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Off-Topic Lounge / I'm Making Skittles Vodka
« on: February 23, 2012, 11:29:27 PM »
For the 500 party, of course.

Anyone here ever tried the stuff?

NASCAR Talk! / When's the Damn Race Start?
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:29:01 PM »
The Daytona 500, that is.

All the sites say something different. says 12:00 EST. Yahoo Sports says 1:30.

Forget the pre-race fluff. What time is kickoff?

NASCAR Talk! / Las Vegas: Getting In and Out?
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:15:18 PM »
Looks like I'm going to the race this weekend.

Any tips on getting to the track (from the strip) and getting onto I-15 Northbound in a timely fashion?


Off-Topic Lounge / Recipe: Chocolate Maple Popcorn
« on: February 02, 2010, 02:21:42 AM »
This one has a vid!

Chocolate Maple Popcorn

NASCAR Talk! / Patrick takes gutsy drive down NASCAR road
« on: December 08, 2009, 03:51:29 PM »
Patrick takes gutsy drive down NASCAR road

By Jay Hart, Yahoo! Sports
13 hours, 40 minutes ago

It’s easy to say Danica Patrick will fail in NASCAR, because odds are she will. That is why she deserves credit for trying.

On Tuesday, Patrick, the wonder woman of the Indy Racing League and her sponsor’s “racy” spokeswoman, formally announced what has been speculated about ever since she burst on the motor sports scene after finishing fourth in the 2005 Indianapolis 500 – she will give NASCAR a try.

It’s a bold move considering where Patrick sits now – the unquestioned face of a sport who commands the attention of sponsors ranging from a domain name registration website to a private jet service provider. Where she is now, she’s making millions, placed atop a high pedestal with no one in sight to knock her off.

That is what makes this move so gutsy.

If she were broke with no other opportunities on the horizon, making the switch would be a no-brainer. But because she’s already loaded, Patrick actually has something to lose. Monetarily, she’s putting her brand in jeopardy. Career wise, she’s going from a top-five driver to toiling in the minor leagues.

That’s right, Patrick isn’t going straight to NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series to compete against Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. No, she’ll start in the ARCA Series, known best for its copious wrecks and anonymity. From there, she’ll try to earn a license that will allow her to compete in the Nationwide Series – NASCAR’s Triple-A – beginning in February at Daytona.

If there’s big money to be made driving in NASCAR’s minor leagues, Patrick, who has reportedly signed with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team, will be the only one earning it. Her bonus – the one making it worth her while to abandon her comfort zone – won’t come until she makes it to the Cup Series, assuming she gets there, because the path from the IRL to Cup is littered with the road kill of her contemporaries.

Neither Sam Hornish Jr. nor Dario Franchitti – both Indy 500 winners, both better than Patrick – could or has managed any success in NASCAR. It took Juan Pablo Montoya, widely considered one of the premier drivers in the world and an Indy 500 winner as well, three seasons before he was competitive in the Cup Series and he’s yet to win on an oval.

Success in the Cup Series, if it ever comes, isn’t around the corner for Patrick. She’ll need at least a year in the minors – she’s expected to race a part-time Nationwide schedule in 2010 – though probably two before she’s ready for Cup. When she finally does get there, she’s looking at least three seasons before she’s even competitive, and that’s only if she follows the same learning curve as Montoya.

Of course, this assumes she cares about such things as being competitive, which you have to believe she does. Any woman who gets to where Patrick has in her chosen profession has to want it pretty bad.

“It’s come up in the past to run NASCAR … [but I] didn’t want to at all,” Patrick said last month. “I wasn’t really curious. And trust me, there were financial reasons why it would have been a much better idea. So that takes that out of the equation.

“I’ve always thought that the most important thing for me in my career is that I go with my gut and I go with what I want and not worry about the rest. And so now my curiosity is there and I’d like to just try it, and I’d like to see how I get on with the cars. I just think the racing looks fun.”

From now until she proves herself on the field of play, there will be critics who question her motivation, mostly, of course, because she’s a she. In one sense, it’s not fair. She’s good at what she does regardless of which bathroom she uses. But a big part of what she’s become is because she has the bathroom at work all to herself. Dale Earnhardt Jr. faces a similar hurdle. It’s not to say they don’t deserve their opportunity, but rather that they have to do a little more to prove they’ve earned it.

Patrick may never do that. She may never be as good as some people expect her to be in order to match their own expectations. But one thing those same critics can’t ever say is that she was afraid to fail.


Off-Topic Lounge / Please Watch My Movie
« on: July 31, 2009, 01:41:40 AM »
Okay, here's the story...

Last week I passed my Final Cut Pro certification exam without ever having used the program (other than the book exercise files). So I figured it was time for me to put together a little something.  I decided to take my old piece of shit Suzuki Aerio, clean it up, and try to car-commercialize it and make it look cool.

I'm not much of a video editor or camera man, but damn was it a fun way to spend a day off.  I'm sure I'll get better with practice.

I give unto you, The Turd Polisher (opens in new window/tab)

Enjoy! (watch the large version if you have hellabandwidth).

News & Announcements / July 2009 Promo: 20% Off Enter Site
« on: July 06, 2009, 02:11:03 AM »
It's been a while since we've had a discount offer this good.  Check it out.

20% Off the Entire Site at the NASCAR Superstore!

Off-Topic Lounge / Any Dropbox Users Here?
« on: July 02, 2009, 10:22:34 PM »
Wow. Seriously cool app.  I first heard about it about a year ago, but just started using it this morning:
Dropbox link
Seems to do a really nice job of keeping files in sync across multiple computers.  Having only one computer myself, I never thought I'd have a need for it.  After further investigation, I learned that I can access my files using a Web browser from any computer, without the host computer being turned on.  It's just constantly automatically syncing that folder. Provides a nice backup of said documents too.  From what I understand, it also has version control, where you can go back and get a previous day's version of a file.  Haven't tried that yet.

They also have a really nice iPhone interface on their Web site, so I have access to all my docs on my phone.
With the exception of the big stuff (pics, movies, music and virtual machines), I'm now using my Dropbox folder in place of my documents folder, so I have access to everything everywhere.
I'm on the 2 GB free plan, but will probably be willing to pay when I reach that limit.
Any other users?  Is it as solid on a PC as it is on a Mac?  Better yet, anybody using it to sync a PC and a Mac?

NASCAR Talk! / Danica next in line to make the jump to NASCAR?
« on: June 17, 2009, 02:59:35 AM »
Danica next in line to make the jump to NASCAR?

By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)—Danica Patrick’s likely free agency at the end of the IndyCar Series will make her a hot commodity among teams in the open-wheel series and NASCAR.

Any announcement about her next move, however, will have to wait until October.

The IndyCar Series season finishes Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and she said Tuesday on a conference call that her main focus until then will be on winning as many races as she can and finishing as high in the driver’s point standings as possible.

“To be very open about anything until that point would be foolish,” said Patrick, who is fifth in IRL points. “That’s for after the season and we’ll worry about it then.”

Patrick became the only woman to ever win a major open-wheel race last season in Japan, and she is in the final year of her three-year contract with Andretti-Green Racing.

She said she and her agents—IMG—are still gathering information about what her options will be, including talking with open-wheel teams and possibly NASCAR owners, too.

The move to stock cars has worked out well for Tony Stewart, who won two Sprint Cup Series championships and now contends for another as the owner of a two-car team. The struggles of Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti would also have to weigh into her decision, she said.

“It’s something to take notice of, and I think what it shows is that it is difficult and you do need as much help as possible,” she said, “but as credit to them, they haven’t been driving for the best teams in NASCAR either, so how can you really hold them accountable for not doing extremely well in the very beginning when they just don’t have the resources?

“They don’t drive for Hendrick or Roush or any of the top teams.”

Hornish, a two-time IndyCar Series champion, finished 35th in points last season, his first full year in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series, and is 24th through 15 races this year.

Franchitti struggled last year, and his team was closed in July for lack of sponsorship. He has since returned to the IRL.

Patrick has said in the past that if she were to make the move to NASCAR, she’d want it to be a lateral move, meaning she would move directly into a full-time Sprint Cup ride.

Interest from a top team, she said, could make that more attractive.

“One thing as drivers is we like to challenge ourselves and if we’ve done something well, can we do the next thing well?” she said. “I think it’s an opportunity to show your ability. NASCAR has so many viewers and so many partners and there’s just lots of options both inside and outside the car. And it looks like fun. … It’s you racing against everyone else really.

“It’s very competitive. It’s kind of like the Indy 500 every weekend, so that’s a lot of fun as a driver to be part of something important and something people want to watch.”

Important, too, she said, will be how the next opportunity impacts her “brand.”

Asked to define that brand, she was hesitant.

“My brand is determined, it’s feminine and hopefully—I feel a little bit awkward talking about myself like this—but something beautiful, something fast, something interesting and exciting and something inspiring and something iconic and something that’s doing things that’s never been done before,” she said. “Those are all things that I would hope would describe my brand.”

Patrick said she was uncertain whether rumors of NASCAR teams expressing an interest in her were true because she leaves that side of things to her agents. She added that when the time comes to make a decision, “we’ll definitely be looking at all of our options.”


Off-Topic Lounge / Buy American: Chevy or Ford?
« on: June 16, 2009, 01:43:31 PM »
Let's say I wanted to be a "good American" and buy a shiny new American car.

On one hand, Ford is doing their thing without being bailed out by the government.  It makes sense to reward them with my business.

On the other hand, as a U.S. taxpayer, I own part of GM (kinda).  Supporting the company owned by the country seems like the most patriotic way to go.

Regardless of your pre-existing favorite... The one you've always been a bigger fan of... Which is the one to buy for somebody who wants to be the best American he can be?

This is a very tough call, imo. I have no idea.

Off-Topic Lounge / MOVED: Herm at Talladega?
« on: April 28, 2009, 06:30:11 PM »

Off-Topic Lounge / MOVED: Old races
« on: April 28, 2009, 06:29:59 PM »

NASCAR Talk! / Johnson, Earnhardt disagree on changing Talladega
« on: April 28, 2009, 06:29:15 PM »
Johnson, Earnhardt disagree on changing Talladega

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Two of NASCAR’s biggest stars offered differing opinions Tuesday on how the sport can control the racing at Talladega Superspeedway.

Three-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson called for a radical transformation of the race track, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. said alterations are not feasible. The two are teammates at Hendrick Motorsports.

The racing at the 2.66-mile Alabama superspeedway is again under scrutiny after Carl Edwards’ airborne crash into the safety fence on the last lap of Sunday’s race. It was the most frightening of three accidents, including a 10-car pileup that knocked Johnson out of the race with nine laps to go.

Because the track is so big and wide that drivers never have to lift off the gas, Johnson said Tuesday that NASCAR cannot remove the horsepower-sapping restrictor plates that are used to combat the high speeds at Daytona and Talladega. That leaves a track alteration as his only suggestion.

“I don’t know how we fix it unless we take a bunch of tractors out there and knock down the walls, knock down the banking, and make the track where you have to let off (the gas),” Johnson said. “Outside of that, I don’t think there is a rule that NASCAR can come up with. As long as we’re running (restrictor) plates, we’re going to have this issue.”

Earnhardt, NASCAR’s most popular driver, said track alterations aren’t possible.

“There’s no way you can justify it under the current economic state of the sport, of the track itself, of the company that owns the track,” he said. “Nothing from that wreck really stands out to me as, ‘Wow, we got to make a change here or something needs to be done,’ other than the car getting off the ground and people getting hurt. As far as the wreck itself, trying to avoid it from happening, I don’t see how you can.”

NASCAR officials have already dismissed altering the race track.

Many fans consider the four plate races each year to be the most exciting events of the season. Because the cars all run at about the same speed, drivers are unable to pull away from each other. It creates huge packs of traffic and one wrong move by one driver can wipe out dozens of cars in spectacular accidents.

Sunday’s race lived up to the hype, with 57 lead changes among 25 drivers. Edwards and Brad Keselowski ran down leaders Ryan Newman and Earnhardt Jr. on the last lap, and as they neared the finish line, Edwards wrecked while trying to block Keselowski’s winning pass.

Contact between the two cars sent Edwards spinning into Newman’s path, and the second hit from Newman sent Edwards’ car sailing into the frontstretch safety fence. The fence buckled, but snapped back and Edwards’ battered car returned to the track.

Edwards was unhurt, but debris from the accident injured seven fans in the stands. One woman remained hospitalized Tuesday in fair condition with a broken jaw.

NASCAR vowed this week to toughen its policing on aggressive driving and blocking, which often leads to the multi-car accidents. Officials issue consistent pre-race warnings to drivers but have been rare to levy in-race penalties.

Both Earnhardt and Johnson are firmly against NASCAR making “judgment calls” during the race. Johnson said he doubts the drivers can be deterred, anyway.

“All of them can talk until they are blue in their face … but when we get in those cars, we are going to race and try to get the positions,” he said. “That’s what we do.”

Earnhardt argued that the way NASCAR’s new car handles in the draft had as much to do with Edwards’ accident as did any moves made on the race track.

“Part of me gets sort of a little bit angry because it’s like it’s almost as if they’re putting the responsibility, shoving the responsibility for what happened Sunday, totally on the drivers’ shoulders—as if all our crazy blocking and weaving has just ruined the day,” he said. “As a driver, I share responsibility, but I don’t feel like it’s entirely ours for anything that happens. There’s a lot of different things that put us in those situations.”

NASCAR Talk! / Hybrid Camry will be NASCAR pace car next month
« on: April 22, 2009, 12:19:20 AM »
Hybrid Camry will be NASCAR pace car next month

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer
5 hours, 53 minutes ago

CONCORD, N.C. (AP)—Denny Hamlin glided a hybrid vehicle down the backstretch at Lowe’s Motor Speedway at 110 mph, one hand on the steering wheel and his head turned toward his passenger.

“Pretty smooth ride, huh?” he grinned.

Smooth enough for NASCAR’s standards.

A hybrid will be the official pace car for the first time in NASCAR when Toyota lends a Camry for use in next month’s Coca-Cola 600. Hamlin offered rides around the speedway Tuesday in the car that will be used to demonstrate its performance capabilities.

“A couple times I found myself just puttering around there because it was so smooth,” Hamlin said after almost an hour on the track. “You’ve almost got to force it to get out of shape.”

The demonstration was done a day before Earth Day, which is celebrated Wednesday.

Toyota spent more than a year trying to get its Camry hybrid used as an official pace car, and final approval was contingent on a NASCAR performance test. The car had to hit 100 mph by the time it reached the second turn of Lowe’s from a standby position near the pit road exit.

Hamlin estimated he ran laps in the pace car at an average of 105 mph.

The Camry, which will be given away in a promotion after the race, was built at Toyota’s facility in Georgetown, Ky. It’s a 187-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder vehicle that gets an EPA estimated combined average of 33 miles per gallon.

Toyota also plans to use a hybrid Camry as the pace car later this year for races at Infineon Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR used a Ford Fusion hybrid for the parade laps before the start of last November’s season-finale at Homestead, but it was replaced by a Ford Fusion Sport with an internal combustion engine for the rest of the race.


NASCAR Talk! / Jim France leaves as head of NASCAR track operator
« on: April 15, 2009, 08:52:31 AM »
By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer
14 hours, 32 minutes ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Jim France, son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., will step down June 1 as head of the largest operator of NASCAR tracks.

Lesa France Kennedy, granddaughter of NASCAR’s founder and older sister to current NASCAR chairman Brian France, will move from president to chief executive officer of International Speedway Corp. The announcement was made at Tuesday’s annual stockholders’ meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla.

ISC is the largest operator of NASCAR tracks and the France family’s publicly traded company. The family runs NASCAR as a private entity.

“Under Lesa’s continued outstanding leadership, I have every confidence they will drive future success for ISC’s shareholders for many years to come,” Jim France said of his niece.

Jim France began working for his father at ISC in 1959 when he was 14 and became president in 1987. He became CEO six years ago when his older brother, the late Bill France Jr., began transferring power to family members.

Jim France will continue as chairman of ISC’s board of directors and vice chairman of NASCAR. He is NASCAR’s largest shareholder and has spent 50 years with the company, which owns 11 tracks that host 19 premier Sprint Cup Series races each season. ISC’s crown jewel is Daytona International Speedway.

“His vision and energies have been vital to our ability to prosper, and we will continue to benefit from his extensive experience and knowledge of the motor sports industry,” Lesa France Kennedy said.

France Kennedy will be replaced as president by current chief operating officer John Saunders. Roger VanDerSnick was promoted from senior vice president to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Daniel Houser moves from vice president to senior vice president.

“These changes follow the company’s plan of succession that has been in place for quite some time,” Jim France said. “Working closely with the board, I look forward to continuing to provide key oversight and support to a strong management team that has shown careful and sound judgment on both strategic and operational matters.”


Off-Topic Lounge / Show Us Your Desktops: April 2009
« on: April 08, 2009, 10:36:04 PM »
Is anyone else entertained by these thread?  I like 'em.

Left Screen:

Right Screen:

Off-Topic Lounge / MOVED: Carl Edwards at Wrestlemania 25
« on: April 06, 2009, 01:22:08 AM »

News & Announcements / NOT An April Fool's Day Joke
« on: March 31, 2009, 02:20:53 PM »

4/1/09. One day only. 20% off of your entire order. This is good for anything and everything in the NASCAR store.

NASCAR 1 Day Sale! Get 20% Off ALL ORDERS 4.1 Only at the SuperStore!

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