2005 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicago (Full race)
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2005 USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicago (Full race)


>>ONE THING HARDARD THE TRACK IS ONCE YOU ARE IN TRAFFIC, NORMLY THE CAR DOESN’T WORK WELL. BUT TONY STEWART SEEMS LIKE ME CAN GO WHERE HE WANTS.>>INSIDE THE STERLING MARL, THE 40. >>THAT’S WHERE HE WANTS TO GO RIGHT NOW AND HE DID IT.>>NOT SO FAST, TONY. LOOK AT THAT, 19 — 18 — 198 MILES AN HOUR.>>THIS TRACK IS FAST. 188 AND CHANGE FOR THE POLE.>>THEY HAD TO PUT PADDING IN THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SEE THE BECAUSE IT IS SO HARD ON THEIR RIB CAGE, SO FAST AND SO MUCH G FORCE ON THE CORNERS. >>RUSTY WALLS, SIDE BY SIDE WITH WALLS. SIDE BY SIDE. TONY WAS INVOLVED ON A WRECK HERE ON FRIDAY, WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND GOT CHECKED OUT, GOT CLERED. — CLEARED. >>NECESSITY KEEPS THAT 20 CAR RIGHT DOWN ON THE EDGE, DOESN’T HE? >>I TALKED TO THE CREW CHIEF, WHAT THEY DID, THE DOCTORS, WHERE THEY TOOK HIM TO, CHECKED HIM OUT AND THE TRACK DOCTORS BASED THAT INFORMATION AND CLEARED HIM. SO HE IS GOOD TO GO. HE>>GORDON ON THE OUTSIDE, THE 24. ON BOARD NOW WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR. >>DAVE, HAS JEFF GORDON SAID ANYTHING ABOUT HIS CAR YET? >>HE HAS NOT AND THAT’S A SURPRISE. HE HAS GONE BACKWARDS. HE HAS LOST A BUNCH OF POSITIONS. GOING INTO TURN ONE, HE HAS BEEN SILENT ON THE RADIO.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND HIS TEAM WERE VERY CONFIDENT THIS MORNING. THEY HAD A GREAT FINISH AT DAYTONA LAST WEEK BUT THAT WAS HIS RESTRICTER PLATE RACE, DOESN’T APPLY HERE. CREW CHIEF TOLD ME THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING STRIDES ON THEIR CAR’S PROGRESS. GOOD THIS WEEK, BETTER NEXT WEEK AT NEW HAMPSHIRE AND STILL HOPING OF MAKING THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. >>24 BUNCH MAY HAVE WORK ■O DO TODAY. BECAUSE THAT CAR IS GOING THE WRONG WAY.>>BUT WE HAVE SEEN THAT BEFORE. THEY CAN GET IT TURNED AROUND.■>>THESE ARE THE TRACKS A NUMBER TEAMS HAVE STRUGGED ON. >>I THINK HIS TIRE PRESSURE CAME UP. FIRST LAP, THAT CAR WAS DIFFICULT TO HANDLE WHEN HE HIT THE TRACK.>>YOU TALK ABOUT THE 4 — 48? ON LAP FOUR, CHECKING OUT W■TH THE CREW CHIEF, STILL DRAGGING AND CHAD SAID YEAH, I SAW IT. BUT WATCHING THAT, MONITORING IT VERY CAREFULLY. MEANWHILE, HIS TEAMMATE JEFF GORDON ROAD HIS CREW AND SAID VERY LOOSE I■N. I TALKED TO ROBBIE LEWIS, HIS CREW CHIEF THIS MORNING, SAID WE WERE TAKING THE CAR A BIT TOWARD THE LOSE SIDE. THE CAR NEEDED THAT AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY MIGHT HAVE TAKEN IT A BIT TOO FAR.>>THIS IS A TOUGH TRACK TO BE LOOSE GOING A KNOT INTO THE CORNER WITH BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING SO MUCH SPEED. YOU DON’T WANT TOO MUCH OF A LOOSE CRAKE WHEN YOU TURN THAT WHEEL DOWN INTO TURN ONE AND TURN THREE. >>JOHNSON CONTINUES TO LEE. THIS IS THE BATTLE FOR FOURTH. CASEY MEARS IN THE 41, TRYING TO PASS BIFFLE IN THE 15 — 16.>>ACTUALLY, I THINK IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND. ■■>>DWROW THINK SO?>>COME ON BILL, WAKE UP. IS A GUY THAT’S FAST, 17 MATT KENSETH.>>ANOTHER GUY ON MOVE IS CARL EDWARDS.>>ON TO THE APRON. ONE OF ■IS OWNERS CELEBRATING HIS 50TH BIRTH-DAY TODAY. >>MATT?>>HE KEYED THE MIKE AND TOLD SHANE WILSON, HIS CREW CHIEF, THERE IS SOMETHING AMISS WITH THE MOTOR. MAYBE LOST A CYLINDER.>>THAT’S TOUGH.>>EARLY IN THE RACE,>>HE CONTINUES THE MARCH TOWARDS THE FRONT. HE IS 15. JR. STARTED 25. >>CARL EDWARDS IS HAS REALLY MADE A STRONG MOVE. HE IS UP TO NINE. HE STARTED 21, I BELIEVE. >>THAT’S RIGHT.>>ANOTHER GUY THAT HAD A GOOD CAR YESTERDAY IN THE BUSCH RACE. JUNIOR WITH ROBBIE GORDON BEHIND HIM.>>ROBBIE SLIDING UP THE TRACK. THAT LOOKS LIKE A HANDFUL AS KYLE BUSCH TAKES THAT OPPORTUNITY TO PASS ■NDERNEATH. >>THESE GUYS ARE TALKING TO THEIR CREWS, I’M SURE ABOUT MAKING CHANGES AND WHAT CHAES THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE. >>AND THIS COULD BE A HUGE CAUTION FOR SEVERAL TEAMS, INCLUDING TE 24 BECAUSE THEY MIGHT HAVE MORE PROBLEMS THAN JUST THE CAR BEING LOOSE. >>AND STEWART. STEWART MADE A LOT OF GAINS HERE, NOW HE GETS TO RERACE ALL THAT TIME BETWEEN HIM AND THE LEADER. >>CARL EDWARDS. RUNNING PRETTY GOOD RIGHT NOW, LOOKING AT THE BACK OF SCOTT ■ RIGGS. LAST LAP, HE WAS THE FASTEST CAR OF EVERYONE, FASTER THAN THE ■ LEADER, FASTER THAN SECOND. BUT HE IS TRYING TO CHASE DOWN SCOTT RIGGS. MATT, WHAT ABOUT RIGGS? HIS SPOTTER TOLD HIM SOME GUYS GO TO THE HIGH SIDE, IF YOU WANT TO, TRY IT, AND HE KEYED THE MIKE A LAP AND A HALF AGO SAID IT DOESN’T SEEM TO HELP MY CAR AS MUCH AS I THOUGHT. I’M GOING TO GO BACK DOWN TO WHAT I WAS DOING BEFORE.>>GOT TO LOOK. GOT TO TRY IT. NEVER KNOW BECAUSE IF YOU MAY GET IN A RHYTHM AND MOVE THE CAR UP A LITTLE BIT AND MAY PICK UP A BIT.>>I CAN TELL YOU GUYS ARE IMEXPRESSED WITH KARL EDWARD’S RUN FROM 21 TO NINTH. HE DID ASK WHERE IS EVERYBODY ELSE RUNNING ON THE TRACK? I LIKE THE MIDDLE GROOVE, RIDING ABOUT HALF A LANE UP BUT THEY SAY EVERYBODY ELSE IS RIDING ON THE BOTTOM. TRIED THAT, LOOKS LIKE IT IS GO TO HAVE TO PASSRIGGS ON THE OUTSIDE. VERY GOOD FOR THE 99 TEAM.■>>AND OFFICE DEPOT ANNOUNCING THIS WEEK THEY WILL BE THE PRIMARY RESPONSE ACCORD ON THAT CAR BEGINNING NEXT SEASON.>>CAUTION. CAUTION ON THE TRACK. THE MANDATORY CAUTION WE TALK ABOUT. THIS SO TEAMS CAN GET A LOOK AT THEIR TIRES AND THERE IS SOME ■+ CONC■■N ABOU■ TIRE WEAR HERE THIS WEEKEND.>>I TALKED TO A GROUP OF GOODYEAR ENGINEERS TODAY AND THEY ARE REALLY CONFUSED WHY THE TIRES AREN’T WEARING MORE THIS WE. THEY JUST AREN’T GETTING ANY WEAR. ■ WHETHE■ THE RUBBER DOES’T COME OFF AND THE HEAT BUIS UP. ■>>SOME TEAMS, THEIR CARS MAY■ E TIGHT OR PUSHING AND BLISTERING THE RIGHREAR TIRE. AND THE DRIVER THING YOU NEED TO LOOSEN IT UP■ BUT YOU CAN’T BECAUSE THE CAR IS BLISTERING.>>THAT COMES FROM SLIDING THE TIRE ON THE TRACK.>>THAT WILL WEAR THEM OUT IN A HUR■Y. 42 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. ONLY THE 77 HAS GONE TO THE GARAGE. SO JIMMY JOHNSON, — JIMMIE JOHNSON, THE LEAD CAR.■ JOHNSON HAS LED 17 LAPS SO FAR AND NINE FOR GREG — I’M SORRY, FOR RYAN NEWMAN.>>SO PIT ROAD WILL BE A VERY BUS PLACE. JIMMIE JOHNSON LEADS THEM DOWN. >>THE DEFENDING WINNER HOORKS, SAYS THE CAR IS A LITTLE TIGHT. HELP FREE THE RACE CAR UP, THE CAR WAS STRONG, JUST NEEDS A LITTLE BIT OF WORK. >>MARTY? >>MATT, GREG BIFFLE IS ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN IN THE THIRD POSITION. THEY ARE GOING TO PUT ON TIRES, WATER TEMPERATURE IS A LITTLE WARM, ONE ROUND DOWN. >>MAST KENSETH FOUR TIRES AND AWAY, TRYING TO GET THE CAR TO TURN BETTER IN THE CORNER BUT PRETTY HAPPY. >>JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD. THE CREW WANTED TO MAKE THE CARELESS APT TO COME AROUND TO SPIN AND SO THEY MADE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT, ADJUSTING THE CHASSIS.>>TONY STEWART HAD TO COME AROUND THE 88 OFDALE JARRETT, HURT HIS ENTRY INTO THE PIT BOX. AND A BAD EXIST. TONY HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE 43 TEAM WAS DONE SERVICING THEIR CAR BEFORE HE CAN PULL OUT, LOSING VALUABLE TRACK POSITION HERE ON PIT ROAD. ■■>>HARVICK TOOK THE BOTTOM UNDERNEATH BRIAN VICKERS. >>KASEY KAHNE AND JEFF BURTON HAD TO RETURN TO PIT ROAD. CAME TO A LUGNUT, BURTON FOR A SPEEDING TICKET.>>THE 5 CAR OF KYLE BUSCH, BATTLE FOR THE LEAD AS BIFFLE THE 16, UNDER JIMMIE JOHNSON. MATT KENSETH SAID OK, I WILL FOLLOW — MAYBE, OK, BIFFLE■ TAKES THE LEAD INTO SECOND. >>IT WAS A QUICK STOP, THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THE STOP THEY MADE. THE TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT GOING DOWN. CAR WAS JUST A LITTLE LOOSE, THE BACK END CAPTAINS COULD COME AROUND. HIS ONE COMMENT ABOUT THE CAR DURING THAT RUN, THIS CAR IS BAD AND THAT’S GOOD FOR THE 16 TEAM.>>IT DID LOOK LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE HAD CONTACT ON PIT ROAD. >>I LOOKED AT THE■ CAR WHEN IT CAME BY, IT IT DIDN’T LOOK BAD IF HE MADE CONTACT. >>MATT KENSETH ZOOMS BY THE 16. KENSETH TEAM HAS BEEN ON THE MOVE. THIS IS OUR CRAFERT■MAN PIT SUMMARY. EN JOHNSON WENT IN FIRST AND CAME OUT FIRST. HE HAS THE NUMBER ONE PIT STALL DOWN THERE. MATT KENSETH MOVED AND PICKED UP A LITTLE BIT. >>WHO IS GIVING HOT FIVE POINTS? >>WELL, MATT DID TALK ABOUT WANTING TO GET FIVE POINTS ON THE TEAM RADIO, SO I THINK –>>THERE IS YOUR ANSWER.>>THAT’S PROBABLY YOUR ANSWER RIGHT THERE.>>ALL RIGHT, GOOD. >>SO BIFFLE GOT TO THE FRONT.>>AND THIS IS THE RACE FOR THIRD. RYAN NEWMAN IN THE 12. THE 29 OF HARVICK WITH VICKERS BEHIND HIM. >>JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS FALLEN BACK TO THE SIXTH POSITION. >>JUST SEEMS LIKE IT TAKES JIMMIE CAR’S ABOUT 10 OR 12 LAPS BEFORE IT STARTS GETTING FAST. WAS THE SAME WAY YESTERDAY? >>YEAH, SEEMS LIKE IT WAS. >>HERE IS WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE 12 ON PIT ROAD. RIGHT THERE. WE SEE — HE KNOCKED THAT RIGHT FRONT FUNDER IN, I’M SURPRISED IT ISN’T RUBBING THE TIRE. THAT WAS ASIA RYAN WAS LEAVE PIT ROAD. DAVE? >>DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE TIRE LOCK UP BUT THEY DID TALK ABOUT IT OVER THE RADIO AND THEY REPUBLICAN THAT THEY DID THOUGH THE HAVE A TIRE RUN. THAT WAS UNDER CAUTION SO THEY + WERE INTERESTED ■N SEEING THE VIDEO. THEY WILL MONITOR THAT CLOSELY. CREW CHIEF SAID HAVE RIGHT SIDE TIRES READY. SO FAR, IT’S OK.>>YOU DON’T SEE ANY SMOKE COMING OFF THE 12 CAR AS HE GOES IN THE CORNER.>>BUT HE IS LOSING POSITIONS.>>AND I AM■ NOT A FAN OF HAVIN 35, 36 CARS ON PIT ROAD. THEY HAVE TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF CARS THAT COME DOWN PIT ROAD. THERE IS NO POINT I■ RYAN ■ NEWMAN’S DAY BEING RUINED BY JUST TOO MANY CARS ON■ PIT ROAD■>>JIMMIE JOHNSON TO THE INSIDE OF■ ■>>CARL EDWARDS, THE 99 CAR CONTINUES TOWARD THE FRONT. >>BREGGIFFLE — GREG BIFFLE UP FRONT CONTINUES TO LEAD. BIFFLE, FIVE WINS THIS SEASON.>>SO GREG BIFFLE, REEDING THE RACE HERE INHICAGOLAND. LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD. GRIG BIFFLE, UP FRONT.>>AND AND A SMALL BLISTER IN THE RIGHT REAR TIRE WHEN THEY CAME TO PIT ROAD. THERE IS THE CAR, THEY DID SAY OH BY THE WAY, KEVIN HARVICK IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU, REMEMBERING WH HAPPENED YESTERDAY.>>YEAH, I TALKED TO KEVIN HARSCRICK THIS MORNING. HE HAS LOST SEVEN PLACES IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE LAST THREE RACES. HE IS 14TH RIGHT THOUGH YOU. KEVIN, REPORTING HIS CAR VERY GOOD, VERY CONFIDENT IN COMING OUT OF HERE WITH A GOOD FINISH AND ENDING THAT SLUMP. AS FOR MATT, NOT A BAD DAY. THE TIRES LOOK GOOD. HE GOT HIS FIVE BONUS POINTS AND HE KNOW■ HE WILL GAIN MAXIMUM POINTS TO SAY STAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP R BY WIN■ING TODAY.>>21 UP TO 4TH. CAR IS FREE TO STAR■ WHICH MEANS IT IS LOOSE BUT HE SAYS IT IS OUTSTANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF RUN. FOUR TIRES, THOUGH CHANGES. BRIAN VICKERS, A LITTLE LOOSE TO START BUT ON THE INRUN, WAY TOO TIGHT. A GREAT PIT STOP. HE IS UP INTO FIFTH POSITION RIGHT NOW.>>ONE OF THE THINGS CREW CHIEF TOLD JIM JIMMIE JOHNSON AFTER HIS PROSPECT WAS TAKE CARE OF RIGHT REAR TIRE. SO HE MOVED BACK TOOK IT EASY 0 NOT REALLY WORRIED. >>THE 12 CAR OF NEWMAN, THEY WERE CHECKING TO SEE IF THAT WAS A PROBLEM ON THE READY WITH THE TIRE RUB. THEY DON’T BELIEVE SO. THEY MADE MINOR ADJUSTMENTS ON THE CAR.>>KURT BUSCH ON THE MOVE. HIS CREW CHIEF THOUGHT THEY HAD ABOUT A GREAT CAR TODAY. FOR A 15TH PLACE CAR, THEY HAVE ADJUSTED ON IT■ AND KURT HAS DRIVEN IT UP TO SEVEN. KYLE SCH STARTED IN 24TH SPOT. HE HAD A MISERABLE DAY YESTERDAY BUT HAS DRIVEN HIMSELF UP INTO THE TOP 10 TODAY. >>CASEY MEARS HAS FALLEN BACK. HIS CAR DID NOT WANT TO TURN IN THE CENTER ND HE LOST A LOT OF POSITION MAKING MINOR ADJUSTMENTS ON THE FIRST, JUST AIR PRESSURE CHANGE IN THE FOUR TIRES FOR KASEY.>>JUS OUTSIDE THE TOP 10, DALE JARRETT, HE HAS BEEN ON A ROLL THE PA■T TWO WEEKS, BACK-TO-BACK TOP FIVES. FINDING TIGHT CONDITIONS, THE■ CONDITIONS, THE CREW ADJUSTED THAT. MARK MARTIN, HIS FINAL FULL TIME SEASON, HE FEELS LIKE THE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT THEY MADE, OVERADJUSTED THE CAR AS HE MAKES THE PASS ON THE INSIDE, TYING TO WORK HIS WAY INTO THE TOP 10. >>MATT, YOU REMEMBER THE LAST MILE AND A HALF TRACK THAT WE RAN AT, THAT WAS THE LOWE’S MOTOR SPEEDWAY, EIGHT LAPS FROM THE WIN WHEN HE CUT A TIRE DOWN. JOE USING IT BECAUSE HE IS A LITTLE TOO TIGHT. MOVING INTO THE 12 POSITION. MICHAEL WAP TRIP TRYING TO GO AROUND HIM. HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM AS NEMECHEK, TRYING TO RUN THE HIGH LINE BECAUSE HIS CAR TOO, TIGHT, DOESN’T WANT IT TURN. >>DALE EARNHARDT JR. STARTED IN 25 PLACE, MOVES UP TO 15 SPOT JUST SECOND AGO, RADIOING SAYING THAT FEELS A LOT BETTER RIGHT THERE.>>THIS MORNING, I SPOKE WITH EDDIE OPPONENTS, THE 21 FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE BEST CAR THEY HAVE HAD ALL YEAR. BEST SINCE ■ICKY FINISHED SECOND TO JOE NEMECHEK AT KANSAS LAST YEAR. HE IS WORKING JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP 15. >>JEREMY MAYFIELD FINANCING TH■ TOP 10 IN THE LAS TWO CHICAGO RACES. SAYING I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. HAVING A SOLID RUN SO FAR. CAR JUST A LITTLE BIT TIGHT. WILL NOT TURP FOR HIM.>>JUST PAST LAP 50, TONY CLIMBED ALL THE WAY TO 18. THE GUYS, WE ARE FINE. WE ARE IN GOOD SHAPE. THE CAR WAS TIGHT AND CENTER AND ON EXIT EXIST, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE IMPROVED IN AND OUT CAR IS REALLY STRONG. HE RUNS IN 19. AND RUSTY■ WALLACE, ROUNDING OU THE TOP 20. HIS LAST START HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. SPORTINGLE OLD COLORS HOPING FOR A WIN. AND THE CAR WAS TIGHT, FELT LIKE THEY MADE ADJUSTMENTS BUT IT WAS STILL TIGHT ACROSS THE CENTER.>>ROBBY GORDON, STARTED IN THE SEVENTH POSITION, FALLEN BACK TO 22. CAME ON THE RADIO AND SAID GUYS, THIS CAR IS EXTREMELY TIGHT. I DAYTONA GET IT TO TURN AT ALL. FROM THE CENTER, REALLY STRUGGLING. >>WE HEARD ELLIOT SADLER DESCRIBE THE PROBLEM THEY ZIRDE DISCOVERED IN THEIR CAR. STILL WILL NOT TURN THE MIDDLE OF TURN. THEY TRIED TO ADJUST IT, IT IS STILL NOT THAT GOOD FOR ELLIOT. >>AND HE MISSED THE CHASE LAST YEAR, MCMURRAY, HE KNOWS THEY HAVEO HAVE A GO■D STRETCH COMING UP, SOME GOOD TRACKS FOR THE 42 TEAM. RIGHT NOW HE IS RUNNING IN 25. THE CAR IS TIGHT, MARTY.>>SAME SITUATION FOR HIS TEAMMATES, STERLING MARLIN IN THE 2625 POSITION. STERLING CAME ON THE RADIO TO HIS TEAM SAID MY LEG IS BURNING UP IN HERE, HAS SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE SIE, KEEPING AN EAR OUT FOR IT. >>JEFF GORDON IS NOT HAVING A JEFF GORDON KIND OF DAY. ON THE LAST PIT STOP, THEY DIDN’T WANT TO MAKE A KNEE JERK REACTION SO THEY DIDN’T GO BIG ON THE ADJUSTMENTS, JUST AIR PRESSURE ADJUS REACTION SO THEY DIDN’T GO BIG ON THE ADJUSTMENTS, JUST AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS. THEY NEED TO GO BIG NEXT TIME. JEFF ROAD IN SAID I CAN FEEL THE FRONT-END PUSHING BUT THE BACK END HAS NO GRIP WHATSOEVER. STRUG ILLEGAL — STRUGGLING IN THE 24 CAMP.>>WHEN HE WAS IN THAT TRAFFIC, HE DIDN’T WANT ANYBODY BEHIND HIM AND NORMALLY WHEN THAT IS THE CASE, HE PULLED OVER AND LET ALL THE CARS PASS AND THIS IS BECAUSE THE CAR IS LOSE HUGHES, WHEN SOMEBODY ELSE GETS UP BWAS IIND YOU, IT MAKES IT 10 TS WORSE. SO HE LET ALL THOSE CARS GO.>>GREAT ■OB, YOU GUYS, T WHING US THOUGH YOU THE TOP 25. GRS N >>02 LAPS ARE NOW COMPLETED. GREG BIFFLE CONTINUES TO LEAD. KASEY KAHNE CURRENTLY RUNS IN THE 29 POSITION. HE HAD TO COME BACK TO PIT ROAD AFTER A LUGNUT ISSUE AND THE 31 CAR OF JEFF BURTON, 27 RIGHT NOW, JEFF HAD TO RESTART AT THE END OF THE LONGEST LINE AFTER A PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTY.>>AND■ GREG BUFFALOS HAD PULLE UP BEHIND STERLING, TRYING TO PUT HIM A LAP DOWN. >>BIFFLE LEADING THIS RACE FOR■ THE SECOND TO HARVICK IN THE BUSCH RACE AND [email protected] THE RACE, BIFFLE WAS■ NOT VERY PLEASED WIH SOME OF THE DRIVING TECHNIQUES OF KEVIN HARVICK. >>KEVIN HARVICK, HE IS JUST A PUNK, I MEAN, RODE BEHIND THE 41 CA■ TRYING TO KEEP US FROM BEING THE LUCKY DOG TO HE HAS JUST TO RACE LIKE THE CHICKEN.>>I KNEW AS T■E CAUTION CAME OUT THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE THE LUCKY DOG SO I WASN’T THIS ANY HURRY TO GET BY REED BECAUSE I KNEW THAT MANY MORE CARS. BUT REED WAS GOOD AT THAT POINT AND JUST TOOK ME A LITTLE BIT TO THE GET TO HIM. >>IT MAKES ME FRUSTRATED THAT SOMEBODY WOULD DO THAT, THINK ABOUT THAT TO TRY TO HOLD ANOTHER COMPETITOR A LAP DOWN. HOW MUCH THOUGHT DO YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO THINK ABOUT THAT VERSUS DRIVING YOUR OWN CAR.>>WELL, REED SORENSON WAS LEADING AT THAT POINT. AND THOSE TWO GUYS WERE BALLOTING TO GET AROUND HIM.■+>>HEY, YOU KNOW, IF YOU ARE HARVICK, HE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL. HE IS TRYING TO WIN, HE WON THE RACE. I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING. HE GETS THE LUCKY DOG AND KEEPS A SERIOUS CONTENDER A LAP DOWN. >>THAT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU GO MAN, I WISH I THOUGHT OF THAT.>>RIGHT NOW BIFFLE HAS ALL HE CAN HANDLE WITH MATT KENSETH. HERE COMES KENSETH, THE 1 CAR PORE THE LEAD.>>MARTY, SOMETHING WRONG 16? >>YONKNONG WRONG, HE TOLD ME BEFORE THE RACE START D, HE TOLD ME I KNOW HAD THE ONE D.W.I. I GOT TO BEAT IS MATT KENSETH. THE CAR IS JUST A LITTLE BIT TIGHT FOR BIFFLE. VERY HAPPY WITH IT. TIRE MANAGEMENT, TIRE MATH, TAKE IT EASY. IF THE 17 WANTS TO GO BY YOU, LET■ HIM GO. >>THE FORMER SERIES CHAMPION, MATT KENSETH TO THE FRONT WITH BIFFLE TO THE SECOND AND HARVICK THIRD. 66 LAPS COMPLETE. HERE AT THE CHICAGO LANLED SPEEDWAY. RAUCH RACING UP FRONT. ■■■■■■■■>>MATT KENSETH COMING AROUND TO COMPLETE LAP 73. AND EDWARDS IS THE MAN ON THE MOVE. HERE IS THE WENDY’S RACE MENU.>>YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING KARL WATERS — CARL EDWARDS, RIGHT?■->>YEAH. HE HAS CAUGHT THE 29 BUT NOW HE GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO HIM AND GETS THE PUSH, NOT ABLE TO GET IT OFF THE CORNER.>>JUST SEE HIM MOVING UP THE TR TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THTRYING TO FIN AN AREA WHERE IT IS NOT GOING TO AFFECT HIS NOSE. >>AND IF 99 GETS AROUND 29, THAT WOULD BE A FEW MORE POINTS AFTER EDWARDS AND LAST WEEK, HE WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHERE HE WAS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE. >>OF A DAYTONA, OF A WE CRASHED ■R PENNZOIL FORD AND I WAS SITTING ON THE PLANE, LOOKING AT THE POINTS SHEET AND I STARTED TO DO MATH AND MY CREW CHIEF LOOKS AT ME AND SAID DON’T TORTURE YOURSELF. AND WE WOULD HAVE BEEN SEVEN■TH IF WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP SIXTH AND THEN IT IS, SNAG YOU CAN’T MAKE TOO MUCH — IT AN ELEVATOR, WE HAVE BEEN RIDING IT. >>THEY HAVE BEEN UP AND DOWN ON THAT ELEVATOR. A COUPLE WEEKS AGO THEY WERE 4TH, NOW 12 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.>>THE 99 CAR, CARL EDWARDS AND THE 48 OF JOHNSON, THIS IS RIGHT ABOUT THE TIME WE ARE GOING TO SEE SOME TIRE ISSUES, JUST HAD A RIGHT FRONT GO DOWN. SO THIS IS RIGHT IN THE TIME WHERE THESE GUYS HAVE RUN ENOUGH LAPS ON THE TIRES, WE COULD START SEEING SOME PROBLEMS. >>44 CAR, TERRY LABONTE GOING TO THE GARAGE. A DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR TERRY, THE TWO-TIME SERIES CHAMPION. ON BOARD WITH EDWARDS. THE 48 DOES LOOK TO GET BETTER AS THE RACE GOES ALONG. ■->>THE■ 999. CARL IS DOING BE A EXCELLENT JOB, I TALKED TO CARL AND HIS CREW CHIEF THIS MORNING, TALKING ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEY SAID THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE DODGED THE TWO BIGGEST BULLETS, A LOT OF THE ON TOP THE PIT BOX. HE FELL BACK TO THE LOW, SEVENTH OR EIGHTH AND WRKING HI■ WAY BACK UP. KARL YOU MENTIONED TRYING TO SAFE HAD THE TIRES.■ >>OH, THAT WAS HARD THIS THE WALL UP IN TURN THREE.>>AND YOU HAVE TO GUESS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A TIRE. >>WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT THAT THAT I■ THE TIME WHERE YOU HAVE TO START LOOKING AT THESE TIRES AND THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD BET. MARTY?>>HE HAD A JUST TOLD GUYS, BILL, I NEED TO COME IN, BOB OSBOURNE, HIS CREW CHIEF BUT THAT WAS THE RIGHT ONE FOR CARL EDWARDS, GAVE HIM NO INDICATION BECAUSE HE SAID NOTHING ON THE RADIO ABOUT A TIRE POSSIBLY GOING DOWN. >>AND HE CUT ACROSS THE GRASS SO HE COULD GET — WAS GOING TO GO — GOING TO THE PITS OR >>TAKING IT TO PIT LANE FOR THAT. THEY WILL JUST TAKE THAT, SPIN IT AROUND AND TAKE IT TO THE GARAG■. >>I CAN’T BELIEVE HE CAN STEER THE CAR.>>I CAN’T, EITHER. >>MAN, HE POUNDED THAT WALL. HE KNEW HE WASN’T GOING TO MAKE IT ANOTHER LAP, DIDN’T HE?>>THAT’S WHY HE TOOK THE SHORTCUT ACROSS THE GRS. TAKE A LOOK.■ KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE RIGHT FRONT. WHEN A CAR SHOOTS UP THE RACETRACK LIKE THAT, BECAUSE OF THE TIRE. >>■ WOW. THAT’S THE SAFER■ BARRIER. LET’S GO ON BORED AND LISTEN.>>KEVIN LEPAGE WAS THE LUCKY DOG.>>BIFFLE TRYING TO TAKE A LOOK AT JIMMIE JOHNSON. AND TAKING A LOOK AT THE BOTTOM SIDE OF THE TRACK.■>>KURT BUSCH IN THE 97 CAR DROVE BY THE 29 OF HARVICK LAST LAP, CLOSING IN ON THE LEADERS. AND BRIAN VICKERS SAYS I THINK I’LL PASS VICER. AND KYLE BUSCH IS GOING TO PASS HIM. AND BOTH OF THEM, MAYBE.>>I TELL ■O■ WHAT, THIS GROOVE OOVE IS GETTING HIGHER AND HIGHER AS THE RACE GOES ON. SECOND OR THIRD OR SOMETHING.■ >>FOURTH POSITION. >>LOOK AT THAT OUTSIDE GO, LOOK AT JIMMIE JOHNSON.>>AND KYLE BUSCH, BOTH OF THEM.>>THAT’S THE BEST THE CARS HAVE LOOKED EARLY ON.>>ONE OF THE REASONS WHY HE DOES SO WELL IN THE BEGINNING, THEY CHECK THE TIRES REAL G■OD. THAT MEANS HE CAN RUN HARDER THAN THEY DID ON THE LAST LAP.>>ALL RIGHT, A WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE OTHER GUYS? BIFFLE, THE 16 CAR, DOES HE HAVE A TIRE SITUATION OR JUST CAN’T RUN NOW?>>WHO CAN RUN? IT’S KYLE BUSCH. THE 5 CAR.>>A TIRE DOWN ON THE 41. >>THERE YOU GO, JEFF BURTON, LEFT REAR TIRE. HE SPUN UP AGAINST SOMETHING. >>NOW IT IS GOING TO TEAR EVERYTHING OUT. CAUTION IS OUT. HE HAS GOT SOME CRUSH PANELS ON THE CAR AND OTHER PROB■EMS, TOO.>>AND WHEN HAPPENS WHEN THE CRUSH PANELS GO AWAY, ALL THE FUMES AND EVERYTHING COMES UP INSIDE THE RACE CAR AND■ THE DRIVER HAS A HARD TIME BREATHING. WITH CARBON MONOXIDE GETS ISN’T ID — INSIDE THE CAR, ALL THE FUMES.>>THAT IS THE PIECE THAT GOES ALONG, ABOVE THE FENDER. SO THE CAUTION OUT ON LAP 90. OUR THIRD CAUTION OF THE DAY. AND WHAT A MESS.■ AND HE HEARD BURTON SAY GO AHEAD, CHANGE LEFT SIDES. >>A TIRE GOING DOWN THAT EARLY, HE EITHER RUN SOMETHING OVER OR MADE CONTACT. HERE WE ARE ON VERY BOTTOM. THERE IT IS RIGHT HERE. THREE WIDE. >>YEAH, THAT WOULD DO IT RIGHT THERE.>>I TELL YOU, THE WAY THE 5 CAR WAS RUNNING, I THINK HE MIGHT GET IT. >>I WANT TO SEE HOW GOOD THE 48 IS, TOO.>>KENSETH, STARTING TO■ TAKE OFF.■■>>STEWART IS BACK THERE IN■ SEVENTH SPOT RIGHT NOW, TOO.■■>>HE HASAYBE THE B■ST CAR ALREADY■>>AFTER STARTING LAST, THAT ORANGE CAR IS -! >>HE IS NOT DONE YET.■ THAT CAR LOOKED GOOD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE.■■■■>>ON THE RADIO WITH JACK RAUCH, FURTHER DISCUSSING THE FUEL PRESSURE PROBLEM. THEY THINK THEY HAVE A SOLUTION AND THINGS WILL BE JUST FINE. I TALKED TO CREW■ CHIEF ROBBIE REISER. HE SAYS WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE EVERYTHING GOOD FOR THE FINISH. >>AS FOR KYLE BUSCH, I TALKED TO HIS CREW CHIEF THIS MORNING. IF YOU WERE TO LOOK AT KYLE’S RACE RECORD THIS YEAR, HE HAS SIX TOP 10 FOR THE SEASON, FOUR IN THE LAST SEVEN RACES. I SAID WHAT COME CAME ON THAT TAUGHT HIM HOW TO BE A NEXTEL CUP DRIVER. HE SAID HE HAS LEARN HOW TO RICE AT 9/10TH AND USE THE OTHER 1/ 10TH WHEN HE NEEDS IT.>>AND I THINK JIMMIE JOHNSON JIMMIE JOHNSON IS RACING AT ABOUT 9/10. HE WANTS TO BE AROUND AT THE END.>>WE HAVE SEEN THE 48 CAR, HE DOESN’T GET OFF TO A GOOD START. STILL DRAGGING THE BAM OF — BOTTOM OF THAT RACE CAR. SO THAT TIRE AFTER ABOUT 15 LAPS GOES BACK TO THE FRONT. >>THAT’S HARVICK IN THE 29 INSIDE OF HIM. TAKEN THERE IS■ TONY STEWART.>>OH PERKS ON THE INSIDE.>>YES, HE IS. MATT, THAT 20 CAR IS GOING SOMEWHERE.>>WORKING HIS WAY■ TO THE FRON AT A RAPID PACE. YOU CAN TELL HOW WELL THIS TEAM’S PERFORMA■CE, BY THE LEVEL OF COME — COMEDY ON THE RADIO AN■■TH■RE HAS BEEN A LOT OF IT.■ BACK ON LAP 70, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU GUYS NOTICED BUT I HAD A BA( LAP. EE, HE SAID WELL, I SPILLED MY – DRINK ON THE FLOOR BUT I’M OK NOW.■ HE ALSO MADE A NOTE, LOOK, WHEN WE COME BACK HERE NEXT YEAR, LET’S THAT I CAN SURE WE HAVE A■ BLOWER F■R THE SEAT.■ EVERY YEAR WE COME HERE, I HAD SEAT GETS EXTRA WARM■.■■■■■ ■ >>THE 48 CAR STILL HITTING THE RACETRACK GOING INTO THE CORNERS. THAT COULD CAUSE A LOT OF PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD IF IT KEEPS DOING THAT. >>THAT’S TONY STEWART TO FIFTH, PUSHING THE 48 OF JOHNSON BACK TO PIXTH. >>HARVICK ALSO FELL BACK A LITTLE BIT. WHERE IS THE 24 CAR?>>25TH SPOT.■ WELL, MAKE THAT 26. >>JASON LEF■LER GOES BY.■ DAVE? >>JEFF RADIOED HIS CREW BEFORE THE LAST SET OF PIT STOPS,■ THA THE CAR STAYED LOOSE DURING THE WHOLE RUN. BUT ON THEXIST OF THE CORNER, IT WAS GETTING BETTER. THEY TOOK A SPRING RUBBER OUT OF THE RIGHT REAR TIRE WHICHILL HELP THAT REAR END■. THAT WAS A BIG ADJUSTMENT THEY MADE AND THEY PUT DOWN THE TRACK BAR AS WELL. LAST TIME THEY MADE SMALL ADJUSTMENTS, THIS TIME THEY WENT BIG. STILL GOT BIG PROBLEMS. >>WELL, JEFF GORDON TRYING TO GET INTO THE■ CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AS THEY RU■ RIGHT NOW, 13 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. AND I’M TELLING YOU, THESE DRIVERS KNOW ALMOST EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE ALL @HE TIME IN THE ■OINTS RACE.>>YOU GOT TO RUN YOUR OWN RACE AS RUN AS HARD AS YOU CAN AND BET THE BEST FINISH THAT YOU CAN. OBVIOUSLY, AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT POINTS, AND MAYBE YOM ARE BATTLING FOR A POSITION AT THE END OF THE RACE, YOU MIGHT RECOGNIZE YOUR COMPETITORS AROUND YOU. BUT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I REALLY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHO I’M RACING IN POINT, I KNOW THA■T WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS PUT CONSISTENT TOP FIVES TOGETHER, TOP 10S WOULD BE GOOD FOR US. BUT I THINK TOP FIVES IS WHAT WE NEED TO GET OURSELVES SOLID BACK IN THE TOP 10.>>IF HE IS GOING TO GET A TOP 10 TODAY, HE IS GOING 0 HAVE TO COME FROM THE 26 POSITION RIGHT NOW. MORE ON THE 24, DAVE? ■>>ONE MORE THINKING, YOU LOOK LOOK AT A■ GUY LIKE JIMMIE JOHNSON HAVING A GREAT DAY TODAY, HIS THEEMENT JEFF GORDON HAVING A LOUSY DAY. JIMMIE AND JEFF WANT DIFFERENT THINGS IN THE CARS TO HELP DRIVE THEM FAST.■■ SO I TALKED WITH CREW CHIEF ROBBY LEWIS THIS MORNING, HE SAID SOME HOW FOR JIMMIE, BUT■ E CAN’T PICK EVERYTHING■>>HE BETTER GO DOWN THERE AND GET SOME SETUPS, BECAUSE THAT CAR LOOKS PRETTY BAD ■IGHT NOW, JEFF HAS GOT HIS HANDS FULL. THAT CAR IS STILL VERY, VERY LOOSE. HE GOT REAL LOOSE OVER IN ■HREE AND FOUR THAT LAST TIME.>>DAVID STREMME, TIME TO CLOSE IN PAST YOU, GORDON BACK TO THE■ LEAD. MATT KENSETH. KENSETH IS UP FRONT. THERE IS THE BATTLE OVER SECOND, KYLE BUSCH THIS THE FIVE. AND BRIAN VICKERS RIGHT BEHIND HIM.■(>>KYLE BUSCH, CAME ON THE RADIO JUST AFTER THE LAST RESTART AND REPORTED THIS — >>WE HAVE THE SAME FUEL PROBLEMS ON THE RESTART. DOWN INTO TURN ONE AND IT STARTS GURGLING, ABOUT THE CENTER OF ONE AND IT PICKS BACK UP AGAIN. >>SO, KYLE EXPRESSING SOME EMOTIONS. LET ME ADD THIS, I JUST TALKED TO JACK RAUCH WHO IS UP IN THE PIT BOX WITH ROBBIE REISER. JACK TOLD ME T. IS PROBABLY RIGHT LANED TO THE HEAT. THIS IS A WARM DAY AND IT MAY BE WHERE THE FUEL IN THE CAR STARTS TO GET AWAY FROM THE PICKUP A LITTLE BIT, IT IS SO WARM OUT ■ THAT THE CAR IS HAVING TROUBLE PICKING IT UP. HOW HAD THE HEAT AFFECTINGS THE FUEL PRESSURE.>>I THINK THAT IT■ IS SO HOT UNDER THE HOOTH HOOD THAT WE TALKE■ ABOUT IT YESTERDAY, I THINK THAT THE SFULE ACTUALLY BOILING AND TT IS WHAT IS CALLED T■HAT VAPOR LOCK. WHEN CNE OF THE AIR BUBBLES GOES THROUGH THE CAR BRARET,■ IT MISSES. >>A■D THERE IS NO AIR GOING THROUGH IT. WHEN YOU ARE UNDER YELLOW, THESE CARS ARE LIKE OWN. AND THE HEAT RAID YATES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. IT ■S COOKING THE FUEL. >>THERE DOES DALE EARNHARDT JR. CUSHT CURRENTLY RUNS IN 10TH. BEHIND HIM IS MARK MATTER — MARTIN AND RUSTY WALLACE. THOSE THREE CARS ON THE MOVE FORWARD AFTER THE LAST ROUND OF PIT STOPS. EARNHARDT, MK MARTIN AND■ WALLACE.>>FANTASTIC RACE FOR THEM SO FAR. THEY STARTED BACK IN 25 POSITION. I LOOKED AT THE TIRES AFTER THE LAST PIT STOP. SOME SMALL BLISTERS ON THE RIGH■ REAR TIRE, CREW CHIEF STEVE HMIEL DISCUSSED THAT WITH HIS DRIVER. UNDER THE CAUTION, UNDER THE CAUTION BEFORE THAT LAST■ RESTART, EDUCATOR EDUCATOR — DALE EA■NHARDT JR. TALKED ABOUT A VIBRATION, DECIDED NOT TO PIT. HE HASN’T SAID A WORD ABOUT IT SO HE IS CONTINUING ON AND DOING WELL. >>RIGHT IN FRONT OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS CASEY MEARS WHO IS STAYING THIRD. HE GOT BLOCKED IN HIS PIT STALL DURING ■NE OF THE CAUTIONS AND RESTARTED 17TH BACK IN THE PACK. HE HAS WORKED HIS WAY■ BACK■ UP. THEY JUST HAD A SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT ON THE LAST RUN WHICH MEANS KASEY IS PRETTY HAPPY WITH■ IT.>>MATT KENSETH UP FRONT. FOLLOWED B VICKERS, GREG BIFFLE AND TONY STEWART.■■ ■■■■■■■ HE CAN FEEL IT SOMETIMES, SOMETIMES LIKE THAT. ITLE SOUND JUST LIKE THAT. ALREADY UNDERWAY TORE BLANEY. ALREADY UP THERE. >>YOU CAN SEE THE TIRE MARKS >>KYLE BUSCH GOES WAY UP T■E RACETRACK TO GET HIS RUN. SEE THE■ 31 CAR. JEFF BURTON DOWN THERE. >>THAT GROOVE, WE TALKED EARLIER, IT’S MOVING. >>TONY STEWART, TRYING TO TAKE OVER■THE THIRD POSITION IN THE ORANGE NUMBER 20. CERTAIN FOR A BIG SLIDE IN THE 31 CAR. >>OH, ■■. WHO WE GOT? >>KASEY KAHNE.■■ >>KARL WAS THE LUC■KY DOG.■ NOW HE IS THE DOFF FINISH OR THE WHALE, WHATEVER T■AT IS DOWN THERE, TH■ KILLER WHALE?■■ WELL, THAT CAR IS NOT GOOD ANY ■ MORE. >>HE HAS A LOT OF DAMAGE AS HE DRIVES AWAY. LOOKS LIKE HE HIT THE LEFT REAR.>>HOW FAST THE SAFETY GUYS WERE ON THAT HILL? WERE THEY OUT THERE?>>WE SEE THEM UP ON THE OUTSIDE. LOOKS LIKE HE HAD CONTACT WITH THE BACK. >>THE 42 GETS IN THE BACK OF HIM.>>BUT THE NINE GOT OUT OF GAS THERE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IF HE CAME UP ON BOBBY LABONTE OR WHATEVER, BUT YOU CAN SEE KASEY GOT UP OUT OF THE GAS AND JAMIE MCMURRAY WAS IN THE GAS AND CAUGHT HIM BY SURPRISE. >>WHEN IT HAPPENS THAT SUDDENLY, LOOKS LIKE HE WAS SLIDING UP THE BE RACETRACK AND JUST TRYING TO SAVE THE CAR AND MCMURRAY GOT INTO THE BACK OF HIM.■■ ■ ■■■■■■■■■ THE GREEN FLAG. THOUGH LUCKY DOG■ INVOLVED ON THIS LAP. >>YOU MEAN BECAUSE KARL SPUN THROUGH THE GRASS, HE DOESN’T GET THE LUCKY DOG?>>EXACTLY RIGHT. >>SOUNDS RIGHT.>>KYLE BUSCH, TRYING TO SQUEEZE IN THERE. THAT 5 CAR. SEE IF WE CAN GATE WHOLE LAP DONE HERE. ■>>THE QUESTION IS GOING TO BE HOW GOOD IS MATT’S CAR? YOU HAVE STEWART COULDING — >>AND HOW LONG LF TONY STEART GETS THERE? >>AND KYLE BUSCH. HIS CAR LOOKS FAST. ■>>TONY STEWART, REMEMBER THAT 20 CAR CRASHED FRIDAY MORNING.■ HIS CAR WAS QUALIFIED BY J.J. YELEY, SO HE START THE RACE, HAD TO GO TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD BECAUSE CHANGING DRIVERS. STARTED 4 AND WE SEE HIM THERE FOURTH AND WE AREN’T HALFWAY YET.■>>BACKUP CAR GOT OUT ON FRIDAY, TONY PRACTICED HERE ON SATURDAY.>>WHAT ABOUT THE 29 CAR GOING BY JIMMIE JOHNSON AND HERE COMES THE 97 OF■ KURT BUSCH. STARTED TO GO BY JOHNSON.■ GREG BIFFLE DROPPED BACK. HE HAS LOOKED HIS WAY BACK UP TO 11. >>POINT OUT THE 25 CAR, BRIAN VICKERS, HE HAS THE FASTEST LAP THAT LAP. CLOSING IN ON MATT KENSETH A LITTLE BIT. >>HOW ABOUT THE 97?>>A WORK IN PROGRESS IS THE WAY THA■ KURT HAS DESCRIBED HIS CAR. I TALKED TO HIS CREW C■HIEF THI MORNING, THEY CHANGED ALL KIND OF THINGS ON THAT CAR. FELT LIKE THEY NEEDED BETTER FRONT SPRINGS, DIFFERENT CAMERA SETTING, MORE KNO■S SPING AND T IT LOOKS LIKE THEY MADE THE RIGHT CALL. MOVING UP THROUGH THE FIELD AND MAYBE ENOUGH TO WIN THE THING BY THE TIME ITS DONE.>>JUST TALKING ABOUT THE GREG■ BIFFLE PIT SPOP — PIT STOP.■ THEY ADDED TWO SPRIG RUBBERS TO THE LEFT REAR SPRING. THE CAR EX■REMELY LOOSE. AND THE CAUTION, VERY WELL TIMED. THEY HAD A RIGHT FRONT TIRE GOING DOWN. HAD NO IDEA IT WASOING DOWN. NOW THE TIRE IS PHENOMENONLY AIRPLANE, IT WAS EXACT SAME AIR- PRESSURE THEY STARTED WITH, ABOUT 30 LAPS EARLIER IN THE RUN.>>LOOKS LIKE THEY FIXED THE CAR FOR NOW ANYWAY.■ ■>>I’M STILL SHOCKED AT HOW FAST THE RACETRACK IS. 198 IN TURN THREE■ MAN. BIFFLE LOOKING FOR HIG HIS SIXTH WIN OF THE SEASON. SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. SPENT THE FOURTH OF JULY WITH SOME OF HIS CLOSE FRIENDS AND PEOPLE THAT GOT HIST HIM STARTED IN THE RACING BUSINESS AND A LOT OF TALK ABOUT YOU IN TUESDAY■ TUCSON, B.P.? >>THAT WAS 10 YEARS AGO WE WENT OUT THE■E■ AND RAN ACROSS GREG BIFFLE. >>I JUST WENT TO CARRY YOUR LUGGAGE.>>YOU SEE■ JEFF GORDON, WHERE S HE NOW? >>HE IS IN 20TH. LOOKS LIKE HE IS STILL STRUGGLING. >>DAVE, I■S HE STRUGGLIN■?>>FOR THE SECOND WEEKEND IN A ROW, ROBBIE, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WORKINON HARD ON THIS, IT IS ANY CLOSER■TO RIGHT?>>THE GUYS ARE WORKING INCREDIBLY HARD. WE ARE WORK HARD TO GET BACK UP TO THE TOP. >>WHAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM JEFF IS STRUGGLING WITH? >>BACK AND FORTH, THE CAR ■S LOOSE AND■ THEN TIGHT. >>MAKING A LOT OF■ ADJUSTM■ENT SOUND LIKE JEFF HAS BEEN REPORTING A LOOSE CAR AND HERE, THE BACK END COMING AROUND IS ■■ SOMETHING YOU DON’T WANT. >>WE REPORTED THAT A COUPLE TIMES UP HERE.■ HERE COMES JASON LEFFLER BACK AGAIN. A■D THIS REALLY DOESN’T HELP THE TIRES WHEN THEY ARE RACING THIS HARD SIDE BY SIGH. YOU HAVE USED YOUR TIRES MORE. YOU SEE GORDON GET A LITTLE BIT LOOSE THERE, WIGGLED. >>DID YOU SEE THE BIG STORY THIS WKED WEEK IN THE “U.S.A. TODAY” ABOUT AFFLACK AND HOW THE DUCK HAS BROUGHT RECOGNITION TO THEIR COMPANY?>>WHAT DUCK IS THAT? >>FOLKS, PLEASE, CUE THE DUCK. I GUESS THEY WASN’T READY.>>NOPE.>■ AFFLACK. >>THERE HE IS. TIME FOR THE AFFLACK TRIVIA QUESTION. HOT SENL ONLY DRIVER COMPETING TODAY TO ■IN THIS EVE■Y TATE■ NEXTEL CUP SERIES EXEETS EXCEPT■ ARIZONA, ILLINOIS AND T■XAS? I WONDER IF HE COULD BE IN THAT SHOT? >>COULD IT BE JEF■F GORDON, MAYBE? THAT THREE TOP FIVES HERE BUT ■ GORDON HAS NEPER WON AT T■HIS TRACK. HE IS REALLY QORKING HARD AT■ I TODAY.>>STERG STERLING MARLIN. >>THE OTHER THING THAT SURPRISED ME READING UP ON JEFF GORDON AT THIS TRACK, HE IS THE ONLY DRIVER WHO HAS RUN ALL FOUR EVENTSINIHED ON THE LEAD LAP.>>THE ONLY ONE. ED LEAD LAP EVERY TIME. >>WELL, HE MIGHT FINISH ON THE- LEAD LAP TODAY BUT HE WILL NOT BE PROUD OF IT. UNLESS SOMETHING HAPPENS BETWEEN HERE AND THE END OF THE RACE. >>RICKY RUDD HAVING A GOOD DAY, THE 21. >>U TALKED TO HIM THIS ■ORNING, THE CO-OWNER OF THE 21 CAR AND HE FELT LIKE THE THING WAS A GOOD CAR TODAY. >>ONE OF THEIR BETTER RUNS OF THE YEAR. >>MICHAEL WALTRIP NOT TOO BAD? >>HAD A GOO DAY BUT THOUGH THE HAPPY WITH THE 15 CAR ON THE RUN PREVIOUS TO THIS ONE. ■AME ON ROOT TO THE TEAM SAID THIS CAR IS SO BAD, I CANNOT DESCRIBE IT TO YOU. A THEY MADE SEVERAL CHANGES, AT THE END OF THE RUN,■ THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT A T■RE GOING DOWN. BUT IN AND OUT CHANGES■, MICKE LIKES IT. THE CAR VERY GOOD RIGHT NLW. MICHAEL GOING■TO THE FRONT ONCE AGAIN.■>>LOOK AT MIKE THERE, SMOKING THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER. >>HITTING THE FENDER, I’M SURE.>>WE TALKED ABOUT TH■S YESTERDAY. BUT YOU KNOW MICHAEL WALTRIP WOULD LIKA STRONG END■ HERE. CHUCK HONET 30 CAR, THE OLD PENNZOIL TEAM, MICHAEL DROVE FOR HIM, AND MICHAEL DROVE FOR HIM FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. CAME VERY CLOSE TO WINNING, ALMOST HAD A VICTORY AT ■ DARLINGTON ONE DAY. >>AND ALMOST WON THE DAYTONA 500 WITH MICHAEL IN THE TRIP. ■>>O TO CAROLYN AD CHUCK STANLEY, WE SEND OUR VERY BEST WISHES. A VERY CLOSE FRIEND. EIGHT YEARS AGO NEXT MONTH THAT I WENT OUT WITH CHUCK AND CAIRO LINE ONE NIGHT AND INTRODUCED ME TO THIS LITTLE BLOND FROM KANSAS CITY ON A BLIND DATE. A FEW YEARS LATER, I MARRIED HER.>>WELL, GOOD FOR YOU.>>ONE OF FEW SMART MOVES I’VE DONE. NEVER SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT CHUCK AND CARROLL AND OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THEM TODAY. >>MICHAEL HAS IS PUTTING A LOT OF EFFORT IN THAT STEERING WHEEL.>>A TOUGH RACETRACK ON THE DRIVERS. A LOT OF G’S. GOING SO FAST. AND AS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IT, YOU CAN FEEL. >>YEAH,■ YOU KNOW. YOU CAN FEEL THE SENSATION OF EED HERE. NOT LIKE DAYTONA OR TALLADEGA WHEN YOU ARE WITH 30 OR 40 OR CARS, ALL MOVING AT THE SAME SPEED, YOU REALLY DON’T FEEL IT■ BUT HERE, YOU KNOW YOU ARE GOING FAST. >>KASEY KAHNE INVOLVED IN THE MTV RECENT CAUTION. MATT, YOU GOT HIM?>>HE JUST WALKED OUT OF THE TRUCK, BILL, KASEY, WHAT HAPPENED? >>JUST — OUR CAR■ WOULDN’T TAE OFF, COULDN’T FEEM THE FRONT-END WOULDN’T TURN. GOT UP HIGH THERE AND I CHECKED■ UP, I THOUGHT 18 WAS GOING TO RUN ME UP INTO THE WALL, I CHECKED UP AND JAMIE HAD NO WHY NOWHERE TO GO. DISAPPOINTING FOR EVERYBODY. I THINK WE COULD HAVE HAD A GD RUN.>>AND AFTER THE CONTACT WE SAW YOU GO UP TOWARDS THE 18,■ SENDING A MESSAGE?>>WELL, I JUST — I DON’T KNOW IF HE WAS COMING UP OR IF■ I WA COMING DOWN, YOU KNOW ■ APPROXI■ATION EITHER WAY. ■ I THINK IF IT WAS EITHER WAY IF I DIDN’T HIT HIM FIRST, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE. >>GOOD THING IS KASEY IS OK. >>AND I NOTICED EARLIER IN THE VERY — AFTER ABOUT 25, 30 LAPS, I LOOKED ON THE BOARD AND KASEY■ KAHNE HAD THE FASTEST LAP. SO HE IS RIGHT, AFTER THEY RAN A WHILE, HE WAS AS FAST AS ANYBODY BUT HE HAD NO TRACK POSITION. >>WE SAW DALE EARNHARDT JR., RUNNING IN TENTH. NOW HE IS ONLY — LESS THAN 200■ 188 POINTS COMING IN HERE TODAY■ TODAY, MATT HAS NOW LED 86. AND WE TALKED TO ROBBIE REISER ■ — I MEAN, IT IS HARD TO BELIEV- BUT HE TOLD US FRIDE FRIDAY THAT HE WAS GOING TO QUALIFY FOR THE■ CHASE IN THE NASCAR TEXT TELECUP.>>WELL, CONFIDEHCE HELPS. LET’S TAKE ■■U THROUGH THE FIELD. HOW ABOUT THE 17. >>WELL, YOU KNOW HOW YOU GET THE MOST POINTS IN ONE OF THESE RACES, WIN. ■ LEAD THE MOST LAPS AND WIN. ■ AND MATT KENSETH IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO DO THAT. OUT IN FRONT SINCE LAP 66. HIS CREW CHIEF CONTINUES TO CALL OUT HIS LAP TIMES AND GOING BACK TO SECOND PLACE BRIAN VICKERS AND MAKE VERY MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CAR. >>21-YEAR-OLD NORTH CAROLINA DRIVER BRIAN VICKERS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB. VERY SOLID DAY. AND HE HA■ ■HE MESSAGE, TAKE CARE OF THOSE TIRES.>>30-30. >>HE SAID I COULD PASS THE 17 CAR BUT I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT BECAUSE I WOULD KILL THE RIGHT REAR TIRE. CAR JUST A LITTLE BIT LOOSE. THE 48 CAR ON THE PIT ROAD. >>CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER ON PIT ROAD. DAVE? >>HERE IS HE IS GUYS, THEY WILL CHANGE ALL FOUR TIRES AND MAKE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT ON THE CAR. THINK HE THOUGHT HE HAD TIRE GOING OUN DOWN. OTHERWISE HE WOULDN’T HAVE COME ON SO QUICKLY. HE WILL ULUSE AT■ LAP. AT THIS POINT, HE IS GONE.>>SCLEERL AN UNSCHEDULED TOP S■ORE THE 48 TEAM.>>CHAD KUSS SITTING THRONT BOX DOESN’T SEEM TO BE TOO■■ WORRIED.>>TOO WORRIED ABOUT THIN|>>WELL, HE IS IN THE SPOT FOR ■ LUCKY DOG IF THE YELLOW COMES OUT.>>BACK ON THE■ LEAD LAP IF EVERYBODY ELSE PITS.>>THIS IS THE SAME TIRE THEY USED IN MICHIGAN AND JEFF GORDON MADE THREE, I THINK THREE■ UNSCHEDULED SPOPS — STOPS IN MICHIGAN WHERE E THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE. BRIAN VICKERS THOUGHT HE HE HAD A FLAT TIRE, RAN THOOT WALL. I WONDER IF HE HAD A TIRE PROBLEM OR A TIRE WAS GOING ■+ DOWN? ARE WE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS HERE A AGAIN TODAY? THINKING THAT YOU HAVE A FLAT TIRE BUT IT ISN’T.■>>JUST FOR YOU FANS THAT WATCH THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP BY JOHNSON COMING ON TO PIT ROAD, UNDER GREEN, BIFFLE ASSUMES THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AND THE 400 POINT MARK DROPS ALL WAIT BACK TO THE 14TH DRIVER IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. RIGHT NOW IS CARL EDWARDS.>>BIFFLE OR JOHNSON HAS PROBLEMS AND HE IS — >>IT DOES. 4000 POINT THINGS GOES A LOT DEEPER. HELPS EVERYBODY DOWN AROUND 11TH, 12 AND 15TH IN POINTS.>>HE WE ARE GOING TO SEE WHAT BILL OJUST TALKING ABOUT. CARL EDWARDS, 396. JEFF GORDON, 378. ■p BUT NOW, JIMMIE JOHNSON WILL BE OK IF ALL THE REST OF THESE CARS COMPLETE THEIR■■ CYCLE, MAKE PI■ STOPS BEFORE THE CAUTION FLAG COMES OUT.>>THE RIGHT REAR WAS THE PROBLEM, IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS SHREDDED ON THE OUTS■DE. SO IT IS EITHER DELAMM■NATION OR HAD OME SORT ■F A RUB. BUT THAT WAS DEFINITELY LOSING AIR ON THE RIGHT REAR.>>MADE THE RIGHT CALL. >>HE SURE DID. THAT ABOY JIMMIE. >>SO PITTED ON LAP■■ 128 AND■ ■ PASS 161 NOW. >>SO IT HAS TO STAY GRE, OTHERWISE JIMMIE JOHNSON COPLD IN HUGE TROUBLE. KYLE BUSCH IN■ THIRD.>>KYLE BUSCH STARTING IN 24 POSITION, REPORTING HIS CAR NEEDS MORE FRONT GRIP. . STRFT CORNER DOESN’T WANT TO CUT AS WELL AS HE NEEDS.>>TONY STEWART TRYING TO DO THE SAME THING HE DID ONE YEAR AGO. WIN HERE AT CHICAGOLAND IN A BACKUP CAR. TONY SAYS THE CAR IS REALLY GOOD. I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO TELL YOU. STILL, JUST A TAD TIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. >>SKENCH KEVIN HARVICK A TWO-TIME WINNER HERE. RUNNING IN FIFTH PLACE. THOUGH THE SAYING A LOT ON THE RADIO. HIS CREW CHIEF TELLS ME THE TIRES WERE COMING OFF THE CAR, REALLY, THEY ARE OK.>>GIVE A CALL TO GREG BIFFLE FOR THE KEY OBSERVATION THAT THE HANDLING OF GOING AWAY FROM ■HE CAR AND TOO LOOSE. AND THERE IS A WRECK IN TURN■ ONE. ELLIOT ■ADLER.■■■>>I THINK HE HIT THE WALL — WAY EARLY. KYLE WILL■ HEAR. >>LOOKS LIKE HE BLUE A TIRE COMING THROUGH. >>MICHAEL WALTRIP DID THAT IN THE BUSCH RACE AT KANSAS AST YEAR. ALMOST THE EXACT SAME THING.>>IT WAS SOMETHING THAT ELLIOT NEW WAS HAPPENING, HE SAID I TRIED TO TELL YOU ALL AND THAT WAS THE ONLY THING I HEARD. HE TOLD THEM HE HAD SOMETHING GOING ON OR SOMETHING LIKE HAD A.>>SO FOR POINT OF CLARIFICATION, THIS CAUTION COMES OUT OP LAP 163. THE PREVIOÃCAUTION WAS AT 127. MOST OF THE FIELD PITTED AT ■AP 119. SO THIS HELPS JIMMIE JOHNSON’S CHANCES BUT HURTS HIM AS FAR AS A LAP DOWN. >>EXACTLY. >>WHEN■ YOU ARE DRIVING THIST THESE CARS AND LAP AFTER LAP — I THINK WE ARE GOING TO SEE THIS CAR GOING THROUGH THE T■IAL THERE, BIG BLACK MARKS■ DOW■ HERE.OUT. JIMMIE JOHNSON UP THERE IN THE 48 CAR. WE SAW HIS CREW WORKING ON THE TIRES. HE IS UP THERE TRYING HIS FWOAST GET A LAP BACK. AND WE HAVE SEEN THESE GUYS WITH THE CAUTION TODAY.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON HASN’T BEEN THAT GOOD ON THE GET GO, EITHER.>>NO.>>TONY STEWART DRIVES ON THE INSIDE OF JOHNSON.>>KASEY KAHNE HAVE RETURNED TO THE TRACK. JAMEY MAYFIELD GUILTY OF SPEEDING ON PIT ROAD DURING THE LAST ROUND OF PIT STOPS.>>WE WATCH THE RACE, LET’S GO ■ TO MATT. ■>AND BACK HERE IN THE GARAGE AREA, ELLIOT STADLER, ■IRST OFF, YOUR TEAM, YOU HAD A LOT OF■ CON■ERSATIONS GOING BACK AND FORTH ABOUT THE TIRES.>>YEAH, WE HADN’T HAD THIGH TIRES AT ALL TODAY. OUR TIRES LOOKED GOOD. I DON KNOW IF IUN OVER SOMEING, I TOLL HEM THEM I THINK WE GOT A PROBLEM GOING IN, GOING DOWN BUT WITH THIS POINTS CHASE, YOU DON’T WANT IT TAKE A CHANCE COMING IN AND @OSE A LAB LAP AND NOTHING WRONG■ WITH IT.>>AND YOU MENTION THE PRESSURE OF POINTS CHASE, YOU LOST ONE SPOT LAST WEEK, YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE MORE THIS WEEK. >>■ WHEN IT GETS■ TOUGH, JULY I HOT, COMING UP ON THESE HOT TRACKS AND THIS IS DEFINITELY A SETBACK FOR US. ■ BUT THE TEAM IS FIGHTING BACK AND WE ARE NOT OUT OF T■E CHASE YET. WE WANT TO HOLD OUR GROUND AND MAKE IT TO SEPTEMBER. WE WILL TRY TO GET THEM NEXT WEEK IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THANK YOU, MATT.>>YOU SAW TONY STEWART GO BY THE 25. BRIAN VICKERS MOVES INTO THIRD POSITION. BIFFLE GOTTEN BY THE 29 CAR OF KEVIN HARVICK AND HE HAS MOVED INTO THE FIGGET FIFTH POSITION. >>TAKE A LAT MILLER LITE S■ANDINGS. THE OTHER ■ ■>>JIMMIE JO■HNSON RUNS 32, A L■ DOWN. >>HERE IS ONE THING TO THINK ABOUT. ELLIOT SADLER AND JI■MIE JOHNSON — WOW. >>WATCHING THE■■ RACE? >WATCHING THE RACE. I’M SORRY, BILL, TO INTERRUPT YOU.>>THAT’S OK. THE 25 CAR — IF THAT 31 W■AS THERE, DIDN’T MATTER. AND HE GOT A LITTLE DISTANCE BETWEEN HIM AND BIFFLE DOING IT. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JOHNSON AND SADLER IS JOHNSON DECIDED TO STOP AND ELLIOT SADLER DIDN’T.>>JOHNSON COULD AFFORD TO STOP BECAUSE HE HAD THE LEAD. ELLIOT SADLER WAS BACK THIS POSITION, HE COULDN’T AFFORD TO GIVE UP ANY POINS POINTS. >>WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, YOU DON’■ WANT TO MAKE A MISTAKE AS A DRIVER. YOU DON’T WANT TO COME IN AND THE TIRES CHANGE AND NOTHING BE WRONG. THEN YOU KICK YOURSELF IN THE BUTT TORE THE REST OF THE YEAR. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BUTT GUT SAYS BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE DRIVINGOR CAR EVERY LAP, YOU ARE SO INTUNE WITH THE CARS ON THE TRACK. ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT, THEN SOMETHING IS UP. YOU NEED TO TELL YOU CREW AND YOU NEED TO COME IN>>GET AN UPDATE ON THE 25 FROM MARTY.>>AND BILL, CHECKING THE FOUR TIRES OFF RYAN VICKERS, THEY ALL LOOK EXCELLENT. THEY HAVE NOT HAD A PROBLEM ALL DAY LONG. BRIAN, VERY HAPPY WITH THE RACE CAR. IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT LOOSE■■ BUT HIS BIGGEST PROBLE IS SNI THE CAR, A LITTLE WARM. BUT CHASSIS WISE, THE CAR HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. POISED TO GET HIS FIRST EVER WIN RUNNING IN THE FIFTH POSITION RIGHT NOW.■>>2.9 SECOND BEHIND■ MATT KENSETH. JR. MAKING HIS WAY UP TO THE FRONT.>>GOING BY KURT BUSCH, TRYIN■ TO. KURT IN THE■ 97. JUNIOR IN THE 8. MARK MARD MARTIN, RUSTY WALLACE. THIS■ GUY HAS BEEN QUIETLY WORKING ON HIS CAR ALL DAY LONG. MAKING IT BETTER AND BETTER.>>THE LONGER EXTREME, THE BETTER THEY GET.>>MARK MARTIN HAS ANNOUNCED ■HAT THIS IS GOING TO BE HIS LAST YEAR OF RACING AND THEY ANNOUNCED RAUCH ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAVE SIGNED JAMIE MC■URRAY TO DRIVE THE 6 CAR OF 2007. WELL, GUESS WHAT, THERE IS NOBODY TO DRIVE IT IN 20■6. THEY ARE PUTTING A LOT OF PRESSURE ON MARK. >>MARK IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO DO THAT. I KNOW MARK AND I DON’T THINK HE IS GOING TO BE HAPPY WITH THAT. >>ONE OF 19 DRIVERS PULLING DOUBLE DUTY THIS WEEKEND. HE TOLD ME THAT HE COULD SIT BACK THIS HIS MOTOR COACH AND WATCH THE RACE AND LEARN ABOUT THE RACE BUT THE 10% WHICH IS SO VITAL IS WHAT YOU LEARN BEHIND THE WHEEL. TWO STOPS AGO,■ HE SAYS LET’S TRAY THE AIR PRESSURE WE USED YESTERDAY IN THE BUSCH RACE. MARTIN IS C■ONFIDENCE IN THE CA NOW BUT USING SATURDAY TRYING TO MAKE IT THE BIG PICTURE ■N ■ SUNDAY. >>AND DALE EARNHARDT JR., ANOTHER GUY TRYING TO MAKE A MOVE HERE■ TODAY. JUNIOR JUN■OR WITH A TOP FIVE LAST YEAR WEEK AT DAYTONA. AND HE THINKS YOU■ MIGHT HAVE GT A LTLE IN MOMENTUM COMING OUT OF DAYTONA. >>IT’S FUN TO GET SOAE GEARS AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO.■ AT DAYTONA, WE HAVE TO BE REIST■C AS TO HOW WE EXPECT TO RUN WHEN WE GO THERE. AND SO ANYTHING WE LEARNED THERE WE CAN ADOPT TO THIS RACE OR ANY OTHER RACE FROM EAR ON OUT. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS, WE GOT A GREAT ATTITUDE, I COULDN’T ASK FOR MY GUYS TO HAVE A BETTER ATTITUDE ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHERE ■E ARE AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO. AND THAT’S THE BEST THING. AND I DON’T HAVE TO GET THE WHIP OUT TO GET US GOING, WE ARE READY TO GO.>>GUYS ON TWO TIRES, GUYS ON FOUR TIRES. SOME DIDN’T STOP. THIS IS WHEN IT GETS FUN. GREEN FLAG. >>JEFF GORDON IS IN THE NINE, TENTH POSITION? >>49 ON THE RETARD. TWO-TIRE STOP FOR JEFF GORDON.>■ TONY STEWART GETTING L■OSE ■ THERE. HE IS IN FRONT OF HIM RIGHT NOW.>>KENSETH AND STEWART DID NOT STOP UNDER THE CAUTION. A VA■IETY OF VARIETY OF STRATEGIES I■ PLAY HERE. TWO-TIRE STOPS, FOUR-TIR■ STOPS AND WHO-STOPS.>>THAT WAS CLOSE. STREMME TRYING TO TAKE THAT ■ POSITION AWAY. HERE COMES THE FIVE CAR OF KYLE BUSCH. MAKES IT THREE-WIDE ON THE APROP. LOOKING GOOD”■ LOOKING GOOD. >>SOMEBODY HAD TO GIVE.>>AND IT WAS KYLE BUSCH. >>DECISIONS. USUALLY WHEN YOU SAY OH, OH, IT’S TOO LATE.>>OH, INTO TH■ WALL. RYAN NEWMA■N. IN THE 12 CAR, YOU CAN SEE THE DAMAGE ON■THE RIGHT FROM. HE HAS GOT A TIRE RUB■BING.>>I’M COMING IN. >>CURRENTLY FIFTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. >>RIGHT IRES.>>HE LOOKED LIKE HE■ JUST LOST AIR ON THE WHOLE CAR COMING OUT OF TURN TWO AND IT FLU UP THE RACETRACK INTO THE WALL.>>AND RANDY LAJOIE WAS TALK TO WEBER ON■FRIDAY AND THAT’S WHAT THEY S■ID. HE IS TRYING TO GET TO THE PITS AND THE GUYS ARE TRYING TO PASS. THIS IS NOT GOING TO WORK. HE CAN’T GET DOWN.>>AND MICHAEL WALTRIP IS IN TROUBLE HERE. ABLE TO SQUEEZE DOWN UNDERNEATH BUT HE IS NOT GOING TO GET THERE.>>HE WILL GET DOWN NOW. AND HE HAS TO STAY THERE IF HE CAN.>>HOPEFULLY THE TIRE DOESN’T BLOW AS HE GETS BACK AROUND.■■■■>>START WAVING.■■>>YOU ARE RIGHT, RIGHT■ FROM ■ RUBBING. LOOKS LIKE HE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE I■ COMING THIS THIS TIME, EITHER. >>THERE HE GOES. >>HE IS GOING AWFULLY FAST IF■ HE IS GOING TMAKE PIT ROAD >>AND THIS WILL COST HIM EVEN■ MORE TIME ON THE TRACK.■■■■■ >>HE TRIED TO MAKE A COMMITMENT BUT YOU COULD TELL WHEN HE■ GOT OFF ON THE APRON, HE WAS GOING WAY TOO IT FAST.>>I’M GOING TO TRY, HE SAYS. NOW HE HAS GOT HER SHUD■WN.■ AND THE WHOLE ROCESS IS NOT FUNNY, BUT, FRUSTRATING FOR THEM, THAT’S FOR SURE. AND HE HAS GOT GO AT 55 MILES PER HOUR. >>FOUR TIRES, FOUR FIRES.>>DAVE, ARE YOU WATCHING THIS? >>WHAT HE NEEDED IS ANOTHER CONSISTENT DAY. ONLY TWO RACES OUTSIDE OF THE TOP 15 AND ONLY ONE FAILURE TO FINISH. THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED. THEY WILL CHANGE ALL FOUR JUST TO MAKE■SURE THEY HAVE GOT EVERYTHING TAKEN CARE OF AND GET BALANCE IN THE CAR THIS THEY WANT. SO RYAN WAITS NOW, AS HE GOES A LAP DOWN. HEHAS GOT — LAST YEAR AT CHARLOTTE,■ >>I IMAGINE THOSE WHEELS CAME FROM THE 77.>>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT TIME HE, SEE WHAT HAPPENED. A LOT OF TIMES YOU GET IN TRAFFIC GETTING OFF THE CORNER, YOU LOSE THE AIR OFF THE CARRY CA CAR AND IT SLIDE UP THE RACETRACK.>>THAT WAS JOE NEME■HEK, I THINK, AROUND HIM.>>INSIDE, INSIDE. INSIDE. >>AND HERE HE IS GOING TO MAKE THE PIT STOP OFF TURN FOUR. AND ABOUT 30 MILES AN HOUR■>>BICK TIME FIRE. AND NOW IT IS SNITTRUMPING AND AUTO MATLY GOES OFF WITH EAT HEAT. THE HEAT SENSOR IN THERE THAT ACTIVATES IT. BOBBY WAS OK AFTER THAT BUT THAT WAS A FRIGHTENING MOMENT. >>MATT KENSETH, UP FRONT. LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD HERE AT CHICAGOLAND AND START WITH ALAN.>>MATT KENSETH HAS BEEN OUT IN FRONT FOR MOST OF THIS RACE, ESPECIALLY SLI SINCE LAP■■ 66. HE DID NOT PIT UNDER THE LAST CAUTION. HIS CREW CHIEF SAID WE A■E GOO WHERE■ WE ARE. >>DEPBT DEBATED ABOUT WHERE TO PIT OR STAY OUT WHEN WE HAD THE CAUTION. THEY STAY OUT. LAP TIME, NOT TOO BAD RIGHT■NOW. RUNNING IF SECOND.>>WELL APP■■XIMATING KYLE BUSCH CERTAINLY HAD AN OUTANDING RACE, STARTED 24. HE IS RUNNING THIRD AND TOOK THE TWO TIRES ON CAUTION. A■MINUTE AGO HE GAINED TRACK POSITION. NOW THEY ARE TAKING ABOUT T■RYIN TO STAY OUT■ AND OUTLAST THE GUS AHEAD OF HIM. >>GREG BIFLE, THIS TEAM HAS LEARNED A LITTLE■ LESSON.■ THE POOR ■IRE PARADES AND THEY LEARNED TRASK TRACK POSITION IS STILL KEY. THE FOUR TIRES ARE HELPING SAME TIME AS THEAP LEADER JUS■T NOT AS GOOD.■>>RICKY UNRUDD, 23 CAREER NEXTEL CUP SERIES WINS.■ NOW RUDD SAYS THE CAR IS STICKING WELL, RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE, T■YING TO BEEN BECOME THE 18TH DIFFERENT DRIVER TO WIN IN A CAR PRED BY THE LEGENDARY WOOD BTHERS. MEANWHILE, RUSTY WALLACE, HE TOOK ON TWO TIRES IN E LAPT ST ■ RUDD, RUNNIN■ IN FIFTH WHILE TRYING TO■CAPITALIZ ON ELLIOT■ STADLER’S■ MISFORTUNE TODAY. >>KEVIN HARVICK TALKED WITH ME THIS MORNING BEFORE THE RACE ABOUT TRYING TO FINISH WITH THE CAR THAT THEY HAVE. NOT TAKING A FIFTH PLACE CAR AND FINISHING EIGHTH WITH IT BUT ■■■ ALSO NOT TAKING AN■ EIGHTH PLAC■ CAR AN■ FINISHING■ 14TH WITH I DENVER RIGHT THOUGH YOU KEVIN RIGHT NOW NOT SAYING MUCH O THE RADIO. TRYING TO GET HIS WAY BACK UP INTO THE TOP TWO OR THREE.■- DALE EARNHARDT JR., WELL, THEY JUST HA A SOLID RUN. FROM 25 UP TO T■E■ TOP 10. JUNIOR ON THE LAST RUN SAID THE■ CAR WAS GETTING BETTE■ AND BETTER■ HESS CREW CHIEF TOLD ME THEY COULD USE A LONG GREEN FLAG RUN TO PASS PEOPLE ONE AT A TIME RATHER THAN HAVI■G THE CARS ALL IN A BIA TRAFF■■ JAM. >>VERY SOLID DEBUT FOR DEAFED STREMME. HE ONLY HAVE ABOUT 10 LAPS MORE ON THEIR TIRES THAN THE GUYS WHO PITTED. AND HE IS HAVING A VERY SOLID DAY.>>BRIAN VICKERS TRYING TO PASS DAVID STREMME. VICKERS CURRENTLY IN THE TENTH. GAME ON TH■ RADIO SAID THE CAR ■ IS LOOSE BUT A LITTLE BIT BETTER. I AM STUCK IN TRAFFIC AND A BIG, BIG DIFFERENCE BACK HERE.■ >>CASEY MEARS HAD ADJUSTMENT AND THE TEAM WENT FAR SO IT WENT THE WRONG WAY, TOO FAR IN ONE ■DIRECTION. CAME BACK ANOTHER WAY, HE PICKED UP SEVEN SPOTS SINCE THE LAST RESTART.>>MARK MARTIN WHO HAD BEEN RUNNING IN THE TOP 10, WE HAVE A CRASH. MICHAEL WALTRIP. STAY UP TOP, STAY UP TOP IF YOU CAN. STAY RIGHT THERE FOR ME. ALL RIGHT, GO TO THE BOTTOM. GO TO THE BOTTOM. >>JUST A MATTER OF WHEN. YOU JUST HOPE IT’S THOUGH THE YOU.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHO IS IT GOING TO BE? >>HE HAD BEEN TALKING ABOUT A VIBRATION FOR A GOOD 15 TO 20 LAPS, AND THE LASTWO, RIGHT REAR FIRES CAME OFF THE 15 CAR HAD ■EEN DOWN ON AIR PRESSURE. THEY KNEW THEY HAD A PROVISIONAL BALLOT, COU■DN’T FIGURE IT OUT,■ ANOTHER TIRE GONE.■ THIS TIME IT’S MIKE’S 15 TEAM. ON TODAY AND THEY FEEL SOMETHING LIKE THAT, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY HAD WOULD STAY OUT THERE?>>ESPECIALLY SLI TODAY. I MEAN, IF IT WAS, YOU KNOW, AN ISOLATED SITUATION THAT’S ONE THING. BUT — >>ALL RIGHT, YOU WA TO DRIVE A NEXTEL CUP CAR AT CHICAGO AT ABOUT 190 MILES AN HOUR? HANG ON.>>WOW. ■AN, OH, MAN. THAT’S A SHOT RIGHT THERE. FOLKS, I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW HARD THAT IS. WOW.>>MICHAEL TO THE GARAGE. KEVIN LEPAGE ALREADY THE LUCKY DOG. JEFF GORDON HAS FALLEN TO 29 AFTER RESTARTING NINTH. SO THAT >>AND SET — SAIL TOWARD TURN ONE AND TONY STEWART SETS INSIDE. >>GREG BIFFLE ON THE OUTSIDE OF RUSTY WALLACE FOR THE FIFTH POSITION. STEWART NEEDS TO GET AROUND PURTON QUICK HERE.>>DON’T WANT IT LOSE TOUCH WITH THE LEADER. >>AND I DON’T THINK WE CAN SETTLE THE TIRE ISSUE BUT WE CAN DISCUSS IT. IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WITH A YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT AT MICHIGAN? >>THE GUYS FELT THAT THEY HAD A TIRE PROBLEM — IT APPEARS TO BE BECAUSE THERE, THE■ CARS, THE TIRES RE WEARING OUT■ AND TY ■ WITH COME IN BECAUSE TY FELT ■ THEY HAD A FLAT TIRE AND IT WASN’T FLAT. TODAY WHEN THEY ARE ■■VING PROBLEMS, THEY ARE PLOWING THE TIRES.>>TONY STEWART LOOKS LIKE HE WAS NOT HAPPEN WITH THE 31 CAR THERE. SAW A FISH COME OUT THE WINDOW. >>FROM TON■■ >>YEAH.■>>JEFF BURTON SHOULD HAVE GAVE HIM MORE OF A BREAK, HE THINKS. >>AGAIN, TONY STEWART, LOST HIS PRIMARY CAR HERE ON FRIDAY, THIS IS A BACKUP CAR QUALIFIED BY J.J. YELEY AND — MATT, INTEREST LAST TO SECOND. >>WHAT A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE FOR THIS TEAM. THE ENTIRE TEAM GOT TOGETHER, THIS TEAM RUNNING VERY WELL NOW. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE — MAKE MAYBE THE FIST OUT THE WINDOW. STEWART SAID ON THE RADIO. SOMEONE GAVE ME A VERY BAD SHOT BLOCK.>>YEAH, HE WASN’T TOO HAPPY RIGHT THERE.>>AND BEHIND THESE TWO, DALE EARNHARDT JR. STARTED 25TH.■■■■ >>MARTY,■?>>MICHAEL WAP — WALTRIP HAD A GOOD CAR. >>IT SHOOK FROM THE TIME THEY SAID GO. I SHOOK ALL THE WAY TO TURN ONE AND REST■ WAY. NO DIFFERENCE. FINALLY IT BROKE.■ BEEN LEAKING AIR OUT OF THE LEF■ FRONT FOR SOME REASON. SO THE RIGHT FRONT WAS A LITTLE■ BIT OF A SURPRISE TO ME. THE NAPA BEST WESTERN OIL COOK■ p YOY DOMINOS CHE■Y WAS GOOD. I HAVE TO SAY ALL THAT EVERY NOW AND THEN. >>THESE ARE THE POINTS YOU ■AN’T CATCH A CHANCE TO COME IN?>>I WOULD HAVE COME IN BUT WHEN THEY RESTARTED ■T WAS SHAKING AND IT SHOOK THAT WAY, N■ WORSE, NO DIFFERENT. THE TIMES WERE FINE. AND THEN BAM. IT WAS JUST FALL OUT. BEFORE THAT, I■ WAS PERFE■CTLY SMOOTH AND THEN START SHAKING AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE A LOW LEFT FRONT. SO, JUST, YOU KNOW, TWO WEEKS IN A ROW WE HAVE GOTTEN PUT ON OUR EARS OVER THERE AND IT STINKS BECAUSE WE GOT A GOOD TEAM BUT PRETTY MUCH RIGHTS OFF THE CASE, BUT BY GOSH WE CAN STILL B.W.I. WIN RACES.>>THIS IS A TOUGH BREAK BECAUSE THESE GUYS DID HAVE AN EXCELLENT CAR TODAY.>>KYLE BUSCH GOING THE WRONG WAY, BACK TO 17TH, ALAN?>>KYLE AND HIS TEAM TALKING ON THE RADIO AFTER THE LAST PIT STOP ABOUT CONTACT ON PIT ROAD ■ AND RIGHT FRONT FENDERER DAMAGE WITHHE LITTLSKIRM — SKIRMISH■WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. AN WELL, VERY FRONCHINGLY, HE HAS BEEN VERY EMOTIONAL ON THE RADIO, USING THE WORD JUNK,■ TO DESCRIBE HIS CASH CAR. HIRKS CREW CHIEF BEING THE LED CHEERLEADER SAYING HANG ON IT IT, WE WILL GET IN HERE AND FIX IT AND GO BACK TO THE FRONT.>>DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THERE WAS ANY CONTACT BETWEEN THE 5 AND RUSTY WALLACE WHEN■ THEY CAME OF PIT ROAD? >>NO, IT WAS CLOSE BUT DIDN’T ■ LOOK LIKE THERE WAS ANY CONTACT.>>PIT ROAD WAS VERY CROWDED PLACE AS IT HAS BEENED THROUGH THE DAY. LET’S TAKE YOU BACK THERE D SHOW YOU WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. T■ IS UNDER CAUTION.■ EVER SEE THE 16 AND THE TWO COMING DOWN PIT ROAD AS WE FOLLOW. WATCH THE 5 COME OUT. >>I TONIGHT BELIEVE THEY HIT REACH OTHER.>>DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT. MAYBE HE HE DID.>>BIFFLE AND RUSTY ALMOST GOT >>THEY WERE EVEN CLOSER. >>YEAH. THAT WAS WORSE. >>MAYBE HE DID HIT THE LEFT SIDE OF GREG BIFFLE’S CAR, I DON’T KNOW. HE KNOWS BETTER THAN WE DO.>>NEXT PERSON WE SHOULD ASK IS BIFFLE. BUT HE IS BUSY RIGHT NOW. MARTY?>>FOR WHATEVER IT IS WORTH, BIFFLE SAYS THEY DID MAKE CONTACT. IT WAS IN HIS DOOR AREA BUT HE WASN’T TERRIBLY WORRIED ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT WASN’T GOING TO EFFECT HIS CAR. HE SAYS THERE WAS CONTACT THOUGH ON PIT ROAD.>>KNOCKED THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER ON THE — 5 CAR AND YOU CAN SEE HOW SENSITIVE THE FRONT FENDERS ARE ON THE RACE CARS. >>ONCE H■ GOT OFF PIT ROAD, HE■ CALLED ON THE OWNER, DID YOU SE- THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD WAS THAT NOT NUTS? ROGER SAID THE GOOD THING YOU WE■E VERY CAUTIOUS. WE ARE LOOKI AT ANOTHER GOOD DAY. MAYBE OUR THIRD STRAIGHT TOP 10 FINISH. RUSTY USED TO RUN THESE THINGS AND HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS. 120 TOP 10 FINISHES FROM 1994 TO 1996.■ HE MAY HAVE ANOTHER ONE TODAY.■>>RUSTY COULD BE LOOKING AT HIS THIRD STRAIGHT TOP FIVE. HE HAS GOT BACK-TO-BACK TOP FIVE’S FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE LAST SPRING. AFTER HE GOT THE FIRST BACK-TO-BACK TOP FIVE’S, HE DID ONE AT MARTINSVILLE.>>16 OF GREG BIFFLE. GIVE IT TO BIFFLE. WHEN WE WERE IN VANCOUVER WITH BIFFLE, HE SAID WE COULD TALK TO HIM UNDER GREEN BUT THIS PROBABLY ISN’T THE RIGHT TIME, RIGHT?>>PROBABLY NOT. SO BIFFLE, UP TO THIRD.■ JUNIOR BEHIND HIM.■ EVERYBODY CHASING MATT KENSETH. HE HAS LED 162 LAPS SO FAR TODAY. HOPING>>APPEARS TO BE A TIRE ISSUE, LOST THE LEAD LAP, FELL FROM FIFTH TO 30TH.>>TOUGH BREAK. >>ALAN, HOW ABOUT THE 29?>>WELL, WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THIS A FEW MINUTES AGO, GUYS. KEVIN HARVICK THOUGHT HE HAD A RIGHT SIDE TIRE GOING DOWN. THEY CHECKED THE TIRES OVER, SO FAR, THEY HAVEN’T FOUND A PROBLEM.>>WHAT DID HE DO, WALLY? >>WELL, LIKE I SAID EARLIER, THESE G■YS ARE SEEING ALL THEIR BUDDIES HITTING THE WALL BECAUSE OF TIRE ISSUES, SO THEY ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO IT. NOW THEY FEEL SOMETHING, THEY ARE COMING IN TO■E SURE. BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO HIT THE WALL. >>ROBBIE GORDON, SMOKING PRETTY BADLY ON THE APRON OF THREEND ■FOUR. BUT I THINK HE WAS OFF THE RACE SURFACE.■>>WE STAY GREEN.■■■ THIS IS A PASS■TH■OUGH PENALTY BECAUSE GOON WAS ON PIT ROAD A MOMENT AGO. TOO FAST ON PIT ROAD. HE WAS TOO■ FAST ENTERING■ P ROAD. SO A PASS-THUGH PENALTY. 55 MILES PER HOUR. AND IT IS ELECTRONIC. >>THERE IS NO GUESSWORK. >>WHICH I LOVE.>>AND IT IS SO HARD — >>I WAS GOING TO SAY.>>WE TOOK■■ IT AND STILL LOVE .>>JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS WORKED HIS WAY UP TO 12. 19 OF JEREMY MAY FEEL OPT INSIDE OF RUSTY WALLACE. BRIAN VICKERS BEHIND THEM. THAT’S A BATTLE FOR THE SEVENTH POSITION. GIVE IT TO JEREMY. SO, ABOUT THESE TIRES, GUYS ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEM AND NOW WE HAVE A MICHIGAN, CHICAGOLAND COMBO LADDER. ■ NOW I THINK I’M FEELING IT BUT I REALLY AM FIELD GOAL FEELING IT SO I’M GOING 0 GO GET THEM CHANGED.>>AN UPDATE O STERLING MARLIN?>>STARTING TO LOOK GOOD FOR STERLING, HAD THE CAR WHERE HE WANTED IT, MOVED UP THROUGH C■OSE TO THE TOP 10. ROAD THE CREW, [email protected] STARTING TO GO BAD. AT THE ARE GOING TO COME TO PIT■ ROAD CHECK TO MAKE SURE IT■ IS NOT A SPARK PLUG WIRE BUT HE HE■ IS ON SEVEN CYLINDER AND THINKS THE ENGINE IS BLOWING UP. >>OH, MAN,■ JUST WHEN THINGS I THAT RIGHT LOOKING GOOD. MARK IS GOING TO WORK ON RUSTA HERE. >>■AUTION FLAG IS■■ OUT, DEBRI■ CAUTION FOR DEBRIS. 24 LAPS TO GO.>>NOW THE STRATEGY STUFF IS REALLY G■ING TO PLAY OUT. >>STHTH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT. DO THEY NO TIRES, STAY OUT, CHANGE TWO TIRES? FOUR? AND■ ROBBIE REISER, MATT KENSET THEY DID NOT WANT TO SEE A CAUTION FLAG. FLAG. ■>>AND YOU TALKED AT THE BEGINNING OF DAY ABOUT TRACK ■ POSITION. GOT THINK THAT 17 CAR IS GOING TO STAY WHERE HE IS AT. >>I COULD PROBABLY BE TIGHTER ON EXISTS.>>IF HE COMES IN, THERE ARE — >>RIGHT, THE GUYS IN THE BACK — >>YOU ARE THE LEADER, YOU ARE THE SITTING DUCK BECAUSE WHATEVER YOU DO, EVERYBODY IS GOING TO BE THE OPPOSITE. >>THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING. ALAN, WHAT DO YOU NECESSITY?>>WELL, JUST THINKING ABOUT — WE’LL GET BACK TO THAT. >>ALAN WAS THINKING ABOUT■ INSIDE OF [email protected] >>WELL, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT IT ON THE RADIO,■ THE TWO-TIRE CHANGE, JIMMIE JOHNSON■ AND TRU CREW CHIEF. WELL, WHAT THE HECK, AT LEAST WE GOT THE RIGHT REAR ON THERE.>>THREE WIDE ON TURN FOUR FOR■ JIMMIE JOHNSON ON THE OUTSIDE. MAN, HE IS LOOKING GOOD.>>THE 17 CAR, HE COMES, KENSETH. CAUTION IS OUT. JEFF GORDON INVOLVED. ■p>>MIKE BLISS(■>>HIS DAY JUST GOT WORSE.>>AND IT WAS ALREADY BAD.>>YEAH. SO NOW I’M THINKING IF I TOOK TWO TIRES, I’M FEELING A LITTLE BIT BETTER. THIRKSE >>THROSS YOUR FRIENDS. >>KENSETH HAS WORKED HIS WAY UP TO SIXTH POSITION.>>MORE LAPS, YOU CAN RUN UNDER YELLOW, LESS LAPS YOU HAVE WITH KENSETH TRYING TO CATCH YOU.>>TONY HAS BEEN■ RIGHT WITH HI. TONY IS UP TO SEVENTH.>>HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED? >>NO, IT’S IN PROGRESS.>>GO ON BOARD WITH THE 11, JASON■ LEFFLER AND SEE IF■ YOU N SEE ANYTHING. >>THERE IS MIKE BLISS THERE ON THE INSIDE. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED>>GOT INTO JEFF GORDON’S LEFT REAR QUARTER PANEL. >>YOU DON’T NEAD TO REALLY ELABORATE ON THAT ONE.>>WOW. SO GORDON TAK■■ A HIT IN THE POINTS, IN ADDITION TO THE HIT ONHE TRACK. >8 ON THE C■OUNTDOWN TO GREEN GREEN FLAG BACK OUT AT CHICAGOLAND.■>>JOHNSON GOES BY. >>GOT TO RUN.>>RIGHT ON THE BUMMER OF THE 8.>>SHOOK UP TONY STEWART. THREE-WIDE AND STEWART GOES BY MATT KENSETH. >>THIS HAS BEEN A POPULAR PLACE TO PASS TODAY. THAT’S WHAT THESE GUYS NEED UP FRONT. THEY NEED THE 17 CAR TO BE HELD UP JUST AT LITTLE B■T. THERE GOES EARNHARDT FOR THE LEAD. ■ DALE EARNHARDT JR. ALL RIGHT, HE HAS GOT IT. CAN HE KEEP IT? >>SERIOUS COMPETITION COMING BEHIND HIM. TONY STEWART AND HERE COMES WIMMER BACK. CHECK OUT SCOTT WIMMER. IN THAT 22 CAR. HE GOES BACK IN THE FRONT. A LITTLE LOOSE, EARNHARDT GETS A LITTLE BIT LOOSE UP THERE. WIMMER A LITTLE BIT LOOSE.>>I THINK HE MAY HAVE GOT LOOSE BY THE 25 CAR, BRIAN VICKERS. >>JUNIOR BACK IN FRONT. WILL HE HOLD THE LEAD WHEN HE COMES TO THE START-FINISH LINE IT WILL BE THE FIRST LAP ■E HAS LED SINCE TALLADEGA AND JUST THE SIXTH LAP LED THIS SEASON. HIS CREW CHIEF SAID THE CAR LOOKS GOOD WHEN HE IS OUT IN FRONT.>>AND BATTLING FOR FIFTH POSITION, KENSETH, NO DOES HE HAVE TIME ENOUGH TO GET TO JUNIOR? >>JEFF GORDON, TREATED AND RELEASED AT THE INFIELD CAR CENTER. KENSETH AND STEWART INSIDE OF WIMMER. >>DEPENDS ON HOW LONG IT IS GOING TO TAKE HIM TO GET AROUND THE OTHER CARS. BUT VICKERS GOING FOR THE LEAD TRYING TO GET JUNIOR, CAN’T QUITE MAKE IT.>>WOW. >>AND WE HAVE SEEN HOW BRIAN VICKERS DRIVES COMING TO THE CHECKERED FLAL. MARTY?>>JEFF GORDON, WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME, JEFF? >>WELL, YOU KNOW, MIKE BLISS HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THAT ONE. THERE WAS NOWHERE I COULD GO. I’M■ EMBARRASSED TO BE RUNNING BACK THERE TO BEGIN WITH. I D■N’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. WE HAVE BEEN STRUGGLIHG REALLY BAD. IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING. WHEN WE GET UP TO THE FRONT, HOVEPL HOPEFULLY THAT KIND OF STUFF WON’T HAPPEN. >>A TOUGH AY FOR JEFF GORDON. >>JUNIOR RIGHT THERE, PRETTY GOOD GAP RIGHT NOW. HE HAS NOBODY AROUND HIM SO HE HAS ALL THAT DOWNFORCE HE NEEDS.>>AND KENSETH GOES BY JNG IN THE THIRD. EIGHT LAPS TO GO. JUNIOR’S DRIVING AWAY FROM VICKERS. EARNHARDT, JR.WE HAE B CNINpTOH VICKERS IS FASTER. HERE COMES EARNHARDT. RACING HARD.>>KENSETH HAS THE SECOND SPOT. AND, FIVE LAPS TO GO THE NEXT TIME TO TRY TO CHASE DOWN THE EIGHTH CAR. AND ONE THING T■ CATCH HIM, AND ANOTHER TO PASS HIM.>>THE FRONT CAR IS GOING TO BE AWFULLY WIDE FOR A LAP OR TWO. YOU THINK HE IS HUNGRY? THE GUY DRIVING ■THAT 8 CAR? >>I THINK BOTH OF THEM ARE. DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS STRUGGLED ALL SEASON AND HAS STRUGGEDLED REALLY ON THE MILE AND A HALF■ TRACKS. LAST WIN CAME IN PHOENIX LAST YEAR, 20 RACES AGO. BEST FINISH SO FAR THIS SEASON THIRD, EARNHAR■DT, JR. TOOK TWO TIRES UNDER THE MOST RECENT CAUTION. MATT KENSETH TOOK FOUR. >>THE CREW CHIEF, WHEN THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS, THEY KNOW WHAT KIND OF CARS THEY HAVE. THE 8 CAR, HEAVY DOWNFORCE IS GOING TO RUN MUCH BETTER IN CHEEN AIR THAN IT DOES BACK IN TRAFFIC. GOT HIM OUT IN FRONT, LOOKS LIKE HE WAS CORRECT. LAST TIME, KENSETH ALLITTLE BIT FASTER. >>KENSE, WHEN HE GETS BACK TO THE 8 CAR MAY LOSE THE BALANCE ON HIS RACE CAR. THAT IS GOING TO HELP JUNIOR AS WELL. HERE IS JIMMIE JOHNSON GOING FOR THE THIRD SPOT. >>MA WAS 2/10TH OF A SECOND FASTER ON THE LAST LAP. >>DON’T THEY HST HE HAS GOT ENOUGH. EARNHARDT JUNIOR TRYING TO GO■ FROM 25 STARTING SPOT TO VICTORY RAIN.■ p>>ALL THE JUNIOR FANS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE HA■ NOTHIN■ TO CHEER FOR ALL YEAR LONG. THEY ARE SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE COUCH.>>THEY WERE CHEERING LAST WEEK AT ABOUT 1:30 IN THE MORNING. >>STAY FOCUSED, BUDDY. ■>>EXACTLY, STAY FOCUSED. DON’T EVEN LOOK IN THE MIRROR.>>THE SPOTTER FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. TELLING HIM BE FOCUSED.>>WHITE FLAG IN THE AIR IN CHICAGOLAND. ONE TO GO. JUNIOR WAS LEADING AND KENSETH HAD THE FASTEST LAP LAST TIME.■ BUT I DON’T THINK THIS IT IS GOING TO BE ENOUGH. >>IT WILL BE CLOSE BUT I AGREE, I DON’T T■INK SHE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET HIM.>>DOWN THE BACK STRETCH FOR THE FINAL TIME. >>DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS STRUGGLED ALL SEASON BUT TODAY, THE 8 CAR GOES BACK TO VICTORY LANE THIS CHICAGO!■■>>HE IS NOT HAPPY.■>>NO, NOT HAPPY. NOT HAPY AT ALL. THESE GUYS DID A GOOD JOB TODAY. VERY — THEY WORKED ON THAT CAR ALL DAY LONG >>GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO STEVE HMIEL FOR BRINGING THE 15 AND THE 8 TEAMS CLOSER TOGETHER, SHARING INFORMATION, MAKING THE TEAMS BETTER. DAVE BURNS? >>AND THEY JUST TOLD THEIR DRIVER, WE NEED SOME DOUGHNUTS, STEVE HMIEL, HOW DOES IT FEEL?>>IT F■ELS GREAT. THE IDEA OF SIX WEEKS AGO, ALL OR SPONSORS AND GENERAL MOTORS AND MAKE THE EIGHT CAR BETTER AND HE SAID THAT’S WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO. SO WE WENT OVER AND DONE THAT. WE ARE ON THE PULL DOWN MACHINE CHECKING THE CAR. WE GOT TIME OUT AND SET THAT THING DOWN. SO THE IDEA IS TO TAKE A GOOD TEAM AND WORK TOGETHER LIKE JACK RAUCH TAUGHT ME AND RICK HENDRICKS SHOWED US TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. >>STEVE HMIEL, HE TRICTED THEM TO VICTORY HERE. IT HAS BEEN 19 RACES SINCE DALE EARNHARDT DATA HAS SEEN VICTORY LANE. >>AND TODAY’S WIN BY THE CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO. CHEVY, THE REVOLUTION RACES ON. >>I TELL YOU WHAT, THIS — THESE GUYS ARE SO HAPP■Y. SO MUCH CONVERSATION ABOUT THESE GUYS.■ WHAT’S WRONG? WELL, THEY HAVE BEEN SO GOOD FOR SO LONG AND THEN WHEN YOU RUN INTO A SLUMP, THE FOCUS IS ON WELL, WHAT HA■PENED TO YOU GUYS?>>THEY GOT BEHIND AND WHAT THEY TIED TO DO IS TRIED TO HIT A PINCH-RUN HOME RUN AND THEY COULDN’T DO IT AND STEVE HMIEL ■■ BACK IN WITH ALL THE ■ RESOURCES THAT HE TALKED ABOUT THROUGH ALL THE YEARS AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2005, IS HEADED TO VICTORY LANE IF HE DOESN’T GET STUCK IN THE GRASS DOWN THERE. >>IT WON’T START.>>THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PUSH IT NOW.>>OF COURSE THEY HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE THERE TO PUSH IT. PUSHERS ARE NOT A PROBLEM. AND ONE NASCAR OFFICIAL WATCHING THEM ALL. >>NINTH DIFFERENT WINNER THIS SEASON. >>GO LEFT, GO LEFT. TURN IT LEFT. THERE YOU GO. AND WE WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS LATER, BUT AS I LOOK OVER HERE, THAT BRINGS EARNHARDT, JR. TO 13. 491 OUT OF THE LEAD. LET’S GO FIRST TO MATT. >>WELL, A LOT OF GUYS TOOK NO TIRES, TWO TIRES. YOU TOOK FOUR, TONY, AN IMPRESSION — IMPRESSIVE DRIVE. >>IF WE WOULD HAVE STAYED DOWN LIKE I WANTED TO, WE WOULD HAVE WON THE RACE. BUT WE DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES, . WE HAVE HAD FOUR TOP FIVES THIS FOUR WEEKS. SO I CAN’T COMPLAIN. THE GUYS DID AN AWESOME JOB. J.J. SUBBING FOR US ON FRIED FRIDAY AND THE WHOLE TEAM GETTING THE CAR AS GOOD AS IT COULD BE. I’M TIRED BUT IT WAS JUST A GOOD ENOUGH CAR THAT IT■ MADE IT EAS TO DRIVE TODAY. >>ANOTHER STRONG PERFORMANCE BY THE 20 TEAM.>>JIMMIE, AFTER TIRE TROUBLE THAT PUTS YOU A LAP DOWN AND GOING UNDER YOUR HOOD, IT YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD END UP THIRD SPP >>U KNEW WE COULD GET TOP 10 IF THINGS WORKED OUT WITH THE CAUTION. BUT WE HAD A GREAT CAR BUT ABUSING THE RIGHT REAR TIRES. SO WE HAD TO MOVE SPRING RUBBERS AROUND, CHANGE THE CAR HITTING THE GROUND GOING INTO TURNS AND WORK ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO TRY TO TAKE CARE OF RIGHT REAR TIRES. KNOWING THAT WE HAD TO BABY IT. GOT BACK OUT AND BEAT UP ON IT MORE BUT KEPT ADJUSTING ON IT AND GOT IT RIGHT THERE AT THE END. I HAD SOME CLEAN ON THE OUTSIDE A COUPLE OF CLEAN STARTS AND MADE IT WORK. SO GOOD DAY’S WORK. VERY PROUD OF THE LOWE’S TEAM. JUST A GREAT, GREAT DAY ALL AROUND. >>GREAT RECOVERY HERE, MATT? >>WITH MATT KENSETH, YOU TRIED HARD, KNOWING YOU HAD THE BEST CAR HERE TODAY, ANY COMFORT.>>NO REALLY, TRYING TO BE A GRACIOUS LOSER BUT IT’S A TOUGH ONE WHEN YOU HAVE THE FIELD ALL DAY. JUST A TOUGH DAY AND I CAN’T BLAME ROBBIE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, WE DID THE SAME THICK, PUTTING ON FOUR TIRES. WHEN YOU ARE THE LEADER, YOU ARE A SITTING DUCK BECAUSE YOU KNOW GUYS ARE GOING TO KEEP ON YOU. I KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO BE TROUBLE AND WE HAD A CAUTION WITH THE THE FEW LAPS LEFT. WE GOT THE QUICK CAUTION, THAT HURT US. BUT OVERALL IT WAS A GREAT DAY, JUST DISAPPOINTING TO LOSE. >>HAPPY VICTORY LANE WITH ALAN.>>WELL, LAST WEEK■ ON THE COUNTDOWN, DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS HERE. >>THINGS GOING WELL FOR R FOR THE TEAM. >>THIRD PLACE FINISH A WEEK AGO AND NOW THE WIN HERE IN CHICAGOLAND TODAY. JUNIOR BEING MOPPED BY — MOBBED BY HIS TEAM. YOU ARE A LITTLE HAPPY. CONG■ATULATIONS. AT WHAT POINT IN THE RACE DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD A CAR THAT COULD GET UP THERE AND CONTEND FOR THE WIN ST. PETERSBURG >>WELL, I THOUGHT WE HAD A TOP 10, MAYBE TOP FIVE CAR, MY GUYS ON PIT ROAD, MAN, WON THE RACE FOR ME. ON THE PIT STOPS. GOT ME OUT FRONT WITH TWO TIRES, JUST HAD TO GET BY THE 22 AND IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING, REAL EMOTIONAL.>>WHAT ARE THE EMOTIONS AS YOU THINK ABOUT BEING BACK IN VICTORY LANE AFTER WHAT THIS TEAM HAS GONE THROUGH THIS SEASON. >>MORE THAN I CAN HANDLE RIGHT NOW. I MEAN, FOR THESE GUYS, MAN, ALL THE DOGS WE HAD ON US THIS YEAR■ IT’S JUST AWESOME. I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT, MAN, WE ARE SO HAPPY. AND, I’M GLAD I COULD DO IT ON NBC.>>WE APPRECIATE THAT. YOU ARE NOW ONLY 113 POINTS BEHIND 10 WITH EIGHT RACES TO GO TO MAKE THE CHASE FOR THE■ NEXTL CUP. YOUR THOUGHTS?>>WE WILL JUST TRYING TO KEEP■ DOING THIS AND LET IT TAKE CARE OF ITSELF — ITSELF. WORK SO HARD, WORK SO HARD. AND I KNOW WE DIDN’T HAVE THE BEST CAR TODAY, THERE IS NO ■ ARGUING THAT. BUT WE HAD THE STRATEGY AT THE END THAT PUT US IN HERE TO WIN AND A GOOD CALL BY STEVE HMIEL ON PIT ROAD. TONY JUNIOR AND NAPA CREW HELPED US A LOT WITH THE SETUP ON THE FRONT END TO GET THE CAR FAST.■ THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE TO THANK TO GET US HERE. MY SPONSORS, BUDWEISER, EVERYBODY ON BOARD HAS BEEN BEHIND US. WE HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING. I’M GLAD A GOT A WIN. I WAS WORRIED IFFERS GOING TO GO WINLESS THIS YEAR. LET’S GO GET ANOTHER ONE. >>ALL RIGHT, CONGRATULATIONS, DALE. >>THANK YOU. >>THANKS, ALAN, HE IS TIRED AND HE IS HAPPY. AND THESE GUYS ARE, TOO. STEVE HMIEL. BEEN AROUND THIS SPORT A LONG TIME. HE HAS BEEN A GO-TO GUY FOR MANY TEAMS. HE GETS D.E.I. BACK TO VICTORY LANE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE UNOFFICIAL RESULT INTERESTS CHICAGOLAND THIS AFTERNOON. 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