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#1 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 16:58

This thread is about the NASCAR Pocono race scheduled to go off today in about an hour.

Please keep the trolling to yourself.

Looks like the weather has indeed cleared. Not sure if the jet dryers can get it dry in time to go green as scheduled, around 2:15 PM ET.

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#2 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 16:59

Hmm, weather radar shows a clearing, but TV images show the places is socked in with fog!

#3 tifosi

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:15



Interesting discusion on JPM's pit speeding penalty at Indy. ESPN had that particular pit stop timed as the fasted on pit road of the entire race, by .2 seconds.


#4 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:22

Interesting discusion on JPM's pit speeding penalty at Indy. ESPN had that particular pit stop timed as the fasted on pit road of the entire race, by .2 seconds.

Hmmm, coincidence? Methinks not.

#5 tifosi

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:30

Hmmm, coincidence? Methinks not.



Hey, OLB, we need to try and catch a race at Old Dominion before the season ends!



#6 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:40

Hey, OLB, we need to try and catch a race at Old Dominion before the season ends!


Old Dominion? Where's that? Never heard of it!

#7 tifosi

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:52

Old Dominion? Where's that? Never heard of it!



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#8 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:54

Driver introductions got underway about 15mins ago, and there'll be a competition caution at lap 20

Edited by stevvy1986, 02 August 2009 - 17:54.


#9 jdanton

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:56

Driver introductions got underway about 15mins ago, and there'll be a competition caution at lap 20


Any streams on this? I'm in Portugal and my slingbox is acting goofy.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 17:58

Nope, sorry, just got the info on the nascar website http://www.nascar.co...board/cup/race/

#11 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:01

Jesus, green flag in 90 minutes.

#12 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:01

In the NASCAR.com chat room, the hosts are saying no green flag until after 3 pm EDT, probably closer to 3:30

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:03

Sky Sports coverage is on in the UK, and it looks very foggy/misty, and the track looks reasonably wet

#14 Mat

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:17

christ...just got up and they are still saying an hour to go!

#15 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:17

Yeah still looks REALLY wet on TV, though the weather radar map has been clear for over an hour.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:18

Any indication as to whether they expect more rain today?

#17 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:19

I've been asking around on the live chat (http://www.nascar.co.../chat/chat.html) and they say this track takes the longest to dry. :(

#18 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:21

Any indication as to whether they expect more rain today?


Looks clear on the radar, but in the summer the athmosphere is really unstable and showers and T-Storms can literally "pop up."

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:21

I've been asking around on the live chat (http://www.nascar.co.../chat/chat.html) and they say this track takes the longest to dry. :(


Next to no banking. Also, Pocono is basically in the mountains--the track is at ~500m elevation.

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#20 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:23

Looks clear on the radar, but in the summer the athmosphere is really unstable and showers and T-Storms can literally "pop up."


Sounds like Malaysia then. Worth remembering as well that though it looks clear now, obviously it's (possibly) another 45-60mins til the green flag, and then another (maybe) 3 hours or so for the race itself, so obviously rain may pop into shot in that time period.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:25

Sounds like Malaysia then. Worth remembering as well that though it looks clear now, obviously it's (possibly) another 45-60mins til the green flag, and then another (maybe) 3 hours or so for the race itself, so obviously rain may pop into shot in that time period.


More like 4 hours for the race. Lap times are almost a minute.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:27

I take it the trackdryers are running full force on track right now? (sorry, am blind here as I have no live broadcast).

#23 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:34

Cars are being wheeled out into pitroad

#24 Hippo

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:36

Damn I was planning to have a little bbq while the race is on. Now it rains here with lightning and thunder. And I only have steaks that I cant put on the grill. Will be very hungry very soon. :mad:

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:36

just checking the weather radar focused on the intersection of long pond road and rte 115. looks like some rain coming from the west...

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:39

I take it the trackdryers are running full force on track right now? (sorry, am blind here as I have no live broadcast).


You know about 15 mins ago I saw that a) the track was mostly dry and b) there were street sweeper type vehicles running brushes over the fingers of moisture on the inside of a turn.

Weird. But promising.

Note that they usually have to get the cars on track, and then have an extended parade lap sequence while they run the jet dryers up and down pit road a couple of times.

This time maybe they had time to jet dry pit road separately since they're apparently just wheeling the cars onto pit road now.

Note I'm watching "A Beautiful Mind" right now and only switching over to ESPN on commercials.

Edited by OfficeLinebacker, 02 August 2009 - 18:40.


#27 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:47

Pitroad still looks pretty wet. Could be even longer before they go racing.

#28 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:58

UGH. Weepers. That's the issue, the track is dry enough but water is welling up through cracks from the saturated ground.

Edited by OfficeLinebacker, 02 August 2009 - 18:58.


#29 Youichi

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 18:58

Pitroad still looks pretty wet. Could be even longer before they go racing.


There were a bunch of guys with leaf blowers wandering around on the track. :rotfl:

#30 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:00

Yeah noticed that myself. If it dries up weatherwise they might be ok, but I think if it rains again they might be pushing it in terms of getting the full race in today (as I'd imagine if it rains again, especially if it's heavy, that the weeper problem would become worse still even if the track became dry again).

#31 Mat

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:05

dammit, still looking terrible out there. should have stayed in bed!

#32 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:11

Sprinkling again, covers back on the cars

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:11

Bummer.
Starting to sprinkle again.
Oh Well, might as well go wrench on the boat...

#34 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:16

Dryers still out as it's only sprinkling. For those in the UK, they've confirmed that if the race either doesn't start, or starts but fails to reach halfway, it'll be live on Sky Sports Xtra at 5pm tomorrow.

Edit: Just shown the radar on screen, there's a line of rain, with a heavy sting in the tail of it, which may hit the track, but as the line is only thin, it may miss the track. The weepers (along with the rain itself) seem to be the main problems at the moment though.

Edited by stevvy1986, 02 August 2009 - 19:18.


#35 paulogman

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:20

there's a rain cloud over on the other side of the road from the track

#36 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 19:36

With a lack of lights at the track, they're even more restricted in terms of when they can start the race, as they can't just run it into dusk and dark.

Still raining, but definitely more than just sprinkles. The weepers look little different to how they looked an hour ago, so not looking too good at the moment for a start anytime soon

Edited by stevvy1986, 02 August 2009 - 19:46.


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Posted 02 August 2009 - 20:01

If we had been lucky it would have stayed dry and then rained 1 lap after halfway.

Instead we will probably have this rain delay and 500 miles of Pocono....

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 20:04

If you feel the race will bore you, there is a very very simple, sensible, logical solution. Don't watch it.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 20:07

If you feel the race will bore you, there is a very very simple, sensible, logical solution. Don't watch it.


I will watch, just Pocono is well known for being up there as being one of the worst ovals in NASCAR in terms of racing, one race there would be fine but two is bad.

Rubens to JPM on twitter 6 hours ago: rubarrichello@jpmontoya suerte gordo...tell them you want to race wets on the oval

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#40 stevvy1986

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 20:18

Race postponed until 12noon local time on Monday (5pm UK time) (Green flag due at 12.15pm local time apparently)

Edited by stevvy1986, 02 August 2009 - 20:21.


#41 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 20:21

Race postponed until 12noon local time on Monday (5pm UK time)


You beat me to it. Green flag at 12:15 PM EDT.

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Posted 02 August 2009 - 23:42

Does that mean they won't have all the prerace silliness on ESPN? i hope so.....

#43 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 00:08

Does that mean they won't have all the prerace silliness on ESPN? i hope so.....


They are advertising the programming as beginning at noon, green flag at 12:15.

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 00:47

They are advertising the programming as beginning at noon, green flag at 12:15.


15 minutes. So we can contain them, if not hope to eliminate them . . .


#45 Mat

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 01:34

I might have been one of the very few who actually enjoys Pocono it seems... here's hoping it is clear skies at noon!

Edited by Mat, 03 August 2009 - 07:14.


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Posted 03 August 2009 - 03:44

Does that mean they won't have all the prerace silliness on ESPN? i hope so.....


yeah rain delayed races go straight to green when they finely get to run.


- oh and btw i love pocono as well - course mostly because of the sims.

Edited by WildmouseX, 03 August 2009 - 03:45.


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Posted 03 August 2009 - 07:17

- oh and btw i love pocono as well - course mostly because of the sims.


Indeed. It was a blast on N2003!




#48 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 15:13

well I guess we're an hour out

#49 Phucaigh

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 15:14

I'll miss the start due to work.

#50 Brawn BGP 001

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 15:15

Any one got an update on track conditions?