GORDON ENDS DROUGHT

Posted by imelda sovzky on Monday, February 28, 2011


2/28/2011
While fans at Phoenix International Raceway said goodbye to the track’s old racing surface and configuration, Jeff Gordon bid adieu to a winless streak of 66 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Gordon pulled away from Kyle Busch during the closing laps for victory in the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ at PIR.

At the end of a caution period, the field restarted on lap 291, with 22 to go. Gordon was in third place behind leader Tony Stewart on the outside and Busch inside the front row in second place. Busch galloped to the lead over Stewart, who had gambled to improve his track position by taking two tires on lap 283. When Gordon drove his Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet past Stewart for second place, he took off after Busch. Gordon caught him on lap 305, tapped the Combos Toyota just enough to cause a slight bobble in turn four by Busch, who was looking for a sweep of NASCAR’s three main events this weekend. Gordon drove under Busch in turn one and was on his way with the checkered flag soon in sight.
“I knew Jeff was going to catch me,” explained Busch. “He drifted up into me in turn one, but it made no difference. Jeff was too strong.”
Gordon’s victory was the 83rd of his Cup career and tied him for fourth all-time with Cale Yarborough. Richard Petty remains well in front with 200 wins.
Two wrecks considerably impacted the outcome. Busch, by his own admission, accidentally caused the first on lap 60 when his car got loose, and in correcting it he cut down into pole-sitter Carl Edwards. “I apologize to Carl Edwards,” said Busch. “It was my fault, and I completely destroyed his race.”
Edwards’ SUBWAY Ford received considerable damage, much to his and his crew’s frustration. Edwards said, “Our car was so good, we should have been fighting for the win.” Instead he finished 28th, 60 laps off Gordon’s pace.
The second accident came right after the next restart, and it was a “big one” that collected 13 cars and was reminiscent of the kind of wrecks created by the tight racing on restrictor-plate tracks. It started when Brian Vickers got loose, and when it was over, dozens of crew members were rushing to the garage to try to quickly repair their crushed cars.
Gordon was understandably happy afterward, saying, “It’s been a long time, I know.” He also saluted the ticket-holders of PIR. “I’m happy the fans stuck around for my lame burnout. I’m pretty bad at them,” he laughed.
Gordon’s teammate, Jimmie Johnson, suffered through a slow, late pit stop but rallied to a third place finish. Kevin Harvick finished fourth, and Ryan Newman was fifth.



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Late surge helps Gordon break 66-race drought

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Late surge helps Gordon break 66-race drought


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Jeff Gordon didn’t just drive to end hunger Sunday—he drove to end a famine.
With a convincing victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 1.137 seconds, Gordon ended a 66-race winless streak dating to April 2009 at Texas.
The win was Gordon’s second at the one-mile flat track and the 83rd of his career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the NASCAR Sprint Cup victory list.
He won for the first time in his second start with crew chief Alan Gustafson and in his second race under “Drive to end hunger” sponsorship, an initiative of AARP.
“Pinch me, man. Pinch me,” Gordon said in mock disbelief, after killing his engine in an ill-fated burnout on the frontstretch.
Five-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson finished third after starting 28th. Kevin Harvick came home fourth, a substantial improvement over his 42nd-place result in last week’s Daytona 500, and Ryan Newman claimed fifth.
Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10.
In victory lane, Gordon was positively bubbly.
“God, it feels so amazing,” the four-time Cup champion said. “I can’t tell you how amazing this feels. So thankful to (owner) Rick Hendrick, all that he does. It’s been a long time, I know. I’m going to savor this one so much, but I’ve got to say thanks to the fans.
“I mean not only the fans at home—I’ve been tweeting lately for the first time and all of the stuff that people have been saying, the motivation has been unbelievably inspiring. And then to see that crowd stick around to see my really lame burnout—because I stink at them—but they love that show. Man, we hope we can give them some more shows like that this year.”
Taking the lead on Lap 304 of 312, Gordon prevented Busch from achieving the second weekend sweep of his career. Busch had won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday’s Nationwide Series event.
On Sunday, however, he fell nine laps and one position short of matching the feat he accomplished at Bristol last August, when he became the first driver to win races in all three of NASCAR’s top national touring series at the same track on the same weekend.
“There’s always got to be the one car out there to ruin the whole weekend,” Busch quipped. “Today it was the 24.”
Gordon nosed to the inside of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota at the start-finish line and cleared him in Turn 1 to complete the winning pass.
“He was gaining on me really good, and I knew he was going to get to me eventually, and this place is so flat and it’s one groove that we all run the bottom,” Busch said of the sequence where Gordon got to his bumper on Lap 304.
“He got so tucked up behind me in (Turns) 3 and 4, he got me loose, and I could not put the gas down,” Busch said. “I mean, he was so far up underneath me that I could not go forward.”
Busch, at least, could find some degree of consolation in taking over the lead in the series standings by three points over his brother, Kurt.
Gordon had to survive a number of early wrecks, including a 13-car pileup on the backstretch that blocked the track with crippled cars and stopped the action on Lap 67.
Slight contact between Matt Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford and Brian Vickers’ No. 83 Toyota cut Vickers’ left rear tire and ignited a wild wreck that damaged the cars of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland, Bobby Labonte, Regan Smith, Andy Lally and Robby Gordon.
“We’re all better racecar drivers than this,” a disgusted Bowyer said after the incident. “It’s pretty embarrassing, to be honest with you.”
The wreck occurred eight laps after contact between Kyle Busch and the No. 99 Ford of polesitter Carl Edwards sent Edwards into the Turn 3 wall. Edwards, who entered the race with the points lead, was able to return to the race but finished 28th, 52 laps back.
I’m not exactly sure what happened,” Edwards said. “I’ll have to talk to Kyle about it. I thought at first he was just frustrated and he turned left to get back in line and he didn’t know I was there. But I watched the tape, and I think he really did get loose. He hit me hard, and I was left with nothing.”
Busch acknowledged responsibility for the wreck, saying repeatedly he owed an apology to Edwards.
By Reid Spencer

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service





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Days Of Thunder XBL Preview

Posted by imelda sovzky on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oh, this one I heard about days ago, but it slipped my mind until now.  There's a Days of Thunder game for Xbox Live Arcade.  It's 800 MSP.  From what I heard, it is pleasantly average.  I should've downloaded the demo but I was too busy playing Pro Keys on Rock Band 3, please forgive me.  I'm sorry--Rock Band is that engrossing that it can distract me from paramount news.

Going for the edgy Burnout angle here...whatever.

Kind of strange that they went back 20 years to get the Days of Thunder license, but at least they bypass the NASCAR license which isn't too bad.  The game has both oval and technical tracks which is nice cause it keeps in line with Daytona USA tradition.



I'm guessing the framerate sucks because of the recording.  Actually, this video does suck so ignore the FPS.  No way you release a game with 5 FPS nowadays unless you want to the lynch mob to knock on your front door.  Pwned.



Actual in-game footage.  It looks better than I expected...  To be fair, the game looks like it has potential cause it looks loose and free-wheeling.  I also noticed how you can go up to 220 mph (354 kph) which is certainly nice compared to the lame-o 190 mph races of real-life NASCAR.  Too bad you can't powerslide.  I doubt it'll ever live up to Sega racing expectations though.

Game sucks on GameFAQs.
Game sucks on Joystiq.

I hope this game is good, really, I do.  I assume I will post further opinions when I actually play the demo.

EDIT: Just played the demo, I thought it was good.  Controls are a bit fidgety but this isn't like Mario Kart, it's a bit tougher than that.  Will post more about this later.

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Obligatory movie footage, rubbin' is racing, yada yada yada...let's get an actual movie clip in here, something for you to analyze:



PLEASE DON'T GET DELETED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Down and dirty racing...  Now make a Talladega Nights game next, lololol.


"If you ain't first, you're last."

SHAKE AND BAKE

P.S. Why does Internet Explorer suck so bad.
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Late Surge Helps Gordon Break 66-Race Drought

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In Play Magazine

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
Trevor Bayne saw the fairy-tale start to his season come to an
end when he hit the wall in Turn 1 on Lap 50 of the
SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR
AVONDALE, Ariz.—Jeff Gordon didn’t just drive to end hunger Sunday—he drove to end a famine.

With a convincing victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he beat runner-up Kyle Busch to the checkered flag by 1.137 seconds, Gordon ended a 66-race winless streak dating to April 2009 at Texas.

The win was Gordon’s second at the one-mile flat track and the 83rd of his career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the NASCAR Sprint Cup victory list.

He won for the first time in his second start with crew chief Alan Gustafson and in his second race under "Drive to end hunger" sponsorship, an initiative of AARP.

"Pinch me, man. Pinch me," Gordon said in mock disbelief, after killing his engine in an ill-fated burnout on the frontstretch.

Five-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson finished third after starting 28th. Kevin Harvick came home fourth, a substantial improvement over his 42nd-place result in last week’s Daytona 500, and Ryan Newman claimed fifth.

Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top 10.

In victory lane, Gordon was positively bubbly.

"God, it feels so amazing," the four-time Cup champion said. "I can’t tell you how amazing this feels. So thankful to (owner) Rick Hendrick, all that he does. It’s been a long time, I know. I’m going to savor this one so much, but I’ve got to say thanks to the fans.

"I mean not only the fans at home—I’ve been tweeting lately for the first time and all of the stuff that people have been saying, the motivation has been unbelievably inspiring. And then to see that crowd stick around to see my really lame burnout—because I stink at them—but they love that show. Man, we hope we can give them some more shows like that this year."

Taking the lead on Lap 304 of 312, Gordon prevented Busch from achieving the second weekend sweep of his career. Busch had won Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race and Saturday’s Nationwide Series event.
Polesitter Carl Edwards saw his chances to win the race come to an end early, when he
was involved in a five-car accident on Lap 59. Edwards finished 28th, 60 laps down.
Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
On Sunday, however, he fell nine laps and one position short of matching the feat he accomplished at Bristol last August, when he became the first driver to win races in all three of NASCAR’s top national touring series at the same track on the same weekend.

"There’s always got to be the one car out there to ruin the whole weekend," Busch quipped. "Today it was the 24."

Gordon nosed to the inside of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota at the start-finish line and cleared him in Turn 1 to complete the winning pass.

"He was gaining on me really good, and I knew he was going to get to me eventually, and this place is so flat and it’s one groove that we all run the bottom," Busch said of the sequence where Gordon got to his bumper on Lap 304.
After passing Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon pulled away to win
the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 by 1.137 seconds.
Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images
"He got so tucked up behind me in (Turns) 3 and 4, he got me loose, and I could not put the gas down," Busch said. "I mean, he was so far up underneath me that I could not go forward."

Busch, at least, could find some degree of consolation in taking over the lead in the series standings by three points over his brother, Kurt.

Gordon had to survive a number of early wrecks, including a 13-car pileup on the backstretch that blocked the track with crippled cars and stopped the action on Lap 67.

Jeff Gordon celebrates his SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at
Phoenix International Raceway.
The victory was the 83rd of his career, tying him with
Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-time wins list.
Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

Slight contact between Matt Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford and Brian Vickers’ No. 83 Toyota cut Vickers’ left rear tire and ignited a wild wreck that damaged the cars of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland, Bobby Labonte, Regan Smith, Andy Lally and Robby Gordon.

"We’re all better racecar drivers than this," a disgusted Bowyer said after the incident. "It’s pretty embarrassing, to be honest with you."
 
The wreck occurred eight laps after contact between Kyle Busch and the No. 99 Ford of polesitter Carl Edwards sent Edwards into the Turn 3 wall. Edwards, who entered the race with the points lead, was able to return to the race but finished 28th, 52 laps back.

"I’m not exactly sure what happened," Edwards said. "I’ll have to talk to Kyle about it. I thought at first he was just frustrated and he turned left to get back in line and he didn’t know I was there. But I watched the tape, and I think he really did get loose. He hit me hard, and I was left with nothing."

Busch acknowledged responsibility for the wreck, saying repeatedly he owed an apology to Edwards.

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Jeff Gordon wins Phoenix Cup race

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Jeff Gordon wins Phoenix Cup race


By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(February 27, 2011)

AVONDALE, Ariz.--Jeff Gordon won Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for his first Sprint Cup Series win since April 2009.
The victory was Gordon’s 83rd and ties him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the all-time list. Darrell Waltrip is fourth with 84 wins.
Gordon passed Kyle Busch on Lap 304 of 312. Busch had taken the lead from Tony Stewart after the last restart on Lap 291. Gordon passed Stewart on the next lap and methodically cut into Busch’s lead.
“Welcome back, baby. Welcome back,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said as Gordon took the checkered flag.
“That’s why I love racing,” Gordon shouted. “Hell, yeah.”
Gordon had to survive a number of early wrecks, including a 13-car pileup on the backstretch that blocked the track with crippled cars and stopped the action on Lap 67.
Slight contact between Matt Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford and Brian Vickers’ No. 83 Toyota cut Vickers’ left rear tire and ignited a wild wreck that damaged the cars of Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland, Bobby Labonte, Regan Smith, Andy Lally and Robby Gordon.
“We’re all better racecar drivers than this,” a disgusted Bowyer said after the incident. “It’s pretty embarrassing, to be honest with you.”
The wreck occurred eight laps after contact between the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch and the No. 99 Ford of polesitter Carl Edwards sent Edwards into the Turn 3 wall. Edwards, who entered the race with the points lead, was able to return to the race but finished well back.
“I’m not exactly sure what happened,” Edwards said. “I’ll have to talk to Kyle about it. I thought at first he was just frustrated and he turned left to get back in line and he didn’t know I was there. But I watched the tape, and I think he really did get loose. He hit me hard, and I was left with nothing.”
The race ended early for Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne. Forced to a backup car when brake failure caused him to wreck during Friday’s practice, Bayne backed his No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 50 after contact from Travis Kvapil’s Ford.
“Either I came up, or he poked his nose in there at the last second on the top of us, getting into (Turn 1), Bayne said. “After that, there was nothing we could do. I tried to stay in the gas and keep it turning, but it just backed into the wall.
“That’s tough, coming off our high at Daytona, to come to this, but we’ve got a great race team behind us. We’ll be back at Vegas (next Sunday).”



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JEFF GORDON WINS PHOENIX

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Phoenix International Raceway

7th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sun, February 27, 2011 @ 06:45 PM Eastern

Race Winner: Jeff Gordon
Age: 39
Team : No. 24 - Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
Owner: Rick Hendrick
Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson

Jeff Gordon won the 7th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, his 83rd victory in 619 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The victory matches Cale Yarborough for fifth in career wins.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2011. Gordon breaks 66-race winless streak dating to his last win on April 5, 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway.
This is his second victory and 18th top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He won this race in 2007.

Kyle Busch (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2011.
Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Andy Lally (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 3 points over Kurt Busch.

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Short-Term Events Of The FUTURE

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Heh, I have a surprise for you: my birthday is in two days.  March 1.  Well, it depends.  I was really born on February 29 which is Leap Day.  Since it's not a leap year, I don't know whether to celebrate on Monday (Feb 28) or Tuesday (March 1).  I don't even know what I want for my birthday.  I just want to go eat at a nice restaurant and enjoy the company of my friends & family.  Oh and cash, LOTS AND LOTS OF CASH.  And toy cars.  And a Daytona USA 2 cabinet.

And then if that weren't crazy enough, on March 8, I'm going on a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  I will also take a tour of the nearby Full Sail campus in Winter Park.  I hope it's good.  Road trips are the bane of my existence (10 hours).  But this I must do and I'll have fun and take lots of pictures.  I also have a 13-year-old brother who is also rambling about game design so he's stoked to visit Full Sail too.  I assume there will be internet connection wherever I go so I can post here in the meantime.

And March 8 is Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday) which means lots of parades here in Louisiana.  Now Mardi Gras is a French Catholic holiday which means lots of partying in the streets of New Orleans.  From January 6 to Fat Tuesday (which varies each year), they hold parades on city streets, usually on Sundays.  And at parades, people on floats throw stuff to screaming crowds.

I've yet to go to any parades this year--they throw too many cheap beads and doubloons.  And it's kind of funky, standing on a sidewalk next to a bunch of miscreants.  But I'm going to go to one before the Disney trip just for kicks.  Maybe I get a good haul--some stuffed animals, footballs, etc.  And take more pictures for the old Photobucket account!

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And if there's one more piece of news, it's that Guitar/DJ Hero DLC is making a comeback due to "fan support."  No way, this is BOGUS man.  Maybe, DJ Hero is at least something new so I can see why they'd revive that.  On the other hand, Guitar Hero has run its course and needs a complete series reboot after a LOOONNGGG period of waiting.  I really don't care what goes on with that "Hero" franchise anymore, do what you want Activision.

From article comments: Dropeti said, "Ah, ye old marketing strategy. Pretend you are going to take it away so that people realize they actually want it."   I think that sums it up.  EDIT: The DLC isn't going to last long--Activision is just finishing up on whatever they've yet to complete (one month's worth).  Ok, good, now go away GH.
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Notebook: Harvick will be test case for new points system

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Notebook: Harvick will be test case for new points system


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Kevin Harvick is in a position he would have preferred to avoid.
With an engine failure and a 42nd-place finish in last Sunday’s Daytona 500, Harvick is a guinea pig for NASCAR’s new simplified scoring system.
Consensus is that the new format, which awards 43 base points for a win down to one point for 43rd, will penalize poor finishes more than the old system, which paid 185 points for a victory (exclusive of bonus points) and 34 points for last place.
The math supports that. Under the scoring system in place from 1975 through last year, last place earned 18.4 percent of the winner’s point total. Under the format adopted before the start of the 2011 season, last place gets a mere 2.3 percent of the race winner’s share, thereby widening the gap between the top and bottom of the scale.
How many races will it take Harvick to climb back to the top of the standings? Odds are it will take him longer than it would have last year. Fortunately for Harvick, the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet had plenty of company at the back of the field at Daytona, as many of the drivers who typically populate the top 12 also had issues in the 500.
“The good thing for us is all the good cars had problems last week,” Harvick said. “I mean, there was maybe one or two guys that didn’t have problems. We’ve just got to do what we do on a week-to-week basis. I couldn’t even tell you who half the top 10 are. If you’re going to have a problem, last week was a good week to have it.”
Edwards takes the plunge in Las Vegas
Don’t tell Carl Edwards to go jump off a building—he just might do it.
Edwards, who isn’t averse to the occasional off-the-track adrenaline burst, jumped off the tower at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower earlier this week, as part of a promotion for the March 6 Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Edwards had a harness for protection and a cable to slow him, but that didn’t make the driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford any less nervous as he stood on the platform ready to jump to a landing pad 108 stories below.
“When they first said, ‘Hey, you can jump off the Stratosphere,’ they showed me a video of it, and I thought, ‘OK, no big deal—you’re all strapped in,’ ” Edwards said Friday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway, where he’ll race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race. “It’s not like you’re free-falling or something, but when I was standing (up there), I was literally 50-50.
“If there weren’t all those cameras and stuff, I might have just said, ‘I think I’ll just go down the slow way.’ I did not want to jump off that thing. But it was one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done, so it was really fun.”
Busch gets his thrills on the racetrack
Kyle Busch doesn’t jump off tall buildings like Edwards does.
Nor does he dive out of airplanes like Brian Vickers or brave the perils of street luge like Andy Lally.
“I’m not really an adrenaline junkie,” Busch said Saturday at PIR. “I think I get enough of my share, thanks. I have three races this weekend. I’m good. I’m plenty set. I don’t need my hair or my fingernails to grow any faster.”
Busch won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix and started from the pole in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. He wraps up the weekend with the Sprint Cup race Sunday.
“Skydiving is not me,” he said. “I’ve never done skiing or snowboarding or anything like that. I don’t know if I’m not a fan of cold or too lazy to go get skis and go to a lift or whatever.”
Off the racetrack, Busch gets his thrills—not surprisingly—by driving something.
“Sand cars, there you go,” Busch said. “Going out to the desert, having fun out in the sand and jumping across areas of sand dunes.”
When it comes to that pursuit, Busch is still on the bunny slope—unlike off-road ace Robby Gordon.
“He’s nuts,” Busch said. “I can’t keep up with Robby Gordon—he’s crazy.”
By Reid Spencer

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(February 26, 2011)










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Kyle Busch Wins……AGAIN!?!?!?

Posted by imelda sovzky on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yes you read the title right, Kyle Busch came across the finish line in 1st as the checkered flag flew, no close finish this weekend. Kyle Busch led all of the 200 laps this evening becoming the 1st driver since 2003 to lead all the laps in the race and take home the win. The only person who could have defeated Kyle was Carl Edwards who tried with his Ford Mustang around twenty to go, it wasn’t successful. Brad Keselowski got his second straight DNF after last week at Daytona. Before that Keselowski ran 102 consecutive Nationwide races. Some may have noticed, some may have not, but this weekend’s field only had forty(40) cars this is a first since 2008 that a Nationwide field has had fewer than forty-three (43) cars. Brian Scott saved it on the final lap as he got some what sideways. Ok now I have to mention it which I really don’t want to. Danica Patrick finished three laps down and got her third consecutive top twenty in the series and is currently ranked fourth in the standings but she will be out of NASCAR in March when IndyCar starts back up for 2011. And last but not least another thing I really don’t want to mention. Kyle Busch who starts fourth in tomorrow’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 could pull of another weekend sweep if he wins tomorrow. 

Carl Edwards finished second followed by Kevin Harvick in third, Ryan Newman in fourth and Reed Sorenson rounding out the top-five

Results

1. Kyle Busch

2. Carl Edwards

3. Kevin Harvick

4. Ryan Newman

5. Reed Sorenson

6. Joey Logano

7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

8. Justin Allgaier

9. Brian Scott

10. Kenny Wallace

11. Jason LEffler

12. Elliott Sadler

13. Aric Almirola

14. Ryan Truex

15. Joe Nemechek

16. Scott Wimmer

17. Danica Patrick

18. Josh Wise

19. Michael Annet
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20. Mike Bliss

21. Charles Lewandoski

22. Jeremy Clements

23. Derrike Cope

24. Robert Richardson Jr.

25. Eric McClure

26. Mike Wallace

27. Blake Koch

28. Shelby Howard

29. Timmy Hill

30. Steve Wallace

31. Trevor Bayne

32. Jennifer Jo Cobb

33. Morgan Shepard

34. Brad Keselowski

35. Drayl Harr

36. Carl Long

37. Kevin Lepage

38. Kelly Bires

39. Brett Rowe

40. Justin Marks

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Edwards wins second straight Phoenix pole

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Edwards wins second straight Phoenix pole


AVONDALE, Ariz.—The last time NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series came to Phoenix International Raceway, Carl Edwards won from the pole.
After Saturday’s Cup qualifying session at the 1-mile flat track, Edwards has a leg up on a second straight victory. With a lap at 137.279 mph, Edwards was the fastest of 26 drivers who broke the track record in time trials for Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.
Edwards won the Coors Light pole award for the eighth time in his career, edging Kurt Busch (137.112 mph) for the top starting spot. It was Busch who had established a track-record of 136.539 mph during Friday’s first Cup practice session, but that mark was destined to fall early in Saturday’s qualifying.
Kasey Kahne (137.096 mph) will start third in the second Cup race of the season. Kyle Busch (136.981 mph), who earlier in the day won the pole for Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, will line up beside Kahne in the fourth starting spot.
Saturday’s session used NASCAR’s new qualifying format for the first time, with the qualifying order based on slowest-to-fastest speeds from Friday’s practice sessions. The final three locked-in cars to qualify Saturday had outrun Edwards’ No. 99 Ford in practice.
“It was a little stressful,” Edwards said. “I had to watch Kyle (Busch) go, and I know how fast he was, and then Kurt (who was the last of the locked-in cars to qualify) was screaming fast (Friday), so he had me stressed out a little bit.
“It’s fortunate we were able to sit on the pole. I love this racetrack. I know all the drivers love this racetrack. It’s really fun to drive on, and starting up front is, hopefully, going to make the race a lot simpler.”
Kurt Busch called narrowly missing the pole “a bummer,” but the driver of the No. 22 Penske Dodge took consolation from his front-row starting position.
“We’re happy with our run,” Busch said. “I gave up a few thousandths of a second when the car wiggled a bit. Carl ran a great lap. This is a track-position race, and to start up front is a nice hurdle to get over.”
Phoenix hasn’t been a comfortable track for Kahne, to say the least. In 13 starts, he has but one top five and three top 10s.
“We put a lot of work into it, and the first lap I made yesterday, I knew I had a car,” Kahne said.
Regan Smith, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle will start from positions five through 10, respectively.
Brian Keselowski failed to qualify for the 43-car field.
By Reid Spencer

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(February 26, 2011)










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PHOENIX-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

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Statistical advance:


Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway

Top Statistical Performers

PHOENIX-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Four top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 14.6
• Average Running Position
of 14.3, 11th-best
• Driver Rating of 96.2, eighth-best
• 270 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
• 436 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 123.036 mph, seventh-fastest
• 2,402 Laps in theTop 15 (63.0%),
10th-most •
242 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green),
10th-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s
• Average finish of 11.7
• Average Running Position of 14.9, 12th-best
• Driver Rating of 86.3, 13th-best
• Series-high 590 Green Flag Passes
• 2,371 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%),
11th-most • 305 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)
• One win, four top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 13.3 •
Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best
• Driver Rating of 99.3, fifth-best
• 232 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most •
Average Green Flag Speed of 122.957 mph,11th-fastest
• 2,621 Laps in the Top 15 (74.9%), eighth-most
• 225 Quality Passes, 12th-most The Top 10

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
• One win, one top five, seven top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 13.8
• Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best
• Driver Rating of 96.3, seventh-best
• 137 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most • 477
Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 122.968 mph, 10th-fastest
• 3,246 Laps in the Top 15 (85.2%), second-most
• Series-high 345 Quality Passes

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles •
Average finish of 11.8
• Average Running Position of 12.5, ninth-best
• Driver Rating of 101.7, second-best
• 234 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
• Average Flag Speed of 123.260 mph, second-fastest •
2,777 Laps in the Top 15 (72.9%), fifth-most
• 276 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
• One win, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
• Average finish of 10.4
• Average Running Position of 10.1, second-best
• Driver Rating of 99.8, fourth-best
• 99 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 123.042 mph, sixth-fastest
• 3,144 Laps in the Top 15 (82.5%), third-most
• 242 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
• Five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 11.6
• Average Running Position of 11.9, seventh-best
• Driver Rating of 98.6, sixth-best •
191 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 123.114 mph, third-fastest
• 2,503 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), ninth-most
• 250 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Kevin Harvick 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
• Two wins, three top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Average Running Position of 11.9, eighth-best
• Driver Rating of 95.2, 10th-best •
147 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
• 445 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 122.990 mph, ninth-fastest
 2,714 Laps in the Top 15 (71.2%), sixth-most
• 243 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)
• Four wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 4.9 • Series-best
Average Running Position of 5.1  Series-best
DriverRating of 122.6 • Series-high 415
Fastest Laps Run Series-best
Average Green Flag Speed of 123.548 mph •
Series-high 3,661 Laps in the Top 15 (96.1%)
• 310 Quality Passes, third-most

Mark Martin (No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)
• Two wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 8.6
• Average Running Position of 11.6, sixth-best
• Driver Rating of 100.8, third-best
• 241 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 123.088 mph, fourth-fastest
• 2,341 Laps in the Top 15 (66.9%), 12th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• One win, five top fives, five top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 20.2 •
Average Running Position of 15.0, 13th-best
• Driver Rating of 88.0, 12th-best
• 446 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
• 2,691 Laps in the Top 15 (70.6%), seventh-most
• 324 Quality Passes, second-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet) •
 One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 12.0 •
Average Running Position of 10.9, fourth-best
• Driver Rating of 96.2, ninth-best
• 128 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
• 500 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 123.063 mph, fifth-fastest
• 2,836 Laps in the Top 15 (74.4%), fourth-most
• 295 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)
• One top five, four top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 15.6
• Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
• Driver Rating of 89.0, 11th-best
• 114 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
• Average Green Flag Speed of 122.998 mph, eighth-fastest
• 2,163 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), 13th-most
• 223 Quality Passes, 13th-most







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Notebook: Practice wreck forces Bayne to backup car

Posted by imelda sovzky on Friday, February 25, 2011

Notebook: Practice wreck forces Bayne to backup car


AVONDALE, Ariz.—Trevor Bayne came back down to earth in a hurry.
In his first lap of practice Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, the Daytona 500’s youngest winner slapped the Turn 3 wall after his brakes failed to slow the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.
“On pit road, I told them the brakes felt like they weren’t working right,” Bayne, 20, said after the incident. “I paced myself getting into the corner, and the brakes just never worked.
“Even down the backstretch, I was playing with the bias, trying to get them to dial, but then I went off into the corner, and they just never worked, and it never slowed down.”
Wood Brothers Racing unloaded a backup car for Bayne, who missed the rest of the first practice session as the team put an engine in the car.
“It’s the first backup car I’m going to have to go to, but I don’t know what happened to the car and why the brakes weren’t right there,” Bayne said.

Patrick says she can learn from Bayne
Trevor Bayne’s life has been revving on the red line ever since Sunday, when he stunned the stock car racing universe with his unlikely victory in the 500.
Despite shuttling from one appearance to another over the four days that followed the race, Bayne has remained exceptionally well-grounded.
Who says so? None other than Danica Patrick, 28, who has inspired her share of media attention over the past few years. Patrick and Bayne appeared together at a charity event Thursday night at the Arizona Biltmore.
“Honestly, he’s such a nice kid,” Patrick said Friday, after posting the 24th-fastest speed in the first Nationwide Series practice session at Phoenix. “He’s so down to earth. He’s so into charity and things like that. I tried to talk him into buying something expensive with his prize money, but he doesn’t want anything—so apparently I have a lot to learn from a 20-year-old.
“I don’t know if he needs much advice. I think he’s got his head on straight, he seems to have good people around him, and all I said from my experience was, ‘Just continue to be yourself.’ ”

Records fall Friday
Cool temperatures were conducive to hot laps Friday at the 1-mile track. In the first Sprint Cup practice session, Kurt Busch posted a lap at 136.539 mph, bettering the record 136.389 mph Carl Edwards ran during qualifying last November.
“We went out in qualifying trim, and I think that I got a draft—or at least the air was broken up—when I chased (Clint) Bowyer down right in front of me, and that might have added to our car running a little faster,” Busch said.
“Our goal was to go out right away and post a fast lap, in case qualifying is rained out.”
Busch’s fast lap held up through second practice. That means he’ll go out last in Saturday’s qualifying session among drivers already locked into the field. If qualifying is rained out—and there’s a 60 percent chance of rain in Phoenix on Saturday—Busch will start Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 from the pole.
The Camping World Truck Series track record also fell Friday, with pole winner Clint Bowyer (133.949 mph) and second-place qualifier Austin Dillon (133.695 mph) breaking the record 133.605 mph Dillon set during qualifying in November.
By Reid Spencer

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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POWER BOSSES -PHOENIX

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 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Lowe's, Hendrick Motorsports
His numbers at Phoenix are nothing short of incredible.  4.9 average finish at the track is by far the best in the series, and he has yet to finish outside the top-15 in 15 career starts. nine race streak of top five finishes at pi with four wins
 Carl Edwards, #99 Aflac, Roush Fenway Racing He won the fall race at PIR last season finished 2010 with a 4.0 average finish at the track.  nine top-10 finishes in 13 career starts,  7.0 average finish at Phoenix the last three seasons makes him one of the most reliable options available
 Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx Express, Joe Gibbs Racing  He has six finishes of sixth or better in his last nine starts at the track, including four third-place efforts.
Mark Martin, #5 GoDaddy.com, Hendrick Motorsports He hasn't finished worse than 16th at the track in the last decade, 8.9 average finish ,second-best in Phoenix . 4.3 average finish in four starts -1 Win
 Kyle Busch, #18 M&M's, Joe Gibbs Racing last season finishes of eighth and 13th. The former PIR winner has finished inside the top 15 in seven of his last eight starts at the track and hasn't finished worse than 17th during the stretch.
Jeff Gordon, #24 Drive to End Hunger, Hendrick Motorsports  Gordon remains one of the most consistent performers at the track. He has 13 finishes of 13th or better in 15 starts at the track since 2002, and he is one of only three drivers to average a top 10 finish during that stretch.
Ryan Newman, #39 U.S. Army, Stewart-Haas Racing After finishing outside the top 15 in four straight starts, Newman was nearly perfect at Phoenix in 2010. A little pit strategy helped him win the April event, and he proved it was no fluke with a second-place finish in the fall race. Strategy played a role in both results, but Newman had a top-10 car in both races either way.
Kevin Harvick, #29 Budweiser, Richard Childress Racing Harvick is a two-time winner at Phoenix, but he hasn't recorded a top-five finish at the track since sweeping both events in 2006. That being said, he hasn't been running poorly either. He has five top 15 finishes in his last eight starts, including finishes of 13th and sixth in 2010.
Kurt Busch, #22 Shell/Pennzoil, Penske Racing - four top 10s in his last five starts , Busch is a former winner at the track as well, and he even managed a ninth-place finish last fall when he was mired in a terrible second half slump.
 Joey Logano, #20 The Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing Logano began to emerge as a flat track stud last season, and PIR was the site of two top 10 finishes for the up and coming driver. After finishing 10th in the April event, he finished third during the Chase. The ever-improving Logano could be in line for a win at the track in the near future.
 Greg Biffle, #16 3M, Roush Fenway Racing Roush Fenway Racing enjoyed a strong season at Phoenix in 2010, and Biffle got in on the action. His fourth-place finish in the fall event was his sixth top 15 finish in his last seven starts at the track. He has finished as high as second on two occasions and has finished outside the top 20 only three times in 14 career starts.

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Howyse Of Tha Deayehed 2: The Lowdown

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QUICK NEWS: 

Former Bizarre Employees Create New Studio: Lucid Games - So they are alive again.

Also, MyGamerCard.net is down forever so I can't keep my perpetually updated X360 gamerscore up here anymore.  That really sucks when stuff goes down like this--slams the door shut in your face...

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And now for your feature presentation...


This is the game I alluded too a while back but let's talk about it since it's Sega's baby and all.  I'm focusing entirely on House of the Dead 2.  It was released in 1998 on Sega's Naomi arcade board.  Crazy Taxi also used the Naomi board but Daytona 2/Scud Race did not (Model3 board).  HotD2 received numerous ports, but I'm playing this on the Nintendo Wii using the Perfect Shot gun:


It's not bad but after a while of pulling the trigger, it feels like I'm straining to push the button because of friction.  Also, about gun calibration--it's not too bad, there's an option to set it in menu (I missed it before), but it's not 100% perfect.  Good enough I suppose since there's an aiming reticule on the screen which helps.  Main problem is that I must sit at least 15 feet/5 meters away from the TV for the gun to pick up.  What a piece of crap.

But about House of the Dead itself...I can't admit to playing these games a lot.  It's dark, depressing, but at least it makes up for it with corny comic relief.  Also, it arrived before this tidal wave of zombie-related games(Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Rising, etc.) so it gets a pass here.

When it comes to light games, I've played lots of Time Crisis 2, 3, & 4 and those are definitely stellar, but the nauseating feeling of having to duck when you see that red flash gets on my nerves.  In HotD, you can't avoid attacks, but at least you can see them coming unlike in crap Atari/Midway gun games like Area 51 where the enemy jumps out and you get hit for no reason.  To reload, you aim the gun off the screen although you're stuck with this six-shooter pistol always.  Oh crap, reach for the Double Tap Root Beer!  So HotD is pretty good IMO.


When it comes to killing zombies, headshots are your best bet.  There's some areas where you get hit in the face with a bunch of bad guys so you need to get headshots or you get hit.  It's kind of cool to shoot guys and see them get blown apart.  Enemies include zombies, axe-wielding zombies, army commando zombies, knife-throwing zombies, fish monster zombies, chainsaw zombies, fat zombies, alligator zombies, Edward Scissorhands zombies, killer frogs, killer snakes, killer fish, killer owls, killer bats, etc.  Okay, I'm scared already, but your protagonist James always keeps a straight face.

An interesting facet about the game is that you can take multiple paths depending on whether or not you save civilians.  In Time Crisis, there's no alternate paths per-se--when in two-player, Player 1 and 2 split up occasionally.  In one-player, during these split paths, two yellow guards will appear--shoot the guard to the left to take P1's path, shoot the guard to the right to take P2's path.  But in HotD, depending on whether a hostage dies or not, you'll either enter a building or go elsewhere.



This reminds me of a scenario--I was playing through the game and I saved every hostage up until Stage 2.  I shot the key to open the gate and there's this kid being chased by a fat zombie.  I would usually kill the zombie and save the kid which meant I went into the building to my left...but this time the kid died and I went into the building on the right.  Next thing you know, I'm fighting the Stage 2 boss on a completely different area (a dock instead of a bridge), and Stage 3 (where you ride on the boat) is in a completely different area.  All because of that kid.  Oh, let me repeat again--kids can die in this game.  Crazy game.

Only thing I really didn't like is that the game only displays your score at the end of each stage.  You have no idea what your score is during the game.  I don't know how many points I get for saving hostages, headshots, and secret items.  Though it is good to save hostages since if you save enough in one stage, you get an extra life.

I tried beating the game on Arcade Mode, but the farthest I got was Boss 5 (the Magician).  Creepy looking dude.  The more you play, the more lives/continues you get but I still couldn't get to Goldman.  So after blowing like 40 lives (on Easy difficulty I might add), I die to the Magician and I rage quit cause this game is a piece of crap.  I try this other mode called Original Mode, but the only difference is that you start with fewer lives but can use bonuses like larger clips, increased gun damage, "Machine Gun," and extra continues.  Eventually, I found a powerup for Infinite Continues so I was able to beat the game and see the end credits.

Oh, and the voice acting, just great.  We already talked about Goldman, now here's something else:



G?  Or do you mean Mister G?

Such bad Engrish.  Like your guy will just say "My God," or "I must go and prevent confusion in the city," in this blank voice.  I also think I spotted a typo.  When you get to World 4, look at the opening title with the flickering font.  The serif (plain) font says "The Forth Stage" while the scribble-scratch says "Fourth."  Lol, they also have a typo like this in Daytona USA 2--"Don't crash or you will loose speed," or something like that.  You gotta love the Japanese.

 If you can't aim, you can always play Typing of the Dead.  But do you trust these Engrish types to make a game based on the English language?  Smart-looking boy.

Anyway, that's about it.  Like Time Crisis, if you play the crap out of it, you'll know what to do and I guess it's okay.  And until then, I need a night light when I go to sleep cause I got nightmare fuel.  The end.

FINAL SCORE: 7.837246435630450452324593749857308486752156875457938409803945345 out of 10

Also, there's a band out of the UK called "Suffer Like G Did" ... don't know what's up with that.  Lol, you guys across the pond love Sega, you really do.
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Stewart so very familiar with quirky Phoenix track

Posted by imelda sovzky on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stewart so very familiar with quirky Phoenix track


It's pretty safe to say that few drivers enjoy racing at Phoenix International Raceway more than Tony Stewart. It's even safer to say that there are not many drivers who have taken as many laps as Stewart at the dusty, quirky, desert track.
And it is super safe to say that no driver wants to win Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 more than Stewart, because for all his love and longevity at PIR, he has not won a Sprint Cup race there since his first Sprint Cup race there.
To some, Stewart is the face of PIR. A short-track legend out of Columbus , Ind. , Stewart has raced—and raced well—about every kind of car imaginable at the 1-mile Phoenix flat track.
"I started racing there in '93 when I ran a USAC Silver Crown car," Stewart said. "And since then, I've run USAC Midgets, Indy cars, Supermodifieds, Nationwide Series cars and, of course, Sprint Cup. So, I've logged a bunch of laps there."
"I probably know every line around the track that's ever been run and why it's been run."
But knowing the track and winning at the track in a Sprint Cup car have been two different things.
Stewart will be making his 19th Cup start at PIR on Sunday. In his 18 previous starts, he has seven top-five finishes, he has led a healthy 327 laps (154 in his first race) and he has a highly-respectable average finishing position of 12th.
He has completed 99.8 percent of the laps of races he has started.
Three times he has finished second, the latest time being two years ago in the spring event when he led 19 laps and was edged by Mark Martin.
But there is just that one victory, which came 1999 when he was driving a Pontiac for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Stewart's average finish in the last three starts at PIR is 21.7.
Still, Stewart always looks forward to getting to Phoenix to race Cup cars.
"Pretty cool," is how he describes PIR and his history there.
Getting to Phoenix this weekend is particularly cool as NASCAR tweaked the schedule for 2011, with this Sunday's event being the first after the season-opening craziness of Speedweeks in Daytona.
"I think everybody's pretty worn out after being in Daytona for so long," Stewart said. " Phoenix means a normal routine and a chance for the crew guys to get back to their families for a couple of days before heading to another racetrack.
"Daytona and Talladega have always just been two different forms of racing. With the draft being so important at those two tracks, it's more of a team deal than an individual deal. What happens at Phoenix and the races after that has to be done on your own. You can't help each other at Phoenix . You just have to go race."
And hope that experience ends a long, painful drought in the desert for the two-time Cup champion.
"It's always been a situation where," Stewart said, "if your car is really good in (Turns) 3 and 4, you're normally a little bit tight in 1 and 2, and if you get 1 and 2 really good, you're normally a little bit too loose in 3 and 4. You do have to weigh the options and try to find that balance of which end of the track is more important to you. I do have a preference, but I don't tell everybody else that. That's what having all these years and these laps of experience there does for me. It's the one secret variable that I try to use to my advantage."
By Jim Pedley

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LOTS Of Daytona USA Goodies: More Forza Cars, Flyers, Etc.

Posted by imelda sovzky on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Occasionally, I do a Google Image Search for Daytona USA 2 pics and I usually find something new.  Here's something:

* Check out this Japanese site I found.  Some guy made car designs for Daytona USA 1 cars.  The Buick GNX!!  These are for Forza 2 though.  :( I don't know if you can download them.

 
 


Now I know some people don't care about this aspect, but I REALLY LIKE the multiple color schemes...nice, I tried to do that with my Forza 3 D2 cars.  Like if you're going to make the AT Scorpio or Phantom, just make the MT, P1, P2, etc. versions.  Oooo, I would love to own a set of Hot Wheels like this...I like the pretty cars.

Also, on the same site, there's a few more D2 emulation shots.  Not sure how they got there but save 'em anyway.


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* Not only this, but someone points out that in the movie Dude, Where's My Car, there's an arcade scene where you can see a Daytona USA 2 cabinet.  Now I must plead ignorance here because I've never seen the movie, but is this really true?  I tried looking up YouTube clips of this scene, but found nothing.  EDIT: That site was taken down, re-uploading pic now...



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* And this is an old classic.  Someone brings the Daytona USA 2 banner flag to a concert in the UK.  This is from UK Resistance.  I know that this is what the Daytona 2 banner looks like, but why someone decided to bring that flag, I don't know.  Looks legit to me.


And this is the true Daytona 2 banner:


I would love to get my hands on that banner, but they're super-rare--I'll be lucky to find one.  We'll see.

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* Model3 emulation of Scud Race and Daytona USA 2 is moving along.  This is a forum topicThere has already been attempts in the past although those have sucked horribly.  I'm kind of in the dark about this but I presume we can get a decent working version within a year.  Why, this will be interesting, but I will discuss the emulation later.


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* In the Countdown Thread in the NASCAR 2011: The Game forum, someone posts a picture of a Daytona 2 car.  It's the #7 Tomahawk Motor Oil car.  Now that came out of nowhere.  Strange where Google Images can take you.  Hey, at least there's one D2 fan there.

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* Last thing: see if you can buy the Japanese Daytona 2 manual here.  I already own it but if you want to figure out this site, go ahead and try it.  91 dollars, 8000 yen!  Brilliant!  EDIT: Months later, I revisited that site and bought some Daytona 1 books, click here for more info...
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Notebook: Waltrip’s truck crew chief fined $25K

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Notebook: Waltrip’s truck crew chief fined $25K

NASCAR has fined Vision Aviation Racing crew chief Doug Howe $25,000 and docked team owner Billy Ballew 25 points for a spoiler violation on the race-winning truck driven by Michael Waltrip in the season-opening Camping World Truck Series race last Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Waltrip, who celebrated the emotional victory on the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death, does not get points in the truck series, so there was no driver points penalty.
On the final lap, Waltrip’s spoiler broke and the right half of the spoiler was laying flat. As a result, it did not meet the minimum angle requirements in post-race inspection. If it had happened before the final lap, Waltrip likely would have been black-flagged.
Waltrip passed Kevin Harvick Inc.’s Elliott Sadler on the final lap with the broken spoiler.
“I'm just so thankful it hung on 'til the checkered 'cause I didn't even know it was an issue,” Waltrip said afterward. “I didn't even see it 'til after the race.”
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Friday night that it appeared the piece had broken and there were no illegal pieces that would suggest the violation was done on purpose.
“I asked him how he did that, where is the switch for that,” Sadler said after the race. “I guess it came down when we had the green-white-checkered (finish). I mean, it definitely helps his truck as far as drag. When he pulled out, he went by me. I was like, 'Wow, he's fast. ' I tried to side draft off of him and I couldn't.
“It definitely helped him. But I think he still would have won anyway. He made a really good move off of Turn 4.”
Howe also was placed on probation for the remainder of the season.
Burton : NASCAR does not lack personality
Jeff Burton says he doesn’t want to be the voice of the Sprint Cup garage, but what he has to say nevertheless is worth heeding.
Burton takes issue with those who say NASCAR racing has no personality. Though NASCAR went through a phase where the words and actions of drivers were deliberately sanitized, the pendulum now has swung in the opposite direction.
After winning last Thursday’s second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race, Burton had plenty of ammunition—the feel-good story of Brian Keselowski, who raced his way into the Daytona 500, as well as the stature of self-made team owner Richard Childress, who fields the cars Burton drives.
“I get really frustrated and perturbed and upset when I hear people say our sport doesn't have personality, there's no personalities in our sport,” Burton said. ”They don't know what the hell they're talking about. Things like that (Keselowski) are what our sport's about.
“Our sport's about passion, it's about desire, it's about staying up till 4:00 in the morning worrying about what's going to happen. It's about having dirt underneath your fingernails, working. ...
“That's what our sport is about. If you look at the drivers, the car owners, the crew chiefs, the guys changing tires, there's people that had a dream and busted their ass to make it happen. It's for every sport, for every business. But it's what separates and makes our sport special, is it takes heart, it takes desire, and it (takes) passion.”
And that was all before Trevor Bayne put the Wood Brothers Ford in victory lane in the Daytona 500.
Special to Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

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SPORTING NEWS POWER POLE

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1. Carl Edwards. Edwards played it cool for the first 200 laps at Daytona, and it paid off with a runner-up finish.

2. Kurt Busch. Busch had a great Speedweeks. Just didn’t get the win Sunday. Per usual.
3. Kyle Busch . Kyle couldn’t find a comfortable drafting partner during Speedweeks, but he did more on his own than any other driver.
4. Clint Bowyer. Bowyer led the second-most laps and avoided the engine problems two of his teammates had.
5. Ryan Newman. Newman finished 22nd, but he didn’t finish in pieces at Daytona for the first time since July 2009.
6. Mark Martin. What a comeback. From three laps down to 10th place. Martin kept plugging and it paid off.
7. Tony Stewart. Stewart came away with a Daytona victory, but not the one he wanted. He’s now lobbying NASCAR to run the 500 on Saturday.
8. Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya finished his eventful day with a sixth-place finish. How’d that happen?
9. Jeff Burton . After all the problems of last year, a blown engine isn’t the way to start 2011. But remember that he did win his Duel. That counts for something.
10. Denny Hamlin . Hamlin has that “always-there-at-the-end” look that so many champions do.
11. Jimmie Johnson. Two ways to look at Johnson’s 27th-place finish: You can say, “Bad 500,” or you can tip your cap at the extra 10 points the 48 team picked up by returning to the track.
12. Jeff Gordon. See Johnson. Gordon finished 28th. Both finished with 17 points.
13. Paul Menard. Led 11 laps in his RCR debut. Bet you didn’t think he’d have a better first day with a new team than Kasey Kahne.
14. Trevor Bayne. Bayne was good all week, proving the win was no fluke. Can’t wait to see what he does over the course of the season.
15. Kevin Harvick. His race ended before it really got started, but it’s still crystal clear that RCR cars are the class of restrictor-plate tracks.
16. Regan Smith . Obviously didn’t get the pub Bayne received, but Smith is proving he’s the real deal, especially on plate tracks.
17. Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was fast at Daytona—again—now can he follow it up at one of his best tracks in Phoenix?
18. Jamie McMurray. McMurray ran strong and led 17 laps. Considering all the banging out there Sunday, 18th place isn’t all that bad.
19. AJ Allmendinger. AJ didn’t show nearly the speed at Daytona he did last season but ended up with a much better finish: 11th instead of 32nd.
20. Bobby Labonte. Labonte looked like the Labonte of old, finishing fourth in Marcos Ambrose’ old ride. Ambrose? He finished where Labonte hung around last year: 37th.
21. David Gilliland. Huge day for Gilliland. His third-place finish is his third career top five in Cup and first since 2008.
22. David Ragan. If Ragan loses his ride at Roush Fenway, his critical error on the GWC restart will be even more of a heartbreaker.
23. Martin Truex Jr. Truex caught a break when his owner knocked his teammate out of the 500 rather than him.
24. Matt Kenseth. Speaking of guys on the same team tangling with each other … Kenseth’s day ended with a tap from Roush teammate Greg Biffle.
25. Greg Biffle. A far cry from last year’s third in the 500. The Biff’s 35th puts him behind the 8-ball early in NASCAR’s new points system.



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Notebook: Bayne decides to stick to Nationwide Series

Posted by imelda sovzky on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Notebook: Bayne decides to stick to Nationwide Series

Even though NASCAR would have allowed Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne to change his eligibility for the championship from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series, Bayne announced Tuesday he is sticking with his plans to run for the Nationwide title.
As tempting as switching to Sprint Cup would have been—with NASCAR saying he would become eligible to run for rookie of the year and that his win at Daytona would count toward a possible wild-card entry into the Chase—Bayne showed he either is mature beyond his 20 years or has gotten some excellent advice—or both.
Weighted most heavily in his decision is the plan to run a partial schedule on the Cup side—even with the Daytona 500 win. At this point, barring additional sponsorship, Bayne plans to run 18 races in the Cup series for Wood Brothers Racing and a full Nationwide schedule for Roush Fenway Racing.
“The only thing that changed is that we get to be the Daytona 500 champions, which is really, really incredible,” Bayne told Sporting News on Tuesday during a conference call with reporters. “But I think that we’re still going to have an awesome year at Roush Fenway, running for that Nationwide championship.
“Obviously, they (Roush) have still got a blank car, and I’d love to get some partners on it, but as for now, we’re still running full time, and the Wood Brothers only have 18 races. … I don’t regret any of our decisions there. We’re off to a good start in both series with a 10th (in Saturday’s Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide event) and a first.”
Front Row picks up a spot in Phoenix Cup race
Front Row Motorsports likely will have all three of its cars locked in for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this week as the No. 77 Rusty Wallace Racing car is not entered for the second Sprint Cup event.
The RWR team wasn’t expected to enter, and with that team’s top-35 owners points (from Penske Racing) not being used, the 35th guaranteed spot will go to the next team in owners points—the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports car driven by Travis Kvapil.
All 45 of the entries for Phoenix were entered in the Daytona 500 last week. Three drivers that went to Daytona are not on the entry list: Steve Wallace, Kevin Conway and Michael Waltrip.
Four teams have changed drivers from Daytona. Mike Skinner is in the No. 32 FAS Lane Racing car instead of Terry Labonte, Tony Raines is in the No. 37 Front Row Motorsports car instead of Robert Richardson Jr., Landon Cassill is in the No. 60 Germain Racing car instead of Todd Bodine and Mike Bliss is in the No. 64 Max Q Motorsports car instead of Derrike Cope. All the changes were expected.
Bill Elliott (Phoenix Racing) will be guaranteed a spot as he has a past champions provisional if needed, leaving nine drivers vying for the final seven spots.
Overnight TV ratings up 13 percent for Daytona 500
The 2011 Daytona 500 posted an 8.7 overnight rating, a 13 percent increase over the 2010 event that was interrupted for more than two hours because of a pothole.
The live broadcast on Fox reached 30.1 million viewers, 1 percent higher than the 2010 audience and 15 percent better than 2009, Fox said.
The 2010 audience got a boost from the pothole because the delay lengthened the event. But the rating, which takes into account an average of viewers over the entire telecast, was affected last year by the pothole and possibly the Olympics.
This year’s race averaged 15.6 million viewers throughout the broadcast, a 17 percent increase over last year’s 13.3 million.
The number of fans tuning in for the start of the race was 7 percent higher than last year, and the ratings peaked at 10.9, with 19.8 million viewers for the 30 final minutes.
Dayton (Ohio) was the country’s No. 1 market with a rating of 20.4, followed by Greensboro, N.C., at 20.1.
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service





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Today's LoL's Of The Week (Bizarre, Kotaku, FPSes That Suck)

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Because it's been a while since I've ripped something.

But let's start with the good news.  Sumo Digital picks up Bizarre Creations' ex-lead designer.  I've said this before and I said it now--MAKE IT HAPPEN, SEGA!  Sega/Sumo Digital should pick up Bizarre Creations.  Pick up these people cause they have some know-how when it comes to racing games.  Keep these people away from Criterion or Raw Thrills and go pwn the bastards, rofl.  Lol at Criterion and Raw Thrills, they just screwed themselves.

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Kotaku, the (annoying) game blog site, has decided to change to a new format where parts of the screen are static and others are not.  Anyway, I don't like it and neither do a lot of people.  According to UK Resistance, Kotaku's average daily hits have dropped from 2 mil to less than 0.5 mil, beginning January 11.  ROFLMAO!!!

I look at Kotaku feeds from my Blogspot, I don't actually go to the website itself so it's a win-win for our side.

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All these FPSes coming out.  Well, there's this one coming out called Rage.  It's made by Bethesda Softworks, same people who brought you Fallout 3.  I know about this game thanks to the front-page GameFAQs ad.  Now they show this picture of this disturbing mutant guy which I will not directly post here (click here to see tha homie).  Now wait--what's the appeal of this game again?  Another post-apocalyptic adventure/FPS game with macabre environments and enemies?  Wait, I want to play this?  No, I don't.

Same thing to all you other new FPSes out there.  Bulletstorm, Brink, Killzone, etc.  I almost feel that these over-the-top, "herrdcarrr" FPSes are just trying to melt my brain.  Will I buy it?  No, no, no, no, stop trying to one-up Black Ops cause you're all jealous that a normal, contemporary FPS is whooping your ass.  See Goldeneye and Counter-Strike, other FPS classes that don't resort to crazy-ass scenarios.  So LOL at you game developers, keep making FPSes, so original...

EDIT: Speaking of which, about a month ago, Bulletstorm made a parody game of Call of Duty called "Duty Calls."  It portrays CoD as piss-boring with a linear campaign and lame storyline.  Now I do agree that the single-player kind of sucks, but it's all in good fun.  I think it's rather funny cause it nails many FPS campaign cliches, but the whole "Sergeant Super Duper Extreme Person" titles are probably made up by some Red Bull-drinking WoW nerd who pulled an "epic" 30-man raid all last night.  Or something like that.  Bulletstorm also parodied Halo too, WTG guys.

I also have a lot more respect for Halo now since you can make a futuristic FPS without it being disgusting to look at so yeah.

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Billy Mitchell opens a little hole-in-the-wall arcade at the Orlando airport.  Rofl.  In case you didn't know, Billy Mitchell is this old gamer dude who set a bunch of world records on old arcade games like Pac-Man.  Well, his greatest claim to fame is getting the record for Donkey Kong, though that was up for debate from sources like these.

This arcade has a few murals of Donkey Kong and what other games does it have?  Fast & Furious: Super Bikes and Dead Heat.  Yeah, great arcade.  No old arcade games either, nothing with a "kill screen."  Wow, greatest arcade I've ever been to.  Lol, Billy Mitchell.

Stick to the hot sauce.

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EDIT: Oh, and one more Lol's.  So my brother owns House of the Dead 2 & 3 for Nintendo Wii with those Wii-gun controllers.  Because this is on the Wii, the aiming already sucks as it is but I have to cope with it anyway.  I start playing through 2 with the blood on red and oh man...lol's everywhere.  Wonderful voice acting, nightmare fuel, guys hitting you in the face with axes/chainsaws, doesn't get any better than this, Sega.  Lol at this entire game.

Stick to Time Crisis, at least you can dodge incoming projectiles.  Wait, this is the second time I said "stick," my bad.  EDIT: NVM, this game doesn't suck, we love you Sega.  Read about my HotD2 experience.
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What do you know about Phoenix?

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Congrats to Trevor Bayne for winning the Daytona 500. Since I got a lot of good feedback from the interactive post that i made for Daytona I am going to try to make those for every race this year and hopefully you all answer them. I am going to try to stick to ten questions for every track/race coming up

1. Who won the first Phoenix race in 2010? ________
2. What was the year when the cup started coming to Phoenix? ________
3. Who has the current qualifying record in the cup at Phoenix? ________
4. True/False Phoenix is a 1 mile Tri-oval
5. True/False Jimmie Johnson swept both races in 08
6. Who won the 2nd race at Phoenix in 2010? ______
7. Which Chaser in 2011 could of had the lead after Phoenix if not had to stop for fuel? _______
8. True/Flase in 2009 2 different Henderick Cars won at Phoenix
9. Who do you think will get the pole for the Phoenix race this weekend?_______
10. Who do you think will win the race at Phoenix this weekend? _______

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NASCAR ON THE WAY TO PHOENIX

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The season opened at Daytona in storybook fashion for each of the three NASCAR national series, a perfect table setting for the remainder of the season.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series welcomed a new winner, Michael Waltrip, 10 years to the day he won the 2001 Daytona 500. History meets present again this weekend in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, site of the very first series race in 1995.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series opened the season with the closest Daytona finish in series history -- .007 seconds. The series also moves to Phoenix this weekend – the first trip for the new car – in Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200.
Then, of course, there was yesterday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500. That race, too, had a first-time winner. Trevor Bayne, all of 20 years old, became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history. Bayne’s youth, mixed with the lasting legacy of the Wood Brothers combined for a thrilling finish. The record breaking race – there were records in both leaders (22) and lead changes (74) – made for a brilliant start to the 2011 season. It continues at Phoenix this weekend, in the Subway Fresh Fit 500.
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Future Star Bayne Hits Desert
The notable bullets from 20-year-old Trevor Bayne’s improbable Daytona 500 victory:
- He became the youngest Daytona 500 winner in history, by a ways (Jeff Gordon previously held that crown, winning the 500 in 1997 at the age of 25.)
- He became one of the seven drivers whose first series points-race win was the Daytona 500.
- He became the second-youngest winner in series history.
What does the fresh-faced phenom have for an encore? This will be Bayne’s first trip to Phoenix in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, he has finishes of 14th in 2009, and 32nd and 14th in last year’s two races.
Before he even lands in Phoenix, here’s his Daytona 500 champion media tour itinerary:
On Monday, he made national media hits with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike, FOX and Friends, SPEED, SportsCenter, Sirius, Showtime among others.
Tuesday, Bayne will head to Chicago for appearances on local morning shows, before flying to California for an Ice Cream Social in Ghiradelli Square with fans and media.
On Wednesday, Bayne hits Los Angeles for fan Q&A at LA Live.
He’ll finally fly to Phoenix to try to nab win number two, again in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.
Wood Brothers Won’t Stop Making History
Founded by two-time NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Glen Wood, the Wood Brothers’ roots in the sport extend deep.
A NASCAR mainstay, the team won its first NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 1960, and has won at least one race in every decade since.
Sunday’s win was its fifth Daytona 500 victory, the last coming in 1976 with David Pearson.
The victory was the team’s 98th overall, and first since Elliott Sadler won in 2001. The Wood Brothers’ wins list features a number of legendary names: David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt, Buddy Baker, Curtis Turner, Dan Gurney, Dale Jarrett, Donnie Allison, Marvin Panch, Speedy Thomas and Tiny Lund, to name a few.
New Qualifying Rules Begin This Weekend
Starting this weekend in Phoenix, if bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book. Also, the qualifying order will be set based upon slowest to fastest practice speeds.
Marquee Names Looking To Brush Off Rough Opener
There were some unusual names at the top of the Daytona 500 race results – Trevor Bayne, David Gilliland and Regan Smith, for instance.
Just as odd were the names at the bottom, notably championship contenders Kevin Harvick (42nd), Jeff Burton (36th), Greg Biffle (35th), Matt Kenseth (34th), Jeff Gordon (28th) and Jimmie Johnson (27th).
But it’s way too early for any of those big guns to get worried. Take five-time reigning champion Johnson, for instance. His last four finishes in the season-opener: 35th, 31st, 27th and 29th.
Of all the above names, Johnson likely has the best shot at a quick bounce back. He has won four of the last seven Phoenix races. Look for Harvick to have a good run, as well. He scored a perfect Driver Rating at Phoenix in his win in November win of 2006.
Second’s In First
Because Trevor Bayne elected to earn championship points in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Daytona 500 runner-up Carl Edwards is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader.
Edwards has held the points lead twice in his career, after the first and second Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 2008.
Last Race On Old Surface
This weekend’s race will be the last on a surface that has hosted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the inaugural race there in 1988. After Sunday’s event, workers will lay down new asphalt, and the blueprint calls for a few design wrinkles that will promote side-by-side racing.
Some of the principles:
- Widen the front stretch from 52 to 62 feet
- Reconfigure pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
- Push the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet
- Tighten the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
- Implement variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4

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