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The Daly Planet

Are We There Yet

By Carol Einarsson | 08/05/2010
Buck Baker won the first race at Watkins Glen in 1957. There wasn't another NASCAR race at the track, though, until 1964. They raced in '65, too, but then not again until 1986.

The last FORD win at the Glen was in 1996, their fourth in a row. Three of those wins ('93, '94, '95) were won by Mark Martin, who'd started all three times from the pole.

Kyle Petty won in 1992 from a second place starting spot.

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Last Activity: 08/05/10
By Carol Einarsson | 07/29/2010
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Neil Bonnett once returned to the garage after practice at Pocono with blood splattered across his car, and deer antlers attached to the front end.

In the early 1960s, you could purchase stock in Pocono Raceway for just $5 per share. I should ask my mother if she thought to do that. Maybe she's forgotten.

The land that Pocono is built on is a former spinach farm, so it should be a favorite track to children everywhere! Let's pave over ALL the spinach farms!

David Pearson, at age 49, was the oldest pole-sitter at Pocono. Take THAT, Harry Gant!

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Last Activity: 07/30/10
By Carol Einarsson | 07/22/2010

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Bill Elliott (at 46) is the oldest race winner for the Brickyard 400, so if you watch NASCAR Smarts on SPEED next week, don't be fooled into guessing "Harry Gant" when they ask the question.

Oh, and Jeff Gordon (at 23, half the age of Bill Elliott!) was the youngest, so don't guess Kyle Busch when they ask that other winning-age question.

Rick Mast won the very first pole at Indy.

The track restricts bringing in weapons OR ammunition, though one would wonder why you'd need ammo without an instrument for distribution.


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Last Activity: 07/23/10
By Carol Einarsson | 07/08/2010
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Three of the four HMS drivers have a Cup victory in Chicago. Jimmie Johnson is not one of them.

On the prohibited list, it seems Chicagoland is among the first to have exceptions: Coolers of any kind (unless required to store prescribed medication). With the increase in diabetics, bravo to allowing those folks to bring their meds from the coolers in their cars.

Planning a pool party at the track this weekend? Though not specifically stated, Im pretty sure diving is prohibited. Pools can be no deeper than 13.

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Last Activity: 07/08/10
By Carol Einarsson | 07/01/2010

Mark Martin has the most starts at Daytona without a win among all current drivers. However, not to worry, he still has 18 more Daytona losses until he will pass Dave Marcis for the record.

Goodyear has added a special patriotic message to the tires for this week's race, and in red, white, and blue the message "Support Our Troops" will appear opposite the Goodyear logo. Unfortunately at speed, nobody will see them, so we're hoping TNT and SPEED gives airtime to this promotion. 

The restrictor plates will be changed again, and this time they're increasing the openings by 3/64 of an inch so they'll be at 1 1/32" for this weekend only.

Saturday night's race may be the last race at Daytona as we know it, since the repaving is scheduled to begin after this race, and how that may change racing at the famed track is still a mystery.

Driver of the #36 car this Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400: Steve Park!


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Last Activity: 07/01/10
By Carol Einarsson | 06/24/2010
Rusty Wallace won the first race at NHIS, in 1993, from a 33rd starting spot, driving a Pontiac.

Ward Burton and brother Jeff Burton are both past winners, as are Kurt Busch and his brother Kyle Busch.

At yet another track, Jeff Gordon has won more money than anyone else despite not having the most success. He's racked up more than $3.5 million for his three wins. Kurt Busch, also with three wins, $2.2 million.

15 active drivers have won at New Hampshire, among them, Robby Gordon and Joe Nemechek.

Matt Kenseth has the average highest finish without a win among drivers that have raced more than one race at this track.

Bruton Smith purchased the track in 2007 from the Bahre family (for $340,000,000 cash), and renamed it New Hampshire Motor Speedway, though fans often still refer to it as NHIS. Or maybe that's just me.

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Last Activity: 06/27/10
By Carol Einarsson | 06/17/2010
The race at Sonoma is measured in kilometers, sort of. Even though it's the Toyota / Save Mart 350, it's actually 352.21 kilometers. About the only thing it can be measured in and come out with a whole number is laps, but I guess the Toyota / Save Mart 110 sounds like a shorter race. (Which now makes me wonder if it wouldn't make more people tune in!)

The elevation changes along the road course swing 160 feet, from 14 feet up to 174 feet.

Infineon Raceway now has girls. Natalie and Ashleigh are apparently the new face of the track, and sprinkle their interview answers with happy and sad face emoticons. Embracing their empty-headedness seems to be their strength, and Natalie will tell you because she's blonde, she's not smart enough to know how to put songs on her iPod. I'm not making this up.

The rumble strips at the track are painted blue and gold because track president Steve Page attended UC Berkeley, and those are the school colors. They're also the colors of Richard Gahr High School in Southern California, but I don't think Infineon cares about that.

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Last Activity: 06/21/10
By Carol Einarsson | 06/11/2010
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As of May 1st, the state of Michigan has banned smoking in public places. This means MIS is now officially smoke-free, too. Oddly, there will be "approved areas" for smokers to go, but wouldn't those also be public places? One of the places they can smoke is behind the grandstands. It'll be just like high school!

Jimmie Johnson has never won at Michigan. But he did win this week at Eldora, so that should count for something.

Harry Gant is the oldest race winner, so when they ask that question on NASCAR Smarts this week, feel free to shout out the answer.

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Last Activity: 06/12/10
By Carol Einarsson | 06/03/2010
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If Terry Labonte would race just one more race and make it to lap 117, he'd have raced more than 10,000 laps at the track.

Pocono Raceway is often identified as being in Long Pond Pennsylvania, but while it's located at Long Pond Rd and Andretti Rd, it's actually in Blakeslee, PA.

The fan guide at Pocono specifically requests, "For your safety and as a courtesy to other guests, please watch all races from a seated position."

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Last Activity: 06/05/10
By Carol Einarsson | 05/27/2010

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Charlotte is home to the infamous "levigation" that caused a 22-caution, 5-hour race in 2005, the longest race in 25 years.

Dale Jarrett, Buck Baker, Mario Andretti, and Richard Petty all have driving schools at CMS.

The track forbids entrance with any weapons, including "impact weapons". Can't anything pretty much be an impact weapon? Isn't a fist an impact weapon? I wonder if there will be periodic inspections in the grandstands to ensure that all hands have remained opened and unclenched.

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