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posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 09:43 AM
Rico is my cousin, in case anyone's wondering...

posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 05:32 PM
Daytona Countdown: '85
Elliott blisters field; New Coke ushered in ... and out
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 30, 2005
07:22 AM EST (12:22 GMT)

Turning laps at a seemingly easy 200 mph, Bill Elliott's Ford Thunderbird outlasted the competition in the 27th Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 1985. Lake Speed was the only other car on the lead lap as Elliott set a blistering pace of 172.265 mph in a race slowed by just five cautions.

Elliott's hometown of Dawsonville, Ga., had fewer than 400 residents in 1985, so he could given each person in town at least $464 from his first-place check of $185,500.

A 1985 Ford Thunderbird two-door coupe with 302-cubic inch V8 engine retailed for $10,249, so Elliott could have outfitted 18 residents of Dawsonville, Ga. with Thunderbirds.

The average price of a new home broke the $100,000 barrier in 1985, so one lucky Dawsonville resident could have benefitted from Elliott's good fortune.

With its flagship carbonated beverage losing market share to rival Pepsi, the Coca-Cola Company began an effort to reformulate the taste of Coke. In marketing taste tests, New Coke beat both Pepsi and Coke. On April 23, New Coke debuted. By July, the company was forced to bring back "original Coke," although long-time fans disputed whether that formula wasn't as suspect.

If Elliott had wanted to drive a 1985 Thunderbird from Dawsonville to Coca-Cola's world headquarters in Atlanta to protest New Coke, he could have made the 57-mile trip in about an hour on the highway, or in about 19 minutes and 48 seconds if Elliott could have averaged 172 mph.

Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox as a teenager who returns to 1955 in a DeLorean, made $210 million as the No. 1 movie of 1985. A 1955 Thunderbird purchased for $2,444 brand new would be worth between $25,000 and $48,000 today. 1985 by Texas band Bowling For Soup was a hit in 2004.

Mikhail Gorbachev became the new leader of the Soviet Union on March 11. On Nov. 19, he met with President Ronald Reagan in Geneva to discuss speeding up arms talks, working towards the abolition of chemical weapons and a new commitment to human rights.

The Breakfast Club was released to theaters on Feb. 15. Breakfast cereals released in 1985 included G.I. Joe Action Stars,Rainbow Brite Cereal, Ghostbusters Cereal and Cabbage Patch Kids Cereal.

On July 20, treasure hunters located the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha near Key West, Fla., and begin to raise $400 million in coins and silver. On Sept. 1, a joint American-French expedition located the wreck of the RMS Titanic, five years after the movie Raise The Titanic! was released.

On June 23, 329 people were killed when an Air India 747 blew up near Ireland. On Aug. 12, a Japan Airlines 747 crashed, killing 520 of the 524 people on board. In all, more than 100 aviation accidents killed more than 2,000 people in 1985. Mr. Mister hit the Billboard Top 10 with Broken Wings.

Hostage Benjamin Weir was released in Iran on Sept. 15, but Terry Anderson and Thomas Sutherland were abducted in Lebanon -- and would not be freed until the end of 1991.

On Jan. 23, O.J. Simpson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition, he was starring in the television series First and 10 and appearing on Monday Night Football. Nine years later, he would be tried and acquitted for killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

On Dec. 16, John Gotti organized a hit on mafia bosses Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti. They were shot and killed exiting Sparks Steak House in New York. Gotti then became leader of the Gambino family.

Current drivers born in 1985:
• Kyle Busch (May 2)

posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 05:38 PM
Hey can i enter even though i dont have much of a clue about stock car racing in america?? :bounce:


posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 06:00 PM

Originally posted by dilly
Hey can i enter even though i dont have much of a clue about stock car racing in america?? :bounce:

Yeah of course, Toejam will send you a u2u with the link to the site and the log-in details. You will have to create a yahoo account if you havnt got one already (its free)....

posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 06:08 PM
hey dilly, of course you are welcome to play, you should have a u2u with the links and other info, if you don't get it or have any probems give me a holler

posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 06:40 PM
Daytona Countdown: '86
Bodine benefits from Earnhardt misfortune; Challenger explodes
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
January 31, 2005
09:23 AM EST (14:23 GMT)

When Dale Earnhardt ran out of fuel with three laps to go, Geoff Bodine found himself alone and heading for victory in the 28th Daytona 500 on Feb. 16, 1986. Earnhardt had beaten Bodine twice earlier in the week, but the third time was not the charm, even though Earnhardt was poised to make a slingshot pass for the lead.

A 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport SS listed for $12,865, so if Bodine had chipped in another $60, he could have purchased 15 Monte Carlos -- not including a fleet discount, tax, tags or title.

On Jan. 23, the first group of musicians were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They included Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

If Bodine had wanted to be at the induction ceremony, the 317-mile trip from his hometown of Chemung, N.Y., would have taken six hours in the stock Monte Carlo SS -- or two hours and eight minutes in the stock-car Monte Carlo, based on Bodine's average winning speed of 148.124 mph.

On Jan. 24, the Voyager 2 space probe made its first encounter with Uranus. Venus by Bananarama was one of the top selling singles of 1986.

On Dec. 23, flying an experimental plane named "Voyager," Burt Rutan and Jeana Yeager completed the first nonstop circumnavigation of the earth by air without refueling in nine days, three minutes and 44 seconds.

On March, the Japanese space probe Suisei flew past Halley's Comet. Bill Haley -- famous for his 1954 hit, (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock -- was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

On Jan. 12, the first Hispanic-American astronaut -- Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz -- lifted off in Columbia. Sixteen days later, the first teacher in space -- Christa McAuliffe -- is killed, along with six other astronauts, when Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff.

On Feb. 7, President Jean-Claude Duvalier fled Haiti after 28 years of dictatorship, while on Feb. 25, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule. When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going was a hit for Billy Ocean in 1986.

On Feb. 19, the Soviet Union launched the Mir space station. Two months later, the Chernobyl nuclear plant launched itself across much of the Ukraine and Belarus, killing at least 31 people and exposing thousands more to radiation.

On Jan. 9, Kodak handed over the instant camera business to Polaroid after losing a patent battle. On Jan. 20, the United Kingdom and France shook hands after agreeing to construct the Channel Tunnel. On May 25, millions of Americans held hands for "Hands Across America," reportedly raising $30 million for the nation's hungry and homeless.

On Nov. 3, a Lebanese magazine reported that the United States was selling weapons to Iran in secret to secure the release of seven American hostages being held in Lebanon. Two weeks later, National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary started to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

On April 3, IBM unveiled its first laptop, the PC Convertible. In July, Apple discontinued its Lisa computer. On Nov. 11, Sperry Rand and Burroughs merged to form Unisys.

posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 07:03 PM
we now have 16 teams signed up for this years fantasy stock car racing league, this is twice as many as we had last year, this should be a terrific league and lots of fun throughout the summer monthsm there is still time to get your team....can we make 20? :party-smiley-018:

posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 07:32 PM
i just went back and checked and we had 10 teams total last year, so we need 4 more to double last years league, in case you were wondering here are the final standings from last years league

1 PA Racing Inc. 9,436
2 AegisFang 9,158
3 Sir Winalot Racing 9,104
5 Speedfreaks 8,974
6 Terminator X 8,840
7 icemachine 8,753
8 TRD racing 8,414
9 Big CA 7,136
10 Grantys team 1,781

posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 08:21 PM
since the qualifying for the daytona 500 is different than for any other race i found this article that explains how it will work

Daytona 500 qualifying explained
Posted: 9 hours ago

Daytona 500 "qualifying day" is kind of a deceiving name because it only determines who will start on the front row.

Step 1: Qualifying day / Feb. 13, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
This year, the front row will continue to be locked into the Daytona 500 as will the top 35 teams in 2004 owner points, which is part of a new season-long procedure for guaranteeing a starting spot to the top 35 teams in points. The teams in the top 35 that had odd finishing positions in 2004 will be in the first of two 150-mile qualifying races. The even teams will make the second qualifying race.

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
Duel Race 1 Pole-sitter Duel Race 2 Pole-sitter
Row 1 1. _____________________ 2. _____________________

Step 2: Gatorade 150's / Feb. 17, 1 p.m. ET on FX

As has always been the case, the Daytona 500 pole-sitter will sit on the pole for the first qualifying race and the driver who qualifies on the outside of Row 1 will sit on the pole for the second qualifying race regardless of where they finished in 2004 owner points. For example, if Jeremy Mayfield wins the Daytona 500 pole and Jeff Gordon is on the outside of Row 1, Mayfield will start on the pole for the first qualifying race and Gordon will start on the pole for the second qualifying race even though Mayfield finished 10th in the points and Gordon finished third.
The rest of the qualifying-race fields — up to 66 cars with 33 in each event — will start based on their qualifying-day speeds. Drivers who weren't in the top 35 in owner points in 2004 will be placed in the qualifying races in order of how they qualified among drivers outside the top 35.

Out of the two 150-mile races, the top 35 drivers in owner points are locked into the Daytona 500 plus the two highest finishers from each race who are not in the top 35 in owner points.

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup
Race 1 results
(not including pole-sitter) Race 2 results
(not including pole-sitter)
Row 2 3. ____________________ 4. ____________________
Row 3 5. ____________________ 6. ____________________
Row 4 7. ____________________ 8. ____________________
Row 5 9. ____________________ 10. ___________________
Row 6 11. ___________________ 12. ___________________
Row 7 13. ___________________ 14. ___________________
Row 8 15. ___________________ 16. ___________________
Row 9 17. ___________________ 18. ___________________
Row 10 19. ___________________ 20. ___________________
Row 11 21. ___________________ 22. ___________________
Row 12 23. ___________________ 24. ___________________
Row 13 25. ___________________ 26. ___________________
Row 14 27. ___________________ 28. ___________________
Row 15 29. ___________________ 30. ___________________
Row 16 31. ___________________ 32. ___________________
Row 17 33. ___________________ 34. ___________________
Row 18 35. ___________________ 36. ___________________
Row 19 37. ___________________ 38. ___________________
Row 20 39. ___________________

Step 3: Fastest qualifying speeds: Feb. 13
Positions 40 through 42 will be filled by drivers who had the fastest speeds on qualifying day but did not qualify on the front row, weren't in the top 35 in owner points and weren't one of the highest two finishers in each of the 150-mile qualifying races.

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

Row 20 40. ___________________
Row 21 41. ___________________ 42. ___________________

Step 4: Champion's provisional/Next fastest qualifier
Position 43 would be filled by a past champion, but that will not be an issue at Daytona. The only two active champions who are not in the top 35 in points are Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte, and they are not scheduled to be at Daytona. This year, the final spot in the Daytona 500 field will go to the next fastest qualifier.

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

Row 22 43. ____________________

posted on Feb, 1 2005 @ 06:55 PM
Daytona Countdown: '87
Elliott gases Bodine; Hart's Monkey Business ends oval hopes
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 1, 2005
08:54 AM EST (13:54 GMT)

Geoff Bodine won the fuel gamble in 1986 but couldn't pull it off two years in a row. When Bodine ran out of fuel with less than three laps to go, Bill Elliott -- who had dominated the entire day -- won the 29th Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, 1987.

A 1987 Ford Thunderbird LX two-door coupe listed for $15,357. With his first-place check for $204,150, Elliott could have purchased 13 new T-Birds. The Fabulous Thunderbirds released Tuff Enuff one year earlier. In October, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds performed over the People's Republic of China for the first time.

On July 17, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 2,500 for the first time. Three months later, it would lose 508 points, the worst one-day drop in stock market history up to that point. If Elliott had invested his winner's check in the Dow the Tuesday after the Daytona 500, he would have lost $45,506.27. However, that same $204,150 investment would be worth about $950,000 today.

On Feb. 23, the first supernova to be seen with the naked eye since 1604 was observed. A 1987 Chevrolet Nova four-door hatchback listed for $8,510.

On Jan. 3, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Benjamin Franklin: Writings was released as a one-volume collection in 1987.

On April 5, Married ... with Children premiered on FOX. In 1987, Johnny Carson married Alexis Maas, Geena Davis married Jeff Goldblum and Tom Cruise married Mimi Rogers, but none produced children.

On Aug. 28, Michael Jackson released his album Bad, which included hits The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In The Mirror and Smooth Criminal. In his 1987 article entitled "How Not to Rob a Bank," Tim Clark claimed 76 percent of bank robbers use no disguise, 86 percent never study the bank before robbing it and 95 percent make no long-range plans for concealing the loot.

West German teen-ager Mathias Rust evaded the Soviet Union's air defense and landed a Cessna in Moscow's Red Square on May 28. He would not be released until August of 1988 after serving 18 months in a Soviet prison. Michael Jackson released Stranger in Moscow in 1997.

Allegations about an extramartital affair with model Donna Rice -- including photos aboard the yacht the Monkey Business in the National Enquirer -- forced candidate Gary Hart to drop out of the running for the Presidency on May 8. The first heart-lung transplant took place in Baltimore on May 11. San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice was co-MVP with Denver quarterback John Elway.

Toddler Jessica McClure fell down a well in Midland, Texas on Oct. 14 and was rescued with only minor injuries after her two-day ordeal. Former church secretary Jessica Hahn achieved fame after a brief affair with religious broadcaster Jim Bakker was exposed in 1987.

On Sept. 28, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on syndicated television with the double-length episode, "Encounter at Farpoint." On Dec. 1, NASA chose the four companies that would help build the International Space Station. Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now was a top-10 hit in 1987.

On May 11, Former Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie's war crimes trial began in Lyon, France. Three months later, former Nazi deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess was found hanged in his Spandau prison cell.

posted on Feb, 2 2005 @ 07:42 PM
just 18 days left till the great american race, if you have been meaning to get a team for this years league and have just not found the time, now is the time to sign up :party-smiley-018:

Daytona Countdown: '88
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 2, 2005
10:28 AM EST (15:28 GMT)

With son Davey's Ford snapping at his Buick's bumper on the final lap, Bobby Allison kept his foot firmly on the accelerator, pulling away at the line for a two-car length victory in the 30th Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, 1988, making the 50-year-old veteran the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500.

"Father Figure" by George Michael was the No. 1 song on the Cash Box singles charts in February. On Aug. 8, Prince Andrew became a father. "A Father's Revenge" was released in 1988.

In November, George Herbert Walker BushdefeatedMichael Dukakis to become the 41st President of the United States. George W. Bush would become the 43rd President in winning the 2000 election, making the Bushes the second father-son Presidents in history.

A 1988 Buick Regal Limited Edition two-door coupe had a list price of $12,782. With his first-place check for $202,940, Allison could have bought 14 Regals and one Thunderbird for Davey.

On April 12, former pop singer Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. If the Allisons had wanted to be present for Bono's first city countil meeting, the 1,981-mile trip from Hueytown, Ala. to Palm Springs would have taken about 36 hours in the family Buick -- or 14 hours and 24 minutes at Allison's race-winning average of 137.531 mph.

Bono's former wife, Cher -- whose legal name at the time was Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre Bono Allman -- won an Academy Award for best actress in 1987. U2's Bono was the lead singer for "The Joshua Tree" that year.

Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed to an "unspecified sin" during the taping of his program on Feb. 21 and left the pulpit temporarily. The "unspecified sin" turned out to be an affair with a prostitute. Billy Ocean's "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" was a top-10 hit in 1988.

On May 16, a report by Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of nicotine were similar to those of heroin and coc aine. In October, Philip Morris bought Kraft Foods for $13.1 billion. One month later, RJR Nabisco was bought for $25 million.

Also in May, the Soviet Union began to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. In August, Iraq and Iran agreed to a cease-fire, ending that war.

On Sept. 29, NASA resumed space shuttle flights, which had been grounded since the Challenger disaster two years previous. Two months later, the Soviet Union sent its unmanned version of the shuttle into space for the first and only time

posted on Feb, 4 2005 @ 07:01 PM
Daytona Countdown: '90
Earnhardt's last-lap hard luck becomes Cope's good fortune
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 4, 2005
01:42 PM EST (18:42 GMT)

A piece of debris punctured Dale Earnhardt's tire on the final lap of the 32nd Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 1990, sending Earnhardt's No. 3 Chevrolet fish-tailing up the banking and handing an improbable victory to Derrike Cope.

Earnhardt led 155 laps and had a lead of 39 seconds at one point. However, a spin by Geoff Bodine with eight laps to go bunched the field for a five-lap dash to the checkered flag.

On May 22, Microsoft released Windows 3.0. The full version was priced at $149.95 and the upgrade version was priced at $79.95. With his check for $188,150, Cope could have purchased 1,254 copies of Windows 3.0, not including sales tax.

If Cope had driven from his hometown of Spanaway, Wash., to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to pick up his copies of Windows 3.0 from Bill Gates, the 55-mile trip would have taken about an hour on Interstate 5, not counting Seattle traffic -- or 19 minutes and 55 seconds at Cope's race-winning pace of 165.761 mph.

By 1990, Starbucks had been selling coffee from its Pike Place Market location for 19 years.

Tim Berners-Lee wrote the Hypertext Transfer Protocol in 1990. That is the language computers use to communicate hypertext documents over the Internet. He also designed a scheme to give documents addresses on the Internet, now known as a URL, or Uniform Resource Locator. By the end of the year he had also written a program to retrieve and view hypertext documents. He called this client "WorldWideWeb."

On Feb. 12, Super Mario Bros. 3 was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System console and promptly sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.

On Jan. 7, the Leaning Tower of Pisa was closed to the public for the first time in 800 years because of safety concerns. Computer models suggested the tower should have toppled once it reached a tilt of 5.44 degrees, but by 1990, it was leaning by 5.5 degrees. It was reopened in 2001, but engineers claim it will once again be in danger of falling over within the next 300 years.

On Jan. 3, former Panamanian president Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces. On Jan. 18, Washington, D.C. mayor Barion Berry surrended to FBI agents and was arrested on drug possession charges. On Feb. 11, Mike Tyson surrendered his world heavyweight boxing crown to Buster Douglas.

The collapse of the Soviet Union was big news in 1990, especially after the first McDonald's was opened in Moscow on Jan. 31. On Feb. 7, the central committee of the Soviet Communist Party agreed to give up its monopoly of power. On March 15, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union.

On June 1, President Bush and Gorbachev signed a treaty to end chemical weapon production and start destroying each of their nation's stockpiles. By November, Gorbachev had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

But while one threat diminished, another was looming. On Aug. 2, Iraq invaded Kuwait, setting in motion what would become the Gulf War. Four days later, the United Nations Security Council ordered a global trade embargo against Iraq.

On Sept. 11, President Bush delivered a nationally televised speech in which he threatened the use of force to remove Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait. Two months later, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 678, authorizing military intervention in Iraq if that nation did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by Jan. 15, 1991.

The Hubble Space Telescope was placed into orbit April 24 and became operational May 20. The telescope was repaired for the first time in 1993 to fix the focus of its primary mirror, then serviced again in '97 and '99. However, with the shuttles grounded because of the 2003 Columbia disaster, its future is as hazy as the first pictures it took in 1990.

posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 10:02 AM
we are now up to 17 teams for this years league, should be a great season and a lot of fun, our newest member is "egg racing" i have no idea who this is but welcome and i hope you enjoy

posted on Feb, 5 2005 @ 06:13 PM
Daytona Countdown: '91
Irvan avoids trouble; Hit King banned from pastime's hallowed Hall
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 5, 2005
07:54 AM EST (12:54 GMT)

Ernie Irvan was able to avoid the accident that took out the remainder of the opposition, allowing him to win the 33rd Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 1991.

At least three late-race incidents damaged the cars of Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Petty, Davey Allison, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip -- as Irvan coasted under caution to the finish line.

Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1991 was the Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ. A 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic four-door sedan sold for $18,470, so Irvan could have purchased 12 new Caprices with his first-place check for $233,000.

On May 19, Willy T. Ribbs became the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. He started 29th and finished 32nd, retiring with an engine failure after five laps. Ribbs would go on to become the first black driver in the Craftsman Truck Series, running 23 events in 2001.

If Irvan had driven from his hometown of Modesto, Calif., to Indianapolis to watch Ribb's qualifying effort, the 2,283-mile trip would have taken about 38 hours at freeway speeds -- or 15 hours and 25 minutes at Irvin's race-winning speed of 148.148 mph.

On Nov. 7, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced that he had HIV, effectively ending his career in the NBA. In 2004, Johnson was named co-chairman to NASCAR's Executive Steering Committee for Diversity.

Operation Desert Storm started on Jan. 16 with aerial bombing of Baghdad, four days after Congress passed a resolution authorizing the use of military force to liberate Kuwait. On Feb. 23, ground troops crossed the Saudi Arabian border into Kuwait, starting the ground phase of the war. Three days later, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announced the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait and a cease-fire was declared on Feb. 27.

The former Soviet Union was liberating its own republics in 1991. On March 3, Latvia and Estonia voted to become independent states. Albania held multi-party elections on March 31. Georgia's Supreme Council announced independence on April 9, with Ukraine and Uzbekistan following during the summer.

Leningrad, Russia's second-largest city, was renamed St. Petersburg in September. With a population of 248,232, St. Petersburg is the fourth-largest city in Florida.

In June, Boris Yeltsin was elected president of Russia. On Dec. 25, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. One day later, the Supreme Soviet met and formally dissolved the Soviet Union, as of Dec. 31. Lead was banned as a component of solders used in plumbing systems in 1991 because corrosive water can dissolve it.

In January, Eastern Airlines went out of business. In December, Pan American Airlines followed suit. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator 2: Judgment Day was a hit in July.

Nintendo released the Super NES console for $249.95 in 1991. Also that year, SEGA introduced Sonic the Hedgehog and Capcom released Street Fighter II.

On Feb. 4, baseball's hit king, Pete Rose, was banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. On March 15, four Los Angeles police officers were indicted after a videotape showed them hitting motorist Rodney King during an arrest

posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 02:12 PM
Daytona Countdown: '92
Allison follows dad's footsteps; 'Iron' Mike put behind bars
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 6, 2005
07:21 AM EST (12:21 GMT)

A patient Davey Allison dodged a 14-car accident that wiped out most of his competition, then led all but five of the final 102 laps on his way to victory in the 34th Daytona 500 on Feb. 16, 1992.

Allison learned his lesson from a practice crash earlier in the week that forced him to go to his backup Ford. He avoided getting caught up in the big crash, which sidelined Sterling Marlin, Bill Elliott, Ernie Irvan and Dale Earnhardt, among others.

The Ford Probe GT was a Motor Trend Car of the Year award winner. A 1992 Ford Probe GT two-door hatchback retailed for $14,857, so Allison could have bought Probe GTs for all 14 Ford drivers in the 1992 Daytona 500 with his first-place check for $244,050, and still have had enough money left over for a $36,000 down payment on a new home, which had an average cost of $144,100.

In August, the 78-acre Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn., on property that once housed Metropolitan Stadium, home of the Twins and Vikings. Within four years, the New York Times reported that the Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the United States, had attracted more visitors than Disney World, the Grand Canyon and Graceland combined.

If Allison had wanted to drive a Ford Probe GT from his hometown of Hueytown, Ala., to Bloomington, Minn., the 1,092-mile trip would have taken about 18 hours by way of the highway, or six hours and 49 minutes at the race-winning speed of 160.256 mph.

Crime and punishment were the catchwords in 1992. In February, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. Later in the year, Russian serial killer Andrew Chikatilo was sentenced to death.

In March, boxer Mike Tyson was given a six-year sentence for raping a teen-aged Miss Black America contestant. Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations in July.

In April, Mafia boss John Gotti earned a life term for murdering Paul Castellano. In May, Amy Fisher -- the Long Island Lolita -- was arrested for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco on the front porch of her Massapequa, N.Y., home.

A "not guilty verdict" in the Rodney King beating trial set off a series of riots in Los Angeles on April 29, resulting in as many as 60 deaths, hundreds of fires and millions in damage.

On Jan. 26, Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons. Lethal Weapon 3 earned $144,731,527 at the box office in 1992.

In May, the 27th Amendment was ratified, barring Congress from giving itself a midterm or retroactive pay raise. In June, Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled "potatoe" while attending a New Jersey spelling bee. One of the duties of the Vice President is to preside over the Senate.

President George Bush and Quayle were defeated by Bill Clinton and Al Gore in November's presidential election.

On May 22, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the final time. The last episode of The Cosby Show was aired in April. Boyz II Men hit Cash Box's No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks with End Of The Road, starting in September.

Robert Schumann, a 10-year-old boy, became the youngest person to visit the North Pole on April 6. He visited the South Pole one year later.

Yugoslavia was broken into Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. Czechoslovakia was broken into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Billy Ray Cyrus broke onto the charts with Achy Breaky Heart

posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 02:14 PM

Originally posted by toejam
we are now up to 17 teams for this years league, should be a great season and a lot of fun, our newest member is "egg racing" i have no idea who this is but welcome and i hope you enjoy

hah! that must be my other cousin, rico's brother. His nickname's egg...


posted on Feb, 6 2005 @ 02:29 PM
How many teams do we have now? 17? whoah pretty good!

posted on Feb, 7 2005 @ 06:18 PM
Daytona Countdown: '93
Jarrett wins first 500; Kulwicki, Allison die in air-related accidents
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 7, 2005
07:54 AM EST (12:54 GMT)

With his father cheering him on from the television booth, Dale Jarrett edged past Dale Earnhardt for the win in the 35th Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, 1993.

Running third on the last lap behind Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon, Jarrett used a push from Geoff Bodine to pull even with Earnhardt, then bumped his way past as for the fourth time, Earnhardt had been leading with less than 10 laps remaining and failed to finish first.

On Jan. 20, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States. Jarrett's win was the first under a Democratic President since Richard Petty's 1979 victory while Jimmy Carter was in office.

A story on Dateline NBC that showed some GM pickups could easily catch fire in accidents caused General Motors to sue NBC on Feb. 8. NBC settled the lawsuit for $2 million the next day after admitting the crashes were rigged.

In fact, studies of fatal crash records showed GM pickups to be 10 percent safer than the average passenger car, 50 percent safer than compact pickups and almost identical in safety to other full-sized pickups.

If Jarrett had been interested in 1993 GMC Sierra K3500 two-door regular cab pickups, he could have purchased 12 at the retail price of $18,576 with his first-place check for $238,200.

Michael Jordan retired from basketball on Oct. 6 to try his hand at minor league baseball. He batted .202 with three home runs for the Birmingham Barons in 1994. Jordan then returned to basketball in 1995, retired again in 1998, then returned to the court again in 2001.

Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, was in movie theaters in February. The plot involved a weathercaster who relived the same day over and over. Janet Jackson's Again was the No. 1 song on Cash Box's singles chart in December.

Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger and Jeff Daniels starred in Gettysburg, which was released on Oct. 8. If Jarrett had wanted to drive his GMC Sierra to see the Gettysburg battlefield site in person, the 436-mile trip from Hickory, N.C., would have taken him a little over seven hours at highway speeds -- or two hours and 49 minutes at the race-winning speed of 154.972 mph.

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address took less than three minutes to recite in 1863. Former General and President Dwight Eisenhower and baseball great Eddie Plank both had Gettysburg addresses.

Twelve days after Jarrett's win, a bomb inside a van parked under the North Tower of the World Trade Center exploded, killing six and injuring more than a thousand people. On March 4, Mohammad Salameh was captured and charged with the bombing.

Janet Reno was selected by President Clinton as U.S. Attorney General on Feb. 11 and was confirmed by the Senate on March 11. On Feb. 28, federal agents raided the Branch Dividian compound in Waco, Texas, attempting to arrest cult leader David Koresh. Four agents and five Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff ended with the compound engulfed in flames on April 19, leaving at least 70 people dead.

The World Health Organization declared tuberculosis a global emergency on April 23. According to WHO, two million people each year die from the disease, which affects the respiratory system. Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman, died of tuberculosis in 1933.

Intel shipped the first Pentium chips on March 22. In 1999, Weird Al Yankovic released It's All About The Pentiums.

In December, Microsoft released MS-DOS 6.0. The last version MS-DOS version released by the company was 6.22, before it turned its attention to Windows 95.

Richard Depew accidentally sent 200 copies of one message to a newsgroup on March 31 and Joel Furr called it "spam," the first reported instance of the use of the word to describe what is now considered junk e-mail. IBM's earnings got slammed in 1992 when the company posted a $4.97 billion loss, the largest single-year corporate loss in U.S. history to that point.

There was sad news in NASCAR in 1993, as Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison were killed in separate aircraft accidents. Kulwicki's best finish in seven Daytona 500 starts was a fourth in 1992, the race which Allison won. Allison also made seven 500 starts

posted on Feb, 7 2005 @ 06:24 PM
i'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict the winner already. It should be no suprise that i'm picking myself as the winner and PA is gonna finish a close second approximately 50 pts behind. Ben will finish 3rd suprising everyone and TJ will come in 4th. what are your predictions?


posted on Feb, 7 2005 @ 07:17 PM
i get a nice prediction of 3rd place for this one, its about time.

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