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My Ears are Ringing (NASCAR)

I went to the Nascar race yesterday in Joliet. It was pretty cool. Lots of great action. I don't know what some of the drivers were talking about before the race about the track only having one groove and the walls not far enough out. There was plenty of three wide going into turn 1 and 2. A few good wrecks. One really scary one close to where I was sitting at the exit of turn 4. Bobby Labonte's car was engulphed in flames after being clipped by Benson who got squirely, hit the wall and came back down to take out Bobby. He got out of the car quick and did the old "stop-drop-and-roll. Thank God he was ok. The crash was spectacular.

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I was watching it at hooters. that wreck was wild. he was pissed since he was way up there in points, that really hurt his standings.




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I was watching it at hooters. that wreck was wild. he was pissed since he was way up there in points, that really hurt his standings.

He was already a lap down when it happened, but he just would not let the leaders lap him again. He was actually starting to make his lap back up when it happened. He doesn't usually do well on that track anyhow. That was just some crappy luck for him though and the DNF still hurts for overall points. Benson got damaged and made about 12 pitstops after the wreck and I believe the guy still ended up in the top 15.

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HEy what happened to Rustys car to put him 18 laps down? we were watching the race with no sound




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I was out flying Sunday at Kankakee airport. Five of the teams are owned by Rouche(sp) Racing and had their two 727's parked there. After the race they all showed up and gave autographs to people at the airport before they left. Pretty cool.

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Rusty had some problems with the car that put him behind the wall for a while. I'm not sure what exactly.

All the private jets were leaving from Lewis by my house after the race. That was pretty cool

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Rusty lost his transmission. They fixed it REALLY quick and sent him back out.

That Labonte crash was ugly. It was actually Casey Mears that got tangled up with Benson and caused the crash. I was glad to see Labonte unhooking the net as soon as his car stopped rolling.

BTW - "Rocket Man" Ryan Newman won his 3rd of the year! Watch out for him to win the "Nextel?" Cup next year.
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I was at the race too...both Saturday and Sunday. Did you ride, Crazy? The track has dedicated Motorcycle parking that is pretty close to the gates (south side of track). I took the Road King on Sunday, easy in easy out.

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I was at the race too...both Saturday and Sunday. Did you ride, Crazy? The track has dedicated Motorcycle parking that is pretty close to the gates (south side of track). I took the Road King on Sunday, easy in easy out.
No.... went with my dad and some of his friends last minute. I just hitched a ride with them. My bike is still down anyway.

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No.... went with my dad and some of his friends last minute. I just hitched a ride with them. My bike is still down anyway.


Brian still haven't changed the sprockets and chain? Or do you have other issues with the bike? Need a hand? My chain riveting tool just arrived from Canada That thing has more mileage than I do

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Brian still haven't changed the sprockets and chain? Or do you have other issues with the bike? Need a hand? My chain riveting tool just arrived from Canada That thing has more mileage than I do

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They should be in transit to my door. I couldn't pick them up cause I don't get off of work in time to go get them before the shop closes so I had Dan ship them to me after he got them. After that I gotta get my hands on a breaker and riveting tool to do the job and I gotta go out and get a 36mm socket yet. Other than that nothing else is wrong except it's just been sitting there in the corner of my garage screaming in pain.

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Well I'm glad to see Nuemann won it, Rusty's my guy but if someone else has to win at least its his teammate.




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I agree, Tony. He should have won it last year if it wasn't for a flat tire with 20+ laps to go. I'm Ryan Newman fan...Purdue grad and Indiana boy. He's a smart kid and not full of himself. Go 12!

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