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posted on Feb, 15 2005 @ 06:55 PM
Daytona Countdown: '01
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM
February 15, 2005
01:03 PM EST (18:03 GMT)

Michael Waltrip's victory in the 43rd Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 2001, was the first Cup points race victory of his career, but the day is remembered for the death of Dale Earnhardt.

Earnhardt was fatally injured at nearly the same time the two cars he owned -- driven by Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- were crossing the finish line 1-2.

"Undoubtedly this is one of the toughest announcements I've personally had to make," NASCAR president Mike Helton said later, once the news was official. "After the accident in Turn 4 at the end of the Daytona 500, we've lost Dale Earnhardt."

On Oct. 23, Apple announced the iPod, a digital audio player, with a retail price of $399 for a unit with a five-gigabyte hard drive. On Nov. 15, Microsoft released the X Box games console for $299. Three days later, Nintendo released its GameCube console gaming system for $199.95.

With his first-place check for $1,331,185, Waltrip could have purchased 3,336 iPods, 4,452 X Boxes or 6,655 GameCubes.

Apple released Mac OS X in 2001, while Microsoft put Windows XP on the market. On Nov. 22, Pope John Paul II sent the first papal e-mail from a laptop in his office.

Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick began writing a science fiction movie script in 1964 -- and four years later, accepted Oscars for 2001: A Space Odyssey. On Jan. 1, a black monolith measuring approximately 9 feet tall appeared in a Seattle park as a tribute to the 1968 movie.

The Apollo 13 caspule was named Odyssey. It's now housed at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Leslie Neilsen starred in 2001: A Space Travesty. It would take light 10 billion years to traverse the known universe.

After Congress certified George W. Bush's Electoral College victory over Al Gore on Jan. 6, Bush became the 43rd President of the United States on Jan. 20.

On Feb. 19, a museum to the bombing victims was dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 11.

On Sept. 11, 2,996 people were killed when terrorists took control of four passenger jets. The total included 319 firefighters and 50 law enforcement personnel.

Two jets crashed into New York's World Trade Center, knocking down both towers, another into the Pentagon and one was brought down in rural Pennsylvania, apparently by passengers who fought back against their attackers.

After an unprecedented total ban of air travel in American skies after the attacks on Sept. 11, some commercial flights were allowed to resume on Sept. 13. Four days later, the New York Stock Exchange reopened. The attacks caused more than $20 billion in property damage to buildings in New York and Washington.

On Oct. 7, the United States attacked Afghanistan. Three days later, President Bush presented a list of the 22 most wanted terrorists, which included Osama bin Laden, who remains at large.

On Feb. 5, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced their separation. The Mir space station separated upon re-entry on March 23, landing in the Pacific Ocean

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 06:18 PM
Daytona Countdown: '02
Dubya wasn't only one choking: Marlin's gaffe paves way for Ward
By Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM

Curiousity got the better of Sterling Marlin during the 44th Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 2002, and it cost him a chance at a third 500 victory and more than $1 million.

After tangling with Jeff Gordon on a late-race restart, Marlin got out of his car to check for damage and yanked on the right-front fender, which caused him to be penalized to the back of the field with five laps to go.

That handed the win to Ward Burton, whose Dodge held off the Fords of Elliott Sadler and Geoffrey Bodine on the last lap.

The Ford Thunderbird was Motor Trend's 2002 Car of the Year. The 2002 Ford Thunderbird Premium two-door convertible had an original list price of $35,965, so Burton could have purchased 39 T-Birds with his first-place check for $1,409,017.

The Euro was officially introduced as banknotes and coins in 12 European countries on Jan. 1. If Burton had been paid in Euros, his Daytona 500 victory would be worth approximately $2,006,478 today.

If Burton had wanted to travel to Paris (Idaho), Rome (Georgia) and Frankfort (Kentucky) to exchange his Euros, the round-trip excursion from his hometown of South Boston, Va., would have covered 4,360 miles -- about a 73-hour drive in the Thunderbird or 30 hours and 30 minutes at Burton's race-winning average of 142.971 mph.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was released in 2002 and grossed $340 million. Kmart Corp. and WorldCom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2002. Chapter 11 in Book Three of The Two Towers is "The Palantir." Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot.

Queen Elizabeth II made ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani an honorary knight on Feb. 13, then celebrated 50 years on the throne with a ride in a gold coach from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral on June 4. New York's Empire State Building was lit in purple in her honor. The cathedral in St. Paul's, Minn., is on Selby Avenue.

After choking on a pretzel on Jan. 13, President George W. Bush had a busy year. In October, Congress passed a joint resolution which gave the President authorization to use the Armed Forces in a manner he determines to be necessary and appropriate. One month later, President Bush signed the Homeland Security Act into law.

With a five-day visit to meet Fidel Castro in May, Jimmy Carter became the first former or current president to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution that left Castro in power.

Fire and ice were part of the storyline in 2002.

The worst forest fire in Arizona history occured on June 18, when 462,000 acres burned. In July, a lightning strike set off the Sour Biscuit Fire in Oregon and northern California, burning another 499,570 acres. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wildfires burned over 7.1 million acres of public and private lands during the summer of 2002, mostly in the western U.S.

Nelly's Hot In Herrehit No. 1 on the ARC Top 40 Singles chart for three weeks in 2002.

In May, the Mars Odyssey found signs of large water ice deposits on that planet's surface. In Janurary, Osama bin Laden's assets were frozen by the United Nations Security Council. In February, accusations of judging impropriety in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City -- Skategate -- caused the International Olympic Committee to award dual gold medals in pairs figure skating

posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 05:58 PM
here is the starting lineup for this sundays Dayton 500, there are some suprises in it....good luck picking your team this week

1 88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS 188.312 47.793 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 188.170 47.829 -0.036
3 15 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts - - -
4 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot - - -
5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser - - -
6 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Cingular Wireless - - -
7 23 Mike Skinner Dodge Argent Mortgage - - -
8 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Carter's Royal Dispos-all - - -
9 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL - - -
10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops - - -
11 21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft - - -
12 10 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Valvoline - - -
13 97 Kurt Busch Ford Sharpie/IRWIN Industrial Tools - - -
14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWalt Power Tools - - -
15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont - - -
16 22 Scott Wimmer Dodge Caterpillar - - -
17 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge Texaco/Havoline - - -
18 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coors Light - - -
19 5 Kyle Busch* Chevrolet Kellogg's - - -
20 18 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Interstate Batteries - - -
21 100 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Aaron's - - -
22 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevrolet Tide - - -
23 16 Greg Biffle Ford National Guard - - -
24 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dodge Dealers/UAW - - -
25 77 Travis Kvapil* Dodge Kodak/Jasper Engines - - -
26 43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios - - -
27 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot - - -
28 25 Brian Vickers Chevrolet GMAC - - -
29 41 Casey Mears Dodge Target - - -
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet GM Goodwrench - - -
31 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Schwan's Home Service - - -
32 6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra - - -
33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia-Pacific/Brawny - - -
34 01 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet U.S. Army - - -
35 0 Mike Bliss Chevrolet NetZero Best Buy - - -
36 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite - - -
37 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers/UAW - - -
38 07 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Jack Daniel's - - -
39 38 Elliott Sadler Ford M&M's - - -
40 11 Jason Leffler Chevrolet FedEx Express - - -
41 136 Boris Said Chevrolet CENTRIX Financial - - -
42 14 John Andretti Ford VB/APlus at Sunoco - - -
43 4 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Lucas Oil Products - - -

Did not Qualify
44 7 Robby Gordon Chevrolet Jim Beam - - -
45 09 Johnny Sauter Dodge Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts - - -
46 192 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet First Trust Portfolios - - -
47 155 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Year One - - -
48 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory in Jesus/Red Line Oil - - -
49 13 Greg Sacks Dodge Daytona Speed - - -
50 33 Kerry Earnhardt Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops - - -
51 173 Eric McClure* Chevrolet ARC Dehooker - - -
52 152 Larry Gunselman Ford - - -
53 66 Hermie Sadler Ford Peak Fitness - - -
54 34 Randy LaJoie Chevrolet Mach One Inc. - - -
55 193 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet Big Boar Motorcycles - - -
56 80 Andy Belmont Ford Hover Motorsports - - -
57 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Unknown Kirk Shelmerdine Racing

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 09:01 AM
i hope everyone has picked their drivers carefully for todays race, green flag is in about 3 hours....GOOD LUCK and have fun


posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 09:04 AM
Excellent, engines at the ready!!!

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 09:10 AM
here is a great article of what is going on at daytona this morning...there is NOTHING like a nascar weekend

Party on
By Bob Margolis, Yahoo! SportsMatthew McConaughey with race fans. (AP)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Trying to describe what it's like to be here in Daytona Beach for NASCAR's biggest show reminds me of the old tale of the blind men and the elephant.

Since the men have never encountered an elephant, they grope about, seeking to understand and describe this new phenomenon. One grasps the trunk and concludes it is a snake. Another explores one of the elephant's legs and describes it as a tree. A third finds the elephant's tail and announces that it is a rope. And the fourth blind man, after discovering the elephant's side, concludes that it is, after all, a wall.

Being here at the Speedway is similar. It all depends on where you are and who you talk to.

The weather is perfect – if you think that 68 degrees, clear blue skies and no clouds is perfect, that is.

On Saturday morning, the day before the race, the Nextel Cup garage area is abuzz with activity. The Nextel Cup teams are preparing for their final practice session. Cars are up on jacks, engines are running – running very loud at that.

Crewmen are moving around each garage in a very hectic but seemingly choreographed manner. There are pages of prerace checklists taped to each car's rear fender. Everything has to be checked and double-checked before the car and driver are sent out onto the track for laps at nearly 190 miles per hour.

"It gets a bit tedious, especially since we've been here all week, but it's something you've got to do," a crewman for Roush Racing said. "I'm tired. It's been a long week."

It's noisy, it's crowded and there seem to be way too many people wandering around who don't belong here. Of course, they all have the proper credentials, but since NASCAR announced that it was clamping down on the distribution of garage credentials, there are more people than ever who get them. And you've got to watch out – they're ready to knock you to the ground to get an autograph from their favorite (or any) driver.

But the new infield Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway is the place to be this weekend. It's where the rich, the famous, the "wanna-be famous" and the fans are hanging out.

On Sunday, the list of stars at the track, both as part of the festivities and as fans, will be lengthy. It's a who's who of celebrities.

Singers Vanessa Williams, Clint Black, Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and band Five for Fighting and will join Hollywood stars Matthew McConaughey and Ashton Kutcher.

On race day, there will be many more. There always are. It's star-watching at its best.

But if you really want a taste of NASCAR – and I'm not talking about the bad soft pretzels and cold hot dogs – you have to venture out into the infield where the fans are camped out.

This is where the world takes on the feel of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."

This is the "real" NASCAR. It's where the die-hard fans are hanging out.

The first thing you notice when you drive through the Turn 4 tunnel is all the flagpoles bearing Old Glory alongside the flag of each encampment's favorite driver (a few still fly Confederate flags). There are also plenty of No. 3 flags flying for Dale Earnhardt.

In the daytime, at first glance, it looks like you've come across some bizarre refugee camp – with $100,000 Winnebagos parked alongside camping tents.

Your senses are assaulted as you walk through a bizarre landscape. Loud music, both rock and country, is blasting from every type of speaker. There are children running around, but mostly its adults acting like children.

And the food. Yeah, it's the food. There's nothing better than the smell of a burger on the grill.

The Daytona infield ... it's Memorial Day, Fourth of July and birthday parties all rolled into one.

Oh, and there's just a bit of beer here, too.

The parties continue well through the night, continuing until the sun rises on race day.

Is the atmosphere electric? You bet. There's a million megawatts of power flowing through the air.

If you're a race fan, this is where you want to be this weekend.

Forget all those references to racing's Super Bowl.

This is bigger than that

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 11:09 AM
looks like i was off by an flag drops in a little less than 2 hours now....2pm eastern time :party-smiley-018:


posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 11:14 AM
Ahh i wondered what was going on..

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 11:26 AM
i got into my favorite chair and got comfortable and hit the remote and got the "smurfs" knew that something wasn't right

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:00 PM
pre race show is on :party-smiley-018:

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:06 PM
Did you see the baseball segment?

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:16 PM
yep i did, i hope they get down to some of the goings on that concerns the race and get off the fluff pieces, i'm ready for the green flag :party-smiley-018:

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:19 PM
Me too. Are you checking out the free preview of the NASCAR in-car?

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:20 PM
on nascar. com...nope, i haven't done that if you are doing it let me know how it goes

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:25 PM

Originally posted by toejam
on nascar. com...nope, i haven't done that if you are doing it let me know how it goes

Not on, it's on digital cable. Trackpass is on the website.


posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:26 PM

Originally posted by toejam
i got into my favorite chair and got comfortable and hit the remote and got the "smurfs" knew that something wasn't right

I bet you got a shock there lol!

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:26 PM
we must not get that here, will have to do with fox i guess

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:36 PM

Originally posted by toejam
i got into my favorite chair and got comfortable and hit the remote and got the "smurfs" knew that something wasn't right

What position is he starting today?

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:38 PM
i think that harvick ran over him on thursday and he is out of todays race

posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 12:42 PM
i really wish that i was out of the room when brian wilson was trying to sing....didn't know that there was anyone out there with a worse voice than me

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