit gas immediately after) which are insanely helpful.

And finally, some Crazy Box guide on GameFAQs if you're stuck on one of the missions.

Will talk about other stuff later.

 EDIT: Just got $9,138.78 with Gena (with default settings)!!  May do better someday. (like I said, no limit cuts...)

***EDIT2: Had no idea about this until now.  You can go to Options and increase the amount of starting time as well as reduce difficulty (arcade dipswitches).  And that your score is saved to the Leaderboards anyway (I just tested this).  No way, this is BOGUS, man.  BIG advantage for high scores.  It also makes the achievements easier to unlock...
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Drive For 6 And More News

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Number 6 Dont think so ? Well as you might know by now Rick Hendricks shook up the garage ,changing crew chiefs and other personal ,even the setups of which teams share what garage areas Except Team #48!
You just dont fix something thats not broke and Team 48 is far from broke.
With the hottest driver in the last ten years and maybe more ,the driver thats heading to break old records for championships and will most likely take a seventh and eight in his career becoming the all time champion .
You cant beat Jimmie Johnson the only way he'll be stopped is when he beats himself and even thou that can happen and one day will ,dont look for it anytime soon especially with Chad Knaus as crew chief ,one of the bests that have sit on top of  a pit box
Talking about Hendricks getting serious ,expect more changes readthis:
Hendrick pit crew tryouts: Hendrick Motorsports will conduct pit crew tryouts on Nov. 29, 2010, for all positions. Two-hour sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and candidates must attend both sessions. Interested parties should e-mail for details and to reserve a slot. Inquiries must include an up-to-date résumé.
Why no Cameros in NATIONWIDE SERIES:
"As we launched Camaro, we brought back an iconic production car to our portfolio. Part of what makes Camaro is the styling and the look of that vehicle. When we introduced it at the (various) auto shows, consumers originally were able to look at the brand and say that it replicates what they know Camaro to be. As we look at NASCAR, we wanted to maintain the integrity of the iconic brand and the brands that we race with. We just didn't feel we could accomplish that vision by adapting the car to the common template format that we have here in this sport. We'll always look in the future and see what opportunities exist, but within today's boundaries, it just didn't feel like it was the right business decision for us to make.
If the old point were in use after Homestead the results wouldve been quite different:
Standings if the Chase wasn't around and the old posints system that was used from 1975 thru 2003 was still used

2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
[after Homestead, race 36 of 36....the OLD way]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick, 5274
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4989, -285
3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4865, -409
4) #99-Carl Edwards, 4820, -454
5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4669, -605
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 4647, -627
7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4640, -634
8) #14-Tony Stewart, 4628, -646
9) #2-Kurt Busch, 4459, -815
10) #31-Jeff Burton, 4423, -851
11) #16-Greg Biffle, 4414, -860
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4376, -898
13) #5-Mark Martin, 4364, -910
14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 4325, -949

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Happy Thanksgiving And Dramatic Life Stuff

Posted by imelda sovzky on Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hello everybody.

It is Thanksgiving in America.  When the pilgrims gave thanks and we do too.  Cause giving thanks is good.

I'm thankful for my family.  My friends.  Video games, especially SEGA for making games that give me some sanity.  The guys at the OutRun Online Arcade board.  Our armed forces, police officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel who go through hell to keep society normal.  Our country and the freedoms we have at this time.  The New Orleans Saints winning the Superbowl.  Not having to go to school for a few days.  Oh and Sega games, again, let it be known.

Try reading 1 Chronicles 16 from the Bible for good verses on thankfulness.

I'm tired of seeing all these commercials about Black Friday before Thanksgiving was even here.  Just pissing me off.  Like I don't want to see some little Santa elf dude or a Radio Shack superhero to tell me what to buy.  Now Black Friday sounds like "fun" but I'm broke right now.  Case in point, I hate 95% of the commercials on TV.  Those Geico and Ray Lewis Old Spice commercials are funny though, good times...  So is The Most Interesting Man in the World, what a pimp.

The Saints game was BRUTAL today.  MALCOLM JENKINSSSSS!!!!!  My head exploded.  I hate football, we already got one SB ring, I want to be done with it but no, I'll be back next week, rooting for the Saints again...

Now we're talking about thankfulness, well one thing we take for granted is our health--our lives.  It infuriates me to no end to hear about how everyone is depressed and that they can't do anything.  Well look, I have opposable thumbs, I can see, hear, walk, and so forth.  That I'm thankful for because I can still drive a car.  But imagine if I didn't have one of the following or worse, I was dead.

Let me tell you a few stories.  This was way back, when I was around six years old (1994).  I was riding my bike without a helmet and fell on the concrete road.  Now this wouldn't be so bad in itself, but there was this groove sticking out to form a ditch that I hit which speared the top of my head.  All I can remember beforehand was crying profusely until I blacked out.

So my parents hauled me to the hospital.  They learned that I had fractured my skull.  OUCH indeed.  So I was unconscious for three days.  The doctors ran some tests on me in the meanwhile.  They told my mom that if I didn't regain consciousness in the next few hours that they'd have to do something drastic to me.  So basically, my mom was crying, watching over me, praying I would wake up.  She prayed "Lord, if you wake this boy up, I'll see to it that he'll do Your will."  She gets up to wash her face then comes back to see me rise from the pillow seemingly normal.  My parents bought me a GameBoy and I left the hospital a day later.  That's how it went down according to my parents.

Now I'm a Christian.  I believe in God, Jesus, Heaven, and so forth.  I just wonder exactly how close I was to death and what it would've been liked if I had actually died.  Wouldn't it have just been better if I died and went to Heaven right away instead of having to put up with all this crap?  Going to school, getting in fights with people who don't like me, complaining about the miserable state of video games, and watching as the world goes through its usual cycle of mutinies.  How would history have changed if I were not here?  Everyone asks that question.  I guess we're alive for a reason so take it, it's a gift from God.

If a skull fracture wasn't bad enough, add in a car collision.  This was about three years ago. (about 2007)  I'm on the highway coming home from school, it's daytime, and I'm driving carefully in my little blue car, not over the speedlimit or anything.  All of a sudden this green sedan in front of me came to a dead stop.  Now I thought this guy was slowing down a little, but then I realized "Oh no, he's really going to stop."  So I slam the brakes assuming I had ABS but no, I didn't.  Assume the position.  WHAM, hit the guy in the back at about 30-something MPH as my car flopped to the left onto the grass median.

So there's this elderly couple across the road who wrecked.  Now at this time, I didn't know how bad the damage was to my car, so I cruised over.  Surprisingly, there was no damage to each car.  Hell, even the music on the CD I was playing didn't skip.  No airbags too.  We just about walked away unhinged.  So I can say I was in a highway wreck, but with no damage whatsoever.  Now that's just weird.  Even if I didn't die, I could've been severely injured someone, even myself.  It's just damn weird.

Now, you think one wreck was bad?  How about a wreck and a near-wreck?  So this is two years ago (one year after the first wreck, about 2008) and it's late.  I just got done taking one of my final exams for the semester, it was late and raining hard on my trip home.  And whaddya know, the person in front of me pulls the "dead stop" trick AGAIN.  No, I'm dead serious, these people think it's appropriate to go from 70 to 0 mph in a highly-congested road.  So I have a cushy space from him, but because of the rain, I didn't realize I was about to hit him right away.  Step on brakes!

Thankfully, I avoid hitting him but once again, lack of ABS bites me in the ass as I slip sideways on the highway.  Oh dear God, I'm going to get in a wreck for sure as I shout "OH BOY!!"  I'm thankful for two things--one, that I spun clockwise (so traffic would've hit from the passenger side on the right and give me a cushion--American car we're talking about) and two, that there were no cars behind me at all.  So I just cruised off like nothing happened.  I just wonder if the guy that slowed down noticed me.  Probably not!  Thanks for nearly getting me killed, jerk.

Let's see, one, two, three life-changing bullets dodged.  Now say what you want--call it divine intervention or dumb luck but I'm alive and I have to be thankful.  There's still much more stuff for me to do.  Hey, I still have this blog and even if you don't agree with me on anything, I hope this has changed SOMEONE for the positive.  That I'm thankful for too.  And REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR SEATBELT, DRIVE DEFENSIVELY, AND OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS.

Anyway, as an aspiring race car driver, I can safely say that I've been in a hospital for major surgery, a spinout in traffic and a wreck.  All while driving the same car, one that I rubbed on the side of my fence too (it was a rare accident but I got it fixed).  Balls to the wall, I say.  I'm never gonna give up on that blue car so that I'm thankful for too.
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Kotaku Proving Their Racing Game Brilliance Once Again...

Posted by imelda sovzky on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No surprise that a day after I post my big-ass list on all the game companies and their racing titles that Kotaku has to come out with this.  Just take a look for yourself.

First of all, I don't even know why they made this guide in the first place.  I thought racing games were "crap" according to the mainstream gamer.  In the words of Marie Antoinette, "Let them play FPSes and RPGs."  Okay, so she didn't say that, but you get the point.  Racing games will soon be merged with "action games" and then no one will care about them.  Which is why you get ridiculous crap like Split/Second and Carmageddon, cause normal racing games are too boring, lol

Anyway, if you didn't pick up on the main glaring flaw on this list, then let me kick it into your head: NO DAYTONA USA.  No way, no how.  Instead you get Ridge Racer.  There's only two things related to Sega in that article and that is OutRun (original) and Yu Suzuki (referenced as creator of Hang-On).  Other than that, nothing.  Let me spell that out for you--
Makes me wanna puke.  Why this is relevant is because Daytona USA is one of the highest--if not THE HIGHEST grossing arcade racer ever.  Up there with Pac-Man and Street Fighter 2 in terms of profits.  Sad that games like Daytona USA 2 and Scud Race will get zero face time too, but that's to be understood since even Sega has abandoned them.  No one knows about those games anyway.

Hey, some comments on that article are crying out the same thing!  Wow, we actually have more than five our six people in this world who like Daytona USA.  I'm stunned.

Hey, I just noticed no Cruis'n USA/World/Exotica, Fast and the Furious, or Split/Second on there MWAHAHAHAHA.  So this list isn't so bad after all.  It mentioned a few games that I should've added to the that list--click here to read it because it is educational.  Let the idiots bicker over the lack of F-Zero as well as how Forza is referred to as a "semi-simulation" racer.

I guess the list was made to cherish racing games and not put them down, so you can't totally hate the man.  Then again, it's nice that Kotaku would "give the dog a bone," so to speak.

Also, check out the quote at the top:

Faster isn't good enough.

Speed alone will not win the race.  You need the cunning to out-think your opposition, the awarenes to find your opening, the courage to take risks, and the skill to bend your vehicle to your will.  Without these skills, speed means nothing.

You can always fail faster.

That sounds awe-inspiring--put it on an inspiration poster, please (first person to photoshop me something wins a prize).  However, it seems they forgot to spell-check the damn thing.  Congratulations, you guys are geniuses.  Bend the vehicle to your will--wow, now that's a foreign concept to the little geniuses out there.  I thought racing games weren't supposed to take skill.  But really, this is flattering, I must say.

Now that's it, I'm done, I quit, I hate video games and I hate everybody, goodbye.
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Final Sporting News Power Poll

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Final Sporting News Power Poll

By the Sporting News NASCAR Service

Not surprisingly, Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is atop the season’s final Sporting News Power Poll. Johnson won his fifth straight championship Sunday with a second-place finish at Homestead. Johnson closed out the season with nine straight top 10s, including a win and seven top fives. Carl Edwards, who won the final two races of the season, is second. The weekly poll is a collaboration of Sporting News and

1. Jimmie Johnson (Last week: 1st) When do we start asking ourselves if Jimmie can win 100 Cup races? After all, who thought anyone could win five titles in a row.
2. Carl Edwards (4th) With wins in the final two Cup races, Edwards didn’t have to leave Johnson a note to announce that he’s a rival for the title in 2011.
3. Kevin Harvick (3rd) Major props for finishing eighth or better in nine Chase races. That backed up what he did all year, and it capped a remarkable RCR turnaround.
4. Denny Hamlin (2nd) His car was never the same after his spin. It’s a reminder of the importance of qualifying. But kudos for pushing Johnson harder than he’d ever been pushed.
5. Matt Kenseth (7th) The good news: Kenseth finished an uneven season with three straight top 10s. The bad news: He went winless for the third time in his career.
6. Greg Biffle (8th) Biffle ended the season with his 19th top 10, the second most in his eight full seasons.
7. Clint Bowyer (10th) Bowyer will be remembered most for two Chase wins, even if the first one cost him a shot at the title.
8. Mark Martin (6th) 2009: 5 wins, 14 top 5s, 21 top 10s, 7 poles. 2010: 0 wins, 7 top 5s, 11 top 10s and 1 pole. The speed just wasn’t there this season.
9. Tony Stewart (15th) Stewart ended the season with a top 10, but his sophomore season as a car owner was a disappointment.
10. Ryan Newman (14th) For only the second time in his career the Rocketman failed to record multiple poles in a season. His lone P1 came in the May Charlotte race.
11. AJ Allmendinger (23rd) Ended the season with a top five at Homestead. Just his third in a 116-race career.
12. Joey Logano (5th) Logano’s 39th-place finish was a disappointment but not the five straight top 10s that preceded it. He’s one to watch for 2011.
13. Jamie McMurray (12th) Despite missing the Chase, McMurray had a 2010 to remember with wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400.
14. Kasey Kahne (NR) Kahne finishes 2010 with a pole, a top 10 and a couple of new knees.
15. Kyle Busch (9th) Busch has plenty of talent but is in need of more good will if he’s ever going to win a Cup title: He was wrecked intentionally at least twice in the 10-race Chase.
16. Martin Truex Jr. (19th) Even though it was ultimately thwarted by a blown tire, a super-strong run at Homestead will give Truex some hope for a strong 2011.
17. Kurt Busch (18th) Busch was running at the finish in 34 of 36 races this year. That is a career best.
18. Jeff Gordon (11th) Gordon lent Johnson his crew for the last few Chase races. Why? Because Gordon was out of the running. He’ll need a stronger effort in 2011.
19. Paul Menard (20th) Menard overperformed for Richard Petty Motorsports this year. The expectations will be very different at Richard Childress Racing in 2011.
20. David Ragan (17th) Ragan had a strong close to the season because of a Roush Fenway resurgence coupled with the good chemistry he discovered with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer.
21. Jeff Burton (22nd) Teammate Bowyer even spotted him 150 points in the Chase, and Burton still couldn’t finish out of the basement. Tragic end to what was a strong season.
22. David Reutimann (16th) Reutimann wrapped things up on a pretty sour note with a 38th-place finish, his second worst of the season.
23. Juan Pablo Montoya (13th) Montoya fell from an eighth-place finish in the 2009 standings to 17th in 2010.
24. Aric Almirola (NR) Almirola capped a memorable year Sunday with his first Cup top five. He was runner-up in points in the truck series with two wins.
25. Regan Smith (24th) Smith closed out the season without a top 10, but he showed some strength in the Chase, twice tying a career best with 12th-place finishes.

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SPRINT CUP Records Set In Lead Changes And Leaders Per Race

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Records Set In Lead Changes And Leaders Per Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 23, 2010) – The recently completed 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season goes down as the most competitive in the 62-year history of the sport’s premier series.
Two major competition records were broken this past season in the series: average lead changes and leaders per race.
There was an average of 25.4 lead changes per event in 2010, the most in the history of NASCAR Sprint Cup competition.
Additionally, there was an average of 11.4 leaders per event, also the highest average since the series’ inaugural year of 1949.
The previous highs in both statistics were 24.9 lead changes in 1981 and 11.0 leaders in 2006.
In all, 55 different drivers led at least one lap this season – another record. The previous most was 51, in both 2005 and 2007.
Passing numbers, too, were at their statistical peak this season. NASCAR began recording passing numbers in 2005, with the inception of Loop Data. This season, those numbers were higher than any of the past six years.
There were a total of 1,299 green flag passes for the lead (Note: Those are lead changes all around the track, not just at the start-finish line). The previous high was 994 in 2006.
There were also 116,327 total green flag passes. The previous high was 110,226 in 2009.
The tight on-track competition led to a closer-than-ever points battle. The 15 points separating the top-two drivers going into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway were the fewest in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s seven-year history. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson became the first driver since 1992 to overcome a deficit with one-to-go to capture the title.

Five races broke or matched track records in either most leaders or lead changes this season:
Talladega: Both Talladega races were exceptionally competitive, but the spring event made history. There were 88 lead changes among 29 drivers during the April 25 event, both all-time series records – at any track, ever.
 Daytona: There were 21 different leaders in the season-opening Daytona 500, the most ever at a track whose history dates back to 1959.
Infineon Raceway: The first road course race of the season, the June 20 event featured 12 lead changes, the
most ever at Infineon. The last lead change belonged to 2010 series champion Jimmie Johnson, who won the first road course race of his career.
Phoenix: There were 13 different leaders in the spring Phoenix event, tying a track record.
Texas: The autumn event at Texas had 33 lead changes, setting a track record.

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Good Perfect Dark XBLA Review

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I just saw this and thought it was cool.  Give it a try even if it sounds boring at first.

"The thing that has just popped up at the top of the screen is called a HEALTH BAR."

(In Call of Duty) "There's no punishment for taking damage so you take more risks and are less cautious."

"This game is ten years old and it plays better than modern shooters."

[insert pokes at little brats of this generation]


I like Call of Duty but there's something about Perfect Dark that's more of a "pure" experience.  That's all I have to say.  Good old times, too bad the XBLA remake didn't get any extra DLC...the game still has potential but it's done forever.
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Racing Contributors Informative List -- Why Sega Is Number One

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1/14/11: Moved this article to its own page in the green taskbar on the right; click here to read it.  Very intriguing.
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Hendrick Motorsports Makes Personnel Adjustments For 2011

Posted by imelda sovzky on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hendrick Motorsports Makes Personnel Adjustments For 2011


CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2010) – Hendrick Motorsports has made personnel adjustments in preparation for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. being teamed with new crew chiefs.

Below are the driver-crew chief pairings for each Hendrick Motorsports car, effective immediately:

No. 5 Chevrolet
Driver: Mark Martin
Crew Chief: Lance McGrew

No. 24 Chevrolet
Driver: Jeff Gordon
Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson

No. 48 Chevrolet
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Crew Chief: Chad Knaus

No. 88 Chevrolet
Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Crew Chief: Steve Letarte

The cars of Martin and four-time Sprint Cup champion Gordon will be fielded out of the same facility, now known as the 5/24 shop. Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolets will be prepared out of the renamed 48/88 shop alongside those of five-time and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.
"This will improve us as an organization, across the board," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "We had a championship season (in 2010), but we weren't where we wanted and needed to be with all four teams. We've made the right adjustments, and I'm excited to go racing with this lineup."

Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 194 race victories and a record 10 car owner championships in NASCAR's premier division, the Sprint Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Sprint Cup circuit with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Headquartered in Concord, N.C., Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 500 people. For more information, please visit, and

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The Cool Down Lap: Could Jimmie Johnson be NASCAR’s best all time?

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The Cool Down Lap: Could Jimmie Johnson be NASCAR’s best all time?

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(November 22, 2010)

In the aftermath of Jimmie Johnson’s fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup title, is it blasphemy to mention the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet in the same breath with seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt?
Ray Evernham, for one, doesn’t think Johnson is part of that conversation yet, but the champion crew chief and ESPN analyst acknowledges he soon could be.
“If they get this one, then seven looks pretty doable, doesn’t it?” Evernham said Saturday, before the championship was decided.
A day later, Johnson secured the fifth championship methodically and relentlessly, despite a series of substandard pit stops. And if truth be told, he won the title with a car that, throughout the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, wasn’t as fast as those of his two rivals, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.
Nonetheless, Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and team owner Rick Hendrick found a way to win, and in the words of Mike Ford, Hamlin’s crew chief, they found a source of motivation to help them.
Ford called out the No. 48 team after Hamlin won at Texas to take a 33-point lead in the Chase. According to Evernham, that lit a fire in Rick Hendrick.
“Mike Ford did a great job motivating his own team, but he motivated Rick Hendrick just as bad—and that can be a bad thing,” Evernham said.
It’s no coincidence that Hendrick called a three-hour competition meeting after the Texas race.
“It made a difference, for sure,” Johnson told Sporting News after Sunday’s race. “I think it was more of an internal thing where, in any sport, you’re looking for some comment or something to rally the troops around, and we used that to rally our guys.
“It worked well for us. I’m not sure if it was the sole cause of the big three-hour meeting—we knew that we were a little off as a company this year and maybe not as sharp as we needed to be in all aspects.”
Regardless, Johnson survived the closest Chase since the introduction of the format in 2004 and can turn his attention to what inevitably will be called the “six pack.”
For the record, Johnson now has one more championship than the man who brought him into the sport, teammate Jeff Gordon. That puts Johnson third all time in just nine full seasons of Cup racing. Only one other driver, Cale Yarborough, has won as many as three consecutive titles.
As formidable as his record is, Johnson understands that his accomplishments will be appreciated more fully 10 or 20 years from now than they are today.
“I believe that in my heart,” Johnson said. “There’s been a lot of questions about respect—if I get the due respect. I feel that I do, and I know in time it’ll continue to grow. It’s just hard in the present for the entire NASCAR fan base to appreciate what I’ve done, because they want their guy to win. In time, I’ll probably get more credit than I probably deserve.
“When I start to think of what five championships mean—Earnhardt and Petty ahead of me, Jeff behind me—so many weird thoughts, crazy thoughts go through my mind. Jeff gave me this opportunity, brought me here. I watched what he did first-hand and put him on such a pedestal, and to match him last year and to be one ahead of him this year and be close to Earnhardt and Petty, I can’t even comprehend it.
“It’s unbelievable.”
Perhaps, but it’s also real—and so is Johnson’s opportunity to elevate his stature to the level of the two seven-time champions, perhaps beyond them.
What should be a daunting thought to his competition is that he still has plenty of time to do it.

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2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Championship Fast Facts
Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sunday, November 21, 2010

Driver Champion: Jimmie Johnson

Team: No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet

 Jimmie Johnson has won an unprecedented fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Last season, he became the first driver in series history to win four consecutive titles.

 Johnson’s five championships put him in sole possession of third on the all-time list, two behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

 Johnson finished 39 points ahead of second-place Denny Hamlin.

 Johnson is the first driver in the Chase era to overcome a points deficit going into the season finale to win the championship. Only two other drivers have accomplished the feat since the inception of the current points
system in 1975 (Richard Petty in 1979 and Alan Kulwicki in 1992).

 Johnson won one Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2010. He has won at least one race in every

Chase since its inception in 2004. He is the all-time Chase wins leader, with 19.

 Johnson finished the 2010 season with six wins, 17 top fives and 23 top 10s.

Owner Champion: Hendrick Motorsports

 This is Hendrick Motorsports’ 10th series owner championship, breaking a tie for most all-time. Hendrick had previously been tied with Petty Enterprises at nine owner championships.

 This is Hendrick Motorsports’ 13th NASCAR national series owner championship, extending its all-time

 Hendrick Motorsports becomes the first team to win five consecutive championships. It was the first to win
four straight, from 1995-98 (Jeff Gordon in 1995 and 1997-98; Terry Labonte 1996).

Crew Chief Champion: Chad Knaus

 Chad Knaus won his fifth consecutive championship, extending his crew chief record for consecutive

NASCAR Sprint Cup championships. In 2008, Knaus set the record with three consecutive championships.

 Knaus moves into sole possession of second-place on the all-time crew chief championships list, with five.

Dale Inman is the all-time leader in crew chief championships, with eight.

 Knaus has 51 career series wins, all with Jimmie Johnson.

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History at Homestead-Miami Speedway: “Drive for Five” Complete

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History at Homestead-Miami Speedway: “Drive for Five” Complete

On a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon, Homestead-Miami Speedway served as host to a
one-race shootout to decide the closest Sprint Cup Championship Chase in NASCAR history.
And when it was over, Jimmie Johnson had prevailed as the series’ points Champion for an
unprecedented fifth straight season. Carl Edwards took the day’s checkered flag in the Ford 400.
Denny Hamlin entered Ford Championship Weekend with a 15-point lead over four-time reigning
Champion Johnson and just a 46-point margin over Kevin Harvick. With the points so tight, the
Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship was close enough that one spin or poor pit stop could
determine whether Johnson would stretch his unprecedented Championship streak to five, or if
Hamlin or Harvick would put an end to one of the most dominating runs in sports history.
Unfortunately for Hamlin, that mistake came on Lap 25 as a result of slight contact with Greg Biffle’s Ford Fusion. The incident sent Hamlin to the rear of the field with damage to the front
end of his car after having started in 38th-place. Johnson, meanwhile, would run the cleanest race
of the three Championship contenders and finish second to race winner Edwards.
"I am just so proud to be in this position and so thankful to have my great race team,” said
Johnson, who claimed the 2010 Sprint Cup crown by 39 points over Hamlin. “Yeah, I mean,
gosh, I've always told you guys that the first Championship, first win, that stuff has meant the
most to me This one, I think this takes the lead.”
"We had a great year, we won the most races that we ever won,” said Hamlin, who took eight
checkered flags in 2010. “We contended like we've never contended before and just
circumstances took us out of this one.”
Johnson entered Ford Championship Weekend in a different position than those of years past—
that is to say, trailing in the points standings. To capture the Sprint Cup for a fifth consecutive
season, the No. 48 would have to take an aggressive approach rather than a defensive stance
aimed at simply protecting his lead. And in doing so, the Hendrick Motorsports legend captured
the first come-from-behind Championship in the seven-year life of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship—all hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway.
After taking the lead while leaving the pits on Lap 188 (of 267), Harvick was assessed a pit-road
speeding penalty to drop him all the way back to 29th place.
"I don't think that penalty will ever settle in my stomach," said Harvick, who finished third in the race and third in the final 2010 Sprint Cup Series standings, 41 points back of Johnson. "Only a
handful of people get to see the pit road speeds, so I won't ever settle for that."
On Lap 204, Johnson was shown to have the Championship points lead by just two points over
Hamlin, and the crown was all-but decided on Lap 237 when Johnson, Hamlin and Harvick all
pitted out of sequence from the field. In the end, the three NASCAR Championship contenders

combined to lead the points standings after 35 of the season's 36 races.
While the focus of Sunday's Championship-finale Ford 400 was the battle for the Sprint Cup Championship, it was Edwards who drove his Ford Fusion to Victory Lane. The Ford Championship Weekend win was a second straight for the No. 99 after a 70-race winless streak.
“This is unreal….a great way to finish the season,” said Edwards. “Congratulations to Jimmie
Johnson—five championships in a row, that’s unreal.”
“We have had the highs and lows of the Chase,” Johnson said. “But to have it all come around
and to look every single one of my crew guys in the eyes on that stage tonight, there's a different
feeling about it. It is so cool.
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What Do Maury And Cruis'n USA Have In Common?

Posted by imelda sovzky on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Well, they're both pathetic, but that's not what I'm looking for.  The Drunk Driving episode, back when the Maury show had a shred of intellectual value:

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Drive for five complete
Jimmie Johnson finished second at Homestead to win his fifth consecutive Cup Series title.

Johnson wins fifth straight title as Edwards dominates Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Finishing one spot behind the dominant race-winning car of Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson claimed his record fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship Sunday in what more closely resembled a comedy of errors than the high drama fans had hoped for in the closest Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup ever.
Johnson overcame a succession of flawed pit stops to outrun Kevin Harvick (third Sunday) and Denny Hamlin (14th) in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Hamlin entered the race leading the standings by 15 points over Johnson, but an early spin scrubbed speed out of the car and left him fighting traffic, not fighting for the championship.
“It was like, ‘Who’s going to screw up the most?’ ” said Johnson’s team owner, Rick Hendrick, who won his 10th Cup title (five with Johnson, four with Jeff Gordon and one with Terry Labonte).
Edwards, who secured fourth place in the final standings, led 189 of 267 laps in winning his second straight Cup race and the 18th of his career.
Johnson finished 39 points ahead of Hamlin and 41 ahead of Harvick, who rallied from a pit road speeding penalty to run third. Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Aric Almirola and AJ Allmendinger finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Before the race was 25 laps old, Hamlin made a tough job much more difficult. His No. 11 Toyota, which had started the race 37th but had gained 18 positions in the first 23 laps, touched the No. 16 Ford of Greg Biffle as the cars sped through Turn 2 on Lap 24. Hamlin spun through the infield grass and damaged the front splitter.
Though Hamlin’s crew worked valiantly to repair the damage, the incident affected the handling just enough to keep Hamlin from making an aggressive run to the front.
Hamlin’s troubles were compounded when he was trapped a lap down during a cycle of pit stops and had to take a wave-around to the tail end of the lead lap. At that point Hamlin was fighting Harvick for second in the final standings, not for the title.
By Reid Spencer

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(November 21, 2010)
Paul Denton


Playing Some Initial D, Black Ops: The "Nuketown Secret," and RB

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EDIT: Updated a few days later.

Today, I wanted to go back to the old mall arcade where Daytona USA 2 once was.  Yes, there's still an arcade nearby that's alive and kicking.  So I'm checking it out to reminisce on old times and there's no change in the game lineup from a few months ago.  They've always been stubborn when it comes to games which is good if you're a fan of anything so you can play it for years (my Daytona 2 career was extended this way).  There's Initial D and Fast and the Furious, but that's it.  So I decide to give Initial D a try.  For 75 cents, it better be damn good cause I'm not paying a dollar for anything besides Daytona USA and stuff.

I really apologize for giving Initial D a hard time in the past.  It is one of Sega's creations after all.  I once was like, "This game's stupid, it's taking away from Daytona USA," which is sort of true, but I'd rather have Initial D than that Cruis'n/FnF junk.  Before today, I only played the game once a few years ago with a broken steering wheel.  So I was going in cold turkey here.

So I picked the '98 Subaru WRX, manual (yeah baby), that easy level, the second guy (2-stars).  I whoop his ass.  1:00 first lap, :58 next two laps.  It's fun drifting and stuff.  I don't like how you can rub off the walls like they're coated in vaseline (see Gran Turismo) but other than that, get a few powerslides going OutRun 2-style.  I can assure you I wasn't wall-riding or driving like a lunatic.  It was good, made me feel happy afterwards...  I didn't buy a card though but I found one lying around with a Honda S2000 with the name "MUNKY" but I don't know if I wanna use that one.  I'm a big Subaru guy anyway.

I'll say this.  If a decent Initial D port is released someday, I'll try it out.  It has to be something for Xbox 360 and all that.  I hear the most recent Ridge Racer is okay, but I don't's Ridge Racer...RIDGE RACER!!!...that we're talking about.


About NASCAR's Sprint Cup, this is the final race of the season.  This race is at Homestead, Miami (during the day which sucks).  It's between Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Kevin Harvick.  Johnson is only a few points behind but he has a much greater starting position than the others so he'll probably win again.  I don't have a favorite here.  I know no one really cares but it's worth mentioning cause of the Daytona-themed blog and all.

UPDATE: Jimmie Johnson won; this is his 5th straight title.  Hamlin and Harvick, you are both chokers who should be ashamed of yourselves.


Now this has to do with Black Ops.  Anyway, Treyarch loves to put little easter eggs/mysteries in their games for astute gamers to try to solve.  We've seen clues in CoD:WaW zombie maps and with the GKNova/Henry Langham transmissions so this is not new.

There is a multiplayer map in the game called Nuketown.  It's a '50-style neighborhood in the middle of a desert built to demonstrate the results of an atom bomb test.  In this map, there are 30 mannequins lying around.  In one interview, a developer dropped a little tidbit--if you shoot off all the mannequins' heads in a certain amount of time from the start of the match, you unlock a "secret."  So people scrambled to see what this secret was, but it was obscenely difficult because the mannequins are in random locations every time.

People made up stories about what happened when you accomplished the goal, though no one had any proof because "they forgot to record it" or "they didn't have a camera."  Remember, pics or it didn't happen.  According to rumors, this event triggered a combination of any of the following:

* Screen fades to pitch black
* Warning sirens go off
* Red strobe lights
* Military planes drop napalm
* MW2-style nuke countdown occurs
* Mannequins turn into zombies
* Mannequins drop weapons
* Unlock a new zombie map
* Unlock a new title
* The map goes from a standard multiplayer to a zombie game on the spot

Well some people actually did it.  And do you know what happened?

The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" starts playing over the speakers.  That's all.  Proof:

The same song plays in one of the campaign missions (shooting up Charlie on a gunboat).  So Treyarch loves messing with the people, I love it.


Ooh, one more thing.  This is Rock Band 3 we're talking about.  I was fooling around with my capture card, playing a random setlist and I got that Ace of Spades Expert Guitar FC just like that (FC = hit 100% of the notes without breaking your combo).  What an absolute shock.  I played this song like 100 times before and I always missed one or two notes.  It's not that hard of an FC though.  I also FCed Carry On Wayward Son, Welcome Home, Monkey Wrench, The Metal, Pinball Wizard, Smooth Criminal.  I have screen captures of these for proof.  Hwevero, this video's just for fun.  Check out the cool characters.

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Posted by imelda sovzky on Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sorry, I want to talk about Sega racers too, but I saw this article and I wanted to address something...

Music Games are on the decline...

In 2008, music games - think series like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, SingStar & DJ Hero - made over $1.6 billion. In 2009, that dropped by almost half, down to $870 million, and in 2010, well...things are looking even worse.

From January through to October, music games have yet to break the $250 million mark. Which considering this is a year which has seen Rock Band 3 (which is a great game), a new Guitar Hero game and a new DJ Hero title is dismal reading.

It's worth saying that I'm a big Rock Band fan who doesn't like Guitar Hero.  You know that.  Anyway, business is business and if people don't buy RB stuff anymore, then well, that's the way that it is.  It does suck that Viacom has sold Harmonix (which I talked about earlier) which means that Rock Band could be without financial support for a while.  This is when things get hairy, but not much I can do about it now.

But that's not the point.   There's some idiotic assertions that I hear quite often and I want to address them.  Here goes:

If the genre's profits are down, then it must mean the games suck. - Bull.  If anything, all the hyperactive little Guitar Hero 3/World Tour kids jumped ship so it's time for the REAL Rock Band fans to come through.  The newer Guitar Hero games tanked anyway so with their numbers down, it makes RB looks worse than it really does.

And another thing--you have to expect the number of peripherals sold to decrease over time.  I already own three RB guitars, two RB drums, and three USB microphones.  I just bought RB3 ($60) and skipped the keyboard ($80).  Most people already own the instruments so expect less profit to be made.  Makes sense, right?

It's only a party game. - Well, the name of the game is Rock BAND so naturally you will want to play with other people.  However, look at it this way--what OTHER games "need" multiplayer?  Let's look at Call of Duty, Halo, any FPS.  So you're just going to play the single-player campaign on your own?  Or are you going to play with other people?  So WHAT if some games are fun with other people?  You're right, cause it's more fun to just play my little RPGs all by myself.

And another thing--you don't need other people to play the game.  As a matter of fact, other people can be annoying.  Ever tried to play for high scores?  Ever tried challenging yourself?  Ever tried to take the game a bit more seriously than that one time you were drunk at your friend's house and you couldn't even hit 25% of the notes on Easy?  Look at Pac-Man, you're eating dots like you hit notes in RB.  So Pac-Man sucks because it doesn't have simultaneous multiplayer?  Screw it.

You want to know where the REAL GH/RB players are?  Check out Score Hero.

The music market is oversatured. - Thank Guitar Hero and Activision for releasing about five music games a year.  Also weird stuff like Power Gig and Rock Revolution.  Since Guitar Hero has the benefit of the name behind it, most people think Guitar Hero is the definitive standard while Rock Band is a ripoff.  However, it's the other way around.  So when Guitar Hero sucks, Rock Band takes a hit too.

And about Rock Band, you have a few recent titles.  You have RB: The Beatles which is a shrine to probably the most popular band in the world.  You've got Lego Rock Band and RB: Green Day which are moreso cop-outs but they at least focus on the material at hand rather than have 30 songs from the title band and another 30 from miscellaneous bands (see GH: Metallica/Van Halen).  Also you can import these songs (barring The Beatles) to major RB titles which makes them leagues over GH where new games are basically separate expansion packs with little connectivity to each other.  Pathetic on GH's part.

And if you want to see oversaturation, just look at all the FPSes available, there you go.  There's only a handful of decent music games while there a ton of viable FPSes.  FPSes up your ass.

There's nothing new to the series, just same-old, same-old. - Rock Band 3 added Pro Guitar/Bass, Pro Keyboards, Pro Drums.  It also added a bevy of other options (such as convenient No-Fail switch) that make the game more accessible to veterans of the series.

If you've been paying attention, then you'll see that Rock Band receives new DLC songs on a weekly basis.  Click here to see a big-ass list.  Currently over 2000 songs!  Now you're not stuck to playing the same 50-80 songs over and over again!

But seriously, take a look at Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Assassin's Creed, God of War.  Anything REALLY new about these games?  You get your guns or knives, you kill the other guys.  Maybe there's a few new maps and game modes, but nothing significant.  Besides, when significant changes are made, everyone hates them (ex. see MW2's "unbalanced" perks).  Also, sports games like Madden, NBA 2K whatever, same thing with a roster update and a few new touches every year.

What I'm trying to say is....why does Rock Band need to reinvent the wheel?  Why does it suck but other games are fine?  Really?

I don't see what's fun about playing little scrolling notes on the screen/It's repetitive. -  Have you ever tried to play the game past the Medium difficulty?  Ever play on Expert where you get your hands dirty with some big solos and tough chord changes?  If you play on Easy/Medium, most every song in the same.  But when you get to Hard/Expert, the game really becomes taxing.  Try playing for high scores too in solo and band play!  If scores are stupid, then why bother keeping score in ANY game you play?  Really...

Oh, and you don't necessarily have to play Guitar/Bass.  Try drums.  Everyone loves drums.  You have four pads and a foot pedal.  It's a completely different experience.  Or if you don't like that, try singing.  Yes, vocals are fun too.

And what makes it better is that you get to listen to some great music too!  You gotta feel the music, man.  I love incorporating some of my favorite Classic Rock hits into a challenging game...and no, Audiosurf doesn't count since it's not rhythm-based in the slightest.

And most of all, this is a game that really tests your's like sports, chess, card-stacking, what have you.  Not like Zelda or Final Fantasy where you read a guide beforehand and it gives you steps on what to do.  This is the purest form of gaming--play for high score and don't "die."  That's why it's quite intruging.

I get tired of playing the same songs over and over again. - Go buy some DLC.*  Buy Rock Band 1/2 and Lego RB and import songs to your RB3 library (you must get RB2/Lego new though).  You can easily up your library 250+ songs for a modest price.

See, this is what I appreciate about Rock Band.  They actually try to compile hundreds of songs in the same game.  MAJOR CONTENT OVERLOAD.  That makes me happy.  On the other hand, Guitar Hero has a bunch of extra games which act like expansion packs.  Want to play song X?  Well, pop in this CD.  Want to play song Y?  Oops, that's not on the game you have in now, turn off the game and put in another.  Rock Band 3 circumvents this to a grand extent (no Beatles and a few licensed songs) can play most every song you own in the game.  How sweet is that?

To be fair, GH5 has some import features, but lose so many songs due to licensing and the DLC library sucks.  GH is just weak when it comes to gathering a huge setlist.

Rock Band is ruining the music industry/It's for lazy people who want to play real instruments. - That's stupid.  I have zero interest in playing real guitar or being in a band.  My only musical experience comes from piano lessons for several years.  I want to hit those little notes and listen to music at the same time.  And if anything, playing Rock Band has enhanced my musical knowledge ten-fold.  I know plenty more bands than I did before.  So I have to thank Rock Band for what they've done.

I'm no good at it. - Go buy the game and practice.  Cry me a river.

I've played Rock Band and I just don't like it. -  Assuming you actually gave the game a fair shot, then there's no way that I can debate this.  It's like trying to persuade to like baseball or NASCAR--you can't strap them to a chair and force them to like it.  Just give the series some props while you're at it; that's all I ask.


* -  Get started by checking out these sites for recommended DLC so you don't get duped into buying a "stupid" song:

DLC Quickplay, RBDLC, My Top 10 Recommended DLC

That's it.  If there's any other questions that I think of, then I'll address them.  Adios, will post other stuff later.
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Notebook: France still may tinker with Chase format

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Notebook: France still may tinker with Chase format

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Why mess with a good thing?
In NASCAR’s view, to make it better.
Even though this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has produced a nearly ideal down-to-the-wire scenario, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said Friday the sanctioning body will consider changes to the format during the offseason, if changes can make the title race more exciting.
The holy grail for France is high-impact, “Game 7” moments that focus attention on the sport and generate buzz in the closing weeks of the season. That’s certainly the case this year, with Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick preparing to decide the championship in Sunday’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
With Hamlin leading Johnson by 15 points and Harvick by 46, the championship probably won’t be decided until the closing laps. That’s what France would like to see every year, if possible.
Asked if the success of this year’s Chase might convince NASCAR to preserve the status quo, France demurred.
“No, we will look at it,” he said. “What I like is, what I said earlier, a winner-take-all, if you will; and watching someone not just have to run well, but have to beat some other people. That is feeling to us like that's exactly what we want. And by the way, it's exactly what the drivers want. It's working out that way this year.
“Let me say this. Right now, almost every sports league, almost everyone, including the NCAA Tournament last year, is looking around at what they need to do to change their formats a little or a lot, depending on who they are, to make sure that their playoffs or their championship runs are what they want them to be. And we are no different.”

Hamlin in Johnson’s head?
For two days, Johnson has questioned Hamlin’s state of mind at every opportunity.
Asked Friday how he slept on Thursday night, Johnson replied, “I slept great. I don’t know if Denny did, but I know I did. Last night was awesome.”
Hamlin, however, suggested that Johnson’s constant mentions of Hamlin’s name might indicate that the four-time defending Cup champion was fixated on the points leader.
“If he keeps bringing up my name, he’s pretty much worried about me,” Hamlin said. “That’s all I’ll say. You’re not going to say you’re not worried and you’re relaxed and everything, but keep bringing up my name.”
Hamlin will have to make up considerable ground to see Johnson’s head, much less get inside it on Sunday. Hamlin starts 37th in the Ford 400, 31 positions behind Johnson.

Going, going, Gaughan
Rusty Wallace Racing announced Friday the hiring of Michael Annett to drive RWR’s No. 62 Toyota in the Nationwide Series next year.
Annett, 24, will replace Brendan Gaughan, who will return to NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series full time in a Toyota fielded by Germain Racing, the organization that fields the No. 30 Toyota for truck series champion Todd Bodine.
Gaughan, 35, last raced full time in the truck series in 2008 and has eight wins in 162 starts. His best season was 2003, when he won six races and finished fourth in the standings.
Annett is completing his second full Nationwide season in Germain’s No. 15 Toyota. He finished 10th in the series last year and is 13th going into Saturday’s season finale at Homestead.

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Kahne wins Homestead pole

Posted by imelda sovzky on Friday, November 19, 2010

Kahne wins Homestead pole; Hamlin will start 37th

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Denny Hamlin has a lot of work to do.
Immediately after Kasey Kahne posted a lap good enough to win his first Coors Light Pole Award in the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota, Denny Hamlin resigned himself to tempting fate in his quest for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title.
Kahne (176.904 mph) and Carl Edwards (176.725 mph) will share the front row in Sunday’s season-ending Ford 400 after pacing Friday’s qualifying session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Hamlin, who holds a 15-point lead over four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, will start 37th at 174.407 mph. Johnson, on the other hand, qualified sixth at 176.482 mph. Kevin Harvick, who trails Hamlin by 46 points and is the only other driver with a shot at the championship, will start 28th.
After failing to find speed during practice, Hamlin switched to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch’s qualifying setup for time trials. It didn’t help.
“It was just too tight,” Hamlin said. “We didn’t improve (after the change), but our car’s going to be fine (in race trim). We know that. This is a track you can pass on. We’re looking forward to that part of it. Friday has just never been our strong suit, so we’ve got to battle back again.”
Johnson had hoped to make a run at the pole, but he was pleased with his starting position.
“We came down really well organized with scenarios we wanted to work with on the car if the handling went a certain way, and stuff worked as we had hoped, which was nice to see,” said Johnson, who can win his fifth straight title by winning Sunday and leading the most laps.
“So, I’m excited about how we’ll start the race, and then I’m also looking forward to practice tomorrow. There’s some work to do there and, we’ll get on top of things and have some fun.”
Kahne will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday to correct a congenital condition. Kahne characterized the elective surgery as cleaning up the areas around his knees.
“I look forward to Sunday’s race,” said Kahne, who won his fourth pole of the season (three of which came with Richard Petty Motorsports) and the 20th of his career. “It’ll be exciting, being up front and being in the mix. Denny, Harvick and Jimmie—they’re all going to be fast throughout the race. I’m glad we are (fast) so far. I hope we can stick with it (Saturday), have a good practice and be competitive and in the mix on Sunday.”
Jamie McMurray claimed the third starting position, followed by Bill Elliott and AJ Allmendinger. Michael McDowell and Patrick Carpentier failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

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