2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Gatorade 125 Qualifying Races

2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Gatorade 125 Qualifying Races


LET’S TALK TO JEFF BURTON. YOU GOT ME? >>I GOT YOU.■ STARTED INSIDE THE FIFTH ROW, DO YOU HAVE A PLAN TO GET TO THE FRONT?>>GOT A FAST CAR IN FRONT OF ME AND BEHIND ME. I HOPE TO STAY WITH THOSE GUYS. IT’S EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF. BENNY: PIT STOPS WILL BE IMPORTANT. YOU HAVE WORKED FOR THESE PIT STOPS. YOU’RE DOWN TO 15 SECONDS?>>[INAUDIBLE] BENNY: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, JEFF. ALLEN: JEFF BURTON STARTING IN NINTH POSITION IN ROW FIVE. MICHAEL WALTRIP IS RIGHT IN THE FRONT OF HIM, JOHN ANDRETTI IS BEHIND HIM. GREG BIFFLE AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. WILL LEAD THIS GROUP TO START THE 50 LAPS IN THE GATORADE 125 RACE NUMBER ONE. ALLEN: PRETTY CLEAN START, B.P. BENNY: MICHAEL IS TRYING TO MAKE IT THREE WIDE. HE FELT LIKE THIS MIGHT BE GOOD. WALLY: I THINK THAT IT WILL BE GOOD UNTIL 15 LAPS. AFTER THAT YOU WON’T SEE SO MANY RUNNING THAT LOW. BENNY: BURTON SAID THAT HE HAD SOME FAST CARS, HE’S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THEM. MICHAEL WALTRIP IN 15, JOHN ANDRETTI IN ONE. ALLEN: EARNHARDT JR. AND WALTRIP WON THREE OF THE FOUR RESTRICTER PLATE RACES LAST SEASON. EIGHT OF THE LAST 10 THAT HAVE BEEN HELD. BENNY: BIFFLE IN THE 16, JUNIOR IN THE EIGHTH, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH CAR IS FASTER. ALLEN: SUBPOENA’S SMOKING. IS THAT JEFF BURTON? BENNY: IT LOOKS LIKE RUBBER ON THE TIRE. IT’S VERY THIN SHEET METAL. ALLEN: THE BACK IS IN DOUBLE FILE. BIFFLE IS LOCKED INTO THE RACE. BIFFLE WON A SPOT IN LAST WEEK’S BUD POLE QUALIFYING. THIS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE TOP 15 FINISHERS IN TODAY’S TWO RACES, NOT INCLUDING BIFFLE AND SADLER. THE FIRST 15 IN THE RACE. WE’LL LOOK AT 15 WHO IS IN A TRANSFER SPOT. BIFFLE AND SADLER WILL FILL OUT THE REST OF THE POSITIONS AND THEN THEY FALL BACK ON TIME TRIAL SPEEDS. SO JEFF BURTON IS NOT IN A LOT OF DANGER IF HE HAS A LOT OF PROBLEMS. BUT IT COULD COST HIM A STARTING SPOT IF THAT FENDER GIVES HIM A PROBLEM.>>ONLY ABOUT 10 REALLY GOOD STOPS WHERE YOU HAVE GOOD ENTRY COMING IN OR — GOING IN OR COMING OFF. WALLY: YOU DON’T WANT TO BE PUT IN THE MIDDLE. SEE HOW THE 88 CAR — IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING BACK. BENNY: JUNIOR TRYING TO GET A RUN ON BIFFLE. CAN’T QUITE DO IT. THESE GUYS LOOK LIKE THEY’RE LINED UP FOR THE START OF THE RACE. THEY’RE GOING ABOUT 189 MILES PER HOUR. ALLEN: MARTY? >>DALE JARRETT SAID THAT THE BOTTOM LINE SHOULD WORK EARLY, THE TOP LINE LATE. THE ONE PLACE I DON’T WANT TO BE, THE MIDDLE. >>GREG BIFFLE WANTS TO BE OUT IN THE FRONT THE ENTIRE DAY. HE WANTS TO STAY OUT FOR REASONS FOR WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IN THE BACK OF THE PACK. HE SAID I HAVE PLENTY OF PRACTICE. I’D LIKE TO LEAD THE PACK. BENNY: WHOA. MAN OH, MAN THIS IS GOOD STUFF, BILL. >>THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK. ALLEN: YOU WERE SAYING, MR. WEBBER? >>JUNIOR QUIET ON THE RADIO. WORRIED ABOUT PIT STRATEGY ON THE PACE LAP. THIS CAR IS VERY STRONG TODAY. EXPECT TO SEE IT UP FRONT OVER THE NEXT FOUR DAYS. WALLY: ALL WE HAVE IS MICHAEL WALTRIP AND DALE JR. WE’LL SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE FRONT. BIFFLE LEADS, MCMURRAY SECOND. THE SIDE-BY-SIDE RACE FOR THIRD.>>HE IS UP TO 16, GORDON’S BIGGEST CONCERN TODAY IS PATIENCE. NOT FOR HIMSELF, BUT FOR THE YOUNGER AND OTHER INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS IN THE CASE. THEY DIDN’T — HE DIDN’T WANT THEIR MISTAKE TO TAKE HIM OUT. IT’S FUNNY HOW THE FRONT ROW LOOKS SO FAR AWAY, YET IT IS SO CLOSED. >>MARTY SAID TA HE THOUGHT THAT THE ENGINE DIED. THOUGHT IT DIED AND CAME BACK TO LIFE. NOT SURE WHAT COULD BE WRONG, BUT SAID THAT IT’S NOT SKIPPING RIGHT NOW. ALLEN: — BENNY: AND JEFF GREEN IS SMOKING. THE BLUE AND ORANGE CAR. TONY STEWART ALMOST RAN INTO THE BACK OF THE 43. HE GOES ON THE OUTSIDE. JEFF GREEN WITH SOME PROBLEMS. WALLY: STEWART SQUEEZED THROUGH THERE. BENNY: GETS IT DONE. ALLEN: THAT’S GOING TO BE BACK FOR 15TH PLACE. SO GREG BIFFLE HAS LED ALL OF THE LAPS, SO FAR. MARTY?>>THEY’VE STRUGGLED WITH THE HANDLE ON THE 500 CAR, THEY SAID THAT THEY COULD SUCK UP OR IT CAN PASS. WHAT THEY DID WITH THE CONFIGURATION WHERE THEY CAN PASS PEOPLE. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SUCK UP AS WELL AS HE WOULD LIKE TO. MAYBE THAT’S WHAT’S HURTING HIM RIGHT NOW. ALLEN: JUST UNDERWAY, WE’LL COME BACK BACK. GET VIRTUAL DASHBOARDS AND CALL 1-88-SPORTS-IN TO ORDER. MICHAEL WALTRIP TOOK FOURTH FROM JEFF BURTON A MINUTE AGO. AND DALE JR. ON THE OUTSIDE LANE. ALLEN: HE LOOKS LOOSE A LITTLE BIT A LITTLE BIT. HE DIDN’T HAVE ANYBODY DRAFTING HIP. BENNY: MICHAEL WALTRIP IS TRYING TO TELL BURTON, GO WITH ME AND SEE IF WE CAN’T WORK OUR WAY TO THE FRONT. 88 IS NOT MAKE ANY PROGRESS TOWARD THE FRONT. >>THEY’RE HAVING ENGINE PROBLEMS. WE ABOUT THE POP. IT HAS DONE IT TWICE NOW. THERE HAVE BEEN NO PROBLEMS SINCE HE SWITCHED THE BOX. JUNIOR IN SIXTH PLACE AND RIDING THE RIM. WALLY: I HAVE THREE WORDS FOR YOU, TIGHT, TIGHT, TIGHT. OH, MAN, THAT’S ONLY AFTER 12 LAPS. >>GOT TIGHT EARLY ON HIM. BENNY: BILL, THOSE GUYS ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CAR GETTING TOO TIGHT WITH THAT NEW TIRE. >>IT WILL GET TIGHTER AS IT GOES ALONG. BENNY: THAT’S RIGHT. TUESDAY IN PRACTICE SOME OF THE GUYS ACTUALLY HAD CHUNKS COMING OUT OF THE TIRE BECAUSE THE CAR WAS TOO TIGHT. THAT’S A BIG-TIME PROBLEM WHEN THAT HAPPENS. ALLEN: IF YOU’RE NEW TO THIS, THE FRONT END ISN’T AS TIGHT AS THE BACK END. BENNY: YOU TURN THE STEERING WHEEL AND THE KARSAYS, NO, I’M GOING STRAIGHT. THESE GUYS DO RUN AROUND THE RACETRACK WIDE OPEN, NEVER BACKING OFF THE THROTTLE. IF YOU DO BACK OFF, YOU’RE IN TROUBLE. ALLEN: 24, JEFF GORDON NOT MAKING ANY PROBLEM. >>BOUNCING BETWEEN 13 AND 17. JEFF SAID THAT THE CAR IS REALLY TIGHT ON PT LOW SIDE AND MESSED OURSELVES UP. I WILL HAVE TO DROP BACK AND START ALL OVER AND WORK BACK TO THE FRONT. I CANNOT LOSE THE LOW SIDE, I HAVE TO USE THE HIGH SIDE.>>GREG BIFFLE CAN USE THE LOW SIDE. HE RADIOED IN, I CAN ONLY HOLD THE BOTTOM GROOVE FOR ANOTHER ONE OR TWO LAPS. AND YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CAR GETTING TIGHT. GREG’S CAR IS TIGHT. HE’S WORKING THAT RIGHT FOOT HARDER, THE GUYS LIKE JUNIOR RUNNING UP TOP. WEBBER? >>ADD BUSCH TO THE DRIVERS COMPLAINING ABOUT THEIR CAR BEING TIGHT. HE SAID RIGHT NOW WE CAN’T GO ANYWHERE. BENNY: WHAT IS THROWING THE MONKEY WRENCH INTO THE DEAL IS THE TEMPERATURE. IT IS WARMER TODAY THAN ANY DAY, THE CARS ARE SLIDING ACROSS THE PAVEMENT.>>IT SOUNDED LIKE BUSCH DID BACK OFF ON THE THROTTLE. WALLY: A BAD TURN IS TURN TWO, B.P., IF YOU’RE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM, YOU JUST FLY UP THE RACETRACK. ALLEN: KURT IS BEHIND TONY STEWART. STEWART STARTING 19, BOBBY STARTING 18. WARD BURTON GETTING CUT OUT OF THE HERD. JEFF BURTON WORKING ON FIFTH. JOHN ANDRETTI FOR SIX. NO DRAFTING HELP FOR THAT ZERO CAR IN THE BOTTOM LANE. JEFF GREEN DRIVING FOR RICHIE PETTY. WALLY: THIS PROVED TO BE A MAJOR HINDRANCE FOR JEFF GREEN’S PROGRESS TO THE FRONT. HE SAID THAT IT SLIDES IN THE BACK AND WHEN I TRY TO GET IT TO TURN, IT WON’T TURN AND STARTS TO PLOW. THAT’S WHY THEY’RE SLOWLY FADING AND LOSING SIGHT OF THE RIVER. BENNY: ONE OF THE CREW CHIEFS, WALLY, SAID THAT HIS CAR WAS ARROW TIGHT. IN OTHER WORDS THAT THE WIND WAS MAKING THE CAR TIGHT, BUT THE CHASSIS WAS LOOSE. WHAT DO YOU DO? WALLY: WHEN YOU’RE IN TRAFFIC THAT HURTS THE NOSE EVEN MORE. THEY’RE STEALING AIR FROM THE NOSE OF YOUR CAR. ALLEN: THIS IS FOR SEVENTH PLACE IF BOBBY LABONTE TAKES IT AWAY FROM WARD BURTON AND CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD THE FRONT. MILE QUALIFYING RACE. BIFFLE HAS LED ALL OF THE LAPS. WALTRIP, MCMURRAY ALL BY HIMSELF WITH NO DRAFTING HELP. GETTING SHUFFLED BACK. DAVE? >>WE HAVE OUR EYES ON MICHAEL WALTRIP. THEY ASKED MICHAEL WHICH LANE WORKS BETTER. HE SAID I DON’T CARE. ASK HIM TO PICK A LANE. >>JUNIOR GOT ON SAYING ASK MICHAEL TO PICK A LANE. JUNIOR’S CAR IS SO TIGHT, HE SAID HE DID NOT CLOSE UP. THE FIVE CAR MAY BE LOSING AN ENGINE ON THE TRACK. ALLEN: TER LABONTE, THAT — TERRY LA UPON THEY THAT MIGHT BE TROUBLE. TROUBLE IN TURN TWO.>>THAT IS THE TIRE. BENNY: YOU SEE. YOU KNEW THAT SOMEBODY’S GOING TO LOSE A RIGHT FRONT AND GIVE EVERYONE ELSE A BREAK. WALLY: ALL OF THOSE GUYS ARE TIGHT. THEY ALL MOVED TO THE TOP OF THE RACETRACK. BENNY: AND NOW IF THEY BIT NOW, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO RUN ABOUT 30 LAPS. THEY’LL BE SITTING ON PINS AND NEEDLES THOSE LAST 10 LAPS. ALLEN: CAUTION OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY. GOES OUT AT LAP 22 FOR SCOTT RIGGS WHO IS RUNNING IN 18TH PLACE AND HAD TROUBLE OFF TURN TWO IN THE TENTH CAR. — IN THE 10 CAR. BENNY: ALL OF THESE CARS WILL DIVE ON TO PIT ROAD NEXT TIME AND MAKE THE MUCH-NEEDED ADJUSTMENTS, AND I THINK THAT SOME OF THOSE CARS ARE OVERHEATING, WALLY. THEY USED TAPE ON THE GRILLE SO THEY CAN ONLY ALLOW SO MUCH AIR TO GO THROUGH. AS THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE GOES UP, SO DOES THE WATER TEMPERATURE IN THE CAR. THEY HAVE TO GET SOME OF THE TAPE OFF. WALLY: THAT’S RIGHT. WHEN YOU TAKE OFF THE TAPE, YOU OPEN UP THE GRILLE MORE, IT TAKES DOWNFORCE OFF THE FRONT OF THE CAR. YES, B.P., THAT WILL MAKE THE CARS PUSH EVEN MORE. ALLEN: CHECK OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO SCOTT RIGGS, TOP OF THE SCREEN. WALLY: HE WAS WAY UP THERE. BENNY: IN THE CORNER. THAT MIGHT BE A SITUATION. SOMEONE WAS TALKING ABOUT GETTING LOOSE GOING INTO THE CORNER. MAYBE HE GOT THE CAR LOOSE. IT LOOKED LIKE A RIGHT FRONT TIRE. WE’LL FIND OUT IN A MOMENT. MATT? >>HE WAS COMPLAINING THAT THE CAR HAD A TERRIBLE, TIGHT CONDITION. HE TRIED TO GO TO THE HIGH SIDE TO HELP OUT THE CAR, FWU WASN’T ENOUGH. ALLEN: RIGGS 20 POINTS IN OVER POINTS FROM LAST SEASON. HE’S PRETTY SAFE TO BE IN THE 500 ON SUNDAY, BUT FROM THE LOOKS OF THAT CAR, THEY MAY HAVE TO FIND THE BACKUP CAR. WALLY: DID SCOTT SAY ANYTHING? DID HE GO UP AND THE CAR PUSHED INTO THE WALL?>>STILL CHECKING ON THAT PART OF THE CONVERSATION, WALLY. THEY’RE CONCERNING THEMSELVES WITH TRYING TO FIX THE RIGHT, FRONT FENDER. ALLEN: HERE THEY COME. IT WILL BE BIFFLE, WALTRIP, MCMURRAY AND BURTON LEADING TELLING THEM IN. HOW ABOUT TONY STEWART. >>RUNNING SEVENTH. HE SAID THAT WE’RE RUNNING THE WAY WE WANT IT TO GO. A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT. >>GREG BIFFLE OVERSHOT THE BY THEY ARE MAKING AN AIR BAR ADJUSTMENT. BILL? >>WEDGE AND TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT FOR DALE EARNHARDT JR. >>THERE IS A SLIGHT COSMETIC DAMAGE TO JEFF GORDON’S CAR, AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT ON THE LEFT SIDE. BENNY: NINE WAS IN THERE BACKWARDS FOR A WHILE. ALLEN: BECAUSE HE SPUN AROUND BACKWARDS, HE WILL BE HELD BACK FOR ONE LAP, THAT’S THE PENALTY FOR PIT ROAD. THEY MAY APPEAL AND SEE IF THE SPIN WAS CAUSED BY CONTACT WITH ANOTHER CAR. BUT — WALLY: HE SAID, GUYS, I SCREWED UP, I HIT THE NINE, MY MISTAKE. BENNY: AT LEAST NASCAR RELEASE THE CAR. HE HAS TO COME BACK TO GET FOUR TIRES. THAT IS AFTER HE SPUN. WALLY: YOU CAN SEE THE BUMPER WHERE THE DODGE IS. IT IS CAVED IN THERE. THERE YOU GO. ALLEN: THE OTHER BUMPER. IT LOOKS L BENNY: ONE CONCERN IN THE DAYTONA 500, I DON’T THINK THAT IT WOULD BE TOO BIG A DEAL TODAY, THE RUBBER COMING OFF THE TIRE, THEY’RE WEARING QUICKLY, I THINK THAT SOME OF THE RUBBER WILL GET IN THE GRILLE AND MAKE IT OVERHEAT. ALLEN: THE FIRST OUT OF LINE IS WARD BURTON. SINGLE CAR ON THE BOTTOM. WALLY: HERE COMES JEFF. ALLEN: JEFF GORDON. BENNY: BIFFLE LED ALL OF THE EARLIER LAPS, CAME OUT 12TH POSITION. ALLEN: EARNHARDT JR. IS SECOND. MCMURRAY THIRD, AND JOHN ANDRETTI FIFTH. AND THE SIDE-BY-SIDE RACE FOR SIXTH.>>YOU GUYS HAVE REALLY SEPARATED YOURSELVES HERE TEMPORARILY. WALLY: TEMPORARILY IS RIGHT. BENNY: TEMPORARILY IS VERY GOOD. ALLEN: BUSCH IN 15, AND JEFF GREEN IN 16. BILL? >>ALLEN JR. SAID THAT THE CAR IS GOOD, AND THE SETUP WAS HURTING HIM RIGHT THEN IT IS GOOD ONE DAY, BAD THE NEXT. THIS IS A GOOD DAY FOUR. HE SAID THAT THE CHANGES THAT THEY MADE DURING THE CAUTION, THEY WILL TRY TO RUN THE BOTTOM. SEE HOW IT WORKS OUT. SO FAR SO GOOD, HUH. BENNY: SO FAR SO GOOD. LOOK OUT, LOOK OUT. YOU CAT GO DOWN THERE. THE YELLOW LINE SOUGHT OF BOUNDS. YOU CANNOT MAKE IT PAST THERE. YOU HAVE TO BACK UP. JOHNNY DOESN’T SEEM TO BE PASSING ANYBODY DOWN THERE, SO HE’S OK. WALLY:ING LOOKS LIKE HE WENT DOWN THERE TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT. WALLY: YOU GET OUT OF THAT FOR A SECOND, THAT’S HOW MUCH YOU LOSE. IT IS HARD TO MAKE THAT BACK UP. ALLEN: WHAT HAPPENED? RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. WALLY: I THINK THAT TRE WAS BLOCKING GOING ON THERE. ALLEN: THAT IS JEFF GREEN IN THE 43. BENNY: YOU’RE RIGHT, HE HAD NO CHOICE, BUT TO GO DOWN THERE TO AVOID RUNNING IN THE BACK OF 50. COME ON, GUYS, PLAY NICE. WALLY: COULD HAVE BEEN THE BACK OF THE 43 CAR TOO. ALLEN: THE RICE FOR SIX IS SINGLE FILE. BIFFLE, THE POLE SITTER IS IN 11TH NOW. MATT? >>THE CONCERN IS GROWING FOR JEFF GORDON. HE SAID THAT THE WATER TEMPERATURE IS GOING TO PROBABLY FORCE JEFF GORDON TO PIT ROAD AND COST HIM A GREAT START AND POSSIBLY A GREAT PICK FOR A PIT STALL FOR SUNDAY’S DAYTONA 500. ALLEN: SEE THE 24 CAR COMING BY. BENNY: I GUESS YOU BACKOFF GETTING CLEAN AIR. I GUESS HE’LL RIDE AROUND THE RACETRACK HOPING FOR ANOTHER CAUTION FLAG, AND HE CAN MAKE THE REPAIRS AND TRY TO RACE HIS WAY BACK TO THE FRONT. ALLEN: HE AND BUSCH TANGLED, HARVICK WENT OUT OVERHEATING. HARVICK WAS IN THE TOP 10 WHEN THE RACEPEDED UP BEING CALLED FOR RAIN. GORDON FANS, DON’T GIVE UP HOPE, BUT IT ADDS TO THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY FOR WINNING THE 500 ON SUNDAY. BOBBY LABONTE THREE WIDE, STEWART, KURT BUSCH. IT WILL BE FOR SEVENTH PLACE. AND WHILE WE WATCH THIS LET’S CHECK WITH MARTY. >>SCOTT RIGGS AFTER THE FIRST CAUTION, WHAT HAPPENED? >>RAN OUT OF RUBBER. THE CAR WAS TIGHT. PROBABLY TIGHTER TODAY IN THIS HOT SUN IN THE HEAT. WORSE THAN WE ANTICIPATED. THE CAR PULLED UP GOOD IN THE DRAFT. ALL OF A SUDDEN GOT TIGHT. I WAS TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF IT. LIFTING IN EACH CORNER, IT’S PRETTY COOL WHEN YOU DO THAT, IT KEEPS IT BACK IN THE DRIVER’S HANDS, WHEN THE CAR ISN’T WORK, IT’S NO FUN. WE’RE GETTING THE BACKUP OUT. AND CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT IT. GOT TO START IN THE REAR. >>JEFF GORDON ALREADY DOWN PIT ROAD. THEY PULLED TAPE AWAY FROM THE FRONT TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THE GRILLE. HE SAID THAT I’M COMING AS SOON AS I CAN GET TO PIT ROAD. IT LOOKS LIKE HE MAY HAVE A WORSE START THAN 299 FOR SUNDAY. BENNY: IT HAS GOTTEN SO HOT THAT THE OIL — ALLEN: ALSO ON PIT ROAD ANDY’S CAR PUT BACK TOWARD THE GARAGE. NO PROVISIONAL TO FALL BACK ON. PRETTY GOOD CHANCE THAT THE 90 CAR WILL BE ONE OF THE TWO NOT IN THE DAYTONA 500 ON SUNDAY. WARD BURTON AN BOBBY LABONTE FOR FIFTH PLACE. LABONTE DOWN LOW. A LITTLE DRAFTING HELP FROM KURT BUSCH. HOW ABOUT JEFF BURTON?>>TRYING HANG IN THERE. GOT DRAFT IN THE MIDDLE. THEY SAID BE CAREFUL IN THE MIDDLE. HE SAID THAT IT’S NOT LIKE I WANT TO BE THERE. THEY’RE TRYING TO HELP THAT CAR, IT WAS TOO TIGHT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE RACE. ALLEN: 41ST ON TIME, 43RD LAST YEAR IN OWNER’S POINT. SO THE 1999 DAYTONA 500 WINNER RACING HIS WAY IN RIGHT NOW. WALLY: THESE GUYS ARE GETTING THE INFORMATION FROM — YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE AT UNTIL YOU’RE WAY, WAY UP THERE, THE SPOTTERS ARE TELLING YOU WHERE YOU’RE AT AND WHERE YOU NEED TO GO. BENNY: MIKE HILLMAN, THE CHIEF ON THE 50 CAR, I LIKE HIM, HE’S TALENTED AT GETTING THE CARS AROUND THE RACETRACK. ALLEN: EARNHARDT JUNIOR WEDGES INSIDE HIS TEAMMATE. GORDON IS ON THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP. EARNHARDT WAS ABLE TO USE THAT TO GET BY HIS TEAM MAY BENNY: RIGHT NOW HE’S ONE, TWO, THREE, BATTLING FOR FOURTH POSITION. WALLY: WHO IS THAT? BENNY: WE SAW JUNIOR — ALLEN: WARD, HANG ON. WALLY: DID YOU SEE THAT CAR RUN UP THE TRACK ON HIM. BENNY: THIS MORNING SEVERAL TEAMS WERE INSTALLING BUMPER, METAL TUBING BEHIND THE PLASTIC FRONT BUMPER TO TRY TO PROTECT THESE GUYS, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THE DRIVER WILL RUN INTO THE CAR IN FRONT OF THEM. IT USED TO BE CAULTED BUMP DRAFTING, — CALLED BUMP DRAFTING, NOW IT’S HIT DRAFTING. ALLEN: THIS IS THE RACE FOR FOURTH SPOT, BOBBY LABONTE INSIDE, MICHAEL WALTRIP UP TOP. THEY WIND UP SINGLE FILE. THREE CAR, DAVE BLANEY. WHAT A GREAT DAY HE HAD AT THE BUD SHOOTOUT. IF YOU WERE HERE WITH US. BENNY: MARTY? >>ON THE RADIO FROM BOBBY LABONTE, THIS SEGMENT, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. THE CAR HAS BEEN GOOD. HE WAS TIGHT AND SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT, BUT HE LIKES THE BOTTOM LINE THE BEST. ALLEN: BOBBY RACING WITH JEFF BURTON FOR SIXTH PLACE. AND NOW THE LAPPED CAR — OR SOON TO BE LAPPED CAR OF JEFF GORDON, HOW’S THAT? BENNY: WE SAW THE 30 CAR FALL BACK. HE HAS WORKED HIS WAY TO SPTH. HE’S IN THE DAYTONA 500. THERE HE IS, THE A.O.L. CAR. MATT? >>USING THE BOTTOM LINE. HE HAD THE RIM RIGHT UP HERE, HIS OWNER ON THE RADIO, GIVING HIM ADVICE, WHICH LINE IS MOVING FASTER TO MOVE IN, HE IS MOVING WELL ON THE BOTTOM, DAVE. >>CASEY K — KASEY KAHNE IS WORKING HIS WAY BACK UP. BALDWIN SAID TO KASEY, SURE GLAD THAT THIS HAPPENED TODAY AND NOT ON SUNDAY.>>THE CAR IS EXCELLENT. HE SAID THAT THE RACE IS COMING US TO, ALL OF THE CHANGES THAT WE MADE, WE GUESSED CORRECTSLY. >>BUSCH HANGING ON IN TRAFFIC. FOUR TIRES AN FUEL ON THE LAST STOP. TWO TURNS OUT OF THE LEFT RARE AND THEY RAISED THE TRACK BAR TWO ROUPPEDS. A SHREDED TIRE, BUSCH TRYING TO HANG ON. WALLY: HE HAD TO JUMP DOWN ON THE THROTTLE. I KNOW THAT HE WANTS TO GET IN THERE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. ALLEN: SIX, SEVENTH, EIGHTH PLACE THERE. RACING THREE WIDE. BENNY: WELL, THESE GUYS ARE GOING FOR IT. LAST SATURDAY NIGHT, BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT WAS TERRIFIC. THEY’RE PASSING AT WILL. ALLEN: DAVE?>>JOHN ANDRETTI COMING IN THE FIELD. THEY WERE A LITTLE BIT TIGHT ON THE LAST PIT STOP, SO THEY MADE A SLIGHT AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. I GIVE YOU THAT INFORMATION FROM THE CREW CHIEF TONY. HE IS NOT HERE BECAUSE HE’S HOME SICK WITH THE FLU. KEVIN IS TAKING OVER HIS DUTIES TODAY. WALLY: THE TOUGH PART WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THESE GUYS, THE FRONT THREE HAVE SAILED AWAY WHILE THEY’VE BEEN RACING SIDE BY SIDE. EARNHARDT JR., MCMURRAY AND STEWART ARE WELL CLEAR WITH THIS PACK WITH NINE LAPS TO GO BENNY: LOOK AT THAT. THAT HELPED KURT BUSCH A BUNCH. ALLEN: HANG ON. BENNY: ALMOST IN THE OUTSIDE RETAINING WALL, THAT 50 CAR. ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE. WALLY: BIFFLE HELPED OUT THE 50 CAR. ALLEN: DALE JARRETT TOOK THE SPOT FROM JEFF GREEN, 15 AND 16. HOW ABOUT THE 43, MATT? >>LAST YEAR’S POLE SITTER, JEFF GREEN, HE WAS BUMPED OUT OF THAT TRANSFER SPOT. THEY’RE TRYING TO HOLD ON. ANOTHER TEAM WHO IS BATTLING HOT WATER TEMPERATURES, THE WATER TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO 250.>>I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG DALE JARRETT CAN HANG ON THAT TO SPOT. THE CAR IS LOOSE. HE HAS BEEN LOOSE THE ENTIRE DAY. HE SAID LOOSE AS ALL GET OUT. ALLEN: SECOND PLAYERS TONY STEWART TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM JAMIE MCMURRAY. BRIEF, BRIEF A LITTLE BIT OF SIDE-BY-SIDE RACING, BROUGHT HIM RIGHT UP. SINGLE FILE. BACK TO THE FIRST SIX. MARTY?>>HE HAS BEEN IMPRESSIVE MANY THEY’RE — HE — THE CREW CHIEF SAID THAT THE CAR LOOKS TERRIFIC. TONY SAID I’M NOT GOING TO MESS AROUND TODAY. BENNY: LOOK AT THEM. THEY’RE GOING FOR IT NOW, AREN’T THEY? WALLY: YES, THEY ARE. GOT TO. ALLEN: I THINK THAT IS BIFFLE THAT HAD TO GET OFF THE GAS IN TURN TWO THAT CAUSED THAT JAMUP. WALLY: WHEN YOU’RE BUSHING HERE THAT’S WHERE YOU WILL SEE IT THE MOST, TURN TWO. ALLEN: RIGHT NOW JUNIOR ABOUT FOUR, FIVE LENGTHS IN FRONT OF TONY STEWART. WALTRIP AND — HOW ABOUT BIFFLE? DAVE? >>ALLEN, HE RADIOED IN, I CAN’T KEEP IT ON THE BOTTOM ANYMORE. I’M JUST TAKING CARE OF IT. BENNY: JUST TAKING CARE OF IT, BECAUSE HE WILL START ON THE POLE FOR THE DAYTONA 500. HE WANTS TO BE SURE TO HAVE A CAR TO BE THERE WITH. WALLY: THERE AGAIN, YOU HEAR THE 16 CAR COMING OUT OF TURN TWO. BENNY: BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT TO CRASH THIS CAR AND HAVE TO GO TO A BACKUP AND START ALL OVER TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HE NEEDS ON THAT CAR. THEY DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED ON THIS CAR, BUT AT LEAST THEY DON’T HAVE TO START OVER. WALLY: THEY NEED IT IN ONE PIECE. ALLEN: THAT’S THE ONLY THING THAT HE HAS TO LOSE TODAY, IS IF THEY CRASH THE RACE CAR. WALLY: TRY TO LISTEN HERE TO BIFFLE. JUST ROLLED OUT OF IT, LOW GETTING IN. MAKE THE CAR TURN. LET’S LISTEN HERE. PRETTY GOOD THERE.>>OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE THE NINE. WALLY: LOST A LOT OF GROUND OFF OF TWO. BENNY: THEY’RE BACKING OFF, GOING INTO ONE. WALLY: THERE YOU GO. ROLL IT OUT. YEAH, HE’S GOT HIS HANDS FULL RIGHT THERE. WALLY: DAVE BLANEY GOING BY HIM IN THE 23. STEWART TRYING TO REEL IN DALE EARNHARDT JR. FOR THE TOP SPOT. FOUR LAPS TO GO IN THE GATORADE 125. BENNY: THE 50 CAR’S SMOKING. DOG GONE IT, DON’T DO IT. HE’S IN THE RACE, ISN’T HE? YES, HE’S IN 10TH POSITION. ALLEN: 43RD LAST YEAR IN THE OWNER POINTS. ONE OF THE BUBBLE CARS TODAY. WOW. BENNY: THAT WAS CLOSE. WALLY: THAT CAR GOT AWFULLY LOOSE GOING INTO TURN THREE TODAY. HE WILL GET PAST A COUPLE OF MORE CARS. ALLEN: THAT WILL TAKE HIM OUT OF A TRANSFER SPOT POSSIBLY. DALE WORKING ON IT IN THE 88. AND BECAUSE GREG BIFFLE IS OUTSIDE OF THE LEAD PACK, TRANSFER SPOT NOW BECOMES 14TH. BENNY: AND THAT 88 AND 89 — 88 AND NINE ARE RATESING FOR. COPE, WILL THAT 50 CAR LAST THREE MORE LAPS? WALLY: YOU KNOW HE’S FEELING IT. HE KNOWS IT. AS LONG AS NECESSARY THE RACE, HE HAS TO HOLD THAT SPOT FOR THREE MORE LAPS. A LOT OF PRESSURE. ALLEN: LONE TNT SPORTS IS LIVE — TNT SPORTS IS LIVE AT THE DAYTONA 500. WE’RE DOWN TO THE FINAL COUPLE OF LAPS IN THE FIRST OF TWO RACES. WE’RE WATCHING THE FINAL AUTOMATIC TRANSFER RACE INTO THE 500 BETWEEN DALE JARRETT IN THE 88 AND KASEY KAHN IN NINE. JOHN ANDRETTI GETTING INTO THE MIDDLE IT. BENNY: HERE COMES THE LEAD. JR. AND THE EIGHT LEADING TONY STEWART IN 20 IN THE SECOND SPOT. IF TONY STEWART WINS THIS RACE, IT WOULD BE UNBELIEVABLE. BECAUSE THEY HAVE COMPLAINED ALL WEEK ABOUT HOW SLOW THEIR CAR HAS BEEN. HERE HE IS IN CONTENTION FOR THE WIN. ALLEN: GREG BIFFLE LED THE OPENING 22 LAPS, UNTIL A COUPLE OF CAUTION FLAG PIT STOPS. HE LED THE LEAD IN THE PIT STOP. WHITE FLAG IS UP. DALE JR.’S SEEKING HIS SECOND WIN IN THE GATORADE 125. HE WON THE QUALIFYING A YEAR AGO. HE HAS FINISHED FOURTH BEINGS SECOND, AND SECOND. BENNY: TONY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE GAP. HIS CAR WILL NOT CLOSE UP ON THE GAP. ALLEN: HIS FATHER WON 12 OF THESE QUALIFYING RACES AT DAYTONA, DOOD DALE JR. TAKES SECOND. MCMURRAY EDGING MICHAEL WALTRIP IT LOOKS LIKE. AND KOPE LOST — COPE LOST TWO LAPS. ALLEN: JOHN ANDRETTI JUST FINISHING OUTSIDE THE CUT. AND THE DRETTY GOT THE LAST TRANSFER. THE 50 CAR, LEFT OF SCREEN, IS GOING TO SIT BACK AND NERVOUSLY WATCH THE RESULTS OF RACE TWO TO SEE IF HE WILL BE IN THE DAYTONA 500 OR IF HE WILL BE WATCHING ON SUNDAY. LET’S GO TO MATT.■■ >>AND WHAT? YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO STILL?>>A QUESTION, THE CAR IS NOT VERY GOD FOR SOME REASON. THE CAR WAS REAL STRONG YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE. WAS HAPPY WITH IT. WENT OUT TODAY WITH THE SUN OUT, IT’S NOT VERY GOOD. WE PUSHED OFF THE FRONT TIRE ON THE FIRST 23 LAPS, AND IT SEEMED LIKE OUR TEAMMATE DON’T WANT TO BE A TEAMMATE NO MORE, SO WE DUMPED HIM AND THAT’S THE WAY THEY WANT TO PLAY, THAT’S HOW WE’RE GOING TO PLAY >>SHOULD MAKE FOR AN INTERESTING SUNDAY. >>A MICHAEL WALTRIP REFERENCE THERE. ALLEN: TO DALE JR. PICKS UP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $50,000. TONY STEWART DEEP IN THE PACK TO SECOND. THIS MEANS THAT EARNHARDT JR. WILL START THIRD, STEWART FIFTH, MCMURRAY SEVENTH AND SO ON. BENNY: THIS IS THE INSIDE LINEUP. ANDRETTI, LAST CAR TO TRANSFER IN ON IN TODAY’S RACE. ALLEN: AND DERRICK COPE IN 16TH PLACE. FROM THERE ON DOWN, DID NOT MAKE THE RACE. WILL HAVE TO WAITOR THE SECOND RACE. RACE ONE IS OVER. WE WILL TALK TO SOME OF THE FINISHERS AND SET THE PACE FOR . DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS IN VICTORY LANE. >>DALE EARNHARDT JR. CLIMBS OUT. HIS SEVENTH CAREER WIN AT DAYTONA. AND THIS IS A BIG ONE. PUT YOU IN GREAT SHAPE FOR SUNDAY. HOW WAS IT OUT THERE? >>REAL, REAL, REAL, REAL, REAL, TIGHT. THE FIRST RUN WE WAS RACING WITH GREG FOR FOUR OR FIVE LAPS, THAT WAS IT. THE TIRES WERE JUNK AFTER FOUR LAPS. AND I KNEW IF I DIDN’T PUSH IT PAST THAT 24, HE WOULD BE STUCK BESIDE HIM OR BEHIND HIM ONE. LEFT A LITTLE BIT OF A HOLE DOWN THERE. AND I WAS GOING FOR THE WIN THERE. THE CAR’S GOOD. IT WAS OK OUT FRONT. AND, YOU KNOW, WE GOT A GREAT CAR FOR THE 50 0. >>AFTER THE RACE TONY SR. TALKED WITH MATT AND SAID THAT THE 15 AND EIGHT DIDN’T SEEM TO WORK WELL TOGETHER. >>WELL, I MEAN, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I WAS ON THE OUTSIDE THERE, AND AT ONE POINT IN THE RACE EARLY, WE HAD A PIT STOP TO GO, AND HE WENT TO THE INSIDE AND LEFT ME BY MYSELF. SO THAT KIND OF WROTE THE SCRIPT FOR THE REST OF THE RACE FOR ME. I WAS OUT THERE ON MY OWN FROM THIS ON OUT.>>DO WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU GUYS THERE TOGETHER ON SUNDAY? >>ME AND MICHAEL WILL DRAFT FINE IN FUTURE. N’T TODAY. ME AND TONY, SAME WAY. WE’LL RACE EACH OTHER ONE RACE AND HELP EACH OTHER THE NEXT. YOU CAN’T — YOU CAN HAVE, BUT YOU CAN’T BE FRIENDS TO THE END. YOU GOT TO GO FOR THE WIN. I’M PROUD OF MY TEAM. I GOT A BENCHMARK AS FAR AS MY DADDY SENT FOR WINS THAT I’M SHOOTING FOR AND WE GOT ANOTHER ONE TODAY.>>SEE YOU SUNDAY.>>STRONG COMMENTS BY TONY FROM YOUR TEAMMATE ON EIGHT. WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN YOURSELF AND JR.?>>YOU KNOW, IT WAS A — WHERE JR. WAS HEADED. I GOT IN THE LINE. IT WASN’T ANY BIG DEAL. I LOVE DETAIL JR., WE WORK WELL TOGETHER HIT THAT WHEN HE GOT THE 24, HE HAD ME PUSHED OUT OF THE WAY, BUT, YOU KNOW, JR. AND I WE DO A NICE JOB ON THE TRACK. THOSE CATS, YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. >>ARE YOU GOING TO WORK WITH HIM ON SUNDAY?>>I LOVE DALE JR., AND WE’VE HAD SUCCESS TOGETHER. THAT WILL CONTINUE. I THOUGHT THAT WE DID A NICE JOB WORK TOGETHER. I DON’T BLAME HIM FOR GETTING THE WIN. LAST TIME I CHECKED, THEY PAY YOU MORE. OUR NAPA RAN GOOD. THAT WAS A GOOD CHANCE FOR JR. TO JUMP ON ME. I AM AMAZED THAT THOSE CREW GUYS CAN CARRY ON LIKE THAT, BUT WE KNOW WHAT THE BIG PICTURE IS AND THE NAPA CHEVY WILL BE A PART OF IT ON SUNDAY. >>TONY STEWART COMES HOME SECOND. AFTER EARLIER THIS WEEKS ARE YOU PLEASED, SURPRISED OR PROUD OF YOUR GUYS? >>WELL, I’M SOMEWHAT SURPRISED, I HAVE TO ADMIT. BUT I’M EXTREMELY PROUD OF MY GUYS. WE KIND OF KNEW WHAT POSITION WE WERE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WITH HORSEPOWER, SO WE WORKED ON OUR CAR AND GOT THE HANDLING THE BEST THAT WE COULD. WE OUTDROVE THE GUYS, WE HAD A CAR THAT DROVE BETTER, WHEN IT CAME TIME TO GO PLACE THAT’S WE NEEDED TO GO WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT WITH A GOOD CAR. I’M PROUD OF THESE GUYS.>>NOW WILL BE TONY’S BEST START SINCE HIS OUTSIDE PULL. >>THE TWIN 125 HAS DRAMA AND UNFORTUNATELY IT IS BAD DRALMOY FOR DERRICK COPE. IT LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE IN IT EASILY AN THEN WHAT HAPPENED? >>ANDRETTI MOVED HIS WAY IN LINE AND HE TRIED TO TURN ME SIDE WAYS AND I LOST ALL OF MY MOMENTUM. I THOUGHT THAT MEARS WAS GOING TO HANG WITH ME. HE GOT ME ON THE OUTSIDE. A FUN RACE, UNFORTUNATE THAT WE COME UP SHORT. WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THE SECOND RACE GOES AND IF WE GET IN. >>HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE TO WATCH THE SECOND RACE?>>I’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE AND I’LL BE THERE AGAIN PROBABLY. WHATEVER COMES WHAT MAY, WE’LL DEAL WITH IT IT IS UNFORTUNATE FOR THE GUYS, WE HAVE A NICE CAR. I HUNG OUT THERE FOR A WHILE, MADE SOME GOOD MOVES. I THOUGHT THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. AND I LET ANDRETTI IN A FEW TIMES TO SAVE HIS ASS AND THEN HE WENT CRAZY.>>1990 WINNER, WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE IF HE WILL BE IN THE 500 ALLEN: THERE’S NO EMOTION IN RACING. BENNY: I LOVE IT. ALLEN: DALE EARNHARDT JR. WON THE FIRSTINGLE COOL? BENN■ THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BILL. THIS IS A TEST — ALLEN: THIS IS A TEST SESSION FOR RICKY RUDD. BENNY: GREG WILL RUN, KEVIN LEPAGE. MARLIN, HARVICK WILL BE HEARD FROM. ALLEN: HEARD CONCERN ON PART OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S TEAM ON THE TIRE ISSUE. MAYFIELD WILL DROP TO THE BACK OF THE FIELD. HIS TEAM CHANGED AN ENGINE. AND IN ROW SIX, ROBBY GORDON. WALLY: ROBBY GORDON HAPPY WITH HIS CAR. HEY, ROBBY THIS IS WALLY IN THE BOOTH. CAN YOU HEAR ME? ALLEN: HIT HIM AGAIN. WALLY: HOW ABOUT IT, ROBBY, THIS IS WALLY IN THE BOOTH. CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>HOW ARE YOU? WOOD GOOD. — WALLY: GOOD. I HEAR THAT YOU’RE HAPPY WITH THE CAR.>>WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE CAR. IT WAS FAST IN BOTH OF THE PRACTICES. WE THINK THAT WE HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR. THE KEY TO TODAY IS GETTING THROUGH HERE WITH A CLEAN CAR. WE WON THE 125 LAST YEAR. WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY CHANCES. WE’RE TRYING TO SAVE THIS FOR THE 500. THIS IS BETTER THAN THE CAR THAT WE HAVE IN THE TRAILER. WALLY: YOU WATCHED THE FIRST RACE, ANY CONCERNS FOR TIRES OR ARE YOU PRETTY GOOD?>>WE FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT OUR CAR. IT DOES CONCERN ME. WE HAVEN’T RUN IN THIS KIND OF TEMPERATURE, THERE’S A LOT OF SPIN DOWN HERE. I WAS ABLE TO TALK TO BIFFLE AND SAUTER, THEY SAID THAT BOTH OF THEM HAD TIRE ISSUES, UNFORTUNATELY OUR CAR WAS PUSHED THROUGH BY THAT TIME, SO THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU CAN DO. I’M SURE THAT EVERYBODY WAS THINKING ABOUT MAKING CHANGES TO IT. HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE THE RIGHT ONE TO TAKE THIS TO THE FRONT. WALLY: YTONA 500 ON SUNDAY. PACE IS COMG OFF. CROWD IS STANDIN. ■pAND THE GREEN FLAG ABOUT TO WAVE ON RACE NUMBER TWO. ALN:ANTEDO GOOWW. AND SO THE INSIDE LANE STARTS ■ TO MOVE FORWARD. BENNY: BIFFLE AN JR. WEN SIDE BY SIDE FOR FOUR LAPS. ALREADY SADLE H LEAD. ANRICKY RUDD BACK TO URTH OR FIFTH 1/2AP. ALLEN: LOO THAT SECOND LAN COMEP FORWARD. RICKY RUDD UP TO THE OUTSIDE OF SADLER. JEREMY MAYFIELD, WHO DROPPED TO THE END OF THE FIELD, TRYING TO COME FORRD HE CHANGED AN ENGINE DGHE WEEKEN RUDD. IUGHTE SOMETELY OU OF IT. HEREE COMES BY HIMSE NEMECHEK GETS UP THERE. MEEK TH INSTALLED A BAR BEHIND THE FRONT BUMPER. LLY:OEAS CONCERNED ABOUT TIRE ISSUES A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. TALKING WITH HIM THIS MORNING. HE SAID THAT EY THOUGHT THEY GOT THE C A LOT BETTER. EYEREN’TS CONCERNED ABO BEY: TTLUE R TRYING TO WORK IT. ANOTR CAR THAT NEEDS TO GET INTO THE TOP 15. ALLEN: SKINNER WITH NO POSITION TO FALL BACK ON. THIS IS AN EXTRA CAR OUT OF THE RICHARD CHILDRESS SHOP THIS WEEK. AND HIS TIME WAS ONLY 56TH FASTEST. WALLY: MIKE GETS AROUND REALLY GOOD, HE KNOWS HOW TO DRAFT REALLY WELL. BENNY: HE WAS 13TH THAT TIME BY. SOLIDLY IN THE DAYTONA 500. ALLEN: RICKY RUDD POKING OUT FOR THE INSIDE LEAD.■ WALLY: HE IS FLIRTING WITH THE YELLOW LINE. ALLEN: WALLY IS A PRETTY COOL CUSTOMER HERE IN THE BOOTH. HE’S RELAXED. WHEN HE JUMPS UP AT THE END OF HIS SEAT, SOMETHING’S GOING T■ HAPPEN. BENNY: THAT’S RIGHT.■ ALLEN: IS THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON IN THE CENTER. WALLY: AND ROBBY GORDON THERE. BENNY: THAT IS — A — HAS ROBBY SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE 31 CAR?■ WALLY: ROBBY GORN TALKING TO ■■ HIS SPOTT■R SAI■HAT THE MIDDLE IS NOT■■ WORN RIGHT BEFOR■ THE■■ GR■EN,■ R■CH■ CHI■ESS SA THAT YOU NEED■■TO CONSERVE THE■ WE■R ON THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE. ROBBY SAID, 10-4, HE’S TRYING TO WORK HIS WAY UP TO THE HIGH SPOT. >>SOMETIMES IT TAKES FIVE OR SIX LAPS T■ GET UP TO THE TOP ■- SIDE.■ A■L■N: DID YOU SEE STERLING MAIN?■ JUST ABOUT■ GOT INTO THE LEFT REAR OF JOE NEMECHEK. THAT’S FOR THIRD PLACE.■■■■ WAY: WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ■pABOUT THE 48■ OF JIMMIE JOHNS >>IT’S NOT FUN TO BE IN THE MIDDLE, IS IT? WALLY: NO IT ISN’T. >>HE SAID TELL THE 17 I DIDN’T MEAN TO BE SO AGGRESSIVE. I HAD TO GET TO THE TOP. IT COULDN’T STAY IN THE MIDDLE ANY — I COULDN’T■■ S■■Y ■■■E■ MIDDLE ANY LR.■+ WALLY:■THE TRACK IS■ SLIPPERY. I DON’T TNK THAT YOU WANT TO BE THERE. BENNY: RICKY CRAVEN IS THERE. AGAIN, YOU’RE RIGHT, HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE THERE. NOW HE’S CLEAR. HE COULD GO UP IF HE WANTS. ALLEN: HOW ABOUT RICKY CRAVEN?>>WANTED TO RUN SECOND IN THE 125. YOU CAN LISTEN ON THE RADIOS FOR WHAT THE OTHER TEAMS WERE TALKING ABOUT. THEY HEARD SO MANY TEAMS RUNNING HOT. RICKY CRAVEN’S TEAM TOOK A LITTLE EXTRA TAPE OFF THE FRONT SPOILER. BENNY: THEY HAVE HARVICK TRYING TO GO THROUGH THE MIDDLE. ALLEN: BOY. WALLY: GOT A PRETTY GOOD RUN. CRAVEN BEHIND HIM. ALLEN: HOW ABOUT THE CHAMPION, MATT KENSETH, MART? >>THE >>THE ONE THING THAT HE LEARNED, CARS WERE TIGHT IN THAT SESSION. HE WAS WORRIED THAT THE 17 WOULD BE AN IMPACT. THE FIRST STOP FOR US WILL BE CRITICAL. ALLEN: KEVIN LEPAGE ON THE INSIDE. RICKY CRAVEN IN THE MIDDLE. AND MATT KENSETH UP ON THE OUTSIDE. L■Y: LEPAGE WILL GIVE HIM A PUSH MAYBE? NOT QUITE. BENNY: HE IS TRYING TO PUSH THE 32 OF RICKY CRAVEN. ALLEN: SO EXCITING, THE PROSPECTS OF RACING IN THE FIRST DAYTONA 500 ON SUNDAY. BENNY: I ASKED RON WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUSCH AND HE SAID, MAN, THESE GUYS ARE AGGRESSIVE. THEY GO FOR IT EVERY LAP. MARTY?>>THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. I TALKED TO HIM THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SAME THING. HE SAID HE COULDN’T BELIEVE HOW AGGRESSIVE THEY ARE. HE SAID THIS AIN’T THE BUSCH SERIES. WALLY: THERE’S WATER OUT THERE. KEVIN LEPAGE. >>IT’S THE MOTOR. ALLEN: THAT’S TOO BAD. HE WILL BE IN THE 50 OH, NO PROBLEM. HE HAD THE SIXTH FASTEST TIME TRIAL. BUT THEY HAVE SOME WORK TO DO BETWEEN NOW AND SUNDAY ON THE FOUR CAR. RUDD, SADLER, ■KING TO SET STARTING FIELD FOR SUNDAY’S DAYTONA 500. THIS IS THE SECOND OF TODAY’S■ GATORADE 125S. KEVI LEPAGE HAD LITTLE TROUBLE. TCE FOUAR. BEY: HE’SOING U THE HILL. ALST GETNG INTO THE SE OF THE 25. THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. THE ACCORDION EFFECT. HE HAD TO BACK OFF AND LET ALL OF THE CARS GO BY. WALLY: THE 31 CAR HAD NOWHERE TO GO. HE HAD TO WAIT UNT ALL OFHE TERRIFEN B HE DROPPED OFFLOST A L OF MOMENT. BACK IN7TH RIG NOW. ALLEN: THERE ARE PIECES DROPPING OUT OF THE — AT THE WINDSHIELD AT 180 MILER HO. N:OU SLLIOTT RUNNING SECOND THE FIVCA BAKAY T BILL >>ITAS BEE QUIET FOR RICKY RUDD. THEY SAID FOCUS, RUN YOUR LINE. HE SAID THAT IT IS STARTING TO SHOVE UP A LITTLE BIT. THE CAR IS STARTING TO TIGHTEN UP A LITTLE BIT FOR RKY RUDD. IT H BN GRE WEE F HIM SO FAR. GREAT HERE. DAVE? WE WERE TKINGBOUT PUTTING ON SHORT BUMPER, HOW ABOUT BRAKE AND TIRE BLOWS? THEY HAD ISSUES WITH THEIR RIGHT FRONT LAST WEEK IN THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOU THEYOPEDHAHEY FIXED IT FORODAY. S R A LITTLE BIT T ACCORDING TO ELLIOTT RADIOING IN. WALL THESE GS A PROBABLY USING HAND SIGNALS SAYING, STAY IN LINE. THIS PACK HAS BROKENWA AND STARTING TO MAKE A LITTLE — ALLEN: THAT’S THE GAP THAT WE’RE SHOWING YOU, RICKY RUDD CK. WALLY: THEY’RERYING TO MAKE OUND. THE FRONT PACK IT LOOKS LE HARVICK IS GOING UP THE RACETRACK LIKE HE CAN’T RUN THE BOTTOM. BENNY: HARCK LOOKS LIK HE’S OVERHEATING. OOKSIKE HE’S — WHAT’S HE WALLY:E’S OVERHEATING, B.P. WALLY: HEAID THAT HIS C I A LITTLE BIT HOT AND A LITTLE B. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT IN THE FIRST 125. IF YOU RUN UP ON TOP, YOU HELP CORRECT THAT SITUATION A LITTLE BIT. ALLEN: DR. PARSONS WITH THE COECT DINOSE. DIAGNOSES BENNY: THESE GUYSACK IN THE PACK WIL BE A PROBLEM WH ERHEATG. TNT IF YOU HAVE T SEE IT AGAIN. JUST WT TEE IT AGN.■ LAPS■ COMPLETED IN THE SEND 125. ONLY ONE CAR OUT OF THE RAC >>AN ENGINE FAILURE BETTER TODAY THAN ON SUNDAY >>YES. MY HAT’S OFF TO ALL OF THEUYS IN THE ENGINE SHOP. THEY WORKED HARD TO GET TS NTO UPRONT. WE DID. WE QLIFIEDIX THE OTHER WE H T RUNHE 125 TO DETERMINE ERE WE STARTED. IT WAS SRY DOWN IN THERE. WE WERE IN A TOUGH PACK. CLOSED TOGETHER. A LOT OF BUMP DRAFTING GOING ON. I KNOW WHY GUYS WERE REINFORCING. IF IASN’T FORS PUSHING ME, THE GUYS IN FRONT OF ME. BUT THISASN’TOING A 500 MOTORNYA HAD ANOTHER ONE, WE’RE I GUESS.>>HE DOES HAVE THE SIXTH FASTESTUAFYIN T BENNY: HE TALKED ABOUT N USING THATNGINE IN THE 500. THEYAD T USE ONE ENGINE FM QUALIFYING H ENGINNDHATASO ST IN E THROU THE DAYTONA 500, IF YOU CHANGE, YOU HAVE TO START AT THE REAR OF THE FIELD. ALLEN: YOU CAN LE RA COVEGERE INCLUDING AUDIO ANHILITSROM ALL OF THE EVENTSAKINGLACE HERE AT DAYTONA. WALLY: JIMMIE JOHNSON IS■ BENNY: H CONTAINED2 SECONDS ON THAT PACK. THE CLOSEHE GET THE FASTE ALLEN: .2 IN THE LAST LAP. WALLY: HE NEEDS RUSTY AND MATT TO GET CLOSER BEHD HIM. BENNY: THESE GUYS WATCHED THAT RYONCEED [email protected] ENTH TES T GO BY RUSTY WALLACE T TAKE THATITION THATOULD BE FOR THEEVENTH WALLY: THEY’RE AT THE MARK THAT SCOTT RIGGSAD H TROUBLES. ALLEN: IN THE LOCAL PAPERS, THE WA A QUOTE SONG COMMENTS ABOUT THE TIR SITUATN,ING SO MAN S NASCAR WAS TRYING TO HT MEONE TH THI■ STER TE COMBINATION. THEY ASKED CHAZO ELABORATE ON THAT FURTHER IN E GARAGE AREA, HERE’SHAHE HAD TO SAY.>>WE, AS NASCAR, GOODYR, TRNG T GURED OUT WEE HARD TIMITH IT. WE HAD AETF TIRESN THE■ CAR, THE FRONT PART CAME APART, WE DON’T KNOW WHY. IT’S JUST A BIT OF CONCERN OF MINE. NOBODY WANTS TO HURT ANY DRIVERS, WE KNOW THAT. WE KNOW BETTER WAYS TO D THE BEST JOB THAT THEY CAN. WE MADE DMATI CHANGESOHE BTER. SOLLEOAITND SEE WHAT HAPNS. ALLEN: THAWAS FOLLOWUP ON ME QUOTES THAT RE A LITTLE BIT STRONGER THAN HE INT TOOME OUT. YOU CAN HEAR THE FRUSTRATION IN HIS VOICE. I SPOKE TO HIM IN THE GARAGE. HE ISRUSTRATED BECAUSE NONE WANTS TO RUN INT A SITUAON LIKE THIS. EY THINK TTY’OING THEACE CARETTER. I THINK ONCE THESE TEAMSET A HANDLE ON IT, IT WILL BE GREAT RACING NN BTLEOR THE LEAD! NNY:ARVICK MOVED UP HE THIR POSITION AS TSE CAR HAVE 2 LAPS 20 LAPS THAT THEY STARTED PUSHING AND THEY’RE SLOWING DOWN, AREN’T THEY BILL?>>YES, THEY ARE. ABOUT FIVE LAPS AWAY FOR A P S& RADIO,HE IS TIGHT AND LOOSE. HE SAID THATT WILL DIFFERT WE ENDPACK IN THE PAC BUTHE CAR WELLENT TTING INTO ONE THAT’S WHERE HE HAD THE ADVANTAGE, BUT THAT IS GONE NOW. LOOKIN FOR A WAY TO GET AROUND ■ THE 38S SOON AS HEAN. ALN: STERLING MARLIN WH A N F THI A J NECHE■& IS THE FIVE THER■ WAY:ARVICK STILL LOOKS TIGHT TO ME. BENNY: I THINK THAT HE IS TIGHT. WALLY: IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH. IF THEY’RE THROUGHOUT FOR HALF AP, THAT GROUP INHE WILL CATCHHE LEN: WHAT IS T 48EAM INNGIT SPW>>THEY’RE GOIOXTEN IT AS FARS THEY CAN TEAMMATE BRIAN VICKERS. THEY’RE TRYING TO WOR WITH KENSETH TO WORK TETHER. JIMMY WANTS TO RUN HIGH,AT MATT IS CONED IF HE RUNS THE BTOM, WILL WEARUT E GH■OOH. T IS A RT OF A MOR SITUATN GOG INTO T TURN MANY HE SD THAT IT FEELS LIKE IT IS DYING. HIS TEAMMATE, JEFF BURTON, H TROUBLE AS WELL. RYAN NEWMAN ISATCHING ■ — HE LEFT SCHR AND GORDON. HE DOESN’T H TEAMMATE. HIS CAR IS W T TIGHT OFF TURN TWO, NEEDS TO MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. ALLEN: I YOU’RE NOT FAMILIAR DAONA WHE THEREES, YOURSE. WALL Y- T STO ARE SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU HAVE ONE PIT STOP THAT’S BAD, YOU WILL LOSE ALL OF THAT TIME WITH THE GUY THAT’S YOU COME IN WITH ALLEN: NO TAKE RON THE P STOP TAKERS ON THE PITTOP. WALLY: DID MARTY SAY LAP 35? ALLEN: THEY CAN GO THAT FAR ON FUEL. BUT DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THE CHCE ON THE TIRES. OU SHO PIT AND T ION COMES OUT BEFE Y YAVEROEM BE YOU’L B A LAP DOW AONRN TT THEY ALL VE. M SURE THAT EACH OF THESE DRIVS AN TEAMS WOU LOV T PIT RIGHT NOW AND CHAE FOUR TIRES, BUT THEY’VE ALL GOT TO DO IT. IF SOMEONE CATCHES THA CAUTION, LIKE ALLEN SAID — WALLY: WOULD BE SURPRED TO SEE THEM GO LAP 35. LEN: SOMEO’S CARILL BE HANDLI SO WHAT HAPPENED TO SCOTT RICK’S CAR. ONCE ONE GETS FRESH TIRES, EVERYBODY WILL HEAD TO PIT ROAD. WALLY: MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO. ALN: NO TAKERSET. SEND PLACE DRIVER.■■ I TALKED TOEVIN AOUPLE OF DA AGOE MADE HIS PRACTICE RUNS, HE WAS CONTENT. HE SAID NO CHANGES TO OUR TEAM OVER THE WINTER. THAT’S THE FIRST TIME THAT RAPPED SINCE I HAVE BEEN W R.C.R., I’M SO HPY W THE TH T TEA IS STRUCTED SET,HE WAYHA ‘RE PERFORMIN THIS ISOINGO BE AREAT YEOR ME. LLY: MAKES BIG DFEREE. GOTHE CONFIDENCEHAT EVERYTHING WILL BE LIKE IT S OR BETTER THAN LASTR. BEY: MARTY, WHAT ABOUT THE STRATEGY? >>THEY’RE SAYING THAT THEY COULD GO TO LAP 35 IFY CHOOSE TO DO TH. ALLEN: JIMMIHNN, MATT KEETH ON TKES. GET IN LINE. WALLY: OH, LORD. SORRY.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON, HIS CAR WAS TIGHT ON THAT RUN. THE LONGER THEY RAN, THEY WILL MAKE A WEDGE ADJUST. FO TIRES, R THA THA TY HAPPY. BILL ALLEN: CHECKING ON MORE PIT STOPS. DAVE? >>NO CHANGES FOR MARK MARTIN. FOUR TIRES FOR MARK. THE 12 IS IN. CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. SKR A LTLR THE H TO BAC. E LEFT SIDE OF RYAN N WALLY: THAT’S GNG TO COST MIKE THERE. THEY ALL LEFT WITHOUT HIM. ‘S GOING TO LOSE THAT DRAFT. ALLEN: RTY WALLACE, RICKY RUDD. MAYFLD AND SOME OF THE CAR TOWARD THE BACK OF THE RUNNING ORDER. SCHRADER, DEMSY COMES IN. SOHE LEADER, ELLIOTT SADLER AYED OUT. DAVE? >>MAYFIELD WILL HAVE TWO RIGHT SIDE TIRES AND SEND HIM ON HIS WAY. BILL? >>RUSTY WALCE ON PIT ROA USTMEN BATTLE FOR HIM TO GET TO THE FRONT. RUNNING AS WELL AS THEY HOPED. ALL BY HIMSELF OFF OF P ROA LONG STOP, MARTY. >>HE OVERSHOT HIS PS. LOST VALUABLE TIME HERE. MORE IMPORTANTLY LOSING DRAFTING PARTNERS, HE HAD A HANDLING CAR. WHEN HE CAME BACK, WAS TOOCLO T. JU RIGHTE TES. L ECK THAT. E LEADERS ARE IN. >>THE 38 OF SADLER, COMING IN ON THIS LAP, THEY WILL CHANGE FOUR TIRES TRYING TO H ELLIOTT’S TIGH RACE.>>LI ADJUSTMEN FOR RIC RU MANY FO AN■ FL. HEL HEUT MATT? EVROLE IO THETALL. DIS HE TD HISEA TT HE FLAT SPOTTED THE RIGHT FRONT ON ENTRY TO PIT ROAD. IT IS FLAT. THEY HAVE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT. EARLIER WE TOLD THAU THE CAR THAT IOO TIG, CODN’T EPT HE■TO PEFULLTHIS WILLP. NNY: ROBBYORNS GNG ON RACETCK BY HSELF WALLY: HE HAS THE 32 IRONT OF HIMF RICKY CRAVEN. YOU CANNOT MAKE A LITTLE MISTAKE ON PIT ROAD. ALLEN: GOHEAD, DAVE. CSSIS CHANG. EYIDOFTHE TAP ON FRONT END TO HELP THE OVERHEATING SITUATION. ALLEN: SADLER HAD TO BRAKE HARD FROM SOMEBODY ELSE LEAVING THEIR PITLLN W MING IN. ANOTHE CARANGLED UP WITH SADLERAS ABLE GET IN ONOF HARVICK WALLY: SKIER,CHRADERND VIER ARE RUNNI GETHER. ALLEN: HERE’S THE BIG STO AHEAD OF THE FIELD IS JEREMY MAYFIELD. THEY GOT TIRES SATURDAY NIGHT IN THEUDWEISER SHOOTOUT EAD OFEI WITHIX O DEPICE, HE’SLL WALLY: PBABLY CHARGE ON BY. WALLY: BENNY: AND THAT PIT STOP BY KINN HAS HIMMING IN THE 1 POTION. GROU TOAKE . LEN: I THINK TT JOHNN MIGHAVTEH SIDE TIRES. HERE THEY COME UP ON MAYFIELD’S BUMPER. WALLY: MAYFIEL – LEN: BYE. WALL YEP. TTOP THAT MENTUM WHEN AT PAC ISUT THERE AND YOU’RE BY HSE ALLEN: HE HAS ONLY THE RIGHT-SIDE TIRES. WALLY: KENNY FRANCIS ON THEND ANDOH I THE MDLE WAO T HAPPEN T S IT WAS A■ GBLE. NOW TH WANO SEEOW FAR, LEADACK. A>>WE’RE GOINGO LKBO FLAT-STT T IS THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE OF ROBBY GORDON. WHEN HE LOCKED IT UP, IT WAS — IT GROUNDED AWAY. TH’S WHAPPENED TO THE TIRE ONHIS TIRE. BBY S SUPSEO PITHE LA BEFORE. ADE THE CALL FRO CKPIT AN SAIDNE MORE L DT CTIM DRLON THE RACETRACK, GUYS. ALLEN: ROBBY GORDON IN 15TH PLACE NOW. THOUGH HE IS ABLE TO FIND THE LAST TRANSFER SPOT. ELLIOTT SADLELE BENNY: EIGHTH PLA. RICKY RUDD. ALL THESE GS TING TO GRE OUT WHAT CAN WE DO TO WIN THIS THING. WALL IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY IS MORE SINGLE FILE IN THIS RACE FOR SURE. WE HAVEN’T HAD ANY YELLOWS. ALN: TALKI AUT SOMOF E IS WH THEOUSCH ENGINES, EIOTT SADR IS HAVING TO TRUMS BE — TROUBLES, HE’S LEADING THE RACE. THIS IS ONE SPOT OUT OF THE TRANSFER POSITION, YOU SEE HOW FAR THEY ARE BEHIND THE SFERPOITH BBY GON. EIGH SONDS. BENNY: WE ONLY HAVE A DOZEN PS TO GO. THERE IS NO WAY TO MAKE UP THAT TIME WITHOUT A CAUTI FLAG. ALLEN: AND HE WAS 36TH FASTEST ON THE TIME TRIAL SPEED. IT’S GOING TO BE TIGHT. WALLY: HE WAS RUNNING GOOD. WHATEV HPENED IN THE PIT CAUS IT. — COST HIM. ALLEN: THINGS HAVE KIND OF SETTLED DOWN UPRONT.■■ WE WIL TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK AND GET YOU SET UP FOR A FINISH. ELLIOTT SADLER IS OUT IN FRONT. CAR, B.P., TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH LANE WORKS BEST. MARK MARTIN HAS HELPED. NOW HE IS ABLE TO PASS THE BUSCH CAR THAT HE WANTED TO GET BY. BENNY: NEMECHEK, THE 01 CAR, HE’S FAST ENOUGH THAT HE’S ALONGSIDE THESE CAR. WALLY: JOE’S CAR IS HANGING TOUGH THERE. ALLEN: NOT QUITE CLOSE ENOUGH TO DO IT. THERE’S NOBODY TO DROP DOWN AND HELP HIM. FOUR LEADERS FIVE LEAD CHANGES. THE ONLY CAR OUT KEVIN LEPAGE. JUST JOINING US, DALE EARNHARDT JR. WON THE FIRST OF THE GATORADE 125’S. NEMECHEK SQUEEZES IN LINE BEHIND JIMMIE JOHNSON AND IN FRONT OF MARK MARTIN. BENNY: JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS ONE SPOT, HE HAS SEVEN LAPS TO GO TO GET THE REST OF THEM. ALLEN: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SKINNER, MY UNOFFICIAL CALCULATION, HE GETS THE LAST SPOT ON TIME IN THE 500. IF ONE OF THESE CARS IN FRONT OF HIM DROPS OUT, AND HE CAN’T REPASS KYLE PETTY, THEN HE’S OUT. SO IT’S GOING TO BE TIME — TO BE TIGHT. MARTY, HOW ABOUT THE CAMP, MATT KENSETH.>>HE WANTS A PUSH FROM RICKY RUDD. BUT RICKY CAN’T GET TO HIM. HE CAN’T GET THE HELP FROM 21 THAT HE NEEDS.>>AFTER THE TWO-TIRE STOP, THE CREW BLEW BY HIM. I ASKED THE CREW CHIEF IF THAT WOULD WORK, IF HE HAD HELP FROM A COUPLE OF OTHER CARS, HE SAID, YEAH WE HAD THAT WORKED OUT, BUT THEY KIND OF BAILED ON US. HE WOULDN’T GIVE UP WHO IT WAS. SUNDAY KASEY KAHN IS WORKING WITH HIM AND IS IN THE PIT TO SHOW SUPPORT AND LEARN WHAT HE CAN. ALLEN: THERE’S KASEY KAHN. FROM WASHINGTON, WHO HAS TAKEN BILL ELLIOTT’S PLACE. BENNY: JEREMY MAYFIELD HAS FALLEN BACK TO RUSTY WALLACE, THE TWO CAR. JOHNNY IN THE O 9, HE WAS LEADING THE GROUP. AND HERE COMES MARK AND KENSETH. WALLY: TEAMMATES GANGING UP. JOE NEMECHEK CAN’T FIND A FRIEND OUT THERE. THE TEAMMATE’S TRYING TO WORK IN. ALLEN: FIVE TO GO. ON BOARD WITH MATT KENSETH. JOE NEMECHEK HAD A GREAT LINE. THE PERSON WHO RUNS THE COMMAND THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ARMY PROGRAM ON THIS RACE CAR, HE SAID THE U.S. ARMY GONET POINTS FOR FINISHING — THE U.S. ARMY DOESN’T GET POINTS FOR FINISHING SECOND. HE SAID, I GOT THE MESSAGE. MATT KENSETH RUNNING SEVENTH. >>HE SAID THAT UNLESS HE GETS HELP FROM 21, IT WILL NOT GO UNLESS I HAVE SOMEONE PUSHING ME. I CAN’T DO IT ALL BY MYSELF. BENNY: ELSE FALLING BACK. WALLY: 21 HAS FALLEN BACK. HE HAS SOME ISSUES RIGHT NOW. BENNY: I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF SPRINGS AND SHOCKS FLYING AROUND IN THE GARAGE. WE ASSUME IN THE GATORADE 125’S, HANDLING WILL BE THE KEY TO WINNING AND LOSING. WALLY: IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR RIGHT FOOT DOWN THE LONGEST, YOU’LL HAVE THE BEST CAR OUT THERE. ALLEN: IF ANYBODY SAW THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT, IS LOOKING AT THIS AND SAYING WHAT HAPPENED. THE DIFFERENCE IS SATURDAY NIGHT IT WAS COOL AND NIGHT AND THIS IS VERY WARM. IT’S ABOUT 84 DEGREES HERE AT DAYTONA. SUNDAY IT IS EXPECTED TO BE IN THE UPPER 60’S TO AROUND 70 DEGREES FOR THE FORECAST. BENNY: THAT OUGHT TO HELP. DAVE? >>THIS IS A GOOD DAY FOR PEOPLE HELPING OUT ON THE 31 CAR. DID YOU REALIZE THAT THE SPONSOR ON THE 38, M&M’S HAS NEVER WON RACE OF ANY KIND. THEY HAVE BEEN A SPONSOR IN NASCAR’S WINSTON CUP AND NEXTEL DIVISION. THIS WILL BE A WIN FOR THE FIRST TIME OF ANY KIND FOR THEM. BILL? >>STERLING MARLIN HAVING AN OK. NOT GREAT, NOT THAT BAD. BUT THE 29 CAR OF KEVIN HARVICK ASKED THE 40 IF IT IS GETTING HIGH OR TIGHT WHEN IT IS LOW. HE SAID THEY’RE TRYING TO WORK IT OUT A LITTLE BIT HERE AN SEE WHAT HAPPENS DOWN THE STRETCH.>>MAYBE HARVICK AND THOSE GUYS CAN GET A PLAN, B.P.. SEE IF THEY CAN MAKE A RUN AT ELLIOTT SADLER. >>THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DOING, PLANNING TO GANG UP ON HIM LATER. WALLY: HARVICK WANTS TO KNOW WHERE STERLING CAN RUN. YOU CAN SEE HIM RUNNING BACK. THEY NEED TO GET OFF THE 38 CAR AND MAKE A RUN AND BLOW BY HIM. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE WORKING ON. BENNY: IN THE CORNER IT DOESN’T LIKE STERLING CAN STAY CLOSE ENOUGH TO HELP PUSH HIM BY THE 38. ALLEN: THERE’S ONLY A LAP AND A HALF TO GO. BENNY: STERLING CATCHES THE 29 AT THE END OF THE STRAIGHTAWAY. THEY GET TO THE CORNER AND FALLS BACK. IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE’S ABLE TO STICK. STUCK PRETTY GOOD THAT TIME. WALLY: IF HE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A RUN MAYBE. ALLEN: WHITE FLAG COMING UP AS SADLER COMES TO THE LINE. MARTY?>>I TALKED TO JOHNSON’S CREW CHIEF. HE SAID WE’RE GOOD, BUT THAT’S ALL WE’VE GOT. HE SAID IT’S NOT LIKE I’M THE EIGHT CAR, I CAN’T DO IT ALL ON MY OWN. ALLEN: ELLIOTT SADLER IN SEARCH OF THE DAYTONA VICTORY. HE IS ALREADY LOCKED IN FOR SUNDAY’S RACE BY SETTING THE SECOND FASTEST TIME TRIAL SPEED IN BUD POLL QUALIFYING. >>FOR SECOND PLACE, SERLING MARLIN. CONTACT THERE. HERE COMES JIMMIE JOHNSON TO GET THEM BOTH IF THEY CAN WALLY: THAT CONTACT MAY HAVE CAUSED THEM BOTH. BENNY: YOU KNOW THAT BOTH OF THOSE GUYS HAD TO BACK OFF THE THROTTLE. ALLEN: SADLER WINS, MARLIN GETS SECOND. ELLIOTT SADLER WON THE SECOND OF THE GATORADE 125’S. HARVICK SHUFFLED BACK TO FIFTH IN THE LAST HALF LAP OF THE RACE. BENNY: ROBBY GORDON WAS SO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT HIS CAR WILL FINISH IN 15TH POSITION. WALLY: M&M’S GOT A WIN NOW. ALLEN: WHAT A SPEED WEEK FOR ELLIOTT SADLER. A TEAM THAT HAD ITS STRUGGLE IN 2003. SADLER WON THE GATORADE 125 TODAY. HE FINISHED SECOND IN THE DAYTONA 500 OF 2002. HE HAS A STRONG CAR FOR SUNDAY’SNB MARTIN TRUEX, JR. HIS FIRST EVER DAYTONA RACE STARTING ON POLE POSITION. LET’S TAKE A CHAT WITH ONEF CRS S HAD A LOT OF LAPS.>>HEY, MATT. STARTING 29th. ON THE GREEN FLAG, WILL YOU GO FORWARD TO WIN THE RACE OR GO BACKWARDS AND MISS THE RICK?>>[OVER RADIO] I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WILL DO. MY MIGHT HANG OUT IN THE BACK CLUB. WITH THESE RULES, THE BUSCH SERIES GUYS DON’T HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. I MAY HANG OUT IN THE BACK AND SEE IF THERE IS A WRECK. WHENEVER YOU TRY TO DO THAT, IT BACK FIRES. I WILL PLAY IT BY EAR AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>GOOD LUCK TO YOU.>>I WILL NEED IT.>>MATT KENSETH TODAY.>>11 FAILED TO GET INTO THE FIELD. THERE’S THE LONG LIST INCLUDING MARK MARTIN. NOT ABLE TO GET INTOTHE SHOW. A COUPLE OF DRIVERS IN THE BACK. WE WILL TAKE ONE O’CLOCK THIS MORNING THE CREW WORKED ON THE CAR PUTTING IT BACK TOGETHER.>>IT’S THE SEASON OPENER FOR THE NASCAR BUSCH SERIES WITH THE HERSHEY’S KISSES 300 AND IT’S ON THE WAY.>>GREEN FLAG!>>[ENGINES REVVING]>>[ENGINES REVVING]

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