SHOCKING NEWS, SEGA TROUBLE, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by imelda sovzky on Thursday, March 31, 2011

APRIL FOOLS, THIS IS NOT REAL.



...this news has me shocked.  I'm sick to my stomach.  It is our apocalypse.


Sega has declared bankruptcy...their profit to expenses ratio has been way below expectations this year as it has been the last couple of years.....they will liquidate their studios soon............!!!!111....


EDIT: Link is down, clearly Sega is trying to stop the wildfire.



This story is brand new, but it was recently leaked and only a few sites have it.  It's going viral soon.  A Sega representative has spilled the beans.  They will finish up whatever projects they are working on but will not pursue any new ones...how long they will last is unknown.


Now I know why UK Resistance bailed when they did.


Yu Suzuki and Yuji Naka will make comments later today on their disappointment and their aspirations in finding new employment.  Toshihiro Nagoshi has yet to because he is a bum it seems...


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Video games are doomed.  Sega had a good run but they couldn't recover from their Dreamcast days.  No possibility of a new Daytona USA it seems.  Just a stab in the heart.


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I really don't have much to say, I can't talk anymore.  I was born too late.  Couldn't save Sega; feel it was partially my fault...playing Rock Band and Call of Duty, not doing anything else.

.......please other game companies, pick up the tab and hire theese people and inject some goodness into whatever other games you're working on...................

I may not post on this blog for a long time....our efforts are futile... so goodbye Sega..

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UK Resistance: Rest In Peace & Funny Posts

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Old Sega fansite UK Resistance has announced that it will receive no more posts.  Site will still be up (I think), but with no more updates.  You have other sites like this one claiming it's shut down so it seems believable to me.  I don't think it's an April Fool's Joke since it was announced March 29th.

Now lately, they've been posting crap about Sony and Nintendo so it's like they were getting bored with it.  Anyway, we remember the Blue Sky in Games Campaign and 50 Reasons to Buy OutRun 2.


Beware that UK Resistance is not a site for the kids cause of the curse words so this is your warning.

Some of my favorite old posts.  I was actually compiling a list a while back, but I was lazy.  So I'm gonna post this now:
















The OutRun 2 tips book!  Also Doom III and Fable.






And finally...a Christmas story about OutRun 2--A Christmas Carol style.  Save us from the Need for Speed games!  Funny how that was years ago.  Nowadays, it's Burnout & Split/Second.

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That's about it for now.  I sure hope the site doesn't go down forever or all these picture links will be ruined and I'll be super-pissed.  Farewell, mates.
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Kansas will have Saturday qualifying for June race

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Kansas will have Saturday qualifying for June race


By Reid Spencer and Matt Crossman
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

In what is a growing philosophical division between International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports properties, Kansas Speedway joined the ranks of ISC tracks that will hold Sprint Cup qualifying for at least one of its events on Saturday.

According to track president Pat Warren, the move is appropriate in an economic climate where gas prices are approaching $4 per gallon.

“We feel that moving Sprint Cup qualifying from Friday to Saturday will allow fans to be more involved in the entire weekend’s festivities while easing some travel and lodging concerns,” Warren said. “Our fans will be able to see Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying in addition, to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 truck series event on the same day.”

For its June race weekend, Kansas has scheduled both truck and Cup qualifying for the morning of Saturday, June 4, with the truck race to follow. Qualifying for the Oct. 9 Cup race will remain on Friday.
Kansas is the fourth of 12 ISC Cup tracks to move qualifying for at least one of its Cup events on Saturday, joining Phoenix , Martinsville and Michigan . Independently owned Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway also will hold Saturday qualifying.

Talladega Superspeedway, an ISC property, and family-owned Indianapolis Motor Speedway already hold qualifying sessions on Saturday.

Whether qualifying is held on Friday or Saturday, top speeds in Friday’s practice sessions determine the order in which Cup drivers take time trials, from slowest to fastest.

Marcus Smith, president of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Motorsports, which owns eight Cutracks, told Sporting News he is committed to keeping Friday a meaningful part of the weekend experience and, as such, did not plan to institute Saturday qualifying.







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NASCAR AT MARTINSVILLE

Posted by imelda sovzky on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This weekend, NASCAR returns to its roots at Martinsville Speedway, which has hosted a race every year since the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ inaugural season of 1949.


It’s the second short-track race in three weeks for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, running the 62nd Annual Goody’s Fast Relief 500. Kyle Busch won the first short-track race of the year at Bristol Motor Speedway.

On Sunday, Harvick offered up NASCAR’s version of a “buzzer beater” with a last-lap pass of Jimmie Johnson to claim his first win at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track closest to his hometown, Bakersfield, Calif. The victory vaulted Harvick into the top 10 in points.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is back on track after three open weeks for the 13thAnnual KROGER 250.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series has an open week with its fourth different driver standings leader of the season after five races. Find out who it is and more below in this week’s storylines.NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Five For Five: Competitive Balance Is Alive

For the first time since 2005, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has had five different winners in the first five races of the season: Trevor Bayne (Daytona), Jeff Gordon (Phoenix), Carl Edwards (Las Vegas), Kyle Busch (Bristol) and Kevin Harvick (Auto Club).

In the manufacturer standings, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota are deadlocked at 31 points apiece.

All four manufacturers are represented in the top four drivers in the points standings, and all are within 11 points of the lead: 1. Carl Edwards (Ford); 2. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet); 3. Kurt Busch (Dodge); 4. Kyle Busch (Toyota).

Trailing brother Kurt by one point, Kyle’s quest for a second consecutive race weekend sweep came up just short at Auto Club Speedway. Paul Menard continues to lead the way for Richard Childress Racing in seventh place in the points standings while the Stewart-Haas Racing resurgence continues with Newman sitting second and Tony Stewart at sixth in the points.

Hamlin Seeks Home-State Turnaround

The bad news: Virginia native Denny Hamlin sits 21st in points after an engine failure at Auto Club Speedway relegated him to his second consecutive finish of 33rd or worse and third finish of the season outside the top 20. It’s his worst start to season in his six-year career.

The good news: Hamlin was 19th in points after five races last year, and he claimed victories at two of the next three tracks, Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Those two tracks host the next two races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

"The uplifting part is I’m going to some really, really good racetracks for ourselves," Hamlin said after his 39th-place finish on Sunday. "With this new (points) system, you can get in based on wins if for some reason we can't work our way back to the top 10."

Hamlin has won three consecutive races at Martinsville Speedway and seeks to tie Fred Lorenzen (1963-65) as the only drivers to win four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in a row at the facility.

Including the fall 2008 race at Richmond, the last 15 short-track races have been won by three drivers: Hamlin (5), Kyle Busch (6) and Jimmie Johnson (4). Hamlin and Johnson have combined to win the last nine races at Martinsville Speedway.

Locked In And Out Of The Top 35
For the first five races, the 2010 owner points were used when awarding top 35 teams guaranteed status to each race.

This weekend at Martinsville, the 2011 points will be used.

After having to qualify on speed for the first five races of the season, Casey Mears and his No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota are locked in, six points ahead of Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender Andy Lally and his No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet and nine points ahead of Dave Blaney and the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet as well as Tony Raines and the No. 37 Front Row Motorsports Ford.Two marquee teams are close to the bubble. Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet sit 30th, 36 points ahead of the cut-off. Joey Logano and the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota are 32 points up in 31st place.

Martin’s ‘Ville Leads Off Milestones
Mark Martin will become the eighth driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to start 800 races on Sunday, and he’ll do it at the track where he got his first top-five finish nearly 30 years ago. Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray will make their 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts as well.

With a Coors Light Pole Award on Friday, Jeff Gordon would tie Darrell Waltrip for most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles at Martinsville with eight. Gordon’s owner, Rick Hendrick, can tie Richard Petty for most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins by an owner at the track with 19.

Running both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500, Kyle Busch can reach 20,000 laps led in NASCAR’s national series if he leads 332of the 750 scheduled laps this weekend.



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Sporting News Power Poll

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Sporting News Power Poll


It was the Kyle Busch Show on Sunday … until the end of the race. Busch led a race-high 151 laps but not the final three, but that was still good enough to edge Carl Edwards for the top spot in this week’s Sporting News Power Poll. Busch finished third in the Auto Club 400 while Edwards came home sixth. Winner Kevin Harvick moved up to fourth in the poll, which is a weekly collaboration of Sporting News, SceneDaily.com, Rowdy.com and NASCAR Illustrated.

1. Kyle Busch (last week: 2nd). You can’t win ’em all—but Busch is doing his best to disprove that axiom.
2. Carl Edwards (1st). Edwards played Fontana like a champion, getting a sixth-place finish out of a car that couldn’t run up front.
3. Jimmie Johnson (4th). Five-time was in line for his first win of 2011 until he got snookered on the last lap by Kevin Harvick. The No. 48 team is getting better, but it’s not at championship form just yet.
4. Kevin Harvick (9th). There’s nothing quite like the drama of a last-lap pass, and Harvick gave it to us. But he gave Johnson the right to use his bumper in the future.
5. Ryan Newman (5th). Newman is making a habit of finishing fifth. And that has him nipping at the heels of the points leader.
6. Kurt Busch (3rd). The first poor run of the season costs Busch the points lead.
7. Tony Stewart (6th). Stewart’s average running position Sunday was fifth, and he ran in second for much of the day, which made his late race fade to 13th all the more painful.
8. Matt Kenseth (11th). A second straight top-five finish shows Kenseth and the No. 17 team are starting to turn things around.
9. Juan Pablo Montoya (12th). Montoya won the pole on Friday and led twice for seven laps en route to a 10th-place finish. He needs consistency, though.
10. Kasey Kahne (13th). Kahne made an impressive push at the end. There is plenty of reason for optimism.
11. Paul Menard (7th). With “Menarch” drawing to a close, Menard stumbled. Still, a 16th ain’t too shabby.
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (8th). Junior admits a poor qualifying run kept him from the top 10 this week. But once again, he was faster at the end than at the beginning.
13. Jeff Gordon (10th). Gordon’s win at Phoenix remains his only top 10. His second-best finish is the 14th he scored at Bristol .
14. Greg Biffle (18th). Biffle has slowly crawled his way back into the top 20 in the standings, but overall the Fords were a disappointment on Sunday.
15. Martin Truex Jr. (14th). A familiar refrain: Now you see him, now you don’t. Truex is leading the league in fading.
16. Clint Bowyer (21st). His fourth straight finish in the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway is also his first top 10 of 2011. He’s among the few who wants to race at Fontana twice.
17. Mark Martin (15th). Martin fared better in a strenuous workout with uber trainer Jillian Michaels than he did in the race. Finishing 20th dropped the ageless wonder three spots in points to 14th.
18. AJ Allmendinger (17th). A top 15 at California doesn’t count as especially impressive, but it’s the kind of day you need when your car isn’t working.
19. Denny Hamlin (16th). His free fall continues after an engine failure. Was that “wild card” we just heard in the 11 shop?
20. Brian Vickers (NR). Vickers got his second top 10 to go with three finishes in the 30s. All or nothing won’t get him very far. Just ask Montoya.
21. Jeff Burton (25th). He said last week that he remains confident, and a 15th-place result is his best of the year so far.
22. Marcos Ambrose (20th). Ambrose sits 19th in the standings. While a road-course win could earn him a Chase wild-card berth, he has to stay in the top 20 to take advantage of it.
23. Bobby Labonte (19th). A blown tire late in the race resulted in Labonte’s first DNF and worst finish of the season.
24. David Ragan (22nd). Highlight of his Hollywood weekend was a sixth-place start on the grid. Reality bit back with a 22nd-place finish.
25. David Reutimann (NR). Reutimann was never a factor, but at least he didn’t get in a wreck.







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What's The Obsession With Car Crashes?

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This is an interesting article I stumbled across from Jalopnik, a car enthusiast blog that is affiliated with Kotaku.  Read it here.  Of course, I'll rehash it as well as offer my two cents.  This pertains to real-life crashes although it could carry over to video games like *ahem* Burnout and Split/Second.

Basically, car crashes are popular videos it seems.  People can't look away because it's so horrible.  The main reason why is because there is some morbid curiosity in us all.  We want to see what it's like to have a brush with death without actually putting ourselves at risk.  Sort of like "Wow, that was painful, but I'm glad it wasn't me."

A good example of this is horror movies or pranks you pull on friends.  So why do people watch this crap?  Because many liked to be scared, frankly.  Somehow, being scared ties in with laughter--ever notice how after you're shocked you start laughing?  Well, there's something in your brain that connects fear and laughter, I guess.  Roller coasters and other dangerous rides are another good example.  Normally, if you're flung 90 mph down a hill in a coffin-shaped car, odds are you will crash into something and become severely injured or killed.  But thakfully, that car is hinged to the track below so you get to experience the "whoosh" while being safe.

Of course, to tell you the truth, I hate crash footage, horror movies (new slasher flicks anyway), and roller coasters (afraid of heights).  I guess I get my kicks from driving fast cars, something which I haven't had the luxury to do...yet.

Another reason why is because people like the risk-reward involved.  Risk is fun--no use playing a video game if you can't lose, now do you?  EDIT: Like how friendly poker players say "Let's make it interesting," and throw bets on the table.   Frankly, some people get tired of following society's norms--wear your seatbelt, don't drive fast, stay in your lane.  So whenever someone goes fast, you want to know what happens.  Just cause.  Risk makes everything more interesting.


Wow, that Iraqi burnout was unexpected.

Ever watched a police chase show and you almost rooted for the criminal to get away?  Well sometimes...but we want to see justice served.  Just to see if society's values are carried out--good guys win, bad guys go to jail and die.  Usually, the people in the crash videos are guilty of breaking the rules so they "deserve" it.

Also, it's been said that a few people have been in police chases purely for the excitement--because they were bored.  Now that's a huge extreme, but sometimes I want to drive fast although I'm too much of a coward to take big risks.  Last thing I want to do is end up behind bars or six feet under.

Final reason, and the article doesn't mention this, is that people just like seeing stuff get blown up.  Expensive cars, houses, stuff coming to an end.  See Wrecked Exotics, a page for all sorts of banged-up luxury cars (I can't look!!!).  The logic is if they don't have to pick up the tab for the damage, then what does it matter?


So I guess for all the reasons above, you can't have a racing game without big wrecks.  That's not necessarily a bad thing but when it becomes the primary focus of the game (Burnout, Split/Second), it's almost like they care more about spectacular devastation than the actual driving itself.

...one more thing.  Do you think games like Burnout will ever be blamed for aggressive driving?  Kind of like how Counter-Strike was blamed for school shootings?  It may have been done before--I wouldn't be surprised.  EDIT: But so what, Burnout is awesome for kids, ya herd???   But wait--I did notice one line from this review that I should point out:

Didn’t like: This game is perfect, except, when you get really good you might go so fast you can’t see anything. Blazing speeds when you use the boost trigger.

Is it just me, or when playing these games, it's hard to see what's coming up on you when you're going fast?  And it's not because you're going fast, but the camera angles and the visuals can be disorienting.  Like you have a rocket on your ass.  Wait a minute, I just lit a rocket; ROCKETS EXPLODE!!  At least you can see where you're going in a Sega racer...sheesus.
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Martinsville Marks Milestones Aplenty

Posted by imelda sovzky on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Martinsville Marks Milestones Aplenty


Longevity and performance are hallmarks in the career of Mark Martin (No. 5 Quaker State/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet) due to celebrate his 800th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Watch Mark Martin talk about racing at Martinsville.

Martin’s signature start comes nearly to the day of his first NASCAR Sprint Cup appearance (April 5, 1981) at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway where the then 22-year-old Batesville, Ark., native finished 27th.

Over the course of 29 seasons, Martin has:

• Won 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and posted 96 victories across three national series, tops among active drivers.

• Finished among the top three in NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings nine times, most recently in 2009 when he finished second.

• Martin is only the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor to reach the 800-start plateau and likely will pass Darrell Waltrip (seventh with 809) and Kyle Petty (fifth with 829) later this year. His combined 1,055 national-series starts are second only to the 1,185 appearances of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Martin isn’t the only NASCAR Sprint Cup driver celebrating career milestones at Martinsville.

• Greg Biffle (No. 3M Ford) and Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Widia Chevrolet) will mark career starts No. 300. Biffle, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, will make his 625th national series appearance.

• Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet) remains one top-10 shy of career No. 250.

Additionally, Kyle Busch could reach yet another lap-leader milestone in the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500. Busch, who celebrated his 10,000 NASCAR Nationwide Series lap led on March 19 at Bristol Motor Speedway, is 332 laps from leading his 20,000th across the three natio
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Ground To Gain: Hamlin Seeks Martinsville Rebound

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Ground To Gain: Hamlin Seeks Martinsville Rebound


Roadblocks.
That’s 2011, thus far, for Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) who’s been stymied nearly every time he’s taken a green flag. Definitely not the preferred path for the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runner-up, who gets, this week, perhaps the perfect prescription for his competitive ills:

Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin rocks the venerable, .526-mile venue. He’s won three consecutive events at the Virginia short track, where a victory in Sunday’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 would provide the perfect tonic, plus tie a record. If he prevails, the Virginia native will join Fred Lorenzen as the only drivers to win four consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville. Lorenzen did so from 1963-65.

Such karma would be welcomed. Hamlin heads to Martinsville 21st in the series standings, the worst start of his six-year career. Finishes of 21st at Daytona International Speedway, 11th at Phoenix International Raceway, seventh at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 33rd at Bristol Motor Speedway and 39th at Auto Club Speedway have necessitated a serious game of catch-up, somewhat exacerbated by Joe Gibbs Racing engine woes.

Hamlin’s team changed engines before both the season-opening Daytona 500 and the schedule’s third race at Las Vegas, where he finished a season-high seventh on backup power. And engine failure knocked Hamlin to a 39th-place result last week in California, costing him four places in the standings and tightening the Martinsville microscope.

Understand that Hamlin and crew chief Mike Ford probably aren’t panicking.

Their team stood 19th after five races in 2010, with Hamlin knocking out wins at the next two tracks on the 2011 schedule – Martinsville and Texas Motor Speedway – despite enduring knee surgery following Martinsville.

“The uplifting part is I’m going to some really, really good race tracks for us,” Hamlin said following last Sunday’s frustration at Auto Club. “With this new (points) system, you can get in (the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) based on wins if, for some reason, we can’t work our way back to the top 10.”

They Rule: Hamlin, Johnson Current Martinsville Kings
If you’re good at Martinsville Speedway, it’s not a gift that goes away.

The reverse can be true, too, but for now, consider Denny Hamlin and reigning five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), who both have grown roots in Martinsville’s Victory Lane. The two have combined to win the last nine races there – dating to the fall 2006 event – and a wider eye adds one more driver to the contender’s mix.

Hamlin, Johnson and Kyle Busch (No. 18 Pedigree Toyota) have combined to win the last 15 short-track races, a streak that began with the fall 2008 event at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Busch at Martinsville, however, is another story. Lately he’s owned .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, winning five of its last nine series events (including this year’s spring event), while a few hundred miles east, in Virginia, he’s still doing reconnaissance.

“Martinsville has been getting better for us,” Busch said two weeks ago of his no wins, five top-fives and six top-10s in 12 Martinsville starts. “We're getting there. Thanks to (crew chief) Dave (Rogers), we've really worked hard at that. We kind of feel like we have a baseline, a better baseline that we can unload with and be faster off the truck. That's a big benefit to us.”

Indeed, he may be en route. Busch finished fourth last fall at Martinsville, a career-best result there.

And don’t forget four-time series champion Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet), who leads all active drivers with seven Martinsville wins. Johnson is right behind with six, followed by Hamlin with four.

Game On In 2011
‘Tis the season for buzzer beaters – and not only in the NCAA basketball tournaments.

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet) dunked the game-winner on five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) as time ran out Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Harvick caught and passed Johnson in the third turn of the final lap around the two-mile oval to win by 0.144 seconds. Watch Kevin Harvick talk about beating Jimmie Johnson at his own game.

It may have been a shocker, not only to five-time Auto Club winner Johnson but Kyle Busch (No. 18 Pedigree Toyota) as well. Busch, going for his second consecutive weekend sweep of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races, had been passed by Johnson three laps from the finish.

Last-lap passes have been on the rise recently:

• There have been 14 over the most recent five seasons including Kurt Busch’s (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge) winning pass of Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet) in February’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

• Harvick has been on the winning end of a last-lap pass four times in five seasons: on Sunday, last spring at Talladega, in 2009 when he beat Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Widia Chevrolet) to win the Budweiser Shootout and in 2007 when he beat Mark Martin (No. 5 Quaker State/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet) to the line to win the Daytona 500. His record is 4-1 after Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint Bowyer (No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet) won last fall’s Talladega race.

Other indicators also point to 2011 as being among the most competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup seasons.

• Five different winners over the first five races are the most since 2005. Those five winners competed for five different race teams, the most since 2003.

• Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota have scored 31 Manufacturers’ Championship points apiece. The top four drivers in the points standings each drive a different brand of car.

• The new points system offers several levels of excitement. Fourteen points cover the top five positions. There’s also the opportunity to bounce back. Three drivers ranking 25th or worse after the Daytona 500 – Johnson, Harvick and Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford) – have managed to climb into the top 10 over the course of four races.

• Johnson has scored the most points over the last four races (156) followed by Newman and Harvick (154). Click here for a full list of points gained since the Daytona 500.

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Magical Journeys Throughout Europe Just Got More Difficult

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I really have tried to stray from political issues, but if this true, then it is disturbing.

Some people at the European Union are trying to ban gas-powered cars from cities by 2050.  What for?  Cause of climate change???...but Carbon Dioxide only makes up 0.035% (give or take) of the atmosphere and if anything, the earth is getting colder.  Record winters & snowfalls everywhere.  Remember the '70s Time Magazine cover of the coming Ice Age and all the panic these big heads get into over extremes.


And if cars are deadly...well, there's plenty of things that people get killed by, such as planes, knives, peppermints (assuming you choke on 'em), swimming pools, etc.

I also don't even know how this is supposed to work--you can use cars outside of cities but not in them...so if you live in the city, you have to ride a bike over to the parking garage on the outskirts of town then drive away, go to another city, park the car outside that city then walk to the destination?  Makes a whole lotta sense.  Go ahead and ban all cars while you're at it.  Ok, now that is sick.  Please God don't let 'em do that.

I wonder what luxury auto makers like Ferrari, Porsche, and so forth will respond. I love cars, I want to drive cars around, cut this government intervention crap. I hope this is one of those phony baloney stories that is being blown out of proportion.  EDIT: No more cruis'n around OutRun/PGR style.  Whatever happened to letting the private sector determine supply and demand?

I know some of my long-time friends are from the UK.  Stand up for liberty and freedom, people!  If they take away cars, then what else can they take away too?  Maybe fast food, video games, flushable toilets, etc.  For the greater good I guess?  Wow!  We may have bigger problems on our hands than all these stupid depressing video games and Sega's ineptitude after all.

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Oh yeah, two more things.  Afterburner Climax and Crazy Taxi are just 400 MSP on Xbox Live for one week only.  So go go buy it, go go go go go go go go.

Also, WHY ARE THEY MAKING CUSTOM XBOX LIVE AVATAR FIGURES NOW...first Fatheads, now this.  I hate these avatar things now with all the expensive accessories, make em stop...  What a crappy day.
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Struggling drivers see hope in Martinsville

Posted by imelda sovzky on Monday, March 28, 2011

Struggling drivers see hope in Martinsville


By Reid Spencer
March 28, 2011)

Salvation, your name is Martinsville.
That’s the fervent hope of a handful of drivers who need strong performances at the .526-mile paper-clip-shaped track to jump-start their seasons.
First and foremost is Denny Hamlin, who fell to 21st in the Sprint Cup standings when an engine failure knocked him out of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 after 105 of 200 laps at Fontana, Calif., and relegated him to 39th place.
Engine problems have plagued Joe Gibbs Racing all season. Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano have experienced in-race failures, and, frankly, Hamlin is worried about it.
“At this point, yeah, now it’s starting to affect me,” Hamlin said. “I’m worried a little bit more. It’s frustrating, because you want to do the best you can each week, and (crew chief) Mike (Ford) and the team did a great job setting up the car, and we had a fast car.
“It doesn’t matter in the end if you can’t finish the way you’re supposed to.”
Thankfully for Hamlin, the next stop for the Cup series is Martinsville, where he has won the past three races. Last year, a victory in the spring race at Martinsville jump-started a season that produced a series-high eight victories.
Hamlin was 19th in points heading into Martinsville last year. By the end of the year, he was challenging Jimmie Johnson for the championship. Accordingly, it’s too early to panic, even with the engine problems. Hamlin doesn’t feel it’s time for a win-or-bust mentality at Martinsville.
“It’s too early for that,” he said. “We have to do everything we can at this point to get solid runs. … We definitely need to get some solid finishes—we need to prove at this point we can finish a race.”
To say Johnson is in a slump is a bit of a misnomer. He just feels that way when he goes 10 or more races without a win. When Kevin Harvick passed the No. 48 Chevrolet in the final corner of Sunday’s race and kicked Johnson back to second place, that made 13 straight races without a win for the five-time Cup champion, tied for the fifth longest winless streak of his career.
Martinsville might be the cure for that drought. Johnson has won there six times, and he and Hamlin have combined to win the past nine races there.
Nevertheless, it’s only fair to note that during the past 13 events, Johnson has finished second three times and third four times. His average finish in those 13 races is 6.7, and he’s currently fifth in points. That’s the kind of drought other drivers would love to experience.
You could put Jeff Burton in that category. Through five races, Burton is 25th in points. Pit road has been a snake pit for the driver of the No. 31 Chevy. A speeding penalty in Sunday’s race turned a potential top-five finish into a 15th.
Perhaps a trip to Martinsville in Burton’s home state will help. Burton has a win and 15 top 10s in 33 starts there, and he’s almost always fast at NASCAR’s shortest track.
The same goes for Brad Keselowski, who is looking for his first top 10 this season. His No. 2 Penske Dodge hasn’t found the handle at the intermediate speedways, but Keselowski has finished 12th and 10th in his two Cup starts at Martinsville.
Though David Reutimann (27th in points), Jamie McMurray (28th) and Logano (29th) don’t have exceptional records at Martinsville, they, too, need strong finishes on Sunday to keep their fading hopes for a Chase spot alive.



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Notebook: Kyle Busch gives it his best shot but comes up short

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Notebook: Kyle Busch gives it his best shot but comes up short


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

FONTANA, Calif.—After leading a race-high 151 laps, Kyle Busch finished a disappointing third in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway—but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
Under the final caution of the race, Busch stayed out on old tires, as did race winner Kevin Harvick and runner-up Jimmie Johnson. Busch lost the lead to Johnson on Lap 198 of 200 and fell to third when Harvick surged past both drivers for the win.
“Just real, real unfortunate and frustrating and disappointing all in one that we weren’t able to seal the deal today,” Busch said. “Just came down to the last few laps there with Jimmie first, and then Kevin got into it, too, with us.
“You ask a little bit more from your racecar at the last moments, and it doesn’t have anything left to give. You’re essentially a sitting duck waiting for those guys to drive by you. Couldn’t get any more out of the car. That was it. It would push, get loose—that was all we had.”
The third-place finish ended Busch’s streak of NASCAR national series victories at three. As consolation, he gained two positions to fourth in the series standings, 11 points behind leader Carl Edwards, who finished sixth
Earnhardt enjoying newfound consistency
Dale Earnhardt Jr. may not be challenging for wins at this point, but the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet has been the very model of consistency this season.
After a wreck that wasn’t his fault and a 24th-place finish in the Daytona 500, Earnhardt finished 10th, eighth and 11th before finishing 12th in Sunday’s Auto Club 400. He is in 12th place in the Cup standings.
Now Earnhardt has to work on qualifying. Since winning the pole at Daytona (and starting in the back because of a crash in practice), Earnhardt has an average starting position of 30th over the past four races. That’s exactly where he started Sunday at Fontana.
“I like the consistency,” Earnhardt said. “That’s something I’ve never really had. This is the most consistent I’ve ever been in my whole career, so that’s a good thing.
“I think the team’s pretty good. I’ve got to do a better job helping them put a car on the track for qualifying that’s going to get us in the top 15. You’re really not helping yourself starting races in 30th. We have really good racecars and don’t want to be doing that.”
Kurt Busch flounders, loses points lead
Driver Kurt Busch and crew chief Steve Addington struggled with the handling of the No. 22 Penske Dodge all weekend, but under the circumstances, Busch salvaged a respectable 17th-place finish from a race in which he spent most of the afternoon running in the 20s.
Busch fell from the top spot to third in the Cup standings, 10 points behind leader Carl Edwards.
“We unloaded slow and never found speed,” Busch said. “The short practice on Friday (because of rain) really hurt, and we couldn’t find the balance that we needed to be fast. We threw everything we could today at the track—bars, air pressures, spring rubbers, you name it.”
Busch’s average running position was 22.3, and he was 25th with 20 laps to go. His finish was his first outside the top 10 this season.
“The car never reacted to the track,” Busch said. “With a big 2-mile oval like Auto Club, carrying speed through these big sweeping corners is critical to be fast. We struggled getting over the bumps and getting our car to rotate through the corners like we needed. It’s disappointing, because we wanted to come here and extend our point lead and gain some momentum heading into Martinsville next weekend.
“We went in the wrong direction. It’s a long season ... a marathon, not a sprint. We’ll put this behind us and head to short-track racing next week.”



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NASCAR-Last-Lap Pass Gives Harvick Win at Fontana

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By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

FONTANA, Calif.—Hometown boy (finally) makes good.
 
Kevin Harvick, who grew up in Bakersfield—about 150 miles from Auto Club Speedway—needed a last-lap pass of Jimmie Johnson to win for the first time at the 2-mile track, in his 18th attempt.
Harvick won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, powering his No. 29 Chevrolet to the outside of Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy through Turns 3 and 4 and beating Johnson to the finish line by .144 seconds. 

Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCARHonorary starter Sugar Ray Leonard waves the green flag
as Juan Pablo Montoya leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to
start the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Harvick, who restarted fifth with nine laps remaining, surged to the front on the final two laps, passing Kyle Busch and Johnson in the process. The victory was Harvick’s first of the season and 15th of his career and moved him up six spots in the points standings to ninth.
Busch, who led a race-high 151 laps, came home third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman. Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne and polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10. Edwards took over the series lead by nine points over Newman.
Busch held the lead until Lap 198, when Johnson passed him to the inside after the cars crossed the stripe. The duel between Busch and Johnson allowed Harvick to gain ground.
A caution on Lap 185 of 200, after Bobby Labonte blew a right front tire and slammed the Turn 4 wall, meant decision time for the crew chiefs. With Labonte’s wrecked car blocking the entrance to pit road, the pits remained closed until Lap 189, when Labonte’s car was dragged to the garage by a wrecker.
Busch, Johnson, Tony Stewart, Bowyer, Harvick, Newman and Edwards stayed on the track during the caution, with Kenseth leading a group of cars to pit road.
“Those guys just started to race,” Harvick said. “They got side by side, and we were able to pull up in there. The more laps we got on our tires, the better we were, but I was really nervous about that last call—staying out—but it all worked out in our favor, and we were able to make up ground.

Credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images for NASCARKevin Harvick passes Jimmie Johnson in Turn 4 of the final lap

to win the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
“(Crew chief) Gil (Martin) obviously knew that we were better after the tires had air in them (as pressure built during green-flag runs), and it all worked out today.”
Johnson’s battle with Busch opened the door for Harvick, who led one lap—the one that counted.
“If I could have gotten by the No. 18 (Busch) a lap sooner, maybe that would have made the difference, and I would have had enough of a margin to hold off the No. 29, but he was rolling on the top,” Johnson said. “I did all I could. I was dead sideways. I think I hit the fence one time off of (Turn) 2, chasing Kyle, with the right rear first because it was sliding off the corner.”
After a cycle of stops that began when Busch pitted from the lead on Lap 138, Busch held a 6.5-second lead over Stewart, who began to make up ground throughout the ensuing green-flag run. Stewart had erased all but 1.3 seconds of Busch’s advantage when another cycle of green-flag stops widened the lead to 2.5 seconds.

Andy Lally’s spin off Turn 4 on Lap 170, however, brought out the third caution of the race and bunched the field for a restart on Lap 175. Busch and Stewart took the green flag side-by-side, with Busch in the outside lane, and the driver of the No. 18 Toyota pulled away to a half-second lead within three laps.

Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCARKevin Harvick and crew chief Gil Martin give each other a champagne

shower after winning the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Notes: Sunday’s race was Harvick’s 39th at Fontana in NASCAR’s top three series. He is winless in 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. He finished third in Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. … Harvick’s victory was the first at Fontana for team owner Richard Childress. … Harvick teammate Paul Menard finished 16th, improving on his previous best finish of 18th at Fontana. Menard, who is seventh in the standings, has personal-best results at all five tracks this season. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. came home 12th and fell to 12th in points, 31 behind Edwards.

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HARVICK WINS AUTO CLUB 400

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Last-lap pass gives Harvick win at Fontana


(March 27, 2011)

FONTANA, Calif.—Hometown boy (finally) makes good.
Kevin Harvick, who grew up in Bakersfield—about 150 miles from Auto Club Speedway—needed a last-lap pass of Jimmie Johnson to win for the first time at the 2-mile track, in his 18th attempt.
Harvick won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race, powering his No. 29 Chevrolet to the outside of Johnson’s No. 48 Chevy through Turns 3 and 4 and beating Johnson to the finish line by .144 seconds.
Harvick, who restarted fifth with nine laps remaining, surged to the front on the final two laps, passing Kyle Busch and Johnson in the process. The victory was Harvick’s first of the season and 15th of his career and moved him up six spots in the points standings to ninth.
Busch, who led a race-high 151 laps, came home third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman. Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne and polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10. Edwards took over the series lead by nine points over Newman.
Busch held the lead until Lap 198, when Johnson passed him to the inside after the cars crossed the stripe. The duel between Busch and Johnson allowed Harvick to gain ground.
A caution on Lap 185 of 200, after Bobby Labonte blew a right front tire and slammed the Turn 4 wall, meant decision time for the crew chiefs. With Labonte’s wrecked car blocking the entrance to pit road, the pits remained closed until Lap 189, when Labonte’s car was dragged to the garage by a wrecker.
Busch, Johnson, Tony Stewart, Bowyer, Harvick, Newman and Edwards stayed on the track during the caution, with Kenseth leading a group of cars to pit road.
“Those guys just started to race,” Harvick said. “They got side by side, and we were able to pull up in there. The more laps we got on our tires, the better we were, but I was really nervous about that last call—staying out—but it all worked out in our favor, and we were able to make up ground.
“(Crew chief) Gil (Martin) obviously knew that we were better after the tires had air in them (as pressure built during green-flag runs), and it all worked out today.”
Johnson’s battle with Busch opened the door for Harvick, who led one lap—the one that counted.
“If I could have gotten by the No. 18 (Busch) a lap sooner, maybe that would have made the difference, and I would have had enough of a margin to hold off the No. 29, but he was rolling on the top,” Johnson said. “I did all I could. I was dead sideways. I think I hit the fence one time off of (Turn) 2, chasing Kyle, with the right rear first because it was sliding off the corner.”
After a cycle of stops that began when Busch pitted from the lead on Lap 138, Busch held a 6.5-second lead over Stewart, who began to make up ground throughout the ensuing green-flag run. Stewart had erased all but 1.3 seconds of Busch’s advantage when another cycle of green-flag stops widened the lead to 2.5 seconds.
Andy Lally’s spin off Turn 4 on Lap 170, however, brought out the third caution of the race and bunched the field for a restart on Lap 175. Busch and Stewart took the green flag side-by-side, with Busch in the outside lane, and the driver of the No. 18 Toyota pulled away to a half-second lead within three laps.
Notes: Sunday’s race was Harvick’s 39th at Fontana in NASCAR’s top three series. He is winless in 17 Nationwide and four truck series starts. He finished third in Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 Nationwide race. … Harvick’s victory was the first at Fontana for team owner Richard Childress. … Harvick teammate Paul Menard finished 16th, improving on his previous best finish of 18th at Fontana. Menard, who is seventh in the standings, has personal-best results at all five tracks this season. … Dale Earnhardt Jr. came home 12th and fell to 12th in points, 31 behind Edwards.
By Reid Spencer

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Serv



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Last-lap pass gives Harvick win at Fontana

Posted by imelda sovzky on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last-lap pass gives Harvick win at Fontana

(March 27, 2011)
FONTANA, Calif.—With a last-lap pass of Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway.
Harvick, who restarted fifth with nine laps remaining, surged to the front on the final two laps, passing Kyle Busch and Johnson in the process. The victory was Harvick’s first of the season and the 15th of his career.
Johnson ran second, followed by Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman. Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne and polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10.
A caution on Lap 185, after Bobby Labonte blew a right front tire and slammed the Turn 4 wall, meant decision time for the crew chiefs. With Labonte’s wrecked car blocking the entrance to pit road, the pits remained closed until Lap 189, when Labonte’s car was dragged to the garage by a wrecker.
Busch, Johnson, Tony Stewart, Bowyer, Harvick, Newman and Edwards all stayed on the track during the caution, with Kenseth leading a group of cars to pit road. Stewart faded to 13th at the finish.
After a cycle of stops that began when Busch pitted from the lead on Lap 138, Busch held a 6.5-second lead over Stewart, who began to make up ground throughout the ensuing green-flag run. Stewart had erased all but 1.3 seconds of Busch’s advantage when another cycle of green-flag stops widened the lead to 2.5 seconds.
Andy Lally’s spin off Turn 4 on Lap 170, however, brought out the third caution of the race and bunched the field for a restart on Lap 175 of 200. Busch and Stewart took the green flag side-by-side, with Busch in the outside lane, and the driver of the No. 18 Toyota pulled away to a half-second lead within three laps.
By Reid Spencer

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New CS Maps: Sonic Hydrocity/Mushroom Hill & Super Mario Bros. 2

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I've still got a few of these maps to get done.  I know I still have to post the Disney World pics and other stuff, but so let's slip this in here now.




These are some of the earlier maps that I've made so they look a bit rugged, but still I thought these were cool maps.  Now I was tempted to go back and make a map for each Sonic 3&K level, but that would take a lot of effort for something I don't think would pay off.  If I did pick another Sonic level, I'm leaning towards Lava Reef.

I also added a funny thing to the Sonic maps...little powerup computers replicas.  One gives body armor, another gives a grenade, and another gives a TMP.  They flash an image of the item instead of a shield, rings, etc.  You just touch the comps and they explode.  Funny stuff ladies and gentlemen.

I still have secret maps coming your way.

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Two Tires Are Better Than Four

Posted by imelda sovzky on Saturday, March 26, 2011

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We are just five races into the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, and Kyle Busch has managed to win three of them. The first two wins were episodes of the Kyle Busch show, while todays win in the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway was a race won on pit strategy.

Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards traded the lead for most of the race; and in the end, I really thought it would come down to a shootout between the two. However, and as always, I hugely underestimated Kyle Busch—he spent most of the race lurking in the top-five but never seemed to be too much of a threat.

The race saw a total of five cautions. The most notable being a single car spin by Jennifer Jo Cobb, and Steve Wallace’s spin in the grass after he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got together on lap 24.

With less than 20 laps to go; and after all the leaders took four tires on the last round of pit stops, Busch’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, called an audible and decided to change only two tires. This call put Busch in a sizeable lead after the pit stops had cycled through. The lead was so great that even on the last lap when Busch grazed the wall, neither Edwards nor Harvick could catch him. After the race, the dejected, yet always-upbeat Edwards said, “It was a fun race other than winning”.

This marks the 46th win in the Nationwide Series in just 207 starts for Busch and further cements his name as one of the greatest drivers NASCAR has ever seen. After the gutsy call in the pits, I wonder how many crew chiefs will make the same call tomorrow in the cup race should the opportunity arise…
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Notebook: Edwards exercised restraint but still owes payback to Kyle Busch

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Notebook: Edwards exercised restraint but still owes payback to Kyle Busch


By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

FONTANA, Calif.—The talk started at Phoenix last month, after Kyle Busch held off Carl Edwards to win the Nationwide Series race there.
Edwards raced Busch cleanly during the closing laps, resisting the impulse to bump him out of the way. After the race, both drivers made reference to Edwards owing Busch a shot for a previous incident.
In last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol, Edwards had another chance to use his bumper but again refrained from doing so. Busch won the race, with Edwards finishing second. Afterward, however, both drivers mentioned Busch still might have payback coming his way.
There’s history between the drivers that predates an incident in February’s Cup race at Phoenix, where Busch bounced off the curbing in Turn 3 and knocked Edwards’ pole-winning Ford into the wall.
That hit was unintentional. What upset Edwards initially was contact he sustained on a restart during last November’s Nationwide race at Phoenix.
“He tried to flatten my fender,” Edwards said. “We talked about it, and I told him then that I owed him one. I had kind of let that go—until he ran into me at the Cup race. We talked about it the next day. I was pretty pissed off about it.”
The drivers talked again in Edwards’ transporter at Las Vegas, a week after the wreck in the Cup race. Edwards, who is one point behind series leader Kurt Busch, figures the Phoenix wreck cost him about 28 points and deprived him of what might have been a commanding lead after four races.
“It was a good talk,” Edwards said of the discussion at Las Vegas. “It was fine. All this talk is talk, but the reality is that I didn’t wreck him at Bristol. If I could have gotten to him with one or two laps to go, I might have moved him out of the way, but I’m not going to intentionally go try to ruin his day or anything. It’s not like that. I just feel like the least he can give me is one little spot at the end of a race.
“But really, truly, the deal with Kyle doesn’t keep me up at night.”
Busch suggested to Edwards, if he intended to exact revenge, that he do so in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte in May, an exhibition event with no championship points at stake.
Roush gets a new customer—TRG Motorsports
TRG Motorsports, which has been fielding Chevrolets for Sprint Cup rookie-of-the-year candidate Andy Lally, will switch to Ford before the April 9 Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, team owner Kevin Buckler confirmed Friday.
TRG will purchase its chassis from Roush Fenway Racing and its engines from Roush/Yates Engines.
TRG is perhaps best known for its success in the sports car ranks, having won the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the fourth time in January.
“TRG has a fantastic pedigree and a great history in sports car racing,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. “We’re pleased TRG has decided to make this switch to Ford. It says a lot about the quality of our Fusions and the performance of the FR9 engine.”
Drainage problems again plague track
Even though the rain stopped Friday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway, drainage problems in Turns 1 and 2 at the 2-mile track prevented the Sprint Cup and Nationwide cars from running in their scheduled practice sessions.
“Weepers” are nothing new to the speedway. During a Cup race here in February 2008, NASCAR was forced to postpone the event to the following day when attempts to keep seeping water from flowing across the track failed.
On Friday, the track used the same approach that ultimately corrected the problem three years ago—sawing grooves in the asphalt designed to channel the water from the racetrack.
At 5 p.m. ET, NASCAR released the Cup cars for practice, but less than five minutes into the session, Kyle Busch crashed off Turn 4, with his No. 18 Toyota coming to rest in the infield grass.
Busch radioed that the track was still wet. He will go to a backup car for Sunday's Auto Club 400.






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About A (Red-Head) Boy

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This is a story that happened a week ago.  One of my mom's friends was going to Las Vegas and our family agreed to have her son stay over for three days.  This kid is 10 years old and I've maybe seen him a few brief times before.  All we know is that this is the Brady Bunch and this kid is Cousin Oliver.  So I didn't mind having him over just as long as he didn't raid my room and touch all my stuff.  To keep his identity safe, I'll refer to him as "Dude."

I'm annoying and nobody likes me!  Now make me a sandwich!

But first, about my family--my three brothers to be exact.  I'm the oldest at 23.  My two middle brothers are going to school, doing work, and hanging out with (girl)friends so they are almost always out of the picture nowadays, seemingly content for me to "babysit" Dude because they find him somewhat creepy.  My youngest brother is 13.  Believe it or not, he has autism.  I'll call him "Guy."  Basically, he acts socially different compared to kids his age.  He plays video games like I do and I usually get along with him as long as he's not throwing a fit or screwing with my Xbox 360.  So basically, I'm not used to interacting with a "normal" child like Dude.

With Dude over, at first I'm assuming he will play with Guy, but Guy usually sticks his head in Playstation 3 games and doesn't like to be bothered.  At this point in time, I wasn't really expecting to hang out with Dude, but he wanted to play the Xbox 360 in my room which I let him do with slight reluctance.  Guy comes in to play with him and I go eat a sandwich.  But then Guy jumps back on the PS3 and Dude is all alone.  So basically, the only person Dude has to hang out with is me.  A 23 year old hanging out with a 10 year old.  Yeah, this is the recipe for a Disney channel show or an indie movie I see.  Dude also brought over his stuffed Beagle dog toy which is basically his "security blanket."

But first, an aside.  For some reason, I feel like I've never grown up.  Well, subtle things anyway.  Like we've went to a restaurant recently and my 16 year old brother orders a parmesean caesar salad with crab legs and chives (I made this up) while I order chicken fingers.  I also have toys lying around my room.  I think that Dude saw into my soul and sort of got along with me right away, seeing I'm not this big bad man like most people my age are.

So what do we do?  He wants to play a video game--one with guns but no cursing.  So we play Call of Duty: Black Ops!  We go online split screen.  He just plain sucks with his 0.1 KDR, but he was stoked to play the game as late as possible.  Later, we try to play one of those Halo campaign missions, but we get stuck one one of those flying missions.  I keep getting spawned in mid-air and he keeps dying.  We go back to Black Ops afterwards cause Halo sucks.

He claims he's never spent the night over at someone's house and stayed up late (3 am) before.  I used to do it all the time, I said.  He talked about sporadic things like how Vanilla Ice ripped off Queen's Under Pressure and how LSU Football head coach Les Miles should be fired.  Like I said, this is completely new to me cause I've never hung out with kids before.  He did bring up this point while we were talking; just substitute Donkey Kong with Daytona USA:



Ok, this really didn't happen.  Sorry...somehow I was just reminded of Billy Madison.

Now I'm not pursuing this kid, but he seemed to look up to me.  I'm at home, just hanging out, doing what I normally do with my time.  Sometimes Dude would be out swimming in the pool, hanging out with Guy, or throwing the football around outside.  I was sitting down alone eating Tyson chicken fries at dinnertime when he started to ask questions about me like where I am in school (I have a college degree!!) and do I have a girlfriend (not now cause girls are trouble).  But then he asks this question (I'm paraphrasing):

DUDE: Hey, do you have any friends?


ME: Eh, not really.


DUDE: Why not?


ME: I don't know...I'm not very outgoing and I like a lot of stuff that's not popular so I don't have a lot in common.  Not many people like me.


DUDE: Well, that's stupid because you're supposed to like people for their character, not for their hobbies or their skills.


ME: Why, that's very good advice.


DUDE: You have a friend; do you know who your friend is?


ME: Who?


DUDE: I'm your friend.


*CUE "AWWWWWW" FROM AUDIENCE"*

I'm going to tell you the truth.  Trying to maintain these friendships and figuring out what (and how) to say things is as tricky as walking the tightrope 50 stories high.  But why?  How much value can you put in a 10 year old kid?  Well, it's nice to see another human being who will actually talk to me; that's new...

Of course, by this point in time, you think I'm leaning towards some Michael Jackson-esque man-boy "relationship," but spare me the grief cause that's not where I'm heading.

Oh yeah, one more funny thing.  He sees my collection of Xalax Lego Racers in my room and says, "Hey I have a few of these.  Next time I come over, I'll give them to you cause I don't want them anymore."  If that is true, then that's just insane.

Anyway, Dude plays two-player Tony Hawk for the PS3 with Guy and then they go to sleep.  Dude leaves at 8 am next morning.  Before he left, I said goodbye and this conversation ensued:



And there goes my "friend."  Ehh, whatever.  I usually rail on kids for being obnoxious and "stupid" (obviously not to their faces...I'm not that big of a jerk) but sometimes they can surprise you.  And kids don't have to put up with crap like politics, news, paying bills, losing weight (eh, most of them), etc. so their ideas seem more "pure" than us adults' ideas.  I know it's just a kid, but it's nice to know I made a friend which made me feel a little better about myself.

But speaking of kids, in all honesty, I love the scene at the end of Step Brothers with the kids.  Seriously, we need more kids to get beat up in movies since they get away with everything while the adults get pissed on.  Rofl.

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Montoya Captures Pole For Sundays Race

Posted by imelda sovzky on Friday, March 25, 2011

After waiting almost two hours to get on the track to practice today the NASCAR Sprint Cup series finally got out there with only a 30-45min practice. Some drivers worked in qualifying trim and one other worked in getting a backup car out. Kyle Busch didn’t even complete one full lap as he came off of turn four he got loose and went into the infield and it broke the splitter brace forcing him to go to a backup car. Then nationwide practice was on, then qualifying.

Juan Montoya was the fastest in tonight’s qualifying run. Denny Hamlin will start next to Montoya in row one, and teammate Joey Logano will start third. Lets’ look at how the top five qualifiers do at Auto Club.
 
Juan Montoya your pole sitter for the race has only one top five and one top ten. His average start is 15.0 and his average finish is 20.5. But like I said before, stats mean nothing. Juan Montoya has been doing better and better. No one can just hop into a Stock Car and get a win in their first start, especially if you were in open wheel. Montoya has a good outcome of finishing this race with only one DNF in eight starts.
Denny Hamlin was the one who people thought could defeat Jimmie Johnson in 2010 but that didn’t happen. He has had a alright 2011 season and he also has a alright Auto Club races. Denny Hamlin hasn’t won here in the Sprint Cup Series but he has had one pole here before. It looks like you will see him get at least a top ten cause he has four of those and only one top five here. In ten starts he has only had one DNF just like the pole sitter Juan Montoya. Denny Hamlin will start second in the race on Sunday.

Joey Logano who replaced Tony Stewart when he left Joe Gibbs Racing has had a bad start to his 2011 season. He has had engine problems in every race but last weekend there was a rumor he did, but turns out he didn’t have one and took home a twenty third place finish. As only being in the Cup for 3 years now Joey Logano has a good record at this track. He has completed 99.9% of the laps and has no DNF’s. He has one top five and one top ten and I say he will do really well this weekend. Joey will start third in the race on Sunday.

A big surprise of 2011 is Regan Smith. Everyone remembers him as losing to Tony Stewart at Talladega in 2008 but this year he is got everything in order to win. He has a pit crew employed and trained by SHR and has got cars from Hendrick. Smith has five starts here and has completed 99.5% of the total laps. No top fives’ or top tens’ but he has everything in order to win and get top fives’ and tens’ this year. Regan Smith will start fourth on Sunday.

Tony Stewart winner of the fall race last year is starting in the fifth spot for Sunday’s race. Nineteen starts here and he has one win, five top five’s and eleven top ten’s. He has two DNF’s but an average finish of 14.2. He has finished in the top ten the last four races here which makes’ me think that he will make it five straight races at Fontana where he has finished in the top ten.





Race Line Up:


POS
DRIVER
SPEED
1
Juan Montoya
184.653
2
Denny Hamlin
184.27
3
Joey Logano
184.134
4
Regan Smith
184.03
5
Tony Stewart
183.988
6
David Ragan
183.692
7
Jeff Burton
183.622
8
Kyle Busch
183.482
9
Ryan Newman
183.463
10
Mark Martin
183.449
11
Matt Kenseth
183.407
12
Jamie McMurray
183.243
13
Marcos Ambrose
183.127
14
David Reutimann
183.113
15
Paul Menard
182.95
16
Jimmie Johnson
182.932
17
Clint Bowyer
182.899
18
Carl Edwards
182.797
19
Brian Vickers
182.658
20
A.J. Allmendinger
182.519
21
Brad Keselowski
182.51
22
Kasey Kahne
182.366
23
Kurt Busch
182.039
24
Kevin Harvick
181.91
25
Casey Mears
181.855
26
Martin Truex Jr.
181.809
27
Trevor Bayne
181.804
28
Landon Cassill
181.694
29
Jeff Gordon
181.671
30
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
181.534
31
Dave Blaney
180.936
32
Greg Biffle
180.786
33
Michael McDowell
180.605
34
Bobby Labonte
180.338
35
Robby Gordon
180.279
36
Travis Kvapil
180.014
37
David Gilliland
179.699
38
Andy Lally*
178.958
39
Ken Schrader
177.94
40
Joe Nemechek
177.659
41
Todd Bodine
176.557
42
Tony Raines
175.653
43
J.J. Yeley
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