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#1 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 22:42

Well, this is one of those races that gets hyped up as being really exciting. I think it really is. All I need to do is see the TV shots of these cars, in a pack of twenty or more, bouncing around, going 180 MPH and staying inches from each other, and even intentionally making contact, and not crashing, and I'm amazed.

On this track the drivers essentially hold the throttle wide open all the time. In days gone past to slow down, they would two-foot it because the reaction from tapping the brake would mean less lost momentum but in today's car, I will see drivers "lifting" a lot while watching the online telemetry.

It's also a crapshoot as far as "the big one" is concerned.

Max Papis and Narain Karthikeyan will be in the truck race on Saturday afternoon as well as Jeffrey Earnhardt (Dale's grandson) and Jarit Johnson (Jimmie's brother).

Tune-In sched: http://www.nascar.com/races/tune_in/

Jayski: http://jayski.com/ne...0/33tss2010.htm

Qualifying for the race is Saturday at noon and they've already had two practices so this looks like an impound race.

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#2 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 05:45

who has the dice?


#3 DanicaFan

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 13:47

This should be a great race. The practice speeds are over 200 mph! Qualifications are at noon Eastern. I cant wait.

#4 rm111

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 14:11

When JPM first went to nascar i started to watch some of the races, which i found mind numbingly dull, especialy the road races (they complain about lack of overtaking in F1!) but i have to say i found the race i caught at Talladega quite interesting, i dont know about exciting but definitely interesting, it looks pretty specialised.

#5 blackonyx4

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 19:45

When JPM first went to nascar i started to watch some of the races, which i found mind numbingly dull, especialy the road races (they complain about lack of overtaking in F1!) but i have to say i found the race i caught at Talladega quite interesting, i dont know about exciting but definitely interesting, it looks pretty specialised.


Huh? :confused:

If we count out HRT, Virgin and Lotus, there`s more overtakes in the single NASCAR road course race than in the entire F1 season. :lol:


Lookin` forward to tomorrows race...just waiting for truck race to start.



#6 primer

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 19:50

Incidentally, Jim Hunter died.


"Jim Hunter was one of NASCAR's giants," said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. "For more than 40 years, Jim was part of NASCAR and its history. He loved the sport, but loved the people even more. It seems as if everyone in the sport called him a friend. Jim will forever be missed by the NASCAR community. Our sympathies go out to his entire family."



#7 Chris Bloom

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 20:44

JPM on pole, which doesn't really mean much when it comes to the race. At least it's a bit safer up there at the start.

#8 Pharazon

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 21:16

why do they even bother having qualifying at 'Dega and Daytona?

#9 glorius&victorius

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 21:17

nice to see JPM still churning out some good things from time to time! :up:
hope he does well for the race!!

#10 Chris Bloom

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 21:36

why do they even bother having qualifying at 'Dega and Daytona?


Good question. I think though that at least you can avoid any potential start line problems that happn in the pack. Ultimately though, you are bound to get shunted back into the mid-field at some time during the race. I think it was the Talladega race earlier this year where Montoya and Mcmurray were part of a smaller group that were hanging back from the main pelaton for a major portion of the race to deliberately try and avoid any multiple pile-ups. I read somewhere today that this might be a tactic employed by the lead chase contenders tomorrow. It's going to be fascinating.

#11 grandelinquent

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 22:31

Kyle Busch is a genius.



#12 nosaj100

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 23:57

why do they even bother having qualifying at 'Dega and Daytona?


Pit selection is the only benefit of qualifying at Dega. By getting P1, Monty gets first dibs on pit stalls. Even still, its a little negated by the fact that you still need to pit with other cars if the race is under green.


The truck race had a fantastic photo finish. If you missed it, look it up. Love him or hate him, Kyle Busch can flat out drive.

#13 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 14:36

why do they even bother having qualifying at 'Dega and Daytona?

Mostly because it would be more effort to develop a separate qualifying procedure.

#14 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 15:58

This is one of my hate it, but love it races.
I know it's a crapshoot race, which racing should never be.
On the other hand, as a driver and team you need an pristine car at the end over hundreds of miles at hundred of miles an hour, to win it.
The slightest ding, or bug in the engine bay, and you are toast.

Should be fun, and the odds are even for everyone racing at Talladega today.

#15 Chris Bloom

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 16:18

I wonder if Nemechek is going to park it today, seeing as he's fourth on the grid?

#16 wrighty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 16:25

Well, the coverage has started on OA3 (sky 190) and conditions look spectacular for today's race....quite apt that this is on Hallowe'en weekend :lol:

#17 jonpollak

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 16:25

Today finds ol'Jp gigging in deepest darkest France at a place called Tulle.
JustinTV wants nothing to do with us race fans here so I am about to switch over the home Slingbox from the kid's Liverpool game.
Good thing that CAT5 cable is rigged too high for them to reach :rotfl:
I am sure they would yank it out if they could.

how long till the off?..(clocks went back here last night )
Jp



#18 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 16:34

hey JP :wave:

I believe start is 1:19ET, so 45mins or so ?

#19 Chris Bloom

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 16:53

I haven't been this excited before a race for a long time. I got a feeling it's gonna be a good afternoon (evening here) of racing.

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#20 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:02

Opening ceremony now...


#21 Fabien Pousset

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:17

I didn't quite realise that yet, but we're pretty much down to a 3-way battle for the championship. I seem to remember that, in previous years, there were still 4-5-6 drivers with a shot at it by the time we reached Tally.
Is my memory failing me?

Anyway... Go JPM!

#22 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:20

here we go...

#23 FlashMaster

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:26

http://www.nascar.co...ebcast/generic/

#24 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:28

Montoya got pushed out...the pit says by choice....

#25 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:31

I don't think i herad that right, Robby G from 42nd to the front in ten laps???
I think he can expect a red tag on his hauler at the end of the day from NASCAR tech...
:rotfl:

#26 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:31

sucks for JPM.

JJ is well back as well..

#27 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:33

JJ is well back as well..

no problem, the peloton *always* catches the sprinters in this race.


#28 Rubens Hakkamacher

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:38

I'm an American tuning in to see a Columbian race.

Oh, wait, I'm not "tuning" in, I'm just watching it live on the net. Hello, Bernie....

/ I'm not sure I can watch this for long, though...




#29 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:40

sure is quiet, I wonder where OLB/stevvy/wrighty are.

Stick around rubens, the racing is good :)

#30 jonpollak

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:42

The French are bemused by my focus....
:rotfl:
Jp

#31 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:44

The French are bemused by my focus....
:rotfl:
Jp


I guess they hate you twice now, being an englishman watching american racing :)


#32 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:50

I guess they hate you twice now, being an englishman watching american racing :)

triple, he's an American, UK resident AND watching NASCAR...
:lol:

#33 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:51

:lol:

#34 Fabien Pousset

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:52

I just love the sheer weirdness inherent to the Talladega\Daytona races.

#35 Rubens Hakkamacher

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:52

"RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR".

Ok.










#36 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:56

sure is quiet, I wonder where OLB/stevvy/wrighty are.

Stick around rubens, the racing is good :)

:wave:

Good to see you guys...Rubens, Fabien, Chris...

No cautions so far, right?



#37 Xpat

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:57

triple, he's an American, UK resident AND watching NASCAR...
:lol:


Ask for an order of "Freedom" fries! :wave:

#38 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 17:58

Interesting that, regardless of aero, Montoya on his second out lap, is passing the guys who just exited the pits like they are standing still. All these cars are, from an aero standpoint, running alone.

#39 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:00

aaaaaaaand Montoya is running all by himself and will have to be very alert to not lose the draft entirely.

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#40 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:00

:wave:

Good to see you guys...Rubens, Fabien, Chris...

No cautions so far, right?


Nope but they neatly shuffled your boy to the back :( running 29th.

Hamlin had a messy stop and Im guessing will have a push to move up.
Lots of drafting so far, but Im guessing thats cos its a restrictor plate track ? lots of #2 cars overheating after a few laps pushing.

#41 Seth

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:02

No cautions so far, right?


Yup--hope this doesn't jinx it.

#42 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:02

Wow, Waltrip, the leader of the pack that was ready to come blow by Juan, took mercy and decided to push him instead.

Which actually turned out quite well for Michael cos the 42-55 duo have now pulled away from the group Waltrip was leading.

BTW I love using cycling terms to describe restrictor plate racing cos it makes sense.

Brian: Make sure to tell him thanks!
Tab: Yeah I'll find him
Brian: We'll need that guy at the end.

#43 Fabien Pousset

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:03

So, JPM is running all by himself in 29th?


#44 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:03

Yup--hope this doesn't jinx it.

Hey, nothing wrong with a car or two doing barrel rolls down the back stretch, as long as they're ones we don't like. :p

#45 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:04

JPM got a boost, hes 15th now

:lol: at OLB

#46 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:06

OK how the eff do I turn off the thing in Windows 7 that makes it think I mean something else when I place a window somewhere?


#47 Fabien Pousset

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:07

And even higher now.
May the car be good enough to win?

#48 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:09

OK how the eff do I turn off the thing in Windows 7 that makes it think I mean something else when I place a window somewhere?


http://malektips.com...x-min-dock.html ??

#49 whitewaterMkII

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:11

I just love the sheer weirdness inherent to the Talladega\Daytona races.

Yup, weird all right.
Sure, they do it with Stock Cars, but in no way shape or form has anything in common with the 30 other races NASCAR runs.


#50 Crafty

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 18:12

Jnr is running well so far?