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Happy Mother’s Day! May 11, 2008

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Happy Mother’s Day!

A quick post – I have not posted the last day or so as I drove like crazy back from Darlington and made a flight home. I in Wisconsin for Mother’s Day and my mom’s birthday.
I’ll actually, if everything goes according to plan, be doing the show from here on Monday. I could not miss my mom’s birthday. I don’t get to come here as much as I would like and I get homesick quite often so I’m here, saying thanks for my incredible mom today and am so happy I was able to make it. The connections were insane so prayers worked and despite delays I did not spend my mom’s birthday in the Philly airport as I feared. Yea!

My mom is an inspiration because she taught me to fly! I remember when I got my first job in radio in Iowa at KLWW – in Cedar Rapids. Right out of college – I got a morning co host job and I was not only terrified but didn’t want to go to Iowa all by myself. My mother – pushed me out of the nest. At the time I though it was harsh -so matter of fact and I was all emotional – but now I know that a mother who loves you like that -who pushes you to see, go, fly, experience, is really unselfish. I appreciate that a great deal today.

It’s going to be a couple of really busy weeks coming up. The “Dialed In” XM Mobile Unit is going to be everywhere. I’ll be posting a schedule in the next day on this site of the Mobile Unit’s appearance schedule for Charlotte Speed Weeks. I’ll be live at the Pit Crew Challenge and at Hendrick Motorsports, and Roush Racing, and Speed Street and Sam Bass Gallery and at NASCAR Day to name a few locations!

Right now though – I gotta go. My dad is grilling a turkey today and my mom is making dinner – way cool!

Home is not something to take lightly and I really believe it took my mom and me to break through sports talk radio. She had to raise me and I had to focus on doing it. Two generations – and all the great listeners who I never take for granted.

I thank my mom today and anything I ever achieved in life was because of her unselfish love.

Happy Mothers Day to all moms – and catch you Monday on the radio.

Claire B
XM Satellite Radio
Middleton, Wisconsin

Happy Mother’s Day: Jeff Gordon’s Mom will co-host my show Thursday May 7, 2008

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Carol Bickford, mother of 4-time NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon will join me as co-host of “Dialed In” with Claire B Lang in the XM Chevy Mobile Broadcast Unit at Darlington, SC on Thursday, May 8th on XMSN. The special pre-mother’s day show will air from 4-7 PM EST on XM Satellite Radio Channel 144. Segments of the show will be rebroadcast on jeffgordon.com in the coming days. Stay tuned!
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Fun in Richmond May 6, 2008

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John Brown III and his buddies – take a bachelor party to Richmond International Raceway. You only have to look at the photo of the guys (pictured above) and you KNOW they made memories at this party. Bachelor party at a race track – what a GREAT idea! I met some of the guys while checking out of my hotel Sunday morning…Nice guys!
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First Race Date – Bristol Baby! March 25, 2008

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Pictured (above) Brad Knight and his date Amy at Bristol Motor Speedway (3/15/08) Brad called on air during a call segment on my “Dialed In” show on XMSN Channel 144 and unveiled his plans to take his date Amy to Bristol – her first NASCAR race. The phone lines melted down as listeners called in suggestions for Brad on to how to make the first NASCAR race date a success. The follow-up on air segment with Amy showed she was a trooper in the pouring rain and would go back to a race – with Brad! Brad carried the cooler a mile by himself – What a guy!

New CBL Feature- My Weekly Blog Poll March 19, 2008

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Hey all! Time for a quick Blog poll.

My email box is heating up over the potential of teams to ask NASCAR for the ability to swap owner points to help teammates get automatically into the Sprint Cup show beginning at Martinsville..

Teams operated on the previous year’s owner points for the first five races of the season, but from now on this year’s standings will dictate who has one of the Sprint Cup Series 35 guaranteed starting berths. So I ask you:

Should Sprint Cup teams be allowed to swap owner points between teammates to give their teams the opportunity to be in the top 35 in points to make a race?
<Points Switching Poll

Vote – and if you are up on the wheel on this topic give me your feedback below as to other options you think would be better or if you have thoughts on the points system related to swapping points that you’d like to share.

I’ll discuss them on Dialed In on XMSN Channel 144 (4-7 EST daily) and post results here on ClaireBLang.com and my blog on Infield Parking.

Back to the phones getting ready for today’s show!

Claire B Lang
XM Satellite Radio

OPENING CHRISTMAS CARDS- TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY STANDS OUT! December 12, 2007

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“Speedway Bells”

Just like you I’m opening Christmas cards this time of the year. One, that I received in the mail today (12/12/07) was from the PR staff and General Manager at Texas Motor Speedway. Nothing from TMS is ever small – or bland. They always try to take it up a notch. Seems Mike Zizzo and his team got together and wrote a rendition of “Speedway Bells” to be sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells,” and the verse is contained in their Christmas Card. They outdid themselves…don’t you think?

Speedway Bells
(Written by Texas Motor Speedway Staff)

Dashing through the frontstretch,
In a powerful racing sleigh,
Over “Dales Dip” we go
Racing all the way.
Nose to tail they zing.
Making leaders fight,
What fun it is to cheer and roar
for another great race tonight!

Oh, Jeff Burton, Jeff Burton
History was on the way;
Oh what fun it is to win,
The Samsung 500 that day;
Repeat Winner, Repeat Winner!
First time ever this way,
Oh what fun it is to ride
In an 800 Horse Chevrolet.

A month or two ago,
Jimmie Johnson took a ride;
And soon there was Matt Kennseth
Racing by his side;
JJ raced for the win not points;
Misfortune not his lot;
Jimmie never lifted in the bank,
And the Dickies 500 was what he got!

Oh, Sam Hornish, San Hornish
A bombardier Learjet win was on the way;
Oh what fun it is to ride,
In a speedy open-wheel sleigh;
Hornish wins, Hornish wins!
Holding Kanaan at bay;
Oh what fun it was to fire,
Berettas in Victory Lane that day!

Oh, TMS TMS,
Best fans in every way!
Oh, what fun it is to visit,
Every single race day;
Throttle up! Throttle Up!
Fun is on the way;
Oh what fun it is to watch,
Those powerful racing sleighs!

I know that you have your own renditions of songs with NASCAR flavor that you could sing to Christmas tunes…If you do ..I challenge you ….post them! Make sure you put your email address in the comment form.

Beware…I just may call you to see if singing them is an option!

I hope that you are enjoying the Holiday Season with some good, loud laughing and fun!

Claire B

Happy Birthday Infield Parking December 4, 2007

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Happy 1st Birthday Infield Parking!

CBL

To my listeners: I will be doing some cool stuff over these next few weeks.