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3WideAlley.com Fantasy League – The Chase – Week Two Results

September 30th, 2009

Oh the pain! Oh the shame! I finally HAD to look at my score and ranking to post this story, and I’m LAST outta anyone who played both races! :-O

RECOUNT! REPLAY! DO OVER! ;-)

On the other hand, a lot of you guys are doing great! Leisure40 has taken the lead in the league with an average score of 457 for the first two races! Congrats Leisure! :hi5:

The next highest finisher in the 3WA family was my sweet baby girl, Becca5, in third! WTG Sweetie! :hug

LoneStar and Fish8bait are also in the top 10, 5th and 6th respectively. Congrats to you two!

Boy did we have a lot of scores over 400 this week by you guys! The highest score of the regular posters was Lonestar at 480! Congrats LS! :ls:

Lesiure40 and Knightslider were next with 476 each. Becca5, Fish8bait and 88USMC each got 440. Karfil and Rocketgirl each got 419. Junie1947 scored 413; Catchevy31 405.

That’s ten of you over 400! Great scores! If you average over 400 in this game, you have an excellent chance of winning not just the league, but the whole game! So keep up the good work guys! :hi5:

OK, so I went back and tried to figure where I went wrong. Upon review, I stand by my picks for the first two races. I would use the same guys if they reran the races. Four of my six drivers for the first two races had mechanical problems: Truex and Hornish in the first race, Biffle and McMurray 2nd race. Then the 5th driver, Logano…. got wrecked and flipped… only Hamlin escaped mechanical problems and he finished 2nd at Loudon. They all had excellent records at the tracks, practiced fast, was their best track out of the 10 IMO, and were heading toward great finishes before their troubles started.

So, I think I picked good. They were the best picks IMO, considering all ten races and where to place them – considering we can only use them once in game. It’d be fun to see what you guys think, so fire away and tell me where I went wrong if that’s what you think!

At Loudon, I had Hamlin, Truex, Hornish.

At Dover I had Biffle, McMurray, Logano.

Fire away! Don’t be bashful! I love to debate stuff like that, and don’t have a problem with anyone who wants to have a little fun at my expense. I love it when my fellow 3WA members do well. That doesn’t mean I’m happy about not doing well myself, but I always compete against my expectations for myself, not you guys, so let it rip!  :-P

Have a great time with race chat in our NASCAR Forum.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins At The Monster Mile!

September 29th, 2009

Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, his team and his fans, for his win at Dover International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400! Jimmie is now in 2nd place in the standings, only 10 points behind the leader Mark Martin.

There was very little passing in this race, which was a disappointment to some, but at least we got to see a fancy feat of automotive aerobatics when Joey Logano flipped his car 7 times. Everyone but the Soviet judges gave it a 10 point score! Sliced bread was rattled, but unscathed. His car was toast however. He said that the ride was much wilder than any roller coaster he’d been on, so I guess he won’t be celebrating at Disney Land this week.

Congratulations again to Jimmy and his crew chief Chad Knaus…. they’re going to be hard to beat this year! Will it be 4 in a row?

Have a great time with race chat in our NASCAR Forum!

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AA 400 At Dover International RCWY!

September 27th, 2009

Ready for some racing at the Monster Mile? :hi5:

Should be a great race, if we can stay away from the rain and the “Big One”! Wrecks at Dover can outdo Dega at times, so I hope the drivers stay smart and the track dry!

Good luck to all your drivers, and I hope we see you all here today for a great race and fun race chat in our NASCAR Forum!

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NASCAR Camping World Trucks At Vegas, Nationwide at Dover

September 26th, 2009

The Nationwide series is on ESPN2 at 3PM EST and the the Trucks series is on the Speed Channel at 10PM EST.  Hope some of you East Coasters can stay up for the Truck race! That’s a pretty late start for you guys, I hope some of you can make it!

Have a great time with race chat in our NASCAR forum! Below is something NASCAR Nutter sent in for us! (Y)

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Modern era FIRST TIME WINNERS in NASCAR

John Andretti-  July 5, 1997, Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, FL., Average Speed  157.791 MPH…Margin of victory=.029 seconds

Brett Bodine-   April 22, 1990, First Union 400 at North Wilksboro, NC,  Average Speed 83.908 MPH… Margin of victory=95 seconds

Geoff Bodine-   April 29, 1984, Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville, VA,  Average Speed 73.264 MPH…Margin of victory=6 seconds

Jeff Burton –  April 6, 1997, Interstate Batteries 500 at Fort Worth, TX, Average Speed 125.105 MPH….Margin of victory=4.067 seconds

Ward Burton –  October 22, 1995 , AC Delco 400 at Rockingham, NC ,  Average Speed 114.778 MPH…Margin of victory=1.9 seconds

Derrick Cope –  February 18, 1990 , Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, FL ,  Average Speed 165.761 MPH…Margin of victory=1 1/2 car lengths

Dale Earnhardt –  April 1, 1979 , Southeastern 500 at Bristol, TN , Average Speed 91.033 MPH… Margin of victory=3 seconds

Dale Earnhardt Jr.-  April 2, 2000 , Direct TV 500 at Fort Worth, TX. ,  Average Speed 131.152 MPH…Margin of victory=5.089 seconds

Jeff Gordon –  May 19, 1994 , Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC ,  Average Speed 139.445 MPH…Margin of victory=NA

Robby Gordon- November 23,2001,  New Hampshire 300 at Loudon, NH

Kevin Harvick- March 3,2001, Cracker Barrel 500, Hampton, GA

Bobby Hamilton –  October 27, 1996 , Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix, AZ ,  Average Speed 109.709 MPH… Margin of victory=1.23 seconds

Ernie Irvan –  August 25, 1990 , Busch 500 at Bristol, TN ,  Average Speed 91.782 MPH… Margin of victory=21 seconds

Dale Jarrett –  August 24, 1991 , Champion Spark Plug 400 at Bristol, TN ,  Average Speed 142.972 MPH… Margin of victory=10 inches

Bobby Labonte –  May 28, 1995 , Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC ,  Average Speed 151.952 MPH… Margin of victory=6.28 seconds

Terry Labonte –  September 1, 1980 , Southern 500 at Darlington, SC ,  Average Speed 115.210 MPH… Margin of victory=(finished under caution)

Dave Marcis –  September 21, 1975 , Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville, VA ,  Average Speed 75.800 MPH… Margin of victory=NA

Sterling Marlin –  February 20, 1994 , Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, FL ,  Average Speed 156.931 MPH… Margin of victory=NA

Mark Martin –  October 22, 1989 , AC Delco 500 at Rockingham, NC ,  Average Speed 114.079 MPH… Margin of victory 2.98 seconds

Jeremy Mayfield –  June 21, 1998 , Pocono 500 at Pocono, PA ,  Average Speed 117.801 MPH… Margin of victory=.341 seconds

Ricky Rudd –  June 5, 1983 , Budweiser 400 at Riverside, CA ,  Average Speed 88.063 MPH… Margin of victory=7 seconds

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NASCAR Sprint Cup and NW Series At Dover! Practice & Qualifying!

September 25th, 2009

The Monster Mile! This track can be like Dega at times when it comes to having the “big one”! I hope we don’t have something like that happen which would take away from what should otherwise be a great race! Dover is like a big Bristol, and I’ve always really enjoyed the race, so no rain, no big one please!

Have a great time with race chat in our NASCAR forum! Below is something NASCAR Nutter sent in for us! (Y)

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Modern era FIRST TIME WINNERS in NASCAR

John Andretti-  July 5, 1997, Pepsi 400 at Daytona Beach, FL., Average Speed  157.791 MPH…Margin of victory=.029 seconds

Brett Bodine-   April 22, 1990, First Union 400 at North Wilksboro, NC,  Average Speed 83.908 MPH… Margin of victory=95 seconds

Geoff Bodine-   April 29, 1984, Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville, VA,  Average Speed 73.264 MPH…Margin of victory=6 seconds

Jeff Burton –  April 6, 1997, Interstate Batteries 500 at Fort Worth, TX, Average Speed 125.105 MPH….Margin of victory=4.067 seconds

Ward Burton –  October 22, 1995 , AC Delco 400 at Rockingham, NC ,  Average Speed 114.778 MPH…Margin of victory=1.9 seconds

Derrick Cope –  February 18, 1990 , Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, FL ,  Average Speed 165.761 MPH…Margin of victory=1 1/2 car lengths

Dale Earnhardt –  April 1, 1979 , Southeastern 500 at Bristol, TN , Average Speed 91.033 MPH… Margin of victory=3 seconds

Dale Earnhardt Jr.-  April 2, 2000 , Direct TV 500 at Fort Worth, TX. ,  Average Speed 131.152 MPH…Margin of victory=5.089 seconds

Jeff Gordon –  May 19, 1994 , Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC ,  Average Speed 139.445 MPH…Margin of victory=NA

Robby Gordon- November 23,2001,  New Hampshire 300 at Loudon, NH

Kevin Harvick- March 3,2001, Cracker Barrel 500, Hampton, GA

Bobby Hamilton –  October 27, 1996 , Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix, AZ ,  Average Speed 109.709 MPH… Margin of victory=1.23 seconds

Ernie Irvan –  August 25, 1990 , Busch 500 at Bristol, TN ,  Average Speed 91.782 MPH… Margin of victory=21 seconds

Dale Jarrett –  August 24, 1991 , Champion Spark Plug 400 at Bristol, TN ,  Average Speed 142.972 MPH… Margin of victory=10 inches

Bobby Labonte –  May 28, 1995 , Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, NC ,  Average Speed 151.952 MPH… Margin of victory=6.28 seconds

Terry Labonte –  September 1, 1980 , Southern 500 at Darlington, SC ,  Average Speed 115.210 MPH… Margin of victory=(finished under caution)

Dave Marcis –  September 21, 1975 , Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville, VA ,  Average Speed 75.800 MPH… Margin of victory=NA

Sterling Marlin –  February 20, 1994 , Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, FL ,  Average Speed 156.931 MPH… Margin of victory=NA

Mark Martin –  October 22, 1989 , AC Delco 500 at Rockingham, NC ,  Average Speed 114.079 MPH… Margin of victory 2.98 seconds

Jeremy Mayfield –  June 21, 1998 , Pocono 500 at Pocono, PA ,  Average Speed 117.801 MPH… Margin of victory=.341 seconds

Ricky Rudd –  June 5, 1983 , Budweiser 400 at Riverside, CA ,  Average Speed 88.063 MPH… Margin of victory=7 seconds

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Bill Rexford, Former NASCAR Champ, by Kountrypapa

September 23rd, 2009

Here is an article about Bill Rexford, Former Nascar champ, whom I had the pleasure to meet many times before his death. He lived only 10 miles from me in Conewango Valley NY.

Source is from Wikipedia, and my own dealings with Bill.

*Bill Rexford* (March 14 , 1927 -April 18 , 1994 ) was a stock car driver in the early 1950s.

Born in Conewango Valley, New York , he made his name driving stock cars in the region. When NASCAR introduced its “strictly stock” series, Rexford appeared in three races that were held in the Northeast, with a best finish of 3rd.

He became the first of two Northern drivers to regularly drive in the series in 1950, when it became known as the Grand National division, the other driver being his teammate, Lloyd Moore . That year, he won his first career NASCAR race at Canfield, Ohio .

By the end of the year, Rexford managed to involve himself in the race for the championship. He would end up benefiting from the misfortunes of three other contenders. Two contenders, Fireball Roberts and Curtis Turner , went through major late season slumps at the same time that Rexford was at his best. A third contender, Lee Petty , had more controversial problems, as he was stripped of 809 points (at that time, the equivalent of winning 4 races or 5 third place finishes) by NASCAR for racing in non-NASCAR sanctioned races.

At the final race of the year in Hillsboro , Rexford had a slight lead and battled with Roberts for the championship. Rexford nearly cost himself the title, when he had an early engine failure. Roberts was able to win a championship with a top 5, but he drove aggressively and tried to win. His own engine gave out with less than 50 laps to go, giving Rexford a dramatic, and controversial championship.

Following his championship, Bill returned to racing in the Northeast in 1951, making a handful of appearances at some of NASCAR’s bigger races in the southeast and a few northeastern Grand National events. His win at Canfield was his only career victory.

Over 50 years later, Bill is still the youngest driver to win a championship in what has become the Sprint Cup series. He remains the only driver from the Northeast to win a champion, and was the only Northerner to win a title in the series until 1992, when Wisconsin -born Alan Kulwicki won.

Rexford was the only series champion that was not included among NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.

Something else of interest, is that in Leon NY, 5 miles from Conewango Valley, back in the early 1950’s, Nascar had a 1/2 mile dirt track that was sanctioned by the organization. Bill Rexford and Lloyd Moore help to build that track.

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3WideAlley.com Fantasy League Results – The Chase! Week One!

September 22nd, 2009

A lot of members are off to a great start! I wish I was one of them, but at least I can brag about my two kids, who tied 450 points each! Next in the 3WA family was Leisure40, who scored 438, followed by rookie Bubbahughes at 432! Great start Bubba, we’re glad to have you!

Others who scored above 400 were Ghostdog and Fish at 430; Peace6 and Nutter at 429; LoneStar at 409; CFH88 at 408; CRRacing at 406, and CatChevy at 401, Kountry papa just missed 400 by 5 points, so it looks like just about everybody had a great day but me! :-$

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Have a great time with race chat in our NASCAR Forum!

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Mark Martin Wins The First Race Of The Chase!

September 21st, 2009

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Congratulations to Mark Martin and his fans for his impressive win today at Loudon! He now has a 35 point lead in the points over Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya 20 points further back.

Great race, though some of our other favorite drivers had a rough day…. mine sure did!

Have a great day in race chat on our NASCAR forum!

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 At New Hampshire Motor Spdwy

September 20th, 2009

First race of the Chase! Congrats to Karfil for his driver starting on the pole! Let’s hope that it’s not rain delayed or shortened, or turns into a funky fuel mileage race!

NOTE TO FANTASY GAME PLAYERS: Sporting News would NOT let me pick my teams, they are acting like the freeze time has passed. The rules clearly state that the freeze time is at the START of the race, so we still should be able to make changes. What I did was emailed them giving them my picks… somewhere in the rules they say that’s what to do in a situation like this, and that you’ll be covered if you contact them before the start of the race. By the time you guys get up, they’ll probably have it fixed, but if not, and you still need to make your picks, log in, go to your team page and click “Help” then “Contact us” and email them your picks BEFORE the start of the race and you should be covered.

Hope we have a fun race and a great time with race chat in our NASCAR Forum!

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Happy Birthday Juan Pablo!!! :42:

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ChevyTech: Petty Motorsports

September 17th, 2009

Arguably one of the most recognizable numbers in motorsports, the 43 team debuted in 1949, when Lee Petty formed Lee Petty Engineering in the NASCAR Grand National Division #42. The team’s first win came that year in Lee’s 5th start at Heidelberg Raceway, with Petty and the team finishing 2nd in points that season. Petty won one race in each of the years 1950 and 1951, before collecting three victories in 1952. 1953 saw the team expand to a multi-car team for the first time, fielding a Plymouth for Jimmie Lewallen. Lee grabbed five wins that season and finished second in points before winning the championship in 1954. He followed that with six wins the next season and two more the following year, making him one of the most dominating drivers in the series at that time. In 1957, Petty won 4 races as the team began running additional teams. Tiny Lund , Bill Mutz, and Ralph Earnhardt all ran races with the team, before Bobby Myers was killed in an accident at Darlington Raceway.

From 1954 to 1979, Petty Enterprises won 10 championships in NASCAR’s premier series. Three of those championships came with Lee Petty driving the #42, and a record seven championships came with Richard Petty driving the #43.

From 1980 to 1984, Richard Petty won several races which brought his career total to 200 NASCAR wins. Unfortunately, these were his last wins. At the end of the 1983 season, Petty announced he was leaving Petty Enterprises to drive for Mike Curb.

Following the 1985 season, Petty returned to the family operation, but failed to win another race before he retired in 1992. After his retirement, Rick Wilson took over the renumbered #44 car, but found little success. The car number was changed back to #43, and Busch Series Rookie of the Year Bobby Hamilton was hired in 1995, and he brought the team its first win since 1984 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hamilton won again at Rockingham in 1997, but left at season’s end to tend to his own race team in the newly formed Craftsman Truck Series. In 1998, John Andretti was hired, and he gave the team another win at Martinsville , he would drive for the team until 2003, with little success other than a second place finish at Bristol . Despite a 2001 sponsor change to General Mills, Andretti was released in favor Brazilian driver Christian Fittipaldi, who struggled in his ride and was released. Andretti came back to the team for a few races before Jeff Green, signed on with the team for the rest of the season and all of 2004 and 2005. However, success was minimal and Green was released. In 2006, the team brought on not only 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, with crew chief Robbie Loomis. Many saw this combination to putting Petty Enterprises back into victory lane. The team’s first year together showed improvement, as Bobby finished 21st in the points. For 2007, Bobby returned to the team, which resulted in further improvement to 18th in points. In 2008, Labonte fell back to 21st, but posted two top 10 finishes. Labonte left the team before the 2009 season, leaving the car with no driver or sponsor for 2009.

The team’s merger with Gillett Evernham Motorsports moved the #43 over to that team, with Reed Sorenson driving and the Air Force sponsoring.

The #45 was not always part of Petty Enterprises. The car actually started out as the #44 with PE2 which was formed by Kyle Petty in 1997, when he was unable to drive for Petty Enterprises. Kyle would not find success running his own operation. In 2000, Kyle merged PE2 into Petty Enterprises. Kyle would running the #45 in honor of his son Adam who was killed during Busch Series practice at New Hampshire International Speedway. From 2003 to 2005, Kyle would pick up Georgia-Pacific and Brawny as his sponsors, but was still unable to bring Petty Enterprises back to its former days. For 2007, with the passing of Benny Parsons, Kyle would join TNT for six races, dubbed their “Summer Series”. During this time, John Andretti returned to the team for four races, driver Chad McCumbee made his debut at Pocono. Before his stint in the booth for TNT, Petty had some significant on-track success, finishing 3rd in the Coca-Cola 600, his first top-5 Cup finish since 1997. After Watkins Glen race, Kyle injured his hand in the team’s hauler due to punching a desk. Petty would sit out two races while Kenny Wallace and McCumbee filled in. The #45 team finished 35th in the 2007 owner’s points.

The #44 returned as a Dodge team in 2001 with Buckshot Jones driving. In his first year driving the car Jones finished 41st in points, failing to qualify six times and not recording a single top ten finish. Jones returned in 2002 but again struggled, and was released approximately mid-season. Petty Enterprises hired several substitute drivers including Jerry Nadeau, who nearly led the team to victory at Sonoma , and Greg Biffle, who ran the last three races.

Late in the 2007 season, Petty Enterprises moved its shop into the old Robert Yates Racing facility in Mooresville. It would be the first time since the inception of the company that it wouldn’t be located in Level Cross, North Carolina . PEI believes that this is necessary to move forward with the team. Richard Petty said, “It’s kind of hard for us and the people in the community to accept maybe we’re not there anymore. We just feel for us to move forward and keep up with where NASCAR is going, we just felt we had to try to go somewhere else.”

One of the most distinctive features of the #43 car is its color. Petty Blue, as it’s called, was created by the Petty Family. According to Richard, the color was created by accident when they didn’t have enough white or dark blue paint to cover the entire car. The resulting mix of white and blue proved to be very popular and remains on the #43 car to this day. Rumor was Richard Petty would not allow STP to sponsor his car unless he could keep it painted blue. A compromise was reached to paint the car half Petty Blue and half STP Red. Thus was born one of the most famous paint schemes in racing history.

In 2008, Boston Ventures invested into Petty Enterprises and Bobby Labonte signed a four-year extension to drive the #43 Dodge for the Pettys. Boston Ventures owns investments in companies such as Six Flags. Rumors surfaced in early December 2008 that Petty Enterprises may cease operations and liquidate its assets. Boston Ventures was not able to secure sponsorship for either car, so they decided to liquidate the assets of the race team to pay off the loans taken out to purchase the team. Boston Ventures owns the legal rights to the Petty Enterprises name currently.

In 2009, Petty said the #43 would be driven by Reed Sorenson. The #44 will instead be taking the place for the #10 at Richard Petty Motorsports, but part-time with A. J. Allmendinger driving.

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Here’s the link to the Wix League! Sorry, invites didn’t work there! Click here and it’ll take you there!

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And click here for the MAIN 3WideAlley.com League if you haven’t already joined!

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