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XM SATELLITE RADIO “DIALED IN’S BRISTOL TRIVIA CONTEST”- OFFICIAL RULES August 4, 2008

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XM Satellite Radio logo, used from 2001-2005Image via WikipediaHere are the official rules for the contest I am announcing today. Have to be official!
Claire B

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

OFFERED ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (“U.S.”). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

NO PURCHASE, CONTRIBUTION OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Dialed In’s Bristol Trivia Contest (“Contest”) begins at 4:00:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, August 4, 2008 and ends at 6:59:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, August 8, 2008 (“Promotion Period”).

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of one of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia (excluding Guam, Puerto Rico, and all other U.S. and foreign territories and possessions) (the “Eligibility Area”) who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and have the ability to enter into valid contracts in their personal jurisdiction of residence. Only individuals may enter. The Contest is VOID outside of the Eligibility Area and where otherwise taxed, prohibited or restricted. Employees and directors of XM Satellite Radio Inc. (“XM Radio”) and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, franchisees, dealers, advertising and promotional agencies, and its respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, their immediate families (defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent or grandparent), and those living in their same households are ineligible to win or collect prizes in the Contest. Employees of Sirius Satellite Radio are also ineligible. By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of XM Radio and the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. Entrants agree to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest and/or these Official Rules.

3. HOW TO ENTER: Dialed In’s Bristol Trivia Contest which begins Monday, August 4, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends Friday, August 8, 2008 at 6:59 p.m. Eastern Time provides an opportunity to enter to win two (2) tickets to the Pole Day/O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, Food City 250 and Sharpie 500 races at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. To enter, listen to “Dialed In” each day during the Promotion Period for the daily trivia questions and when prompted call 866-967-6144 and provide the correct answers. One (1) caller who answers the trivia questions correctly will be selected each day and entered into the drawing for the grand prize (“entry” or “entries”). On or about August 8, 2008, XM Radio will randomly select one (1) entry from among five (5) eligible entries.

Lost, late, illegible, incomplete or misdirected entries are not eligible. XM Radio is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer systems, servers, access providers, equipment, or software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received for any reason, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any other technical problems related to website entries or any combination of the foregoing, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer.

4. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning are determined by and depend on the total number of eligible entries received. A total of one (1) Grand Prize and five (5) First Prizes will be awarded.

5. PRIZES: Winner will be notified on or about August 11, 2008. One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded consisting of two (2) tickets to the Pole Day/O’Reilly Auto Parts 200, Food City 250 and Sharpie 500 races at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Winner is responsible for transportation to and from the races and hotel accommodations and any expenses not specifically listed herein shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. Approximate Retail Value: $400.00. Five (5) First Prizes will be awarded consisting of a Sharpie gift pack. ARV: $50.00 each. Winners will be responsible for any and all federal, state, and local taxes incurred in winning and accepting any prizes and all other expenses incurred in winning and accepting a prize. Winners may receive an IRS 1099 form reporting the value of their prize. By accepting a prize, winners waive the right to assert as a cost of winning said prize, any and all costs of redemption or travel to redeem said prize, and any and all liability that might arise from redeeming or seeking said prize.

6. PRIZE AWARDING: ALL PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED. No transfer or assignment of any prize is permitted. No substitution of any prize will be permitted, except that XM Radio reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute any prize with either the cash value of the applicable prize that would otherwise have been awarded, or a prize or prizes of equal or greater value, in the event that such prize is unavailable.

Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for XM Radio, and its respective designees to use of winner’s name, likeness, statements, voice, opinions, biographical information and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without notice, further payment, consideration, credit, or right of approval or review and any such use with respect to minors will be subject to prior written approval from the parent or legal guardian. Winners will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within five (2) days of notification/receipt. Because of the unique nature and scope of the Contest, XM Radio reserves the right, in addition to the other rights reserved herein, to modify any date(s) or deadline(s) set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Contest.

7. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Contest, entrants agree (a) to follow these Official Rules, and the decisions of XM Radio and the judges, which shall be binding and final in all respects; (b) to release XM Radio from all liability, loss or damage arising out of participation in the Contest and with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize; (c) to be contacted by XM Radio by mail, telephone and/or email; and (d) acknowledge that XM Radio does not make any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, and disclaim all liability for the provision, quality or nature of any third-party products or services provided to winners. By participating, the winners release XM Radio, its respective officers, directors, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, fulfillment, marketing agencies, public relation firms, consultants or contractors from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons (including death) and property that may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, acceptance, enjoyment, use or misuse of a prize, or arising out of participation in this Contest, or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to any prize-related activity. IN NO EVENT WILL XM RaDIO and ITS RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, fulfillment, marketing agencies, public relation firms, consultants or contractors BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF ANY PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, AS WELL AS ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS OR INVASION OF PRIVACY.

8. COMMUNICATIONS: Any information entrants provide to XM Radio will be used to communicate with the entrant in relation to this Contest. XM Radio also may share this information with third parties who are participating in this Contest. XM Radio will collect and use personal data in accordance with its privacy policy available for review at http://www.xmradio.com/about/privacy-policy.xmc.

GENERAL INFORMATION: XM Radio reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for the following purposes: clarifying how the contest should be executed, how the contest will be scored, how winners are determined, and what prizes will be awarded. Any changes to these Official Rules will be made with the intention of not materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. These Official Rules shall be governed, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia. Any and all disputes in connection with the Contest will be resolved exclusively in the appropriate courts in the District of Columbia. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the District of Columbia and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the District of Columbia. Each entrant waives any and all objections to jurisdiction and venue and hereby submits to the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia courts. Any and all lawsuits or other disputes that arise relating to this Contest must be filed within one (1) year from the date that the Grand Prize winner is finally determined. The failure of XM Radio to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, that part will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain fully in force.

Winners List: For the winners’ names (available after September 8, 2008), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: XM Satellite Radio Inc., Dialed In’s Bristol Trivia Contest, c/o XM Sports Nation, 1500 Eckington Place NE, Washington, DC 20002.

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Claire B.Log – Road Trip! July 15, 2008

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City of MinneapolisImage via WikipediaCharlotte, NC – Chicago – Minneapolis – St. Cloud, Minnesota, Indianapolis

I wanted to let you know what I’m up to this week and that “Dialed In” 4-7 EST will have some exclusive new interviews mixed with some classic best ofs Tuesday-Thursday.

Me, I decided that I needed to see some family and friends that I have not seen for many years and take a little bit of time during this off week to rest up in preparation for the rest of the season and the chase. I had the idea that I could go from Chicago to Minneapolis and to Minnesota where I worked 7 years in radio in St. Cloud. Road trip!

I am broadcasting from the road and will cover breaking news stories – and insert some cool new interviews each day that you have not heard before as well as any breaking big news.

I feel pretty strongly that since the XM listeners pay to listen I don’t want to skip a beat -and I want to deliver for all of you. Most of the crew chiefs and drivers are gone this week on vacation and taking their last break before the big push to the chase. I can’t wait to cover it – it’s going to be so interesting and battle to the line for the points. If you can listen to the show -and I hope you can- I have prepared some race fan interviews for the white flag lap from my trip to the campground(s) at Joliet. I met some really cool race fans that were up on the wheel and so fun to hang out with. Of course I took my microphone.

I will post your emails this week and write to you from the road. Email me at insidercbl@aol.com and I’ll post your emails on the blog. What is your report card on your driver look like half way through the season?

Friday on the show, I will be live for the most part from northern Wisconsin where my parents have a lake home. Isn’t technology great? I am a little worried that there will not be cell phone service and that my computer air card may not work. So – get ready, we’re going to be in the North Woods together roughing it, all of us, and we’ll see what happens! Bring the bug juice.

I then head to Madison, Wisconsin to do the show Monday – and then early to Indy to join up with engineer Robert Morrison and the XM Chevy Mobile Broadcast Unit.

You never know what to expect this week and I’ll be keeping you posted on the blog.

Right now – there’s a fish fry planned for tonight here in Holdingford, Minnesota at the farm. Do any of you know where Holdingford is? Thanks for listening and take care.

Enjoy the show and the day!

Claire B
XM Satellite Radio

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How Funny Things Can Be Sometimes…Brand Conflicts June 17, 2008

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Hi Claire,
Thought you might get a kick out of this. Tony Stewart beans for sale…be sure to scroll down to see where bought by my daughter in law to be.
TonysBeans

She works at Menards. Needless to say they pulled em off the shelf immediately.
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Thanks Ray!
Claire B

Driver Tidbits…. June 17, 2008

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Good Morning! There were some interesting comments from the drivers recently that I’m not sure that you caught and wanted to share them with you:

Tidbits from drivers driving for free – to what they eat – to cooling in the car:

Claire B
XM Satellite Radio

PS I’m leaving for Milwaukee tomorrow morning to cover the Milwaukee Mile and the race at Infineon. Stay tuned.
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MARK MARTIN ON DRIVING FOR FREE:

Q: THERE ARE A LOT OF GUYS WHO SAY THEY WOULD DRIVE FOR FREE, WOULD YOU DO IT? “I Mark Martin: did last year for the Wood Brothers. Don’t think he (Kyle Busch) is the only guy that ever did it for free. I just never bragged about it. You might be the first person I told about it. I bragged on Kyle, I am not going to get up here and make everybody sick from bragging on Kyle. I paid him a compliment, a very very good compliment and I give plenty. But that is a significant thing that he drives, from what I understand, for the trophy. That is what I did with JTG/Wood brothers last year. So he isn’t the only guy that has ever done that, there are many more. But it is still is significant. But he is also 23 years old. If you are in between, it may be more important that you are making a living than it is when you are like me or when you are first starting.”

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JIMMIE JOHNSON ON WHAT HE EATS BEFORE AND DURING (YES DURING) THE RACE:

Q: WHAT DO YOU DO, DIET-WISE OR MENTALLY TO DEAL WITH THE HEAT?
Johnson: “You’ve got to stay hydrated. You’ve got to prepare a couple days in advance. A big part of it is drinking enough fluid during the race. It sounds crazy but you’re not hungry or thirsty when you’re out there. You’re focused on other things. So Gatorade has a really cool in-car system that has been very helpful for us….. I drank five liters of Gatorade during the race at Pocono and I was out of Gatorade on the last pit stop. I was just sitting there the whole time forcing yourself to drink. Also eating during the event it helpful so you keep your energy up.”

CAN YOU EAT DURING THE RACE?
Johnson: “We try to. They make me eat stuff during pit stops. As they’re changing the right side tires they’ll set some food in there and I have a little pouch on the side of the door I can put it if I can’t get to it, or if I can get it into my mouth before they’re around jacking the left side of the car, I’ll try to eat it. It’s power bars and stuff like that.”

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL DIET LIKE PASTA A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE THE RACE?
Johnson: “I don’t see a lot of people focused so much on the diet side. Diet is a big part of it and carbs are in everything. Hydration and making sure you get the right fluids in you during the course of the race is important.”

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Denny Hamlin On The Fans In His Car and Changes To Make It Cooler

Q: Did you change anything about your car for this weekend to make it cooler?
Hamlin: “That’s one thing that I did address just now with my team. We need to do better with our fans inside the race car. Even on the Nationwide Series we have three or four driver fans that we have operating at all times blowing on the driver. Those races are half the distance and we don’t have any over on the Cup side. That’s something as a team that we need to work on. I don’t know whether they’re not in there for performance reasons or what have you. We used to have it and we don’t have it now. I think we kind of got a little bit complacent there and in the future I’m sure we’re going to have plenty of ventilation.”

What do you think it will take to change the cooling systems?
Hamlin: “I think it’s going to take a compromise of both. I think it’s going to take 75 percent on the teams to get better at it and I think it’s going to take 25 percent of NASCAR helping us with — hey, can we get away with running a hose here and there. Maybe it’s not totally within the rules but it’s really going to help driver comfort and driver cooling. I think as long as NASCAR is open to being lenient to things like that it’s going to be better for everyone.”

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PROM QUEEN – RACE CAR DRIVER June 9, 2008

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Carson High School, Carson City, Nevada

Check this out –
Mackena Bell was the prom queen at Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada. She was on the air with me on “Dialed In” today – and she held her own. She was on her game.

The 17 year-old competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. Her last race was Saturday, the day she also graduated from high school.

As soon as she got her diploma she jumped in the car and speed to Rosville to get behind the wheel of her race car where she finished 9th. Here’s something even more unique – Bell is her schools homecoming queen and she attended the prom — in a NASCAR-themed checkered-flag dress. She turned 18 this past week and became the owner of her own race team.
The custom-made NASCAR prom dress, with race-checked themed material from RaceChex(www.racechex.com) made her a standout at the prom. She was the queen – and she wore a race themed prom dress – and she drives a race car driver. How can she be more perfect?

Bell is an honors student who’s been racing seven years and she fully intends to give the NASCAR guys a run for their money one day. You go Mackena!

Claire B

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POSTCard from Dover May 31, 2008

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Dover International Raceway
POST-Card -Saturday – May 31, 2008
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Scott Speed Rocks the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Garage!!
Welcome to Saturday afternoon at Dover! It’s so funny – I interviewed Scott Speed yesterday on my XM “Dialed In” show and he told me about his blue- tipped pedicure. I asked him to take his socks and shoes off and show me right then and there. He had the French pedicure with blue tips on the top of each of his toe nails. Wild! I laughed so hard I almost fell off the chair. Here’s a transcript:
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CBL: You’re way different than anyone else in the garage!
SPEED: Yea – I mean I don’t know many guys who got a pedicure before they came here!
CBL: What? You take your shoes off and show me! He’s got striped socks. (laughter)
SPEED: (Showing CBL his toes) How awesome are those?
CBL: Why did you get the blue tips on them? (laughter)
SPEED: Ahh- just because I guess. They look cool I mean – You gotta take yourself lightly (laughing)
CBL: I can guarantee you that if you do kick some butt (today) they’ll be left with a little blue nail polish on.
SPEED: It just makes it worse for them. If they’ve got a guy beating them with blue nail polish tips on his feet – it makes it harder to deal with on Monday.
CBL: Can I just say thanks for showing me those.
SPEED: Hey no problem

The funny thing is that Speed went on to win the darn race. I got so many OMG emails on that one –fans enjoyed it. Here’s the part that cracks me up: In the garage after the Speed interview and before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race I talked with a few other NCTS drivers. They joked that if Speed won- they’d have to paint their toe nails for the same kind of luck. They were kidding, of course, because they never thought Speed would win the race here in Dover. LOL on that one.

Mike Skinner:
SKINNER: I gotta find out who is giving Scott Speed all these pedicures and manicures and stuff. Obviously it’s working, he keeps moving up the charts every week you know Doug and those guys are giving them awfully fast stuff – I am starting to get a little jealous.
CBL: Maybe you should try it. Have you ever?
SKINNER: I am going to. We’re talking about – we’re going to show up somewhere – we haven’t figured it out yet. I’m going to wear those glasses and some of that outfit and get my toe nails done and stuff. He’s going to wear Justin boots and a cowboy hat and we’re going to confuse the whole NASCAR world!

Johnny Benson:
BENSON: Well -I mean his trucks blue so that would have been the color I would have went with. Maybe with my truck I should go with Red. Scott is just sooo funny. What you see with him here maybe doing interviews and out this and that is totally different than him in the truck and it’s totally hilarious…..I have enjoyed hanging out with him – but I did NOT get a pedicure with him….Apparently I have to get on the band wagon here or something.
CBL: Well if he wins or something you’ll run right and get one right?
BENSON: Well yea – there’s some weird stuff that happens if you win so if he goes out and wins there will be a lot of guys going out and doing it (a pedicure) I’m sure. (laughter).

Speed won. He gave short one-word answers after the win on the broadcast. He was more talkative in the media center after the race.

“Well, to be honest, whether we win or not, it doesn’t really affect my confidence. I don’t let results control how I feel about myself. I said a thousand times, I mean, today we had a good strategy and we had an awesome truck. We got everything we could out of it. But if our truck was a fifth-place truck and we did the race and finished fifth I’d be just as happy with myself. Hats off to the team. They are really the ones that won this race. I’m pretty confident that anyone in this truck the last 50 laps of this race after the pit stop would have done the exact same thing. So, for me, I’m learning step by step. It’s going to be a long process. I mean just to have the experience to know what to do on the trucks or on the cars when I go to the COT. You can’t just learn it right away. It’s something you have to feel and you have to learn and the learning curve that I’ve had is amazing. I’ve learned a ton every time I go out on the track for a race I definitely come away with a lot of feeling, a lot of experience and knowledge. I’m certainly looking forward to continuing on and looking forward to my first Cup race but I’m not in any rush. I’m having the time of my life just coming over here and trying to learn this sport. And it’s awesome. Red Bull has given me an incredible opportunity to do this and my hat’s off to them. Without them none of this would have been possible.” HORNADAY SAID HE HAD AN ENGINE PROBLEM AT THE END OF THE RACE. DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR HIM IF HE DIDN’T HAVE THAT PROBLEM? WERE YOU WORRIED ON THE RESTARTS? “It’s hard to say. He took four tires at the beginning so we expected him to be quite a bit stronger than he was. It really didn’t take much to pull away from the field so it wouldn’t surprise me if someone did have a problem. That’s how it plays out and that’s why I said it’s not this win that has made me feel great about myself because it just happens. It’s circumstance. Today it was our day.”

Several competitors told me that while Speed is low-key and almost calm and non-competitive out of the truck with comments about savoring meals and living the European life style – he’s just as competitive – with just as much racing edge as the rest of the drivers once he straps the helmet on.

Speed is definitely fun to hang out with. I never laughed so hard-during the interview I had with him. He’s a little off the beaten path – ok at times way off the path from the norm in the truck garage. That mix of drivers on the track makes things even more interesting.

Just don’t be surprised if a few NASCAR Crafstman Truck Series drivers have pedicures hidden under their fireproof racing shoes in the coming weeks.

They’ll do anything for luck.

It’s raining here…practice delayed. Now Nationwide back on the track.

More later –
Enjoy the day!

Claire B
XM Satellite Radio

All-Star Bachelor Party May 31, 2008

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Hey Racers! – Remember the guys who came to Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the All-Star race to celebrate a bachelor party. They sent me a picture this week- check it out (below) – They had a heck of a good time. Guys, thanks for the postcard! I’m passing it on to the web site 😉

Claire B

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Attached is the 7 of us from the Bachelor Party in Charlotte.
L-R , Rob “Dorrman” Dorr, Rick “the TRickster” Shea, Wayne “Scrap” Applebee, Top: Chris “Wheezit” Leavitt, Woody “Woodman the Bachelor” Bailey, Carl “Kool Breeze” Urquhart. Dave “Live Cheap or Die” Withee. Thanks again!
-Rick Shea

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Photo of Carol Bickford co-hosting my show May 21, 2008

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Here’s the photo of Carol Bickford (Jeff Gordon’s Mom) co-hosting my “Dialed In” with Claire B Lang Show from Chevy Mobile Broadcast Unit at Darlington. If you didn’t get to hear the show, check jeffgordon.com to hear audio segments from the show.

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Burnout Official scoring May 17, 2008

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Pennzoil Platinum Victory Challenge
Burnout Competition Official Scoring

1) Greg Biffle Time: 25.406
Penalty: 5 seconds for not maintaining a tire spin.

2) Clint Boyer 28.971
Penalty: 5 seconds for not stopping in finish box

3) Kevin Harvick 31.916
Penalties:None

4) Kyle Busch 40.554
Penalties: None

5) Jimmie Johnson 69.017
Penalties:
10 seconds for not maintaining a tire spin (5 sec per occurance)
10 seconds for hitting cones (2 sec per cone)
5 seconds for not stopping in finish box

Pennzoil Burn Out Contest Blog! May 17, 2008

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Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Hey: I guess you deserve a quick note on the burnout competition since I talked about it a lot this week.

I just got back from the grid from the Penzoil Burn Out competition prior to the Sprint All-Star Race. Who would have imagined that Jimmie Johnson would have decided to just break the rules and blow the tires? I figured that it was Kevin Harvick that would have done that- but it seemed Johnson got to it first.

How about Harvick getting to the “victory lane” area and then taking the car up to the wall and sending smoke to the grandstands. And Kyle Busch – who bowed to the crowd after a mild burnout but got the fans booing and steamed the stands with the bowing. It was all for fun with charity money on the line. Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, was declared the winner. Outside the deadline room just now the Pennzoil executive was looking for ideas should they do it next year. Here are some suggestions:

1) Let the drivers bring their own stuff
2) Let more drivers participate
3) Let fans vote.
4) Include the trucks!

Biffle won $10,000 for the Greg Biffle Foundation. Down on pit road afterwards he was still enjoying the moment – Here’s what he said:

GREG BIFFLE “It was pretty fun. I wish it would have started a little bit better because I dumped the clutch over there to get the tires going and the clutch slipped. The clutch just started spinning and didn’t get the tires spinning, so I had to stop and rev it up again to get the back tires spinning. These things don’t have a real heavy race clutch in them, so it was hard to get the tires spinning. They had a lot of grip, but once I got them spinning it was just kind of donuts as usual, I guess – a burnout after the race. I haven’t had much practice this year, but, hopefully later tonight I’ll do another one.”

WHAT ABOUT THE FAN REACTION? “It was awesome and I gave them a little slide job over here around the Legends track, so the fans loved it. They want to see the smoke and the excitement and I think they saw that.”

HOW WOULD YOU RANK YOUR BURNOUT? “Kind of a D- taking off, but I would say after that a strong B, I guess, maybe a B+. It definitely wasn’t an A burnout, but it wasn’t bad.”

YOU GET $10,000 FOR YOUR CHARITY AS WELL. “Yeah, that’s great. We’re gonna give the money to the Greg Biffle Foundation. We support a lot of animal shelters. We’re getting ready to build a shelter in South Iredell County right now, in the Mooresville area, so Friends of the Animal Board, we’ve been working on it for about a year-and-a-half. We’re excited and just getting ready to launch that thing and get it going.”

JOHNSON BLEW OUT SOME TIRES. “Yeah, he definitely put on a show for the fans. We had to follow the rules a little bit and he knocked some cones down and some other things, but it was good fun for the fans.”

SHOULD THEY DO IT NEXT YEAR? “Yeah, I think they should do it next year. I don’t know how to make it better. Kind of change it up and maybe give us a little more room or something and start the cones back a little further, but it was a lot of fun.”

HOW ABOUT BRING YOUR OWN STUFF? “I want to bring one of my cars because I think the fans would get really juiced up about us bringing our stuff out here and doing it. That would be pretty cool for them to see that. I’m talking about one of my personal cars. If Goodyear would bring us some tires, I would bring my Shelby GT500 car. It’s got a lot of power and it would look cool out there laying down some rubber and some smoke.”

If you have ideas for next year’s contest post them here!

Topic: What are your thoughts on the burnout competition and what would you add?

Enjoy the All Star Race!
Claire B