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posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 05:43 PM
she is doing fine, thanks. and you know how it goes, one word or a look from her and i fall right back into line if i should ever wander from the straight and narrow

posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 05:47 PM
Daytona Countdown: '72
Foyt visits Victory Lane; Pong visits Sunnyvale
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 17, 2005
05:09 PM EST (22:09 GMT)

For the second year in a row, A.J. Foyt had the car to beat. This time, he put it in Victory Lane. When Richard Petty broke a valve on Lap 80, Foyt led the final 120 laps to win the 14th Daytona 500 by more than a lap over Charlie Glotzbach on Feb. 20, 1972.

The top money-making movie in 1972 was "The Godfather," which had over $134 million in gross receipts. Foyt, who won $44,600 for winning the race, is the godfather of driver John Andretti.

A 1972 Mercury Cougar two-door coupe with a 46-cubic inch V8 retailed for $3,016. Foyt could have purchased 14 Cougars with his winnings. The average cost of a new home exceeded $30,000 for the first time in 1972, so Foyt could have bought a new house in Houston and four Cougars for the garage.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 1,000 for the first time in November. If Foyt had invested his first-place check that year, his $44,600 would be worth about $467,000 today.

The first arcade video game -- Computer Space -- was deemed too hard to play. Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney then put in $250 each to start a new company, Atari (from the Japanese game "Go") in 1972.

Their first release was a simple video tennis game called "Pong.". Debuting at a Sunnyvale, Calif., tavern, the game was overflowing with quarters after one day. At least 100,000 Magnavox Odyssey home game systems featuring "Pong" were sold. Four years later, Bushnell sold Atari to Warner Communications for at least $28 million.

If Foyt had wanted to play "Pong", he could have driven his Cougar from his hometown of Houston to Sunnyvale, a distance of 1,896 miles, in 38 hours at freeway speeds. At the race-winning average speed of 161.55 mph, Foyt could have made it in 11 hours and 44 minutes.

The first scientific hand-held calculator was introduced on Feb. 1. The Hewlett-Packard 35 -- designed to fit in an engineer's shirt pocket -- cost $395 and had the advantage of being able to handle more than four basic functions. CEO Bill Hewlett suggested naming it the HP-35 because it had 35 keys.

President Richard Nixon had a busy year. He ordered the development of a space shuttle program in January, took a trip to the People's Republic of China in February, signed the SALT I treaty in Moscow in May, increased Social Security spending in October and soundly defeated George McGovern to win re-election in November. "Never Been To Spain" by Three Dog Night was No. 5 on the Cash Box charts.

In June, Nixon also was taped discussing using the CIA to obstruct an FBI investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

The 15 millionth Volkswagen Beetle was sold in February, eclipsing the Ford Model T. The Goodyear blimp Europa flew for the first time in March. In December, Apollo 17 astronauts were the last to walk on the moon.

Tragedy struck the 1972 Olympics in September, when 11 Israeli athletes were killed after eight members of an Arab terorist group invaded the Olympic Village.

Current drivers born in 1972:

Stan Barrett (Dec. 1)

Matt Kenseth (March 10)

Ashton Lewis (Jan. 22)

posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 11:45 AM
Preseason Thunder, Round 1

by Dan Beaver - Editor,
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
The one thing that is consistent about racing on the restrictor-plate SuperSpeedways is that nothing is predictable. Topping the speed charts in Daytona Preseason Thunder are a couple of drivers with Daytona 500 victories already to their credit: Dale Jarrett won in 1993, 1996, and 2000, while Jeff Gordon took the honors in 1997 and 1999, but bringing up the second row are a couple of names you might not associate with the front of a SuperSpeedway pack: Randy LaJoie—with his new ride in William Edward's #98—took the third position in speed at 185.23 mph while Boris Said lapped the track with a speed of 185.18.

At the front of the pack, Gordon was consistently fast. In fact he led the field in three of the four sessions in which drafting was not believed to be a factor. On Monday morning he turned the fastest time of 185.27 mph bettering Said's time of 185.18. That afternoon he was just as quick, with a speed of 185.45: only slightly better than LaJoie's speed of 185.23.

In the Monday afternoon session Said was quick again, posting the third fastest time of 184.64. Said credits running in last year's Bud Shootout as the reason for his quick adaptation to this big track. Actually, Said just may be the sleeper you need in the 500. He has the right personality to keep his Chevrolet tucked tightly in the draft if he does not make one of those minor, rookie mistakes that can be so catastrophic in the on the restrictor-plate SuperSpeedways.

Jarrett waited until the final qualification practice run to show his hand. After languishing mid-pack on Monday, the #88 stormed to the runner-up position on Tuesday morning. In that session, his speed of 184.51 mph was second only to Gordon's 187.79. In the afternoon, however, he passed the #24 on the speed charts with a speed of 186.46, which was nearly one mile per hour faster than Gordon's 185.74. The poor weather left Jarrett with a command of week one speeds.

With inclement weather closing in on the field, most of the fast drivers put their best effort together and posted their best time on Wednesday afternoon. Rain washed out Thursday morning's practice, and when the field managed to get some track time in the afternoon, they mostly practiced in the draft.

Extraordinary for his absence at the top of the chart was Dale Earnhardt, Jr. His fastest speed of 183.33 was set in the first of four sessions. He remained consistent, posting three times in the 183-mile range, but never quite came up to speed, settling into the 20th position out of the 26 cars that participated. His drafting speed of 185.67 was also disappointing and only good enough for 12th on that grid.

Likewise Michael Waltrip posted a top speed of 184.18, which was only good enough for 12th on the speed chart. His drafting speed of 185.89 was considerably better and good enough for sixth overall.

Don't assume, however, that the DEI duo has completely lost their edge at Daytona. The pair was likely not showing their hand and will be much faster during the race.

In the single session of drafting practice—held on Thursday—the names at the top of the chart were totally different. Mike Bliss in his new role as pilot of the #0 car topped that chart with a speed of 186.96, while Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Travis Kvapil, and Jeremy Mayfield rounded out the top-five.

Cumulative speeds Without drafting help

1. Dale Jarrett, 186.46 2. Jeff Gordon, 185.74 3. Randy LaJoie, 185.23 4. Boris Said, 185.18 5. Greg Biffle, 185.09 6. Jeremy Mayfield, 184.97 7. Elliott Sadler, 184.93 8. Mike Bliss, 184.84 9. Kurt Busch, 184.53 10. Mike McLaughlin*, 184.48 11. Ricky Rudd, 184.36 12. Michael Waltrip, 184.18 13. Kenny Wallace, 184.09 14. Kyle Petty, 183.84 15. Jason Leffler, 183.80 16. Ryan Newman, 183.64 17. Morgan Shepherd, 183.53 18. Travis Kvapil, 183.40 19. Carl Edwards, 183.35 20. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 183.33 21. Kyle Busch, 183.30 22. Jamie McMurray, 183.09 23. Kerry Earnhardt**, 182.63 24. Casey Mears, 182.19 25. Mike Skinner, 182.10 26. Jeff Fuller, 180.66

posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 01:53 PM
Daytona Countdown: '73
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 18, 2005
11:05 AM EST (16:05 GMT)

Down a lap early in the running, Richard Petty stormed back to win the 15th Daytona 500 by more than two laps over Bobby Isaac on Feb. 18, 1973.

Petty's Daytona 500 victory was his fourth and was worth $36,100. In June, Secretariat won his third straight race -- the Belmont Stakes -- to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1948.

Petty won 200 of his 1185 starts and retired at age 55 with career earnings of $7,755,409. Secretariat won 16 of his 21 starts and retired at age 3 with career winnings of $1,316,808. Richard's son Kyle has won eight times. Secretariat sired more than 80 stakes winners, including A.P. Indy, Chief's Crown, Dehere, Gone West, Storm Cat and Secreto.

If Petty had gone to Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., to race Secretariat, the 425-mile drive would have taken Petty eight and a half hours from Level Cross, N.C., by freeway, or three hours and one minute at the race-winning speed of 140.894 mph.

If Secretariat had decided to visit Petty in Level Cross and had been able to match his Belmont-winning pace (1.5 miles in 2:24), it would have taken "Big Red" 11 hours and 20 minutes.

"The Six Million Dollar Man", starring Lee Majors, premiered in 1973 and finished No. 11 in the ratings. Twenty five years later, Jeff Gordon won 13 of 33 races and became NASCAR's first $6 million man.

In January, CBS sold the New York Yankees for $10 million to a 12-person syndicate led by George Steinbrenner. In 2004, Forbes magazine estimated the value of the franchise to be $832 million. If Petty had taken his first-prize purse of $36,100 and joined the syndicate, it would be worth about $3 million today.

The No. 1 hit song on Feb. 16 was Hurricane Smith's "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?" Hurricane Brenda first hit Mexico in August.

On Jan. 27, the Paris Peace Accord was signed, effectively ending the Vietnam War. The last American combat soldiers left South Vietnam in March. Of the more than 3 million Americans who served in the war, almost 58,000 were killed and over 1,000 were missing in action.

As the war wound down, Watergate picked up. Televised hearings began on May 17 in the United States Senate. Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned on Oct. 10 and was replaced by Gerald Ford on Nov. 27. On Nov. 17, President Nixon proclaimed "I am not a crook."

On Sept. 20, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets at the Astrodome to win "The Battle of the Sexes."

On Oct. 17, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries imposed an oil embargo on the U.S., primarily because of its support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Gasoline, which cost 38 cents a gallon at the beginning of 1973, was almost impossible to come by at the end of the year, selling for as much as $1.20.

The price of a barrel of oil went from $3 to $5.11 in one day -- then rose to $11.65 in December, leading to mandatory rationing and shortages nationwide

posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 09:57 PM
Hey, 3 more teams to double last year's total? That'd be great, all the more teasm to beat up on PA...

posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 03:40 PM
Daytona Countdown: '74
The Streak, Hammerin' Hank follow Petty's fifth victory in 500
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 19, 2005
03:05 PM EST (20:05 GMT)

Richard Petty survived a flat tire to win his second consecutive Daytona 500, mainly because Donnie Allison also had tire troubles. The 16th Daytona 500, run in the middle of the energy crisis, was actually the "Daytona 450" because the race was started on lap 21.

With inflation running at 14 percent, long lines at the pump and Watergate dominating the headlines, there was little happiness in 1974, except for Happy Days, which premiered that year. However, there was one nonsensical response to all the despair: streaking.

Nearly every sporting event, public gathering or performance was fair game for those who liked to run in the nude. In March, more than 1,200 University of Colorado students led a mass streaking through the streets of Boulder, beating the previous records set in Athens, Ga.; College Park, Md.; and Columbia, S.C.

The National Mandatory Speed Limit was enacted in 1974, setting the federal speed limit at 55 mph on all roads. If Petty had wanted to watch the streakers en masse, the 1,631-mile trip from Level Cross, N.C., to Boulder, Colo., would have taken 30 hours without breaking the law. However, at Petty's race-winning speed of 140.894 mph, he could have made it in 11 hours and 35 minutes.

Undressing while driving a car is illegal in all 50 states.

Ray Stevens yelled "Don't look, Ethel!" as his single The Streak hit No. 1 in May. The Environmental Protection Agency was phasing out leaded ethyl gasoline by 1974.

The No. 1 song on Feb. 16 was Americans, by Byron MacGregor, a patriotic recitation of a commentary by Canadian Gordon Sinclair. Canadian Terry Jacks was No. 6 with Seasons In The Sun, a decidedly downbeat tale about a dying man.

Gary Gygax and David Arneson published a new role-playing game called Dungeons & Dragons in January. By 2004, an estimated 20 million people had played D&D, purchasing over $1 billion in books and merchandise.

In February, People magazine hit the newstands for the first time. In April, Atlanta's Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run off Los Angeles pitcher Al Downing at Fulton County Stadium, breaking Babe Ruth's record.

Formal impeachment hearings began against President Nixon on May 9. The Supreme Court ruled that Nixon did not have the authority to withhold tapes on July 24. Three days later, Nixon was charged with obstruction of justice and announced to the country on Aug. 8 that the next day, he would become the first President to resign from office. One month later, New President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed.

On Feb. 4, the Symbionese Liberation Army kidnapped Patty Hearst. On May 17, Los Angeles police raid SLA headquarters, killing six members of the group.

Most OPEC nations ended the five-month oil embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan on March 18.

A total of 148 tornadoes hit 13 states on April 3, killing 315 people. It was the largest outbreak of tornadoes in history

posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 04:38 PM
Today's speeds:

1. Dale Jarrett, No. 88 Ford, 48.269 seconds, 186.455 mph
2. Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Chevrolet, 48.456, 185.736
3. Joe Nemechek, No. 01 Chevrolet, 48.490, 185.605
4. Scott Riggs, No. 10 Chevrolet, 48.491, 185.601
5. Randy LaJoie, No. 98 Chevrolet, 48.588, 185.231
6. Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet, 48.600, 185.185
7. Boris Said, No. 36 Chevrolet, 48.601, 185.181
8. Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford, 48.624, 185.094
9. Jeremy Mayfield, No. 19 Dodge, 48.656, 184.972
10. Elliott Sadler, No. 38 Ford, 48.668, 184.926
11. Jeff Green, No. 43 Dodge, 48.674, 184.904
12. Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Chevrolet, 48.690, 184.843
13. Mike Bliss, No. 0 Chevrolet, 48.691, 184.839
14. Mike Wallace, No. 4 Chevrolet, 48.752, 184.608
15. Kurt Busch, No. 97 Ford, 48.773, 184.528
16. Mike McLaughlin, No. 20 Chevrolet, 48.787, 184.475
17. Mark Martin, No. 6 Ford, 48.810, 184.388
18. Eric McClure, No. 73 Chevrolet, 48.816, 184.366
19. Ricky Rudd, No. 21 Ford, 48.818, 184.358
20. Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Dodge, 48.847, 184.249
21. Michael Waltrip, No. 15 Chevrolet, 48.865, 184.181
22. Johnny Sauter, No. 09 Dodge, 48.880, 184.124
23. Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Ford, 48.886, 184.102
24. Kenny Wallace, No. 00 Chevrolet, 48.890, 184.087
25. Bobby Labonte, No. 18 Chevrolet, 48.891, 184.083
26. Kyle Petty, No. 45 Dodge, 48.957, 183.835
27. Jason Leffler, No. 11 Chevrolet, 48.967, 183.797
28. Ryan Newman, No. 12 Dodge, 49.008, 183.643
29. Sterling Marlin, No. 40 Dodge, 49.031, 183.557
30. Morgan Shepherd, No. 89 Dodge, 49.039, 183.527

Surprisingly Dale Jr. at 33rd

posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 07:37 PM
Daytona Countdown: '75
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 20, 2005
10:41 AM EST (15:41 GMT)

When David Pearson spun out while leading two laps from the finish, Benny Parsons was there to claim victory in the 17th Daytona 500 on Feb. 16, 1975, putting Chevrolet in Victory Lane for the first time since 1960.

A 1975 Chevrolet Camaro two-door coupe with optional 454 V8 engine retailed for $3,685. "Wheel of Fortune" debuted in 1975. Parsons could have purchased 11 Camaros with his first-place check for $43,905 and still had enough left over to buy 134 vowels.

Fueled by the success of George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" in 1974, the disco era was in full swing by 1975. People across the country were dancing to "The Hustle" by Van McCoy. Ashley Whippet was the defending world canine disc champion. "Whip It" was a hit for Devo in 1980.

"Charlie Hustle," Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the World Series MVP, Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year and the Sporting News Man of the Year. "Fire" by the Ohio Players was the No. 2 song in the country on Feb. 16.

If Parsons, a former Detroit taxi cab driver, had wanted to travel from his hometown of Ellerbe, N.C. to disco with Pete Rose in Cincinnati, the 523-mile journey would have taken nine and a half hours by cab -- or three hours and 24 minutes at Parsons' race-winning average of 153.469 mph.

The January edition of Popular Electronics magazine featured a new "personal computer." Ed Roberts' Altair 8800 had no keyboard or monitor, limited short-term memory and included a microprocessor and a 256-byte RAM card for $395. Bill Gates and Paul Allen write a version of BASIC to make it run.

President Ford survived two assassination attempts in September and a tumble down the stairs of Air Force One in Salzburg, Austria in June. Chevy Chase portrayed a bumbling President Ford when "Saturday Night Live" debuted in October. The first guest host was George Carlin.

Millions refused to go in the water in the summer of 1975, as "Jaws" wracked up $260 million in movie ticket receipts. Darrell Waltrip, nicknamed "Jaws" by Cale Yarborough, finished 26th in the 1975 Daytona 500.

In March, George Lucas began production on the first "Star Wars" movie, starting a company called Industrial Light & Magic to handle special effects. On July 17, astronauts and cosmonauts met in space as an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft docked with each other in orbit.

Current drivers born in 1975:
• Brendan Gaughan (July 10)
•Kevin Harvick (Dec. 8)
•Jimmie Johnson (Sept. 17)
•Jason Leffler (Sept. 16)
•Elliott Sadler (April 30)

posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 07:09 PM
Daytona Countdown: '76
Pearson wins thriller despite last-lap crash with Petty
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 21, 2005
10:12 AM EST (15:12 GMT)

In the most spectacular finish in the race's history to that point, David Pearson and Richard Petty crashed coming out of the final turn. While Petty was unable to refire his beat-up Dodge 50 yards shy of the victory, Pearson was able to coax his heavily damaged Mercury across the finish line to win the 18th Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, 1976.

An undamaged 1976 Mercury Cougar XR7 two-door hardtop coupe with a 460 V8 engine would have had a showroom sticker price of $5,125. A brand-new, unblemished 1976 Dodge Charger Sport with a 400 V8 engine retailed for $4,263.

Pearson's first-place check of $46,800 would have allowed him to buy nine Cougars, one more than the number of Chargers that Petty could have purchased with the runner-up purse of $35,750.

Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky," the story about an unknown Philadelphia boxer who fights for the world's heavyweight championship, was the top draw at the box office, collecting $117 million and winning an Oscar for Best Picture. Muhammad Ali was the heavyweight champ in 1976. Sega's first "Heavyweight Champ" video game, in black and white, was released in 1976. The company re-released the color version in 1987.

On July 4, President Gerald Ford rang the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia during the nation's bicentennial celebration. If Pearson had wanted to celebrate the bicentennial in Philadelphia, the 616-mile trip from Spartanburg, S.C., would have taken 11 hours at the federal speed limit of 55 mph -- or four hours and three minutes at Pearson's race-winning average of 152.181 mph.

The rest of President Ford's year was rocky. In a debate with Jimmy Carter, Ford claimed Yugoslavia, Romania and Poland were not dominated by the Soviet Union. He then lost the November election to the Georgia governor. "All The President's Men," starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, was in movie theatres at the time.

Influenced by the Altair personal computer, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built a new preassembled computer circuit board in a Sunnyvale, Calif. garage in the spring of 1976. They first offered it to Hewlett-Packard, which turned it down. On April 1, Jobs, Wozniak and Ron Wayne founded the Apple Computer Company and debuted the Apple I in May at the Home Brew Computer Club in Palo Alto.

Byte Shop ordered 50 of the new computers at $666.66 each. In order to finance production costs of $1,350, Jobs sold his VW van and Wozniak his H-P calculator. The No. 1 song in the country on Feb. 15, according to Cash Box, was Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover."

Pearson could have bought all 50 Apple I computers and still had enough left over to make a $13,500 down payment on a new home, which cost an average of $48,000 in 1976. Unfortunately, the rate on that house would have been close to 9 percent on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

On Jan. 21, the first Concorde commercial flight took off from Paris to Rio. Space Shuttle Enterprise rolled out on Sept. 17. Inflation continued to hover at 8.7 percent.

In 1976, Fleetwood Mac was recording "Rumours," while The Eagles were about to release "Hotel California."

Current drivers born in 1976:
•Travis Kvapil (March 1)
•Jamie McMurray (June 3)
•Scott Wimmer (Jan. 26)
•J.J. Yeley (Oct. 5)

posted on Jan, 22 2005 @ 08:11 PM
Daytona Countdown: '77
Yarborough goes from worst to first for second victory
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 21, 2005
01:25 PM EST (18:25 GMT)

Cale Yarborough, who finished last in the 1976 Daytona 500, Yarborough in the 19th Daytona 500. He beat Benny Parsons by 1.39 seconds for his second Daytona 500 win on Feb. 20, 1977.

On May 25, George Lucas' science fiction story about a kid, his 'droids and a Jedi master opened at 32 theaters and brought in $254,309 on its first day. By the end of its run, "Star Wars" would gross more than $290 million. If Yarborough had spent his $63,700 first-place check on tickets -- at the 1977 price of $2.25 -- he could have seen Star Wars 28,311 times.

Kenner Toys introduced a line of Star Wars action figures, capitalizing on the popularity of the blockbuster film. They dominate the action figure market.

Digital Equipment Corp. founder Ken Olson proclaimed: "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." In May, the Apple II was unveiled. It came completely assembled, with a keyboard and two game paddles. The 24K RAM version retailed for $1,878, while the top-end 48K RAM model went for $2,638. Monthly order topped $1 million.

The first Pizza Time Theatre opened in San Jose, Calif., in 1977. Nolan Bushnell, who founded Atari and developed "Pong," was responsible for creating Chuck E. Cheese and the rest of the Pizza Time Players. Bushnell saw a connection between a family-style restaurant and video games, so each Pizza Time Theatre contained over 100 video games, pinball machines, and other types of games.

If Yarborough had driven from Timmonsville, S.C. to have lunch and play a little skee-ball with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the 2,724-mile trip would have taken 49 and a half hours by station wagon -- or 17 hours and 47 minutes at the race-winning average speed of 153.218 mph.

Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager opened the "Studio 54" disco on April 26. The club, which became the "be seen" spot in New York, grossed an estimated $7 million after one year of operation. Guests included Cher, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Halston, Calvin Klein, Elton John, Andy Warhol, Christopher Reeves, Michael Jackson, Brooke Shields, newlyweds Donald and Ivana Trump, Truman Capote and Margaux Hemingway.

On July 13, the New York blackout lasted for 25 hours. "Night Moves" by Bob Seger was No. 8 on the Cash Box charts on Feb. 20. In July, the first oil reached Valdez, Alaska, through the Trans Alaska Pipeline. In August, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the Department of Energy.

In one of his last decisions as President on Jan. 19, Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, otherwise known as "Tokyo Rose." It also snowed in Miami, Fla., for the first time in history. Two days later, President Carter pardoned Vietnam War draft evaders.

On June 11, Seattle Slew became the first unbeaten thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown, taking the Belmont Stakes on a sloppy track by four lengths over Run Dusty Run. In 17 career starts, Seattle Slew won 14 races and $1,208,726. In 561 starts, Yarborough won 83 races and $5,003,616.

Space Shuttle Enterprise made its first test flight on Aug. 12. Eight days later, Voyager 2 launched from Cape Canaveral. Voyager 1 followed on Sept. 5.

On Aug. 16, Elvis Presley was found dead in a bathroom in his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. The official cause of death was "cardiac arrhythmia due to undetermined heartbeat." His last No. 1 single on the Billboard charts was "Suspicious Minds" in 1969.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released "Street Survivors" on Oct. 17. Three days later, a privately chartered plane carrying the band between shows in Greenville, S.C., and Baton Rouge, La., crashed outside of Gillsburg, Miss., killing Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and his sister Cassie. The remaining members were injured.

On Nov. 19, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel when he met with Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

Current drivers born in 1977:
•Austin Cameron (Jan. 24)
•Larry Foyt (Feb. 22)
•Bobby Hamilton Jr. (Jan. 8)
•Ryan Newman (Dec. 8)
•Billy Parker (Jan. 9)
•Deborah Renshaw (Oct. 28)
•David Stremme (June 19)

posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 01:26 PM
we have 13 teams signed up and ready for the green flag, still time and room for anyone else who wants to get in on the action

Daytona Countdown: '78
Allison takes advantage of Baker's blown engine to win
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 21, 2005
02:28 PM EST (19:28 GMT)

Buddy Baker had nearly a lap on the field when his engine expired with five laps remaining in the 20th Daytona 500 on Feb. 19, 1978. That handed the victory to Bobby Allison, whose Ford beat Cale Yarborough's Oldsmobile to the line by more than 33 seconds.

A 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass two-door coupe with the 442 package listed for $5,033. With his first-place check for $56,300, Allison could have snapped up 11 Cutlasses and still had enough money left over to buy 1,487 gallons of gas, at an average price of 63 cents a gallon.

Driving the No. 15 Ford, Allison snapped a 67-race winless streak. Wearing No. 14, Cincinnati's Pete Rose had a 44-game hitting streak, the second-longest in Major League Baseball history, which was ended by Atlanta on Aug. 1.

If Allison had wanted to take in a Reds game at Riverfront Stadium during Rose's streak, he could have made the 480-mile journey from Hueytown, Ala. to Cincinnati in almost nine hours at freeway speeds -- or exactly three hours at his race-winning average of 159.73 mph.

Fifty-three-year-old Mavis Hutchinson took 69 days to run 2,871 miles from Los Angeles to New York -- the first woman to do so. Ron Hutcherson drove the No. 53 Oldsmobile to a fourth-place finish in the 1978 Daytona 500.

In 1978, Midway Games imported the "Space Invaders" arcade game from Taito, going head-to-head with Atari's "Football," the first game to use a trackball. When the football season ended, so did the popularity of "Football." However, "Space Invaders" caused coin shortages in Japan and school truancy in the United States.

Israel invaded Lebanon and Vietnam invaded Cambodia that year. The 1950s horror classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" was remade in 1978.

The No. 1 song in the country on Feb. 19 was "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees. On Aug. 6, 80-year-old Pope Paul VI died. His successor, John Paul I, died unexpectedly after 34 days in office on Sept. 28. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland became Pope John Paul II on Oct. 16.

The movie "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" -- starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees singing songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney -- was widely panned following its release.

On March 15, the U.S. Senate approved a treaty that would relinquish ownership of the Panama Canal by Dec. 31, 1999. In the summer of 1978, Van Halen was the opening act for Aerosmith and Pat Travers at a Day On The Green at the Oakland Coliseum. Van Halen would release "Panama" in 1984. Panama Red claims to be a legal herbal bud alternative to marijuana.

The comic strip "Garfield" debuted in newspapers on June 19, chronicling the adventures of Garfield the cat and Odie the dog. According to the Web site "White House Pets," President James Garfield had a dog named Veto. On June 22, astronomers discovered Pluto's moon, Charon. Drummer for The Who, Keith Moon, died of an overdose on Sept. 7.

In "National Lampoon's Animal House," members of the Delta House wrapped themselves in bedsheets and held a toga party. More than 10,000 University of Wisconsin students held a toga party in 1978. However, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt beat them to the punch when she held a toga party to spoof the loyal followers of the "Caesar," her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.

On July 25, Louise Brown became the first baby born by in-vitro fertilization. Dianne Feinstein became the first woman mayor of San Francisco on Dec. 4. The first Susan B. Anthony dollar entered circulation on Dec. 13.

On March 26, the Camp David peace agreement was formalized on the White House lawn with the signatures and handshakes of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat. They would share the Nobel Peace Prize.

Current drivers born in 1978:
•Kurt Busch (Aug. 4)
•Kevin Grubb (April 19)
•Casey Mears (March 12)
•Johnny Sauter (May 1)

posted on Jan, 24 2005 @ 06:20 PM
Daytona Countdown: '79
Petty wins first nationally televised 500 after spectacular crash
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 24, 2005
09:10 AM EST (14:10 GMT)

As a nationwide television audience witnessed the first live flag-to-flag coverage of a 500-mile race, Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison smashed into each other while going for the lead on the final lap, leaving a surprised Richard Petty to cross the finish line the victor in the 21st Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 1979.

Buddy Arrington's Dodge was the only Chrysler product in the 41-car field. On Sept. 7, the Chrysler Corporation asked the U.S. government for $1 billion to avoid bankruptcy.

"The Dukes of Hazzard" premiered in 1979, with Tom Wopat and John Schneider starring alongside a 1969 Dodge Charger nicknamed "General Lee." Earle Canavan drove an No. 01 that season, finishing 39th in the Southern 500 with an oil leak.

The average price of a new home had reached $71,800 by 1979, so Petty could have used his first-place check for $73,900 to pay off the construction -- and cover the closing costs. With the prime lending rate nearing 15 percent by the end of the year (and inflation at a record 13.3 percent), a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 18 percent and no money down would have cost him $389,552.40.

"The Amityville Horror", a movie about a family in a new home built on the site of multiple murders, grossed $86,432,520 in 1979. If Petty had driven from Level Cross, N.C. to Amityville, N.Y., the 592-mile trip would have taken nearly 11 hours at freeway speeds -- or four hours and seven minutes at Petty's winning race average of 143.977 mph.

Gas prices also jumped in 1979, starting the year at around 50 cents a gallon and finishing at over $1. Gloria Gaynor's disco anthem "I Will Survive" is on the charts on Feb. 18.

When people weren't looking at their quickly dwindling checkbook balances and rapidly rising prices at the pump, they were focused on the events in the Middle East.

On Jan. 16, after a year of turmoil, the Shah of Iran left the country and relocated in Egypt. Two weeks later, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile. On Feb. 3, he created the Council of the Islamic Revolution.

One week later, the Iranian army mutinied and joined the revolution. On Feb. 11, Khomeini seized power. In July, Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigned and Vice President Saddam Hussein replaced him, setting the stage for the Iran-Irag War that would begin one year later.

On Nov. 4, nearly 3,000 Iranians overwhelmed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 90 hostages, 63 of whom are American. Within 10 days, President Jimmy Carter halted oil imports from Iran and froze Iranian assets in U.S. banks. On Nov. 17, Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black hostages.

In 1979, Liverpool hairdressers Mike Score and Frank Maudsley form a band around a synthesizer. In 1982, they hit the charts with "I Ran (So Far Away)."

Space was a welcome respite in 1979. On March 5, Voyager I passed Jupiter. On March 25, Space Shuttle Columbia was delivered to the Kennedy Space Center for its first launch. In September, Pioneer 11 passed Saturn. "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" earned $82 million at the box office.

Atari released "Asteroids," a game originally designed for a handheld computer system called Cosmos. It became Atari's all-time best-seller, in part because players could enter their initials after recording a high score. Nearly 80,000 units were sold in the United States

Former U.S. attorney general John Mitchell and former SLA member Patty Hearst were released from prison in 1979. Rupert Holmes' "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" was No. 1 on the charts in 1979.

In the spring of 1979, a movie about the possibility of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant -- "The China Syndrome" -- hit theaters. On March 28, a nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., released a small amount of radiation into the air.

Current drivers born in 1979:
•Chad Blount (Sept. 4)
•Clint Bowyer (May 30)
•Carl Edwards (Aug. 15)
•Jason White (June 5)

posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 09:15 PM
Daytona Countdown: '83
Yarborough wins with backup; M*A*S*H bows with final episode
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 28, 2005
01:48 PM EST (18:48 GMT)

Cale Yarborough destroyed his primary car in a 200 mph flip during qualifying but won the 25th Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1983, with his backup car, thanks to a slingshot pass of Buddy Baker on the final lap.

Yarborough was the first driver to break the 200 mph barrier with his first qualifying lap of 200.503 mph, but because the car didn't make it back around for the second, it was disqualified and the time disallowed.

Motor Trend's 1983 Car of the Year was the American Motors Renault Alliance, with the two-door coupe priced at $5,695. With his first-place check for $119,600, Yarborough could have purchased a fleet of 21 Alliances.

On Jan. 2, the musical Annie closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances. If Yarborough had wanted to see the final performance, he could have driven an Alliance the 650-mile trip between Timmonsville, S.C., and Broadway in about 12 hours, or could have covered the distance in four hours and 10 minutes at his race-winning average of 155.979 mph.

On Feb. 28, over 125 million people saw the final episode of M*A*S*H.

On March 8, President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Maine schoolgirl Samatha Smith visited the Soviet Union at the invitation of leader Yuri Andropov in July.

On March 23, Reagan announced his plans for a "Star Wars" missile defense system. Its cost was estimated at $60 billion. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was released on May 25 and grossed over $300 million.

Michael Jackson debuted his "moonwalk" March 25 during the taping of the Motown 25 television special. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band hit the charts with Shame on the Moon in February.

Astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson did the first Space Shuttle spacewalk on April 7. Sally Ride took a ride of the Space Shuttle on June 18, the first American woman in space. The Right Stuff was one of 1983's top movies.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network of the U.S. Department of Defense officially changed to the internet protocol suite in 1983. In June, Paul Mockapetris invented the Internet Domain Name System.

In 1983, Al Gore was campaigning for Howard Baker's Senate seat. In 1999, Gore claimed in an interview: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the internet."

On Jan. 19, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia. In 1983, Swedish Barbie and Spanish Barbie were added to the International Collection.

That same day, the Apple Lisa personal computer was announced. Lisa Apple danced professionally for the Pacific Northwest Ballet for nine years, retiring in 2002.

On Jan. 22, Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg retired after winning five consecutive Wimbledon men's singles championships. The Star Trek: The Next Generation crew met the Borg for the first time in 1989.

On March 1, Duran Duran's album Rio went gold. The average price for an ounce of gold was $380. McDonald's introduced its Chicken McNuggets in 1983.

Tragedies in 1983 included the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people; the shooting down of a Korean jetliner by Russian fighter pilots, resulting in 269 deaths; and the bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, which killed 241.

Current drivers born in 1983:
• Regan Smith (Sept. 23)
•Brian Vickers (Oct. 24)


posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 07:12 AM
How long we got now Tj?

posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 07:47 AM
there are 22 days left till the daytona 500, still time for anyone to get a team entered in this years fantasy league :party-smiley-018:


posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 08:50 AM
Yeah not long now... :party-smiley-018:

Sign up for Fantasy Nascar!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 11:09 AM
Daytona Countdown: '84
Yarborough wins again; Apple introduces Macintosh computer
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 29, 2005
10:59 AM EST (15:59 GMT)

Cale Yarborough became the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s since Richard Petty in 1973-74, passing Darrell Waltrip on the final lap to win the 26th Daytona 500 on Feb. 19, 1984.

The Chevrolet Corvette was Motor Trend's choice for Car of the Year in 1984. A two-door Corvette coupe would have cost $21,800, so Yarborough could have purchased seven new Corvettes with his check for $160,300.

The population of the United States reached 235 million in 1984, 135,000 of whom made it to Daytona to watch Yarborough's victory. Nearly six million people attended the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

That figure did not include any athletes from the Soviet Union. That country announced a boycott of the L.A. Games on May 8.

If Yarborough had driven a Corvette from his hometown of Timmonsville, S.C., to Los Angeles to see the United States win a record 83 gold medals, the 2,465-mile trip would have taken 45 hours at freeway speeds -- or 16 hours and 20 minutes at Yarborough's race-winning average of 150.994 mph.

Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. was the top-selling album of 1984, beating Prince's Purple Rain and Van Halen's 1984.

With an ad -- based on George Orwell's novel 1984 -- that debuted during the Super Bowl broadcast, Apple introduced its Macintosh computer on Jan. 22. A day later, Michael Jackson's fire caught fire during filming of a Pepsi commercial. That month, Wendy's began its "Where's the Beef?" campaign.

Walter Payton passed Jim Brown as pro football's all-time leading rusher in 1984. After his retirement from football, Payton formed a race team with Michel Jourdain Jr. as driver. In 2005, Jourdain is scheduled to drive a Busch Series car for ppc Racing.

Singer James Brown released the movie Soul Julibee in 1984. Sports announcer James Brown was hired as a CBS analyst that year.

Virgin Atlantic Airlines made its inaugural flight on June 22. Miss America Vanessa Williams resigned a month later after Penthouse magazine published her nude photos. Madonna's Like A Virgin was the No. 1 song in the country on Dec. 29.

Ronald Reagan easily defeated challenger Walter Mondale to earn a second term. Margaret Thatcher survived an IRA bombing attempt. However, India's Indira Ghandi was assassinated and Russian leader Yuri Andropov died in 1984.

Beverly Hills Cop edged Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at the box office, but Ray Parker Jr.'s theme song for Ghostbusters was a top-10 smash. Parker was sued by Huey Lewis for copyright infringement, claiming that Ghostbusters was a riff off I Want a New Drug. Lewis received an out-of-court settlement.

Highway to Heaven, The Cosby Show, Who's The Boss, Miami Vice and Murder, She Wrote all debuted on network television in 1984.

On Nov. 25, British and Irish musicians met to form Band Aid and record Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. More than 3.5 million copies of the song were sold in Great Britain. In 1989, the song was re-recorded as part of Band Aid II, and was re-recorded again in 2004 by Band Aid 20 for Sudanese relief.

posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 08:31 PM
Do you guys mind if I invite my cousins to join? They usually have one of thier own, but no one wants to run it this year.

posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 09:43 PM
no problem as far as i am concerned, the more people chasing the wallbangers this year the better

posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 09:15 AM
we are up to 15 teams for this years league, one more and we will DOUBLE last years count...welcome to all the new players and good luck

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