Blazing Keselowski Closes On Improbable Top-10 Ranking

Posted by imelda sovzky on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Blazing Keselowski Closes On Improbable Top-10 Ranking
 
Six races ago Brad Keselowski was 23rd in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, 95 points behind 10th-place Denny Hamlin and holding a victory that might have been worthless had he stayed outside of the top 20 in the standings.
Heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500, Keselowski is on the cusp of accomplishing the improbable if not downright impossible.
His third victory of the season last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway gives Keselowski a near lock on one of two wild card spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which begins Sept. 18 at Chicagoland Speedway.
By stringing wins at Pocono and Bristol among four consecutive top-three finishes in the past four races, the 27-year-old Michigan native has erased all but 21 points of his post-New Hampshire deficit. He’s closing on the top 10 – and an automatic Chase berth – at the rate of 19 points per race beginning with a ninth-place performance in the Brickyard 400.
The Top-10 Picture: Locking up a place in the postseason is every athlete’s dream – especially if it’s done early. Five drivers accomplished that goal at Bristol Motor Speedway, locking up one of 10 guaranteed positions in this season’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick comprise the Fortunate Five. Each was part of last year’s Chase. Johnson, bidding for his sixth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup title, is the only driver to qualify for all eight Chases since the championship format was adopted in 2004.
Though unlikely, the rest of the top-10 spots can mathematically be clinched in Atlanta. Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch – winner of the 2004 title in the first season of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – are the most likely candidates. All three control their own destiny.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, ninth and 10th, remain on the bubble. Earnhardt is 39 points to the good while Stewart leads 11th place Keselowski and 12th place Clint Bowyer by 21 and 22 points, respectively.
And Then They Reset: Point position is important but the big picture, at least when the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins, are bonus points that determine seeding. Each win by a top-10 driver qualifying for the Chase is worth three points and will be added to a base of 2,000 points following next week’s Race to the Chase finale at Richmond International Raceway.
With six more points available – three at Atlanta, three at Richmond – Busch is the provisional No. 1 seed with four wins. Harvick has won three times; Kenseth two. Gordon, should he clinch a top-10 spot, is the only other multiple winner.
The Wild, Wild (Card) East: The bad news for Keselowski should he fall short of the top 10 and qualify for his first Chase as a wild card driver is he’ll forfeit a potential nine points – his three wins – since wild card entrants don’t get bonus points in the re-seeding.
The wild card picture, however, gets wilder if the Penske Racing driver knocks down the top-10 door.
Denny Hamlin, with his victory in June’s race at Michigan, would be the first wild card (and second if Keselowski remains outside the top 10). Hamlin, last year’s runner up to Johnson, ranks 13th.
Should only one winner among the top 20 be eligible, the best-placed non-winner in the standings would gain the final wild card. Right now that would be Bowyer.
Sprint Summer Showdown Throws Down: Four drivers – Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard – have qualified for Sunday’s Sprint Summer Showdown Presented by HTC EVO™ 3D. Now it remains to be seen if one of the four can win the AdvoCare 500 and claim the $3 million bonus to be split equally among driver, driver’s charity and a lucky fan. Keselowski will be racing for two fans, who would receive $500,000 each.
 
‘Five-Time’, Kyle Busch Getting Ready For Chase Rumble 
 
Without a doubt, the run-up to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is taking on all the trappings of a heavyweight championship bout.
In one corner, the five-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson. In the other, Kyle Busch, whose four 2011 victories top all comers. The pair shares the same number of points – 830 – with the tie broken in favor of Busch’s wins.
History suggests the two could go down to next month’s Chase kickoff at Chicagoland Speedway one-two in the standings, although the reset – three bonus points per victory added to a base of 2,000 each top-10 driver – currently favors Busch.
Both competitors have victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Johnson three; Busch one), site of Sunday’s AdvoCare 500. Likewise, Johnson and Busch have won at Richmond International Raceway as well.
Where do they stand once the Chase begins? If we’re talking victories, the odds shift to Johnson.
           Johnson’s 53 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories include wins at eight of the 10 tracks comprising this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He’s missing only Chicagoland – where Busch beat him on an epic restart in 2008 – and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
           Busch, with 23 wins since joining NASCAR’s premier series in 2004, is five-for-10 in wins at Chase tracks. He continues to hunt for the checkered flag at Charlotte, Homestead, Kansas, Martinsville and Texas.
 
Stewart’s Chase Chances May Hinge On Atlanta Victory Defense
 
This has not been a Tony Stewart kind of season and the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion could be skating on the brink of Chase extinction. Stewart is on track to suffer his first winless season since joining the series in 1999.
He’s also finished outside the top 25 in two of his last three starts and hasn’t led a lap over the past five races.
Tenth in the points standings, Stewart has a 21-point cushion with two races remaining before the top 10 and wild card qualifiers for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are determined. That’s basically half a race, comfortable except for several things:
           The current 11th-place driver, Brad Keselowski, won last weekend at Bristol and has gained 12 positions from 23rd over the past five races.
           Clint Bowyer also remains very much in the mix standing 12th, a single point behind Keselowski.
So where does “Smoke” go from here? Best answer: defend his 2010 AdvoCare 500 victory.
A win helps Stewart two ways. It helps him solidify his top-10 perch and add bonus points to his total when the standings are reset. And, if Keselowski or Bowyer ultimately overtakes him, Stewart would be in a prime position to claim one of two wild card Chase entries.
 
Jeff Gordon Has Made The Most Of The Race To The Chase
 
Four time series champion Jeff Gordon has been on a roll during the Race to the Chase. In the last eight races leading up to this weekend, Gordon has scored the most points with 302. The rest of the top-five, highest point-scoring drivers in the Race to the Chase are as follows: Kyle Busch is second with 294; third is Brad Keselowski with 291; fourth is Jimmie Johnson with 290 and fifth is Ryan Newman with 287 points scored during this season’s Race to the Chase.
Gordon is currently sixth in the standings, 48 points behind first, having posted two wins (Phoenix-1, Pocono-1), eight top fives, 12 top 10s and one Coors Light pole (Talladega). He is coming off a dominating performance at Bristol where he led the most laps (206) and finished third.
Look for Gordon to continue his late season success this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The series veteran has made 37 starts at the 1.54-mile speedway posting four wins (1995, ‘98, ‘99, and ‘03), 14 top fives and 23 top 10s. His average starting position at Atlanta is 12.6 and his average finish is 12.4.
Gordon (100.6) is one of only four drivers heading into this weekend at Atlanta with a pre-race Driver Rating of 100.0 or more.
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc. 
 
Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle will race to determine the 2011 “Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot” this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and possibly deliver a $1 million payday to one of two finalists. Stewart will feature the logo of one finalist on his No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet, while Biffle will carry the logo of a second finalist on his No. 16 3M Ford. The small business featured on the highest-finishing driver’s car will be named the 2011 “Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot,” and if Stewart or Biffle wins the race, the small business on the winning car will walk away with $1 million. Both finalists receive a $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a VIP experience this weekend. … Upcoming milestones: Matt Kenseth will make his 425th series start, David Gilliland will make his 175th series start and Joey Logano will make his 100th series start. 
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Thanks Nagoshi: Captain Jack Can Get Me High Tonight...

Posted by imelda sovzky on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm sorry that as of late I've been posting in a completely reactionary fashion (i.e. news stories).



Seriously, after hearing this man talk (Nagoshi, not Billy Joel), all I wanna do is sit and home and masturbate, smoke pot, meet my girlfriend in the parking lot, find my dad in the swimming pool, and have my mother make my bed. I mean, what else is there???

So anyway, Toshihiro Nagoshi called together a "press conference" today. Yes, apparently he had such a big announcement that he said "Gather 'round me people, I have something to say," more or less.

What is it he said? A new Daytona game? Or maybe a new Super Monkey Ball game?

No. He announced a Yakuza 5. And some sequel to this game called Black Panther which, no surprise, also involves the Yakuza. AND he's also forming a new "Yakuza studio" dedicated to making--you guess it--more Yakuza games!!! (EDIT: What'll happen to Amusement Vision now???) Gee, how many Yakuza games can we take in such a short time?  For the record, the first Yakuza came out on September 2006.  And Yakuza: of the End isn't numbered but still counts.

And to make this stupider, Famitsu leaked this announcement a day ahead. Then again, not like I expected Nagoshi to come out and say "Hey guys, I'm making a new Daytona game!" First of all, that's not paramount enough to demand a press conference. Second, I doubt he was going to announce a new Daytona game, period.

I'm pretty sure there's some people out there who are celebrating.  And no, I don't think the Yakuza games suck--I'm pretty sure they're good.  Not to dimish that but to me, Nagoshi is DONE. Stick a fork in him and run him out of town. I have no faith in this man anymore. He'll make Yakuza and other cinematic games that rip off many aspects of pop gaming culture (see Binary Domain) until he's blue in the face. No word on any new racing games.

I swear, I really want someone to go to one of these meetings of his and politely ask him about his opinions of the Daytona/Scud Race franchise. Then report back to us about it.

Pssh, this news doesn't really surprise me. I'm just looking for any venues for me to slam Nagoshi. It's really disappointing that fans have already beat Sega themselves to the elusive Daytona 1/2/Scud Race ports. I mean, forget about a "Daytona 3," how about a port? No.

Damn, it's really late (1:30 am) and I have class at 10:30 am. Ugh, I hate work. I do have some "unique" posts coming up soon, but I can't post them now. Just bear with me...
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Atlanta Night Race Stats

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Atlanta Night Race Stats Help to Reveal Who to Watch at AdvoCare 500

HAMPTON, Ga. (Aug. 22, 2011) – In a season that is on pace to set records in the parity department, perhaps the best way to figure out who may be the drivers to watch at this year’s AdvoCare 500 is to hit the record books and examine the stats for night racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
This year’s Labor Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be the third time competitors have run under the lights at the 1.54-mile speedway since the event moved to the Labor Day slot.
After two races under the lights at AMS, two different drivers have visited victory lane, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. In each season, both drivers used their victories to propel themselves into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With Atlanta’s spot on the schedule as the second-to-last race prior to the Chase cutoff, several drivers are currently faced with the prospect of having to win the AdvoCare 500 to qualify for the Chase, whether through being in the top-10 in points or taking a Wild Card spot.
Looking at the results of the past two Labor Day weekend night races, here are a few drivers fans should keep an eye on during race weekend:
·         Juan Pablo Montoya – Atlanta Motor Speedway has historically been one of Montoya’s strongest tracks. Over the last two night races at AMS, Montoya has logged finishes of third and ninth. Atlanta was also the sight of Montoya’s first-career top-five NASCAR finish, which came during the spring of 2007.
·         Ryan Newman – The driver of the No. 39 currently sits in seventh place in points and looks poised to lock up another berth into the Chase field. Newman wheeled his Chevrolet to a ninth-place finish in 2009 and came home eighth in 2010. The Indiana native could put the finishing touches on his Chase fate here in two weeks. Newman has also won seven pole awards during his career at AMS, which leads all current drivers and ties him for most all-time with his mentor Buddy Baker.
·         Denny Hamlin – Hamlin recorded a sixth-place finish in his No. 11 in 2009, but finished dead-last last year. However the poor finish is a bit of an aberration. Hamlin started last year’s event from the pole and spent a considerable amount of time among the leaders before his engine expired after 143 laps. Hamlin is currently hanging onto his Chase hopes by a thread, and a good run at Atlanta could propel him into the postseason.
·         Carl Edwards – “Cousin Carl” is another driver that has a deceiving poor finish from the last two night races at Atlanta. Edwards finished 37th in 2009 but featured a strong Aflac machine in that race prior to spending considerable time in the garage with mechanical issues. Last year Edwards pulled off a runner-up finish behind race-winner Tony Stewart. The Missouri native has been one of the top drivers on the circuit in 2011, and has three wins in his career at Atlanta.
·         Kyle Busch – “Rowdy” will roll into Atlanta as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit. After winning his fourth race of 2011 last weekend at Michigan, Busch heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, where he has taken five checkered flags in his Sprint Cup career. Busch finished 13th and fifth in his past two night races at Atlanta, and will have added motivation for this year’s event. Busch is already locked into the Chase, and is eligible for the Sprint Summer Showdown. With a total of $3,000,000 on the line, Busch will be hungry for his second Sprint Cup win at AMS.
One dark horse candidate could be Kurt Busch. Busch is working towards another Chase entry and is also a three-time winner at Atlanta. While all three of his wins came during the daytime, Busch recorded a sixth-place finish last year under the lights. With an improved intermediate track program by Penske Racing this year, Busch could win his first night race at Atlanta this Labor Day weekend.

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Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Field Taking Shape

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Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Field Taking Shape

August 29, 2011




Five Thus Far Guaranteed Spot In 12-Driver Chase
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2011) — Two races remain before the complete 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is set, seedings and all.
Here’s what we know: Five drivers have clinched a Chase spot in some fashion. Kyle Busch, five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have locked up a top-10 spot. Kevin Harvick, on the strength of three 2011 victories, has clinched at least a Wild Card spot – and will likely cement a top-10 berth in this Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
After race No. 26 at Richmond International Raceway, the top-10 drivers in points will fill out the first portion of the 12-driver Chase. Spots 11 and 12 go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most victories, provided they are in the top 20. The Wild Card tiebreaker is points position.
A few words on bonus points: Only the top 10 get them. Once the Chase field is set, all 12 drivers will have their points reset to 2,000. Then, for those in the top 10, three additional bonus points will be tacked on for each win during the 26-race regular season.
Sunday’s race in Atlanta will likely further shore things up. The “magic number” for Atlanta is 49. Leaving Atlanta, any driver who has a 49-point lead over 11th-place clinches a top-10 Chase spot (Note: If the driver in question owns the tiebreaker over 11th of best-finish, that magic number shrinks to 48.). Here are the clinch scenarios going into the weekend…
Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon: Both 93 points ahead of 11th, Harvick and Gordon can guarantee a top-10 spot with at least a finish of 40th; or 41st and at least one lap led; or 42nd and the most laps led.
Ryan Newman: Currently 73 points ahead of 11th, Newman can guarantee a top-10 spot with at least a finish of 20th; or 21st and at least one lap led; or 22nd and the most laps led.
Kurt Busch: Currently 60 points ahead of 11th, Busch can guarantee a top-10 spot with at least a finish of seventh; or eighth and at least one lap led; or ninth and the most laps led.
Both Dale Earnhardt Jr. (39 points ahead of 11th) and Tony Stewart (21 points ahead) can both mathematically reach that 49-point threshold but would need to help. No specific finish guarantees a spot.
There are Wild Card clinching possibilities for this weekend, but all depends on finishes from various competitors on Sunday.
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Kentucky Speedway

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Statement from NASCAR President Mike Helton regarding today's announcement at Kentucky Speedway

"NASCAR is pleased with the efforts announced today by Kentucky Speedway, Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to address the traffic and parking issues faced by fans at their inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this year.  We’ve been in close touch with the track and its management since July and the significant commitments announced today support the common goal of hosting the most successful events possible at Kentucky Speedway next season.  We believe improvements like these are necessary in order to ensure that our fans have the opportunity for an enjoyable race experience. We appreciate these efforts and will continue to monitor the progress that is being made."Full Article Clickon Title





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There's A Warthog In My Forza

Posted by imelda sovzky on Monday, August 29, 2011

EDITED ONCE

Hey guys, did you know PAX happened this weekend?  Yes?  No?  What did they do there...talk about games, yada yada yada...  The less said, the better.

Now folks, this is kind of funny.  Forza 4, which is coming out in October, will not have Porsches (boo, get used to RUFs, boys and ladies).  According to Jalopnik, it's Porsche's fault cause Porsche hates video games (although it would be easy to blame Electronic Arts since they're somehow at fault for anything Activision isn't involved with).  But at least RUFs are damn close to Porsches so it's not a total loss....

Ok, so maybe EA is to blame since they like to give the scroogie to everyone else (see the Origin spyware controvery--they're not angels in my eyes).  But why EA doesn't snatch up more big auto makers like Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini, whatever is beyond me.  I guess cause there's only so much "hate" they can bring upon themselves before they give up...don't want to topple Activision now, do we?  Let them be the punching bag, not us, they say.

WWWRRRRRYYYYYYYYY?????????

But don't fear people!  Forza 4 will have the Warthog from Halo.  I don't know whether or not to be excited or appalled by this (considering Micro$oft has been trying to infuse Halo into practically everything these days).


But oh, don't get your hopes up.  You can't drive the Warthog.  You can only observe it in Forza's Autovista mode, which incorporates the Kinect and allows you to observe it from the perspective of a car show attendee. EDIT: Apparently, in an attempt to divert our attention from the fact that you can't drive the Warthog, they get Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear to talk about it. Gee, thanks Jeremy, that's great. I love just staring at cars in video games, right?

Is it just me but isn't this typical of the game industry nowadays?  Hey guys, I got a shiny new gadget!  You can walk around in a car show and look at the cars!  It's like you're actually there!  THE FUTURE IS NOW!!!  But does it contribute to gameplay?  In other words, can you drive it?  No.  You can only stare at it.  Kind of like a hot babe you want to go out on a date with but you can't come within 12 feet of her...

I heard from somewhere that the main reason you can't drive it is because it's too slow?  Really?  Did that stop Polyphony Digital from putting the Model T and the Daimler Motor Carriage (top speed: 12 mph) in GT4?



Or maybe it's because of the machine gun on top...but just take it off.  Driving the Warthog in Halo is crap ,really.  It doesn't pan out like a usual racing game.  It's like "driving for noobs"--right joystick aims the camera, hold up and the Warthog immediately steers wherever the camera is facing.  This is opposed to steering with the joystick in traditional racing games (you don't need to stare directly in the way you want to go).  It's also the same way the RC-XD handles in Black Ops and I'm annoyed by that too.


Don't matter...I don't need no stinkin Warthog in my Forza game anyway.  We want Sega cars FIRST AND FOREMOST...  Second would be monster trucks.  And funny cars, 18-wheelers, and school buses loaded with NOS (man, f*** the Veyron and Datsun).  I mean, really now--no Porsches, Warthog isn't driveable--this is what Turn10 needs to do to save this travesty to the series and avoid hitting rock bottom like GT5...
*flips over*

I know this vid's crap but it's the best actual Monster Jam commercial I could find.

FUN FOR ALL AGES!! BRING THE KIDS!!
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Sporting News Power Poll after Bristol

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Sporting News Power Poll after Bristol

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(August 29, 2011)
The voting was tight, but Kyle Busch was able to hold onto the top spot in the weekly Sporting News Power Poll despite finishing outside the top three Saturday night (14th) for the first time in four weeks. Busch just edged out Jimmie Johnson, who finished fourth at Bristol for his fifth top five in the past seven races. Jeff Gordon finished third, to remain third in the poll, and Brad Keselowski remained fourth after his second victory in four races. The power poll is a weekly collaboration of Sporting News, SceneDaily.com, Rowdy.com and NASCAR Illustrated.
1. Kyle Busch (last week: 1st) Only a Nationwide win in a three-race week at Bristol? That’s the upset of the year.
 2. Jimmie Johnson (2nd) Ho-hum, just another top-five finish. He’s not winning, but you just know the rest of this year’s Chasers are already sweating Five-Time.
 3. Jeff Gordon (3rd) Gordon started fourth at Bristol, was second at midrace and finished third. That kind of performance is why the drive-for-five is alive, baby!
 4. Brad Keselowski (4th) No one else is close to the 1.75 average finish Kez has posted over the past four races. Even Jeff Gordon says Keselowski’s “on fire.”
 5. Matt Kenseth (6th) Kenseth led 110 laps and had one of the cars to beat at Bristol. He also clinched a Chase spot. Now, can he really contend?
 6. Carl Edwards (5th) Edwards has an average finish of 15.2 over the past six races. That won’t cut it in the Chase.
 7. Ryan Newman (7th) Newman scored his 48th career pole and finished eighth. He continues to outshine his boss.
 8. Kevin Harvick (8th) The TV show “Lost” is making a comeback, with Kevin Harvick starring.
 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th) He’s not as fast as he was early in the season, but he’s fast enough to make the Chase with so many struggling behind him.
 10. Kurt Busch (11th) The team was losing its momentum, and Busch killed it at Bristol with two pit-road speeding penalties.
 11. Denny Hamlin (16th) Hamlin is backing into that last Chase spot. He just has to survive at Atlanta where he has one career top-five, to get to Richmond, where he is pretty much automatic.
 12. Tony Stewart (9th) Smoke was the slowest car in qualifying and didn’t find any additional speed for the race. After that dismal performance, Darian Grubb must be feeling the heat.
 13. AJ Allmendinger (17th) Hanging in the top 15 in points, AJ is just close enough to have a (long) shot at the Chase, but he has to figure out a way to win.
 14. Clint Bowyer (12th) On a night where he could have made up major ground on Stewart, Bowyer was nearly as bad as the No. 14, finishing 26th.
 15. Kasey Kahne (15th) At 15th, Kahne isn’t out of the running for the wild card. But he’ll need one and maybe two wins to make it. It’s not impossible — see Keselowski  — but it’s not looking good.
 16. Martin Truex Jr. (21st) Forget trying to figure out this team. Truex’s runner-up finish at Bristol was his best result in a points race since 2007.
 17. Greg Biffle (13th) With Stewart struggling, the Biff’s average finish at Michigan and Bristol would have been a big boost—instead he’s fading fast.
 18. Joey Logano (18th) Logano was bad then good then mediocre. He finished 13th Saturday.
 19. Marcos Ambrose (23rd) Ambrose scored another Bristol top 10, his third in six starts. Watkins Glen is the only track at which he has more (four).
 20. Mark Martin (14th) Good feelings lingered from a top five at Michigan, but Martins’ run-in with Brian Vickers at Bristol left those and his car in tatters.
 21. Paul Menard (20th) Every RCR car looked lost at Bristol, and Menard was the worst. His 30th-place run dropped him to 20th. A bad run at Atlanta could push him out of wild-card contention.
 22. David Ragan (19th) Ragan dropped out of top 20 in points with a 20th-place finish, and the guy in 20th now is Menard. It’s not boding well for Ragan’s wild-card chances.
 23. Regan Smith (22nd) Smith finished 18th at Bristol, his second-best effort at the track in eight starts.
 24. Jeff Burton (24th) Six top-20 finishes in the last seven races are pretty good—for Andy Lally.
 25. Jamie McMurray (NR) McMurray has two top fives in the past five weeks. It’s not last year’s success, but it’s not this year’s doldrums, either.
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Atlanta AdvoCare 500 News and Notes

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AdvoCare 500 News and Notes – Aug. 29, 2011
News, Notes and Storylines Preceding the AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 4
 
Atlanta Becomes Crucial for Those Fighting for Chase Eligibility
 
            The Chase for the Sprint Cup picture is shaping up to go down to the wire at Richmond. With the series making their annual Labor Day weekend stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the AdvoCare 500 will play a major role in deciding who is in and who is out come playoff time.
 
            After last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski has all but claimed a spot in the Chase. With his third win of 2011, Keselowski has enough wins to lock himself into a Wild Card position, assuming he maintains his top-20 positioning in the standings.
 
            When you consider how hot the No. 2 team has been during the month of August, Keselowski may pilot the blue deuce into the top-10 and not need the aid of the Wild Card. Keselowski finds himself 21 points outside of the top-10 heading into Atlanta, and a couple of good runs leading into the Chase may propel him into the top-10.
 
With Keselowski out of the picture as a Wild Card, several drivers would then be fighting for the Wild Card spots in the Chase. Denny Hamlin and Paul Menard are both in the top-20 and are Wild Card eligible with their wins earlier this season. David Ragan and Marcos Ambrose lurk just outside the top-20 and moving up a few positions in the points standings would also make them eligible for Wild Card consideration.
 
At the same time, a few of the sport’s superstars find themselves winless and desperately clinging to Chase hopes. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart both remain in the top-10 without taking checkered flags this season. If the Chase started today, they would be set. But if Keselowski moves himself into the top-10, one of these drivers could find themselves needing a win to make the playoffs. At the same time, Clint Bowyer remains outside the top-10 and is winless in 2011. A win at Atlanta could go a long way towards moving him into playoff contention.
 
With so many different scenarios in play, the AdvoCare 500 is a crucial stop for several drivers looking to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
 
Several Drivers to Run Multiple Races at AMS This Weekend
 
            While this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 will feature the usual cast of characters, several of those drivers will also tackle the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
            Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will have a trio of Sprint Cup superstars competing. Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 18 Toyota, prepared by his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Clint Bowyer will climb behind the wheel of the No. 2 Kevin Harvick, Inc. Chevrolet for DeLana Harvick. And Ryan Newman will return to the Camping World Truck Series with a No. 08 Chevrolet prepared by Turner Motorsports.
 
Saturday night’s Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race will feature several Cup drivers looking to get a feel for the 1.54-mile speedway in preparation for Sunday night’s main event.
 
            Among the 43-car starting field will be Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, and Carl Edwards as they look to learn something extra to help their vehicles during the AdvoCare 500.
 
            For Busch, the Great Clips 300 will be his second of three races during the weekend, as he will be going for another weekend sweep by running all three races under the lights at Atlanta.
 
Newman to Honor Local Racer Beau Slocumb at AMS
 
Ryan Newman’s ride for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event Friday night will feature a look that many area fans will find familiar. Newman’s truck will feature a paint scheme similar to that of Macon-native Beau Slocumb.
 
Slocumb and Newman met on the pit lane at AMS several years ago, and became fast friends. Slocumb passed away earlier this year from cancer, and this truck is Newman’s way of fulfilling a dream for his friend.
 
“He was a good man and it’s just as simple as that,” said Newman. “He became a friend of mine and we actually met the Slocumb family at Atlanta Motor Speedway and I had asked Ed for a good place to go fishing in the area and he said ‘why don’t you come down to the Slocumb house?’  So I drove about 50 minutes down to the Slocumb house and fished for a little while and got a chance to meet Beau and the rest of the family and turns out he became a very good friend and we had a lot of things similar, lifestyle-wise and long story short he lost a battle with cancer. 
 
“He was employed at Turner Motorsports and working on the trucks and it was his dream to race a truck and he had raced an ARCA car for Steve Turner there a couple times and think his best finish was 4th at Kansas if I remember right but it’s just a way to remember him and give his family an opportunity to see something that he always wanted to do and his name is going to be on the passenger side on top of the roof and just real thankful for having Realtree and Brandt to step up and sponsor the race for us and for a way to just give back to the memory of someone else.  Steve Turner may have been a bigger Beau Slocumb fan than I was and never got a chance to watch Beau race much but he was a very genuine man and was raised right and that is what struck me first and foremost.”
           
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AWESOME California Speed Soundtrack!!!!! (N64 Emulators)

Posted by imelda sovzky on Sunday, August 28, 2011

For some reason, only up to now (in 2011) have I got a Nintendo 64 emulator to run at near 100% performance.  Strangely, this is the same mediocre laptop that can only run model3 emulation at 20% (not my school laptop, my other one).  I used Mupen64.  Project64 and 1964 just sucked for me.  Download Mupen64 here.  I hear this emulator is even capable of online play (I have to fiddle around with it to get it working).  Freakin love Goldeneye, they've even found ways to mod it...



This video below isn't mine, but this is as good as California Speed runs on my comp.  Slicker than grease...



I'm going to check out Legend of Zelda, Mario, etc.  Maybe, I'll see if I have the time.  There's even an adapter so that you can hook up your N64 controller to the PC!  And there's also replacement parts for your controllers such as new joysticks, etc.

But anyway, NOW for the soundtrack which I painstakingly extracted just for you and I...sadly, I just realized someone else uploaded the same soundtrack beforehand BUT I uploaded the longer versions (3+ minutes) so this is as good as the soundtrack gets!!!  I'M STOKED!!!









There's other songs in the game, but these are the only ones I had patience to do...gimme some time before I do the rest.

Anyway, don't get me wrong--this game is still crap, but still kind of fun to play.  I would gladly sacrifice this N64 emulation for Model3 emulation...hell yeah.

My previous yet very informative California Speed post.
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Keselowski amazes again in Bristol night race

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Keselowski amazes again in Bristol night race
(August 27, 2011)
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Brad Keselowski’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes continued Saturday, with an improbable victory in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway—his third win of the season and his second since breaking his left ankle Aug. 3 in a crash during testing at Road Atlanta.
Keselowski grabbed the lead on a restart with 80 laps left in the 500-lap Sprint Cup race and held on to win for the fourth time in his career. The victory all but assured Keselowski of at least a wild-card position in the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Martin Truex Jr. ran second, followed by Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, polesitter Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose completed the top 10.
Johnson, Kenseth and Edwards all clinched spots in the Chase. They join Kyle Busch, who clinched a spot last week, as four of the 12 drivers who will be in the Cup series’ postseason. The Chase field will be set Sept. 10 at Richmond.
“Wow—the night race at Bristol!” Keselowski exclaimed after exiting his car in victory lane, his broken ankle forgotten. “I used to watch Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt win this race. This is a race of champions. I can’t believe it. There’s races that pay more. There’s races that might have a little more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all.”
During the postrace celebration, Keselowski climbed onto the roof of his car, raised his fists into the air and then jumped from the roof to the tiled surface in victory lane. That’s when he remembered the ankle, but the sudden stab of pain didn’t diminish the satisfaction of a victory that belonged to a gritty driver and a team that produced in the pits when the race was on the line.
“A team that just starts to click and believe in each other,” Keselowski said in explaining his recent success. “I believed in (crew chief) Paul (Wolfe) since we started this year, and we’ve just made good adjustments to our cars over the last few months. We made good adjustments to our car during the race today and found ourselves in victory lane. I can’t believe it—I just can’t.”
Since Keselowski broke his ankle, he has finished first at Pocono, second at Watkins Glen, third at Michigan and first at Bristol. He will compete with the other three race winners in the past five weeks—Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch—for a $3 million bonus Sept. 4 at Atlanta under the aegis of the Sprint Summer Showdown.
Should any of those drivers win the race, they’ll earn $1 million for themselves, $1 million for charity and $1 million for a fan. As a two-time winner in Showdown qualifying races, Keselowski’s will race for two fans, who will split $1 million if he wins.
Keselowski was a fixture in the top five all night long, but he didn’t make his winning move until late in the race.
After a caution for Mark Martin’s backstretch crash on Lap 361, Gordon, who led a race-high 206 laps, passed Kenseth moments after a restart on Lap 369. Seven laps later, Keselowski passed Kenseth for the second position while Gordon opened a lead of more than one second.
But a caution for debris on Lap 413 allowed all lead-lap cars to pit. Truex and Newman took two tires and restarted first and third, respectively. But Keselowski beat Kenseth and Gordon out of the pits to start alongside Truex. Keselowski got a huge jump on the restart on Lap 421, passed Truex for the lead and pulled away for the victory.
Notes: Johnson gained a share of the points lead with Kyle Busch, who finished 14th. … Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart had miserable nights, finishing 26th and 28th, respectively. Tenth in the standings, without a victory this season, Stewart leads Keselowski, who gained one spot to 11th place, by 21 points with two races left before the Chase field is set. … Paul Menard, David Ragan and Ambrose—potential beneficiaries of a wild-card spot in the Chase if Keselowski cracks the top 10—are 20th, 21st and 22nd in the standings, covered by a four-point spread. A driver must be in the top 20 after 26 races to take advantage of the wild-card rule.
By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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Keselowski's luck continues as he brings home the checkers at Bristol

Posted by imelda sovzky on Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Brad Keselowski once again had an outstanding finish by winning the race late this evening. After having his accident at Road Atlanta on August third Brad Keselowski has won two races(Pocono, Bristol) and a second place finish at Watkins Glen and a third place finish at Michigan.

Martin Martin and David Reutimann both wrecked during tonight's race. But they were separate incidents. Reutimann upset Stemme and Stremme decided to give David a big bump and sent him spinning. Mark Martin clipped Brian Vickers which sent him into the inside wall head on then backed into the outside wall.

Martin Truex Jr finished second tonight making this his best finish at Bristol in his previous eleven starts with a top finish of 11th in 2007. Jamie McMurray also did good here tonight finishing fifth.

Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick didnt have the night they were looking for. Stewart who is looking to stay inside the top ten in points and Bowyer who is looking to get into the top ten in points both had bad nights. They both seemed to have the same problem. That being not having the same amount of speed as the others on the track. Bowyer finished 26th and Stewart finished 28th. Harvick just couldnt get his car to work right, he finished 22nd.

Dale Jr finished 16th and gave himself a small cushion over tenth place in the standings. Next week Stewart and Jr. hope to have at least 49 points over 11th place in order to secure them in the chase.

Next weekend we head to Atlanta where Tony Stewart won last year and hopes to win again. Atlanta is a 1.5 mile speedway with 24 degree banking in the turns. The truck and nationwide series will also be at Atlanta next weekend.

Results:
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Jeff Gordon
4. Jimmie Johnson
5. Jamie McMurray
6. Matt Kenseth
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Ryan Newman
9. Carl Edwards
10. Marcos Ambrose
11. Kasey Kahne
12. A.J. Allmendinger
13. Joey Logano
14. Kyle Busch
15. Jeff Burton
16. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
17. Kurt Busch
18. Regan Smith
19. Juan Montoya
20. David Ragan
21. Brian Vickers
22. Kevin Harvick
23. Casey Mears
24. David Gilliland
25. Andy Lally
26. Clint Bowyer
27. David Starr
28. Tony Stewart
29. Mike Bliss
30. Paul Menard
31. Greg Biffle
32. David Stremme
33. Terry Labonte
34. Bobby Labonte
35. Dave Blaney
36. David Reutimann
37. Travis Kvapil
38. Mark Martin
39. Michael McDowell
40. Joe Nemechek
41. Mike Skinner
42. Scott Speed
43. Robby Gordon

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Notebook: Bowyer has an offer on the table from RPM

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Notebook: Bowyer has an offer on the table from RPM
By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
(August 26, 2011)
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Richard Petty Motorsports is waiting for an answer from Clint Bowyer.
Bowyer has an offer on the table from RPM, according to majority owner Andrew Murstein, who said Saturday during an interview on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that the organization was waiting for a response.
“We gave him an offer recently and are hoping to hear back from him,” Murstein said.
The driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet is in a contract year at Richard Childress Racing.
Murstein told Sporting News in January that Bowyer was at the top of the list of drivers he’d like to hire if RPM expanded beyond the two cars it currently fields for drivers AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose.
RPM’s interest in Bowyer, however, raises serious questions about the viability of expansion in the current economic climate. Allmendinger’s sponsor, Best Buy, also is in a contract year, and with sponsorship dollars as limited as they are, can RPM afford to hire Bowyer and add a third team?
Bowyer, who has four victories and three appearances in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, hasn’t been able to come to terms with owner Richard Childress. According to sources, the driver and owner have different perceptions of Bowyer’s market value.
Edwards’ next big career move is to race less
Carl Edwards has a plan to boost his performance in the Sprint Cup Series.
It’s simple. Next year he’ll spend less time in a Nationwide Series car—a lot less time.
Though Edwards is a consummate racer, he has come to the realization that practicing, qualifying and racing cars in both series on the same weekend may adversely affect the quality of his Cup effort—and that doesn’t even speak to the weekends where races in different locations require complicated commutes.
“It does make for long days, and that’s why next year I am going to run very few Nationwide races,” said Edwards, giving an indication of just how limited his Nationwide schedule will be in 2012. “I’m going to focus on the Cup car. I remember it like it just happened, riding along in (owner) Jack (Roush’s) airplane coming back from Pike’s Peak. He said, ‘Do you think you have what it takes to run both series full time?’ and I said yes.
“He challenged me, kind of like a dare. I told him I could do it, and that was seven years ago, and we have run a ton of races. Now I feel like sometimes on Fridays and Saturdays, if I had a little extra time with my crew chief, that I could be a better Cup series driver. That’s the next step in my career. I want to focus solely on the Cup series and get the championships that I feel like we can earn if I give it enough focus.”
Edwards won the Nationwide championship in 2007. This season, with full-time Cup drivers no longer eligible for the Nationwide championship, Edwards has competed in 24 of the 25 races so far, skipping the event at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) in June to avoid a long commute from Sonoma, Calif., on the same weekend.
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Notebook: Earnhardt craves a win before Richmond

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Notebook: Earnhardt craves a win before Richmond
(August 26, 2011)
BRISTOL, Tenn.—If Dale Earnhardt Jr. had his way, the Sprint Cup winless streak that reached 116 races last Sunday at Michigan would end before he races at Richmond on Sept. 10 with a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on the line.
 “That would be really, really, really good, if we could get that done before Richmond, because it’s a lot of pressure to go into that last race sort of on the verge, on the edge,” Earnhardt said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 Basically, Earnhardt would rather go to Richmond with a race win in hand and possible avenue to the Chase via NASCAR’s new wild-card provision—open to the two drivers in positions 11-20 in the standings who have the most victories—rather than having to make the top 10 on points alone.
 “It’s really, really a lot of pressure and takes away a bit of your focus from that specific race and your ability to go out there and really try and win it,” Earnhardt said. “You tend to be a little more cautious than you typically would be in any other situation.
 “So I would love to get it out of the way early, but we’re just going to keep trying to do what we can do and control our racecar and drive the best we can and see what happens.”
 Earnhardt hasn’t been to victory lane in the Cup series since June 15, 2008, at Michigan in his first season with Hendrick Motorsports.
 Keselowski stays smart in skipping Nationwide race
 Brad Keselowski, who has been performing smartly on the racetrack, made another smart move this weekend when he decided to skip Friday night’s Food City 250 Nationwide Series race at Bristol.
 Keselowski is recuperating from a broken left ankle, an injury he sustained in a wreck during an Aug. 3 test session at Road Atlanta. Since then, he has finished first, second and third at successive Sprint Cup races at Pocono, Watkins Glen and Michigan.
 Since the accident, he has not raced in the Nationwide Series, as much as that decision has pained him. After ceding his seat to Penske Racing teammate Kurt Busch at Watkins Glen and to former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve at Montreal, Keselowski was resigned to watching Parker Kligerman drive his No. 22 Dodge at Bristol.
 “If I had to make the decision completely coming off of my mind and my heart, I would have never got out of (the car),” Keselowski told Sporting News on Friday. “I would have run every race. Obviously, there’s a bigger picture than that. This racetrack is a place where you can take a really jarring hit, and the odds of doing so are pretty high.
 “We certainly don’t want to risk that. That would be potentially a catastrophe. I would like to be back in (the Nationwide Series) next week. We’ll just have to wait and see. From a discipline perspective, it was very, very tough. I relied on people like (owner) Roger (Penske) to help me out with those decisions and he certainly did.”
 Keselowski initially offered his ride at Bristol to Busch, who had won in the No. 22 car at the Glen. Busch, like Keselowski, had the big picture in mind.
 “I turned it down,” Busch said. “I thought the best opportunity to get our Cup program right where it needed to be was to just focus 100 percent on it.”
 Gordon has no problem with Patrick in Daytona 500
 If Danica Patrick chooses to make her Sprint Cup debut in NASCAR’s biggest race, Jeff Gordon, for one, won’t have a problem with it.
 In all likelihood—given her well-honed marketing instincts—Patrick will choose the 2012 Daytona 500 to launch her Cup career. Three of Patrick’s 20 Nationwide Series starts have come at Daytona. Most recently, on July 1 there, she ran up front and led 13 laps before finishing 10th.
 Accordingly, Gordon says he won’t be a dissenting voice, should Patrick choose to enter the Daytona 500.
 “It doesn’t matter to me,” Gordon said Friday. “She did pretty well in the Nationwide race. To me, that was a testament of what she is capable of doing. … I mean, she’s racing the Indianapolis 500, and, to me, that’s pretty challenging.
 “So I think that, if that’s where they want to make her debut, I wouldn’t have any heartache against it because of the tracks that she’s raced at in the Nationwide Series. If you’ve never raced at a superspeedway, especially with the tandem drafting we have now—if you’d never done that before and never been on a superspeedway before, then I might question it.
 “But that’s not the case for her.”
 Patrick announced Thursday she will run a full Nationwide schedule next year, along with a limited number of Cup races. Her Cup schedule has not been set.
 Patrick finds a large support group in NASCAR
 Patrick hasn’t lacked for relevant advice in the early stages of her NASCAR career, as she has much in common with her current and future owners.
 She has fame and celebrity in common with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who owns the Nationwide Series team for which she will drive next season. She shares Midwestern upbringing and Indy car roots with Tony Stewart, who will field cars for her at the Sprint Cup level in 2012.
 “Oddly enough, I’ve always driven for drivers, too. Bobby (Rahal), Michael (Andretti), Dale, Tony. I’ve got a track record of driving for drivers,” she told Sporting News. “I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s because they have a knack for running good teams, because they’ve been there and they’ve been right in the middle of it.”
 She has sought advice from Earnhardt and Stewart in the two years she has run a partial schedule. She ticked off five other names before joking she should stop to make sure she didn’t forget anybody. Those names: Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler.
By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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Kyle Busch Wins Record-Breaking 50th

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Kyle Busch Wins Record-Breaking 50th NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
2009 Series Champion Now In Sole Possession of All-Time Series Wins Lead
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 26, 2011) – After winning the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night, Kyle Busch became the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series wins leader, breaking a tie with Mark Martin.

The victory was Busch’s fourth at Bristol and 50th overall since his series debut in 2003.

On May 14, 2004 at Richmond International Raceway, Busch drove the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory. It was the 18th career series start for Busch, then 19, who led 236 of the 250 laps in that event.
 
Busch won five races along with Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2004, his first full season of NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. In 2008, he collected 10 wins, tying two-time series champion Sam Ard for the most series victories in a single season. In 2010, he set the NASCAR Nationwide Series single-season mark with 13 victories. 
 
Win number 50 came in his 219th start, at the age of 26. Busch has won at least one race at 21 different tracks, with the most coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway (six).
 
Below is the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series wins rundown, a list Martin had topped since 1997.
 
All-Time NNS Wins
Driver                      Wins    
Kyle Busch                 50
Mark Martin                 49
Kevin Harvick              37
Carl Edwards              34
Jack Ingram                31
Jeff Burton                  27
Matt Kenseth              26
Tommy Houston          24
Dale Earnhardt Jr.       23
Sam Ard                     22
Tommy Ellis                22
 

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GABE OVER (Daytona USA Related)

Posted by imelda sovzky on Friday, August 26, 2011

This is some fad thing involving Gabe Newell (Valve boss) and Team Fortress 2.  It involves saying "Gaben" a lot.



Sound familiar?  It's just like the Daytona USA Game Over Screen.



When the Garry's Mod people get a hold of a meme, WATCH OUT.
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Ryan Newman wins pole for Sprint Cup race Saturday night

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Ryan Newman once again lived up to his nickname "Rocketman" as he set the fastest time in qualifying for the race tomorrow night at Bristol. But teammate Tony Stewart posted the slowest time in qualifying and will start 42nd in the race tomorrow night. Roush teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth will start second and third, followed by Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin who will start fourth and fifth.

Newman has yet to find himself a win at Bristol in his 19 starts. But in those 19 starts Newman had gotten one top five and eleven top ten finishes. Also included in those 19 starts are two DNF's. In the Bristol race earlier this year Newman finished tenth after starting 21st.


Matt Kenseth who is coming off of a tenth place finish last weekend at Michigan will be starting second in tomorrow night's race. Kenseth has luck here at Bristol, he has won twice, has nine top five finishes and fifteen top ten finishes. Kenseth has three DNF's here and finished fourth in the last race here.



Roush teammate Carl Edwards will be starting third for the race tomorrow night. Edwards has been to Bristol fourteen times in his Sprint Cup career. Those fourteen starts have brought him two poles and two wins, along with four top five and six top ten finishes. Edwards has only one DNF at Bristol and finished second in the last race here to Kyle Busch.




The next two spots are occupied by the Hendrick teams of Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin. Jeff Gordon has started here 37 times. 37 starts at Bristol have brought him five wins and five pole starts. Jeff has fourteen top five finishes and twenty top ten finishes. He also has five DNF's. Jeff has an average finish of 11.7 and has lead over 2400 laps here at Bristol. Jeff finished 14th last race here at Bristol.



Mark Martin who had an awesome race last weekend at Michigan finished fourth and will be starting fifth for tomorrow nights race at Birstol. Mark has beaten his teammate Jeff Gordon in the starts column starting here 45 times. Martin has won two races here and has four DNF's. Martin also has sixteen top five finishes and 23 top ten finishes. Martin's average finish is 13.1 and finished 12th last race here at Bristol.  


Lineup
1. Ryan Newman
2. Carl Edwards
3. Matt Kenseth
4. Jeff Gordon
5. Mark Martin
6. Jamie McMurray
7. Paul Menard
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Joey Logano
10. Kurt Busch
11. Marcos Ambrose
12. Regan Smith
13. Jimmie Johnson
14. Greg Biffle
15. Kevin Harvick
16. Clint Bowyer
17. David Gilliland
18. A.J. Allmendinger
19. Juan Montoya
20. Denny Hamlin
21. Jeff Burton
22. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
23. Kyle Busch
24. David Ragan
25. Kasey Kahne
26. Brian Vickers
27. Martin Truex Jr.
28. Joe Nemechek
29. Casey Mears
30. Bobby Labonte
31. David Stremme
32. Michael McDowell
33. Travis Kvapil
34. David Reutimann
35. Dave Blaney
36. Scott Speed
37. David Starr
38. Andy Lally
39. Robby Gordon
40. Mike Bliss
41. Terry Labonte
42. Tony Stewart
43. Mike Skinner
-------DNQ--------
44. T.J. Bell
45. J.J. Yeley
46. Jeff Green







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Kenseth Picture: Zimbio.com/Getty Images/Jared C. Tilton
Edwards Picture: Zimbio.com/Getty Images/Jared C. Tilton
J. Gordon Picture: Zimbio.com/Getty Images/ Jared C. Tilton
Martin Picture: Zimbio.com/Getty Images/Jason Smith

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Kyle Busch Makes Double History in Bristol

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Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Food City 250 Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. After the seventh closest finish in Nationwide history, Busch was able to hold off Joey Logano to become the only driver in NNS history to win three in a row at Bristol. This win also marks Busch’s 50th career win in the Nationwide series—breaking the tie between he and Mark Martin as the driver with the most career wins.

In what was a textbook example of an oxymoron, the race at Bristol was mostly uneventful. Other than a few instances of brief lead changes, this was undoubtedly the latest installment of the Kyle Busch Show. In fact, toward the end of the race as the T.V. coverage was scanning the field, ESPN race announcer, Marty Reid, said, “you’re not missing anything up front, Kyle is in control with 11 (laps) to go…”

“Sure the fans loved it, sure they wanted to see him (Logano) win too; anybody but Kyle, but proved them all wrong tonight with the Z-Line Design Camry.” Busch said in Victory Lane as he was recalling the last lap battle with Logano.

After Busch, Logano, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five.

After an eighth place finish, Elliot Sadler gained three points (just five points behind) on leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Nationwide Series Championship race. The fourth and fifth place point standings swapped hands tonight: Almirola moved up to fourth, and Justin Allgaier fell to fifth.

Nationwide Points:
1. Stenhouse Jr.
2. Sadler –5
3. Reed Sorenson –10
4. Almirola –59
5. Allgaier –66

The Nationwide Series moves on to race 26 of the 34-race schedule next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway. TV coverage of the race will be on ESPN, with the race starting at 7pm EST on September 3rd.

**Complete race results were not available
**Photo credit: Getty Images
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