2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series USG Sheetrock 400
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2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series USG Sheetrock 400


[CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY TURNER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP] >>THIS IS THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN AS WE GET SET TO GO RACING. >>THE CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY IN JOLIET, ILLINOIS. LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU MIGHT SEE THE BLUES BROTHERS COME CRASHING THROUGH THE GATES. IF THEY GET A DAY PASS, THEY WILL JOIN 80,000 NASCAR CRAZIES READY TO ROAR FOR THEIR FAVORITE DRIVER, AS THE NEXTEL CUP SEASON HITS THE HALFWAY MARK. THESE DRIVERS KNOW IT WON’T TAKE MUCH TO IGNITE PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT THIS SUMMER. JUST ONE MATCH AND A LITTLE TNT. WE HAVE WATCHED THIS RACE THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON. THE SUCCESS, THE STRUGGLES, THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF THE SPORT, AND THE BIGGEST SURPRISES. NOW THE STORY IS ABOUT TO ADD ANOTHER CHAPTER AT CHICAGOLAND. AHEAD, THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING THE CHASE AND COMPETING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, THE MEMORIES OF THE MOMENT THAT’S MIGHT MAKE OR BREAK YOUR TITLE HOPES. IF YOU’RE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF TIME LEFT AND YOUR FRIENDS IN THE CHASE CAN’T MAKE THE CLOCK RACE FAST ENOUGH. OF COURSE, THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS YOUR FRIENDS. IN NAS THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS IS AN OVAL AND YOU HAVE TO CROSS A STRAIGHT LINE TO GET THERE. THIS ONE, SUNDAY IS ABOUT RACING. RACING IS ABOUT WINNING. AND WINNING MEANS CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT’S SUNDAY AT CHICAGO AND WINNING IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. TNT SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR. TODAY IT’S THE 18TH RACE OF THE SEASON FOR THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES LIVE FROM THE CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY IN JOLIET, ILLINOIS. HELLO, EVERYBODY, OUR TNT RACE FAMILY HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE SEAT AND ALONG WITH OUR PARTNERS AT NBC SPORTS, WE WILL TAKE ALL THE WAY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE IN HOMESTEAD FLARKS. THIS IS THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREENMENT I’M BILL WEBER. WELCOME TO THE 22ND CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF NASCAR RACING ON TURNER SPORTS. WE PROUD TO BE PART OF THE NASCAR FAMILY THROUGH 2014. NINE RACES REMAIN UNTIL THE FIELD IS LOCKED IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS YEAR LEFT ITS MARK ON FAST CARS AND OLD FRIENDSHIPS. BUT AS WE GET READY TO WRAP UP THE FIRST HALF, THERE IS A FAMILIAR FACE IN FRONT OF THE FIELD. JIMMIE JOHNSON HOLDS THE POINT LEAD BUT OFF THE 32ND PLACE FINISH LAST WEEK AT DAYTONA, HE’S JUST EIGHT POINTS AHEAD OF MATT KENSETH. IT’S ONLY 129 POINTS FROM MARTIN TO HAMLIN. WHILE THE BATTLE WILL BE TO TAKE THE TOP 10 BY THE CHECKERED FLAG AT RICHMOND, JOHNSON IS OUT TO PROVE HE IS BORN TO LEAD. ♪ LIKE OUR DESTINY WE WERE BORN TO LEAD WE ARE NOT AFRAID WE LOOK FORWARD TO LEADING OPEN THE GATE TO OUR DESTINY WE WERE BORN TO LEAD WE WERE BORN TO LEAD ♪ >>YES, YES, YES! ALLEN: JIMMIE JOHNSON LED THE CHAMPIONSHIP MOST OF THE SEASON BUT HIS POINT LEAD OVER SECOND PLACE IS DOWN TO ABOUT ANOTHER ENTERING THIS RACE. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR DRIVE TODAY?>>I’M NOT SURE IT WILL REALLY AFFECT MUCH. AT THIS POINT EVERY TEAM IS WORRIED ABOUT POINTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS YOU NEED. ME, I TALKED TO THE GUYS, WE WILL TREAT THIS LIKE A WARMUP FOR THE CHASE. THERE’S A VERY SMALL MARGIN FIRST TO SECOND. LET’S GET TO WORK AND GRIND OUT GOOD FINISHES. WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE CHATES. WE STILL NEED A COUPLE MORE RACES BEHIND US TO TRANSFER MATHEMATICALLY. WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT. WE WANT TO FINISH UP STRONG AND HEAD INTO THE CHASE STRONG. ALLEN: GOOD LUCK TODAY. WE GO TO MATT YOAKAM. MATT: SHADOWING JIMMIE JOHNSON MOST OF THE SEASON IN THE STANDINGS IS MATT KEN SG, WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT AT THIS JUNCTURE, WIN MORE RACES OR OPEN UP THE GAP BETWEEN THE GUYS TRYING TO LOCK IN THE 400-POINT OPTION? >>REALLY, THERE ARE TWO FOCUSES I THINK FOR US. TRY TO WIN SOME RACES, YOU KNOW. FROM HERE ON OUT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE YEAR. STEWART’S ALWAYS ABLE TO TURN IT ON FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR AND THAT’S IMPORTANT. I DON’T CARE ABOUT LEADING POINTS UNTIL HOMESTEAD. THAT’S THE ONLY WEEK THAT REALLY MATTERS IF YOU’RE LEADING POINTS. RIGHT NOW IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME TO LEAD LAPS, BE IN CONTENTION TO WIN AND KEEP OUR TEAM OPERATING AT A CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL. MATT: YOU LED THE MOST LAPS LAST YEAR HERE, DOMINATED THE EVENT AND FINISHED SECOND.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS THE DEFENDING WHIPPER OF THE RACE. YESTERDAY SEEMED LIKE A THRASH FOR YOUR GUYS. DID YOU FINALLY GET IT WHERE YOU WANT TD?>>THERE WAS ONE ROONE WHERE WE WERE HAPPY SO HOPEFULLY WE ARE BACK THERE. I WAS PRETTY HAPPY WITH THE CAR YESTERDAY AND LEARNED A LITTLE AT THE BUSCH RACE ABOUT THE TRACK. HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE UP THERE. MATT: LAST YEAR JUNIOR STARTED 25TH AND WON. TODAY HE STARTS 25TH. HIS BUDDY TONY STEWART, HE TOOK HIS WINNING ATTITUDE BACK TO A FAMILIAR ALTITUDE LAST WEEK AT DAYTONA. HERE’S DAVE BURNS. DAVE: TONY STEWART TRIED TO PUT THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON ANOTHER DAYTONA MASTER PIECE. HERE THEY COME AT THE END OF THE SUPER12RET67 FOR THE FINL TIME. IT IS ALL TONY STEWART. >>THE CHECKERED FLAG IS WAVING AND TONY STEWART IS THE WINNER OF THE PEPSI 400 AT DAYTONA.>>IF THIS HIGH-WIRE ACT LOOKS FAMILIAR, IT SHOULD. TONY IS HARD TO STOP ONCE YOU START HIM UP. ♪ IF YOU START ME UP IF YOU START ME UP I’LL NEVER STOP ♪ ♪ IF YOU START ME UP ♪ DAVE: AND TONY, FIFTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. HE’S DOING THREE THINGS AT ONCE. YOU’RE GETTING ALL KINDS OF AWARDS TODAY. >>I CAN’T HEAR ANYTHING. I HAVE THESE MONITORS HERE. DAVE: WA HAPPENED QUALIFYING 23TH, ARE YOU OK? >>YEAH, EVERYTHING IS FINE. WHETHER HE HAVE FUN TODAY STARTING WHERE WE ARE. WE HAVE A GREAT CAR. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I’M ALREADY LOOKING TO SEE WHERE THE GATE IS FOR THE FENCE. WE WILL HE SO WHAT HAPPENS. DAVE: BILL BILLY, HE HAS A GREAT RECORD HERE AT CHICAGOLAND, FOUR TOP FIVE FINISHES IN A ROW, INCLUDING THE WIN IN 2004. BILL: TONY LED MORE LAPS THAN ANY OTHER DRIVER ON THE CIRCUIT THIS SEASON. FILE THIS AWAY — DURING THE WEEK HE SAID THIS COULD BE THE TRACK WHERE TEAM NATE J.J. YELEY COMES UP BIG AFTER STRUGGLING IN ROOKIE SEASON. YALE GRINNISHED 10TH IN THE BUSCH RACE SATURDAY. THAT’S THE FIRST LAP. HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP ON THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN. IN THE SEASON OF STARS AND STRIPES, MANY PRESEASON FAVORITES ARE FACING AN UPHILL RACE TO MAKE THE CHASE. WE WILL TALK TO SOME DRIVERS WITH THE BLUES ON A MISSION OF JOLIET. CHICAGOLAND HAS BEEN A FULL MARKET FOR KEVIN HARVICK. HE’S A TWO-TIME WINNER AT THIS PLACE AND NOW NINTH IN POINTS. AND WALLY DALLENBACH SHOWS US WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY TO HAVE FUN ON THE TRACK. ALL THAT AND FOUR-TIME SERIES CHAMPION JEFF GORDON COMING UP. BILL: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. WITH THE TALENT LISTS YOU WILL SEE HERE, YOU MIGHT THINK THIS IS FIRST THROUGH 10TH BUT INSTEAD THESE GUYS ARE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CHASE TRYING TO RACE THEIR WAY IN. SO WHO DO YOU TAKE IN THE OFFICE POOL TO WIN THE 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP? HOW ABOUT THE DRIVERS THAT FINISHED SECOND AND THIRD LAST YEAR, GREG BIFFLE OR CARL EDWARDS? MAYBE A FORMER SERIES CHAMPION LIKE JEFF GORDON OR KURT BUSCH? THOSE FOUR FAVORITES COMBINED TO WIN 17 RACES LAST YEAR. SO FAR THIS YEAR, THEY HAVE A GRAND TOTAL OF JUST THREE WINS. AND LIKE JAKE AND ELWOOD, THEY HOPE TO BREAK OUT OF JOLIET AND MAKE SOME NOISE. ♪ I WILL TAKE WHAT IS MINE I’M NOT GOING DOWN ♪ BILL: LIKE ANY SPORT IN RACING, PROMISE AND POTENTIAL DO NOT ALWAYS PAY OFF. FOR TWO YEARS GREG BIFFLE HAS WON RACES AND CHALLENGED FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS SEASON A LACK OF LUCK AND A LACK OF FUEL HAVE HIM 11TH IN POINTS WITH JUST ONE WIN. JEFF GORDON’S VICTORY AT SONOMA REKINDLED IMAGES OF HIS FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>JEFF GORDON HAS A PIECE OF THE ACTION. SMOKE BOILING FROM THE CHEVROLET. BILL: IN DAYTONA HE CRUSHED THE GAMES IN CALIFORNIA, LEAVING GORDON RIGHT WHERE HE WAS ONE YEAR AGO, OUT OF THE CHASE, LOOKING FOR SOME BREAKS. 2004 SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP KURT BUSCH BEGAN THE YEAR CHASING TITLE NUMBER TWO. HE WON AT BRISTOL AND NOW IS UNLUCKY 13TH IN POINTS. A REFLECTION OF THE SEASON THAT STARTED WITH A 38TH PLACE FINISH AT DAYTONA. LATELY HE’S LOOKED A LITTLE LESS RUSTY, WITH FOUR STRAIGHT TOP 10 FINISHES. CARL EDWARDS HAD FOUR WINS LAST YEAR, NONE THIS YEAR. LAST DAYTONA IN FEBRUARY AND 39TH LAST WEEK. >>THEY DROPPED THE JACK. THEY DROPPED THE JACK ON THE 99. THEY HAVE TO TRY TO LIFT IT UP TO GET THE JACK UNDERNEATH IT. BILL: 14TH IN POINTS IS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT FOR A TEAM THAT WAS ALL JACKED UP FOR 2006. WELL, LET’S TALK TO SOME OF THE DRIVERS THAT ARE JUST ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP LOOKING IN. GREG BIFFLE, JUST SIX POINTS OUT OF A PLAYOFF POSITION, IF YOU WILL. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR RACE TODAY?>>WE CERTAINLY WANT TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE WE CAN CERTAINLY LOSE MORE POINTS THAN WE CAN GAIN. BUT WE HAVE A GREAT RACE CAR TODAY. I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR RUN AND NATIONAL GUARD FUSION IS RUNNING GOOD, GOOD, FASTEST AT HAPPY HOUR. WE ARE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT IT. >>READY TO TAKE YOU AROUND THE RACETRACK. MATT: AT CHICAGO IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR A NUMBER OF GUYS ON THE BUBBLE, ESPECIALLY JEFF GORDON WHO DROPPED FOUR SPOTS LAST WEEK. YOU GUYS WOULD MAKE HUGE HEADWAY ON THIS INTERMEDIATE TYPE TRACK. IS THIS A PERFECT TEST FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM?>>IT REALLY IS. MICHIGAN WAS A STEP, CHARLOTTE WE RAN PRETTY WELL EVEN THOUGH WE DID NOT NECESSARILY SHOW UP. BUT THIS IS A REAL CHALLENGE FOR US. THIS TRACK WAS TOUGH ON US LAST YEAR. WE DID NOT RUN GREAT. BUT I FEEL LIKE WE MADE BIG GAINS WITH THE DUPONT CHEVROLET. IT’S NOT JUST A TEST. WE HAVE TO GET SOME MOMENTUM BACK AND WE HAVE TO GET INTO THAT CHASE. WE HAVE TO PERFORM WELL AND I THINK WE WILL BE BETTER THAN WE WERE LAST YEAR. IT IS SOMEWHAT OF A TEST BECAUSE THIS TRACK AND HOW WE RUN HERE TODAY CAN DEFINITELY DICTATE WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO US THROUGH THE REST OF THE SUMMER AND FUTURE. MATT: HIS LAST WIN ON A MILE AND A HALF TRACK WAS ACTUALLY BACK IN 2003, THE FOREST OF ATLANTA. BUT HE ALMOST WON THIS EVENT, FINISHING SECOND. MARTY: BACKSTAGE TO THE 2004 NEXTEL CUP CHAMPION KURT BUSCH. WE ARE ABOUT TO BE INTRODUCED, HE MADE UP A LOT OF SPOTS, FIVE IN THE LAST MONTH OR SO. HAVE YOU A LOT OF MOMENTUM. WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO FALL IN THE CHASE?>>I GOT TO ROLL. CHECK THIS OUT. MARTY: WE WILL GO OUT. KURT IS BEING INTRODUCED TO EVERYBODY. DY THIS ONE TIME AND WAVED TO EVERYONE. I WILL NOT DO THAT. I WILL FOLLOW KURT DOWN THE STEPS. I SHOULD LEARN FROM DAVE BURNS HOW TO PICK UP THE CHECK. ARE YOU GOING TO PICK UP THE CHECK NOW?>>I THINK THIS IS A COOL SPONSOR TO HAVE. THEY ALWAYS HAND OUT CHECKS. S THEY ARE GOOD ONES. MARTY: WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR TO YOU GET IN THE CHASE?>>NICE, SOLID, SMOOTH FINISHES. NOTHING EXTREME. TODAY WILL BE A GET CHALLENGE FOR US. THE MILE AND A HALF IS WHERE WE NEED TO GET A LITTLE BETTER. MARTY: POURING ON WITH FOUR STRAIGHT TOP 10 FINISHES. DAVE: WITH CARL EDWARDS NOW WHO IS 125 POINTS OUT OF 10TH, CHATTING WITH DAVID STREMME OVER HERE.>>I CAN’T TELL YOU ON TELEVISION. DAVE: YOUR MILE AND A HALF PROGRAM HAS REALLY BEEN UP AND DOWN. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING THIS WEEKEND, UP?>>WE HAVE BEEN UP OTHER THAN THE TIMES I WRECKED OR DONE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THIS IS AN UP WEEKEND. OUR OFFICE DEPOT FUSION IS GOOD. TRYING TO KICK OFF THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM. I’M EXCITED. THIS WAS FUN YESTERDAY. MULTIPLE GROOVES. SHOULD BE A GREAT RACE. DAVE: HE STARTS 24TH AND IF HE WINS, YOU KNOW WHAT HE WILL DO. BILL: I COULD NOT BELIEVE ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE BOOING MARTY WHEN HE CAME OUT. COMING UP, MICHAEL WALTRIP RACE WHEN HE MOVES THERE NEXT BILL: KASEY KAHNE HAS DRIVEN THE SAME CAR TO ALL FOUR VICTORIES THIS SEASON, ALL COMING ON A MILE AND A HALF TRACK. THIS IS A MILE AND A HALF TRACK. AFTER FINISHING 31ST AT SONOMA AND 25TH LAST WEEK AT DAYTONA, I BET THAT SEAT IN THE EMS-128 MUST FEEL COMFORTABLE, MARTY. MARTY: ANY TIME YOU HAVE A UNDEFEATED RACE CAR, YOU WILL BE COMFORTABLE ON THE RACETRACK WITH IT. HE’S RACED FOUR TIMES AND WON ALL FOUR OF THE RACES. IS IT GOOD ENOUGH TODAY TO REMAIN UNBEATEN?>>WE WILL SEE. WE HAD TO MAKE A LOT OF ADJUSTMENTS YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE WITNESS OUR MCDONALD’S DODGE CHARGER. SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I THINK WITH THE RIGHT CALLS ON PIT ROAD AND EVERYTHING, WE SHOULD HAVE A GOOD SHOT. I KNOW KENNY FRANCIS MADE SOME MORE CHANGES OVERNIGHT. HE USUALLY MAKES A LOT OF GOOD CALLS. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RACE. I THINK WE SHOULD BE PRETTY GOOD. MATT: ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE CARS IN FINAL PRACTICE BELONGED TO KENIN HARVICK. DID YOU DESCRIBE IT TO FRAINED OF YOURS THIS YOU FELT LIKE A HE-MAN? >>IT TURNS REALLY GOOD IN THE CORNERS AND OFF THE CORNERS. HOPEFULLY WE CAN PUT IT TOGETHER AND HAVE ANOTHER GOOD DAY. MATT: A HE-MAN? >>I HOPE SO. ALLEN: JEFF, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO FINISH IN THE SPOT YOU’RE STARTING SNIFERT >>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. MAIN THING IS MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR CAR AND MAKE SURE THE CHEVROLET STAYS TURNING WELL. I THINK THE GRIP LEVEL WILL BE FAIRLY DOWN TODAY, BASED ON THE CONDITIONS. LATE IN THE RACE THE GRIP LEVEL WILL COME BACK. IT WILL COOL DOWN. BEING ABLE TO STAY WITH IT I THINK REALLY WILL BE IMPORTANT. I THINK WE GOT A FAST CAR. IT’S BEING ABLE TO MAKE THE AJUSTIFYMENTS AND NOT DO ANYTHING DUMB. ALLEN: HOPE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN FOR YOU. GOOD LUCK TODAY. JEFF BURTON STARTS ON THE POLE FOR TODAY’S RACE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT A FUNNY MAN WITH A FUNNY DRIVER? WE WILL FIND OUT. WILL FERRELL BILL: THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN, BROUGHT TO YOU BY BANK OF AMERICA. EXPERIENCE HIGHER STANDARDS IN CHECKING, FRONAL BANK OF AMERICA. AND BY “TALLADEGA NIGHTS, THE BALLED OF RICKY BOBBY” STARRING WILL MATERIAL ON AUGUST 4.>>WHEW, WHEW, YEAH! WE DID IT. WHEN WE STARTED THIS YEAR, I TOLD THE GUYS, SCREW NUMBER ONE. WE ARE GOING TO GO FOR 11TH AND WE SET OUR SIGHTS HIGH BUT NOT TOO HIGH. WHEN YOU WIN 11TH, YOU’RE LIKE NUMBER ONE OF THE REST OF EVERYONE ELSE. [LAUGHTER] I’M NOT JEFF GORDON. ALLEN: WILL FERRELL PLAYING THE ROLE OF JEFF GORDON LAST DECEMBER IN NEW YORK. FERRELL PLAYED A LOT OF ROLES OVER THE YEARS, HE’S BEEN AN ELF, NEWSMAN AND OLD SCHOOL. THE LATEST MOVE PUTS HIM AT THE RACETRACK AND OUT FOR A RIDE WITH WALLY. WALLY: WELCOME BACK TO WALLY’S WORLD. ANOTHER GREAT YEAR IN THE STATE FARM CAR. MY FIRST GUEST OF THE YEAR, WILL FERRELL, STARRING IN “TALLADEGA NIGHTS” OPENING SOON. RICKY BOBBY, WELCOME ABOARD.>>THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT. WALLY: GIVE ME SOME TIPS AROUND THIS PLACE. >>MAKE SURE YOU HOLD YOUR LINE. CLOSE! THAT IS CLOSE. WALLY: HOW DO I APPROACH THIS CORNER RIGHT HERE?>>YOU KNOW WHAT, SO FAR, SO GOOD. WALLY: WHEN YOU WERE RESEARCHING FOR THIS MOVIE, I KNOW YOU HAD TO WATCH A LOT OF NASCAR RACES. >>WHEW! WALLY: WHO DID YOU RESEARCH FOR “TALLADEGA NIGHTS.” THERE’S A LOT OF TALK IT WAS ME. >>I WATCHED A LOT OF OLD RACE FOOTAGE OF YOU, WALLY. SO GREAT N. BLACK AND WHITE. WALLY: THE MOVIE “ANCHORMAN,” DID YOU WATCH A LOT OF FOOTAGE OF BILL WEGGER FOR RON BURGUNDY. >>I’M RON BURGUNDY AND THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR WORLD TONIGHT. WALLY: YOU GUYS HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. >>I HAVE GOT A QUESTION FOR YOU. WALLY: OK.>>HAVE YOU EVER WON A RACE?>>I HAVE NEVER WON A NEXTEL CUP RACE. I NEVER HAD THE TALENT FOR IT.>>OK, I NEVER HAVE EITHER. WALLY: DID YOU EAT BREAKFAST THIS MORNING? >>I DID. I HAD EGGS. WALLY: YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE FOR BREAKFAST? I LOVE DOUGHNUTS. >>OH, NO! OH, BOY. WALLY: I LOVE DOUGHNUTS FOR BREAKFAST!>>OH! WALLY: WHEW!>>I FORGOT, I NEVER WON A NEXTEL CUP RACE. BILL: RYAN NEWMAN JUST CLIMBING DOWN OUT OF THE TRUCK. HE’S OUR FORMER WINNER HERE. YOU CAN TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT TODAY’S RACE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHANCES TO GET BACK TO VICTORY LANE AT THIS TRACK TODAY? >>JUDGING BY THE FACT IT SHOULD BE GOOD BEING IN THE VICTORY LANE IN 2003. JUST DON’T KNOW. WE STRUGGLED AT THESE TYPE OF TRACKS AND LAST YEAR A LITTLE BIT. WE HAVE NOT FINISHED THIS RACE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. TODAY WOULD BE A GOOD DAY TO TURN THAT AROUND. WE HAVE TO SEE HOW THE NUMBER ONE DODGE RUNS. DAVE: WITH MARK MARTIN, HIS LAST WIN CAME AT A TRACK SIMILAR TO THIS IN KANSAS. CAN YOU REPEAT TODAY, MARK? >>WE MIGHT. WE HAVE A GOOD PLAY IN. WE HAVE THE SETUP A LOT LIKE WE HAD IN KANSAS. AND THE TRIPLE A TEAM IS READY FOR SOMETHING GOOD TO HAPPEN. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF MY GREAT FANS OUT THERE FOR ALL OF THEIR SUPPORT. MATT: BOB LABONTE TRYING TO CAPITALIZE ON A GOOD QUALIFYING EFFORT, SIXTH. HAVE YOU AND ABLE TO CARRY THAT MOMENTUM THROUGH THE WEEKEND? >>I THINK SO. I THINK WE WERE 14TH FASTEST IN PRACTICE AND OUR CAR GOT A LITTLE BETTER ON OLDER TIRES. OUR FAST LAP WASN’T THE BIT. OUR CHEERIOS IS A GOOD CAR FOR DODGE AND CHEX MIX THIS WEEKEND, WE WILL BE OK. IT WILL BE TRICKY WITH THE LATE START LIKE THIS. TRACK IS REAL HOT. HOPEFULLY WE CAN KEEP IT COOL. MARTY: BRIAN DICKERS CONTINUES HIS STREAK AT CHICAGOLAND, START STARTING WORSE THAN FIFTH. TODAY HE WILL START SECOND . WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO KEEP YOUR CAR UP THERE ALL DAY LONG?>>GOOD HANDLING CAR. FIRST I THOUGHT MAKING IT HANDLE ON THE BOTTOM BUT WE SAW CASEY MEARS WITH A GREAT WIN RUNNING UP TOP. I THINK DRAG WILL BE IMPORTANT AS IT ALWAYS IS, GOOD PIT STOPS. JUST STAYING UP FRONT. MARTY: THE CHAMPIONSHIP LANDSCAPE WILL DEFINITELY CHANGE OVER THE NEXT NINE RACES. AND YOU CAN CATCH ALL OF THAT ACTION RIGHT HERE ON TNT ON HERE. THE COUNTDOWN TO CHICAGOLAND IS COMING UP. BILL: SUNNY SKY, TEMPERATURE IN THE UPPER 80’S HERE IN JOLIET. LET’S GO TRACKSIDE AND ENJOY THE PRERACE CEREMONIES. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE AND REMOVE YOUR HATS AS THE U.S. MARINE CORPS PRESENTS OUR NATION’S COLORS. PLEASE REMAIN STANDING AS IAN MUZINSKI OF M.R.O. OFFERS OUR INVOCATION. >>LET US PRAY. DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER WE THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TODAY AND FOR THE BEAUTIFUL DAY. WE THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE BLESSINGS YOU HAVE GIVEN US. WE THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND HONOR TO LIVE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY. WE PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. AGAIN, WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DOFMENT WE LOVE YOU IN YOUR NAME, AMEN. >>PLEASE WELCOME “AMERICAN IDOL” SEMIFINALIST AND STAR OF THE BROAD ROY >>♪ OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING. AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ ORR SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE OTHER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE♪♪ >>75,000 SEATS HERE AT CHICAGOLAND AND THEY ARE JAMMED INTO THE INFIELD WAITING FOR THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN RACING. THE COMMAND WHEN>>♪ EVEN WHEN YOU ARE HOPE IS GONE, MOVE ALONG JUST TO MAKE IT THROUGH ♪ NOTE HOW YOU GOING TO KEEP IT GOING, MOVE ALONG, MOVE ALONG ♪ ♪ [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY TURNER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP] BILL: TNT SPORTS WELCOMES YOU TO THE 22ND CONSECUTIVE SEASON OF NASCAR RACING ON TURNER SPORTS. TODAY THE NASCAR NEXTEL SERIES LIVE FROM THE CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY IN JOLIET. BILL WEBER WITH WALLY DALLENBACH AND BENNY PARSONS. WE ARE HERE AT THIS FAST WE ARE HERE AT THIS FAST MILE AND A HALF ATTACK TRACK WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS A CRITICAL RACE. >>I DO. ONLY NINE RACES LEFT. THREE RACETRACKS VERY SIMILAR, CHICAGO, MICHIGAN AND CALIFORNIA. SO HOW DO THEY GET AROUND THIS TRACK AND THROUGH THE RACE? IT WILL DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENS AT MICHIGAN AND CALIFORNIA. JEFF GORDON IS IT IS CRITICAL WE GET THROUGH WITH A GOOD CAR.>>TODAY 400 MILES, YESTERDAY THE 300 MAIL. 23 OF THE DRIVERS IN THAT RACE ARE IN THIS ONE. WALLY THEY LEARNED A VALUABLE LESSON. >>AND CLEAN AIR IS VALUABLE THE THE KURT BUSCH HAD A DOMINANT CAR YESTERDAY AND WHEN HE WAS OUT FRONT NOBODY COULD TOUCH HIM BUT WHEN HE GOT BACK IN TRAFFIC IT WAS TIGHT. CASEY MEARS PLAYED STRATEGY, KEPT OUT THERE UP FRONT, CLEAN AIR IS AT A PREMIUM. WE WILL SEE HOW THEY CAN GET IN A POSITION TO GET THE CAR OUT FRONT.>>BIG WIN FOR CASEY MARRIES. WE WILL SEE WHO GOES TO VICTORY LANE TODAY. >>LET’S GET DOWN TO SOME RACING. FOR THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN MOTORSPORTS STAR OF THE AUGUST RELEASE OF “TALLADEGA NIGHTS” WILL FARRELL AND THE ENTIRE CAST. >>ALL RIGHT, CHICAGO, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME RACING?>>YEAH.>>GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES ! BILL: NASCAR NEXTEL RACING IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BUDWEISER. AND BANK OF AMERICA, EXPERIENCE HIGHER STANDARDS IN CHECKING ONLY FROM BANK OF AMERICA. BY WENDY’S ALL-WHIT MEET CRISPY CHICKEN SANDWICH AND NEXTEL. GET CLOSER TO THE NASCAR NEXTEL SERIES. BILL: BUDWEISER IS THE PROUD SPONSOR OF THE POLE AWARD. BILL: HERE IS A LOOK AT THE STARTING GRID FOR TODAY’S RACE. WALLY: KASEY THIS IS WALLY IN THE BOOTH. GOOD JOB YESTERDAY HOW MUCH WERE YOU SWEAT BEING THE LAST COUPLE OF LAPS?>>YES, I WAS A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS WONDERING IF I HAD THE FUEL TO MAKE IT ALL THE WAY BUT BRIAN TOLD ME WE HAD THE FUEL TO MAKE IT SO I FELT CONFIDENT. THE CAR WAS PRETTY FAST AND EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A GOOD CAR WE TAUGHT WE COULD RUN A LITTLE BIT FASTER. GOOD DAY FOR EVERYBODY, TEXACO, DODGE. EVERYBODY. WALLY: EVERYBODY WATCHING THAT SAID IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS A PREMIUM ON BEING OUT FRONT AND IN CLEAN AIR. DOES THAT CHANGE TODAY? DO YOU LOOK AT THAT STRATEGY-WISE?>>ABSOLUTELY. THE CAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN DON’T KIND OF THAT WAY AND WITH THE TRACK IS WIDENING OUT EVEN THOUGH THE TRACK IS GETTING WIDER IT IS A BIG DEAL TO GET THAT CLEAN AIR. WALLY: GOOD LUCK TODAY. MAYBE YOU CAN GET YOUR FIRST CUP WIN.>>10-4. THANK YOU GUYS. BILL: KEVIN HARVICK SWEPT EARLIER THIS YEAR. KEVIN HARVICK SWEPT BOTH IN ATLANTA LAST YEAR SO WE ARE SEEING IF CASEY MEARS MAY PULL OFF THE SWEEP IN CHICAGOLAND. LOOKING AT THE REST OF THE STARTING GRID. WE WILL ADD THAT THE 00 OF BILL ELLIOTT HAS TO MOVE TO THE REAR BECAUSE OF AN ENGINE CHANGE. BILL: YOU HEARD WALLY TALKING TO CASEY MEARS IN THE 42. HE IS LEAVING THAT CAR AND GOING TO HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS. IT WAS ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING AT 11:00 A.M. THAT THE DRIVER OF THE 42 CAR WILL BE JUAN MONDAY TOY YAMPLET HE WILL FINISH HIS F- AND MOVE TO THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RIDE NEXT YEAR WITH CLIP GANASSI. THE FIELD STILL WARMING UP GETTING READY FOR THE RACETRACK. TRACK POSITION IS EVERYTHING BUT SO IS THE PIT POSITION. OUR GUYS ARE STRATEGICALLY STATIONED ALONG PIT ROAD NEAR WHERE SOME OF THE STARS WILL STOP. WE GO START WITH DAVE BURNS. DAVE: I SEE THEM AS I’M ON TURN FOUR. MARK MARTIN HAS PICKED PIT STALL 43. IT IS GREAT FOR A CLEAN ENTRY BECAUSE THERE ARE NO OTHERS BEHIND YOU. PERFECT FOR AN EASY EXIT BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE DONE THE REST OF THE FIELD HAS PASSED BY. THE HARD PART IS YOU HAVE THE 4 OTHER COMPETITORS FINISHING AND ALL PEELING OUT ON TO PIT LANE. NOT A PERFECT STALL BUT PRETTY GOOD FOR MARK MARTIN. THE NEXT GROUP MARTY HAS. MARTY: IT IS RARE THAT MATT KENSETH QUALIFIES THIS WAY AND TAKES A PIT WITH AN OPENING IN FRONT. AND EASY EXIT. HOW ABOUT THE COOP PICTURE FOR HIM A YEAR AGO? HE WAS 19TH WHEN HE CAME INTO THIS RACE, USED THIS RACE, LED THE MOST LAPS FINISHED SECOND. THIS YEAR HE IS SECOND JUST EIGHT POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD. THEY WANT ANOTHER GOD CHICAGO FINISH. MATT. MATT: VICKERS HAD A STELLAR DAY FRIDAY QUALIFYING. HE CAUGHT THE OUTSIDE FRONT ROW MEANING HE GOT A GREAT SPOT ON PIT ROAD. HE HAS AN OPEN STALL RIGHT IN FRONT JUST PAST START-FINISH. VICKERS HOPES TO GO ON A TEAR LIKE LAST SUMMER STARTING HERE. SIX-RACE SPAN HE SCORED FIVE TOP CONTINUE FINISHES BUT STILL CHASES THE FIRST VICTORY. ALLEN. SNIMPLETE JEFF BURTON WON THE RIGHT TO PICK FIRST BY WINNING THE POLE. HE TOOK THE FIRST PIT BECAUSE HE HAS A CLEAN BLAST FROM THERE TO THE SCORING LINE. BEEN 4 1/2 YEARS SINCE HE WON A RACE. HE SAYS THE KEYS ARE KEEP TRACK POSITION, STAY UP FRONT WHATEVER THEY HAVE NO DO TO MAKE IT HAPPEN AND ADJUST FOR THE COOL. AS THE WEATHER COOLS STAY AHEAD WITH THE ADJUSTMENTS ON THE CAR SO IT IS STILL FASTEST WHEN THE CHECKERED WAVE FLAG WAVES. BILL: THANKS, GENTLEMEN. THE FIELD SLOWLY MOVING OUT OF TURN FOUR, 400 MILES, 267 LAPS WITH JEFF BURTON AND BRIAN VICKERS ON THE FRONT ROW. TNT AND NBC WILL TAKE YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE CHECKERED FLAG IN HOMESTEAD WHEN WE CROWN A NEW SERIES CHAMPION. THE GREEN FLAG IS IN THE AIR AT CHICAGOLAND. JEFF BURTON LEADS THE FIRST LAP AND YOU KNOW HE WANTED THOSE FIVE BONUS POINTS. HE HAS THEM. BENNY: KEVIN HARVICK HIS TEAMMATE UP FRESH IN THE 25 TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE SECOND SPOT. WALLY, JEFF GORDON DIDN’T TREAT YESTERDAY’S WIN ARE VERY NICE. HE WENT THREE WIDE TO PASS HIM ON THE BACKSTRETCH OF THE FIRST LAP. WALLY: THE GOOD THING ALREADY YOU HAVE THREE GROOVES OF TRACK. THEY RAN UP AGAINST THE WALL IN THE BUSCH RACE YESTERDAY. THERE’S A LOT OF ROOM HERE. SO IT IS GOOD TO SEE THEY ARE RUNNING SAID BY SIDE AND — SIDE BY SIDE.>>THERE’S CASEY MEARS IN THE 42. BIG WIN YET FOR MEARS IN THE BUSCH SERIES HIS FIRST NASCAR WIN. JEFF BURTON OUT FRONT LEADING HIS FIRST LAPS EVER HERE IN THE SHORT HISTORY OF THIS TRACK. TONY STEWART STARTED 34TH. BENNY: YES THERE HE IS BETWEEN CARS GOING BY CARL EDWARDS WHO RAN SO WELL YESTERDAY IN THE BUSCH SERIES RACE. BILL: CHECK WITH DAVE BURNS. DAVE: I CHECKED WITH THEIR CREW CHIEF STARTING IN 34TH HE SAYS I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THEY JUST WEREN’T VERY GOOD QUALIFYING LAPS AND I THINK THEY WILL GET IT TOGETHER FOR THE RACE. WALLY: HE IS UP TO 24TH ALREADY. LOOKS LIKE HE WILL PICK A FEW MORE OFF. BILL: HE HAS HAD STRONG RUNS HERE BUT THIS TRACK HASN’T TREATED HIM WELL THE LAST TWO YEARS. CRASHED IN PRACTICE LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE. BENNY: WAS IT THE YEAR BEFORE HE AND KASEY KAHNE MADE CONTACT GOING IN TURN ONE? BILL: YES, SIR. LOOKING ON BOARD WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND WE CHECK WITH MARTY. MARTY: THIS IS THE PORTION WHERE DEARNLT DOESN’T EXPECT TO BE GOOD. IT DOESN’T TAKE OFF BUT IN THE END WHAT A CLOSE CALL THERE. I TALKED TO TONY AND HE SAID THEY TRIED WHEN THEY GOT HER FRIDAY LAST YEAR SET UP FOR THE RACE NOT EVEN CLOSE. THEY ARE WAY AWAY FROM THE SET-UP THAT WON THE RACE LAST YEAR. WALLY: IT WAS A LOT LIKE THE RACE YESTERDAY IN THE BUSCH RACE. HIS CAR WAS BETTER ON LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS. WE WILL SEE IF THEY HAVE THE SAME SET-UP TODAY. BUT STEWART GETS UNDERNEATH HIM. BENNY: STEWART’S CAR IS PRETTY GOOD ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE FAST ON THE BOTTOM YOU WANT TO DO IT EARLY IN THE RACE BECAUSE YOU WILL SEE THESE GUSTY WILL START MOVING UP TO THE TOP AS THEY WEAR THE TIRES DOWN. I’M SURPRISED TONY STEWART MADE MOST OF THE PASSES UP HIGH BECAUSE WE ALWAYS SEE HIM ON THE VERY BOTTOM. BILL: MARTY, SOMETHING GOING ON WITH THE 17 CAR? MARTY: YES, THERE WAS A LOT OF PANIC SAYING I THINK THE RIGHT FRONT IS GOING DOWN. HE SAID I’M COMING THIS TIME AND WENT PAST PIT ROAD SO THE CREW DOESN’T KNOW IF HE IS COMING DOWN AND THEY ARE HAVING TROUBLE COMMUNICATING. THEY ASKED MATT TO SWITCH UP TO THE BACKUP CHANNEL TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE EVERYTHING RIGHT BUT ONCE AGAIN HE GOES PAST THE ENTRANCE. WALLY: WE SAW THAT YESTERDAY THE GUYS AT THE BEGINNING OF A RUN THE GUY WOULD GET LOOSE OR THE CAR WOULD SLIDE UP THE TRACK AND THERE WERE A LOT GUYS WHO THOUGHT THEY HAD TIRES GOING DOWN AND DIDN’T. THIS IS A DIFFERENT TIRE THAN THEY HAVE USED IN THE PAST HERE. BENNY. BENNY: LAST YEAR WE HAD TIRE PROBLEMS EAR HERE, A LOT OF GUYS BLEW TIRES SO THIS TIME THEY CAME WITH A LITTLE HARDER TIRE, THE SAME ONE THEY USED IN CHARLOTTE, SAME CONSTRUCTION WITH A SOFTER COMPOUND BUT IT IS HARDER THAN LAST YEAR’S AND THESE GUYS ARE SLIDING CROSS THE TRACK EITHER THE FRONT OR REAR SO MATT EVIDENTLY SLID ACROSS WITH THE RIGHT FRONT, THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE. BILL: MARTY DO YOU HAVE MORE? MARTY: WHEN AT THE SWITCHED TO THE BACKUP RADIO THEY COULDN’T HEAR HIM. THEY THOUGHT HE SAID I HAVE A RIGHT FRONT GOING DOWN BUT HE SAID THE CAR IS SO LOOSE FEELS LIKE THE RIGHT REAR DOESN’T HAVE AIR PRESSURE. THAT IS WHAT HE WAS SAYING. NOTHING WRONG SO FAR. THEY WILL KEEP AN EYE ON IT. BENNY: THAT IS A A LOT OF DRIVERS WERE COMPARISONNING ABOUT GETTING THEM TO RUN LATER THEY ARE SO LOOSE THEY ARE TRYING TO SPIN OUT EARLY IN THE RUNS. BILL: TONY STEWART FROM 34TH TO 17TH IN 10 LAPS. ON BOARD WITH JEFF BURTON STARTED FROM THE POLE. HASN’T WON SINCE PHOENIX IN 2001 BUT HE IS UP FRONT HERE AT CHICAGOLAND TRYING TO GET RICHARD CNA BILL: 15 A LAPS COMPLETE HERE AT CHICAGOLAND UNDER GREEN. LOOK AT OUR AUTOZONE IN THE ZONE DRIVERS. BILL: THIS RACE HAS NEVER BEEN WON FROM THE POLE. NO WIN FROM THE TOP FIVE BUT JEFF BURTON STARTED ON THE POLE AND HAS LED EVERY LAP SO FAR. ABOUT TO LEAD ANOTHER. THERE’S THE 99 OF CRAR EDWARDS AND WE ARE GETTING A REPORT HE HIT THE WALL JUST ABOUT A LAP OR TWO AGO. BENNY: THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS CAR IS BEATEN UP AND HE’S GOING BACKWARDS. ALLEN. ALLEN: HE SAID HE SLIPPED UP AND HIT THE WALL. HE WAS TOLD THERE IS NO SMOKE OFF THE TIRES. THEY WILL FIX THE FEPPEDER DAMAGE ON A PIT STOP UNDER A CAUTION FLAG. BILL: 19 RACES SINCE HIS LAST WIN AT TEXAS LAST NOVEMBER FOR QUARREL EDWARDS. FOUR WINS IN — CARL EDWARDS. WALLY: HE HAS LOST ABOUT 10 POSITIONS FROM WHERE HE STARTED SO IT MUST HAVE AFFECTED THE HANDLING A LITTLE BIT. BILL: TERRY LABONTE IN 44 LOOKING TO GO AROUND ON THE OUTSIDE. BENNY: THAT IS JAMIE MCMURRAY THE WHITE 26, DIFFERENT SPONSOR THIS WEEK, UNFAMILIAR COLORS. BILL: MCMURRAY LOST A CAR HER EARLY FRIDAY OPENING MINUTES OF PRACTICE. BENNY: THIRD LAP ON THE RACETRACK. BILL: HAD A TIRE GO DOWN AND HIT THE WALL AND THERE WAS A LOT OF DAM. JAMIE WAS OK. BACKUP CAR TODAY. ALLEN ON JAMIE. ALLEN: I TALKED TO THEM THIS MORNING. THEY SAID LAST PRACTICE YESTERDAY JAMIE TOLD HIM THE BACKUP CAR WAS HANDLING WELL AND BOB SAID THE LAP TIMES WERE NOT GOOD SO IF WE CAN GET SPEED AND KEEP THE COMFORT IN THE CAR WE CAN MAKE THIS AN OK DAY. BILL: YOU TALK ABOUT TEAMS THAT NEED A GOOD RUN, THE 26 TEAM IS ONE. JAMIE MCMURRAY MAKING THE MOVE FROM GANASSI TO ROUSH IT 2006. WALLY: EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE SPEED IF IT STAYS CONSISTENT AND COMFORTABLE FOR THE DRIVER HE WILL LOOK LIKE A HERO BY THE END OF THE RACE PAUSE A LOT OF CARS WILL FALL OFF AND GET HARD TO DRIVE . SO IF HE STAYS THE SAME HE CAN PASS A LOT OF CARS. >>PRETTY GOOD EVERYWHERE ELSE. BILL: YOU HEARD JAMIE MCMURRAY COMING GANASSI. . MARTY: LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW THIS CAME TOGETHER. CHIP SAID YOU MADE THE CALL TO HIM. WHAT PROGRAMMED THAT? >>I DON’T KNOW. . I LOOKED AT ALL MY OPTIONS AND HE HAD AN OPEN AND THINGS WORKED OUT PRETTY QUICKLY. IT WAS MADE LESS THAN A WEEK AGO AGO. MARTY: WHAT IS SA ATTRACTIVE ABOUT NASCAR TO YOU?>>I THINK THE RACING IS SO MUCH CLOSER AND JUST REALLY TIGHT, JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE. IT WILL BE A TOUGH CHALLENGE AND I KNOW IN THE BEGINNING IT WILL BE TOUGH BUT I’M EXCITED. MARTY: WILL THIS BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOUR CAREER?>>IT WILL BE A BIG CHALLENGE. SOMETHING NEW FOR ME BUT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I HAVE DONE PRETTY GOOD IN MOST THINGS I HAVE DONE. I THINK THE TALENT HERE AND GUYS ARE QUICK AND THEY WILL MAKE MY LIFE TOUGH BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO IT. MARTY: CHIP SAYS THERE’S A PLAN TO GET BUT AT CAR THIS YEAR. WHEN AND WHERE? >>WE WILL SEE. I HAVE TO FINISH MY F-1 SEASON FIRST. ZIVERAGESE I TALKED TO CHIP AND HE SAID THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET HIM IN A BUSCH CAR THIS YEAR BUT WOULD LOVE TO GET HIM IN A CUP CAR. THEY HAVE TO QUALIFY HIM TO RACE IN THE DAYTONA 500. BILL: THANK, MARTY. BENNY WE WERE IN THE MEDIA CENTER WHEN THAT WAS MADE BUT THAT IS BIG NEWS FOR NASCAR A GUY LEAVING FORMULA 1 TO COME HERE. BENNY: I DON’T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN THAT MANY PEOPLE FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN A IMMEDIATE WHY CENTER. BILL: WHERE FOOD WASN’T INVOLVED. BENNY: IT WAS JAMMED PACK. WALLY: HE CAN DRIVER BUT HE HAS A LOT OF WORK BECAUSE THESE CARS ARE THE HARDEST CARS THAT HE WILL EVER DRIVE. BILL: A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF HIM IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE HE HAS TO GET QUALIFIED TO RACE IN THE DAYTON INTO 500 ACCORDING TO NASCAR RULES AND REGULATIONS. BENNY: HE IS GOING TO RUN SOME BUSCH SERIES RACES AND MAYBE A COUPLE OF NASCAR NEXTEL RACES BEFORE THE YEAR IS OVER AND LET NASCAR VIEW HIM ON THE RACETRACK. BILL: JEFF BURTON IS UP FRONT. WE WILL TALK ABOUT HIM AND WE WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD WHEN WE COME BECOME TO BILL: WE WILL GO THROUGH THE FIELD BEGINNING WITH ALLEN. ALLEN: JEFF HAS LED ALL THE LAPS SO FAR. HE SAID HE THINKS STRATEGY AND TIRES ARE THE BIG STORY TODAY. THEY HOPE TO MAKE THE RIGHT STRATEGY CALLS TO KEEP HIM OUT FRONT. MATT. MATT: BRIAN VICKERS LOOK ARE HE QUALIFIED SECOND SPOT THE CAR IS A LITTLE FREE. SAYS OUT FRONT YOU CAN TELL. CLEAN AIR IS SO IMPORTANT. IF HE CAN GET IT HE FEELS LIKE HE HAS A BETTER CAR THAN THE 31. ALLEN. ALLEN: KEVIN HARVICK STARTED FOURTH, HE IS THIRD. HE HAS BEEN MOVING UP AND DOWN TRYING TO FIND THE LINE THAT SUITS HIM. RIGHT NOW THE HIGH LINE IS BEST. MARTY. MARTY: BOBBY LABONTE IS UP TO FOURTH FROM SIXTH. HE WANTED THE LAP TIMES CALLED UTAH EVERY LAP. HE SAYS THE CAR IS LOOSE IN, LOOSE OUT AND TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON STARTED 13TH, UP TO FIFTH POSITION AND HE’S PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THE WAY THE CAR PERFORMING. >>YOU ARE FLYING, JUST TAKE CARE OF THE TIRES.>>IT IS MOVING IN THE MIDDLE. CAN’T BE ANY LOOSER. ALLEN: HIS CREW CHIEF SAYING IT IS A LONG WAY TO GO. MATT: CAR THAT GORDON OWNS JIMMIE JOHNSON JUST DROPPED OUT OF THE TOP FIVE LOOSE ON ENTRY INTO TURN ONE. CHAD GANASSI TRIED TO ADJUST FROM THE COCKPIT. MARTY: AFTER THE EARLIER PANIC MATT KENSETH SAYS TIRES ARE UP. CAR STARTED EXTREMELY LOOSE BUT THAT IS GOOD FOR THE END WHEN THE CAR SHOULD BE VERY GOOD FOR MATT. KASEY CAPE IS BEHIND HIM ON THE TRACK DRIVING HIS FAVORITE CHARACTERIZATION UNDEFEATED THIS YEAR AND KASEY LOVES THIS CAR.>>IT’S A GOOD CAR, THEY PUT A LOT OF TIME INTO IT ON THE OFF-SEASON AND WE HIT ON A LOT OF STUFF WHEN WE HAVE RACED IT. SO IT IS LUCKY, THANKS HAVE HAPPENED AT THE RIGHT TIME AND THE CAR IS FAST. ALLEN: EARLIER THE WATER TEMPERATURE WAS A THE 230 AND THERE WAS A REPORT OF DEBRIS . IT HAS FALLEN OFF. HE HAS DROPPED FROM THIRD TO NINTH. MATT: REED SOUTHERNEN IS NINTH, NOT SAID A LOT ON THE RADIO AND THE SPOTTERS HAVE BEEN TELLING THEM WHAT THE BALANCE LOOKS LEAK ON THE RACETRACK AND WHAT LINE THE 41 IS RUNNING. DAVE: DENNY HAMLIN HAS BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE CAR WANTING TO SPIN OUT OFF THE CORNERS. THE CREW CHIEF JUST ASKED IS IT THAT WAY AND HE SAID YES. SAME ON J.J. YELEY. LAP 23 HE REPORTED THREE OFF WHICH MEANS IT WANTS TO SPIN OUT EVERY TIME HE PUTS THE GAS DOWN OFF THE CORNER AND TONY STEWART WHO IS UP TO THE 12TH POSITION AFTER STARTING IN 34TH, STILL WANTS TO PASS CARS BECAUSE LAST TIME HE WAS IN A PACK HE SAID GET ME OUT OF THIS MESS. MARTY: BEFORE THE RACE STARTED CASEY MEARS SAID THANKS TO YOU WHO WERE HERE YESTERDAY AND THE CAR A LITTLE TOO TIGHT FOR CASEY. HE STARTED 11. HE IS NOW 15TH. DAVE: KYLE BUSCH’S CREW CHIEF SAID THEY WOULD LIKE IT HOT AND STICKY AND IT IS THAT WAY ON THE TRACK. HE REPORTS, KYLE, THAT THE CAR IS A LITTLE SKATEY. THAT IS OK. MARTY: DALE EARNHARDT HAS PICKED UP 11 POSITIONS AND SAID THE CAR IS TOO TIGHT AND WON’T TURN IN THE CORNERS SO CHANGED THE LINE AND WENT HIGHER ON THE RACETRACK AND THE LAP TIMES PICKED UP. MATT: GREG BIFFLE 11TH IN THE STANDINGS BUT HE HAS BEEN AHEAD OF JIMMIE JOHNSON SIX OF THE LAST EIGHT BUT HE CONTINUES TO SLIDE. THE CAR NOT BAD BUT TIGHT ESPECIALLY IN TRAFFIC. JEREMY, KURT BUSCH’S FATHER WHO HELPED HIM DOMINATE THE BUSCH RACE BUT HE FINISHED SEVENTH. HE SAID THE CAR IS NOT BAD IN THE CORNERS, TRYING TO HELP KURT PREPARE HIS LINES TO WHAT THE LEADERS ARE RUNNING. DAVE: DAVE BLANEY HAD A GOOD RUN YESTERDAY UNTIL A CRACK. HE HAS LOSTED THREE POSITIONS TODAY. MARTY: RYAN PNEUMONIA SN A LITTLE PUSHY, HIS CAR WILL NOT TURN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNERS. THE CREW SOUND LIKE A FRUSTRATED BUNCH OF GUYS WHO CAN’T GET THE INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM FALLEN OUT. HE IS IN 19. DAVE: 11 POSITIONS FROM THE START IS MATT MARTIN. THEY LEFT IT LOOSE LIKE YESTERDAY AND THAT IS MARK EAST PROBLEM. IT IS TOO LOOSE AND HE SAID ABOUT JUAN MONTOYA THAT IS GREAT FOR OUR SPORT RUNNING AROUND IN THE TRUCK BEFORE PRE-RACE HE SAID THAT IS GOOD FOR OUR SPORT AND MATT KENSETH SAID I AGREE. CAN’T WAIT. BILL: THAT WAS THE FEELING AS YOU KNOW THROUGHOUT THE GARAGE AREA THIS MORNING. THAT IS THE TOP 20. NOW WE WILL UPDATE THE CAR OF CARL EDWARDS. OWE HAS FALLEN OFF THE LEAD LAP. HE IS NOW SCORED IN THE 42ND POSITION AND 16TH IN POINTS. MORE FROM ALLEN. MARTY: I — ALLEN: I JUST TALKED TO WALLY FROM THE CREW CHIEF, THEY SUSPECT WHEN CARL BOUND BOUNCED OFF THE WALL HE KNOCKED THE FRONT END OUT OF ALIGNMENT. THE THEY CALL IN THE TOE-IN SO THEY NEED A CAUTION FLAG TO MAKE A COUPLE OF PIT STOPS TO RESET THAT AND RESET THE FRONT FENDERS AND HOPE TO GET A COUPLE OF BREAKS AND GET BACK IN CONTENTION. BILL: BECAUSE JEFF BURTON HAS BEEN SO FAST HE IS NOT THE FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN. NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE LUCKY DOG. JEFF BURTON BILL: WE CONTINUE UNDER GREEN. JEFF BURTON HAS LED ALL 45 LAPS AND CONTINUES TO LAP CARS. TIME FOR OUR RACE TALK QUESTION WHICH DRIVERS ARE ENJOYING THE MOST IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK FROM A YEAR AGO. BENNY: THAT IS A TOUGH QUESTION. THERE’S A COUPLE OF GUYS ON THERE I WOULD VOTE FOR BUT YOU CAN ONLY VOTE FOR ONE. BILL: THAT’S RIGHT. BENNY: MAN. BILL: ON BOARD WITH JEFF BURTON AND HIS CAR SEEMS OK, WALLY. WALLY: IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD. YOU CAN SEE HOW HE IS WORKING THE BOTTOM. A LOT OF GUYS HAVE MOVED TO THE TOP BUT JEFF IS WORKING GOOD ON THE BOTTOM. COMING INTO TURN ONE HERE, RETURNING DEEP, GETS OFF THE THROTTLE A LITTLE BIT OF BRAKE, PICK BACK THE THROTTLE UP, NICE AND EASY. 13R LOOKS GOOD. CAR LOOKS GOOD. BENNY: HE IS STAYING RIGHT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TRACK. AS BILL SAID SOME CAN’T DO IT. THEY HAVE TO MOVE UP THE RACETRACK. HE AND TONY RAINES, SEE TONY CAN’T KEEP IT DOWN. SEE HOW MUCH SPACE HE LOST BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THAT WITH THAT LITTLE SLIP. WALLY: SO THAT IS A GOOD HANDLING RACETRACK RIGHT THERE. GOOD HANDLING CAR. THE 21 IS KENNY SCHRADER IN 29, PROBABLY NOT HAVING A GOOD HANDLING CAR. WE WILL SEE HIM WORKING. BENNY: I TALKED TO HIS CREW CHIEF AND THEY WERE VERY UNHAPPY WITH HIS CAR. THEY CHANGED EVERYTHING, SPRINGS, SHOCKS, SPINDLES, HE CHANGED EVERYTHING ON THE SUSPENSION ON THIS 21 CAR. HE SAID I WOULD RATHER DO THAT AND TAKE A CHANCE WE CAN HIT ON SOMETHING GOOD THAN TO RUN 30. BILL: IT MAY BE MORE IMPORTANT FOR THIS 21 CAR TO RUN BETTER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS BECAUSE THERE ARE TALKS THAT THE WOOD BROTHERS MAY BE TROUBLE WITH A SPONSOR SHIP IN THE FUTURE. BENNY: I AGREE. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET TO RUN FASTER. BILL: JEFF BURTON HAS LED 49 LAPS TODAY. COMING INTO THIS LAP THE BILL: AT ANY TIME SPORTS LIVE AT THE CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY, JOLIET. ILL. IT HAS BEEN A SPECTACULAR WEEKEND SINCE WE GOT HERE. NOW ABOUT 80,000 FANS PACKED INTO THE SPEEDWAY WATCHING TODAY’S RACE. JEFF BURTON HAS LED ALL 55 LAPS BUT THERE ARE TWO STORIES DEVELOPING. THE 24 IS THE FIRST ONE. WALLY: THERE ARE TWO CARS WITH THE FASTEST CARS ON THE TRACK THAT IS ONE. JEFF GORDON IS EATING UP JEFF BURTON’S LEAD RIGHT NOW. BENNY: AND THIS 24 HAS WORKED UP TO THE SECOND POSITIONAL LEN. ALLEN: NOW THE CREW CHIEF IS ASKING THE DRIVER WHAT KIND OF ADJUSTMENTS DO YOU WANT ON THE PIT STOP . JEFF TACKED ABOUT HIS CAR NEEDING A LITTLE HELP TURNING IN THE CORNERS AND HIS CREW CHIEF SAID UNLESS YOU TELL ME YOU ARE INCREDIBLY TIGHT I’M NOT CHANGING MUCH. MATT. MATT: THE 41 OF REED SORENSON IS IN SMALL AIR PRESSURE CHANGE THE BALLAST IS PRETTY GOOD. HE WAS RUNNING JUST INSIDE THE TOP 10. BENNY: HE HAD A TERRIFIC RUN GOING, MATT. AND CASEY MEARS ON PIT ROAD AND 40 CAR BEHIND HIM SO LOOKS LIKE THE DODGES ABOUT 58 LAPS. MARTY: THEY TALKED ABOUT THE CAR NOT TURNING IN THE CORNER AND ON ONE TO 10 HOW WAS IT HE SAID AN 11, VERY GOOD AT THE END OF THE RUN JUST WON’T TURN ENOUGH SO THEY WILL PUT A POUND IN THE RIGHT REAR TIRE FOR CASEY MEARS TRYING TO WIN HIS FIRST BUSCH AND CUP RACE IN THE SAME WEEKEND. BILL: SO, MEARS HEADS OUT, GREG BIFFLE ON PIT ROAD AND THE SIX IS HEADED FOR YOU, DAVE. DAVE: MARK MARTIN STARTED NINET AND WENT STRAIGHT BACK. STARTED OUT BAD LOOSE, BAD TIGHT NOW. MAKE A WEIGHT ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR FRESH TARS. MATT: THE CARS TIGHT ESPECIALLY IN TRAFFIC AND GOING TO TRY TO ADJUST IN WITH AIR PRESSURE AS THE 10 OF SCOTT RIGGS IS IN THEY WILL MAKE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT. MARTY: MATT KENSETH SAID THE CAR WAS LOOSE AT THE BEGINNING AND WANTED THE COME AROUND. WANTED TO PIT HERE. LAP 58, A POUND ON THE RIGHT FRONT. DAVE: LITTLE TIGHT ON THE CORNER FOR TONY STEWART THAT WAS THE CALL. YOU SEE THEY ARE MAKING A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR FRESH TIRES. ALL THE WAY FROM 34TH POSITION A GOOD GREEN FLAG STOP FOR THE 20. BENNY: THE COMMITMENT THAT YOU HAVE TO GO INSIDE OUT, WELL, NOT THERE ANY MORE. BILL: BECAUSE TODD KLUEVER GOT IT. AND THAT WILL BE A PENALTY. THAT WILL AN DRIVE-THROUGH PENALTY UNDER GREEN. SO THEY WORK ON KLUEVER’S CAR AND THE LEADER HAS MOVED TO PIT ROAD NOW. BENNY: JEFF GORDON IS RIGHT BEHIND THE 31 CAR. NOW IT IS A BATTLE OF THE PIT CREWS TO SEE WHO CAN WIN THAT. WALLY: EVERYBODY IS IN PIT ROAD RIGHT NOW. BILL: ALL THE WAY DOWN TOWARD TURN ONE HEADED FOR YOU. ALLEN. ALLEN: JEFF BURTON PRETTY CALM SAID THE GUY IN FRONT OF ME ABOUT WRECKED GETTING ON PIT ROAD. HE IS GOING TO GET FOUR TIRES AND A TRACK BAR PIT ROAD. HE IS GOING TO GET FOUR TIRES AND A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT AND SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT ON THE BURTON CAR. YOU SEE THE WRENCH ON THE ORANGE 31. HIS TEAM NO ADJUSTMENTS ON THAT TEAM FOR JEFF GORDON. HEAD-TO-HEAD RACE TO SEE HOW GETS OUT FIRST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GORDON COULD TAKE THE LEAD FROM BURTON. NOT QUITE. LOOKS LIKE BURTON HELD. BENNY: I DON’T KNOW. BILL: NOBODY WILL GIVE. WALLY: NO. BILL: PIT STOPS CONTINUE, MATT. MATT: SERVICE CLEAT COMPLETED ON THE CAR OF JIM YES JOHNSON HEADING BACK TO TURN WOUND. CHAD BEGAN THAT IS AND HE TALKED BECAUSE THE BALANCE IS NOT GOOD. DAVE: KYLE BUSCH’S CAR TIGHTENING AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR YOUNG KYLE. AGAIN THAT CONSIDER WOULD NOT TURN FOR HIM OVER THE LONG RUN BUT NOT BAD SO FAR. BILL: THESE PIT STOPS OCCURRING UNDER GREEN, WE HAVE BEEN GREEN SINCE WE STARTED, 62 LAPS IN AND JEFF GORDON EDGED JEFF BURTON OFF OF PIT ROAD. KYLE BUSCH DID LEAD A COUPLE OF LAPS FOR FIVE BONUS POINTS. WAITING FOR THE SCORING TO CYCLE AROUND AND IT SHOULD PICK UP GORDON AS THE RACE LEADER WITH BURTON RIGHT BEHIND HIM. ONE OF THE FEW TRACKS JEFF GORDON HAS NEVER WON AT. WALLY: BASED ON THE FIRST PART OF THE RACE JEFF BURTON’S CAR IS BETTER THE FIRST 25 LAPS THAN GORDON’S CAR. GORDON’S CAR COMES IN A LITTLE LATER. ONE OF THE OTHER GUYS IS EARNHARDT JR. IT IS REALLY FAST AFTER ABOUT 25 LAPS. SO, HE STARTED, EARNHARDT IS 25TH AND HE IS NOW UP TO 11TH SO I WOULD SEE HIM IN THE TOP FIVE. BENNY: YOU TALKED ABOUT TRACK POSITION. YOU SEE JEFF BURTON THE 31 CAR BEHIND THE 42. HE IS PICKING UP THAT AIR BEHIND THE 4, NOT AS GOOD AS HE WAS BY HIMSELF. BILL: BURTON IS ONE OF THE 23 DRIVERS IN THE RACE THAT KNOWS ABOUT THAT. OUR CREW CAM ON WORK AT PIT ROAD. BENNY: THE RIGHT REAR TIRE CARRIER THROWS IT THERE. TIRE GOES ON. AROUND TO THE LEFT SIDE. TAKES THE TIRE OFF. HE THROWS IT BILL: OUR FIRST CAUTION FLAG OF THE DAY FOR DEBRIS WITH JEFF GORDON SCORED AS THE LEADER. 68 LAPS ARE COMPLETE. WORKING LAP 69. NOW IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING ALL HIS CARS HAVE JUST BEEN ON AND OFF OF PIT ROAD SO THE STRATEGY HERE WILL BE FUN TO WATCH. WALLY: IT WILL BE BECAUSE THE LEADER IS IN THE WORST POSITION RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WHATEVER HE DOES EVERYBODY ELSE WILL DO THE OPPOSITE. ALLEN: THAT IS THE ONGOING DEBATE DOWN HERE. STEVE BETARRED TALKING WITH JEFF GORDON. THEY ARE TRYING NOT TO GET CAUGHT OUT. IF HE PITS AND A BUNCH OF GUYS STAY OUT THEY HAVE LOST TRACK POSITION. IF HE DOESN’T COME IN AND MOST EVERYBODY ELSE DOES HE WILL BE A SITTING DUCK ON THE OLDER TIRES WHAFMENT DO YOU DO? THEY WILL COME IN AND TOP OFF THE FUEL IT SOUNDS LIKE. BILL: THE GUYS THAT COME DOWN PIT ROAD SOME WILL TAKE FUEL ONLY, SOME TWO TIRES AND SOME FOUR. THIS WAS A CONCERN THIS MORNING AFTER WATCHING YESTERDAY’S BUSCH RACE. GORDON AND BURTON COME TO PIT ROAD. HARVICK STAYING OUT. WALLY: HALF THE FIELD IS COMING IN. MARTY: MATT KENSETH SAYS HIS BACK END WANTS TO SPIN OUT AND 17 CAR THEY WILL TAKE OUT A HALF POUND OF THE RIGHT REAR. MATT: THE 25 OF BRIAN VICKERS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A TWO-TIRE CHANGE. CAR STILL FREE ON THAT RUN. TWO TIRES SHOULD HELP TIGHTEN UP THE 25. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON IN AND OUT JUST TOPPING OFF THE FUEL AND AGAIN WITH A PRETTY GOOD RACE WITH JEFF BURTON. DAVE. DAVE: DENNY HAMLIN GAVE UP EIGHTH TO COME IN, THOUGHT WITH ONLY FUEL BUT SAID THE CAR WAS A LITTLE FREE ON THROTTLE MEANING WHEN HE PUT DOWN HE WOULD LOSE THE BACK END SO HAD HE PUT ON FOUR CARS. BILL: IS THERE A JACK ROLLING AROUND DOWN WILL? WALLY: YES, HE CAUGHT IT THOUGH. BILL: THIS IS WHERE THE RACE WILL REALLY BEGIN BECAUSE SOME OF THE FASTEST GUYS WILL BE IN THE BACK OF THE FIELD WHEN WE BILL: STILL WORKING ON CAUTION FOR DEBRIS SO IT IS TIME TO PAY OFF OUR CAR QUESTION. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK. LET’S SEE HOW JEFF BURTON FARED. BENNY: I WAS THINKING OF JEFF BURTON AND KASEY KAHNE. FOUR VICTORIES LAST YEAR, ONE LAST YEAR. BILL: EVERBURTON ON THE POLE. LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST WIN SINCE PHOENIX IN OCTOBER OF 2001 AND HERE ARE THE GUYS TRYING TO HELP HIM GET IT DONE.>>SCOTT MILLER.>>JOE, JOSH KLINE GROVE, JASON FOWLER WINSTON-SALEM. AARON SMITH, DENTON, NORTH CAROLINA. LARRY HAIR RE, KING, NORTH CAROLINA. RICH BURGESS, DOVER PLAINS NEW YORK, OCCUR RIDDEN BALDWIN. BENNY: THE CREW TRAINER ON THE 31 CAR AND ALL THE CHILDRESS CARS. BILL: TOP SEVEN DIDN’T RESTART. JEFF GORDON EIGHT, EVERBURTON NINTH. WALLY: DID YOU SEE THAT IN THE 60? BENNY: YES. WALLY: HE GOT A TERRIBLE RESTART ALL THE WAY UP THE RACETRACK AND HE WILL FIND HIS WAY TO THE BACK OF THIS PACK. BILL: HE WAS IN THE SAME SEAT YESTERDAY IN THE BUSCH RACE. WALLY: IT IS AN EDUCATION ON RESTARTS. BILL: EDUCATION IN THE FAST LANE. THIS IS WHAT A LOT OF GUYS IN THE GARAGE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS MORNING. FIRST TIME THE CAUTION FLAG COMBS OUT AND THE FIELD GETS JUMBLED BY PIT STOPS YOU WILL SEE SOME OUTSTANDING AND PRETTY EXCITING RACING AND THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE NOW. BENNY: JEFF GORDON — JEFF BURTON BOTH TRYING TO WORK THEIR WAY BACK TO THE FRONT IN TRAFFIC. WALLY: THEY ARE WANTING TO GET OUT OF THIS PACK. IF YOU ARE THIS IN PACK YOU WANT TO GET BY AS MANY CARS AS YOU CAN. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS. THE CAR DOESN’T HAVE A LOT OF DOWN FORCE, SLIDING, CARS PUCKED — TUCKED UP UNDER YOU. IT IS A HANDFUL RIGHT NOW. BILL: WHAT IS THE TIRE STORY, ALLEN. ALLEN: JEFF BURTON SAID THIS MORNING WHEN YOU GET THAT SITUATIONS LIKE THIS IN A RACE HE DOESN’T EXPECT THE GUYS WITH THE FRESHER TIRES LIKE HIMSELF TO SHOW MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE THE FIRST 10 LAPS OF A RUN LIKE WE HAVE SEEN AT OTHER TRACKS. WITH THIS TIRE TODAY HE EXPECTS 15 OR 20 LAPS IN THE RUN TO BEGIN SEE GUYS WITH THE FRESHER TIRES SHOW ADVANTAGE SO IT MAY A , MAY ACHE LITTLE WHILE. IF YOU GET ONE OF THE SITUATIONS LATER WHEN THE TIRES ARE A FACTOR THEY DIDN’T TAKE TIRES ON THIS PIT STOP. BILL: LOOKING FOR TONY STEWART. THERE HE IS. 96. STACY COMPTON. BENNY: TONY RAINES. BILL: TONY RAINES, I’M SORRY, THANK YOU. WALLY: WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? BILL: I DON’T KNOW. MATT: THE 48 JIMMIE JOHNSON LOOKING BACK AT THAT LOWE’S SHOIMPLE, ALL OVER THE TRACK. THE CAR STILL FREE BUT CHAD KNAUS THINGS IT WILL TIGHTEN UP BUT YOU SHOULD HEAR HIS FATHER WHEN HE WAS MIXED PICKUP IN THAT TRAFFIC. JIM YES TRYING TO BE PATIENT. BILL: SPOTTER HAS HIS HANDFUL. WALLY: YOU HAVE AN AIR FULL THERE. YOU CAN’T, IT IS NOT LIKE I WILL BACK UP AND GET IN LIEN BECAUSE IT TAKES SIX OR SEVEN LAPS TO GET A LINE GOING. EVERYBODY IS ALL OVER THE TRACK SO YOU HAVE TO BE AGGRESSIVE ON THE RESTARTS TO GET AS MUCH TRACK POSITION AS YOU CAN. BILL: ON BOARD WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON FOR FOURTH PLACE. JEFF GORDON IN THE 24 INSIDE OF KYLE BUSCH IN THE FIVE. KYLE BUSCH DIDN’T STOP UNDER THAT LAST PIT SEQUENCE SEQUENCE, GORDON STOPPED. BENNY: SO THE TIRES ARE EQUAL. WE SEE THE 24 CAR IS VERY FAST TODAY. GUYS HAVE DONE A TERRIFIC JOB, THE CREW THERE. BILL: FUEL CAN AN FACTOR HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. CASEY MEARS WON YESTERDAY THEN RAN OUT OF GAS BASICALLY ON HIS COOLDOWN LAP SO NO VICTORY CELEBRATION AS OPPOSED TO WALLY WHO GOT HIS IN WITH WILL FARRELL. WALLY: I GOT IT RIGHT OFF THE BAT WITH A FULL TANK. GORDON’S CAR WORKING GOOD ON THE BOTTOM. A LOT . CARS IN FRONT OF HIM HAVE A LITTLE BIT OLDER TIRES AND USING A LITTLE MORE TRUCK SO JEFF WILL MAKE UP TIME ALTHOUGH HARVICK OUT FRONT WITH THE CLEAN AIR HAS BEEN THE FASTEST CAR ON THE TRACK THE LAST TWO LAPS. BILL: BOBBY LABONTE SECOND AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE THIRD POSITION. MARTY. MARTY: I TALKED TO WHY THEY LEFT DALE EARNHARDT JR. ON THE TRACK THEY SAID THE CAR SO GOOD ON LONG RUNS THEY LIKE THE OLDER TIRES SO THEY LOST NOTHING BY LEAVING HIM OUT OTHER THAN TO GAIN TRACK POSITION. BIGGEST CONCERN FOR JUNIOR THE SEAT HE IS IN.>>WRITE THIS DOWN MY SEAT IS UP A LITTLE BIT FOR THE CAR. NEAT TO WORK ON THAT ON THE NEXT COUPLE OF RACES. I CAN DRIVE BETTER AND BE MORE ACCURATE WITH THE CAR IF I’M SITTING UP. BENNY: THAT MAY SOUND LIKE A LITTLE SILLY THING TO POSITION IT BUT WHEN YOU KNOW THE WAY IT IS POSITIONED MEANS A LOT AS MUCH AS HEAD RESTRAPETS AS YOU HAVE. WALLY: IT IS IMPORTANT AND ONE THING IF THE SEAT IS LAID BACK TOO FAR AND STEERING WHEEM IS NOT IN THE RIGHT POSITION YOU FIND YOURSELF LEANING FORWARD OR TRYING TO HOLD YOURSELF UP WITH THE STEERING WHEEL. IF YOU DO THAT AND PULL YOURSELF OUT OF THE SEAT YOU ARE TWISTING IN THE SEAT AND YOU WILL START PULLING MUSCLES AND IT IS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. SO, THE SEAT POSITION IS VERY IMPORTANT AND YOU WANT TO BE CONSISTENT. EVERY RACE CAR YOU SIT IN YOU WANT IT TO FILL THE SAME AS THE REST. YOU DON’T WANT TO HAVE IT DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU THINK ABOUT THAT IT WAS IN HAD RACE A YEAR AGO TONY STEWART CAME ACROSS THE RADIO AND SAID GUYS MAKE A NOTE I WANT LOWER ON MY FEET FOR THIS RACE NEXT YEAR SO I CHECKED IN THE GARAGE THIS MORNING AND DEFINITELY THEY HAVE A BLOWER ON HIS FEET. THEY MOVED THE TAIL PIPES TO THE RIGHT SIDE BUT A BLOWER THAT HE REQUESTED IN HIS CAR FOR THIS RACE TODAY. KEVIN HARVICK IS THE RACE LEADER, 83 LAPS ARE COMPLETE HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. HE WON THE FIRST TWO RACES HERE, HAS ONE WIN THISN N BILL: WE CONTINUE UNDER GREEN HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE DRIVER. BENNY: I WAS TALKING TO SOME OF THE CREWS AND AFTER THE RACE THEY GO HOME AND WATCH TRACK PASS TO SEE HOW THE CAR WAS DOING. BILL: 88 LAPS COMPLETE IN THE SHEETROCK 400. KEVIN HARVICK UP FRONT GOING THROUGH THE FIELD. ALLEN. ALLEN: HOW DO YOU TELL IF A DRIVER IS HAPPY?>>WHEN HE IS QUIET. ALLEN: RIGHT. KEVIN HARVICK HASN’T SAID ANYTHING SINCE WE WENT BECOME TO GREEN. MARTY. MARTY: DALE EARNHARDT JR. JUST PASSED BOBBY LABONTE FOR SECOND. HE SAYS THE CAR IS TIGHT MEANING IT WON’T TURN IN THE CORNERS BUT IT IS FAST. HE TRIED THE HIGH LINE AND DIDN’T WORK AS WELL AND WENT TO THE BOTTOM. SAME FOR BOBBY LABONTE. SAYING THE CAR WON’T TURN IN THE MIDDLE. I ASKED THE CREW CHIEF WHERE ARE YOU ON THE SCALE OF ONE TO 10. HE SAID I’M ONLY A FIVE. HE WANTS TO BE BETTER BUT THE 43 LOOKS GOOD UP FRONT. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON IS FOURTH. THEY TOOK FUEL THE LAST TOP DROPPED THEM BACK TO EIGHT. THEY HAVE MOVED UP FOUR. THEIR THEORY TODAY MAKE IT TO THE FINISH. THEY HAVE BEEN SO CLOSE TO THE FINISH THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. DAVE. DAVE: PROBLEMS FOR KYLE BUSCH ON LAP 82 HITTING THE WALL SOMEWHERE. THE CREW CHIEF RADIOED BACK TO THE DRIVER MAN YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT CAR. REMEMBER THEY STAYED OUT ON THE LAST TOP. ALLEN. ALLEN: JEFF BURTON STARTED ON POLE AND LED THE FIRST 60. HE IS IN SIXTH NOW. SAYS THE CARS NEEDS MORE REAR END DRAG, LOOSE IN THE MIDDLE. MATT. MATT: REED SOUTHERNEN TRYING TO MAKE IT AN ALL GANASSI WEEKEND. TIGHT ON THE FIRST RUN FELT LIKE THEY OVERADJUSTED BECAUSE THE CAR GOT LOOSE IN THE SHORT RUN SO PUT ON TWO TIRES AND REVERSED THE CHANGES. HE IS IN SEVENTH. MARTY. MARTY: AFTER TAKING TIRES ON LAP 69 MATT KENSETH WATCHED THE OTHERS CHARGE THROUGH AND HE HASN’T MADE THE SAME PROGRESS. HE IS IN EIGHTH AND HE REMEMBERS FROM LAST YEAR HAD THE DOMINANT CAR, LED THE MOST LAPS BUT TOOK FOUR TIRES AT THE END AND DIDN’T WIN.>>I HAD A GOOD CAR LAST YEAR AND GOT BEAT BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES, GETTING FOUR TIRES AND HAVING QUICK CAUTIONS THAT HURT US. HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE IN THAT POSITION TO MAKE THAT DECISION AGAIN THIS YEAR AND DO IT DIFFERENT. MARTY: HIS CRUSADE IF WE HAVE THE FASTEST CAR AT THE END I’M TAKING FOUR TIRES AGAIN. BEHIND THEM IS MARTIN TRUEX JR. THE CAR HAS BEEN VERY FAST TODAY. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE MORE REAR GRIP ON THE CAR. CURRENTLY HE IS IN NINTH. THEY DIDN’T PIT LAST TIME. HAVING TROUBLE ON RESTARTS WITH VAPORER LOCKING. DAVE: ROBBY GORDON A GOOD RUN HERE. THAT SEVEN CAR RETURNING PRETTY WELL FOR GORDON, JUST SLIGHTLY TIGHT IN THE CORNERS. AS FOR TONY STEWART. LAP 59 GREEN FLAG PIT TOP THEY MADE THE ADJUSTMENT. THEY MADE IT LOOSE AND BROUGHT IT BACK ON THE LAST STOP. MATT. MATT: KURT BUSCH IS IN 12TH POSITION, DOMINATED SATURDAY’S BUSCH SERIES RACE BUT WAS SEVENTH. WOULD LOVE TO BETTER THAT TODAY. THE CAR TIGHT AND LOOSE ESPECIALLY LOOSE ON ENTRY. MEANWHILE, THE 16 GREG BIFFLE STILL NEVER SCORED A TOP 10 HERE. HE’S TRYING TO IMPROVE BUT HIS CAR EVEN AFTER THE TWO TIRES STILL NEEDS HELP WITH THE BOUNCE. MARTY. MARTY: HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT TRACK POSITION? CASEY MEARS TOOK FOUR TIRES ON LAP 69 INSTEAD OF TWO AND HE HAS BEEN MIRED BACK IN TRAFFIC. THE CAR GETTING HARDER TO TURN THE LONGER THEY RUN. MATT: JIMMIE JOHNSON AND BRIAN VICKERS IN 15TH AND 16TH. JIMMIE SAYS HIS CAR IS TURNING BETTER BUT JUST SO EDGY. CHAD CAN NEWS LOOKING TO DROP THE TRACK BAR NEXT TIME. BRIAN VICKERS STARTED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT ROW, THE CAR NOT THE SAME CAR FROM THE FIRST RUN THIS AFTERNOON HE SAYS. IT JUST SO FREE AND CHARTERING. DAVE: J.J. YELEY’S CAR WAS A LITTLE FREE ON THE MIDDLE BUT IN THE CORN DIDN’T WANT TO TURN SO THEY MADE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. DENY HAMLIN HAS BEEN BETTER AFTER THE PIT STOP MAKING AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. MARTY. MARTY:ED DAY NOT GETTING BETTER FOR RYAN NEWMAN STRUGGLING WITH A CAR THAT WON’T TURN. THE TIGHTEST IT HAS BEEN ALL DAY AND HE IS CURRENTLY IN 19TH POSITION. MATT: ROUNDING OUT THE TOP 20 IS SCOTT RIGGS. HE IS HAVING TO WAIT ON THE CAR IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER, SAID IT IS SO SLICK THE CAR.>>CLINT BOWYER HAS BEEN ENCOURAGED THAT HE HAS A TOP FIVE CAR JUST TAKE CARE OF T.■ N THE LAST STOP FUEL ONLY PLUS A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT FOR A CAR THAT WAS TOUGH. MARTY: IF KASEY KAHNE’S RACE CAR IS GOING TO STAY UNDEFEATED HE WILL HAVE TO GO A LONG WAY. HE CAME FROM A LAP DOWN AT MICHIGAN WITH THIS TO WIN BUT THIS TIME THE CHASSIS NOT HANDLING WELL. HE IS IN 23 SAYING THE CAR IS JUST BOUNCE OFF THE TRACK AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THIS IS HAPPENING. IT HASN’T HAPPENED ALL WEEKEND BUT IT IS KILLING OUR LAP TIMES. BILL: GREAT JOB, GUYS. THE TOP 22 THROUGH THE FIELD. MARK MARTIN IS IN 24TH. THERE ARE 30 CARS ON THE LEAD LINE. MICHAEL WALTRIP IS 30TH, JUST SEVEN SECONDS AHEAD OF THE LEADER KEMP HARVICK. RICHARD CHILDRESS CARS HAVE LED ALL BUT 10 LAPS HERE TODAY. NA BILL: TNT SPORTS, JOLIET, ILL. KEVIN HARVICK HAS LED 35 LAPS. HE IS THE CURRENT LEADER. JEFF BURTON IN THE 31 HAS LED 59 LAPS TODAY. SO, RICHARD CHILDRESS CARS DOMINATING HERE THROUGH THE FIRST 100 LAPS. TIME FOR OUR FORD BOLD MOVES. WE GIVE IT TO MATT KENSETH BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE HE MAY HAVE HAD TROUBLE EARLY IN THE RACE, TALKED TO HIS CREW ABOUT THE TIRE SITUATION BUT ADVANCED THE POSITION SO HE IS FIGHTING THE WAY THROUGH HANDLING ISSUES AND GETS OUR FORD BOLD MOVE OF THE RACE. CONGRATULATIONS TO MATT. HE CURRENTLY IS IN EIGHTH SPOT. BENNY: IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASY TO MAKE THE PIT STOP AND CHANGE FOUR TIRES BUT HE STAYED ON THE TRACK AND CURRENTLY BACK IN THE EIGHTH POSITION. WALLY: WHEN SOMETHING IS HAPPENING LIKE THAT — BILL: WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, WALLY WHAT DO YOU DO? WALLY: YES, YOU PROBABLY LISTEN A LITTLE BIT AND GO INTO THE NEXT CORNER 80% INSTEAD OF 110% TO MAKE SURE THERE’S NOTHING WRONG BUT THIS GUY RIGHT HERE WILL END UP PASSING THAT CAR. BECAUSE THE EIGHT CAR IS FLYING. BILL: SNIDER. MARTY: JUNIOR IS CATCHING THAT 29. HE MOVED UP TO THE HIGH LINE. HE WAS USING THAT LOW LINE BUT NOW THE CAR HAS GOTTEN TIGHTER. HE IS UP THE TRACK. HERE IS QUANDARY. GOT A LOT OF TRACK POSITION BY NOT PIT BUG HE HAS TO PIT IN ABOUT 15 LAPS. ALLEN: KEVIN HARVICK IS IN THE SAME BOAT. THEY WILL HAVE TO STOP AND AROUND LAP 120. THEY KEPT IT ON THE SPEEDWAY BEFORE. TODD SAYING HE THOUGHT TRACK POSITION WOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT WITH FRESHER TIRES AND HAS PROVEN OUT SO FAR. HARVICK FINALLY SAYING HIS CAR IS LOSING BACK END GRIP. BENNY: HARVICK MOVED TO THE HIGH LINE TWO OR THREE LAPS WHEN HE SAW DALE EARNHARDT SO HE IS LOOKING FOR A SPOT TO GET THE MOST GRIP BUT GOING BACK DOWN TO THE BOTTOM AND EARNHARDT JR. IS STICKING TO THE TOP AND I THINK EVENTUALLY HE WILL MAKE THAT PASS. LOOKS LIKE HE HAS A PRETTY GOOD RUN RIGHT THERE. BILL: HARVICK DRIFTS UP A LITTLE BIT BUT EARNHARDT JR. ON THE OUTSIDE. BENNY: JUNIOR HAD A TERRIFIC RUN OFF THE SECOND CORNER THAT TIME WITH THAT EXTREMELY HIGH LINE. HE DID THAT YESTERDAY IN THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES RACE AND IT WORKED SO WELL HE SAID IT GIVES HIM A BIG WAVE AS HE GOES BY THANKS FOR NOT RUNNING INTO ME. BILL: DALE EARNHARDT LEEMEDS AT CHICAGO, STARTED 25TH A YEAR AGO, WON THE RACE. STARTED 25TH HERE TODAY, LEADS THE RACE. MARTY. MARTY: HE HAS USED ABOUT EVERY LINE ON THE TRACK TO GET TO THE LEAD. NOW HE IS RIM RIDING UP THERE AND HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF FUN. >>44 STARTING TO CREEP IN A LITTLE BIT. GETS MOST OF IT IN ONE AND TWO. >>YOU WANT TO RUN ABOVE. BENNY: I DON’T THINK THERE’S MUCH ROOM BETWEEN HIM AND THE WALL IN THESE TURNS. BILL: WHY DON’T YOU GO OUT THIS AND CHECK, MARTY. BENNY: MAN, THAT IS CLOSE. THAT IS REALLY CLOSE. WALLY: BUT IT IS FUN. WHEN YOU HAVE A CAR WORKING AS GOOD AS THAT AND YOU CAN SLIDE UP AGAINST THE WALL THERE’S ALMOST LIKE A CUSHION OF AIR THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM HITTING THE WALL AND LIKE DARLINGTON THE SAME THING SO WHEN THE CAR HAD GOOD IN IS RUN — FUN. BILL: FRUSTRATING SEASON FOR HIM IN 25 BUT HE DID HAVE ONE BRIGHT SPOT. IT WAS HERE AT CHICAGOLAND WHERE HE GOT HIS CAR AND HIS CREW BACK INTO VICTORY LANE COMING FROM THE 25TH STARTING SPOT. STRONG RUN FOR JUNIOR. CHECKERED FLAG, HIS ONLY WIN OF LAST SEASON DEFENDING RACE CHAMPION TODAY BACK OUT FRONT. BILL: NOW JUNIOR ARE HAVE TO WORK THROUGH SOME TRAFFIC. WALLY: YES, FIND SOME NEW TRACK. BENNY: GOT FOUR CARS AND RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE. WE SEE BILL ELLIOTT AND MICHAEL WALTRIP’S 00. WALLY: HE REALLY CAME UP ON THOSE GUYS. GOT A LITTLE BIT EARLIER THAN HE EXPECTED. BILL: LOOK FOR THE MIDDLE THERE. BENNY: MICHAEL WALTRIP IN A THAT 55 HE IS RUNNING JUNIOR’S LINE ON THE HIGH SIDE JUST LIKE THE EIGHT CAR BUT THE EIGHT GOES TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK AND STICKS PRETTY GOOD. BILL: ON BOARD WITH MICHAEL WALTRIP THE NAPA RIDE. SO, WE COULD BE CLOSING IN ON SOME GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. DALE EARNHARDT JR. ABLE TO THREAD THROUGH SOME TRAFFIC AND HANG ON TO THE LEAD. BUT HE WILL NEED FUEL PRETTY SOON. WE WILL TAKE A BREAK AND COME BILL: 118 LAPS COMPLETE IT THE U.S.G. SLEET ROCK 400. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN FRONT OF JEFF GORDON BUT THAT MARGIN IS SHRINKING . KEVIN HARVICK THIRD. SORENSEN FOURTH, KYLE BUSCH FIFTH AND THERE’S THE RACE FOR THE LEAD. JUNIOR IN THE EIGHT AND 24 IN SECOND. BENNY: WHO WOULD HAVE PBLED KASEY KAHNE BEING LAST IN HIS FAVORITE CAR. BILL: THAT EXACT CAR HAS FOUR WINS ON MILE AND A HALF TRACKS THIS YEAR. AND THIS IS NOT THEIR DAY. MARTY: THEY HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT THIS CAR BOUNCING OFF THE FRONT END PROBLEM YET AND KASEY SAYS IT IS NOT WORKING. HE TOLD ME I RODE AROUND THE TRACK EARLIER, HE SAID HE STAYED UP ALL NATE THINKING ABOUT THE SET-UP BECAUSE IN HAPPY HOUR HE KNEW THEY WERE NOT VERY GOOD AND MADE SEVERAL CHANGES. IN THE FOUR PREVIOUS CHANGES HE KNEW IT WAS EXCELLENT SATURDAY BUT JUST DIDN’T HAVE THAT FEEL YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE THAT HE HAD EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH THIS RACE CAR. BILL: KASEY KAHNE SIXTH IN THE STANDINGS. BENNY: AS WE WATCH THIS BATTLE FOR THE LEAD BETWEEN JEFF GORDON AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT THERE’S A CAR BACK ABOUT THE FOURTH POSITION THAT KEEPS RUNNING LAPS FASTER THAN THESE TWO, REED SORENSEN IS GETTING IN ON THAT’S FOLKS. BILL: HE CONTINUES TO WORK ON THE BUMPER OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. , GORDON. A COUPLE OF SHOIFRLS THERE. HARVICK IN THIRD IN A SHOIFER AND SORENSEN THAT B.P. WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THE DODGE. ALLEN. MARTY: THEY ARE APPROACHING PIT STOP AND SAID THE CAR IS STARTING TO LOSE A LITTLE FRONT END GRIP THEN GETS BACK END SLIDING AND SAYS OVERALL IN PRETTY GOOD. WALLY: I GUESS. MARTY: NOW FOR DALE EARNHARDT WHAT DO YOU CHANGE ON A CAR THAT IS SO FAT EVEN THOUGH GORDON IS CATCHING HIM. JUNIOR SAID I WOULD LIKE TO FREE IT UP . HIS CREW CHIEF SAYS NO. JUNIOR IS TRYING TO TALK HIM INTO A SLIGHT ADJUSTMENT AND THERE’S A BATTLE FOR SIXTH PLACE. BILL: THAT IS EVERBURTON IN 31 GETTING AROUND BOBBY LABONTE. BURTON STARTED ON THE POEM AT 59 LAPS AND THERE REED SON SEND, MATT. MATT: THE CAR IS REALLY FLYING, BILL, IN THAT FOURTH SPOT. WE LOOK AT HIS LAP TIMES MIRROR THAT OF THE LEADERS OF THE CAR AND TAKE ON THE FREE SIDE BUT HE IS VERY PLEASED WITH IT. THEY EXPECT TO MAKE THEIR NEXT PIT STOP SOMEWHERE AROUND LAP 127 TO 130. BILL: SORENSEN DRIVING A DODGE, THEY APPEAR TO GET BETTER AND BETTER THIS SEASON . NOW KYLE BUSCH COMING TO PIT ROAD IN THE FIVE CAR. DAVE. DAVE: COUPLE OF THINGS TO DO. FIRST REMEMBER THAT KYLE TAGGED THE WALL. THEY WILL TRY TO FIX THAT DAMAGE AND SAYS AT THE START OF THE RUNS THE CAR WAS A LITTLE TOO LOOSE SO HELL MAKE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. AGAIN THIS YOUNG DRIVER BEING HURT BY HIS — TOLD BY THE CREW CHIEF TO TAKE CARE OF THE CAR. GOOD STOP. BENNY: YOU SEE THE DAMAGE WHERE HE BRUSHED THE WALL EARLIER. DOESN’T APPEAR THAT IT HAS AFFECTED THE HANDLING OF THE CAR THAT MUCH. BILL: BOBBY LABONTE ON PIT ROAD. MICHAEL WALTRIP ON PIT ROAD. HOW ABOUT THE 4 , MARTY. MARTY: I TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THE DECISION TO STAY OUT. HE SAID I KNOW WE WON’T BE GOOD AT THE END OF THE RUN, HE LOST POSITION. THEY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A GREEN FLAG RUN BOBBY’S CONSIDER A LITTLE TOO TIGHT, AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR BOBBY LABONTE TRYING TO FREE IT UP. DALE EARNHARDT JR. OUR LEADER COMING TO PIT ROAD. HE WILL FIND THE EIGHT CREW, FINALLY DID TALK TONY INTO THAT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AND THAT IS ALL THEY ARE GOING TO DO. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AND RIGHT REAR TIRE FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. THE CAR VERY FAST AT THE END OF THE RUN AND JUNIOR ENJOYS THAT HIGH RUN. FUN TO RUN THE HIGH LINE. LEFT SIDE TIRES FOR JUNIOR AND GOOD STOP FOR THE YOU HAD WITH CREW. 14.3. MATT: GREG BIFFLE TRYING TO GET BACK IN THE TOP 10. HITS PIT ROAD A LAP EARLY, FOUR-FIRE CHANGE AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS. THE CAR HAS BEEN GOOD BUT ON THE TIGHT SIDE. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTED ON AN EARLIER STOP MADE IT WORST. MADE A WENDELL ADJUSTMENT THE NEXT STEP. HAS HAPPENED. DAVE: KEVIN HARVICK’S CREW CHIEF SAW DALE EARNHARDT PIT AND BROUGHT HIS DRIVER IN. FOUR-TIRE STOP AND PACK IT AS FULL OF FUME AS THEY CAN GET IT. SMOOTH SO FAR. BOTH RIGHT SIDE AND LEFT SIDE TIRE CHANGES. MARTY. MARTY: RYAN NEWMAN TWO ROUNDS OF WEDGE IN THE RIGHT REAR TRYING TO FREE IT UP. THEY HAVE REALLY STRUGGLED ALL AFTERNOON. RYAN SAYS THE CAR HAS NO GRIP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNERS BUT THIS IS A QUICK STOP . THAT WILL HELP THEM UTAH. BILL: RYAN NEWMAN RETURNS TO THE TRACK. THESE PIT STOPS WILL BE SPREAD OUT PAUSE A HANDFUL OF CARS STAYED OUT UNDER A CAUTION RIGHT AFTER THEY STOPPED UNDER A GREEN FLAG. MARK MARTIN ON PIT ROAD. DAVE. DAVE: STRUGGLING WITH THE RESTART. GOT IN SOME FLUIDS THAT PUT HIM PACK. HAS NOT MADE UP MUCH GROUND. THIS CAR HE WANTS TO GET IT OFF THE RIGHT REAR ACCORDING TO MARK AND THEY WILL TAKE A ROUND OF WEDGE OUT OF THE LEFT REAR. MATT. MATT: 41 REED SORENSEN COMES TO A STOP NOW THE CAR WAS FREE ON THE LAST RUN AND HE’S GOING BACK AND FORTH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE TIGHT AND LOOSE. ADJUST IN AIR PRESSURE AND JIMMIE JOHNSON IN 48 THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINT LEADER WORK GOING ON ON THE 48. YOU SEE THE CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT, COMPLETED AIR PRESSURE CHANGE. HE SAID THE CAR FREE ON ENTRY, FREE THROUGH THE CENTER BUT HAS TO BE PATIENT. HE HAS TO WAIT ON IT. CLOSE CALL WITH HIS TEAMMATE THE 24 FORD MAKING HIS WHICH IN.>>THEY DECIDED NOT TO GIVE UP THE SPEED. GOING TO BE A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE ON THE 24 CAR AS YOU SEE IT COMING AROUND TO THE LEFT SIDE AND COMPLETE BEING THE STOP AND GO AND FUEL AND VERY IMPORTANT MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THE GRILL OPENING CLEAN. IT HOT. MARTY: DENY HAMLIN PITTING. HE THINKS THEY HAVE A VIBRATION IN THE MOTOR. DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT HIS SPEEDS HAVE BEEN VERY HIGH. NOT PITTED YESTERDAY BUT PLANNING TO BRING IT IN SON AND — SOON AND THEY WILL TAKE A HALF POUND OUT OF BOTH LEFT-SIDE TIRES. ALLEN. ALLEN: JEFF BURTON’S TEAM WILL MAKE AN AIR ADJUSTMENT AND BRING THE TRACK BAR AROUND TO HELP THE HANDLING OF HIS CAR. FOUR-TIRE CHANGE HERE FOR THAT TIME. MATT: KURT BUSCH IS IN HIS CAR, WAY TOO LOOSE A DRIVE. TRYING TO MAKE THE CAR TIGHTER WITH AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. BRIAN VICKERS OUTSIDE POLE-SITTER IS IN HIS CAR HAS TAKEN A TURN FOR THE WORSE BIG-TIME LOOSE. MARTY. MARTY: THEY GOT THE FIVE BONUS POINTS AND TAKE A POUND OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE TIRES. STALLED THE CAR A BIT. DAVE. DAVE: DENY HAMLIN IN THEY WILL WORK ON THE CAR TO KEEP HIM IN THE MIX AND HE DOES HAVE WELL GETTING THAT CAR OFF PIT ROAD. TONY STEWART WANTED TO STAY OUT AND LEAD A LAP. NOT SURE IF HE WAS ABLE TO BUT THAT WAS THE PLAN, SAID THEY HAD PIT IMMEDIATELY . HERE COMES SMOKE ON TO PIT ROAD. THE CAR WAS TIGHT IN THE CENTER AROUND HE GOT THAT LAP TO LEAD SO THEY PITTED AND THEY WILL MAKE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT TO HELP HIM. OVERALL THE POWER PRETTY GOOD FOR TONY. NOT A LOT OF COMPLAINTS. A LITTLE BIT TIGHT. LEFT SIDE TIRES ON AND HE IS OFF. BILL: YOU ARE RIGHT, DAVE, TONY STEWART GOT HIS FIVE BONUS POINTS LEADING THAT LAP AND WORKS OFF PIT ROAD. BENNY: THOSE PIT STOPS ARE SO GOOD. THOSE GUYS WORK SO WELL TOGETHER IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. BILL: DALE EARNHARDT JR. OUT FRONT HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. JUNIOR JUST ONE WIN A YEAR AGO, RIGHT HERE. THE CREW CAM ON THE 48 CAR. CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. FOUR TIRES. FUEL AND JIMMIE JOHNSON CONTINUES HIS PURSUIT OF HIS FIRST SE BILL: DALE EARNHARDT JR. CONTINUES TO LEAD. BUSH SERIES RAN HERE YESTERDAY AND CASEY MEARS WHOSE PIT STRATEGY AND OUTSTRATEGY FUEL MILEAGE GOT HIS FIRST NASCAR WIN. BILL: JUNIOR LEADS BY JUST UNDER THREE SECONDS OVER KYLE BUSCH. JEFF GORDON IS THIRD THEN HARVICK AND REED SORENSEN THEN JEFF BURTON, KENSETH. LABONTE. STEWART AND JOHNSON THE TOP 10. THE CAUTION FLAG HAS COME OUT FOR DEBRIS. BENNY: MONROE AGAIN WAVING THAT FLAG. BILL: WORKING OUT THERE WITH RODNEY WISE. SO, JUNIOR’S LEAD WILL DISAPPEAR.>>HE FELT LIKE YOU HAVE TO GET A BETTER SPRING IN THERE BECAUSE I GOT DOWN IN THE CORNER AND I DON’T LIKE ATTACHMENT BILL: THAT JUNIOR. WALLY: FULL SPRING IS THAT WHAT HE SAID? BENNY: HE SAID THEY PUT THOSE SPRINGS IN THERE, I’M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE THEY CERTAINLY HAVEN’T CHANGED ANY SPRINGS SINCE THE RACE STARTED. WALLY: I WONDER IF HE MEANT SPRING RUBBERS. I DON’T KNOW. BILL: YOU KNOW WHAT? — WALLY: SOMEBODY WILL FIND OUT. BILL: MARTY WILL FIND OUT. WALLY: MARTY IS ON IT AS WE SPEAK. BILL: OUR THIRD CAUTION — CHECK THAT, SECOND CAUTION. 69 LAPS BEFORE THE FIRST CAUTION PERIOD. THIS ONE ON LAP 140. CLINT BOWYER THE LUCKY DOG. MARTY: WHAT HE WAS SAYING IS WHAT DID YOU GUYS DO TO THE CAR IT IS SO DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT THAN THE LAST RUN. HE SAID WE JUST TOOK A QUARTER POUND OF AIR OUT. HE SAID OH. HE THOUGHT HAD HE MADE A DRAMATIC CHANGE BUT THE CAR CHANGES A LOT HERE, WALLY. IT WAS VERY LOOSE, BACK END WANTS TO SPIN OUT AND AT THE END HIS CAR IS FAST. BILL: PIT ROAD IS STILL CLOSED BUT THIS CAUTION, THE SECOND OF THE RACE, FALLS IN ALMOST THE IDENTICAL POSITION AS THE FIRST CAUTION AFTER A RECENT RUN OF GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS SO STRATEGY COMES INTO PLAY, ALLEN. SNIMPLETE YES, IT CAME OUT AT 67 AFTER THEY MADE STOPS AT 60. THIS TIME THEY CAME OUT AT 129 AND NOW. JEFF GORDON WAS RADIOED NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE ELSE DOES WE ARE PITTING BECAUSE WE ARE INSIDE OUR WINDOW TO MAKE THE FINISH ON ONE MORE STOP. WALLY: THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. BENNY: YES, IT DOES. BILL: JUNIOR’S CAR IS SO FAST — WALLY: IT IS HARD TO COME IN. BILL: THE PACE CAR HAD TROUBLE GETTING HIM. BENNY: HE HAD TO FLOOR IT TO CATCH THE EIGHT CAR. BILL: MARTY DID YOU HEAR THIS MARTY: YES, HE SAID NEXT TIME LOW DOWN HE SAID I’M NOT USED TO LEADING SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. HE SAID YOU HAVE TO REMIND ME. SLOW DOWN A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE I’M NOT USED TO BEING UP FRONT. ZWHROO WALLY: I THINK THEY WILL ALL COME IN, DON’T YOU? EVERYBODY HAS TO BE IN THEIR PIT WINDOW OR CLOSE. THAT BEING THE CASE I THINK EVERYBODY WILL HEAD TO PIT LANE. IF I’M WRONG, MARTY WILL BE ALL OVER IT. BENNY: THAT IS REALLY PUSHING THE WINDOW. BILL: 20 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP AND HERE THEY COME. DAVE BURNS STARTS IT. DAVE: KYLE BUSCH IN SECOND HAS A VERY FAST CAR EVEN THOUGH HE TAGGED THE WALL. YOU WILL SEE THE STOP IN THE MIDDLE. THE CREW JUST ADDED A POUND OF AIR TO THE LEFT REAR TO FIX A LITTLE LOOSE CONDITION BUT KYLE GENERALLY VERY HAPPY. MARTY. MARTY: DALE EARNHARDT JR. CHASING THE CAR QUITE A BIT AND VERY LOOSE. PUTTING THE QUARTER POUND BACK IN THE RIGHT REAR. ALLEN. ALLEN: FOUR-TIRE CHANGE ON JEFF GORDON. SOME WILL TRY TWO ON THIS. MIGHT HAVE SEEN IT ALREADY. THAT STRATEGY CALL ON THE 41 BY JIMMIE FUEL ONLY. MADE A CLASS SI ADJUSTMENT TRYING TO GET THE CAR BETTER ON THE FRONT END OF THE RUN. JUST TOO FREE TOO SOON. BILL: A VARIETY OF STRATEGIES LOOKS LIKE THE 17 OF MATT KENSETH IS AMONG SOME OF THE CARS THAT ONLY TOOK TWO TIRES. WE WILL SORT IT BILL: STILL UNDER CAUTION. GETTING THE ONE TO GO SIGNAL THEN WE GO BACK TO GREEN FLAG RATION. WE WILL LOOK AT RECENT PIT TOPS WITH THE NEXTEL PIT WINDOW. WE TALKED ABOUT TEAMS HAVING TO PIT WHEN THE PRESSURE IS ON. YOU ARE RUNNING UP FRONT, NEED A GOOD STOP. WATCH THESE TWO TEAMS PERFORM. BENNY: 24 CAR IN BACK AND 31. RIGHT-SIDE TIRE CHANGES FINISH ALMOST IDENTICALLY. LEFT SIDE. JACK UP. TAKE THE TIRES OFF TIE THE LUGNUTS AND STAND UP WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PIT STOP BY THE 31 CREW. WALLY: A LOT OF TIMES WE TRY TO SHOW YOU WHAT WENT WRONG. THAT TIME WE WANTED TO SHOW YOU HOW EVERYTHING WENT RIGHT WHEN THEY KNOW THEY ARE UNDER PRESSURE. WALLY: YOU HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION HERE. BENNY: YES, WE HAVE AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN THE 45 AND 3 AS TO WHO OUGHT TO BE BEHIND THE PACE CAR. KVAPIL FINALLY WINS.>>THEY ARE SAYING WE DON’T GIVE IT. BENNY: ALL RIGHT. KASEY KAHNE THE NINE CAR ON THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP. BILL: REED SORENSEN SCORED AS THE RACE LEADER. MATT SEND KEFT SECOND, KEVIN HARVICK THIRD, KYLE BUSCH FIFTH AND BIFFLE, JEFF GORDON, EARNHARDT, ROBBY GORDON AND JEFF GORDON THE TOP 10. A VARIETY OF PIT STRATEGIES UNFOLDING HERE ON LAP 145. BENNY: REED SORENSEN MANUAL THAT, 19 YEARS OLD, LEADS A NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACE. DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT. BILL: HE’S DRIVING A DODGE AND WE TOUCHED ON HOW MUCH BETTER THE DODGE CHARGER HAS GOTTEN THIS YEAR, WORD IN THE GARAGE THIS WEEKEND IS DODGE WILL PRESENT A NEW CAR TO NASCAR THIS WEEK, A NEW CAR THAT THEY INTEND TO RUN BEGINNING IN 2007. BENNY: NEW CAR AS WELL AS THE CAR OF TOMORROW THEY WILL BE WORKING ON TRYING TO GET READY FOR 2007. BILL: USING IT FOR THE SHORT TRACK WHO WAS THAT. BENNY: DID HARVICK HIT THE WALL? BILL: I THOUGHT IT WAS TONY. WALLY: THREE WERE ON THE WALL. BILL: KYLE PETTY THE LAP CAR, KEVIN HARVICK IN THE 29. TONY BESIDE EXTRAVAGANCE KVAPIL. — EXTRAVAGANCE KVAPIL. WALLY: IT IS BUSY ON THESE BILL: BIFFLE ON THE 16 DOWN LOW. WALLY: WE HAVE TRAFFIC JAM. BILL: THE EIGHT CAR RUNNING BACK AT ABOUT THE EIGHTH POSITION, MARTY. MARTY: YES, HE HIT PIT ROAD AS A LEADER AND FOUND THE LUGNUT WHICH HUNG UP IN THE AIR GUN AND IT IS A BATTLE FOR THE LEAD BUT WHILE JUNIOR WAS ON THE TRACK HE NOTICED SOME INTERESTING THINGS IN THE 24 CAR.>>IT IS FUNNY WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE SITTING IN THE CAR ON THIS TRACK.>>PRETTY DIFFERENT ANIMAL OUT THERE.>>YES, THE 24 JUST ABOUT TO BREEZE PAST THE TOP OF THE QUARTER AND SUCKED ME IN SO FROM THERE TO QUARTER PANEL IT IS ANGLED OUT. JUST NOT STRAIGHT. BILL: YOU DRIVERS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING. WALLY: ESPECIALLY IN THE GUY IS BEATING YOU. YOU WANT TO SEE WHERE HE IS BEATING YOU AND WHAT IS DIFFERENT FROM HIS CAR TO YOURS SO YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT STUFF OUT THERE. BILL: RIGHT NOW EVERYBODY LOOKING AT MATT KENSETH THE NEW LEADER BUT KEVIN HARVICK TRYING TO CHASE HIM DOWN. ALLEN: RIGHT SIDE TIRES ON THAT PIT TOP. ONLY 12 LAPTS ON THE LEFT SIDE AND TODD TOLD ME THIS MORNING TRACK POSITION MORE IMPORTANT THEN FRESHER TIRES TODAY. BENNY: THAT UP FRONT THERE HE HAS TONY STEWART RIGHT NOW KASEY KAHNE WHO IS HAVING A TOUGH DAY BUT HE IS IN OPEN AIR. LAST CAR ON THE LEAD LAP RIGHT NOW. BILL: THAT’S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. WALLY: YES, WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THAT CLEAN AIR IS VERY IMPORTANT. BILL: MATT KENSETH GOT THE WIN AT CALIFORNIA AND JUST GOT NIPPED AT THE LINE AT VEGAS MARTY. MARTY: THIS ONE WON IN CALIFORNIA AND HE LOVES THIS. ON THE LAST STOP THEY MADE NO CHANGES. HE SAID I ONLY NEED ONE THING, A LITTLE TRACK POSITION AND HE FINALLY GOT IT. HE IS OUT IN THE LEAD. BILL: FOR THIRD TONY STEWART ARSON REED SORENSEN. A LITTLE WAVE OUT THE WINDOW FROM TONY. WALLY: I DON’T BELIEVE THAT WAS A HAPPY WAVE. BENNY: I DON’T THINK SO. WALLY: NO, I DON’T BELIEVE THAT WAS THE “THANK YOU” WAVE. BILL: SO, 41 TAKES OFF. MATT? MATT: IMPRESSIVE RUN BY SORENSEN BUT JUST HANGING ON. HE DIDN’T TAKE TIRES ON THATTEST STOP. JIMMIE ELLIS TRIED TO TIGHTEN HIM UP WITH A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. RIGHT NOW HE’S BATTLING A LOT OF GUYS THAT TOOK TWO OR FOUR AND HANGING ON. BENNY: BUT IT WILL GET WORSE. HIS CAR, WE HAVE SEEN THIS 41 CAR GET BETTER AS — AFTER A FEW LAPS SO IT MAY BE THAT IN 25 OR 30 LAPS HE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THESE GUYS. WALLY: BUT HE DID TAKE LAPS BILL: NO BUT HE ONLY HAS ABOUT 10 OR 12 GREEN FLAG LAPS ON HIM. MATT KENSETH OUT FRONT HERE AT CHICAGOLAND, ALREADY HAS THE ONE WIN THIS YEAR, HE IS ONE BILL: MATT KENSETH HAS A ONE-SECOND LEAD OVER KEVIN HARVICK. 159 LAPS COMPLETE OF 267. BENNY. BENNY: BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME BUT IT IS TIME TO QUEUE THE DUCK. BENNY: DO YOU KNOW? BILL: UH-HUH. BENNY: OH. ALL RIGHT, LET’S SEE. BENNY: THAT IS AMAZING. I WILL HAVE NEVER GUESSED CARL EDWARDS. HOW SOON WE FORGET, CARL. BILL: TONY STEWART TRYING TO BE THE NEXT DRIVER TO DO IT. WON AT DAYTONA LAST WEEK, HAS WON HERE BEFORE. MATT KENSETH LED 176 LAPS HERE LAST YEAR AND FINISHED SECOND. HE WAS 19TH IN THE CHASE BEFORE THEY CAME TO CHICAGO A YEAR AGO, HAD 17 TOP TENSE IN THE NEXT NINE RACES AND MADE THE TOP 10 IN THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. BENNY: AND WE WERE CONVINCED LAST YEAR THAT HE WOULD MAKE THE TOP 10 AND DID. BILL: JEFF GORDON UNDER REED SORENSEN FOR FOURTH. AS I RECALL, AT THE TIME, BENNY YOU WERE NOT BUYING INTO IT? BENNY: I WOULDN’T. BILL: MATT KENSETH IS SUCH A DETERMINED RACER, NICE GUY, QUIET. I DON’T THINK HE HAS EVER GOTTEN ENOUGH RESPECT OR ADMINISTRATION FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THAT HE — ADMIRATION THAT HE WON BUT WHEN HE PUTS ON THAT HELMET HE IS ONE OF THE MOST DETERMINED GUYS YOU WILL EVER MEET. BENNY: WHAT HAPPENED TO MATT KENSETH AND HIS CHAMPIONSHIP? THAT WAS THE LAST YEAR BEFORE THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR ONE RA INTO A SITUATION EARLY IN THE SEASON AND HAD SUCH A HUGE POINT LEAD HE COULDN’T TAKE ANY CHANCES AND HAD TO TAKE THE FOURTHS AND FIFTHS AND NOT TRY TO WIN BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. BILL: AND GUESS WHAT? BENNY: HE DID BILL: MARTY. MARTY: COMING INTO THIS RACE LAST YEAR THEY ONLY HAD ONE TOP FIVE. THEY FINISHED FIFTH LAST WEEK AT DAYTONA THEIR 10TH TOP FIVE OF THE YEAR. I TALKED TO ROBBY RISER THIS MORNING ABOUT THAT HE SAID YOU ARE EIGHT POINT OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP DOES THAT CHANGE ANYTHING? HE SAYS IT MAKES US MORE DETERMINED. WE ARE GOING TO BE EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE IN THE FINAL FEW RACES. BILL: I THINK ROBBY RISER IS MORE DETERMINED AFTER THE LOSS OF HIS FATHER JOHN LAST NOVEMBER. WALLY: I THINK A LOT OF REASONS THIS HAS CHANGED BECAUSE IT CHANGED THE RACING FORMAT. YOU HAVE TO RACE A LOT MORE AGGRESSIVELY. THEY DIDN’T WANT TO SEE A GUY RUNNING FOURTH AND FIFTH RUNNING FOR THE PURPOSE POINTS TO IT FORCED EVERYBODY TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY RACE IN A NEXTEL CUP SERIES. BILL: AND I BELIEVE IF BRIAN FRANCE HAS ITS WAY IT WILL CHANGE MORE IN 2007 AS THEY MASSAGE THE RULES HEADING INTO THE NEW SEASON. MATT KENSETH OUT FRONT. KEVIN HARVICK SECOND. STEWART THOORD, GORDON BILL: THE CAUTION FLAG HAS JUST COME OUT HERE AT CHICAGOLAND. TERRY LABONTE LOST AN ENGINE. COASTING BACK TOWARD PIT ROAD. NASCAR WANTS TO GET A LOOK AT THE TRACK MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OK SO THE CAUTION IS OUT, 171 LAPS COMPLETE. BENNY: WELL, NO ONE CAN MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE RACE FROM HERE SO THEY HAVE TO MAKE AT LEAST ANOTHER PIT STOP AFTER THIS. BUT I WOULD THINK THAT ALL CARS WILL BE ON PIT ROAD CHANGING FOUR TIRES THIS TIME. WALLY: I WILL TAKE FOUR AND MAYBE TWO NEXT TIME. DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH FUEL YOU HAVE TO TAKE. BILL: MATT KENSETH THE LEADER THEN HARVICK, STEWART, JEFF GORDON AND REED SORENSEN, BIMPLE, KYLE BUSCH, DALE EARNHARDT, JIMMIE JOHNSON. 22 CARS ARE SCORED ON THE LEAD LAP AND PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME. SO, MARTY, MATT, DAVE AND ALLEN WILL BE PRETTY BUSY AS WILL SEVEN MEN OVER THE WALL. BENNY: DAVID STREMME IN THE 40 CAR WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE LUCKY DOG. BILL: HE WILL BE THE 23RD CAR ON THE LEAD LAP DOWN TO DAVE. DAVE: TONY STEWART BRINGS IT ON, CAR A LITTLE TIGHT IN THE CENTER, DISCUSSED A VARIETY OF CHANGES, SETTLED ON A LITTLE AIR ON THE RIGHT FRONT, A LITTLE AIR IN THE LEFT REAR TO HELP HIM. MARTY. MARTY: MATT SEND — KENSETH ENJOYED THAT AIR HE SAID GET ME BACK OUT THERE. IT IS A QUARTER ROUND AND LITTLE TIGHT. ALLEN: FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR KEVIN HARVICK. NO LUG WRENCHES, AIR PRESSURE ONLY ADJUSTMENTS. MATT. MATT: REED SORENSEN IN THE FIFTH SPOT CAR DROVE BY CLOSE BEATLE WITH THE 16 OF BIFFLE OFF PIT ROAD. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT, CAR NEEDED GRIP IN THE REAR. HE WAS ONE OF THOSE CARS THAT DIDN’T TAKE ANY TIRES LAST STOP. BILL: JEFF BURTON PICKING UP A NUMBER OF SPOTS BUT IT LOOKS LIKE MATT KENSETH WON THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD. BILL: BIG CROWD HERE AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY FOR THE SHEETROCK 400. JOLIET, ILL. SITS 75,000 AND PEOPLE PACKED INTO THE INFIELD. GLAD YOU ARE ALONG FOR THE RIDE ON TNT. I HEARD WILL FARRELL ASK A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION EARLIER TODAY AND IT WAS WALLY, HAVE YOU EVER WON A RACE? WELL, GUESS WHAT. IS THAT YOU IN THIS THING? WALLY: I WAS AIMING FOR THOSE GUYS. THAT WAS PIKES PEAK LAST WEEK. WE HAD A BLAST. I WON. BILL: SO WINNING WAS NOT ONLY SWEET BUT THE FACT THAT PAUL WAS SECOND? WALLY: THAT MADE IT SWEETER. I ALSO TACKED ON THE TV DEAL FOR THIS SO I HAD MY HANDS FULL. IT WILL BE ON THE OUTCORRESPOND CHANNEL SEPTEMBER 23 ABOUT 1:00 EASTERN. I HAD A LOT OF FUN DRIVING IT AND FILMING THMPT WE HAD A COUPLE OF HELICOPTERS AND IT WAS A LOT OF FUN DOING IT. BENNY: LOOKS LEAK A OPEN SPACE. WALLY: THERE’S A LOT OF OPEN SPACE. BILL: NO SAFE BARRIER. WALLY: NOW BUT THERE’S GROUND. BILL: SO YOU WON AND PAUL WAS SECOND AND THOSE WERE THE ONLY TWO IN THE RACE? WALLY: YOU KEEP SAYING THAT BECAUSE PAUL WAS SECOND. BILL: WAS ANYBODY ELSE THERE? WALLY: THERE WERE LOTS OF POLICEMAN THERE. BILL: BACK TO GREEN HERE. MATT KENSETH THE LEADER. HARVICK, STEWART, GORDON, BURTON, BIFFLE. WALLY: WE’VE GOT TROUBLE. SOMEBODY MISSED A SHIFT OR SOMETHING AND — BILL: LIKE DALE JARRETT. WALLY: WOW. WALLY: STEWART TRYING TO GET PAST THE CARS AND THEY ARE GETTING BOTTLELE. GOT A LOT OF FAST CARS THAT DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SLOWER TRAFFIC. BILL: HOW ABOUT GREG BIFFLE! RUNNING IN THE SIXTH POSITION. AFTER A VERY QUIET DAY. THERE’S STEWART LOOKING TO THE INSIDE OF RYAN NEWMAN. THERE’S BIFFLE. BENNY: MUST HAVE SLIPPED THERE. WALLY: GOT PASSED. BENNY: TRIED TO GET AROUND THE 31 AND HAD TO GET OFF THE THROTTLE AND — BILL: HOW ABOUT IT, MATT. MATT: HE HASN’T SAID ANYTHING ON THE RADIO. BEFORE THAT CAUTION HE JUMPED ON THE RADIO AND SAID SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT. JUST GOT LOOSE, BIG-TIME LOOSE. THE GUYS WERE ON THE WALL AND THEN HE DIDN’T PIT AND THE CAUTION CAME OUT. NO CHANGES ON THE LAST STOP. BILL: WE WILL GO BACK TO THE RESTART. WATCH THE RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. WALLY: YES, THAT WAS DALE JARRETT IT LOOKED LIKE. MISSED A SHIFT OR HAD SOME KIND OF PROBLEM, GOT OUT OF THE WAY BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF GUYS THAT HAD TO JAM ON THE BRAKES. MARTY: HE HAS LOST THIRD GEAR. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS BAD THINGS FOLLOW. BILL: LIKE THE OTHER GEARS? WALLY: ABSOLUTELY. BENNY: BECAUSE ALL THE TEETH ARE ROLLING AROUND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE TRANSMISSION ABOUT TO BE GROUND UP. WALLY: THAT IS WORSE, MISSING A GEAR ALTOGETHER. BILL: THAT WAS A GOOD JOB BY THE GUYS BEHIND HIM ON THE RESTART NOT TO RUN INTO HIM. WALLY: YES. BILL: WE TACKED ABOUT CLEAN AIR FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE BROADCAST AND LOOK AT MATT KENSETH GO. WALLY: IT’S JUST SUCH A PREMIUM. WE HAVE SEEN IT. EVERYBODY THAT GETS UP THERE PRETTY MUCH STAYS UP THERE. BENNY: I THINK HE WAS .3 FASTER THAN THE SECOND CAR. MARTY. MARTY: HE SAID YOU NEED TO GET ME A GOOD STOP BECAUSE IF WE ARE BECOME IN TRAFFIC I’M FAIRLY CONFERRED WE ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE 29 OR MAYBE THE 20 CAR SO WE NEED TO BE OUT FRONT AND IN THAT CLEAN AIR HELPING WITH GREAT PIT STOP. BILL: THE PIT GUSTY ARE TO GET DONE IF YOU ARE GOING TO WIN A RACE IN THE THAT IS CONSIDER NEXTEL AND HERE ARE THE GUYS THAT GET IT DONE FOR MATT KENSETH AND ROBBY RISER.>>ROBBY RISER ALLENTON, WISCONSIN. CRAZE BROOK. JUMP ADDISON. RUST STROKE WISCONSIN. [INAUDIBLE] JEREMY WEST LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. GREG EBERT. DAVID MCDONALD. CLINTON, MICHIGAN. WANE DELORIA. BENNY: THAT JACK MAN, RUSS IS SO AGILE AND STRONG. HE ONLY WEIGHS 190 AND HE IS 44 YEARS OLD. DOES A GREAT JOB. BILL: THEY NOT ONLY HAVE HIM OUT FRONT IN THIS RACE BUT MATT KENSETH, AS THEY RACE IS THE LEADER IN THE RACE TO THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. ALLEN. ALLEN: HARVICK JUST GAMPE UP SECOND. ON THIS RUN HE SAID MY CAR IS WAY TOO LOOSE RIGHT NOW. BACK END SLIDING AROUND ON THAT 29 CAR. BILL: OBVIOUSLY THIS IS LATER IN THE DAY THAN THE CARS HAVE RUN HER, THE PRACTICES WERE EARLIER IN THE DAY. SO, MAYBE THE TRACK IS STARTING TO GET AWAY FROM THEM A LITTLE BIT. WE WILL KEEP AN CRY ON THAN — AN EYE ON BILL: ON BOARD WITH KASEY KAHNE. BENNY: ON THE INSIDE WE SEE 18 J.J. YELEY JUST BRUSH THE 1-0 OF NEMECHEK AND NEMECHEK DID A GREAT JOB NOT TO SPIN AND I DON’T THINK KASEY KAHNE EVEN BACKED OFF, DID HE? MAYBE A LITTLE BIT. WALLY: I WONDER WHAT HOLE HE WAS LOOKING AT, J.J. YELEY. BENNY: MATT KENSETH STILL THE LEADER BUT THERE’S A NEW SECOND PLACE MAN AND A MAN THAT IS FASTER ON THE RACETRACK THAN MATT KENSETH. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE 24 OF JEFF GORDON AND HERE HE COMES. ALLEN: ONE THING HELPING JEFF GORDON THIS RESTART VERSUS LAST TIME HE WAS TRAPPED IN TRAFFIC IS THE FACT THAT THE BOTTOM OF THE TRACK IS OPENING UP. THE LAST TIME HE WAS SHUFFLED BACK A LOT OF CARS HE WAS TRYING TO PASS NEEDED TO RUN THE BOTTOM. THAT WHERE HIS CAR IS FASTEST. HE HAD IT OPEN THIS TIME. DAVE: A FEW LAPS AGO TONY STEWART HAD GOTTEN AROUND KEN HARVICK FOR SECOND. THEN WHEN JEFF GORDON STARTED CLOSING IN ON HIM THE SPOTTER TOLD HIM PLENTY OF ROOM BEHIND HIM. OBVIOUSLY TONY COULD SEE HIM IN THE MIRROR AND DIDN’T GIVE HIM ANY TROUBLE GETTING BY. TONY WILL SAVE IT FOR LATER. BILL: MATT KENSETH LEADS THE RACE AND LEADS THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS HELD THE POINT LEAD IN 15 OF 17 RACES THIS SEASON AND IS OUT OF THE LEAD FORHG BILL: U.S.G. SHEETROCK 400 ZIPPING ALONG. BILL: LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD WITH MATT KENSETH. HERE IS MARTY. MARTY: SAID HE IS GOING THROUGH THE CORNERS LIKE DRAINING OFF THE LEFT FRONT TIRE THE CAR WILL NOT TURN AT ALL. NO FRONT GRIP AND HE IS VERY AWARE THAT 24 CAR IS COMING. ALLEN: JORDAN TRYING GSH GORDON TRYING TO GET THERE. HIS CREW CHIEF SAYS HE EXPECTS THE END TO BE A ADVANTAGE MESS. DAVE: QUIET TONY STEWART ON THE RADIO STILL. THAT USUALLY MEANS A HAPPY TONY STEWART. THAT IS THE WAY HE WAS MOST OF THE WEEKEND. HE WAS FINE WITH THE CAR YESTERDAY AND DIDN’T MAKE ANY CHANGES. ALLEN: KEVIN HARVICK SLIDING AROUND LITTLE BIT. HIS TEAM CAME IN THE RACE UP 46 POINTS ON GREG BIFFLE IN THE RACE FOR THE FINAL TOP 10 SPOTS. GOOD DAY SO FAR. BILL: TONY RAINES SPINNING THROUGH THE GRASS AND THE CAUTION IS OUT. >>FIRE IT UP, IN YOU — IF YOU CAN. BENNY: I DON’T THINK HE HIT ANYTHING. CERTAINLY DIDN’T HIT THE INSIDE WALL. DON’T KNOW IF THE OUTSIDE WALL CAUSED THE SPIN. LET’S SEE. WALLY: GOT LOOSE UP ON THE TWO. UNDERNEATH THE CAR SO HE MAY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO KEEP IT OFF THE CAR. BILL: SAW THAT YESTERDAY, TOO IN THE BUSCH RACE A COUPLE OF TIMES. WALLY: I DON’T BELIEVE HE DID HIT ANYTHING. BENNY: SURE DIDN’T. BILL: ON BOARD WITH TONY. BENNY: HE TRIED TO DRIVE UNDER THE 18 BECAUSE J.J. YELEY IN ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE. HE HAD VISIONS OF PASSING HIM AND WHEN HE TURNED UNDER THE 1 JUST LOST THE BACK END AND AROUND HE GOES. BILL: THE 22 DAVE BLANEY IS THE LUCKY DOG. WHAT IS THE FUEL WINDOW B.P. WITHOUT LOOKING? BENNY: ABOUT 65 LAPS MAX. BILL: DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY ARE LEFT? BENNY: NO. BILL: 68. BENNY: WELL, — WALLY: THEN YOU COME IN RIGHT BEFORE THEY THROW GREEN. BILL: YOU CAN’T DO THAT IF YOU ARE THE LEADER. BENNY: NO. WALLY: I’M AT SEVENTH OR EIGHTH. BENNY: THIS WILL BE THEIR LAST PIT STOP. SOME OF THEM WILL TRY T. BILL: WORKED FOR CASEY MEARS YESTERDAY. BENNY: SURE D. 65 LAPS, THOSE ARE GREEN FLAG LAPS. IF THEY GET FIVE OR SIX CAUTION LAPS THEN WE CAN BUMP IT UP TO 68 OR 69. BILL: JEFF GORDON WENT 69 LAPS TODAY. DALE EARNHARDT JR. 65. MATT KENSETH 61. STEWART 63. HARVICK 66. DAVE BURNS. DAVE: TUNE STEWART BACK ON — PIT ROW. CENTER TOLERABLE. THEY DIDN’T SAY WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO. THEY SATISFIED WE WILL FIX YOU UP. WRENCH WILL GO INTO THE REAR, CLASSY JUDGMENT. MARTY. MARTY: HE SAYS THIS IS THE BEST WE’VE GOT. I’M NOT SURE WE CAN KEEP UP WITH EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE QUARTER TURN ON THE LEFT REAR. ALLEN. ALLEN: CAN JEFF GORDON GET THE LEAD FROM MATT KENSETH ON THIS STOP A FOUR-FIRE CHANGE SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. IT WILL BE CLOSE THERE. I THINK KENSETH GOT IT. MATT: GREAT STOP BY BIFFLE’S TEAM IN THE — AND SORENSEN. HIS TEAM MADE A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. HE WAS WAY TOO FREE OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST RUN. BIFFLE WAS TIGHT ESPECIALLY ON EXIT. BILL: LET’S LOOK AT THE VIDEO OF THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD. PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GRAPHIC BECAUSE MATT KENSETH WON THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD. GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING. 67 LAPS TO GO RIGHT NOW. BILL: STILL WORKING UNDER CAUTION, MATT KENSETH THE LEADER. WE WILL TAKE A TIME-OUT WHILE THEY ARE UNDER CAUTION. (Clooney)
THESE DAYS, IT’S OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW. TRUE, IT DIDN’T HAVE
A WATER DISPENSER OR AN ICE MAKER. WHAT IT DOES HAVE
IS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. [upbeat music] ♪ ♪ HERE’S TO THE BEER FRIDGE. “DEAR DR. Z,
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LIVE FOREVER. …THAT’S WHY I
STARTED THE SCHOOL. TOMORROW’S NAPA SPOKESMAN
NEEDS A PLACE TO START LEARNING ABOUT
QUALITY PARTS TODAY. (all)
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE
TO THE PARTS… PART NUMBER
4886721. AM I TOUGH ON THEM? YEAH. BUT CARS ARE TOUGH
ON NAPA PARTS TOO. AND THERE’S A
LESSON THERE. I THINK. (slurps coffee) BILL: THE GREEN FLAG HAS JUST GONE IN THE AIR, 63 LAPS TO GO AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY. MATT KENSETH THE LEADER. SEVERAL CARS TOPPED OFF WITH FUEL INCLUDING BOBBY LABONTE. BENNY: DALE EARNHARDT TRYING TO GET TAKAR BACK UP TO SPEED. JEFF GORDON AS HE BITES THIS TRAFFIC THESE LAP CARS ON THE INSIDE AND CARL EDWARDS A GRIDLOCK, KENSETH DRIVING AWAY WITH A TWO-SECOND LEAD. WALLY: CARL EDWARDS IS SPLIT BETWEEN JEFF BURT DONE AND TONY STEWART. THE SECOND CAR IS JEREMY MAYFIELD BUT HE IS A LAP COUNCIL. JEFF GORDON TRYING TO GET BY HIM AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE. BILL: 24 CARS ON THE LEAD LAPMENT MATT KENSETH ALREADY HAS ABOUT A 15-CAR LEAD OVER JEFF GORDON. BILL: GORDON GETS TO THE INSIDE OF MAYFIELD. NOW HAS A A CLEAR SHOT AT KENSETH. MARTY. MARTY: MATT KNEW THIS WAS HIS SHOT TO LEAD OFF PIT ROAD AND GET OUT AS FAR AHEAD AS HE COULD BECAUSE HE FELT LIKE HIS CAR IS NOT GOOD AT THE END. HE KNOWS THE 24 CAR STRONG. ALLEN: WHEN JEFF GORDON PULLED AWAY THIS WAS THE COMMUNICATION FROM HIS CREW CONCEIVE TO THE DRIVER. >>GIVE IT ALL YOU CAN RIGHT HERE. WE ARE A LITTLE SHORT. ALL YOU CAN RIGHT HERE. ALLEN: I HAVE HEARD THAT REPEATED A COUPLE OF TIMES. FUEL WILL BE TIGHT FOR THE FINISH FOR A FEW CARS ON THE RACETRACK ESPECIALLY IF WE GO TO OVERTIME. IMAGINE ONE OF THESE GUYS LOOKING FOR A SPOT ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNING OUT OF FUEL IN OVERTIME AND FINISHING 30-SOMETHING? THAT WOULD NOT BE PRETTY. BENNY: THAT WOULD NOT BE PRETTY. THAT WOULD BE LIGAMENT BUT — THAT WOULD BE UGLY BUT IT IS A POSSIBILITY. BILL: YES, CASE I MEARS ON A FUEL STRATEGY AND PIT STRATEGY RUN WON THE RACE AND THEN RAN OUT OF FUEL BASICALLY WHEN HE CAME AROUND TO DO DOUGHNUTS ON THE COOL CROWN LAP. THERE YOU SEE GORDON’S 0-4 STREAK. BILL: THE FOUR HE HAS NOT WON AT. BENNY: YOU SAID JEFF GORDON 69. BILL: UNOFFICIALLY. BENNY: HOW MANY WERE CAUTION FLAG? SOME OF THEM MIGHT HAVE BEEN CAUTION. ABOUT 66 OR 67, I THINK, IS ALL THE GREEN FLAG LAPS THAT THEY CAN RUN WHICH IS ABOUT TO THE END OF THE RACE. BILL: RIGHT. AND A NUMBER OF CARS CAN’T GO THAT AR FAR. BENNY: RIGHT. THAT IS THE MAXIMUM. KENSETH STILL HAS THE LEAD IN THE NEXTEL CAUP AND JEFF GORDON MOVED UP TWO POTS TO 10TH. BILL: I WAS TALKING TO ROBBY RISER AND SOME ON THE 17 CREW YESTERDAY IN THE GARAGE, BENNY AND COMPLIMENTING THEM ON HOW WELL THEY HAVE DONE BUT FOR MAN THEY ALMOST SAID THE SAME THING. WHAT WE NEED ARE WINS. WE WANT SOME MORE WINS NOT ONLY FOR MATT BUT TO GET EVERYBODY BACK ON ONE PAGE AND SHOW WE CAN DO IT. REALLY FOCUSED ON TRYING TO GET KENSETH BACK TO VICTORY LANE. WALLY: JEFF GORDON HAS BEEN A LITTLE QUICK ARE THAN KENSETH THE LAST TWO LAPS. WE SAW THAT BEFORE THE LAST YELL . — YELLOW. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF HE GETS UP WITHIN SIX OR SEVEN CAR LENGTH IN THAT WILL STOP BECAUSE THAT’S WHEN YOU START GETTING IN THE DIRTY AIR OF THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU. BENNY: THEY ARE RUNNING ABOUT THE SAME SPEED. THAT TIME KEN EVIDENT WAS 3199 AND JEFF 3197. BILL: WE CAN WATCH HOW GOOD THE 31 WAS. WE SAW HOW JEFF BURTON WAS WHEN HE WAS OUT FRONT BUT BURTON IS SUCH A SMART DRIVER YOU DON’T KNOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE IF HE WAS SHOWING IT ALL AND NOW IF YOU HAVE IT YOU HAVE TO SHOW WHAT YOU HAVE. WALLY: MARTY, EARNHARDT LOOKS LIKE HE IS WORKING BACK THROUGH THE PACK. MARTY: HE WAS A LITTLE UPSET WITH THE CREW SAYING THEY DIDN’T MAKE THE CHANGE AND HE TALKED ABOUT WANTING THE SPRING RUBBER. HE THEY NEVER MADE THE CHANGE AND HE SAID I NEED THAT. THAT WAS CLOSE FOR RYE CRN NEWMAN BUT JUNIOR IS TRYING TO COME BACK. UNLIKE OTHER TEAMS THEY CAN GO ALL WAIT ON FUEL. WALLY: EARNHARDT HAD TO CHECK UP THERE. BIFFLE PULLED UP BESIDE HIM AND NOW EARNHARDT HAS A PRETTY GOOD RUN COMING UP. BILL: AS YOU WATCH THIS WE CAN TELL YOU DENNY HAMLIN IS LEAVING PIT ROAD AFTER AN UNSCHEDULED STOP. DAVE CHECKING ON THAT. BENNY: THINKING ABOUT THAT MIDDLE AGAIN. BENNY: SCOTT RIGGS THAT 10 CAR HAS A GREAT RUN GOING, IN NINTH, EARNHARDT IN AFMENTE WALLY: THESE GUYS ARE LOSING A LOT OF TIME ON THE LEADER AND THAT IS BECAUSE THE TRAFFIC IS KILLING THEM BETWEEN HIM AND THE LEADER. DAVE: SAY YOU WERE LOSING AIR PRESSURE IN THE LEFT REAR TIRE WHAT WOULD THAT MAKE YOUR CAR DO, WALLY THIS WALLY: COME INTO THE PIT. LEFT REAR GOING DOWN HAD TO COME IN AND CHANGE ALL FOUR. AND HE FELT IT BECAUSE NORMALLY YOU WIND UP IN THE WALL. BILL: HOW DID HE FEEL IT IN WALLY: BY THE PULL. BILL: 52 LAPS TO GO AND — BENNY: ELLIOTT SADLER >>OUT OF TWO. BENNY: HE GOES AROUND. HE HAD AN UNSCHEDULED STOP LAST TIME, WORKING ON THE RIGHT FRONT SO WE’VE GOT SOME PROBLEMS WITH THIS 38 CAR.>>HERE ARE THOSE YELLOW LAPS THESE GUYS WERE HOPING FOR TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE FINISH WITHOUT TOPPING OFF. BILL: WAS RUFFINNING ABOUT THE 32ND POSITION, ELLIOTT SADLER AND THIS THE LATEST CHAPTER IN A VERY DISAPPOINTING SEASON FOR ROBERT YATES RACING. DALE JARRETT LEAVING AT THE END OF THIS SEASON AND ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY HE WILL TAKE THE U.P.S. SPONSORSHIP TO MICHAEL WALTRIP’S TEAM. WALLY: THE ONLY THING YOU WOULD THINK IS MAYBE IF YOU ARE IN EIGHTH, NINTH, 10TH OR TOWARD THE END IF YOU COME TO PUT ON FRESH TIRES HOPING THAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE GUYS UP FRONT ARE NOT GOING TO COME IN. BENNY: I JUST — YOU ARE RIGHT. WALLY: MAYBE EARNHARDT URGE OR SOME OF THOSE GUYS WILL GAMBLE AND MAYBE PUT ON TIRES TO SEE IF THAT WILL HELP THEM TOWARD THE END OF THE RACE. BENNY: I DON’T THINK ANYBODY IN THE TOP 10 WILL PIT. WE WILL SEE. BILL: JEREMY MAYFIELD THE LUCKY DOG, HE WILL BE THE 24TH CAR ON THE LEAD LAP. >>YOU NEED TO STAY OUT. BENNY: BETARD SAID STAY OUT BUT SAVE ALL THE FUEL YOU CAN. BILL: CARS MOVING THROUGH TURNS THREE AND FOUR. THE APPROACH SHOULD BE OPEN THIS TIME. GREEN LIGHT IS ON. BENNY: OK. BIG QUESTION MARK. WALLY: I WOULD THINK SOME OF THE GUYS TOWARD THE MIMMED AND BACK OF THE LEAD LAP CARS WOULD COME IN. BENNY: WE HAVEN’T — WE HAVE A TAKER. LOOKS LIKE GREG BIFFLE. REED SORENSEN. BILL: CASEY MEARS. FOUR OR FIVE OTHERS. THEY W>>RECAP. >>START YOUR ENGINES. BILL: THE FANS WATCHING 43 CARS LED BY JEFF BURT DONE. TONY STEWART STARTED 34TH. BENNY: HE WORKED THROUGH EARLY AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE EIGHT USING THAT HIGH LINE TO PERFECTION. GOING TOWARD THE FRONT AND FANS LOVING IT. BILL: KEVIN HARVICK LED 40 LAPS. MATT KENSETH MOVED TO THE FRONT AND TONY RAINES BROUGHT OUT A CAUTION WITH A SPIN. OUR D.L.P. TECHNOLOGY RACE RECAP. BILL: MATT. MATT: CHAD KNAUS CAN I FIGURING OUT THE FUEL MILEAGE. WHERE DO YOU STAND? >>DANGEROUSLY CLOSE. I HATE IN BUT THERE ARE 48 LAPS TO GO SO WE WILL PROBABLY GET ANOTHER CAUTION AND IF WE DO EVERYBODY WILL GET TIRES ANYHOW BUT AS LONG AS HAD HE GO THROUGH IT COULD BE CLOSE AND WE GET OUT WITH A SOLID TOP 10 AND KEEP ROLLING.>>THIS IS A TYPICAL 48 KIND OF DAY. CURRENTLY RUNS IN SIXTH. DAVE. DAVE: IS TONY FAST ENOUGH? WE ARE CLOSE ON THE FUEL. EVERYBODY AROUND US PLAYING THE SAME THING. SAVING AS MUCH AS WE CAN ON THIS CAUTION. WE ARE WITHIN A LAP OR SO. SO, ANOTHER YELLOW WE SHOULD BE IN GOOD SHAPE. TOO EARLY FOR TIRES. I THINK FOR US WHERE WE’RE AT SO THE CAR IS NOT BAD. CHEVROLET BEEN GOOD. TONY DID GOOD. STARTED IN THE BACK. BUT EVERYBODY HAS DONE GOOD. PIT STOP GOOD AND KEEP OR FINGERS SHOT. ALLEN. ALLEN: STEVE WE HEARD YOU COACHING TO SAFE FUEL.>>WE ARE CLOSE TO THE SCHEDULED FINISH . ONE THING WE HAVE SPECTACULAR POWER AND UNFORTUNATELY WITH GREAT POWER IS POOR FUEL MILEAGE BUT THE DUPONT GUYS HAVE BEEN GREAT. DOING A SPECTACULAR JOB AND WE HAD A — WE WANT A GOOD FINISH. ALLEN: HE TOLD HIS DRIVER IT IS ALL YOURS TO THE FINISH. BILL: FIRST 15 AS OF RIGHT NOW DID NOT PIT UNDER THIS CAUTION. WALLY: I THINK GORDON WANTS TO TRY TO GET BY ON THIS RESTART BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT WILL BE TOUGHER. KENSETH PULLS OUT A LITTLE BIT. FOUR OR FIVE CAR LENGTHS. BILL: HE HAS LED 69, GORDON 13. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE 1-2. BENNY: WHO LED THE MOST TODAY, KENSETH IN BILL: RIGHT NOW IT IS MATT KENSETH. BURTON 60, KEVIN HARVICK 40. MATT KENSETH 69, 10 DIFFERENT RACE LEADERS. BENNY: TONY HANGS THAT 20 CAR RIGHT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK. BILL: HOW ABOUT THAT QUIET JEFF BURTON, ALLEN. SNIMPLETE YOU WERE WONDERING WHETHER HE HAD BEEN SHOWING EVERYTHING HE HAD. HE HAS STRUGGLED WITH THIS CAR ALL DAY EVER SINCE HE WAS SHUFFLED BACK IN TRAFFIC. THEY WORKED AND MADE A NUMBER OF ADJUSTMENTS ON THE CAR FINALLY HE SAID IT IS THE BEST IT HAS BEEN ALL DAY AND YOU ARE SEEING THE RESULT. BACK UP THERE IN CON CONTENTION. BILL: BURTON IS THIRD. POLE-SITTER, GONE 165 RACES SINCE HIS LAST VICTORY AT PHOENIX OCTOBER OF 2001. MARTY ON THE RACE LEADER MATT KENSETH. MARTY: THAT CAUTION PUT HIM GOOD TO THE END ON FUEL BUT HE IS MORE WORRIED ABOUT THE CAR HOW IT WILL HANDLE AT THE END OF THIS RUN. >>BETTER IN THE LONG RUN, BETTER THAN WE USUALLY ARE. TRYING TO RUN HARD BUT TRYING NOT TO RUN THE FRONT TIRES OFF. TRYING TO BE SAFE AND SAVE SOMETHING. WE DON’T HAVE THE CAR TO WIN BUT I WILL TRY TO KEEP IT UP HERE AND >>I THINK YOU HAVE A BETTER CAR THAN YOU REALIZE. YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB. NIFMENTE IT IS A FINE BALANCE WHEN YOU HAVE A CAR THAT IS LEADING UP FRONT BUT YOU KNOW IT WILL BE TIGHT AT THE END OF THE RUN. MATT FEELS LIKE HE WILL BURN OFF THE TIRES AND NEED THEM TO WIN THE RACE. WALLY: THE THING IS GORDON HAS OPINION FASTER A LOT THAN MATT KENSETH BUT HE GOT INTO A SITUATION WHERE HE IS ABOUT EIGHT TO 10 CAR LENGTHS BEHIND TAKAR AND HE CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITH IT. HE HAS THE PROBLEM WITH GETTING AIR ON HIS NOSE AND I THINK GORDON IS A LITTLE BIT TIGHT NOW AND THAT’S WHAT WILL BE TRICKY TO GET TO THE MATT AND PASS HIM. SO IF MATT KEEPS RUNNING HIS LINE AND KEEPS THE CLEAN AIR OUT IT MAY BE TOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO BENNY: THAT IS WHAT A DRIVER SAID THIS MORNING, THAT YOU CAN FEELING EIGHT CAR LENGTHS BEHIND YOU START FEELING THAT AIR AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CAR WON’T TURN, SLIDING ACROSS THE TRACK. EIGHT OR 10 BEHIND THE CAR IN TORONTO OF YOU BILL: FOLLOW-UP ON THE CAUTION OF ELLIOTT SADLER HAD A FLAT AFTER CONTACT WITH GREG BIFFLE. THAT SENT SAD HER TO THE GRASS. SPEED AT THE LINE WITH 41 TO GO. NOTHING BEATS BEING OUT FRONT, DOES IT? WALLY: NO. BENNY: THAT AIR ON THAT CAR DOES HELP. WALLY: IF YOU WOULD DONE THAT RIGHT AFTER THE RESTART OR FIVE OR SIX LAPS AGO JEFF GORDON WAS THE FASTEST. THEN HE GOT INTO THAT SPACE. BILL: MATT KENSETH LEADS, JEFF GORDON IS SECOND, WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH BILL: WE WILL SHOW YOU WHY IT GOES TO RYAN NEWMAN. BENNY: HE IS THE MEAT IN THE SANDWICH BETWEEN THE 07 OF BOWYER AND 55 OF MICHAEL WALTRIP BUT THE LEFT REAR TIRE IS CUT DOWN. WALLY: THAT IS REASON FOR THE YELLOW. YOU COULD SEE RIGHT THERE. ALL THE AIR IS OUT SO MICHAEL WENT DOWN IN TURN ONE AND GOT UP IN THE WALL. BILL: THAT BROUGHT OUT THE CAUTION ON LAP 229. BILL: THE CAUTION CAME OUT, NONE OF THE LEADERS CAME IN. BUT CARL EDWARDS, WHO HAS HAD A BRUTAL DAY, GETS THE LUCKY DOG AND WILL COME AROUND AND BE ON THE LEAD LAP. BENNY: THERE HE GOES. WITH FRESH TIRES. BECAUSE HE JUST MADE HIS PIT STOP. BILL: HE HIT THE WALL OR RUBBED THE WALL EARLY IN THIS RACE. WALLY: BUT HE IS GOING TO BE PRETTY MUCH AT THE END OF THE PACK ON THE RESTART BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF CARS ON THE INSIDE LANE AND HE WILL BE STUCK FOR A WHILE. BILL: BUT FOR HIM IT IS THE POINTS THAT HE DOESN’T LOSE. SATURDAY ON TNT NEXT WEEK RACING FROM LOUDOUN, NEW HAMPSHIRE. MARTY: THE CAUTIONS ARE HELPING NUMBER 17 BUT CAN YOU WIN?>>I DON’T KNOW. I’M GLAD WE’RE GETTING WHAT WE ARE GOING. TRACK POSITION IS EVERYTHING AND GUYS HAVE GOTTEN HIM IN AND KEPT HIM UP FRONT. HOPEFULLY WE CAN FINISH STRONG. MARTY: HE TRIED TO CONVINCE HIM THAT HE HAD A BETTER CAR. >>WHOEVER IS OUT FRONT SEEMS TO HAVE THE GREAT CAR. EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT QUITE TO HIS LIKING YOU HAVE TO HOLD THAT TRACK POSITION AND DO WHAT YOU CAN. SO HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB. MARTY: MORE FUN AS CREW CHIEF WHEN THE CAR IS IT CLEAN AIR. >>MORE FUN WHEN IF IS UP FRONT. ZIVERAGESE AND ALSO FASTER. WALLY: MATT KNOWS THAT JEFF WANT BY HIM AND THE BEST CHANCE ON RESTART SO MATT HAS TO BE ON HIS TOES ON THE RESTART AND NOT GIVE GORDON THAT OPPORTUNITY. BILL: MATT KENSETH THE RACE LEADER, KNOWS HIS WAY TO VICTORY LANE. SECOND RACE OF THE SEASON CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IN FONTANA. HE ALMOST WON THE NEXT WEEK IN LAS VEGAS. BUT HE CAME BACK AND MADE A GREAT CALL AT DOVER TO STAY OUT ON THE TRACK WITH ROBBY RISER WANTING HIM TO PIT. HE SAID I’M TAKE. ROBBY SAID DID I MISS SOMETHING. MATT SAID I THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT DECISION AND IT WAS. BENNY: A LOT OF DISCUSSION IN THE NASCAR CIRCLES ABOUT THE CAR OF TOMORROW, CAR OF THE FUTURE, THE ONE THEY ARE GOING TO INTRODUCE NEXT YEAR AT BRISTOL. AND THE REASON FOR THIS CAR OF TOMORROW IS TO TRY TO TAKE SOME OF THIS, ALL OF THIS AERODYNAMICS OFF THE CARS. THEY ARE GOING TO STAND THE WINDSHIELD UP A LITTLE MORE, MAKE IT WIDER, THE FRONT END WON’T BE AS SLEEK. HOPEFUL THAT IT WILL TAKE SOME OF THE PUSH AWAY. BILL: AND THE WING ON THE BACK IS SOMETHING FANS WILL NOTICE MORE. STPWHROO WELL, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO OR LOOK LOOK LIKE BUT HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET SOME MORE SIDE BISIDE RACING. BENNY: I THINK THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO. BILL: AND GORDON CAN’T GET TO WITHIN MORE THAN SEVEN OR EIGHT CAR LENGTHS OF MATT KENSETH BECAUSE OF THE AERODYNAMICS. BILL: 35 TO GO. WE ARE READY TO GO. >>GREEN FLAG. BILL: 25 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. CARL EDWARDS IS 25TH. BENNY: THESE ARE JEFF GORDON’S BEST OPPORTUNITY TO GET BY THE 17 AND SO FAR HE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO DO IT. MATT HAS BEEN ON TOP OF HIS GAME ON THE RESTARTS. HE HAS BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB, NOT GIVING ANYBODY AN OPPORTUNITY TO PASS HIM. BILL: ALLEN YOU WATCHING 24? SNIMPLETE YES AND THEY ARE NERVOUS IN THE STAGE OF THIS RACE. WITHIN THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS THEY HAVE BEEN RUNNING WELL IN POSITION FOR A GOOD FINISH AND CAUGHT IN ACCIDENTS AND TAKEN OUT — WALLY: WE HAVE TROUBLE UP THERE. IN THE WALL. BILL: YESTERDAY’S WINNER IN THE BUSCH SERIES GOT HIS FIRST NASCAR WIN ON SATURDAY. WALLY: BUT GORDON WASN’T IN IT. AND I’M SURE THEY ARE RELIEVED OF THAT. BILL: ALLEN IF YOU BROUGHT IT UP AND HE WAS IN IT YOU COULDN’T COME ON AGAIN. BENNY: LOOK AT THE DEBRIS COMING OFF THAT CAR. BILL: TAKE WHILE TO CLEAN THIS UP. WALLY: HE JUST GOT LOOSE, RESTART, NEWMAN WAS BEHIND HIM, NOT REAL CLOSE BUT JUST GOT CLOSE. BILL: NICE JOB BY RIGGS GETTING ON THE BRAKES. WALLY: MAY HAVE TAKEN A LITTLE AIR OFF THAT SPOILER. IN A LOT OF TRAFFIC THERE. BILL: DENNY HAMLIN IS THE LUCKY DOG. WE GO ON BOARD WITH RYAN NEWMAN. WALLY: HE WAS IN TROUBLE WAY EARLY. . HE WAS IN TROUBLE WHEN HE TURNED DOWN INTO THE CORNER. BENNY: WHEN HE TURNED THE STEERING WHEEL HE GOT IN TROUBLE, YEAH. BILL: SO, CASEY MEARS IN VICTORY LANE YESTERDAY, CRAWLING BACK TO PIT ROAD THIS AFTERNOON. 33 LAPS TO GO UNDER CAUTION AT BILL: THE FIELD HAS JUST GOTTEN THE ONE TO GO. WE WILL BE BACK TO GREEN FLAG RACING IN ABOUT A MINUTE. THERE’S A STORY THAT DEVELOPED HERE OVER THE WEEKEND. LAST WEEK’ DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY NASCAR HANDED OUT PENALTIES FOR SOME INFRACTIONS TO SOME OF THE BUSCH SERIES KEVIN HARVICK AND RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING BOTH HIT WITH PENALTIES FOR INFRACTIONS AT DAYTONA. YESTERDAY IN THE DRIVERS MEETING THE NASCAR PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THAT AND WENT TO THE DRIVERS MEETING THIS MORNING AND BROUGHT UP THE SAME SUBJECT.>>YOU CHOOSE TO TEST THE SYSTEM WE ARE IN A MODE RIGHT NOW WHERE WE ARE GOING TO ESCALATE OUR REACTION UNTIL WE GET THE ATTENTION ACROSS THE BOARD THAT WE ARE A WHOLE LOT, EVERYBODY IS A LOT BETTER OFF IF EVERYBODY PLAYS INSIDE THE BOX. SO, WHAT I’M TELLING YOU TODAY IF YOU CHOOSE TO TEST THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND THE INSPECTION PROCESS FINDS THAT YOU HAVE TESTED US, WE WILL REACT TO IT AND WE MAY REACT MORE SEVERELY THAN YOU HAVE EVER SEEN US REACT WITHOUT WARNING. BENNY: AND HE ALSO SAID HE WANTS EVERYONE TO REALIZE WHEN THE RACE IS OVER THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THAT EVERYONE ELSE DID. THAT NO ONE CHEATED THEIR WAY TO VICTORY LANE. WALLY: PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CHEAT. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY OR DO, THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THAT PLAY OUTSIDE THE BOX BECAUSE THERE’S GOT TO BE RULES, OBVIOUSLY BUT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE PUSHING THAT ENVELOPE. BILL: KENSETH LEADS BACK TO THE GREEN FLAG AND GORDON LOOKING FOR THE LEAD. BENNY: WHAT A GREAT START THE 24 CAR GOT. WAS LOOKING ON THE INSIDE OF THE 17 AND ALMOST HAD POSITION. WALLY: THAT WAS■ç A NICE BLOCK. BILL: JEFF GOT TO SEE HIM RESTART A COUPLE OF TIMES AND WATCHED HIM AND LEARNED. WALLY: THAT WAS HIS BEST SHOT ON THE RESTART. BILL: BURTON THIRD THEN TONY STEWART IN FOURTH. HARVICK BEHIND STERLING MARLIN THE LAP CAR. WALLY: IF THAT WAS FIVE TO GO THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN CONTACT. BILL: JUST THE FINISH THE THOUGHT ON HELTON AND THE DRIVERS MEETING I THINK WHAT MIKE WAS SAYING IS THE NEXT GUY THAT THE MONEY DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU AND POINTS DON’T MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU THE NEXT TOP GUY CAUGHT MAY BE MISSING A RACE. WALLY: OR MORE. BENNY: OR MORE. CHAD CANAS MISSED ONE.>>THE TEAM WILL SIT OUT BECAUSE YOU CAN ONLY BE FINED SO MUCH BECAUSE WALLY IS RIGHT. BILL: HARVICK GOT AROUND MARLIN. BENNY: ALL OF A SUDDEN THE 12 RYE UNANIMOUS NEWMAN WAS OFF THE LINE THERE. BILL: HE WAS PART OF THAT MICHAEL WALTRIP INCIDENT A FEW LAPS AGO. WALLY: HE JUST GOT OUT OF THE FLOW BIG TIME, DOESN’T WANT ANYBODY BEHIND HIM. AND NOW NOBODY S. BILL: KEN SCHRADER GOES BY. RYAN NEWMAN A PAST WINNER AT THIS TRACK HAS 27 LAPS TO LIMP AROUND HERE. LOOK AT MATT KENSETH GO. HE HAS PULLED AWAY FROM GORDON AND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE BURTON IS CLOSING IN ON THE 24. UPDATE ON THE 12. MARTY. MARTY: RYAN HAS NOT SAID ANYTHING. THEY HAVE HAD A TERRIBLY TIGHT CAR. MATT ASKED WHAT IS GOING ON. RYAN YET TO REPLY AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE RACE TEAM. BILL: THANKS, MARTY. WALLY: HE DOESN’T TONIGHT WANT TO TAKE HIS HAND OFF THE STEERING WHEEL. BENNY: ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU ARE RIGHT THAT 24 LOOKS LIKE HE IS BACKING UP TO THE 31 AND 20. BILL: AND ALLEN TOLD US THAT BURTON SAID HIS CAR IS AS GOOD NOW AS IT HAS BEEN ALL DAY AFTER STRUGGLING THROUGH MUCH OF THE MIDDLE PORTION OF THE RACE. WE HAVE 25 TO GO. SEE IF WE CAN FIND OUT SOME STRATEGY AND RACE CONDITIONS DOWN WILL. MARTY. MARTY: IF MATT KENSETH HANGS ON THIS WILL BE TREMENDOUS BECAUSE THEY WILL MOST LIKE TAKE EVE THE LEAD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. ROBBY RISER TOLD ME TRACK POSITION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HOW THE CAR HANDLES. THAT IS PROVING OUT SO WITH THE CLEAN AIR OUT FRONT. MATT: JEFF GORDON’S ENTIRE TEAM JUMPED UP WHEN THE DRIVER TRIED TO MAKE A MOVE THE THEY THOUGHT WAS GOING TO FIND A WAY TO STEAL IT. STILL JEFF GORDON IN THE POSITION TO MOVE BACK INTO THE TOP 10 IF HE FINISHES SECOND. JEFF BURTON 4 1/2 YEARS SINCE HE WON. DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT HAD HAPPEN TODAY BUT HE COULD SOLIDIFY A POSITION FOR A TOP 10. DAVE: HE SAID I HAVE A PLAN. HE SAID IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU BROUGHT IT HOME TODAY, BUD. BILL: THAT LAST CAUTION KEVIN HARVICK TOLD HIS TEAM HE THOUGHT HE DIDN’T HAVE A CAR TO BEAT THE FIRST TWO, KEN SEVENTH AND GORDON THOUGHT HE COULD GET THE TWO IN FRONT OF HIM. BURTON AND STEWART. SO FAR HARVICK NOT ABLE TO HANG WITH THEM. MATT. MATT: JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS CLEAR AIR NOW BETWEEN HIMSELF AND THE 29TH OF KEVIN HARVICK HOLDING HIS OWN OVER THE LAST RUN BUT THE TEAM HAS HELD THEIR OWN SINCE THEY CAME THAT THE NEXTEL CUP BUT JIMMIE SAYS THE BIGGEST THING THIS YEAR IS MATURITY. WALLY: — >>WE PEAKED BEFORE THE CHASE STARTED AND OTHER TEAMS WERE WORKING HARD AND FINDING THEIR PACKAGE AND CAUGHT UP AND PASSED UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS YEAR WE HAVE A NEW MONTE CARLO BODY WORKING ON IT CONTINUES TO GET BETTER AND WE HAVE BEEN — WE ARE TRYING TO LEARN A NEW PACKAGE. EVER SINCE OUR SHOCKS DISAPPEARED IN DOVER LAST YEAR WE HAD TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND IT HAPPENED IN THE CHASE AND HURT US AND WE WORKED HARD AND WE ARE DEVELOPING A BETTER PRODUCT THAN WHAT WE HAD. SO, IT IS NOT THAT WE ARE EXPERIMENTING WHICH IS A LITTLE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR, WE ARE TRYING TO LEARN. WALLY: ON HIS DASH IS A PIECE OF DUCT TAPE THAT SAYS WHATEVER IT TAKES TODAY. IT IS A TOP 10 FINISH TO GET IN CHICAGO AND GET OUT IN SOLID FORM. DAVE. DAVE: KYLE BUSCH EXAMMING FOR THE SIXTH POSITION, WORKING DIFFERENT LINES AND HERE WAS THE DISCUSSION WITH THE TEAM ON THE RADIO.>>FORD WAY DOWN ONE AND TWO. WHEN I GET OFF THE LINE THAN THREE AND FOUR AND IF I GO TOO HIGH YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME GOING ALL THE WAY AROUND THAT DAY BUT YOU GET A HECK OF A RUN SO THERE’S A BALANCE THERE AND I HAVE TO WORK ON SOMETHING. MARTY: HE SOLIDIFIES SIXTH AFTER BEING CRITICAL OF HIS OWN DRIVING EARLY IN THE DAY HE FIGURED OUT A NEW WAY TO GET AROUND. MARTY. MARTY: DALE EARNHARDT JR. HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED. HE NEEDS GREEN FLAG RUNS. HE IS EXCELLENT IN ALL TIRES AND IF YOU ARE THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS IS THE KIND OF RACE YOU NEED, A SOLID TOP 10 TO SECURE YOUR MISS IN THE CHASE TODAY. IT HAS BEEN A GOOD DAY AND SOLID DAY TORT EIGHT TEAM. MATT: ANOTHER BUBBLE DRIVER, THE TWO OF KURT BUSCH HAS BEEN ON THE MOVE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS CLIMB FROM 19TH TO 13TH IN THE LAST FIVE RACES, BEST POT IN 2006 THE CAR TIGHT MOST OF THE DAY BUT LIKE A LOT OF GUYS TOO TIGHT IN TRAFFIC. DAVE: J.J. YELEY EXPERIENCED SOME OF THAT BUT THEY WORKED ON AIR PRESSURE ON ALL FOUR CORNERS A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME. HE STARTED 10, HE RUNS 10, HE HAS HUNG AROUND ALL DAY. MATT. MATT: WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE FOR REED SORENSEN IN AND OUT OF THE TOP 10. THIS IS A CAR AND A KIND OF RUN HE NEED AS CONFIDENCE BOOSTER GOING THAT A SERIES OF RACES COME UP THAT HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN STRONG FOR THE GANASSI ORGANIZATION. HE IS IN 11TH. DAVE: CLINT BOWYER IS BEHIND HIM WHO LOST A POSITION RUNNING PRETTY WELL, STARTED WAY BACK AS WELL AND WORKED HIS WAY UP TO THE TOP 10 OR 15 AND STAYS THERE. MATT. MATT: BRIAN VICKERS CAME ON AND SAID IS THIS THE CAR WE HAD AT THE COCA-COLA 600? THEY SAID THAT IS 10-4 BECAUSE I THOUGHT SO BECAUSE MY FEET ARE ALREADY BLISTERED. HE IS USING THE HEELS OF HIS FEET TO PRESS THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR. MEANWHILE, THE 10 OF SCOTT RIGGS PITTED ON LAP 199, THE CAR WAS TIGHT. THIS TEAM REALLY DIALED THIS CAR IN. HE WAS SLIPPING AND SLIDING, SKATING EARLY IN THE RACE. THE CAR IS PRETTY DECENT NOW, MARTY. MARTY: THE MAN TRYING TO GO AROUND HIM IS BOBBY LABONTE AND INTERESTING DAY FOR THEM. THEY HAD AN EXTREMELY FAST CAR RECALL IN THE RACE. IN THE MIDDLE THEY CENTRIFUGALED, NOW IT IS GETTING BETTER FOR BOBBY. WHEN THEY MADE A PIT STOP ON 229 THEY TRIED TO FIX A LOOSE CONDITION AND MADE IT BETTER. STILL TRYING TO PASS 10. DAVE: MARK MARTIN STARTED NINE BUT FELL ABOUT. LAP 171 THEY ADJUSTED THE RIGHT FRONT SHOCK BRINGING IT TO LIFE. HE RESTARTED 21. HE IS UP TO 18TH NOW. MATT. MATT: GREG BIFFLE JUST CLIMB INTO THE 16TH POSITION. HE PITTED TOOK TWO TIRES, NO ADJUSTMENTS. HE WAS ONE OF THOSE CARS THAT COULD NOT MAKE IT ON FUEL. THERE WERE SEVEN LAPS THEY WERE START. MARTY: THEY SAID TRY RUNNING THE HIGH LINE. HE SAID I WOULD IF I COULD. THE CAR WON’T TURN IN THE CORNERS SO I HAVE TO RUN THAT BOTTOM LINE. TRUEX HAS HAD A SOLID DAY. NEVER ABOVE THE TOP 10 BUT FLIRTING WITH IT. CURRENTLY 17. BILL: MARK MARTIN IS NOW 18 AND BLANEY AND DENNY HAMLIN IT THE TOP 20. 26 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. MATT SKEVENT HAS THE FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS. THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR. LED 146 WHEN HE FINISHED SECOND AT LAS VEGAS. THE RACE JIM YES JOHNSON BEAT HIM COMING OUT OF TURN FOUR. BENNY: JEFF GORDON ALL OF A SUDDEN IS RUNNING AS FAST AS MATT KENSETH BUT ONLY ABOUT A DOZEN LAPS TO GO I DON’T SEE ANY WAY HE CAN CATCH HIM. GLOO AND I THINK THE REASON IS BECAUSE HE IS DOWN 15 OR 20 CAR LENGTHS BEHIND THE 17 CAR WHERE HE WAS NOT HAVING THAT PROBLEM EARLY AND HE WAS TOO CLOSE AND GETTING THAT DIRTY AIR. BILL: CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS CHANGING THROUGHOUT THE RACE. RIGHT NOW KENSETH ON TOP BY 36 POINTS. BENNY: JEFF BURTON WITH HIS GREAT RUN MOVED UP TWO SPOTS. KASEY KAHNE STRUGGLED SO HE DROPPED A COUPLE. MARK MARTIN LOST A SPOT. BILL: THESE ARE THE GITES THAT ARE TO RACE THEIR WAY THAT THE CHASE, JUST THE TOP 10 DRIVERS AND EVERYONE WITHIN 400 POINTS OF LEADER MAKE IT IN THE CHASE. WALLY: FIVE CAR KYLE BUSCH ABOUT TO PICK OFF ANOTHER POSITION FROM KEVIN HARVICK. HARVICK IN FIFTH. KYLE BUSCH’S CAR HAS BEEN WORKING PRETTY GOOD. RIGHT THERE PASSING A LOT OF CARS ON THE HIGH SIDE.>>YOU MOVED UP A LITTLE BIT THREE OR FOUR. SEEMED TO HELP HEM. BILL: HELPING THE DRIVER WITH THE LINE. BENNY: I THINK HE IS TALKING TO KEVIN HARVICK AND TELLING HIM KYLE BUSCH HAD MOVED UP A LITTLE BIT SEEMING TO MAKE HIS CAR RUN FASTER. WALLY: HE APPRECIATES THAT INFORMATION BUT HE WILL STAY DOWN ON THE BOTTOM. BILL: HARVICK HUGGING THE INSIDE LINE. OBVIOUSLYLESS FEELS HIS CAR BETTER THERE. WALLY: THAT’S WHERE YOU GO. YOU GO WHERE IT FEELS THE BEST. USUALLY YOU GET INTO THE CORNERS BETTER AND GET THROUGH THE CENTER BETTER IF YOU ARE ON THE BOTTOM BUT THE GUY ON THE HIGH LINE GETS SUCH A GOOD RUN OFF THE CORNERS IF HE IS RUNNING HIGH, THAT’S WHERE IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. BILL: UP FRONT MATT KENSETH BY JUST OVER A SECOND AHEAD OF JEFF GORDON. BENNY: JEFF GORDON AGAIN CLOSING IN BUT AS YOU SAID, WALLY, IT MAY BE BECAUSE HE IS 15 OR 20 CAR LENGTHS BEHIND AND WE WILL SEE IF HE GETS CLOSE CAN HE CONTINUE TO GAIN. THAT TIME HE GAINED ANOTHER 10TH OF A SECOND. BILL: MATT KENSETH FROM CAMBRIDGE, WISCONSIN, THE HOMETOWN HERO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1994 WHEN HE WON THE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP AT MADISON INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. THAT DAY A FIERCE RIVALLY OCCURRED BETWEEN HIM AND ROBBY RISER. THAT GOT THE FANS FIRED UP AND THEY RACED HARD AGAINST EACH OTHER FOR YEARS. IT WAS THE LATE ANYONE 90’S WHEN ROBBY RISER NEEDED A GUY TO DRIVE HIS GUY IN THE BUSCH SERIES AND CALLED HIS RIVAL, THE GUY THEY USED TO CULL MATT “THE BRAT” KENSETH. THEY LEAD HERE WITH SEVEN TO GO, MARTY. MARTY: THIS MORNING ROBBY SAID THEY HAVE A FIFTH TO 10TH PLACE CAR BUT THE TRACK POSITION WOULD BE THE KEY AND GIVE ALL THE CREDIT TO THE CREW THAT ROBBY ASSEMBLED. THEY HAVE WON THE LAST THREE RACES OFF PIT ROAD TO KEEP MATT OUT FRONT WHICH MATT SAID WAS HIS ONLY CHANCE TO WIN. OBVIOUSLY THE CLEAN AIR MEANT A TON BECAUSE THE NUMBER 24 IS TRYING TO TRACK HIM DOWN AND THE 17 PULL AWAY. BENNY: JEFF GORDON A LITTLE OVER A HALF SECOND BEHIND KENSETH WITH 5 1/2 LAPS TO GO. BILL: LOOK AT THE SPEEDS AT THE LINE WHEN THEY COME BY THIS TIME. GORDON CLEARLY CLOSING THE GAP ON KENSETH. WALLY: AND GORDON MOVED UP TO THE HIGH LINE THAT TIME AND GAINED A LOT IN THREE AND FOUR. BILL: HE IS RIGHT THERE NOW. BENNY: YOU ARE RIGHT, BILL. HE IS RIGHT HAD. BILL: LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IN PEDIATRIC THERE. BENNY: HE WAS A THIRD OF A SECOND FASTER THAN MATT KENSETH. BILL: MARTY. MARTY: EARLIER ON THE RADIO THEY SAID THE 24 HAS MOVED UP IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR AND SEEMS TO HAVE HELPED HIM BUT MATT SAID THE BOTTOM WORKS BEST FOR ME. HE IS COMMITTED TO THE BOTTOM. LOOK AT 4 UP HALF A LANE AN SEEMS TO BE WORKING. BILL: JEFF GORDON WON AT THOME TWO WEEKS AGO AND WAS CAUGHT PICKUP A CASH IN DAYTONA LAST WEEK. THAT COST HIM CRITICAL POINTS, KNOCKED HIM OUT OF THE TOP 10 BUT000 ON THE BUMPER OF THE LEADER. . KENSETH GOES AROUND OFF THE FRONT END OF GORDON. AND AUTOMATICALLY YOU THINK OF WHAT HAPPENED AT BRISTOL BETWEEN THE 17 AND THE 24 THAT RESULTED IN THAT SHOVING INCIDENT ON PIT ROAD AFTER THE RACE. WALLY: I HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT AGAIN. I THINK THAT KENSETH PROBABLY HAS A LITTLE BIT LOOSE GOING IN THERE BECAUSE GORDON WAS SO CLOSE.>>THAT WAS BLATANT. BENNY: THAT IS KENSETH SAYING — WALLY: YES. BENNY: MATT KENSETH SAID — BILL: ONLY TWO PEOPLE REALLY KNOW. MATT KENSETH AN JEFF GORDON. THIS BRISTOL EARLIER THIS YEAR. KURT BUSCH GOES AROUND MATT KENSETH AND KENSETH RACING HARD WITH GORDON GOT INTO HIS BUMP EVER — BUMPER AND AFTER THE RACE KENSETH SHOWED HIS DISPLEASURE AND MATT ADMITTED HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE WAITED FOR THAT TO SETTLE DOWN. NOW LET’S LOOK AT WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE. KEEP IN MIND THIS COULD SEND US TO OVERTIME AND FUEL COULD BE A FACTOR. WALLY: THE 17 SLOWED DOWN FOR SOME REASON RIGHT THERE. WHETHER HE GOT LOOSE OR WHATEVER. I’M NOT SAYING THAT IT WAS MATT ‘S FAULT THAT HE SPUN OUT BUT IT LOOKED LIKE HIS CAR SLOWED DOWN. RIGHT THERE. BENNY: WE HEARD KENSETH TELL HIS CREW ON THE RADIO WHAT DID HE SAY IF NASCAR IS CONSISTENT THEY WILL BLACK FLAG THE 24. IS THAT WHAT HE SAID? BILL: YES AND REMEMBER JEFF GORDON PROBATION. AND WE CAN TELL YOU THAT NASCAR IS REVIEWING THE SAME REPLAYS WE ARE SEEING. THE 24 CREW OF JEFF GORDON. MARTY. MARTY: BILL, MATT KENSETH IS ARGUING HE SHOULD BE IN FRONT OF 29. THERE WAS A MOMENT WHEN THE TEAM WAS EXTREMELY ANGRY AND ACTUALLY THEY ARE FAIRLY CALM. I GIVE TELL CREDIT. HE IS TELLING MATT HIS POSITION SHOULD BE AND MATT SAYS HE SHOULD BE IN FRONT OF 29. THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT HE FLAT SPOTTED THE TIRES BUT MATT SAYS HE IS CONFERRED ENOUGH IN THEM THAT HE WON’T PIT. THEY WILL NOT TAKE ON FRESH TIRES. THEY ARE RIG TO POSITION HIM. HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET A WORD WITH ROBBY RISER AS HE CONTINUES TO TALK TO MATT. BILL: ROBBY RISER A HUGE FAN OF CONVINCE LOMBARDI. HE TRIES TO RUN HIS TEAM THE WAY LOMBARDI RAN THE PACKERS AND WON CHAMPIONSHIPS. BENNY: IT DOES LOOK LEAK MATT WAS NOT ABLE TO GET OFF THIS SECOND CORNER — OBVIOUSLY JEFF GORDON IS SO MUCH BETTER THERE AND MATT TRYING TO KEEP THE CAR ON THE BOTTOM AND NOT SLIDE UP AND THIS — AND DID SLOW DOWN. WALLY: THE WAY I SEE THAT YOU CAN’T PENALIZE JEFF FOR THIS. FOR WHATEVER REASON HE DIDN’T DIDN’T GET ON THE GAS BUT IT WASN’T A BLATANT SHOT AT MATT KEN SERVANT. IT WASN’T ON PURPOSE FROM JEFF GORDON. IRBLINGS SO YOU ARE SAYING IT IS A RACING — WALLY: YES, THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING. BILL: JEFF GORDON THE RACE LEADER. BURTON, STEWART, KYLE BUSCH, RIGHT NOW KENSETH IS SCORED IN THE FIFTH POSITION. >>BEHIND THE EIGHT CAR. BENNY: BEHIND THE EIGHT CAR. GOING BACK TO THE NINTH POSITION. BILL: I THINK HE WILL BE GOING BACK TO THE EIGHTH POSITION BECAUSE HE IS CURRENTLY SCORED IN FIFTH. BENNY: TRUE. JUNIOR WILL GO UP TO SEVEN. BILL: CORRECT. AND JUST THAT LITTLE BIT PUTS JOHNSON BACK ON TOP OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDS WITH THREE LAPS TO GO. ALLEN IS IN THE 24 PIT. SNIMPLETE YOUR DRIVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE CONTACT WITH THE 17? >>NO, I MEAN HE DIDN’T HAVE TO SI NOTHING. IT APPEARED THAT THE 42 GOT THEM CHECKED UP AND WE GOT TO THE BACK OF THEM. WE DON’T LIKE TO DO THAT I’M SURE HE DIDN’T DO IT ON PURPOSE BUT NOW WE JUST HAVE TO GET TO THE END.>>THAT MY NEXT QUESTION YOU WORRIED ABOUT RUNNING OUT OF FUEL? >>I THINK THE WHOLE FIELD IS WORRIED ABOUT RUNNING OUT BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS AND WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OUR STUFF. ALLEN: THANKS, STEVE. WALLY: I BET THAT IS THE FIRST THING HE DOES, THE FIRST THING HE DOES IS APOLOGIZE WHEN HE GET OUT BECAUSE I’M SURE HE IS THINKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW. IS WHAT HAPPENED IN BRISTOL AND HERE. BILL: MARTY. MARTY: TALKING TO ROBBY, YOUR TAKE ON THAT. >>I DON’T REALLY KNOW. WE JUST GOT SPUN OUT. I REALLY DON’T KNOW — WHAT.>>OUT OF GAS. BENNY: OUT OF GAS. WALLY: THAT IS THE REASON. THAT IS WHY ROBBY STOPPED ANSWERING QUESTIONS SO MORE PROBLEMS FOR THE 17. BUT MATT KENSETH JUST REAL QUICK FEELS LIKE IT WAS INTENTIONAL FROM JEFF GORDON, THE CONTACT. STPWHROO HE THINKS HE COULD HAVE BOBBLED ONE OR TWO BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS RUNNING OUT OF GAS. NIMPLETE I DON’T THINK HE WOULD HAVE SAID THAT, MASS CAR WOULD HAVE BE CONSISTENT. WHEN HE ESPN WE HEARD HIM SAY ON THE RADIO IF NASCAR IS CONSISTENT THEY WILL PENALIZE IT. I DON’T THINK HE WOULD SAY THAT IF THE ENGINE HAD MISSED. BILL: THE — WE GIST COMPLETED LAP 267. THAT IS THE SCHEDULED DANCE. RACES DO NOT FINISH UNDER CAUTION. THE CAUTION IS OUT. THERE’S ONE ATTEMPT FOR A GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED FINISH OR BASICALLY TWO LAPS. MATT KEN SEVENTH HAS RUN OUT OF FUEL. THERE ARE OTHER TEAMS ON THE TRACK IN GOOD POSITION WITH CERTAINLY THE SAME CONCERN. RIGHT, ALLEN. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON MADE HIS FIRST CULL ASKING THE CREW CHIEF WHAT THEY WANT TO DO ABOUT FUEL. STEVE BASICALLY SAID TO HIM WE ARE GOING FOR IT, WE ARE GOING TO STAY OUT THERE RUN AS HARD AS WE CAN TO WIN AND LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BILL: REMEMBER WE TALKED ABOUT IT WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT ON LAP 199 I ASKED B.P. HOW FAR THEY COULD GO AND IT WAS ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER. BENNY: EXACTLY. WE SAID JEFF GORDON HAD RUN 69 LAPS. I THINK THAT WAS A MISTAKE. I THINK WE HAVE SOME — BILL: HE CAME IN AND DID STOP THERE BUT HE ALSO STOPPED, TONY STEWART ON THE APRON OF THE TRACK. WALLY: HE IS WIGGLING THE CAR WHICH MEANS THAT HE IS OUT OF FUEL. BILL: BECAUSE SOME OF THOSE GUYS STOPPED SIX LAPS LATER EARLIER SO THAT — DAVE WHAT DO YOU HAVE? DAVE: THE CONVERSATION IS TONY IS WE SHOULD BE FINE BUT HE SAYS I’M OUT RIGHT NOW. WALLY: THAT WILL BE A THIRD TO LAST. BILL: TWO LAPS TO GO. HARVICK TRYING TO TAKE THE SPOT FROM KYLE BUSCH BUT KYLE HAS NONE OF IT. BENNY: GREAT RUN. THERE’S JUNIOR BACK ON THE HIGH SIDE TRYING TO WORK BY JOHNSON FOR THE FIFTH POSITION. BILL: TONY STEWART JUST GOT TO PIT ROAD . FUELING AND TRYING TO GET REFIRED. COMING AROUND TO GET THE WHITE FLAG THIS TIME. ED LEADER HAS THE WHITE FLAG, FINAL LAP OF THE RACE. THE CAUTION COMPLEMENTS OUT FROM HERE ON IN THE RACE OVER. WALLY: ONE EYE ON THE WINDSHIELD, ONE ON THE FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE. BENNY: JEFF BURTON IN 31 CLOSING IN. HARVICK TRYING TO GET BY BUSCH FOR THIRD. BILL: LOOKS LIKE HE IS GOING TO MAKE IT. JEFF GORDON WILL SCORE HAS FIRST WIN AT CHICAGO. >>GOOD JOB! BENNY: TROUBLES CAR SPINNING. BILL: MATT KENSETH. >>THAT WAS REALLY NICE. WALLY: CASEY MEARS IN THE GRASS. 42 CAR. BILL: CONSERVATIVE HARVICK. WALLY: MAN. BILL: COMES HOME FOURTH. EARNHARDT JR. FIFTH. WALLY: GOES UNDERNEATH HIM. NOT QUITE SURE ABOUT ALL THAT. BENNY: THE 40 WAS TRYING TO BLOCK AND THAT WAS POOR POSITION. KENSETH WILL TAKE THE SPOT AND FINISH 21ST AND STREMME 22ND. BILL: DOWN TO PIT ROAD TO MATT. MATT: JEFF SAID THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT RACE THE PERFECT TEST TO SEE HOW FAR YOU WOULD COME ON THIS TYPE OF TRACK. >>YES, IT IS TO SECRET WE STRUGGLE ON THESE LAST YEAR AND WE WON AT SONOMA BUT COME HERE AND WINNING A MILE AND A HALF IS GREAT. HE STUCK BEHIND ME AND THE DRIVER. BILL: THANKS, MATT. CHEVROLET CONGRATULATES JEFF GORDON IN THE 24 MONTH CARLO S.S. ON ANOTHER GREAT CHEVY TEAM VICTORY. 25 OF THE LAST 34 MANUFACTURER CHAMPIONSHIPS AND COUNTING. CHEVY AN AMERICAN REVOLUTION. YOU CAN SEE THE DEBRIS BEING THROWN ON TO THE RACETRACK AT JEFF GORDON. WALLY: LOW CLASS. I DON’T CARE WHAT KIND OF FAN YOU THROW BEER BOTTLES AT THE DRIVER AFTER WINNING YOU DON’T BELONG BACK TO A RACE. BILL: THAT HRT THE SPORT BECAUSE THAT IS ALL PEOPLE WILL RIGHT ABOUT NOW. DAVE BURNS. DAVE: JEFF BURTON WITH A STRONG RUN. START FIRST SISHED SECOND. I KNOW NOT WINNING IS NOT THE BEST. >>WELL OBVIOUSLY EVERY TEAM NLTS TO WIN AND WE JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT OFF. I STARTED US OFF TOO TIGHT AND WE GOT A GOOD TURN PRETTY WELL IN PRACTICE AND THAT FALLS ON MY SHOULDER. I DIDN’T GET US TURNING GOOD ENOUGH BUT MY GUYS WERE ON IT AND DID A GREAT JOB AND THAT WAS A LOT OF REASON WHY WE WERE SECOND. BILL: THANK YOU, DAVE. JEFF GORDON MAKING HIS WAY INTO THE VICTORY LANE. HIS FIRST WIN HERE AT CHICAGO. BENNY: SO WE CAN MARK ONE TRACK OFF THAT HE HASN’T WON AT. BILL: SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AND SECOND IN THE LAST THREE RACES. THE WIN AT SONOMA, THE WRECK AT DAYTONA, THE VICTORY HERE. HIS 75TH NEXTEL CUP WIN, ONE BEHIND DALE EARNHARDT. THE FIFTH WIN OF THE SEASON FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AND THEY WILL TALK ABOUT THIS ONE FOR A WHILE. BENNY: YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT. THESE FANS HAVE NO REASON, ONE REASON WE HAD SO MUCH DEMONSTRATION HERE IN CHICAGO, IT IS CLOSE TO WISCONSIN AND I’M SURE HOOT OF FANS CAME ACROSS THE BORDER TO SEE THEIR FAVORITE SONS DO WELL TODAY. WALLY: STILL NO EXCUSE. BENNY: NO, I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. BILL: UNOFFICIALLY GORDON BACK IN THE TOP 10 IN THE CHP STANDINGS. HE HAD NOT WON A NONRESTRICTOR SPEEDWAY PLATE RACE SINCE HE WON AT THE BRICKYARD ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO. BENNY: WE SAW AT MICHIGAN ABOUT A MONTH AGO THIS CAR RAN WELL AND TODAY THE WINNER. BILL: ALLEN IS WITH HIM IN CONVICTLY LANE. ALLEN: I’M IN A PUDDLE OF SPORTS DRINK AND SOFT DRINK, MAYBE A LITTLE WATER, TOO. HIS CREW CHIEF COMING IN FOR A WORD. JEFF, SCRATCH ONE OF THOSE TRACKS OFF THAT YOU HAD IN THE WON AT. YOU HAVE CHICAGO. CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK. WHAT AN AWESOME RACE CAR. STEVE AND ALL THE GUYS WITH THIS DUPONT CHEVROLET GAVE ME. NO DOUBT ON THE LONG RUNS WE HAD THE BEST CAR AND I HATE TO WIN ONE LIKE THAT. MATT RAN A GREAT RACE AND WE HAD TROUBLES IT BRISTOL AND I GOT IN THERE HARD AND HE BLOCKED ME A COUPLE OF TIMES AND I JUMPED BACK ON THE GAS. I DON’T KNOW IN CASEY ON THAT SIDE MADE HIM HESITATE BUT I TRIED TO GET THE BEST I COULD BUT SORRY TO MATT BUT WHAT A GREAT DAY. IT HAS BEEN SO DARN GOOD TO GET A VICTORY ON THE MILE AND A HALF IN A PLACE LIKE THIS FROM START TO FINISH JUST AN AWESOME DAY. SNIMPLETE THE INCIDENT WHERE YOU GOT THE LEAD WILL BE WHAT EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT. YOU CLOSED A LOT OF GROUND. TELL ME ABOUT THE LAST 25 LAPS. >>MY CAR WAS SO GOOD ON THE LODGE RUNS AND I KNOW THAT WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS WIN BUT NOTHING SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM HOW GOOD THE CAR WAS AN HOW HARD THESE GUYS FOUGHT. EVERYBODY THAT HAS WORKED SO HARD TO GET US IN THIS POSITION TO EVEN HAVE A WHO THE TO WIN IT. I THINK WE COULD HAVE WON IT EITHER WAY BUT IT WAS GOING TO BE QUITE A BATTLE. I THINK MATT KNEW, THAT BLOCKED ME ON THE RESTART. IF I WANTED TO SPIN HIM I COULD HAVE SPUN HIM THEN AND I WANTED TO RACE AND I HAD TO RUN AND HE BLOCKED ME AGAIN AND I JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE HE WAS DOING THAT AND THEN I GOT SUCH A GREAT RUN ON HIM I’M NOT GOING TO BACK OUT. I WANT TO WIN, I WANT TO WIN AT CHICAGO BUS I HAVEN’T YET AND WE’VE GOT A LOT OF POINT TO MAKE UP. ALLEN: I WAS GOING TO ASK THE CHAMPIONSHIP THOUGHT, TWO WINS IN THE LAST SHE IS >>WE ARE HUNGRY. OBVIOUS THE WAY WE ARE PERFORMING OUT THERE AND A AS HARD AS WE ARE WORKING AND WE HAVE BEEN TESTING AND IT IS PAYING OFF. WE WANT TO GET IN THAT CHASE AND BE A FARTHER WHEN WE GET IN IT. NIFMENTE CONGRATULATIONS. >>THANK YOU. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON WINS IN SHIFPLGT BILL: LOOK AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AT THE HALFWAY MARK OF THE 2006 SEASON. BILL: MORE TO COME FROM CHICAGOLAND. BILL: TO MATT. MATT: IT SAID ON A PIECE OF DUCT TAPE WHATEVER IT TOOK AND THAT IS WHAT IT TOOK TO MUSTER UP A TOP 10. YOU WENT BACK AND FORTH TIGHT AN LOOSE.>>WE HAD A CAR THAT WAS EDGY AND ONCE WE GOT IT RIGHT IT IS TOO EDGY. WE HAD A GOOD CAR AND WOULD RUN IN THE TOP 10 AND SEVEN, EIGHT, THEN PIT STRATEGY WOULD HURT US AND NO TIRES, TWO TIRES AND KEPT TAKING FOUR AND THAT KEPT GETTING US BACK . WE HAD A CAR THAT COULD RUN THE TOP FIVE SO I’M HAPPY WITH WHERE WE FINISHED. MATT: UNOFFICIALLY THEY HOLD THE STANDS. DAVE. DAVE: DALE EARNHARDT FOLLOWS UP THE VICTORY WITH A FIFTH AFTER STARTING 25 ARE YOU HAPPY IN >>ABSOLUTELY. WE WERE SITTING THERE WE DIDN’T ADJUST ON THE CAR IN THE MIDDLE PART AND FELL BACK ABOUT 15 TO SO TONY JR. MADE THE CALL AND I WAS ABLE TO COME BACK. HAD A LOT OF FUN, TOP THEY WORKING AGAIN. FOUND IT OUT YESTERDAY AND CAN’T COMPLAIN. DAVE: TOP FIVE FOR JUNIOR. MARTY WITH MATT KENSETH. MARTY: WAS THAT TOUCH EXPENSAL >>YES. JEFF IS, YOU KNOW HE IS A SMART GUY AND NASCAR BRINGS IN THE TRAILER AND GIVES YOU THE SPEECH AND STAY WAY AND HE IS NOT GOING TO DO IT NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER. HE WILL WAIT SO I KNOW IT WAS INTENTIONAL BUT THAT IS OK. PART OF IT IS MY FAULT. WE GOT SLOW. I WAS SO TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE I KNEW HE WOULD CATCH ME BUT IN TWO LAPS HE WAS SO MUCH FASTER HE COULD PASS ME CLEAN AND WE JUST DO THE BOTTLED. MARTY: HE SAID IT WAS NOT LEFT OVER FROM BRISTOL.>>DO YOU THINK HIM BEING ON PROBATION HE WILL SAY THAT. IT WAS SO HE DID IT. NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT. I DID THE BEST I COULD DO. WE DIDN’T HAVE THE CAR TO BIN AND ROBBY AND MY GUYS DID A GREAT JOB. I JUST COULDN’T GET IT PULLED OFF. WE WERE NOT FAST ENOUGH. IT CAMPS DOWN TO A COUPLE OF THINGS . IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FAST ENOUGH HE WOULD NEVER CAUGHT ME AND IT WOULDN’T MERIT WE RAN OUT. SO THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT GOES AND THEN WE GOT A TORE UP CAR FOR I WAS NOT LEFT MUCH. ROUGH ENDING. >>HE LEADS THE MOST LAPS BUT DOESN’T WIN. BILL: AND OFFICIALLY IN THE 22ND POSITION WHILE JEFF GORDON BRATES IN VICTORY LANE, HIS FIRST WIN HERE AT THE CHICAGO LND SPEEDWAY IN JOLIET. ONE MORE LIKE. BENNY: NO WHAT WAY IN THE WORLD WE CAN CONVINCE MATT KENSETH THAT THIS IT WASN’T SBNGSAL BUT I DON’T THINK IT WAS. I THINK JEFF GOT ON THE THROTTLE AN CLOSED UP ON THE 17 QUICK ARE THAN HE THAT THE. WALLY: I AGREE AND YOU ARE RIGHT. I THINK MATT IS NOT FEELING GOOD. HE HAD A DOMINANT CAR, WAS PROBABLY GOING TO RUN OUT OF GAS IF HE DIDN’T GET RUN OVER, THEN HE GOT WRECKED. SO. BILL: KEEP AN EYE ON TOES TWO. IN THE COMING WEEKS. BILL: NEXT ON TNT DON’T MISS RUSSELL CROWE AND “GLADE UNITED STATESOR.” FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OR CREW, SO LONG FROM CHICAGOLAND ARE JEFF GORDON WINS.

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