2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sony HD 500

2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sony HD 500


>>>WELCOME ADT SECURITY NBC SPORTS UPDATE. HERE’S YOUR HOST ANDREA JOYCE.>>WELCOME TO OUR NEW YORK STUDIO. COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MUST WANTS, WE’LL BRING YOU NASCAR NEXTEL CUP RACING FROM CALIFORNIA NFL SUPER BOWL WINNING QUARTERBACK BEN ROETHLISBERGER UNDERWENT AN EMERGENCY APEN DETECTIVE MY EARLIER TODAY. IT IS NOT CLEAR HOW LONG HE WILL BE OUT BUT WILL MISS THE SEASON OPENER FOUR DAYS FROM AGAINST MIAMI. IT IS A DIFFICULT SUMMER FOR A SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT BACK IN JUNE. CHARLIE BATCH WILL START IN HIS PLACE AGAINST THE DOLPHINS.>>>MORE NFL NEWS NOW. CHARGERS STARTING LINE BACKER WAS SHOT BY AN OFF DUTY POLICEMAN EARLIER TODAY IN FRONT OF HIS SAN DIEGO, HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. IT REPORTEDLY OCCURRED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC INCIDENT.>>>IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL DAY AT THE U.S. OPEN IN NEW YORK AS ANDRE AGASSI’S STORIED CAREER CAME TO AN END. THIRD ROUND MATCH TODAY AGAINST GERMAN MATCH POINT. AGASSI BATTLING A CHRONIC BACK PROBLEM AND MUCH YOUNGER OPPONENTS FALLS IN FOUR SETS. THAT’S WHEN THE EMOTIONS REALLY STARTED TO FLOW. AGASSI OVERCOME WE MOTION AS THE ADORING CROWD GAVE HIM AN. IT WAS AGASSI’S 21ST CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCE AT THE OPEN. THIS WAS AGASSI’S MOMENT. BUT HE USED THE STAGE TO THANK NEW YORK AND ALL THE FANS. SCORT TODAY, BUT WHAT THE SCOREBOARD DOESN’T SAY IS WHAT IT IS I HAVE FOUND. AND OVER THE LAST 21 YEARS, I HAVE FOUND LOYALTY. YOU HAVE PULLED FOR ME ON THE I. I HAVE FOUND INSPIRATION. YOU HAVE WILLED ME TO SUCCEED SOMETIMES EVEN IN MY LOWEST MOMENTS. AND I HAVE FOUND GENEROSITY. YOU HAVE GIVEN ME YOUR SHOULDERS TO REACH FOR MY DREAMS. DREAMS I COULD HAVE NEVER REACHED WITHOUT YOU. OVER THE LAST 21 YEARS, I HAVE FOUND YOU AND I WILL THANK YOU AND THE MEMORY OF YOU WILL WITH ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. xHU>>WITHOUT QUESTION, AGASSI WILL BE MISSED NOT ONLY IN NEW YORK BUT THROUGHOUT THE TENNIS WORLD. AND THERE WAS OTHER TENNIS TODAY. NUMBER 9 ANDY RODDICK WON OVER K PLAYS TOMORROW. NADAL ADVANCES TO THE FOURTH ROUND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AT THE U.S. OPEN AND AMERICAN DAVENPORT SAVED TWO MATCH POINTS BEFORE WINNING IN A THIRD SET ENJOY OUR NASCAR COVERAGE.>>>THIS IS THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN. AS WE GET SET TO GO RACING.>>THE TWO-MILE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY PROVIDED NASCAR FANS WITH A LONG LIST OF RECOGNIZIBLE WINNERS IN A SHO JEFF GORDON. MARK MARTIN. JIMMIE JOHNSON. KYLE BUSCH. AND MATT KENSETH ARE JUST SOME OF THE STARS WE HAVE SEEN SHINE ON THIS TRACK. TODAY FANS COME KNOWING TWO RACES UNTIL THE RACE CHASE. THEY ARE HERE TO CHEER THEIR RACERS, THE RACE FOR RACING GOLD COMES TO THE LAND THAT GLITTERS, UNLESS YOU HAVE 11 NTED A TEN-MAN RACE. A SUMMER OF SPEED AND EXCITEMENT LEFT BEHIND IN A BLISTERING PAST WERE RACING GRANDEST PRIZE, YOU WILL FIND THE FLICKERING DREAMS OF THOSE THAT HAVE RAGING EXPECTATIONS. AND THOSE THAT HAVE FINALLY SEEN THE FLAME GO OUT. KENSETH IS ON FIRE. AND WHITE HO BACK WINS AT MICHIGAN AND BRISTOL AND ALREADY LOCKED IN TO NASCAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE. KENSETH WON AT CALIFORNIA IN FEBRUARY. HE’S A PAST SERIES CHAMPION AND SHOWING EVERYONE HE HAS ALL THE TOOLS TO DO IT AGAIN.W, EVERYONL CHASING THIS CALIFORNIA KID. NUMBER ONE IN THE STANDINGS AND LOCKED IN TO THE CHASE, BUT HE IS STILL CHASING HIS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP. BEHIND JOHNSON AND KENSETH, A RACE FOR POINTS. AND POSITIONS. NASCAR’S BRIGHTESTT SURPRISES. ALL POISED TO LOCK UP A PLAYOFF BIRTH. NINE MEN SEPARATED BY 219 POINTS. EIGHT OF THEM WILL MAKE THE CHOICE. ONE COULD GET SHUT OUT. NASCAR HAS COME TO CALIFORNIA WHERE THE RACE IS COUNTING DOWN. DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE CALENDAR SAYS. FOR THE STARS OF NASCAR, THIS IS LABOR DAY. CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY
NBC-UNIVERSAL TELEVISION>>NBC SPORTS PRESENTS NASCAR. TODAY IT’S A NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES LIVE FROM CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IN FONTANA, CALIFORNIA. HI, EVERYBODY. OUR NBC RACE FAMILY, HAPPY TO BE R HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH US. THISES THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN. I’M BILL WEBER. TALK ABOUT PRESSURE. RIGHT OFF THE TOP, THE MATH SO YOU WOULD PT HAVE TO. THE POSSIBLE RACE GAIN IS 156. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOURTH AND 11th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, 1 TEN DRIVERS AND THE TIED IN THE TOP TEN IN POINTS AFTER NEXT WEEK’S RACE AT RICHMOND ELIGIBLE FOR THE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP. THE GUYS BEHIND THEM ARE NOT. TWO RACES TO SECURE A RUN AT A PROFESSIONAL DREAM. THE NEXTEL CUP. JIMMIE JOHNSON AND MATT KENSETH LOCKED IN. THE FLIP SIDE OF HARVICK COULD LEAVE HER 10th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. ALL OF THE POSITIONS FOURTH THROUGH 11th COULD CHANGE 191 POINTS ABOVE 11 YOU ARE IN. 157 POINTS AHEAD OF 1Y SHOWING T RICHMOND NEXT WEEK. I KNOW IT’S COMPLEX BUT IT IS FUN AND WE’LL WALK YOU THROUGH IT ALL NIGHT. THE NIGHTS IN THE GRAPHICS TRUCK LOVE IT. I’VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY SLIDE RULES AND POCKET PROTECHERS IN MY LIFE AND EDWARDS AND BIFFLEED NEED A MIRACLE TO MAKE THE CHOICE BUT THIS IS HOLLYWOOD AND NO ONE HAS A MORE UNLIKELY STORY OF SUCCESS THAN THE DEFENDING CHAMPION OF THIS RACE, 21-YEAR-OLD KYLE BUSCH. TOMORROW THE HEADLINES WILL SAY BUSCH WON AT CALIFORNIA. BUT IT. KYLE BUSCH WINS IN CALIFORNIA.>>YEAH! GET IT! GET IT! ♪♪>>KYLE BUSCH BECAME THE YOUNGEST WINNER IN HISTORY HERE ONE YEAR AG THE PLACE IN THE CHASE OR FALL OUT OF THE TOP TEN.>>THANKS.>>I MEAN, A GOOD WAY TO START THE NIGHT. DOES THAT DEPEND ON KASEY KAHNE IN RELATION TO YOU?>>NOT REALLY. WE’RE DOING WHAT WE KNOW TO TRY TO DO BEST AND THAT’S TO TRY TO WIN WE KNOW HOW TO AND RUN UP FRONT AND IN A GOOD POSITION TO WIN THE RACE IS AWESOME BUT WE DON’T WANT TO BE IN A POSITION OUT OF THE RUNNING. A TOP FIVE TONIGHT, THAT’S WHAT IT HAS TO BE.>>GOOD LUCK TONIGHT.>>APPRECIATE IT.>>WE GO TO MARTY. DENNY HAMLINE TO THE CHASE. DID YOU EVER BELIEVE IN YOUR ROOKIE SEASON THAT YOU COULD HAVE A CHANCE TO RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, WE GOT A GOOD SHOT AS ANY. WE HAVE TO GET PAST THE NEXT TWO RACES AND BEEN A GREAT ROOKIE YEAR FOR US. IN OR OUT, WE STILL HAVE VERY SUCCESSFUL YEAR.>>OF THE TWO LEFT, WHICH ONE ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT?>>TODAY. MECHANICAL FAILURES CAN GET YOU, PITTING OUT OF SEQUENCE AND REAL CONFIDENT HOW WE RAN AT RICHMOND IN THE SPRING AND I’LL FEEL COMFORTABLE.>>FAVORITE RACE CAR, THE WON A. DAVE.>>MARTY, AT 251 FROM THE CHASE, BIFFLE IS A LONG SHOT AT BEST AND WITH THREE BUSCH SERIES WINS AND A CUP VICTORY HERE, GREG, ANY BETTER PLACE TO GIVE IT A SHOT?>>NOT REALLY. WE ARE PRETTY FAR OUT OF IT BUT NOT OUT OF REASON. SEASON. WE HAVE 12 CHANCES TO WIN. THAT IS WHAT WE’RE HERE TO DO.>>GREG KNOWS HOW TO ENJOY THE LIMITED FREE TIME WHILE HE IS HERE IN CALIFORNIA, AS WELL. TO MATT.>>EDWARDS COULD THROW OUT THE MECHANICALHT, AS WELL. 2561 OUT OF 10th. THE APPROACH TONIGHT, CARL, LOOKING TO 2007?>>YEAH. WE’RE — WEREN’T ALL MECHANICAL NAIL FAILURES. MOST WERE DRIVER FAILURES AND BAD DAYS. OUR OFFICE DEPOT TEAM, WE NEVER GIVE UP. GOOD TEAM.USED ON 2007. YOU KNOW, I MEAN, YOU NEVER KNOW. STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED AND COULD BE IN IT. THE BIGGEST THING TO DO IS FOCUS ON NEST SEASON.>>WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO KIND OF GET BACK IN ROLL. GET THE MOMENTUM. NEVER FINISHED WORST THAN SIX IN .>>THANKS. CARL 43rd AND POINTS HE MAY NOT MAKE UP THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. THAT’S THE FIRST LAP. HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP ON THE BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN. KASEY KAHNE COMES TO THE WAY INO THE CHASE. THE WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA BEGAN WITH A NIGHT OF FUN WITH FRIENDS FROM THE NEXTEL CUP SERIES. KEVIN HARVICK IS BACK IN CALIFORNIA, HIS HOME STATE. THIS WEEKEND, HE IS A CHANCE TO MAKE A HOME FOR HIMSELF IN THE CHASE. MATT KENSETH CLENCHEDHIRD STRAID RACING IN TO CALIFORNIA LOOKING FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT WIN AND THE CALIFORNIA SEASON SWEEP. AND WE’LL TALK WITH CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER MARK MARTIN COMING UP ON>>>PLEASURE TO WELCOME WALLY TO THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” YOU HEARD HAMLIN TALK ABOUT IT. THIS IS A FUN PLACE TO THE BUILT SLEEP BEFORE IT.>>THIS IS SO HARD ON ENGINES. UP ON THE RPMs ALL THE TIME. NOT OUT OF THE THROTTLE THAT MUCH. IT HURTS THE ENGINES. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE SWEATING RIGHT NOW, MECHANICAL FAILURE.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. A PERFECT EXAMPLE FROM A YEAR AGO.>>RIGHT. I MEAN, THIS WAS THEY PRETTY MUH SAID, THAT’S IT. THIS COST US A SHOT AT THE CHASE. THEY HAVE SEEN ENGINE PROBLEMS AND IT IS IN THE BACK OF THEIR MINDS.>>TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DRIVERS COMING IN HERE TRYING TO GET AS MANY POINTS AS THEY CAN. STARTING WITH EARNHARDT THAT NEEDS A GOOD FINISH HERE RUNS HE SOME OF THE GUYS DON’T HAVE VERY GOOD FINISHES. EARN EARN — DALE EARNHARDT JR., THE AVERAGE FINISH IS 29th,S IN NOT A FAVORITE PLACE AND NEEDS A GOOD TOP TEN RUN.>>KASEY NIGHT. NEEDS TO DO THAT TONIGHT.>>ALL HE NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT IS WINNING PRASS RIGHT NOW. HE CAN’T CONTROL WHERE THE OTHER GUYS FINISH. HE DOES HAVE A GOOD RECORD HERE. HE HAD GOOD FINISHES HERE. OBVIOUSLY, LAST NIGHT, THEY WON THE BUSCH RACE AND LOOK AT THIS. SECOEBRUARY OF 2005. BUT THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP TEN EVERY TIME EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE.>>HARVICK, THIRD OR BETTER HE GETS IN. THAT WOULD BE BIG FOR HARVICK AND BIG FOR CHILDRESS AND THE OPERATION.>>REALLY IS BECAUSE CHILDRESS EXPECTS TO BE IN THE CHASE. THEY HAVE SUCH A GREAT RACE TEAM . MADE CHANGES AND BOTH OF THE TEAMS SAYING — I MEAN, BOTH RUNNING GREAT. HARVICK WITH A GREAT YEAR. BURTON IS HAVING A REALLY GREAT YEAR AND THEY SHOULD HAVE WON SOME RACE THIS IS YEAR AND GOING TO WIN RACES. THEY WANT TO BE HERE SO BAD AND FEELING THE PRESSURE AND BUT I THINK THEY’RE BOTH IN IT AT THE END OF THE DAY.>>YOU WALK THROUGH THE GARAGE AREA TALKING TO THE DRIVERS AND NOT NECESSARILY WHAT THEY SAY BUT WHAT THEY DON’T SAY YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO.>>THEY ALMOST HAVE A THAT’S ALL THEY’RE LOOKING — THINKING ABOUT. THE PRESSURE AND THE STRESS OF THIS DEAL, ABOUT MAKING — ONCE RICHMOND IS HERE AND GONE THE GUYS IN, THEY CAN HAVE SOME FUN. I THINK THE PRESSURE GETTING IN TO THE CHASE IS WORST THAN WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND YOU CAN SEE IT ALL OVER THEIR FACES.>>THAT SHOULD>>I THINK IT IS A GREAT RACE AND I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO SEE GUYS GAMBLE LITTLE BIT AND SHOULD BE COOL.>>SEE YOU DOWN STAIRS IN A FEW MINUTES.>>ALL RIGHT.>>WALLY WILL BE JOINING IN THE BOOTH FOR THE RACE TONIGHT. VICKERS WOULD LIKE TO GET TO THE “BANK OF AMERICA QOUND TO GREEN” RACES ON FROM CALIFORNIA.>>>ON THE FIRST OF JULY, KASEY KAHNE LOOKED LIKE HE’S TUMBLED FROM SECOND TO 11th. WON FOUR TIMES IN THE FIRST 15 RACES AND NEXT NINE, FINISHED 22nd OR LOWER 6 TIMES AND TWO TOP 10 FINISHES. HE HAS A BRIGHT SMILE AND STRONG THURSDAY NIGHT, HE TOOK FRIENDS OUT FOR A DRIVE AND A RACE WHERE THE REAL WINNER WAS CHARITY. DAVE BURNS HAS THE STORY.>>GOT TO WORK HARD THIS WEEKEND TO GET HIMSELF IN THE CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST YOUNG STARS IN NASCAR, MR. KASEY KAHNE.>>WHAT IS KASEY KAHNE DOING AT A DRIFTING EVENT?>>WE JUST THOUGHT IT UP, THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN TO PUT WITH KASEY KAHNE FOUNDATION. IT’S A BIG DEAL TO ME TO BE ABLE TO TRY TO KEEP THAT RACE SOMEBOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS AND GET SOME NASCAR DRIVERS INVOLVED. THEY’RE HAVING FUN, I THINK, DRIFTING AND THE SDROOIFERS ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME, TOO. ♪♪>>HERE YOU WANT TO RUN AS FAR SIDEWAYS AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT SPINNINGST A COMPLETELY DIFFEREY TO BE SIDEWAYS TO DRIFT AND I GUESS STYLE AND SPEED’S WHAT WINS HERE AND TO HAVE SPEED AND NOT HIT THE WALL AND OR SPIN OUT AND HAVE STYLE IS TOUGH TO DO.>>HOW ARE YOU DOING ON STYLE?>>MYTTY GOOD. I GO TOO FAR ONCE IN A WHILE.>>WHAT DID YOU THINK WITH KASEY ASKED YOU TO GO DRIFTING? DID YOU KNOW WHAT IT WAS?>>IT WAS CALLED A DRIFTER, BUT I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS THIS KIND OF A DEFINITION OF IT DOWN PRET. I’M WORKING ON THE TECHNIQUE OF HOW FAR SIDEWAYS AND HOW MUCH TIRE SMOKE TO MAKE AND HOW GOOD I CAN MAKE IT LOOK.>>THAT’S SECOND RUN THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. IS MORE GRN THAT CORNER BUT THE SMALL CORNER WHERE WE KEEP SPINNING OUT IS REALLY SLICK.>>YEAH.>>IT’S A GREAT RIDE. I’LL RIDE WITH YOU. I DID TERRIBLE. GREG DID REALLY GOOD. THE SECOND LAP, HE NAILED IT. DID GOOD. I’M NOT TOO HE’S BEEN OUT HERE AND SO THAT’S MY EXCUSE, I DIDN’T GET AS MUCH PRACTICE.>>YOU YOU ALL SUPPORT DIFFERENT CHARITIES. TELL ME HOW YOU HELP EACH OTHER GOING TO THE DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS.>>IT IS SOMETHING TO LEAN ON EACH OTHER FOR, FOR SURE. WE TRY THE CHARITIES TO GIVE THE — GET THE GUYS TO COME TO OURS, AS WELL. IT IS AN ONGOING THING. IF WE HAVE TIME FOR IT, WE DEFINITELY LIKE TO HELP WHAT THEY’RE DOING. HE’S GOT A GREAT CHARITY THIS WEEK AND HAVING TO HELP.>>COME OUT FOR A NIGHT LIKE THIS, DOES IT HELP TO GET AWAY E WHOLE TIME, WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET IN THIS CHASE?>>IT IS A BIG WEEKEND FOR US. I NEED TO WIN, REALLY. THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. AT LEAST LEAD LAPS AND FINISH UP FRONT TO MAKE THE CHASE. RUNNING OUT OF TIME. EVERY TIME I FINISH UP, I THINK ABOUT THE CHASE. THINK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS WEEKEND BUT IT IS NICE TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. I DIDN’T THINK WHEN I WoAS DRIFTING A MINUTE AGO SO THAT WAS PRETTY FUN.>>YEAH!>>AND SEASON THAT STARTED SO WELL UNFORTUNATELY DRIFTED A BIT SIDEWAYS IN THE WRONG KIND OF WAY. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE BATTLING HARD TO ACTUALLY GET IN THE CHASE NOW?>>I CAN DEFINITELY BELIEVE IT. THE COMPETITION AND THINGS THAT GO ON IN CUP SERIES IS TOUGH. WE ARE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN AND WE HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR TONIGHT AND NEXT WEEK AT RICHMOND, WE HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.>>ANYTHING FROM DRIFTING APPLY?>>I USED IT LAST NIGHT, DRIFTING DOWN TH STRAIGHTAWAY. WANT TO THANK THE FANS THAT WERE PART OF WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY IN WASHINGTON AND THEN AT IRWINDALE AND THE DRIVERS THAT HELPED OUT, TOO. IT WAS A PRETTY COOL EVENT, BOTH OF THEM.>>ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS, CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND, HE WON THE BUSCH SERIES RACE LAST NIGHT. BILL? AHEAD, WALLY TRIES TO SCORE OM POINTS WITH THE NEW NBC COLLEAGUE FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA JEROME BETTIS.>>NOW, WHAT EXACTLY DID YOU GET THE NICKNAME, THE BUS?>>NOTRE DAME. BODY CALLED ME TE BUS AND STUCK WITH ME. SO I JUST RAN WITH IT.>>THIS IS OUR NASCAR’S VERSION OF THE BUS.>>HEY, THE BUS, BABY! ♪♪>>THEY HAVE SOME BUSES OUT HERE I TELL YOU THAT.>>>FANS FILING IN TO THE T TEMP2 DEGREES. MARK MARTIN HAS ENJOYED A REMARKABLE CAREER BUT HE HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO ENJOY WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP. FOUR TIMES HE’S FINISHED SECOND IN THE STANDINGS. MAYBE THIS WILL BE MARK’S YEAR. AFTER THE FIRST 12 RA FIGURED MA SHOT AT THE TITLE. TEN RACES LATER, NO ONE IS SURE. TODAY HE IS TENTH IN POINTS. HE MADE THE CHASE THE FIRST TWO YEARS AND NOW TRYING TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW. MARK MARTIN TRYING TO GET THE VICTORY TODAY AND GET IN TO THE CHASE FOR THE>>ALL RIGHT. WELL, MARK MARTIN JUST ABOUT TO CROSS THE STAGE AND GET INTRODUCED TO THE LARGE CROWD HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY AND CATCH HIM COMING DOWN THE STAGE. WE DON’T WANT TO MESS UP TH MARK MARTIN TALKED LAST YEAR ABOUT IT BEING HIS LAST CHANCE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. IN THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES AND THEN JACK ROURB ASKED MARK TO COME BACK IN THE 6 CAR FOR ANOTHER YEAR IN 2006 WHICH HE HAS DONE AND HAS HIMSELF AGAIN IN POSITION TO TRY TO WND CLOSET BUBBLE. SEE KENNY WALLACE CROSSING THE STAGE BEING INTRODUCED AND KEVIN LEPAGE BEING INTRODUCED AND SHOULD SEE MARK COMING OUT RIGHT NOW AND PROBABLY A GREAT OVATION FROM THIS CROWD. HE’S A VERY POPULAR DRIVER. MARK MAY NOT HAVE QUALIFIED WELL BUT HE FEELS LIKE HE HAS A SOLID RACE CAR FOR TONIGHT’S RACE OF STARTING DEEP IN THE PACK AND BEING SO CLOSE TO THE BUBBLE IN THIS RACE TO THE CHASE WITH JUST TWO EVENTS TO GO. WELL, MARK, STARTING BACK 38th IN TRAFFIC TONIGHT. PLACE.0 POINTS AHEAD OF HOW DOES THE TRACK POSITION AND CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION AFFECT HOW YOU RACE?>>RACE THE SAME. YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY, WE’RE GOING TO BE STARTING IN THE BACK BUT IF THE CAR IS AS GOOD AS WE THINK IT IS WE WON’T BE THERE LONG SO I FEEL CONFIDENT IN OURK TONIGHT. I’M NOT TOO WORRIED. THE BUSCH CAR WAS SPECTACULAR AND I BELIEVE IT WILL BE GOOD TONIGHT, TOO.>>GOOD LUCK, MARK. THANKS. MARK MARTIN.>>ONE YEAR AGO, TONY STEWART CAME IN TO FONTANA, THETODAY, HD SMOKE, DO YOU HAVE THE SPOTTER AND KEEP YOU ABREAST OF THE OTHER CHASERS IN THE RACE?>>NO. THERE’S STILL 42 GUYS TO BEAT FOR A WIN TONIGHT AND IF WE WIN, WE DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT SIDE OF IT. WE HELP OURSELVES BUT I’M HAPPY WITH DEPOT CAR. THE CONDITIONS ON FRIDAY WERE A LITTLE BIT COOLER ON THE RACETRACK AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH IT. WE’RE KIND OF STICKING TO THAT PLAN RIGHT NOW AND SEE WHAT WE GOT.>>EARLIER THIS WEEK YOU WERE IN A BIG CHARITY EVENT. TOOK AN E-TICKET RIDE ON A SMO HOW BIG WAS IT?>>THE E-TICKET IS THE EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT. IT WAS PRETTY HARD HIT. WE WENT TO WASHINGTON WHICH WAS AWESOME. IT WAS GREAT TO BE UP THERE FOR KASEY KAHNE AND HIS FOUNDATION AND A LOT OF FUN UP THERE AND DESTROYED A BRAND NEW RACE CAR.N THE STEERING CAUSED US TO CRASH AND FUN AND I WISH I COULD HAVE RAN MORE LAPS AND FUN. RACED A LOT OF MONEY FOR KASEY AND HIS FOUNDATION AND GLAD WE’RE HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND THIS WEEKEND SO FAR AND DEFINITELY GOT TO STOP TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK THE MECHANICS DOING A GREAT JOB AND NOT ONLY THE 20 CAR GUYS BUT THE 11, ALSO. WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THE WEEK.>>NEVER WON HERE BUT THE BEST FINISH FOURTH ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS. DAVE?>>MATT, KEVIN HARVEAR AND WITHO WINS AND CONSISTENCY THIS YEAR, HE’S SPUN THAT PROGRAM AROUND. ♪♪ THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS OF KEVIN HARVICK TO CLENCH A SPOT IN THE CHASE TODAY. WEFB AN OFF DAY. WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT TODAY’S RACE?>>I IS GOOD PERFORMANCE AND RUN GOOD AND TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE RACETRACK. THAT IS THE HARDEST CHALLENGE THAT WE FOUND OUT LAST NIGHT. KEEP UP WITH THE RACETRACK AND DO THE THINGS WE ARE DOING AND PUT OURSELF IN POSITION TO WIN THE RACE AT THE END AND IF NOT, TAKE EVERYTHING HE CAN.>>HE CANST WIN HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY.>>IT’S HOT OUTSIDE. WE FOUND SHADE AND JEFF, THE TEAMMATE OF HARVICK, CLOSE TO LOCKING IN THE PLACE IN THE CHASE. WHAT KIND OF FINISH TONIGHT MAKES YOU SLEEP WELL IN RICHMOND?>>I’M CLINT BOWYER’S TEAMMATE.>>YOU ARE HIS, AS WELL., WE LOE WITH A GUARANTEED SPOT IN THE CHASE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE COMING IN HERE TO RACE AND DO THE BEST WE CAN WITH THE CHEVROLET. I THINK THE CAR IS PRETTY GOOD. WE HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH IT, THE TRACK CHANGES A LOT. WE HAVE TO RIGHT CHANGES AND GO OUT AND RACE AND LOOK AT THE POINTS AND THE RACE IS OVER.>>COVERED ALL THREE RCR TEAMMATES. BILL?>>THANKS, MARTY. WALLY ENJOYED A SUCCESSFUL RACING CAREER. A TWO-TIME TRANS AMND 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA. HE WON THE PIKE’S PEAK HILL CLIMB BEATING AMONG OTHERS HIS BROTHER PAUL AND THIS WEEK TACKLED A BIG ASSIGNMENT, FIRST HE HAD TO WAX THE MADDEN CRUISER AND THEN DRIVE THE BUS. ♪♪>>I’D LIKE TO WELCOME EVERYBODY IN MY STATE FARM CAR. MY SPECIAL GUEST AND HONOR JEROME BETTIS, NBC FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA ANALYST AND CHAMP, WELCOME ABOARD.>>I THANK YOU. I’M GLAD TO BE HERE.>>YOU KNOW, WHEN IT COMES TO RACE CARS, YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE A LOT OF LEFT WEIGHT IN A IT’S GOOD TO HAVE RIGHT-SIDE WEIGHT? NEVER. NEVER GOOD TO HAVE A RIGHT SIDED WEIGHT.>>NEVER.>>AND YOU HAD YOUR ROOKIE SEASON HERE AT CALIFORNIA. LITTLE BIT SPECIAL TO BE BACK, RIGHT?>>IT IS SPECIAL TO BE BACK.>>SPECIAL TO BE BACK, OF COURSE BECAUSE YOU’RE GETTING RIDE IN>>YOU KNOW? I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO WALLY’S WORLD AND IT IS TRULY YOUR WORLD. WHOO!>>WE OFFICIALLY BROKE THE WALLY’S WORLD RECORD FOR THE BIGGEST GUY IN MY CAR.>>ALL RIGHT!>>THE MAN IS IN.>>NO QUESTION. WHOO! WE’RE MOVING NOW.>>WE’RE MOVING.>>OH, WE’RE MOVING.>>I’M REALLY GOOD ON THE STRAIGHTAWAYS BUT I’M NOT REALLY GOOD WHEN I GET TO THE CORNERS.>>WHOO!>>ALL RIGHT. IFT THE LEFT-SIDE TIRES ARE COMING OFF THE GROUND RIGHT NOW.>>CAN YOU FEEL IT A LITTLE BIT?>>I CAN FEEL IT.>>I HOPE IT’S NOT HOLDING YOU DOWN?>>IT FEELS GOOD, BABY! WHOO, WHOO, WHOO.>>YOU HAVE A TALENTED CAST. YOU HAVE GOT THEM BUT LIKE ME, YOU HAVE TO CARRY THE CREW, DON’T YOU?>>HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT? AS A CHAMPION, I’M THE GUY THAT GOT TO HOLD IT ALL TOGETHER SO I’M THE GLUE.>>AND THIS IS A LITTLE BIT BETTER RIDE THAN THE BUS, ISN’T IT?>>NO QUESTION WHOO!>>DID YOU MAKE CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE –>>YEAH, YEAH.>>LOSING FRIENDS QUICKLY. BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE ANY LEFT EITHER. FLENDZ ARE VERY OVERRATED.>>VERY.>>I KNOW YOUWOULD YOU LIKE TO N THE FIELD AND RETURN THE FAVOR?>>YOU BETTER BELIEVE IF I COULD GET YOU, YOU’RE GOING DOWN. OH, YOU’RE GOING DOWN.>>HEY, GOOD LUCK THIS THURSDAY, BUDDY. WE’LL ALL BE WATCHING TO SEE HOW YOU DO. I’LL BE BACK IN PITTSBURGH AND IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT.>>AND YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS? YOU KNOW WHAT THIS THIS IS?>>IT’S A TERRIBLE TOWEL. OH, OH, OH!>>GIVE ME SOME ROOM IN CASE I HAVE TO RUN. I’M GOING TO GET YOU.>>AND THE BUS RETURNS TO PITTSBURGH FOR NFL KICKOFF THURSDAY KICKOFF SPECIAL AS THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS HOST THE MIAMI DOLPHINS AND AS YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD EARLIER, QUARTERBACK ROETHLISBERGER WITH AN EMERGENCY APEN DETECTIVE MY EARLIER TODAY SO HE WON’T BE IN ACTION THURSDAY NIGHT. BATCH WILL MAKEAINST CULPEPPER E DOLPHINS THURSDAY NIGHT ON NBC. STERLING MARLIN WITH THE 700 D CAREER START TODAY. HE QUALIFIED 27th. RYAN NEWMAN WITH 12 CAREER WINS AND HE DRIVES CAR NUMBER 12 AND QUALIFIED 12th. THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACE TO THE CHASE.>>>THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN ACCOUNTS CONTINUES FROM CALIFORNIA. THE COUNTDOWN TO THE CHASE IS TWO. MATT KENSETH CHASES THE THIRD WIN AND MADE THE CHASE FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR. HE’S CHASING THE SECOND SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP. THE TEMPERATURE THIS 100 DEGREET 34-YEAR-OLD KENSETH HAS BEEN EVEN HOTTER THAN THAT.>>NOW, THIS WEEK’S BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS MOMENT.>>ALREADY HAS ONE CHAMPIONSHIP, TRYING TO GET ANOTHER, MATT KENSETH WINS AT I THE LAST LAP T BRISTOL, MATT KENSETH WINS. ♪♪>>LAST TWO WEEKS IS UNBELIEVABLE. IT’S PRETTY COOL. IT’S PRETTY AWESOME TO WIN TWO IN A ROW.>>IT WAS THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS A TT COACH AT THE TIME WITH THREE-PETE FAMOUS. KENSETH GOES FOR THE THREE-PETE TONIGHT. HOW YOU PLAY TONIGHT?>>WE’RE JUST GOING TO TAKE IT, YOU KNOW, ONE RACE AT A TIME AS WE HAVE BEEN. IT’S A SAME CAR RAN AT MICHIGAN. IT IS TOUGH. IT’S HOT AND TRACK IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THAN PRACTICING AND I’M NOT SURE WHAT WE GOT AND DOA SUPER JOB AND FUN TO BE PART OF IT.>>SEE IF HE CAN MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW TONIGHT. STARTS 11th.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON IS ANOTHER DRIVER IN THE CHASE. TWO YEARS AGO FINISHED SECT IN THE CHASE JUST EIGHT POINTS OUT OF FIRST. JOHNSON KNOWS BETTER THAN ANYOND BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON AND A LONG, COLD OFF SEASON. THIS WEEK, JOHNSON SPENT SOMETIME FISHING IN ALASKA HOPING THIS YEAR TO REEL IN THE NEXTEL CUP.>>BEEN ABLE TO GET AWAY, KIND R PRESSURE, WHATEVER IT IS. AND JUST GET YOUR BATTERY CHARGED UP BEFORE THE FINAL TEN IS WHAT I WAS AFTER. ON TOP OF THAT, GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD BOYS’ TRIP NEVER HURTS. ♪♪>>IN CASE NOBODY KNOWS, IT’S COLD. WE ARE IN ALASKA.>>A BITE RIGHT THERE.>>WE FISHED. DID SOME KAYAKING AND THEN DID SOME FRESH WATER SALMON FISHING AFTER THAT IN A STREAM. WENT DEEP SEA HALIBUT FISHING. KILLER WHALES A. OF HUMPBACK WHALES. A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING ALASKA HAS TO OFFER.>>A BUNCH OF THEM. THAT IS SO COOL. THAT WAS NOT ONLY GETTING AN I WAY FROM RACING BUT CIVILIZATION. I LOVE TRAVELING, ONE. TWO, IT’S GOOD JUST TO GET AWAY AND HANG OUT AND THINK AND SOMEN AND EXPERIENCE SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I ENJOY FISHING. I ENJOY SEEING PLACES AND ALL ROLLED IN TO ONE AND WORKED OUT TO BE AN AMAZING TRIP. SOMETHING I’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER. ♪♪>>A NICEJIMMIE JOHNSON AND FRI. HE’S LOCKED IN TO THE CHASE. IS TONIGHT A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO GAUGE YOURSELF AGAINST THE 17? THEY HAVE SO MUCH MOMENTUM LATELY.>>IT IS A GOOD CHANCE FOR US TO LOOK AT THE 17, THE 20. I THINK THE RCR CARS HAVE BEEN ST CASEY CANE TONIGHT. IT IS A WARM-UP FOR THE CHASE FOR US. THERE’S GUYS FIGHTING HARD FOR POINTS. FIND OUT WHERE THEY’LL BE IN THE DEAL. THE 48 TEAM LOOKING A THE THIS AS A BIG RACE FOR US. HOPING TO RUN REAL STRONG AND LEARN STUFF FROM F POINTS LEAD.>>HE HAS A VICTORY HERE IN 2002.>>SADLER IS A FORMER WINNER AT CALIFORNIA. HE WON FROM ROW 9. TONIGHT HE STARTS IN ROW NUMBER 9.>>JAMIE McMURRAY FINISHED SIXTH HERE IN FEBRUARY. HE STARTS 31st.>>>”BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOW Y->>THE LAST OF TARNHARDT JR., TRYING TO GET THIS TEAM ONE LAST SHOT IN TO THE CHASE.>>JEFF GORDON IN THE CHASE BEFORE THE RACE STARTED. FINDS HIMSELF OUT OF IT NOW.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR.’S MADE A LOT OF COMMENTS OVER THE LAST 45 MINUTES. FEELS LIKE IT’S ABOUT READY TO BLOW UP. HE SAYS I WANT A BIG BAY. THE 8 IS SMOKING, DALE EARNHARDT JR.>>ZUBD REAL LA MAN. THE SEASON GOING UP IN SMOKE.>>OH, YEAH. IT CHANGES EVERYTHING FOR 80 LAPS. THAT CAR WAS HORRIBLE. GLAD IT’S OVER WITH. JEFF GORDON. WORKED AFTER THIS CAR ALL NIGHT. 30th AT ONE POINT.>>MIGHT BE TOO LATE FOR THE 24 WE THINK.>>WE STINK ARE WE ARE GOOD. I HAVE NO IDEA.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE CONCERN TONIGHT THAN 12 MONTHING AGO. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT IN THE TEAM?>>MAN, I DON’T KNOW. WE HAD GREAT RACE CARS. I THINK IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITHG RIGHT NOW. THEY HANDLE REAL GOOD AND MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MOTOR DEPARTMENT AND EXCITED ABOUT THAT STUFF. EVERY TIME WE UNLOAD THE CAR, WE HAVE A GREAT FEELING TO DRIVE WELL AND DO WELL FOR US AND IT HAS UP TO THIS POINT.>>6th TONIGHT TRYING TO LOCK IN A PLACE IN THEON IS A THREE-TIME CALIFORNIA WINNER. CONSIDERING RICHMOND IS NOT YOUR BEST RACETRACK, HOW IMPORTANT DOES THAT MAKE TONIGHT, JEFF?>>IT IS IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, WE’VE RUN WELL AT MICHIGAN AND OTHER TRACKS LIKE THIS. SO, WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE HIT ON SOME THINGS AND WE HAVE TO ONT CHEVROLET. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO COUNT ON RICHMOND AND I FEEL LIKE OUR PROGRAM, OUR WHOLE TEAM, OUR CARS EVERYTHING IS IMPROVED SO MUCH THAT EVEN IF WE HAVE TO GO TO RICHMOND, I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THINGS, THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING WELL FOR US AND SURE, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A CUSHION. YOU CAN’T COUNT ON THATE.>>IS IT AS SIMPLE AS RACING THE 9 CAR?>>NO. I THINK WE HAVE TO JUST FOCUS ON GETTING THE MOST OUT OF OUR OWN EQUIPMENT AND OUR OWN PROGRAM, AND CALLING THE BEST RACE THAT WE CAN AND DRIVING THE BEST RACE THAT I CAN AND THE RESULTINGS WILL END UP WHERE THEY — WHERE THEY WILL. FOCUS TOO MUCH ON THE COMPETITION. I THINK RICHMOND, IF IT COMES DOWN TO FINAL, YOU KNOW, LAPS, THEN WE WILL FOCUS ON IT THEN. UP UNTIL THEN, WE ARE JUST GOING TO GET THE BEST FINISH WE CAN.>>HENDRICK MOTOR SPORTS WITH MORE WINS AT CALIFORNIA THAN ANYONE WITH FIVE. CALIFORNIA FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON. KURT, AFTER KNOCKED OUT OF THE RACE LAST WEEK, IS THIS A CONSOLATION TO HAVE A GOOD DAYSOME.>>I HOPE SO. WE ARE READY TO LET IT RIP. TRIED SOME THINGS IN PRACTICE. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE WANTED TO TRY THESE THINGS AND SO I THINK IT IS A GREAT NIGHT STARTING FM THE POLE. WE HAVE GOT THE BEST TRACK POSITION WE NEED AND NOW WE NEED TO SEE WHAT THIS NEW SET UP BRINGS US. WE DON’T KNOW. WE’LL LET IT RIP AND SEE IF WE GET A WIN.>>TRYING TO KEEP THE TEAM MOTIVATED AFTER LAST WEEK’S DISAPPOINTMENT?>>W LEFT THE CHASE. WHAT WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS SEE WHAT WE CAN TRY. WE NEVER REALLY WANTED TO STEP OUT OF THE BOX RECENTLY. WE WANTED TO DO THE THINGS WE KNEW. NOW WE ARE OUT OF THE BOX AND A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.>>THAT IS THE WORD FROM KURT BUSCH.>>THIS HAS BEEN THE “BANK OF AMERICA COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” LET’S GO RACING! ♪♪ ♪♪>>>GOOD JOB, GUYS! GOOD JOB.>>NBC SPORTS PRESENTS TODAY, IT’S A NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES FROM THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IN FONTANA, CALIFORNIA. AND WELCOME TO SUNNY CALIFORNIA. SUNNY, HOT AND WINDY CALIFORNIA. TEMPERATURE ABOUT 102 DEGREES. THE SUN EXPECTED TO S AFTER 7:00 LOCAL TIME. FORMER WINNERS IN TODAY’S RACE LINED UP ALONG PIT ROAD. LET’S GO TRACKSIDE NOW AND JOIN THE PRERACE CEREMONIES.>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE RISE AND REMOVE YOUR HATS AS THE FORT IRWIN NATIONAL TRAINING CENTNTS OUR NATION’S COLORLESS. PLEASE RI MAIN STANDING AT JEFF HAMILTON FROM MOTOR RACING OUTREACH DELIVERS TODAY’S INVOCATION.>>LET’S PRAY TOGETHER. DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, WE CELEBRATE THE LIFE YOU BY BEINGY ONE OF THE MANY PLEASURES YOU HAVE GIVEN US. MAY WE LIVE OUR LIVES IN A WAY THAT PLEASES YOU. WE ASK THAT YOU PROTECT THE DRIVERS AND TEAMS AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE THAT WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE IT A SUCCESSFUL EVENT. NOW LET YOUR GRACELIVES AND YOUN OUR COUNTRY. AMEN.>>RACE FANS, NOW TO PERFORM TODAY’S “NATIONAL ANTHEM,” PLEASE WELCOME TODAY’S R&B SUPER STAR,IAH. ♪ O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪RAMS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ OF THE FREE ♪ ♪ AND THE HOME♪♪>>LET’S HEAR IT, RACE FANS.>>TWO RACES REMAINTRYING TO MAE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. TODAY, IT’S 500 MILES ON THIS TWO-MILE TRACK AT CALIFORNIA. WHEN WE COME BACK TO FONTANA, WE’LL HAVE THE COMMAND. YOU’RE WATCHING NASCAR ON NBC.>>>NBC SPORTS LIVE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IN FONTANA, THE 25th RACE OF THE 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SEASON JUST MOMENTS AWAY. HI, EVERYBODY. BILL WEBER WITH WALLY DALEN BACK. US IN FOR THE RACE. BENNY HAD A VERY GOOD WEEK AND EXPECTS TO BE WITH US NEXT WEEK IN VIRGINIA. BENNY, YOU WILL ENJOY THIS ONE. IT’S SMOOTH, FAST, FLAT. BUT THE ENGINE BUILDERS AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER HAVE THEIR A NIGHTMARE FOR THEM REALLY. IT IS HARD ON. YOU ARE ON THE GAS ALL THE TIME. YOU DON’T GIVE THE RPMs A BREAK. A LOT OF GUYS HAVE PROBLEMS HERE IN THE PAST. BIFFLE DOMINATED IN THE SPRING AND BLEW AND GIN AND THAT’S WHAT THESE GUYS, THE DRIVERS AREASY . TONY STEWART, SAME PROBLEM. FOR THE DRIVERS, FUN TO DRIVE. EASY PLACE TO DRIVE BUT YET THE BUILDERS ARE SWEATING.>>A FUN WEEKEND TO BE IN THE GARAGE TALKING TO THE DRIVERS. YOU CAN FEEL THE — IT’S NOT JUST THE DRIVERS BUT THE CREW CHIEFS AND THE TEAM SURROUNDING, ESPECIALLY THE GUYS TRYING TO GET IN THE CHASE. THEY’RE ALMOST LIKE ZOMBIE. THEY’RE UNDER SO MUCH PRESSURE AND SO MUCH STRESS TO GET IN THIS THING. THEY KNOW THAT THIS RACE AND RICHMOND’S VERY VERY IMPORTANT AND JUST TORE UP INSIDE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DEAL. KASEY KAHNE, HE’S GOT TO WIN HET CONTROL WHAT SOME OF THE OTHER GUYS DO THAT ARE IN THE CHASE. WHEN’S GOT GET REALLY GOOD FINISHES.>>GREG BIFFLE AND CARL EDZ WARDS, STRONG SHOTS AND HAVE TO FINISH UP FRONT AND GUYS TO SETTLE FOR A FIFTH PLACE TO PROTECT THE POSI FOR YOUNGER GUS LOOKING FOR A WIN LIKE VICKERS OR BOWYER.>>THE GUYS GOING IN THINKING THEY TRY TO WIN THE RACE BUT AS IT’S FOURTHER IN TO THE RACE, IF THE CAR IS NOT HANDLING WELL, THEY’LL STA RT TO LOOKING AT THE PYLON AND WHERE THE COMPETITION IS TO HELP GET THE SHOT IN THE RACE. VICKERS, THE GUYS THEY LIKE IT. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE. THEY’RE GOING OUT TO WIN THE RACE. ALL THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT.>>SURROUNDED BY SUPPORT, SHOULD BE A FUN NIGHT OF RACING. GLAD YOU ARE ALONG FOR LET’S TAU TRACKSIDE FOR THE COMMAND FOR TONIGHT’S RACE.>>RACE FANS, IT IS TIME NOW FOR THE MOMENT FAMOUS WORDS IN MOTOR SPORTS. PLEASE WELCOME OUR GRAND MARSHAL SONY RECORDING ARTIST KELLY CLARKSON., START YOUR ENGINES!>>A WARM CALIFORNIA WELCOME FOR THE STARS OF THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES. NOW,0 MILES AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE STARTING GRID AND THROW THE GREEN FLAG>>>SONY, THE OFFICIAL HIGH DEFINITION OF NBC. TAKES THE EXPERIENCE TO ANOTHER LEVEL WITH SONY FULL HD-1080. THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL HD EXPERIENCE. BUDWEISERT OFFICIAL BEER OF NASCAR HONORABLE WINNER OF THE BUD POLE. BUDWEISER CONGRATULATES KURT BUSCH, THE FIFTH POLE OF THE SEASON. WE’LL SEE HIM GETTING DAYTONA IN FEBRUARY. HERE’S THE STARTING GRID FOR TONIGHT’S RACE AT THE CALIFORNIA SP NEXT TO A GUY LOOKING FOR THE FIRST WIN, BRIAN VICKERS.>>A LOT OF GUYS HOPING FOR A FIRST WIN HERE. ROW TWO, BOWYER. SCOTT RIGGS.>>MARTIN FLUX JR. IN ROW THREE NEXT TO DALE>>IN ROW FOUR, THIS GUY KNOCKING ON THE DOOR THIS YEAR, JEFF BURTON. DENNY HAMLIN ON THE OUTSIDE.>>IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS IN 11th, KA I SY CANE TRYING TO GET IN TO THE TOP TEN. KYLE BUSCH TRYING TO LOCK UP A SPOT IN THE CHASE.>>ROW 6 INSIDE. ON THE OUTSIDE, RYAN NEWMAN.>>>JOE NEMECHEK STARTS LUCKY 13th TONIGHT NEXT TO JEFF GORDON. WE HEARD FROM HIM IN THE PRERACE WANTS TO GET IT DONE HERE AT CALIFORNIA.>>ROW 8, HARVICK ON THE INSIDE. THE POINTS LEADER, JIMMIE>>SCOTT WIMMER IS IN 17th AND ELLIOTT SADLER, A FORMER WINNER HERE.>>ROW 10,J.J. YELEY ON THE INSIDE. DAVID GILLILAND IN THE 38. 16 CAR AND TONY STEWART STARTS 22nd.>>AND ROW 12 ON THE INSIDE, BILL ELLIOTT. HAVING A 00. ON THE OUTSIDE, CARL EDWARDS.>>ROBBERY GOR DON BACK IN ROW 13 AND TWO TIME SERIES CHAMPION4 CAR.>>ROW 14, STERLING MARLIN, 700th START TODAY. PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. BOBBY LABONTE ON THE OUTSIDE.>>SCHRADER DROPPING TO THE BACK FOR AND GIN CHANGE IN THE 21 CAR AND JEFF GREEN IN THE THE INSIDE McMUR WE, ON THE OUTSIDE, DAVID STREMME.>>AND THE REST OF THE STARTING GRID HERE, LET’S HAVE WALLY JUMP ON THE RADIO.>>I THINK JEFF BURTON WILL TALK TO US. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN REACH HIM. CAN YOU HEAR ME? I WANT TO WIN –>>HE IS CHECKING HIS PIT ROAD SPEED.>>THAT IS RIGHT. BECAUSE THE LIGHTS ARE ON IN THE PACE CAR AND LOOK AT THE TACH AND LOCK THAT IN.>>RIGHT THERE. I’M SHOWING 49. SHOWS 45.>>HOW ABOUT IT, JEFF IN THIS IS WALLY IN THE BOOTH.>>10-4. YOU GOT 45 RIGHT THERE BEHIND>>GOING TO GO TO 4-6.>>STILL WORKING OUT.>>YOU’VE GOT TO GET IT RIGHT.>>10-4.>>THESE GUYS DON’T WANT TO GET HUNG UP ON, YOU KNOW, FOR PIT SPEED VOLLEYS. I THINK JEFF BURTON DID.>>THAT’S RIGHT. CONSERVATIVE TO MAKE SURE WE’RE NOT HIT WITH THAT SPEEDING PENALTY.>>GETTING THE WHEEL SET. HEY, JEFF. THIS IS WALLY ONE MORE TIME. CAN YOU HEAR ME UP HERE IN THE BOOTH?>>10-4. I GOT YOU.>>YOU WANT TO GET THAT PIT ROAD SPEED REALLY, REALLY GET DOWN, DON’T YOU? REALLY IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON’T GET DOWN THERE FAST ENOUGH, THEY LEAD YOU AND TOO FAST, YOU HAVE TO GET IT RIGHT.>>HOW ABOUT YOUR CAR TONIGHT? I KNOW, YOU KNOW, THE BEST TIME TO BE IN THE CAR NOW. YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHASE ALL WEEK LONG AND OUT OF THE CAR BUT GENERAL GINS, YOU ARE READY TO GO. YOU HAVE A GOOD RACE CAR TONIGHT?>>THE CHEVROLET IS GOOD. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF THE WEEK. EVERY TIME I ROLLED OVER IN THE CAR, I FEEL GOOD. I’M GLAD TO BE IN HERE.>>HOW’S THAT SUN LOOKING DOWN IN TURNAVE DARK TEAR OFFS ON THE HELMET.>>10-4. IT IS HEARING A LITTLE BIT AND THE SUNSETTING OUT OF TURN 3 AND HARD TO SEE SO I’VE GOT A COUPLE OF — SHIELDS AND PULL OFF AS IT GETS DARKER. I CAN PULLF TO BE ON THE — IT’S GOOD.>>WELL, YOU GUYS ARE DUE. KNOCKING ON THE DOOR. GOOD LUCK TONIGHT.>>THANKS. I APPRECIATE IT.>>JEFF BURTON. FIELD STILL UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE PACE CAR. FINAL STOR START WITH MARTY.>>BILL, THE BACK OF THE PIT ROAD IS WHERE MARK MARTIN PITS TONIGHT. HE HOPES TO BE GOING SOMEWHERE TONIGHT. ESPECIALLY TO THE FRONT OF THE FIELD. MARK SAID THE CAR IS VERY GOOD. MANY TEAMS IN THE GARAGE AREA THIS MORNING, HE WAS ONE TO BEAT. THE KEY, GETTING THERE YOU THE THING THEY WOULD LOVE TO GET RID OF IS CONSISTENT IN INCONSISTENCY OF LATE. SINCE MIDDLE OF JULY, FINISHED TOP FIVE EVERY OTHER WEEK. ON SCHEDULE, A TOP FIVE FINISH THIS WEEKEND AND HOPING TO CONTINUE IN TO RICHMOND NEXT WEEK. DAVE?>>MARTY, THE 17 TE ON A ROLL. LOOKING GOOD HERE AT CALIFORNIA ONCE AGAIN. REMEMBER, LAST YEAR, THEY WERE THE WINNERS AT THIS RACE. THEY’RE PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AND, FOR THIS RACETRACK. AND IF THEY WIN AGAIN, IT WILL BE A RENDEZVOUS WITH VICTORY LANE ONCE AGAIN. MATT? THE BOTTOM OF THE TOP TEN, HOPING FOR A HUGE BONUS POINT KIND OF NIGHT. DALE EARNHARDT JR. NEVER WON HERE AND HOPEING TO CAPITALIZE ON THE STRONG EFFORT AND STAY BELOW THE RADAR. NO MENTAL MISTAKES ON THE RACETRACK OR THE TEAM. NO MISTAKES HERE ON HE DOESN’T E THIS PLACE HERE AT FONTANA SAYING TO HIMSELF, MAN OH MAN, WHAT DID WE LEAVE IN CALIFORNIA? INSTEAD, HE WANTS TO WALK IN TO RICHMOND. THE FINAL RACE BEFORE THE CHASE, AND SAY HE’S GOT A 100-POINT CUSHION.>>THERE HAVE BEEN TWO R THIS W. BOTH WON BY THE CAR WITH NUMBER 9. HOPES TO CONTINUE THAT STREAK TONIGHT. AND SAYS HE CAN DO ALL HE CAN TO BRING THE CAR HOME IN ONE PIECE AND HOPEFULLY A POINT GAIN. AND IF SOMEONE’S GOING TO ROLL L MILEAGE WIN TONIGHT, 9 MIGHT NOT BE A BAD BET TO MAKE.>>THANKSA ILAN. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT DOWN THERE. ENJO I THE RACE. TO SEE THE ENTIRE PIT ROAD MAP, GO TO NASCAR.COM AND CLICK ON PIT MAP. AND THAT’S SOMETHING YOU WENT TO HAVE TONIGHT. A LOTT ROAD BUT A LOT OF GUYS STAY ON THE LEAD LAP HERE. AND IT COULD GET TIGHT WHEN THEY ALL COME IN TOGETHER. LIGHTS ARE OUT ON THE PACE CAR. A FAST, SMOOTH TWO-MILE TRACK. 500 MILES HERE IN CALIFORNIA. AP UNDER THE BRIGHTLIGHTS OF HOLLYWOOD. NASCAR’S RACING ON NBC. STRONG START BY KURT BUSCH. I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT TO — IF YOU ARE IN THAT POSITION, GO AHEAD ABE GO. I MEAN, YOU KNOW? BECAUSE REAL IMPORTANT TO HAVE CLEAN AIR ON YOUR CAR. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE RACETRACKS WHEN YOU SEE A LOT OF DRAFTING ON THE STRAIGHTAWAYS BUT SPREAD YOU DON’T WANT THAT SITUATION IN THE CORNERS. GUYS GOAT THE CORNERS AND FAN OUT. THEY’RE ALL LOOKING FOR THAT AIR THAT DOWN FORCE PUSHING THE GOOD YEAR TIRES DOWN ON THE TRACK.>>SCOTT RIGGS GETTING PASSED ON THE INSIDE. THAT’S TRUEX JR. YOU’VE SEEN THE COLORS ON THE TRICKER. GREEN INDICATES GUYS IN THE CHASE. THE YELLOW, THE GUYS ON THE BUBBLE. LIKE KASEY KAHNE IN 11. THE RED, DRIVERS ELIMINATED BUT ARE STILL RACING FOR THE WIN HE EARN EARN JR. UP TO FOURTH. PIT ROAD REPORT?>>JEFF RELAXED WHEN I TALKED WITH HIM EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. HE’S HAD SOME TROUBLES FINISHING RACES. NOT FALLING OUT OF THEM BUT LEADING LAPS, THAT WAS CLOSE AND NOT BEING AN I BELIEVE TO GET THE WIN. IT IS A LONG DRY SPELL. BURTON SAYS THEY THINK THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR ISSUE’S BEEN IN THE FIN AND HOPING TO CY WITH A BIG TROPHY TONIGHT.>>SCOTT RIGGS WITH HIS HANDS FULL.>>AFTER BURTON TOOK THE AIR OFF THE SPOILER. AND LIKE I SAID, ONE OF THOSE PLACES WHERE EVERYTHING IS VERY AERO DEPENDENT. WE SAW LOOSE RACE LAST NIGHT. THE TRACK IS SLIPPERY. YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF GUYS LOOSE RIGHT NOW. LOOKING HOW BAD THE SUN IS GOING INTO 3. THIS IS WHAT THEY’RE FIGHTING. OUT OF JEFF BURTON’S CAR. YOU HAVE A CLEAR VISOR ON YOUR HELMET AND THEN YOU PUT THESE DARK TEAR O IS LIKE HAVING A SMOKE VISOR AND DARK WITH THE VISORS OFF, YOU HAVE A CLEAR VISOR.>>THERE’S RIGGS IN THE 10. KASEY KAHNE RIGHT BEHIND HIM. MATT KENSETH IN THE 17 ON THE INSIDE.>>YOU’RE DRAFTING HERE. I MEAN, STRAIGHTAWAYS ARE LOIF S LINED UP ON THE OUTSIDE AND YOU’RE THE ONLY GUY ON THE INSIDE, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PASS THEM. YOU’RE GOING TO GET PASSED.>>YOU TALKED ABOUT THE ENGINE BUILDERS ON THE “COUNTDOWN TO GREEN.” THE WIND HERE BLOWING DOWN THE FRONT STRETCH FROM TURN FOUR TO TURN ONE, THAT’S WHERE YOU TURN. THEY’RE HUSTLING DOWN THE FRONT STRETCH GOING IN TO THE WIND DOWN THE BACK STRETCH.>>LOOK AT THE RPMs. A LOT OF RPMs. THEY DON’T DROP IN THE CORNERS. LIKE I SAID, YOU ARE GETTING OUT OF THE THROTTLE AND CARRYING SO MUCH SPEED HERE. YOU’RE ALWAYS UP THERE ON THEVE, SNATED.>>YOU CAN SEE HIM RUNNING A LINE THERE, WALLY. HE LIKE OTHER DRIVERS HAS GOT THE DARK TEAR OFFS ON HIS WINDSHIELD. SEE HIM DIVE TO THE BOTTOM. THE BIG THING ABOUT TONIGHT, STEVE TOLD ME TO KEEP THE CAR IN CONTENTION. THEY FEEL LIKE IT’S GAME ON FROM THAT POINT ON AND KEEP IN MIND, GORDON HAS THREE WINS AND THE COCA-COLA 600. A SIMILAR TYPE RACE. WHERE WE START OUT IN THE DAYLIGHT AND THEN GO IN TO THE DARKNESS. HE SEEMS TO EXCEL WHERE YOU HAVE TO STAY AHEAD OF THE RACETRACK.>>NEXTEL CUP SERIES DONE MUCH EARLIER IN THE DAY. AS OPPOSED TO START TIME FOR THIS RACE.>>JUST POINTED OUT, LOOKING AT THE HOOD OF THE 17 CAR, RIGHT WHERE THE W IS, IT’S LIKE A SUCKED DOWN AROUND THE AIR CLEANER. I DON’T REALLY SEE THAT ON AS AN NOTICE IT DOWN ON THE — COMING DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY. JUST SEE IF WE CAN GET A BETTER SHOT. SEE IT SUCKED DOWN ON THE W. SUCKED DOWN ON THE AIR CLEANER.>>UH-HUH.>>KIND OF STRANGE.>>GIVES HIM MORE DOWN FRONT FORCE.>>RUNNING PRETTY GOOD.>>TEST SPOT RIGHT NOW. MORE ON KENSETH FROM DAVE BURNS.>>IN TECH TODAY, THEY WERE BANGING ON THE FRONT END 0 OF THAT WITH A HAMMER. CLEARLY NASCAR DIDN’T LIKE SOMETHING THEYRYING TO GO THROUGH WITH A KICK OUT ON THE FRONT END AND HAD TO MODIFY IT A LITTLE BIT BEFORE THEY COMPETED TODAY.>>YEAH. LOOKS LIKE THE HOOD IS THIN. YOU CAN SEE IT POPPING UP AND DOWN. RUNNING PRETTY JEFF GORDON TOOK THAT SPOT AWAY FROM KENSETH.>>THEY DID THE PRACTICING IN A TIME MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE HOURS THE RACE WAS HELD. A LOT OF GUYS IN THE GARAGE WERE VERY UPSET ABOUT THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE HERE AS OPPOSED TO THE RACE. THESE GUYS REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’VE GOT BECAUSE THEY THESE CONDITIONS.>>I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY HAVE A PRACTICE SESSION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON AND THERE’S GUYS THAT DID NOT RUN THAT PRACTICE SESSION BECAUSE THE TRACK TEMPERATURES WERE GOING TO BE 25, 30 DEGREES HOTTER THAN WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO BE RACING. HEY, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. THAT COMPLETELY CHANGES THE CAR.>>BILL, THAT’S THE MESSAGE OF KENNY FRANCIS FOR KASEY KAHNE. I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT IF HE WAS ABLE TO ANTICIPATE CHANGES TO MAKE TO THE CAR AS THE SUNSET. HE SAID, WE LITERALLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT TONIGHT. GHT ADJUSTMENTS. HE FEELS LIKE WITH THE CAR’S HANDLING AS THE SUN GOES DOWN, IT LOSES REAR GRIP AND THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE PLANNING FOR AND SAID REALLY, WE DON’T KNOW.>>ONE DRIVER SAID IT WAS LIKE LOOKING AT A GOLF COURSE IN THE MIDDLE OF A NIGHT AND HAVING A TEE OFF THE NEXT M SUN WAS OUT G YOU GET. ROBBY GORDON HAS SPUN.>>WHOOPS. IN FRONT OF A LOT OF CARS.>>SURE DID.>>LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOT A LEFT REAR FLAP. CAN’T TELL IF THAT HAPPENED SPI. DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE HIT ANYTHING THOUGH.>>HE SAYS HE HAS A LEFT REAR FLAT AND HEADS DOWN PIT ROAD. FIRST CAUTION OF THE RACE. FUEL MILEAGE IS ALWAYS A HUGE FACTOR HERE AT CALIFORNIA. ONLY N AND WE’LL SEE HOW THE GUYS UP FRONT PLAY IT. MORE THAN LIKELY TO STAY OUT. BUT THE GUYS AT BACK COME FOR FUEL.>>YOU CAN SIGH THAT THERE WAS A CENTER OF — CENTER OF SECTION YELEY’S TIRE LAST NIGHT, THE BUSCH CAR. HE MAY HAVE MADE CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY THAT RIPPED THAT TIRE. OUR GUYS DO A GOOD JOB OF MISSING THAT. IF YOU RUB UP AGAINST A GUY, IT WILL SLICE THE SIDE OF THAT TIRE AND THEN THE CENTER SECTION WILL COME RIGHT OFF. RIP RIGHT OFF THE TIRE.>>SO ROBBY ON AND OFF OF PIT ROAD. KURT BUSCH IS THE RACE LEADER. THEY WORKED ON THE LONG BACK STRETCH HERE UNDER CAUTION. IN THE FRUSTRATING YEAR FOR KURT BUSCH. I WAS SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT THEY WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED THEY DIDN’T MAKE THE CHASE. THE DRIVERS ARE TELLING YOU ONE THING.>>YEAH.>>BUT IT IS WHAT THEY’RE NOT SAYING AND WHAT THEY’RE FEELING THAT YOU HAVE TO READ IN TO THEIR COMMENTS AND QUOTES.>>TRUST ME, THEY’RE DISAPPOINT BUT WHAT HE’S TRYING TO DO IS SAY WE DIDN’T MAKE THE CHASE. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THE BEST OF IT.>>RIGHT.>>WE ARE GOING TO TRY SOME THINGS BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR AND COME OUT DAYTONA SWINGING.>>SO THEY’LL EXPERIMENT DURING THIS RACE. SO WHEN THEY RUN HERE IN CALIFORNIA EARLY NEXT YEAR, HOPEFULLY, THEY WILL BE A STROND POSITION EARLY IN THE SEASON. PIT ROAD IS OPEN. AND EVERYBODY COMING. MARTY?>>BILL, RYAN NEWMAN STARTED 12th AND GONE UP TO 9th POSITION. THE CAR IS THESE GUYS LIKE A NFL TEAM HAVE NAMED THEIR PIT STOPS. PLAY RIGHT NOW IS CAGE FIGHTER. FOUR TIRES, NO CHANGES TO THE CHASSIS AND 12 CAR. DAVE?>>TWO TIRES ON THE RIGHT SIDE FOR MATT KENSETH. THEY’LL TRY THAT EARLY AND SEE ADJUSTMENT. AND A THE CAR IS LOOSE. MATT?>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE 8 CAR STARTED 6th AND NOW IN THE SECOND POSITION. THE KAFER IS NEUTRAL AND LIKES IT.>>KURT BUSCH’S TEAM MADE ADJUSTMENT TO THE CROSS WEIGHT ON THEIR CAR FEELING LIKE THEY TEAMS TAKING TWO TIRES AND MIGHT HAVE HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE ON THAT SPOT. COST THEM A COUPLE OF SPOTS.>>A LOT OF TRAFFIC DOWN THERE ON PIT ROAD. TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEXTEL RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. KASEY KAHNE. VARIOUS STRATEGIES GOING ON HERE EARLY AT CALIFORNIA. UNDER CAUTION IN THE SONY HD 500 LIVE ON NBC.>>>KASEY KAHNE IS THE RACE LEADER AFTER TAKING JUST TWO RIGHT SIDE TIRES. JEFF GORDON, MATT KENSETH, KURT BUSCH, THE TOP FIVE. EL YOURS TRULY SADLER ALSO A TWO-TIRE STOP. YOU WILL SEE PIT STRATEGY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WE SAW IT IN THIS RACE ANG. HOW YOU MANAGE YOUR TIRES AND HOW YOU CONTROL YOUR FUEL MILEAGE. BIG FACTORS HERE AT CALIFORNIA. DENNY HAMLIN IN THE 11. DALE EARNHARDT JR. LOOKING UNDER ELLIOTT SADLER.>>IF HE CAN SEE. SITUATION RIGHT NOW. YOU ACTUALLY CAN LOSE SIGHT OF THE CAR THAT YOU’RE PASSING WHEN YOU GO UNDERNEATH DOWN THERE IN THE CORNER. IT JUST BLINDS YOU FOR A COUPLE OF SECONDS.>>TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF SOME OF THESE GUYS. MARK MARTIN 38th. RESTARTED 24th. AFTER THE PIT STOPLESS. JEFF BURTON.>>TRYING TO GET POSITION AWAY FROM SADLER. LOOKS LIKE HE WILL DO IT. SADLER SLIDES UP THE RACETRACK A LITTLE BIT.>>FOUR TIRES IS GOING TO DO IT.>>YEP.>>MORE ON SADLER FROM MARTY.>>BILL, THAT WAS ARE STOP LAST TIME AS YOU REPORTED AND HAD PROBLEMS YESTERDAY IN PRACTICE. THE CAR EXTREMELY TIGHT. ELLIOTT WOULD SAY IT WAS BOUNCING AROUND ON NEW TIRES AND THIS MORNING, PUT THE TEAMMATE’S SET UP ON, KASEY KAHNE, TRYING TO MAKE IT BETTER. I ASKED CAN SET UP KASEY KAHNE ? HE SAID, I HAVE NO IDEA BUT WE’LL FIND OUT TOGETHER.>>THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, JEREMY MAYFIELD DIDN’T WANT TO TRY TO DRIVE A KASEY KAHNE SET UP AND NOT GETTING EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION. SADLER SAID I’LL TRY IT. SEE HOW IT MAN, KURT BUSCH DROVE IN THERE. GOT THE CAR SIDEWAYS UNDERNEATH THE 24. BOTH CARS HAVE DRAFTING HELP DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWA, WENT IN TE CORNER PRETTY EVEN. SLIDING UP THE RACETRACK, WAY UP JEFF GORDON HAD TO BACK OUT OF THE THROTTLE BECAUSE HE HAD THAT 11 CAR UP ABOVE HIM AND HE HAD TO GET OUT OF THE GAS.>>MORE ON HAMLIN FROM THAT DENY HAMLIN SAID THE CAR RAN WELL UP HIGH?>>I BELIEVE IT.>>YEAH, HE D. ADJUSTMENT ON THE PIT STOP TO TRY TO HELP HANDLIN IN THE CORNER AND, DAVE?>>MATT KENSETH LOST A COUPLE OF SPOTS SINCE THE RESTART AND RADIOED TO RISER’S CREW , YEAH PROBABLY LOSING A COUPLE AT THE START FOR TAKING THE TWO RIGHT-SIDE TIRES INSTEAD OF FOUR BUT WE’LL OKAY.>>JEFF GORDON DROPPED A FEW SPOTS AND SAID THE CAR IS GOOD EVERYWHERE AND STILL NEEDS A LITTLE HELP ON EXIT OF THE CORNER. GORDON WAS TIGHTT STOP, TOOK TWE HIM UP A FEW SPOTS.>>GORDON BEHIND KENSETH. ON BOARD WITH GORDON. THAT SUN’S GOING TO GET BRUTAL, ISN’T IT?>>IT DOES. MEAN, YOU REALLY — YOU ARE IN THE CORNER AND CAN’T SEE FOR A MINUTE.>>17 IS OFF THE PACE. I DON’T KNOW IF HE JUST SLID UP THE RACETRACK. THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE. HE IS BACK TO SPEED NOW.>>JEFF BURTON LOOKING UNDER JEFF GORDON.>>MAN, THESE GUYS ARE REALLY MOVING AROUND. THE CARS ARE REALLY SLIDING AROUND RIGHT NOW. LOOK AT HOW BAD THAT SUN IS.N T. GOT TO ROLL UNDERNEATH GORDON. AND THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO KIND OF BE AHEAD OF HIM AND DRIFT UP THE RACETRACK. BURTON’S GOT A PRETTY GOOD CAR RIGHT NOW. BURTON CAN’T GET ON THE GAS. YOU HEARD HE WAS TIGHT. SO A LONG TIME AND CAN’T GET ON THE GAS AND LOSING SPOTS FROM THE MIDDLE OFF.>>TEAMMATE KYLE BUSCH BEHIND HIM. KURT BUSCH TRYING TO RECAPTURE TH BEHIND KAHNE. DENNY HAMLIN RUNS THIRD. MORE ON KASEY KAHNE FROM ALAN.>>BILL, JUST BEFORE THE CAUTION FLAG PIT STOP, KASEY KAHNE TOLD THE TEAM THEY WERE BETTER THAN WHERE THEY WERE RUNNING. HE WAS BACK IN TRAFFIC A LITTLE BIT AND WENT WI TWO-TIRE STOP TO GET THE TRACK POSITION AND CLEAN CARE ON THE — AIR ON THE NOSE OF THE CAR. HE HAS THE LEAD RIGHT NOW. KURT BUSCH SAID THE FRONT END OF THE CAR, THE FRONT BUMPER, VERY SENSITIVE. NEEDED IT TO BE DOWN IN THE RACETRACK ALL THE WAY. AN INCH D THE HANDLING OF THE CAR AND MADE ADJUSTMENT TO KEEP IT GLUED TO THE RACETRACK AND HELP THE CAR THROUGH THE CORNERS.>>ACCOMPLISHED THAT. HANGING WITH KAHNE. ALAN WAS TALKING ABOUT KURT TALKING TO HIS CREW. GETS A LITTLE TECHNICAL. WE LISTENED IN.>>WHEN THE CAR IS — I CAN DRIVE OFF UP IN TO THE CORNER AND FEEL THE SHOCKS AND THE CAR IS DOWN. SOOOSE. AND THE WHOLE CAR JUMPED OUT OF THE RACETRACK. DOWN WE — NOW WE DON’T HAVE THAT DOWN FORCE. IT IS TOUGH TO BEING ON THE GROUND VERSUS BEING UP AN INCH OR SO.>>I THINK THAT INCH OR SO HE IS TALKING ABOUT WHEN THE TIRES BUILD PRESSURE.WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT. WHEN THE GUYS FIRST START AND PUT NEW TIRES ON THE CAR, THE PRESSURE’S DOWN A LITTLE BIT AND RIDE HEIGHTS ARE DOWN A LITTLE BIT. CLOSER TO THE GROUND TO RUN, THE MORE GRIP YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE.>>YOU HAVE MORE ON THIS?>>WELL, IT’S KURT TALK ABOUT THE DODGE. IT’S PART OF WHAT KURT AND THE TEAM HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THIS YEAR. KURT DRIVING FORDS THE LAST FEW YEARS FOR ROURB RACING AND NOT ONLY USED TO A NEW TEAM AND NEW CHASSIS SET UPS IN THE SPORT THIS YEAR AND ALSO THE SENSITIVITIES OF A DIFFERENT BODY STYLE THANRIVING AND ALL SA DRIVER HAS TO ADJUST TO FROM THE CAR AND TAKEN KURT LONGER TO GET THE FEEL THAN HE WAS EXPECTING IT MIGHT.>>DODGE WILL HAVE A NEW NOSE AND HOOD FOR 2007. MATT KENSETH, SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. IS DROPPED BACK ALL THE WAY TO 10th. DAVE, WHAT IS GOING ON WITH KENSETH?>>MATT CAME ON THE RADIO RIGHT AFTER YOU GUYS NOTICED HE HAD FALLEN BACK AND HE SAID, WHAT WAS THAT? TH, WE’LL GO HAVE A WORD AND MATT SAID, GUYS, THE NEXT TIME THAT WAS, THERE’S GOING TO BE A BIG WRECK. OBVIOUSLY, CONTACT WITH SOMEONE, NOT SURE WHO BUT SET HIM BACK.>>WELL, LET’S SEE IF WE CAN’T FIND OUT WHO HE MIGHT BE TALKING ABOUT. A FEW LAPS AGO. KENSETH IN THE 17. WELL, HE JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT LOOSE UP THERE. THE 31 WASN’T REALLY CLOSE ENOUGH TO TAKE THE AIR OFF. HE GOT PINNED UP THERE AND THE CAR GOT LOOSE.>>DAVE?>>AND MATT RADIOED BACK TO THE CREW EXPLAINING MORE SAYING, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT YEF GORDON. OKAY. I KNOW HE DIDN’T MEAN TO RUN ME LIKE THAT BUT THE CAR IS INCREDIBLY LOOSE AND I NEED SOME ROOM OUT HERE.>>I SEE THAT OF SLID UP THE RACETRACK AND MATT HAD TO AVOID THAT A LITTLE BIT BUT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE 31.>>GORDON HAD A GOOD TIME OFF THE TURN AND MATT DID NOT.>>RIGHT.>>KASEY KAHNE, A WINNER HERE LAST NIGHT. USING PIT STRATEGY. WITH ABOUT 55 LAPS TO GO. GOT HIM IN TO VICTORY LANE. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING AWAY. HE HAD A VERY STRONG CAR AND STRONG RUN LAST NIGHT FOR KAHNE. KASEY 11th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. YOU CAN SEE HOW CLOSE IT IS RIGHT NOW. MORE ON HIM FROM ALAN.>>ACTUALLY, BILL, RELATES TO THE GUY RACING HIM FOR THE LEAD THERE. THE 11 CAR, DENNY HAMLIN.THIS MG AND TOLD HIM ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION. HE SAID, REALLY, THE ONLY CAR RACING OUT HERE IS THE 9. TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE STAY AHEAD OF HIM AND GAIN POINTS AND LOCK IN TO THE CHASE AND NOW RACING FOR THE LEAD HERE.>>EXACTLY RIGHT. KASEY KAHNE, OUT FRONT IN CALIFORNIA WITH DENNY HAMLIN AND KURT BUSCH CHASING. JUST ONE RACE BEFORE THE CUT OFF AFTER THIS ONE. KASEY KAHNE FROM WASHINGTON TRYING TO CLAW HIS>>>WE ARE UNDER CAUTION. TAKE A LOOK AT THE TEAM CHEVY DRIVERS TO WATCH AND THE BEST CALIFORNIA FINISH. THE CAUTION IS FOR DEBRIS IN TURN TWO. THE PACE CAR PICKED UP THE FIELD. PIT ROAD IS OPEN. AND EVERYBODY’S COMING DOWN AGAIN. DAVE BURNS.>>ANDON TO PIT ROAD AND MAKE TG STROLL DOWN PIT LANE T. BOTTOM OF THE CAR, THE 29 CAR, THE CAR LOOSE EARLIER AND HELPED IT A LITTLE BIT WITH A TRACK BAR AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. KEVIN SAID I WANT TO DO SOME MORE OF THAT, BUT NOT THE TRACK BAR THIS TIME. JUST T SEE WHERE WE END UP. MATT?>>DALE JR. STOPPING SHORT IN THE BOX. NO ISSUE WITH THE 25 OF VICKERS LEAVING. THE CONCERN FOR JUNIOR’S THE RADIO. HE CAN HARDLY HEAR ANYTHING. THE TEAM SAYS NO CHANGES ON THIS STOP FOR JUNIOR. KAHNE’S CAR. PULLING A SPRING RUBBER FROM THE CAR AND THE LEFT REAR. AND AN I WAY HE GOES SO NOT BAD FOR HAVING PULL PULLED THE SPRING RUBBER OUT. THEY HAVE TO HESITATE A MOMENT.>>TRYING TO IMPROVE THE HANDLING OF THE CAR.>>THIS WOULD BE JEFF’S CAR. JACK MAN OF THE NUMBER 1 BASS PRO CAR.>>SOME HARD WORKING GUYS HAD T. CHECK THAT OUT.>>JUST KIND HAS JUST COME OUT HERE ANOTHER CALIFORNIA. DENNY HAMLIN AND KURT BUSCH SIDE BY SIDE FOR THE LEAD.>>TRYING TO STICK ON THE LOW SIDE BUT KURT BUSCH HAS A PRETTY GOOD RUN UP ON THE HIGH SIDE. WE’LL SEE WHO BURTON GOES WITH. HE DOESN’T REALLY COMMIT TO ANYBODY. HE COMMITS TO THE 2 CAR THERE >>LAST NIGHT, DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TRACK WORKED DIFFERENTLY IN THE RACE.>>YEAH, YEAH. REALLY D. I THINK IT WILL CHANGE AGAIN. I MEAN, THE HIGH SIDE LOST A LOT OF GRIP L SEE BOWYER UNDERNEATH BURTON FOR THIRD SPOT.>>TEAMMATES RIGHT THERE. DRIVE FOR CAR OWNER CHILDRESS.>>GOT TO BE CAREFUL PINCHING A GUY OFF IN THE CORNER. IF YOU ARE ON THE LOW SIDE ANDRR IN THE CORNER, TOO CLOSE TO THAT CAR ON THE OUTSIDE, IT CAN TURN YOU AROUND. TAKES THE AIR OFF THE SPOILER AND SPIN AROUND REAL EASY. YOU CAN’T GO IN THE CORNER SIDE BY SIDE LEANING ON EACH OTHER. REAL TRICKY HERE.>>WHOA.>>YEAH. THE 2 CAR IS DOING ALL DAY. EARNHARDT JR. HAD SOME TROUBLE ON THE RESTART. HE WAS FIFTH ON THE RESTART AND BACK TO 13th RIGHT NOW. I DON’T KNOW IF HE MISSED A SHIFT OR WHAT HAPPENED WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT RESTART?>>WELL, HE JUST CAME ON THE RADIO AND SAID, DRIVER ERROR. APOLOGIZED FOR THAT. I JUST MESSED UP MEANING HE MISSED A SHIFT STARTING TO GO THROUGH THE GEARS ON THE RESTART.>>THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE AND IF YOU DO THAT GUYS DON’T MISS A SHIFT, YOU LOSE A LOT OF GROUND.>>AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT INDIANAPOLIS AND SIMILAR HERE, THE FIELD IS STRUNG OUT. RESTARTS HERE CAN BE A REAL ADVENTURE.>>LET’S LISTEN. LET’S YOU KNOW WHAT? HE DIDN’T MISS IT. HE JUST DIDN’T ANTICIPATE ON THN THEY THREW THE GREEN. THE GUYS TOOK OFF SO HE DIDN’T MISS A SHIFT. HE DIDN’T TIME IT RIGHT.>>HE WAS LAYING BACK AND CLOSED UP AND HAD TO GET OUT OF THE GAS AND WENT AND LEFT HIM.>>SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS TOO TALL OF A GEAR. I DON’T KNOW IF THATGARDLESS, IL LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN.>>EARNHARDT BACK IN 13th. CARL EDWARDS RIGHT BEHIND HIM AND THEN TONY STEWART, THE GREEN CAR IS BRIAN VICKERS.>>THEY LOVE EACH OTHER. WHOA. 17 A LITTLE BIT LOOSE.>>JEFF BURTON FOR SECOND. BOWYER, HIS TEAMMATE, KURT BUSCH BACK TO FOURTH.>>YOU CAN SEE HOW THEY FAN OUT IN THE CORNER. THEY WANT TO GET AWAY FROM EACH OTHER GOING THROUGH THIS CORNER. THEY NEED ALL THE RACETRACK THEY CAN GET.>>TRACK IS STILL THESE GUYS ARE HANGING ON RIGHT NOW. THEY’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TRACK COOLING DOWN. COOLS DOWN, IT WILL GET A LITTLE BIT MORE GRIP WITH THESE CARS. LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD STARTING WITH ALAN.>>AND STARTING WITH THE RACE LEADER, DENNY HAMLIN. COMES IN TO THIS RACE SIXTH IN STANDINGS AND A CHANCE TO LOCK IN THE PLACE IN THE CHASE. NOT REALLY MANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE HANDLING OF THE CAR SO FAR. HE THOUGHT HE COULD MAKE SOMETIME AND DOING JUST THAT. SECOND PLACE RUNNER IS JEFF BURTON, TAKEN THE SPOT AWAY FROM KURT BUSCH. BURTON LOVES THE RACE TO THE CHASE. HE SAYS THIS IS WHAT PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ARE ALL ABOUT. I CAN’T WAIT TO TAKE MY SHOT IN THE TWO RACES.>>TEAMMATE OF BOWYER, ONLY THING ON HIS MIND, GETTING THE CAR TO VICTORY LANE. HAD A GREAT CAREER, BEST AT ON THE WAY TO A THIRD UNTIL THEY LOST THE ENGINE. THE CAR LOOSE EARLIER AND THEN A LITTLE TIGHT AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT AND RIDES THIRD.>>THE TWO-TIRE STOP FOR KASEY KAHNE EARLIER WITH TRACK POSITION MOVED HIM UP FROM THE NINTH STARTING NOW FOUR TIRE TONS LAST STOP AND HE TRIES TO RACE IN TO THE TOP TEN WITH A TOP FIVE FINISH. KYLE BUSCHA CHANCE TO LOCK IN THE POSITION IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. RUNNING FIFTH IN THE RACE. TOOK THE GREEN FLAG BACK IN 10th POSITION. FOUR-TIRE CHANGE FOR KYLE BUSCH TO TRY TO HELP THE GRIP ON HIS CAR.>>TEAMMATE JEFF GORDON WITH HIS HANDS FULL WITH KURT BUSCH IN THE MIRROR. THE ISSUE TONIGHT IS BATTLING THE SUN EARLY GOING.>>IT’S HUGE PR OF DRIVERS WERE CONCERNED WITH IT LAST YEAR AND, YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND FOR TV PURPOSES EAST COAST, WEST COAST, YOU WANT TO HAVE A RACE START AT A CERTAIN TIME BUT I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE FACTOR OF IT OUT THERE ON THE RACETRACK AND I DON’T THINK IT’S CONSIDERATION. BECAUSE HONESTLY, NO MATTER WHAT I DO TRYING TO BLOCK THE SUN AND AS DARK OF A SHIELD TO POSSIBLY GET, THAT SUN IS SO BRIGHT HERE AND SO STRONG THAT I PRETTY MUCH GO IN TO TURN T GOOD PART OF THE BEGINNING 0 OF THAT RACE.>>GORDON TRYING TO GET THE CAR BACK TO VICTORY LANE AND HASN’T HAD A TOP TEN HERE IN FONTANA IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS. DAVE?>>THE 29 CAR OF HARVICK, TALKING ABOUT VISION, AS WELL. BUT SPEEDWAY. CAR OWNER AND SPOTTER TELLING HIM WHERE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING AND WHERE THE SHADE IS GOING OVER THE RACETRACK. ALAN?>>WELL, TOUGH FOR KURT BUSCH IN THE DEUCE RUNNING SECOND AND NOW SLIPPED BACK TO REAR END GRIP OR REPORTEDLY. DOESN’T LIKE THE LAST ADJUSTMENT. THE CREW CHIEF SAID WE’LL UNDO IT NEXT TIME.>>STEWART RUNNING WHERE HE WAS AND LOOSE CASE CANE ATRYINGTT?>>DALE EARNHARDT JR., SAW HIM TRYING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM THE EARLY MISQUEUE ON THE RESTART. JUNIOR’S OTHER CONCERN, RADIO ISSUE. HE THINKS IT’S AN EAR PLUG AND CONNECTOR THAT GOES IN TO THE HELMET. LIKE EVERYTHING WITH THE DRIVER AND TEAM, THEY CONTINUE PROGRESS IN MATURITY.>>ALWAYS RADIO FIGHTS. I MEAN, PRETTY MUCH LIKE BROTHERS AND WE’LL HAVE DISAGREEMENTS BUT THERE’S A WHOLE LOT RESPECT BACK AND FORTH NOW. WE TREAT EACH OTHER LIKE GROWN MEN AND INSTEAD LITTLE PUNK COUSINS. IT’S — IT’S A BIG DIFFERENCE IN A GREAT WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS THIS SEASON AND HIS TOO, I’M SURE.>>DALE JR. WAS 10th AND LOSING ANOTHER SPOT TO STEWART ON THE BOTTOM. STEWART SAID EARLIER THE CAR TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE. I AM JUST CRUISING. AND IT IS SHOWING TAKING ANOTHER SPOT FROM THE 17 OF KENSETH, MARTY.>>MATT, I DESCRIBE JIMMIE JOHNSON’S PROGRESS PLODDING FORWARD. CURRENTLY UP TO 12th FOR JOHNSON AND HE WAS GRIP UP HIGH AND MOVED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK AND MADE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT AND DIALED IN MORE REAR BRAKE TO THE CAR, AS WELL. MATT?>>CAR EDWARDS IN THE 99. YOU HEARD HIM IN THE PRERACE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT HE HAS A HUGE HOLE TO DIG OUT TO VICTORY LANE AND WHAT IS JUNIOR BOBBLING AND TRYING TO GET THE TEAM BACK ON TRACK. LIKE THEY WERE LAST YEAR.>>GREG BIFFLE WITH AN OUTSTANDING RECORD HERE AT CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY TRYING TO GET WINS BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS. THE CHANCES TO GET IN TO THE JUST TWO RACES TO GO. BIFFLE SAYS HIS TEAM IS WAITING UNTIL DARKNESS TO COME ALIVE THEN. MATT?>>BRIAN VICKERS STARTED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT ROW. THOUGHT HE MIGHT HAVE THE BEST CHANCE TO SCORE THE FIRST WIN AND THE CAR TOO TIGHT IN THE BOTTOM, TRYING TO MOVE UP TO THE HIGH SIDE TO SEE IF THAT HELPS FIX HIS ISSUE AND HASN’T YET. SCHNEIDER?>>TALKED TO THE CREW CHIEF OF MARTIN AND SAID I WANT TO MAKE IT TO LAP 50 AND TRY TO BE IN THE TOP 15. LOOK AT THIS, LAP 44. TO 15th AND MADE IT TO THE PART OF THE RACE THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT. THEY HAVE MADE NO CHANGES ON BOTH OF THEIR STOPS. THEY, HOWEVER, HAVE RADIO PROBLEMS. NOT WITH MARK’S RADIO. SOMEONE’S RADIO ON THE TEAM IS TICKING AND HAVING PROBLEM FINDING IT ALL AFTERNOON LONG. BILL?>>THANKS, VICKERS, SORENSON, NEMECHEK AND MEARS THE TOP 20. EVERY CAR ON THE LEAD LAP.>>VERY, VERY — BEFORE TALKING ABOUT THE RADIO STUCK OPEN. SEE KENSETH AND KURT BUSCH RUNNING. IF YOU HEAR THAT, IT’S VERY, VERY ANNOYING. BECAUSE ALL YOU’RE BACKGROUND NR WHATEVER AND JUST — SHUT THAT RADIO OFF.>>ALAN?>>BILL, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE KURT BUSCH IN THE 2 CAR SLIDE BACK SAYING THE BACK END OF THE CAR IS SO LOOSE RIGHT NOW, WIGGLING AROUND, THAT HE JUST DOESN’T CLOSE FOR FEAR HE’LL WRECK. HE CALLED SAYING TO GET A SPRING READY FOR THE CAR IN CASE, PERHAPS A CONCERN THAT THE FRONT RING WENT SOUR.>>IF HE STAYS UP HIGH, KEVIN HARVICK TRYING TO CLENCH A SPOT IN THE CHASE. FORGET, THEY TALKD ABOUT TRYING SOME THINGS. YOU KNOW? THE 2 CAR OF KURT BUSCH SO MAYBE THEY WENT IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.>>THEY’D RATHER FIND THAT OUT NOW THAN COMING BACK HERE IN THE SPRING. HARVICK IN 8th. KENSETH IN HAMLIN, THE ROOKIE, OUT FRONT IN CALIFORNIA. TWO WINS THIS YEAR. BOTH AT POCONO AND THAT EXACT CAR. IT’S BEEN A REMARKABLE SEASON FOR THIS ROOKIE. NOW, CAN HE RACE THE WAY IN TO THE HAMLIN CONTINUES TO LEAD HERE AT CALIFORNIA. JEFF GORDON MOVED TO SECOND AND IN THE ZONE DRIVERS HERE. WALLY TALKED ABOUT IT ON THE KASEY KAHNE, THREE TOP TEN FINISHED HERE IN THE LAST FOUR RACES. EDWARDS NEEDS TO GET HIMSELF A WIN AND HOPE THE OTHER GUYS HAVE A LITTLE BAD LUCK TO MAKE THE CHASE, PRE TO HAVE BAD LUCK. THE SUN IS NOT ANY BETTER YET.>>OLD STORY TO GET WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER.>>EXACTLY. YOU KNOW, IT’S A POINT. YOU HEARD JEFF GORDON. IT’S A POINT DOWN IN TO TURN THREE AND YOU CAN’T SEE ANYTHING. FOR ABOUT TWO SECOND. NOT A GREAT FEELING AT 185, 190 MILES PER HOUR.>>DENNY HAMLIN, SIX TOP TENS IN THE LAST SIX. JUST BEEN MARVELOUS TO WATCH THIS YEAR. AND SURROUNDED WITH A R NOT ONLY HERE AT THE TRACK BUT BACK AT THE SHOP, AS WELL. HAMLIN WAS 12th HERE IN THE SPRING. THERE’S KURT THAT RACE CAR.>>HE DOESN’T WANT ANYBODY BEHIND HIM. I MEAN, BECAUSE I TELL YOU WHAT. IF HE IS LOOSE BY HIMSELF, IF YOU GET ANOTHER CAR BEHIND YOU, IT MAKES IT TEN TIMES WORSE SO I THINK HE IS LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET IN THE PITS A ENTRY I TO HELP THAT CAR.>>HE AND HE’S –>>OH, MAN IS THAT THING SIDEWAYS. SORRY. MAN, HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS DRIFTING.>>HE DID. SO WHEN YOU WERE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE RACE CARS, WALLYS THAT HOW YOU REACTED WHEN A CAR WENT SIDEWAYS?>>NOT OH MAN..>>THE BIG GOAL FOR THE TEAM TODAY, WALLY AND BILL, THEY HAVE CARS THAT HAVEN’T GOT ON THE THE FINISH. THE CREW CHIEF SAID THE BIG GOAL TODAY TO FINISH ALL THE LAPS, NOT HIT ANYTHING AND NO PENALTIES. RIGHT NOW, KURT’S HANGINGAT GOA. HUH?>>YEAH. IF HE KEEPS GOING LIKE THAT, HE WILL HIT SOMETHING.>>HE WILL BE THE CAUTION.>>ON BOARD WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR. THIS IS DOWN THE BACK STRETCH.>>HE’S GOT A TINTED VISOR THERE TOO. LOOKS LIKE A TEAR OFF. MATTS THAT A TEAR OFF. PRETTY BIG IF HE IS.>>IT IS A TEAR OFF ON THE VISOR AND JUST IN CASE, HE’S STILL BATTLES ISSUES WITH THE SUN AS A PIECE OF DUCT TAPE STUCK TO THE ROOF. A BATTLE FOR THE LEAD WITH GORDON SAID HE NEEDS HELP WITH DRIVE OFF AND LOOKS LIKE THEY FINALLY GOT IT FOR HIM TRYING TO WORK THAT 24 CAR TO THE FRONT.>>MARTY TALKED TO JEFF GORDON. GORDON’S GOING TO TAKE IT AND, T DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE. THAT SUN GETS TO THE POINT WHERE IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW DARK OF A VISOR YOU HAVE. YOU CANNOT SEE AND WILL BE ABOUT A FIVE-LAP, TEN-LAP WINDOW IN THREE WHERE YOU’RE BLIND. DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE. YS A GOOD TIME TO DO IT. YOU HAVE A GOOD EXCUSE.>>YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT COLORS ON THE TICKER INDICATING THE DRIVERS IN THE CHASE, THOSE ON THE BUBBLE AND THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED.>>JEFF GORDON, THE NEW RACE JEF ABOUT THE LAST FIVE LAPS, CLICKING OFF GOOD LAPS.>>I THOUGHT MARTY HAD A GOOD POINT WITH GORDON ON THE COUNTDOWN IS THAT GORDON HAS NOT HAD A GOOD RACING LUCK AT RICHMOND IN YEARS AND WOULD LOVE TO PUT IT AWAY HERE AT CALIFORNIA.OU COULD GO IN TO RID WITHOUT HAVING THAT PRESSURE, BE A LOT MORE FUN. THAT’S PRETTY TOUGH.>>THEY HAVE TO FIGHT THAT FOR A WHILE YET.>>SEE THE RPMs ON THE RIGHT. TOP SPEED OVER 197, 200 MILES PER HOUR GOING DOWN IN TO THESE CORNERS.S HAULING THEM OUT.>>AND THEY HAVE THAT TAIL WIND. DOWN THE FRONT STRETCH. WIND BLOWING FROM TURNS THREE AND FOUR. AND THEN A HEAD WIND DOWN THE BACK STRETCH LOOKING IN TO THE SUN. THIS IS FOR FIFTH.ñn TONY STEWART, KYLE BUSCH. BUSCH TRYING TO MAKE THE MOVE ON THE OUTSIDE.>>BILL, BEEN A WHILE SINCE BAC. THE CREW CHIEF DIDN’T SAY THEY WERE GOING TO BE LIGHTNING FAST EARLY IN THE RUN AND STAYED AND HELD THE LAP SPEEDS BETTER THAN MOST IN THE FIELD IN PRACTICE AND LATER IN THE RUN AND MAY BE SEEING THAT STARTING TO KICK IN NOW FOR THAT 5 CAR.>>KEEP AN EYE GOT THE POSITION FROM STEWART. DEFENDING CHAMPION OF THIS RACE. THIS IS JIMMIE JOHNSON HAS TENTH. CARL EDWARDS IS 11th. MORE ON JOHNSON FROM MARTY.>>THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER’S CREW CHIEF SAID WE NEED TO TRY THINGS NOW FOR THE CHASE. THE SET UP OF THE 48 CAR, THE SET UPS AND HOMESTEAD. CHAD TOLD ME THAT’S THE RACETRACK TO — THIS RACETRACK MERELY TRANSLATES TO THEM. SO FAR, SO GOOD IN THE TOP TEN.>>LOOKING BACK TO THE 99, DIPPING ON THE OUTSIDE. THE CAR WAS TIGHT EARLIER. JUST TRYING TO WORK ON THAT DRA8 OF JOHNSON DOWN THE BACK STRETCH. DAVE?>>NOW, MATT KENSETH WITH CHANGES DONE TO HIS CAR AND RADIOED IN TO THE CREW CHIEF STILL A LITTLE BIT LOOSE AND BETTER ON TOP OF THE TRACK AND REALLY TOUGH TO DRAFT. HE WAS BEHIND JUNIOR AND MAK THAT’S PRETTY TOUGH AND ROBBY REMINDED HIM WITH THE SUN, HANG IN THERE FOR ABOUT ANOTHER HOUR ON THAT DEAL.>>HEY, DAVE. YOU GOT A SECOND?>>GO AHEAD.>>CAN YOU UPDATE US ON WHAT WE SAW ON THAT CREW CAM WITH TRUEX’S CAR?>>LET DROPPED EARLIER AND CAME DOWN AND GOT THE WHEEL ON AND HADN’T TIGHTENED THE LUGS YET SO IT CRUSHED THAT LEFT FRONT FENDER. THEY HAD TO PULL THAT BACK OUT AND RESTARTED AND HAVING RUN NEAR THE TOP TEN, HE WAS 42nd.>>UP TO 23rd RIGHT NOW.THEY WOW CHALLENGE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>IN CHARLOTTE THIS YEAR. SO THERE’S A — GOING TO BE A CHANGE HERE. KYLE BUSCH ON THE RUN WITH FOURTH SPOT FROM BURTON RIGHT THERE.>>WE HAVE SEEN THIS HERE BEFORE.>>YES, WE HAVE.>>BOY, OFF THE THROTTLE FOR A LONG TIME RIGHT NOW.>>JEFF GORDON IS THE ALL-TIME LAP LEADER HERE AT CALIFORNIA. BUT LET — LED ONLY T TODAY. HE IS OUT FRONT BY A SECOND OVER DENNY HAMLIN, KASEY KAHNE,>>>STILL UNDER GREEN, JEFF GOSONY HD 500. ON BOARD AND TIME FOR THE CINGULAR RACE CALL QUESTION. WHICH DRIVER ENJOYED THE BEST SUMMER? TO VOTE, TEXT RACE ON YOUR CINGULAR WIRELESS PHONE AND HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A FIRST-CLASS TRIP TO LATER IN THE RACE.>>DEPENDS ON WHERE THEY WENT THIS SUMMER.>>I THINK WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ON THE RACETRACK. THERE’S THE RACE LEADER, JEFF GORDON. CALIFORN TRYING TO LOCK HIMSELF IN TO CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP. MISSED IT LAST YEAR. AND YOU CAN REALLY HEAR THE FRUSTRATION IN HIS VOICE AFTER THIS RACE ONE YEAR AGO. THIS YEAR, THINGS HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER. VICTORY IN SONOMA. AND THEY HAVE GOTTEN HOT DOWN THE STRETCH. THAT’S AT CHICAGOLAND. MATT KENSETH OUT OF THE WAY. FOUR-TIME SERIES CHAMPION. AND OUT FRONT IN CALIFORNIA. MORE FROM MATT.>>BILL, WE ARE ABOUT TEN LAPS AWAY FROM JEFF GORDON’S NEXT SCHEDULED PIT STOP AND TOLD STEVE ON CAR OUT OF ONE AND TWO SO MUCH BETTER THAN IT IS DOWN IN THREE AND FOUR AND SAYS STARTS TO GET IN THE GAS DOWN IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR, THE CAR IS JUST BIG TIME LOOSE. ALLOWING HIM TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH HE NEEDS TO ADJUST THE 24 CAR ON THEIR STOP.>>AND THEY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT ADJUSTING THE CARS BECAUSE THE SUNSET HERE IS A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR AWAY. 7:13 LOCAL TIME. ABOUT AN HOUR AND 6 OR 7 MINUTES FROM RIGHT NOW. AND THAT’S WHEN THE TRACK’S REALLY GOING TO CHANGE.>>YEAH. YOU DON’T WANT TO — IF YOU HAVU DON’T WANT TO ADJUST IT TOO MUCH BECAUSE THE TRACK SHOULD TRIINGT UP, SHOULD. YOU DON’T WANT A BIG ADJUSTMENT. THE NEXT ROUND OF PIT STOPS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. HEARD THE GUYS TALK ABOUT YOU REALLY — THE GUY THAT IS ARE GOOD AT A GUYS TO AN SIS PATE THAT CHANGE IN THE RACETRACK AND NOT GO TOO FAR.>>KYLE BUSCH UP TO THIRD SPOT. FUN TO WATCH LAST NIGHT. I HE DRIVE IT IS RACETRACK PRETTY LOOSE AND WATCH HIM THROUGH THAT CORNER AND SEE IT GOES TO THE RIGHT AND I THINK HE IS ONE OF THE BETTER DRIVERS AROUND THIS PLACE. HE REALLY HANGS IT OUT.>>HANGING IT OUT. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT KYLE BUSCH IN THE YES, SIR.>>THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON. THE BACK END WANTS TO STEP OUT. IT’S A LOOSE RACE CAR. HOPING TO MAKE ADJUSTMENT IN A GREEN FLAG PIT STOP COMING UP TEN LAPS FROM RIGHT NOW.>>SPEEDS AT THE LINE. FASTEST .>>SAW WALLACE AND ELLIOTT FALL OFF THE LEAD LAP AND RAINES FALLEN OFF THE LEAD LAP. LEAD B2 SECONDS OVER DENNY HAMLIN. SO IT’S A ROOKIE CHASING THE VETERAN GETTING CLOSE TO GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS. WE’LL STEP OUT AND COME BACK TO>>>JEFF GORDON STILL OUT FRONT HERE AT CALIFORNIA. BUSCH SERIES RAN HERE LAST NIGHT. KASEY KAHNE WENT TO VICTORY LANE. HE IS TRYING FOR THE WEEKEND SWEEP. DOMINATE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. MARK MARTIN WITH A STRONG RUN. BUT ENDED UP FINISHING THIRD. AFTER SOME OUTSTANDING PIT STRATEGY BY THE KAHNE BUNCH AND THE HARVICK HUGE LEAD OVER EDWARDS AND COMPANY. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THAT 8 CAR IS SIXTH. MARK MARTIN. AND 7th. MARTIN 9th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS RIGHT NOW. MARK WAS FUN TO WATCH LAST NIGHT. THE CAR WAS SO GOOD.>>EL RAY WAS. THE CAR WAS JUST HOOKED UP. HE HAD — I MEAN, HE HAD IT PRETTY MUCH COVERED BUT LIKE YOU SAY, KASEY KAHNE, THE ANOTHER YR THE LAST PIT STOP AND WORKED OUT FOR THEM.>>CAME BACK IN. PITTED ON LAP 94. CAME BACK IN UNDER THE SAME CAUTION, LAP 98 AND TOPPED OFF AND ENOUGH FUEL TO GET TO THE FINISH AND CELEBRATE THE WIN AND DRIVE THE CAR TO VICTORY LANE. L OF THE RACETRACK AND THEN SOME. UP IN THE DIRT AND MARBLES THAT TIME.>>YEF GORDON ON PIT ROAD. GREEN FLAG PIT STOP. 75 LAPS ARE COMPLETE. HEADED FOR YOU,>>START OF THE E CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, AND LIKE A LOT OF OTHER DRIVERS KNOWING, JUST A MAXIMUM POINT KIND OF DAY WILL HELP SOLIDIFY THE POSITION FOR THE CHASE OF 2006. THE 24 GUYS UP ON THE WALL. GORDON MAKES THE WAY IN TO THE PIT BOX. THE CAR, EXTREMELY LOOSE. MORE SO DOWN IN THREE AND FOUR THAN ONE AND TWO. STEVE FOLLOWING FROM THE SMALL AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. LIKE WALLY SAID. YOU DON’T WANT TO OVERADJUST WITH THE SUNSETTING.>>KASEY KAHNE PITTED AND. SEE THE WRENCH TWISTED TO TRY TO HELP THE HANDLING OF THAT CAR. FOUR-TIRE CHANGE HERE ON THE 9 CAR AND SENDING HIM BACK OUT. BUSCH IN LOOKING FOR SOME CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT ON THAT CAR. THE BACK END WRIGGLING AROUND. SEE THE WRENCH, BAR IN THE BACK2 CAR AND WE EXPECT TO SEE THE NEW LEADER ON PIT ROAD MOMENTARILY.>>TONY — TONY STEWART DEFENDING SERIES CHAMPION MAKING THE WAY DOWN PIT ROAD. STEWART, THE CAR WAS LOOSE EARLIER. CAR SLIDING THE NOSE OF BOTH ENDS OF THE RACETRACK. GREG, CALLING FOR AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. NO WRENCH IN THE BACK WINDOW YET. NOTHING THERE. AS FAR AS DALE EARNHARDT JR., HIS CAR WAS LOOSE ON ENTRY. TIGHT IN THE CENTER. ANIT. TONY, HIS COUSIN AND CREW CHIEF — THE 01 OF NEMECHEK SLID THROUGH AND HAD TO BACK UP AS STEWART MAKES THE EXIT. YOU CAN SEE THE WRENCH IN THE REAR WINDOW. JUNIOR, AIR PRESSURE>>THE RADIO PROBLEM STILL EXISTS FOR MARK MARTIN’S RACE TEAM AND BAD BECAUSE HE WAS PIT SUPPOSE — SUPPOSED TO PIT TWO LAPS EARLIER. THE CAR TIGHT. MAKING ADJUSTMENT, MAKE ATE SMALL ONE. QUARTER ROUND OF RIGHT.>>A PIT STOP AND MAKING ADJUSTMENT ON THE CROSS WEIGHT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR TO TRY TO HELP IT TURN BET EVERY. A GOOD STOP FOR THIS TEAM.>>17 OF MATT KENSETH OFF OF PIT ROAD A, CREW CHIEF? AIR PRESSURE AND TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. HARVICK ON AND OFF OF PIT ROAD. LOOSE AND ADJUSTED FOR THAT, AS WELL.>>KYLE BUSCH IS COMING IN AFTER A LENGTHY DISCUSSION ON THE TEAM RADIO WHERE THE CAR IS HANDLING. LOOK FOR THE CREW CHIEF TO TRY TOT TO GET THE BACK END OF THAT CAR STUCK MORE ESPECIALLY ON THE EXIT OF THE CORNERS. HE’S BEEN VERY PROUD OF THE TEAM’S PIT STOPS HE TOLD ME THIS MORNING SAYING THE CREW IS PERFORMING AT A HIGH LEVEL AND WANT TO GET THROUGH THE RACE TONIGHT AND MISTAKES ON PIT ROAD AND THAT LOOKED LIKE A PRETTY SOLID STOP.>>CERTAINLY DID.>>THEY’RE SO GOOD IN THE PITS ANYMORE. USED TO BE TO GET ANYBODY TO CHANGE TIR CAR UP BUT THESE GUYS ARE ALL ATHLETES NOW. THEY WORK OUT. THEY WORK IN THE PIT STOPS. IT’N TO WATCH THESE GUYS MAKE PIT STOPS. THEY’RE REALLY GOOD.>>AND PEER PRESSURE THERE, TOO. YOU WANT TO NOT ONLY BEAT THE GUYS ON PIT ROAD BUT THE OTHER TEAMS WITHIN YOUR OWN ORGANIZATIONS.>>THAT’S RIGHT. THAT IS RIGHT. THERE’S A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THESE GUYS. YOU MA RACE, THAT ONE MISTAKE, HARD TO OVERCOME IN A RACE. EVERYBODY IS SO GOOD. SO CONSISTENT. YOU MAKE ONE MISTAKE AND COULD RUIN YOUR DAY.>>BEEN A GOOD DAY SO FAR FOR JEFF GORDON. FOUR-TIME SERIES FOUR-TIME WINNER OF THE BRICKYARD 400. WOULD LIKE TO GET A WIN HERE AT CALIFORNIA. AND WOULD LIKE TO LOCK HIMSELF IN TO THE CHASE FOR THE>>>WE ARE UNDER CAUTION HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FOR A DEBRIS. THURSDAY NIGHT, A NFL KICKOFF SPECIAL FOR YOU. DOLPHINS TRAVELING TO PITTSBURGH TO MEET THE STEELERS. QUARTERBACK BEN ROETHLISBERGER WITH AN EMERGENCY APEN DETECTIVE MYILL BE OUT OF THE LINEUP AND BRINGING IN CHARLIE BATCH OFF THE BENCH TO GO AGAINST DANTE CULPEPPER AND THE DOLPHINS THURSDAY NIGHT. I LOOK FORWARD TO SUNDAY WHEN THAT WHAT’S HIS NAME, THE QUARTERBACKS THE COLTS GOES AGAINST ELI MANNING GIANTS. HIS BROTHER, PEYTON MANNING. COLTS AND GIANTS.>>COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT THE OLDER BROTHER NORMALLY HAS MOST OF THE TALENT. THAT’S WHAT THEY’LL –>>OLDER BROTHER?>>YEAH. GET MORE OF THE TALENT IN THE GENE POOL.>>I WOULD AGREE WITH YOU>>I WOULD AGREE. FIRST TIME IN FIVE AND A HALF YEARS.>>WE FINALLY AGREE ON SOMETHING.>>NOW MOST OF THE LEADERS STAYED OUT UNDER THIS CAUTION BUT SOME GUYS DEEP IN THE FIELD DID COME BACK IN AND THIS HAPPENED JUST A MOMENT AGO.>>YEAH. 19 PIT AND RYAN NEWMAN GETS IN TO HIM. NOT NORMALLY HOW YOU GET IN TO YOUR BOX. LUCKYLY NOBODY WAS RUN OVER ON THAT DEAL.>>SO ELLIOTT SADLER POINTING THE WRONG WAY ON PURNED AROUND K OUT ON THE TRACK. UNDER CAUTION HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY. THAT’S KEN SCHRADER IN THE 21 CAR. HE’S THE LUCKY DOG.>>>FORD IS LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE RACING FAN TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE AT HOMESTEAD MIAMI EXPERIENCE. LOG ONAM.COM FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO ALL THREE NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES IN NOVEMBER. BEING A HONORARY STARTING FOR THE RACE AND A PACE CAR RIDE. RACE TO THE DREAM.COM. AN HERE IN CALIFORNIA. JEFF GORDON, THE RACE LEADER. HAMLIN, BUSCH, KAHNE, STEWART, THE TOP FIVE. MARTY? WELL, BILLT RADIO PROBLES NOT HAPPENING FOR MARTIN. WHITE NOISE COMING ON FOR 30, 45 SECONDS AND GOES AWAY. TRYING TO TRACK DOWN WHOSE RADIO THIS MIGHT BE ON THE TEAM. BUT MARK CAME ON THE RADIO HIMSELF AND SAID, GUYS, YOU HAVE RADIO. IT IS AWFULLY DISTRACTING.>>AND MARTY SAYS, WHITE NOISE. THAT IS NOT A BAND. IT’S JUST — YOU HEAR THE STATIC AND STUFF AND I’M TELLING YOU, WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING THESE CARS AT 200 MILES PER HOUR, THAT IS VERY DISTRACTING. EVERYTHING YOF FOCUS ON WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND BOTHERS YOU. AND DENNY HAMLIN IS FOCUSED RIGHT NOW ON THE HIGH SIDE FOR THE LEAD.>>KILL BUSCH ON THE LOW SIDE. THEY SPLIT JEFF GORDON AND FALLS BACK THAT POSITION. TOP 17 CARS DID NOT PIT. MATT?>>NOTHING ON THE RADIO ABOUT THE RESTART, BILL. JUST DURING THE CAUTION, HE SAID THE CAR STILL LOOSE. LOOKING AT THE TRACK TEMPERATURE HAS COME DOWN AND THE TRACK HASN’T TIGHTENED UP WHICH IS TA.>>BOY, HE IS IN THE WAY RIGHT NOW. BUSCH LEADS. KAHNE IN THE 9. HAMLIN THIRD IN THE 11. THEY AR. RIGHT THERE.>>I GUESS.>>FROM ABOUT, WELL, FOURTH ON TO 40th. THEY’RE SCRAMBLING.>>BOBBY LABONTE AND JEFF GREEN RACING FOR THE LUCKY DOG. THEY’RE RACING FOR THE LEAD. KASEY KAHNE. BELIEVE IT OR NOT ON THE HIGH GROOVE. MORE ON THE LEADERS FROM ALAN.>>WELL, TALKING ABOUT THE GUYS WHO ARE VERY HUMBLING FOR A WIN TONIGHT. KASEY KAHNE WITH FOUR WINS WIN BACK IN JUNE AND THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH A VERY DIFFICULT SUMMER HAS THEM ON THE BUBBLE FOR MAKING THE CHASE. AS FOR KYLE BUSCH, HE WON A RACE IN JULY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND BEEN ONLY WIN OF THE SEASON SO FAR AND FEELS LIKE HE GAVE A COUPLE AWAY IN THE SEASON AND WANTS WIN NUMBER TWO TONI RUNNI.>>COMES IN OFF THE WIN LAST NIGHT IN THE BUSCH SERIES RACE. SEE THE POINTS AS THEY RUN NOW.>>STILL PRETTY TIGHT BACK THERE. NINTH, TENTH AND 11th.>>KASEY KAHNE CUT THAT MAR YIN IN HALF. JEFF GORDON IN THE 24. EARNHARDT JR. TRYING TO GET AROUND HIM. MATT?>>TRYING TO WORK HIS WAY BACK UP TO THE POINT, BILL. FELL FROM FIRST DOWN TO SIXTH AND THEN SAID ON THE RADIO WAS THAT THE CAR PICKED UP A DOING N TURNS ONE AND TWO AND HAD TO WAIT ON THE THROTTLE AND WORKING AROUND HIM.>>HE WAS STRONG WHEN HE WAS IN FRONT AND RIGHT NOW, BACK IN TRAFFIC. HE HAS HIS HANDS FULL.>>YEAH. THEY’RE JUST STACKED UP ON TOP OF EACH OTHER RIGHT NOW ABE TALKED YOU CAN RUN THE AIR YOU CAN ON YOUR CAR AND RIGHT NOW IN THIS TRAFFIC, IT IS HARD TO GET ALL THAT GRIP. IN TRAFFIC. THAT YOU HAD WHEN YOU’RE OUT THERE OUT IN FRONT BY YOURSELF.. TRYING TO STEP OUT OF LINE AND MAKE A MOVE. LOOKING BACK FROM GORDON. TALK ABOUT PRESSURE ON THE GUYS IN THE GARAGE. RELIEF FOR GORDON TO LOCK HIMSELF IN HERE SO HE DOESN’T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT LAST WEEK ANDS A FRUSTRATING AS 2005 WAS.>>YEAH. I MEAN, LIKE YOU SAID, THE PRESSURE ON THIS WEEK, BUT IT’S EVEN GOING TO RICHMOND.>>YEAH.>>YOU ARE RIGHT. IF THEY CAN — COMING OUT OF THIS RACE, WITH ANYBODY FOR THAT MATTER, IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT MORE FUN FOR THEM NEXT WEEK AT RICHMOND.>>SAW STEVE AT THE HOTEL EARLIER IN WEEK AND SAYING, YEAT TIME THIS SUMMER.>>YEAH.>>CREW CHIEFS THINKING ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. 31 CAR BEHIND DALE EARNHARDT JR.>>TRYING TO PICK THE WAY BACK TOWARD THE FRONT, BILL. JEFF SPOT AND MOVED UP IN THE OPENING LAPS OF THE RACE AND FELL BACK. WHEN THE CAR’S HANDLING WENT AN I WAY. HE SAID WE LOST OUR ABILITY TO TURN IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER T. CREW MATES MADE ADJUSTMENTINGS INCLUDING AIR PRESSURE ON THE TIRES AND BURTON SEEMS TO LIKE THE ADJUSTMENTS. HE IS>>I WANT TO TOUCH ON SOMETHING MENTIONED EARLIER THEY PRACTICED IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY AND JUST NOW A DIFFERENT TYPE OF SITUATION WITH THE TRACK TEMPERATURES HERE. THE CREW CHIEF FOR MATT KENSETH TOLD ME STARTING FROM BASICALLY SQUARE ONE AT THE START OF THE THIS RACE. WORK WE THINK AND ADJUSTING IT ALL NIGHT LONG AND HEARD THE ADJUSTMENTS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT HERE. IT IS WHO CAN WORK THE BEST FROM A CLEAN PIECE OF PAPER AT THE STRT OF THIS RACE, BILL.>>HEY, DAVE. YOU BE CAREFUL WITH ROBBY. HE IS GRUMPY IN WEEKEND. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT? SPENT TID HIM.>>WISE MOVE ON YOUR PART. DURING PRACTICE HERE ON SATURDAY MATT TOLD HIM HE NEEDS AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT. ROBBY JUST SMILED A LITTLE GRIN AND BACK TO WORK TRYING TO KEEP THE TEAM FOCUSED NOW THAT THEY CLENCHED A SPOT IN NEXTEL CUP.>>BURTON AND EARNHARDT. BURTON IS SIXTH. EARNHARDT SEVENTH. ON BOARD WITH EARNHARDT. LOOK AT IT, BURTON. YOU AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS LAST RACE AFTER THE WEEK. LOOK AT BRISTOL AND INDIANAPOLIS WHERE BURTON HAD A CAR THAT YASN THE RACE AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THE LAST QUARTER OR OR SO OF THE RACE WASN’T COMPETITIVE.>>YEAH. SEEMED LIKE AFTER THE LAST PIT STOP TO CAP IT OFF, TO CAP THE WIN OFF, THEY DISAPPEARED.>>BURTON TOLD ME YESTERDAY HE SAID IN BOTH OF THOSE GOT SO TIY COULDN’T GET THE TIGHTNESS OUT OF IT. AND THE MORE THEY WORKED ON IT, THE WORSE IT GOT. ALAN, SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER.>>BILL, HAD A SIMILAR CONVERSATION WITH BURTON THIS MORNING. THE ONE THING TO POINT OUT, HE SAID AT INDIANAPOLIS THE CAR’ HE SAID BECAUSE WE WERE OUT FRONT ALL DAY, WE WERE AN I BELIEVE TO HIDE THAT FROM EVERYBODY AND SHUFFLED BACK IN TRAFFIC BY TWO-TIRE PIT STOPS, UNVEILED A FLAW IN THE CAR. HE SAID AT BRISTOL, WE AREN’T SURE WHAT HAPPENED TO US THERE AND I DON’T WANT TO DO BLAMING THE CREWE ADJUSTMENT AT THE END OF THE RACE AND NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT ONE. MATT?>>ALAN, THE 18 HOPING THAT THEIR PROBLEMS ARE GONE. THEY HAD ISSUES WITH THE RADIO AND THEN JUNIOR SAID A VIBRATION HASN’T SAID MUCH ABOUT THAT LATELY AND JUNIOR FELT LIKE DEFG MOMENT. FROM 40th AND FINISHED THIRD. ESCAPING THE MINE FIELDS AND WANTS TO HAVE A NIGHT HERE IN FONTANA, SCORE A WIN AND THEN GO IN TO NEXT WEEK WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A CUSHION SO AS TO NOT HS TO DECIDE HIS FATE. RIGHT NOW, HE IS RIDING SOLID IN THE SIXTH POSITION TRYING TO RUN DOWN TONY STEWART IN FIFTH.>>THESE TWO DRIVERS WANT TO CEMENT THEIR SPOT. AND WHILE TH FOR SIXTH, THERE’S SOME RATHER AGGRESSIVE AND INTRIGUING RACING GOING ON.>>I TELL YOU WHAT. THIS IS LIKE 20 OF 26. IT IS GREAT TOUGH. THEY’RE RUNNING SIDE BY SIDE. FLEE ABREAST. ALL OVER THE RACETRACK. RUNNING AS HARD BACK HERE AS TH.>>UP NEAR THE FRONT IN THE FOURTH POSITION AFTER FINISHING FOURTH LAST WEEK AND DROPPED BACK TO THE BACK AND THERE’S BEEN SOME AGGRESSIVE RACING BACK THERE AND THEY’RE REALLY FANNING OUT WHEN THEY GO THROUGH THE TURNS. YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS, ALAN? CREW CHIEF SAYING THE GOAL FOR THE DRIVER NOT TO HIT ANYTHING AND SEE THE CAR BACK THERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT?>>GOOD LUCK.>>THAT’S THE STORY FOR KURT BUSCH. MAKING ADJUSTMENTS ON THE LAST PIT STOP. DAVE?>>SCOTT RIGGS THOUGHT IT WAS A BETTER RACE CARHE WAS IN THE TOD STARTED WELL UP IN THE RACE AND FELL BACK WITH A VERY LOOSE RACE CAR AFTER THE SECOND PIT STOP. THEY’VE BEEN WORKING THE WAY BACK ON THAT AND ONLY MADE UP TO 17th.>>CASEY MERES m[ BACK THERE. I THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE A STRONG RUN HERE TONIGHT.THE 41.>>THE RACETRACK, DON’T COUNT THEM OUT YET. THE RACETRACK MAY COME TO THEM. IF THINK’RE LOOSE RIGHT NOW, HOLDING ON. AS LONG AS YOU’RE ON THE LEAD LAP HERE AT FONTANA AND STAY THERE, THIS RACETRACK WILL CHANGE A LOT. AND YOU’RE GOING TO FRONT ALL ON DISAPPEAR AND THEN WE’LL SEE GUYS IN THIS PACK SOMEWHERE THAT ARE GOING TO BE UP FRONT BEFORE THE RACE IS OVER.>>30 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. AND THEY’RE 151 LAPS TO GO. YOU HAVE TIME TO WORK OUT. MARTY, WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? WF WALLY READ THE PLAY BOOK FOR THE 42 TEAM. THEY’VE BEEN LOOSE THIS ENTIRE TIME FIGHTING NO REAR GRIP AND SAYS THE RACETRACK WILL COME TO THEM LATER AND GET TIGHTER AND GOING TO COOL DOWN AND THAT SHOULD ADD MORE GRIP TO THE RACS MORE GRIP IN THE RACETRACK.>>THANKS.>>THERE’S MARK MARTIN RIGHT NOW. HE IS SLIDING BACK. HE WENT ACROSS THE STRIPE THERE AT 17th SPOT.>>HAD TO BELIEVE HE’S REALLY HOPING WHEN THE SUNSETS –>>MOVE OR RADIO BUGGING HIM?>>NO. HE MADE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE. DAMAGED THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER A LITTLE BIT. A FENDER RUB AND MARK SAID THE CAR IS EXTREMELY LOOSE RIGHT NOW. QUITE A HANDFUL.>>RIGHT NOW, MARK MARTIN TENTH ONLY 26 POINTS AHEAD OF KASEY KAHNE. EARNHARDT. FOR FIFTH AROUND TONY STEWART. SO EARNHARDT JR. TRYING TO MARCH TO THE FRONT. MATT?>>BILL, SIMILAR ISSUES FOR THE 8 OF DALE JUNIOR AND 20 OF TONY STEWART. JUNIOR SAYS THE CAR SLIDING TERRIBLY FROM THE CENTER OFF. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT STEWART WAS SAYING ABOUT THE 20 MACHINE, AS.>>KASEY KAHNE DRIVES CAR 9. STARTED NINTH. LAST TIME HE STARTED NINTH, IT WAS AT CHARLOTTE. AND THE RACE THAT BEGAN DURING THE DAY AND ENDED UNDER THE LIGHTS. THAT NIGHT, KASEY>>>EARLY EVENING HERE IN FONTANA, CALIFORNIA. THE NASCAR SERIES WITH A 500-MILE RACE IN THE SONY HD 5050. ON BOARD WITH JEFF BURR DON. TRYING TO CRACK THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP. WHICH DRIVER HAD THE BEST SUMMER? HERE’S HOW YOU VOTED. MATT KENSE AGREE WITH THAT.>>I WOULD, TOO. ESPECIALLY AFTER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. OUR CINGULAR RACE TALK POLL.>>GORDON TAKES THIRD AWAY FROM HAMLIN.>>SO AFTER FALLING BACK, THE RE OF THE MAGIC IT HAD SOME LAPS AGO.>>YEAH. I THINK ONCE THINGS SETTLE DOWN AND SPREAD OUT AND OUT OF THE ARROW SITUATION WITH ALL OF THAT TRAFFIC, BACK TO RUN SOME PRETTY GOOD LAP TIMES N. FACT, THAT QUT CAR.>>SOME GOOD RACING GOING ON ALL AROUND THE TRACK. TIME NOW TO TAKE YOU THROUGH THE FIELD STARTING WITH RACE LEADER KASEY KAHNE. HERE’S ALAN.>>BILL, TALKED WITH SOME OF THE CREW ABOUT THIS 9 CAR. THINGS ARE GOING WELL NOW. CHECK THIS OUT. POINTS NOW AS THEY RUN IN THE RACE, KASEY KAHNE IN THE TENT MS TO GO ON THIS NIGHT TONIGHT. AS FAR AS THIS TEAM IS CONCERNED WONDERING WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS WONDERING, WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN IF SUN GOES DOWN? KYLE BUFERB WAS RUNNING RIGHT WITH THESE CARS WHEN THE GREEN CAR WAVED AN AND BACK. KYLE INITIALLY BEING TOLD BY THE CREW NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT. THEY WERE BETTER OVER THE LONG RUN BUT JEFF GORDON JUST GOT THEM FOR SECOND PLACE, MATT.>>AND JEFF GORDON, A HALF SECOND FASTER THAN THE LEADER SAYING ON THE RADIO, TEN LAPS TR LESS OF TAPE BEFORE THE SUN WILL BE MISERABLE IN TURN THREE, MISERABLE.>>BACK TO FOURTH PLACE NOW AND HASN’T SAID A WORD ON THE TEAM’S RADIO SINCE THE RESTART. NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT OBSERVATION. JUST LOGGING LAPS IT APPEARS AT THIS POINT.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. RUNNING IN THE FIFTH POSITION. JUNIOR SAYS THE CAR TOO TIGHT. HOPING FOR A NEXT PIT STOP TO TRY TO FREE IT UP. IT SEEMS LIKE WHICHEVER DRIVER IT IS, WHATEVER CONDITION YOU’RE EXPERIENCING, MAGNIFIED AT THIS JUNCTURE OF THE RACE.>>MATT KENSETH RUNS NEXT, MATT. STARTED OUT IN THE NINTH POSITION ON THE LAST RESTART WITH A COUPLE OF SPOTS AND WITH HIMSELF LOCKED IN THE CHASE, WE ASKED HIM WHAT MATTERS ABOUT THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.>>I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO TG ABOUT MOMENTUM AND TO KEEP THAT AND MYSELF, ALL THE TEAM MEMBERS AND EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW, PERFORMING AT A CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL AND, YOU KNOW, WORKING AS HARD AS WE CAN EVERY WEEK SO, YOU KNOW, REALLY THIS BUSINESS ABOUT TRYING TO WIN RACES AND IS A BIG RACE EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE IN THE CHASE, YOU WANT AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN. LOVE TO BE THE POINT LEADER AND SO WE ARE GOING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN EVERY WEEK AND SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT.>>CAUTION ON THE RACETRACK AS BRIAN VICKERS WITH A HE’S HAD CY CONTACT.>>I THINK THE LEFT FRONT TIRE BLEW ON THAT CAR.>>SURE DID.>>THAT’S WHAT TOOK THE FENDER OFF.>>I DON’T KNOW. IF HE MADE CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY BEFORE THAT. YOU SEE SOMEBODY WITH THE RIGHT REAR.>>SO THE CAUTION IS OUT. JEFF GREEN WILL BE THE LUCKY DOG. THAT’S ON THE BACK STRETCH. WHEN THAT TIRE GOES –>>YEAH. IT RIPS EVERYTHING APART.>>AND FALLS INTO THE HANDS OF SOME OF THE GUY THAT IS DIDN’T PIT UNDER THE CAUTION. THERE YOU SEE THE TIRE GO. IT’S GONE THERE, ACTUALLY. IT’S IN PIECES ALL OVER THE PLACE. THIS IS ON BOARD WITH DALE JARRETT. ALL WE ARE GOING TO SEE IS THE SUN.>>ACTUALLY SAW SOME SMOKE THERE. I THOUGHT I SAW SOME SMOKE. NO, I DID SEE SOME SMOKE WHEN HE WENT DOWN IN THE CORN IT, LIKE D HE GOT OUT OF THE WAY. THEY HAVE TO FIX THAT FENDER. YOU CAN’T RUN A CAR LIKE THAT HERE. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO RUN MINIMUM SPEED WITHOUT A LEFT FRONT FENDER.>>YOU HAVE TS, AS WELL, TO MAKE SURE IT HOLDS TOGETHER FOR HIM. TOO BAD. HE HAD A GOOD QUALIFYING RUN. HIGH HOPES HERE AT CALIFORNIA. SO THE CAUTION IS OUT AND THE PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN AND THESE GUYS ARE ALL GOING TO COME IN. KAHNE, GORDON, AND THEN STEWART, KENSETH, BIFFLE, BURTON AND JIMMIE JOHNSON THE TOP TEN. KAHNE LEADS THEM DOWN PIT ROAD. IT WILL BE A BUSY>>YEAH, BILL. JIMMIE JOHNSON’S HAD A TENTH PLACE CAR FOR MOST OF THE AFTERNOON AND TIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE CORNER AND LACKS STRONG GRIP AND MAKING A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT TO FIX THAT. LOOSE OFF THE CORNER. BACK IN WANTS TO KICK IN. A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT ON THAT TO FIX THAT PROBLEM. IN, FOUR CHANGE FOR HIM AND STILL LOOSE AND LEAVE IT SAYS MATT. ROBBY ARRIVES. THE TRACK IS COMING AROUND NEXT 20 MINUTES. MATT?>>YEF GORDON IN THE 24 CAR, NO CHANGES. THEY FEEL AT THIS POINT IN THE RACE, THE SUN PLAYS GAMES. NO GORDON SAYS IT WAS GOOD.>>FOUR TIRES A ENA TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT FOR KASEY KAHNE. WIDE AROUND HAMLIN’S CAR TO GET OFF THE OF PIT ROAD AND HOLDS THE LEAD ON THIS PIT STOP. NICE JOB BY THE DODGE BOYS.E’LL. WE’LL CHECK THE RUNNING ORDER. AND GO BACK TO GREEN FLAG RACING WHEN WE COME BACK TO FONTANA. YOU ARE WATCHING NASCAR ON NBC.>>>OKAY. COMPUTERS ARE GREAT BUT YOUR EYES ARE BETTER LOOKING AT THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. AND THEN DENNY HAMLIN.FF GORDON AND I CAN TELL YOU HARVICK, BOWYER AND JEFF BURTON –>>PRETTY GOOD RACE.>>FOR TENTH.>>LOOKS LIKE A TALLADEGA FINISH THERE.>>SURE DID. THAT WAS THE RACE OFF OF PIT ROAD. CAR OF MARK MARTIN FROM SCHNEIDER.>>YEAH. BILL, THEY CAME IN TO FIX THE RIGHT FRONT FEINTER TWICE. THEY MADE CONTACT AND MARK SAID, YOU KNOW, LISTEN, GUYS. WE NEED TO FIX THIS CORRECTLY. AS YOU SEE CURRENTLY OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. 11th IN THE POINTS, THEY DROVE M 38 TODAY THE FRONT. AND LESS TIME THAN THEY NEED RIGHT TO GET TO THE FRONT AND HAVE A LEAD AND 28th POSITION AND SAID THAT RIGHT FRONT FENDER AS GOOD AS NEW.>>HE IS IN 28th STILL WORKING CAUTION AND CLEAN UP HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY IN RYAN NEWR AND EVERYBODY LOOKING AT KASEY KAHNE’S CAR BECAUSE IT’S IN THE LEAD. TO SETTING. THE PACE CAR GETS CLOSE TO PIT ROAD. KASEY KAHNE BRINGS THE FIELD IN. 135 TO GO. 30 CAR TONS LEAD LAP. THEY ALL PITTED UNDER THAT CAUTION. YOU SEE IT HERE. THE COLORS ON THE TICKER AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN INDICATING THE GUYS I AND THE GUYS THAT HAVE BEEN LOCKED OUT AND RIGHT NOW IT’S EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.>>YEAH. IT WAS BLINDING SUN.>>KYLE BUSCH RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE 9 CAR OF KASEY KAHNE. LOOKING FOR AN OPPOR>>MORE ON KYLE FROM ALAN.>>JUST TALKED TO THE CREW CHIEF. DURING THIS CAUTION, AFTER THE PIT STOP. HE SAID THE FIRST 20 LAPS OF A RUN THEY’RE PRETTY GOOD. THE LAST 20 RUNS OR SO — EXCUSE ME SO OF A RUN, PRETTY GOOD. THE MIDDLE 20 OR 25 OR SO THEY HAVE TO GET BETTER TO RUN WITH THE 9, KASEY KAHNE, AND THE 24 OF JEFF GORDON. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE WORKING ON WITH THIS 5 CAR.>>BOBBY LABONTE IN THE 43. IS THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN. HE’S RIGHT BEHIND JEFF GORDON. WANTS TO HOLD THAT POSITION SO HE CAN GET THE LOUK KI — LUCKY DOG IF THE CAUTION COMES OUT BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. WE CAN WATCH THESE GUYS BUT WE SAW VICKERS WDAMAGE ON THE CAR E BURNS WAS SNOOPING AROUND ON PIT ROAD AND YOU HAVE AN UPDATE ON MARK WATCHING THE BATTLE FOR THE LEAD HERE, THE 6 AND THE 25?>>YEAH. JUST WHAT HAPPENED THERE. WE HAPPEN TO BE DOWN IN THE NECK OF THE WOODS OF THE 25 CAR AND THE TEAM REPORTED TO GOT IN TO . THAT’S WHAT CAUSED THEIR TIRE TO GO DOWN AND BROUGHT OUT THE CAUTION. MATT?>>MATT, WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON?>>25 STILL ON PIT ROAD TRYING TO PIECE TOGETHER THAT LEFT FRONT. NOT A LOT OF CONVERSATION AT REALLY DISAPPOINTED OVER HAVING SUCH A GREAT QUALIFYING EFFORT AND SEEING IT END LIKE THIS.>>THIS IS FOR THE LEAD, KYLE BUSCH. THIRD TIME HE HAS LED TONIGHT.>>JUST DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH TO DRIFT UP THAT RACETRACK TO CLEAR THE 9 CAR.>>FALLS IN TO GET TO DRAFT DOWN THE BACK STRETCH. THEN THEY FAN OUT IN THE CORNERS HERE AT MICHIGAN. VICKERS DID HN THE RACETRACK. THAT’S WHAT LED TO THE TIRE.>>I FIGURED SOMETHING HAD TO HAPPEN FOR THE LEFT FRONT TO GO ON THAT CAR. SOMETHING MUST HAVE CUT IT. NORMALLY CONTACT WITH DO THAT. ALAN?>>YOU THINK THE GUY RACING TO GET IN TY TWO RACES TO GO, A GUY THAT’S TIED FOR THE MOST RACES WON THIS SEASON STILL STRUGGLING TO MAKE THAT CUT, WOULD FEEL A LOT OF PRESSURE COMING IN TO THIS RACE. WHEN I SPOKE TO KASEY KAHNE ON FRIDAY HE TOLD ME HE DIDN’T FEEL THE PRESSURE YET. HE SAID I THINK IT’S BECAUSE WAH A FUNDDb RAISING SPRINT CAR RAC. HE HELD A CHARITY EVENT HERE IN CALIFORNIA WITH THE DRIFT CARS. HE SAID I THINK BECAUSE I’M DOING THE FUN THINGS THIS WEEK, I HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I HAVEN’T LET THE PRESSURE GET TO ME.>>I THINK ANOTHER THING>>GOING BACK TO WHAT YOU SAID. WHAT THEY SAY.>>WHAT THEY DON’T SAY.>>WHAT THEY REALLY SAY. I JUST HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING THE GUYS AREN’T THINKING ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I THINK THEY GET TO GO DO THE COOL THINGS AND TAKES THEIR MIND THINKING ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT, THAT MOTEL ROOM, TRUST ME.>>WHEN THEY WOKE UP THIS MORNING, THAT’S THE FIRST THING ON THEIR MINDS. TODAY CAN BE THE DAY TO GET IT ALL BEHIND US. LOCK IN. ON BOARD WITH GORDON. THING ABOUT KAHNE IS THEY HAVE GOOD EQUIPMENT, A SOLID DRIVER. WON FOUR OF THE FIRST 15 RACES AND TRYING TO RECAPTURE SOME OF THAT. THEY HAD TERRIBLE LUCK.>>YEAH. I THINK THEY’RE — ALMOST IN A BETTER SITUATION AS FAR GOES KNU KNOW, WE HAVE TO WIN RACES OR WE HAVE TO DO WHAT WE DO BEST.>>WHAT WE WERE DOING.>>RIGHT, EXACTLY. AND IF WE GET SOME LUCK, WE’LL BE IN. YOU KNOW, IT’S A LOT EASIER, I THINK, DOING IT THAT WAY THAN BEING IN A SITUATION WITH MARK MARTIN AND BURTON LOOKING OVER WORRYING ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT AND WHERE KASEY KAHNE IS RUNNING.>>THAT SOUNDS MORE OF AN ANNOYANCE THAN BLAIRING RIGHT IN YOUR EYES.>>IT IS GOING TO BE OUT OF THESE GUYS — WON’T BE A PROBLEM THESE GUYS WILL BE HAPPY. WHEN IT’S GONE.>>RACE CAR DRIVERS HAPPY?>>HAPPIER.>>OKAY. KAH NERXE GETS THE POSITION, GOES BACK TO THE LEAD.>>OH! TELL YOU WHAT.TCH AROUND THIS RACETRACK. HE HAS THAT THING HANGING OUT ALL THE TIME.>>JEFF GORDON’S GOT A GOOD LOOK AT IT. KYLE COMING BACK FOR THE LEAD. KAHNE IN THE 9. TWO OF THE BRIGHT, YOUNG STARS OF NASCAR. KYLE BUSCH IS ONLY 21. KASEY KAHNE’S ONLY 26. THAT GUY BEHIND HIM, HE’S AN OLD VETERAN.>>JEFF’S GOT A GOOD ONE WITH PE I DON’T KNOW.>>TEAMMATES RIGHT THERE IN THE 24 AND THE K5.>>HE GETS THE 5 LOOSE. NOT TOUGH.>>WHOA!>>SEE? NOT TOUGH TO GET THE 5 LOOSE. HE IS WATCHING THIS AND SEES THE 5’S LOOSE ALREADY. SO HE FIGURES, I’LLTHE CORNER OT HIM REAL LOOSE. THAT’S WHAT HE DID.>>THEY ARE TEAMMATES, RIGHT?>>DOESN’T MATTER.>>DOESN’T? YOU’D DO THAT TO ME.>>WE ARE BOOTH PARTNERS, I WOULD DO IT TO YOU IN A MINUTE.>>MATT?>>BILL, THERE’S A LOT ON THE LINE FOR THE 24 TEAM O AND THIS IS THE STRETCH OF THE RACE WHERE IT’S MORE OF AN EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD BECAUSE THE SUN IS SETTING. NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW DRASTIC THIS RACETRACK WILL CHANGE FROM SUNSET TO WRIT’S A COMPLETE DARKNESS. RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, THE BEST THET RIGHT NOW. HE RUNS SECOND TRYING TO CHASE DOWN THE 9, ALAN.>>N NOTHING ON THE RADIO ABOUT GETTING LOOSENED UP BY JEFF GORDON OR SLIDING BACK AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT KYLE TALKED ABOUT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS THE BIGGEST LESSON LEARNET WIN. BEING PATIENT. NOT PUTTING HIS CAR IN POSITIONS DURING THE RACE WHERE IT MIGHT BE COMPROMISED ABE HE MIGHT CRASH AND LOOSE POINTS. LAST YEAR, THEY HAD 12 FINISHES IN THE 30s OR 40s INCLUDING CRASHES AND MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. THIS YEAR, ONLY FOUR. THERE WAS SO REDUCE GOING IN TOR AND HAVE A SHOT AT THE TITLE.>>KYLE WON HERE LAST SEPTEMBER. 10th HERE IN FEBRUARY. GOT ANOTHER YOUNG STAR RIGHT ON HIS BUMPER, DENNY HAMLIN IN THE 11 CAR. TWO-TIME WINNER THIS YEAR. BUT JEFF GORDON IS GOT HIM RIGHT IN HIS SIGHTS. THE SUN IS SETTING. THE EXCITEMENT IS RISING AT FONTANA ON NBC. @■■@■■@■@■@■■■■■■ HAVING A FANTASTIC TIME TONIGHT. HERE’S KASEY KAHNE. HE IS THE RACE LEADER. BUT THAT 24 CAR IS ALL OVER HIM. FOR A FEW LAPS. 129 LAPS ARE COMPLETE. LET’S TAKE YOU THROUGH TH>>AND THE LEADER, KASEY KAHNE STANDING IN THERE PIT RIGHT NOW. THE TEAM MANAGER AND DIRECTOR FRANCIS, CREW CHIEF’S ROLE CALLED BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS BUT THIS ORGANIZATION IS SET UP DIFFERENTLY AND KENNY SAYS NO MESSAGE TO THE TEAM ABOUT SITUAN FIGURING THEY DO WHAT THEY DO. SEE HOW IT TURNS OUT. MATT?>>FOUR-TIME CHAMPION JEFF GORDON RUNS THIS SECOND. THEY BROUGHT ONE OF THE BEST CARS IN THIS STABLE. WON IN CHICAGO. AND THEN FINISHED SECOND AT MICHIGAN. GORDON NOW B, HUNKERED DOWN AND WAITING UNTIL THE SUN GOES DOWN AND EXPECT THE HANDLING TO IMPROVE ON THE GOOD RACE CAR.>>ONLY RADIO TRAFFIC ON KYLE BUSCH’S CHANNEL SINCE HE WRIGGLED UP THE RACETRACK AND LOST SECOND SPOT, THE CREW CHIEF TELLING KYLE, IT I OUR RACE. TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THE CAR RIGHT NOW. DENNY HAMLIN PRESSURING FOR THE THIRD SPOT. MAYBE TAKING IT AWAY RIGHT HERE. THE CREW SAYING THAT THEY THEIR CAR IS FAST AND STILL JUST A LITTLE BIT LACKING FRONT END GRIP AND AFR A BIG SWING AT IT BECAUSE IT’S STILL FAST.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR., A DRIVER THAT STARTED THE NIGHT BETWEEN FIFTH AND 11 IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS KNOWING AS YOU CAN SEE CURRENTLY SEVENTH. THEY HAD TO HAVE A GOOD NIGHT HERE AND ESPECIALLY RICHMOND. THOSE DRIVERS ALL AT RICHMOND. CAN’T AFFORD ANY MISTAKES. JUNIOR SAYS THE CAR IS TIGHT ON EXIT.>>BEEN HOT ALL WEEKEND HERE, MATT. THE KENSETH TEAM NOW THAT. MATT ASKED FOR EXTRA AIR HOSES AROUND HIM. THE TIRE SPECIALIST THAT WORK TONS INTERIOR, AS WELL, GAVE HIM BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN AND CLOSE TO THAT POINT NOW.>>TONY STEWART HAD A DISASTROUS RACE HERE IN THE SPRING, DEAD LAST DUE TO ENGINE FAILURE. LAP 111, A HUGE SWING AT THE HANDLING OF THIS CAR. CAR WAY TOO TIGHT. WENT UP SIGNIFICANTLY ON THE TRACK BAR AND REVERSED SOME CHANGES THEY MADE EARLIER TO TRY TO FREE UP THE CAR.>>SPENT SOMETIME TALKING WITH HARVICK’S CREW CHIEF EARLIER TODAY AND ASKED THEM IF THEY HAD A GOOD RACE KNOW WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN. WE ARE ALMOST TO THAT POINT. MAR THE I?>>DAVE, JIMMIE JOHNSON SAYS THINGS ARE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR FOR THE 48 TEAM. THEY SAID WE ARE SMARTER, MORE MATURE AND MORE EDUCATED ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO APPROACH THE CHASE CORRECTLY AND PART OF THAT KEY IS KEEPING A WEEKS.>>I DON’T THINK WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT SO FAR SO THE STRATEGY HASN’T CHANGED LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS AND THIS YEAR WE’VE BEEN STRONG AND PUTTING UP GOOD POIRPTIONS WEEK AFTER WEEK SO, YOU KNOW, IF WE CAN GO IN TO THE CHASE WITH THE POINT BUT IF WE I STILL KNOW THAT WE ARE A BETTER TEAM RIGHT NOW THAN WE HAVE EVER BEEN AND STRONGER AND WE ARE MORE OF A THREAT THIS YEAR FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP THAN WE HAVE EVER BEEN.>>WHAT DID THEY LEARN TODAY TO HELP THEM IN THE CHASE?>>THE SET UP OF KANSAS AND HOMESTEAD, NOT GREAT, NOT SO BAD. TENTH PLACE CAR ALL AFTERNOON.>>JEFF BURR DON, WOULD BE CHASERS RUNNING IN 11th PLACE. LESS TRAFFIC ON THE RADIO. CAR WAY TOO SLOW IN THE CENTER OF THE TURN. A DYNAMIC IN THE RACE RIGHT NOW S LEADING AND GAINING GROUND ON THE GUYS LIKE BURTON RUNNING BEHIND HIM.>>COUNTDOWN TO GREEN YOU HEARD EDWARDS TALK ABOUT THE HUGE HOLE HE FINDS HIMSELF IN LOOKING OUTSIDE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE. KNOWS HE HAS TO RUN HIS OWN RACE. TO RACK UP Ws. THE CAR WAS TIGHT AND NOW WAY TOO LOOSE, ESPECIALLY ON EXIT. CHECKING ON THE PROGRESS OF BIFFLE’S RACE STARTING IN 21st POSITION. MANAGED THE MOVE UP TO 15th. BIFFLE BEEN SO STRONG AT THIS RACETRACK, THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD E AND WORK 0 TO DO ON THIS CAR TO GET IT UP WITH THE LEADERS. MAR THE I?>>GOOD NEWS IS FIXED THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER ON MARK MARTIN’S CAR AND UP TO 121st. BAD NEWS IS LONG WAY TO GO TO GET TO THE FRONT AND THE CAR IS NOT SEEM TO EARLY IN THE RACE AND SAW A WRIGGLE OFF TURN TWO. SIDEWAYS, AS WELL. MARK SAID THE CAR AS YOU CAN SEE EXTREMELY HARD TO HANDLE. NO REAR GRIP.>>THANKS, MARTY. RIGHT NOW, IN THE THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, KASEY KAHNE AND MARK MARTIN ARE IN DEADLOCK WITH 3149 POINTS. SO THEY BOTH GET IN TO THE CHASE UNDER THE — IF THERE WAS A TIE, YOU’RE IN. BUT RIGHT NOW, KASEY KAHNE AND MARK MARTIN TIED FOR THE 10th SPOT WITH THE EXACT SAMEINTS AN. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>EARNHARDT JR. TAKES OVER THE THIRD SPOT FROM DENNY HAMLIN. HE IS WORKING THE HIGH LINE. I DON’T THINK THERE’S TOO MANY GUYS BEEN RUNNING HIGHER THAN JUNIOR HAS BEEN. SO UP THERE. IT IS WORKING FOR HIM.>>MORE GRIP AS WE GO ALONG TONIGHT, RIGHT?>>YEAH. SEE WHAT HAPPENS. KASEY KAHNE A BIG WIN HERE LAST NIGHT. A WIN TONIGHT WOULD BE MUCH BIGGER. AND COULD ROCKET HIM NOE FOR THP CHAMPIONSHIP.>>>KASEY KAHNE CONTINUES TO LEAD AS WE STAY UNDER GREEN AT CALIFORNIA BY 2.3 SECOND OVER JEFF GORDON. DALE EARNHARDT JR. RUNS THIRD. FIVE SECONDS BEHIND THE RACE LEADER BUT THERE COULD BE A DEVELOPMENT ON THIS 9 CAR, ALAN.>>WELL, WE WERE NOTICING THAT GRILL ON THE KASEY KAHNE CAR AND ON THE CARS BLOCKING THE SMALL OPENING, CAUSING HEATING PROBLEMS. I SPOKE WITH THE TEAM DIRECTOR FRANCIS A SECOND AGO SAYING THE DEBRIS HAS BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE AND THE TEMPERATURE ON THE CAR IS FINE.>>I’M SURPRISED HE DIDN’T GET T OFF AND GET THE AIR COMING OFF THE 25 CAR TO CLEAN THAT GRILL. MORE STUFF FLYING UP THERE NOW SO — HOME DEPOT VIRTUAL GARAGE AND SHOW YOU WHAT’S GOING ON HERE AND WHAT HAPPENS. GOT THE OPENING IN THE FRONHOW R DOWN AND AIR COMING THROUGH. WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN THEY START PICK P UP — YOU HAVE TAPE ON THERE AND TAPED UP AND DOWN FORCE ON THE FRONT AND GARBAGE COVERS THE LITTLE OPENING,M THAT KASEY KAHNE MAY HAVE IF THAT DOESN’T — LAST NIGHT IN THE BUFERB RACE, SO MUCH TRASH ON THE GRILL AND GOT IT OFF. DURING A PIT STOP AND THE WATER UP TO 250 DEGREES. YOU CAN’T RUN THESE CARS 250 DEGREES VERY ENGINE WILL BLOW OUT AND SPITTING WATER OUT. I DON’T KNOW WHERE HIS TEMPERATURE IS. THAT’S NOT A LOT OF TRASH.>>BUT YOU DON’T WANT ANYMORE.>>YOU DON’T WANT ANYMORE. IF YOU GET BEHIND A GUY AND GOD RIGHT, THE AIR OFF THAT CAR SOMETIMES WILL CLEAN THAT PAPER OFF AND BLOW THAT PAPER OFF. SO, I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF HE KNOWS IT’S THERE OR NOT. IF THEY’RE WATCHING TV, THEY’LL KNOW AND HE’LL GET IT OFF. 2.2 SECONDS IN FRONT OF GORDON. UPDATE ON JEFF FROM MATT.>>BILL, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND, LIKE HE MENTIONED, WHITTLED OFF TO A TWO-SECOND DIFFERENCE. NOW, HE IS BATTLING AN EVER CHANGING RACETRACK.>>YEAH, IT IS TIGHT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. JUST ALL OVER THE PLACE. COOLING DOWN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I’M ABOUT THIS PLACE STARTING TO COOL DOWN, BOY, IT CHANGES IN A BIG WAY. THREE AND FOUR ARE NOT THE SAME>>LATEST THING THAT GORDON TOLD THE TEAM, BESIDES BEING TIGHT IN THE CENTER, NOW THE CAR IS EXTREMELY LOOSE ON EXIT. BUT HE IS RUNNING LAP TIMES TO ABOUT TENTH OF A SECOND FASTER THAN LEADER KASEY KAHNE.>>AND THIS IS WHAT ABOUT. THEY WERE CRAVING SOME KIND OF AN EVENING PRACTICE SESSION HERE SO YOU AT LEAST HAVE SOME IDEA WHAT YOUR CAR WAS GOING TO DO.>>WELL, THEY KNOW NOW.>>YEAH.>>THEY ARE GETTING A FEEL OF IT>>KASEY KAHNE OUT FRONT. FROM WASHINGTON. FOUR WINS THIS SEASON. CHASING NUMBER FIVE. NASCAR LIVN NBC.>>>A SUNSETTING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA. NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES RACING CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY. 148 LAPS ARE COMPLETE. KASEY KAHNE LEADS JEFF GORDON BY 2.3 SECONDS. WE’RE ABOUT 15 LAPS OR SO AWAY FROM PIT STOPS. THIS BATTLE IS FOR SECOND. JEFF GORDON AND DALE EARNHARDT JR. 100 TO GO MARK.>>TAKES THE SPOT. THAT’S SECOND PLACE.>>JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY BENNY PARSONS NOT WITH US. HOPES TO BE WITH US NEXT WEEK IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. IF HE IS, HE FAMOUS WORDS, TRUCK, QUEUE THE DUCK, PLEASE. TIME FOR THE AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. WHO ARE THE ONLY ROOKIE CONTENDERS TO WIN A CALIFORNIA NEXTEL CUP RACE? COME ON, WALLY.>>ROOKIE KOND TENDERS TO WIN A CALIFORNIA NEXTEL CUP RACE, EVER. KYLE BUSCH.>>RIGHT.>>AND JIMMIE JOHNSON? I DON’T KNOW. I DIDN’T HAVE THER FOR THAT.>>HOW ABOUT THAT IN.>>I NORMALLY HAVE THAT.>>VERY GOOD.>>YOU DIDN’T GET THE E-MAIL, HUH?>>NOT THAT ONE.>>OUR AFLAC TRIVIA QUESTION. BP, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING VIRGINIA. YOU CAN QUEUE THE DUCK FOR US. KASEY KAHNE JUST SAILING ALONG 100 LAPS TO GO. STILL HAS THAT DEBRIS ON THE GRILL. DOESN’T SEEM TO BE AN ISSUE YET. SOUNDED LIKE GORDON TALKED ABOUT GRIP. MATT’S GOT AN UPDATE ON EARNHARDT.>>DALE, THE 24 TEAM, BATTLES GRIP, THE 18 ON THE WAY TO THE FRONT. JUNIOR HAS ONLY ONE TOP FIVE FINISH HERE. NOT ONE OF THE MOMENTS AGO ON TE RADIO, LET THEM KNOW I’M COMING SOME WAY, SOMETIME I AM COMING AND WE ARE REALLY GOOD.>>FOUND THE LINE. HE’S ON THE HIGH LINE. HAVEN’T SEEN ANYBODY RUN AS HIGH AS HET RUNNING OUT OF RACETRACK AND KEEPS MOVING THE LINE A LITTLE BIT EVERY LAP ABOUT AN INCH OR TWO. HE’S ABOUT RUNNING OUT. MATTY?>>RIGHT THERE ON THE EXIT, WALLY. HE SAID WHEN THE SUN STILL OUT, HE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL THE SUN WENT DOWN SEE QUITE AS WELL. EXACTLY ON HIS EXIT OF WHERE HE WOULD LIKE TO BE. HE DIDN’T WANT TO TAG THE WALL TO CAUSE HIMSELF SOME MAJOR ISSUES AND NOW THAT THE SUN IS SETTING, VISION IS EXCELLENT AND HE IS MOTORING TOWARD THE FRONT.>>IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TOING A R. IT HELPS A LOT.>>OH!>>LOOK AT THAT.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. GOT THE WIN AT RICHMOND. USED THE FRESHER TIRES TO GET THERE AND BEAT KEVIN HARVICK. BACK TO VICTORY L CERTAINLY HAD THE DISAPPOINTING SEASON A YEAR AGO. CAPPED BY LOSING AND GIN HERE.>>HOW DOES HE LOOK?>>GOOD.>>OKAY. GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.>>FASTEST .2 OF A SECOND FASTER THAN KASEY KAHNE THE LAST COUPLE OF LAPS. THEY SHOULD BE GETTING PRETTY CLOSE TO PIT ROAD.>>YOU WOULD THINK. ABOUT TEN LAPS OR SO. MARK MARTIN, HE’S 18th NOW. GOT AN UPDATE, MARTY?>>SPEAKING OF FINALLY GOING THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THE TIME OF THE DAY MARK MARTIN IS WAITING FOR. BATTLINGNO REAR GRIP AND LOOSE. NOW THE RACETRACK ITSELF FINALLY GETTING GRIP AND COMING TO MARK MARTIN. AND LAST FEW LAPS, 21st TO 18th AND THEY STILL HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL AND LOOK AT THAT. IN THE TOP TEN IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, AS WELLN THE LAST 97 LAPS HERE AND THE STORY FROM PIT ROAD IS WE CAN EXPECT OUR LEADER KASEY KAHNE ON LAP 158 AND WE’RE WORKING 154. THAT’S ALL OUT THE WINDOW. DEBRIS FOR CAUTION AND THIS WILL PUT JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY IN A WINDOW IF IT’S GREEN ONLY HAVE TO PIT ONE MORE TIME AFTER THIS SET OF STOPS. SO WE’LL SEE GET YOUR CAR RIGHTU NEED TO GET IT RIGHT ON THIS ROUND OF PIT STOPS. KASEY KAHNE CAME IN HERE 11th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. 90 POINTS OUT OF THE FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT. RIGHT NOW, HE IS BACK AT 11th. SIX POINTS. JEFF GREEN IS THE LUCKY DOG UNDER THIS CAUTION. HE WILL COME AROUND AND BE THE 26th CAR ON THE LEAD LAP. SO IT’S KAHNE, EARNHARDT JR.. THIS IS WHEN THE DRIVER REALLY HAS TO MAKE SURE HE COMMUNICATES WITH THE CREW CHIEF AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS FOR THAT RACE CAR.>>YEAH. AND I MEAN, YOU CAN’T SECOND GUESS YOURSELF HERE. YOU KNOW? AND THAT’S WHERE THE CREW CHIEFS REALLY ARE — THAT’S WHAT WHERE THEY DO THEIR MAGIC. THEY KNOW THE TRACK AND WHERE THE CAR HAS BEEN AND THE ADJUSTMENT THEY MADE ANDPORTANT. WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER GUYS IN THE FRONT AND BACK AND VICE VERSA AND STARTED TO SEE THAT. SO YEAH, THIS IS A REAL IMPORTANT PIT STOP. DON’T OVERADJUST. THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IS MAKE TOO BIG OF AN PIT ROAD IS OPEN THIS TIME AND GET THE FEEL FOR WHAT THE TRACK IS GOING TO DO.>>RIGHT. YOU KNOW THAT IT IS GOING TO COOL DOWN A LITTLE BIT MORE BUT NOTHING LIKE IT HAS IN THE LAST HALF HOUR. IT’S REALLY — YOU KNOW, THE TRACK COOLED DO>>THERE YOU SEE KASEY KAHNE, THE RACE LEADER BRINGING THE FIELD TO PIT ROAD. THESE GUYS WILL HAVE TO DO THEIR BEST IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE, COULD BE ON THE LINE. FIELD DASHES ON TO PIT ROAD. WE GO TO MARTY.>>BILL, FOR CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON, EXACTLY WHAT YOU GUYS TALKED ABOUT. WANTED TO MAKE A BIG ADJUSTMENT AND DID NOT WANT TO NOT DOUBLE OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE BEFORE. TIGHT ON THE THROTTLE. DAVE?>>17 BUNCH WALKING THE TIGHT ROPE OF ADJUSTMENTS. CAR IS LOOSE. WANTED TO BE LOOSER BECAUSE THEY THINK THE TRACK WILL TIGHTEN. AIR PRESSURE. MATT?>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. CAR’S COMING TO LIFE. PREVIOUS PIT STOP. NO CHANGE THIS TIME. JUST A LITTLE TIGHT ON EXIT.>>A PAPER OFF THE GRILL OF KASEY KAHNE IN THE PIT STOP. AN ADJUSTMENT OF THE TRACK BAR AND WANTED TO STOP BACK IN THE BOX TO SWING AROUND THE 11. THERE’S A R’S GOING TO BE ONE TE CAMERA HAS TO TELL US. SEE JEFF BURTON PITTING — SHOOTING OUT OF HIS PIT STALL.>>I WANT THAT ONE OF THE 24.>>YOU WOULD BE CORRECT. SO JEFF GORDON ON PIT ROAD. THE PIT GUYS GETTING IT DONE AT CALIFORNIA.>>>STILL WORKING CAUTION HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY. KASEY KAHNE PIT ROAD. TOPPING OFF THE TANK AND HAS TO RESTART AT THE TAIL END OF THE LONGEST LINE FOR TOO FAST ENTERING PIT ROAD. KAHNE CAME IN AS THE RACETO THE. ACROSS THE COMMITMENT LINE. EARNHARDT JR. RIGHT BEHIND HIM. TOO FAST ENTERING ON THE 9. SPEED IS CLOCKED ELECTRONICALLY BY ANALYZE CAR. I — WHAT? UNLESS HE SPED AFTER THE 9 — OR 8 PULLED IN, IT — I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE 8 DIDN’T GET CALLED EITHER. THEY WERE GLUED TO EACH OTHER GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN THE PIT SO I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT>>AS YOU MIGHT GUESS, NEITHER DOES THE DRIVER BEHIND THE WHEEL. HE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE SET THE ROAD AT 47 RPM BEFORE THE RACE AND KEPT IT ON THAT NUMBER DOWN PIT ROAD AND COMMENTED THAT DALE JR. BEHINDTN FRANCIS SAID, NASCAR SAID IT WAS A SECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF PIT ROAD WHERE IT GOT YOU AND TOPPED OFF THE FUEL AND ADDED TAPE TO THE FRONT OF THE GRILL TO TRY TO GIVE THEM EXTRA DOWN FORCE BACK IN TRAFFIC NOW INSTEAD OF OUT IN THE CLEAN AIR AND TO SAY KASEY KAHNEBE A LITTLE BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT.>>MAKES TWO OF US. JEFF GORDON, THE RACE LEADER. 2 CAR OF KURT BUSCH ON THE TAIL END OF THE LEAD LAP. WE’LL LET THE SCORING CYCLE THROUGH.VE TO GO BACK TO THE 24th POSITION TO FIND KASEY KAHNE. KURT BUSCH JUST PITTED BEFORE THE GREEN WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT AND AT THE T LAP. KEVIN HARVICK.>>OH.>>THE 29 CAR, A MESS BACK THERE. STERLING MARLIN IS THERE. DAVE BLANEY.>>TONY STEWART IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT.>>90 JUST WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW THAT PENALTY AFFECTS THE 9 SITUATION. AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE. SEE MARK MARTIN IN THE 10th SPOT. KASEY KAHNE NOW 89 POINTS OUT. STARTED THE NIGHT 90 OUT. THIS W>>BOY, THE FANS ON THE FEET NOW.>>THREE WIDE DOWN IN TO ONE. KYLE BUSCH GOING FOR THE LEAD, AS WELL. SO FAR, LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING TO COME OUT OF TURN TWO WITH IT>>SEE IF THEY ALL COME OUT OF TURN TWO.>>YEAH. AND REALLY GOOD DRAFT GOING DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY. HE PULLED OUT WITH A GOOD RUN ON THE GUYS AND PULLED IT OFF.>>KENSETH WORKING ALL OVER THE BACK OF THE 8. THE 43 O FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN. LOOKING BACK FROM EARNHARDT AT MATT KENSETH. MATT ON GORDON.>>BILL, NOT ONLY THREE-TIME CALIFORNIA WINNER, CHASING THE RACE WIN, HE AND THE TEAMMATES TRYING THE $6 PLUS MILLION PAYDAY FOR THE SEASON AND THIS IS MOMENTS AGO ON THE RADIO WITH KYLE BUSCH IN THE 5.>>DO ME A FAVOR. THAT 5, HE LOOKS LIKE HE’S LOOSE ON THE NEW TIRES DO. THE BEST AROUND HIM.>>PASS THE MESSAGE ALONG THAT I’M RACING HIM THE SAME WAY HE RACES EVERYBODY OUT HERE AND THAT WAS A LESSON IS WHAT THAT WAS AND NEEDS TO LEARN FROM IT.>>AND GORDON’S CAR LOOSE RIGHT BEFORE THAT LAST PIT STOP. STEVE MADE A SMALL AIR PRESSUREN ON EXIT SAYING IT WAS TOO FREE WHEN HE TRIED TO GET BACK IN THE GAS.>>WE SAW GORDON GET KYLE LOOSE EARLIER IN THE RACE.>>YEAH. DEPENDS ON HOW THEY TRY TO PASS ON A RESTART, REALLY. BECAUSE EVERYBODY’S JAMMED UP AND THEY GO FLYING DOWN THERE AND, I MEAN, THAT’S THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO PASS A GUY BEFORE THINGS GET STRUNG OUT. SEE KENSETH DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK. JUST MAKES THE PASS. ON EARNHARDT.>>AND THE UPPER LEFT, THAT’S KASEY KAHNE IN THED UP TO 16th. ALAN?>>HEY, BILL. REMEMBER LAST NIGHT’S NOOSE CAR BUSCH RACE HERE? KASEY KAHNE CAME BACK IN AND TOPPED OFF THE FUEL. BACK OF THE PACK AND WOUND UP MILEAGE. REMEMBER, I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THE RACE TO ROLL THE DICE AND TAKE IT ON FUEL MILEAGE, MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE CASE AND NOW IT IS BACK IN TRAFFIC. FUEL WITO GO LAP AND SEE IF THEY MAKE A TS THING BETWEEN NOW AND THE CHECKERED FLAG.>>THANKS, ALAN.>>WELL, HERE ARE THE TEAMMATES. YEF GORDON, KYLE BUSCH. AND THAT WOULD BE KYLE’S BROTHER. IN THAT 2 CAR. SO GORDON BACK TO THE FRONT. THIS IS GOOD BUT YOU NORMALLY DON’T SEE THIS BETWEEN TWO TEAMMATES ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY’RE BOTH TRYING TO MAKE THE CHASE.>>YOU KNOW, IT DIDN’T SOUND LIKE THEY WERE REAL HAPPY. ONE WASN’T HAPPY WITH THE OTHER ONE, TOO. THEY’RE RACING EACH OTHER PRETTY>>KYLE BUSCH WILL RACE ANYBODY.>>YEAH. DOESN’T MATTER TO HIM WHETHER IT’S JEFF GORDON OR ANYBODY. HE DOESN’T CARE. HE’S OUT THERE TRYING TO WIN THE RACE. I MEAN, HE IS JUST SLIDING ALL OVER THE RACETRACK. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE CAN HANG TH.>>GORDON GOT AROUND KURT BUSCH. THAT MIKES HIM THE FIRST CAR OFF THE LEAD LAP. MORE FROM ALAN.>>KYLE BUSCH ON THE RADIO SAYING TALKING ABOUT ALL FOUR TIRES ON THE CAR SLIDING AND ON THE CAR. IT IS FUNNY TO SEE THEM RACING WITH INTENSITY BECAUSE KYLE IS GIVEN JEFF GORDON AS WELL AS JIMMIE JOHNSON ANOTHER TEAMMATE A LOT OF CREDIT FOR HELPING HIM MATURE AS A NEXTEL CUP RACE DRIVER OVER THE COURSE OF LAST INTENSE THE COMPETITION IS.>>AND SPEAKING OF JIMMIE JOHNSON, THESE GUYS ARE — THINK’RE HAVING A BATTLE.>>JOHNSON IN THE 48. KEVIN HARVICK RIGHT BEHIND HIM. CARL EDWARDS IN THE 99 AND TONY STEWART GETTING A LOOK AT IT. BOBBY LABONTE>>I DON’T KNOW IF HE WANTS TO BE PARTICIPATING.>>HOW ABOUT JOHNSON, MARTY?>>FUN WATCHING THEM RICE LIKE THIS. JIMMIE JOHNSON KNOWS HE HE IS IN THE CHASE AND GIVING DETAILED INFORMATION TO CHAD ABOUT KOCHL TO LIFE SINCE THE SUN’S GONE DOWN. DAVE?>>HARVICK BEHIND HIM IN THE 29 CAR. THEY SEE THE NOTES HERE FROM LAST YEAR. PAGE AFTER PAGE ON THE SPREAD SHEET AND LAST NOTE WAS, I QUIT. THEY FINISHED 14th AND PROCESS TO GET THE CAR HALFWAY COMPETITIVE LAST YORE.>>NO SURPRISE, DAVE, TONY STEWART IN THE 20 CAR HUGGING THE BOT DOM. LOVES TO RUN THE BOTTOM. STEWART DIVING ON THE INSIDE OF THE 29. NOW WENT BACK UP ON THE TRACK BAR THE SPRING RUBBER OUT OF THE LEFT REAR AND MADE BIG AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENTS. THE CAR TOO TIGHT, ESPECIALLY TRYING TO ROLL THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. KNOWING THEY PROBABLY HAVE ONE MORE SHOT AT IT. TOOK A BIG SWING AT IT THE LAST TIME TO SEE IF THAT WOULD REAL E BALANCE STEWART IS LOOKING FOR.>>AND THERE’S KASEY KAHNE IN THE 9 CAR WORKING THE WAY UP TO 14th, AROUND JEFF BURTON. ON BOARD WITH BURTON. JEFF BURTON SLIPPED TO NOOIRBT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. NOT ONLY A PASS ON THE TRACK BUT BIG POINTS FOR KAHNE. JEFF GORDON IS THE RACE LEADER. BY ABOUT A SECOND OVER KYLE BUSCH. KENSETHD BOWYER WITH 80 TO GO AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY>>>WELCOME BACK TO CALIFORNIA. WE ARE UNDER CAUTION. DA BRINGING OUT THE CAUTION MOMENTS BEFORE THAT, GREG BIFFLE WITH AN UNSCHEDULED PIT STOP FOR A FLAT TIRE. THAT’S BIG BECAUSE THAT AFFECTS THE CHANCES EVEN THE SLIM AS THEY WERE TO MAKE THE CHASE. HERE’S GILLILAND GOING AROUND.>>LOOKS LIKE HE WAS UNDERN JUSU KNOW, THEY WERE COMING OFF THE CORNER. AND HE WAS TRYING TO TURN THE CAR DOWN AND WOULDN’T DRIFT UP IN TO WALTRIP.>>AND THAT BROUGHT OUT THE CAUTION. JEFF GORDON IS THE RACE LEADER THEN KURT BUSCH, EARNHARDT JR., MATT KENSETH AND DENNY HAMLIN. WE’LL SNEAK IN A BREAK COMES TOH>>>CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER JIMMIE JOHNSON HITS PIT ROADAR IS NOT . NEEDS TO TURN BETTER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORNER. HALF ROUND OF WEDGE IN THE RIGHT REAR.>>MATT KENSETH GIVES UP FOURTH PLACE FOR FOUR FRESH TIRES TO KEEP THE CAR TURNING. MATT?>>TOP OF THE SCREEN, THE 24, JEFF GORDON, SAYS THE CARRY THE SPEED HE NEEDS TO. STEVE SHUFFLING THE AIR PRESSURE IN THE REAR OF THE 8 OF JUNIOR ALREADY AWAY.>>KYLE BUSCH IN THE 17, A FOUR-TIRE CHANGE AND WATCHING THE RIGHT, SEE SOME TWO-TIRE LIT HERE.>>EXACTLY RIGHT. DIFFERENT STRATEGIES, HADN’T HAD THAT MANY GREEN FLAG LAPS. THIS IS ANOTHER SITUATION WHERE SOME OF THE CARS AT THE BACK RESTART AT THE FRONT. NIGHT. HOW KASEY>>JACKMAN FOR THE NUMBER 1.>>>SOME DEVELOPMENTS HERE UNDER CAUTION. JEFF GORDON HAS BEEN BACK ON TO PIT ROAD A SECOND STOP. MATT HAS THE STORY.>>BILL, HIS CREW CHIEF CALLED HIM BACK TO PIT ROAD. DID NOT HAVE ALL THE LUGS IN DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE ANY KIND OF CHANCE WHATSOEVER. BROUGHT HIM BACK DOWN. STILL JUST UNDER 80 LAPS TO RACE. A LOT OF POINTS STILL AT STAKE. DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE TO HURT THEMSELVES IN THE BIGGER PICTURE. THEY KNOW THEY CAN BOUNCE BACK FROM THIS. FAIRLY EASILY. RUNNING BEFORE THE CAUTION.>>CAME IN AS THE RACE LEADER. CURRENTLY SCORED 25th.>>WE HAVE SEEN THIS HAPPEN A FEW TIME THIS IS YEAR WITH THESE GUYS WHERE THEY RUN GOOD AND BACK IN TRAFFIC AND THEY CAN’T MAKE IT WORK. SO IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE IF THEY HAVE A CAR GOO THAT IS WHAT’S IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.>>KAY SIN — KAY SY CANE — SCOTT RIGGS FOURTH AND TWO TIRES AND THERE’S THE CRAFTSMAN PIT SUMMARY. BUSCH DROPS A SPOT AND EARNHARDT JR. WITH THE TWO-TIRE STOP. STILL UNDER CAUTION HERE AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY. JEFF GORDON AT THE BACK OF THE PACK. CAN HE GET BACK TO THE FRONT? WE’LL SEE.>>>JUST A NICE, COOL EVENING HERE IN FONTANA, CALIFORNIA. COOLED A YOU HAVE TO 93 DEGREES. TRACK TEMPERATURE FROM 128 DOWN TO 95.>>THAT’S A BIG>>KURT BUSCH WAS THE LUCKY DOG. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS THE RACE LEADER. JEFF GORDON STARTS 25th AND SECOND TRIP DOWN PIT ROAD.>>QUITE A FEW GUYS ON THE BOTTOM LEAD, THE LAP OR MORE DOWN. BIFFLE DOWN ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT THERE. TRYING TO GET ON THE LEAD LAP. BIFFLE FIRST CAR SCORED OFF THE LEAD LAP. THERE A KASEY KAHNE LOOKING AT THAT HIGH GROOVE THAT EARNHARDT’S BEEN USING. AN UPDATE ON THE 9.>>LOOKING TO GET THE LEAD BACK HERE. KASEY KAHNE SHUFFLED BACK TO ONE LAP 154. 155 PIT STOP. I TALKED TO THE TEAM DIRECTOR ABOUT THE RIGHT SIDE ONLY TIRE CALL IN THE PIT STOP AND DEBATED TWO OUR FOUR WITH THE 8 CAR GET TWO MADE OUR DECISION FOR US. THEY GOT TRACK POSIT LEAD.>>BOTH OF THE CARS TWO TIRES ON THEIR PIT STOP.>>MAN, HE HAD A RUN OFF OF TURN TWO AND RIGHT NOW GOT THE LEAD, GOT THE 5 CAR CLOSE BEHIND HIM. KASEY KAHNE, NEEDS TO SLIDE UP THE RACETRACK TO HOLD THAT SPOT. LOSING TWO SPOTS IN THAT LAP.>>DRIFTING UP THE TRACK.>>DOING LOTS OF IT.CH LOOKING . CAN’T QUITE GET THERE.>>WHOA! KASEY KAHNE SIDEWAYS THERE OFF OF TWO. WASN’T IT 89 EARLIER IN 89 POINTS OUT OF 10th TO 9 POINTS OUT OF 10th.>>HELPED BY THE TWO-TIRE STOP.>>GOES TO SHOW YOU THE DIFFICULTIES OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE RACES. HERE WERE GUYS EARLIER ON TOP OE DUMPS AND BACK IN THE MIDDLE. WHO KNOWS HOW IT TURNS OUT IN ANOTHER HOUR OR SO?>>ONE GUY WONDERING THAT SAME THING, DRIVES THAT 24 CAR, ALAN. AND WHERE IS HE? THERE HE IS BEHIND THAT MAN. 22nd SPOT BUT A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF HIM.>>AND HE WAS, YOU KNOW, HE WAS ONE OF THE FASTEST CARS ON THE RACETRACK. NOW HE IS A SECOND SLOWER THAN S RUNNING.>>THIS IS FOR THE LEAD. KYLE BUSCH.>>BOY, BIFFLE WAS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO TRY TO GET ON THE LEAD LAP.>>EASY NOW, BUDDY.>>HE IS ON THE LEAD LAP RIGHT NOW. OBLEM UNDER GREEN. THAT’S HOW GREG FELL OFF OF THE LEAD LAP. HE IS 27th. THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN.>>LEAD LAP NOW.>>GETS BACK TO THE SCOTH THE RE LEADERS. THE 5 AND THE 9 RACING FOR THE LEAD. YOU COULD SEE THIS FOR YEARS TO COME IN NEXTEL CUP RACING. NOW BIFFLE OFFICIALLY IS THE 27th CAR ON THE LEAD LAP. AND HE IS OUT FRONT.>>YEAH. SO H A GOOD CAR.>>AND THESE GUYS ARE RACING EACH OTHER. SO THAT HELPS HIM. HOPING THOSE — CONTINUE TO DO THAT. BUT HE HAS A LONG WAY TO COME AROUND. OBVIOUSLY, LOOKING FOR A YELLOW.>>AGAIN, THE TICKER AT THE TOPN THE CHASE. YELLOW ON THE BUBBLE. RED ARE LOCKED OUT. AND THE CHECKERED FLAG FALLS AT RICHMOND NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT WE’LL KNOW THE DRIVERS THAT WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2006 LOOKING FOR JEFF GORDON. THERE HE IS RIGHT NEXT TO MARK MARTIN. TRYING TO SQUEEZE DOWN LOW. MARK DRIFTED UP IN FRONT OF CASEY MEARS. MATT?>>BILL, BACK ON LAP 178, RESTARTED IN 25th, QUICKLY MAKING THE WAY BACK TO THE FRONT. AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTED AND TRYING N EXIT. WORKING BY THE 6 OF MARTIN. COULDN’T DO IT. MAR THE I?>>MARK MARTIN AND COMPANY SURPRISED THE RACETRACK NOT TIGHTER FOR THEM. THEY RESTARTED IN 21st POSITION. CURRENTLY RUNNING 18th. THE RACETRACK STILL TOO LOOSEGET STOP TRYING TO GET MORE REAR GRIP IN THAT 6 CAR.>>ANYWAY, FOCUSED ON THE BUSCH RACE, GUYS. EXPECTING THE TRACK TO BE TIGHTER AND DIDN’T. THE CARS STARTED OUT LOOSE AND STAYED LOOSE.>>BOY. FOR FOURTH. EARNHARDT JR. IS FOURTH. HAMLIN IN THE 1 1/3 IN LINE AT SIXTH.>>AND RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM,AH THE TWO-TIRE STOP. THERE’S RIGGS. FOURTH LAST WEEK, DAVE. AND PIT ROAD GAMBLE IS PAYING OFF SO FAR FOR THE 10.>>WHEN THEY RACED EARLIER THIS SEASON AT MICHIGAN, SORT OF A SISTER TRACK TO THIS, WORKING ON AN EXPERIMENT ON THE 9 TEAM. IT DIDN’T WORK AND DIDN’T USE IT ON THE 9 AND COMING HERE, THEY BROUGHT A CAR THEY REALLY, REALLY LIKED AS FAR AS THE SHAPE OF THE BODY AND TO DO IN THE CLEAN AIR. IT’S RUN GREAT TONIGHT AND AS YOU MENTIONED A TWO-TIRE STOP FOR MORE TRACK POSITION ON THE LAST STOP.>>OUT19th WITH THE CAUTION COMG OUT. NOW SCOTT RIGGS RUNS THIRD. BEHIND KYLE BUSCH AND KASEY KAHNE. THAT 9 CAR HAS BEEN GOOD ALL NIGHT. RIGHT NOW IT IS GOOD AFTER A TWO HE LEADS BY 1.2 SECOND. WE’LL >>>THE CAUTION IS JUST COME OUT HERE AT CALIFORNIA FOR DEBRIS ON THE RACETRACK. KASEY KAHNE IS THE RACE LEADER. THE FUN CONTINUES NEXT WEEKEND ON TNT WHEN WE GO TO RICHMOND. WE’LL HAVE BUD POLE QUALIFYING ON NASCAR RACE. OUR COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:00 AND THEN THE NEXTEL CUP SERIES IN THE CHEVY ROCK N ROLL 400. COVERAGE BEGINS SATURDAY NIGHT THE CAUTION OUT HERE AT CALIFORNIA IN THE SONY HD 500. DEBRIS ON THE RACETRACK. BOBBY LABONTE IN THE 43 CAR WILL BE THE LUCKY DOG. HE WILL COME AROUND TO BE THE 27th CAR ON THE LEAD LAP. AND LET’S SEE, MARK MARTIN IS 17th. JEFF GORDON TO 19th. HERE’S ANOTHER LOOK AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AS THEY RUN RIGHT NOW. AND YOU CAN SEE –>>MARTIN IS NOT IN BY MANY. HE HAS A PYLON RACING PRETTY SOON.>>THAT IS AGAIN?>>HE IS COMING DOWN THE — BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THE PYLON FROM OFF OF FOUR. YOU CAN SEE IT WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING, COME DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAY AND SEE WHERE YOU’RE RUNNING AND COMPETITION’S RUNNING. SO YOU ARE GOING TO START LOOKING SAYING, OKAY, WHERE IS KASEY KAHNE? DOESN’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR.>>NOT STARTING AT THE TOP, YOU DON’T. BREAKS YOUR HEART SEEING THAT UNLESS YOU’RE A KAHNE FAN. KYLE BUSCH. SCOTT RIGGS. MOST OF THESE GUYS ARE GOING TO BE OUTSIDE THEIR FUEL WINDOW.>>I THINK I WOULD BE COMING IN.>>YEAH, I WOULD, TOO. ALMOST EXACTLY THEST NIGHT WHEN KASEY KAHNE CAME DOWN PIT ROAD AND THEN CAME IN AND TOPPED OFF BEFORE THEY WENT BACK TO GREEN AND GOT HIM TO THE FINISH AND THE CHECKERED FLAG. HE WON THE RACE LAST NIGHT. KASEY KAHNE THE RACE LEADER NOW. BRINGS THE FIELD DOWN PIT ROAD. MARTY?>>DOING IT FROM HERE, T OF A GE THAN LAST NIGHT. FURTHER TO GO FOR THE GUYS. JIMMIE JOHNSON DESCRIBED THE CAR AS EDGE JER IN TURN THREE. UNDOING THE LAST ADJUSTMENT THEY DID AND UP ONE ROUND ON THE TRACK BAR.>>FOUR TIRES THIS TIME LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. A LITTLE BIT THE CENTER. MATT?>>RIGHT BEFORE THE CAUTION, TONY STEWART TOOK THE POSITION AWAY FROM DALE EARNHARDT JR. THE RECENT CHANGE TO THE 20, NOT LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW IF IT HELPED. A SLIGHT TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENT. THEY DON’T HAVE THE TIGHTNESS OUT OF THE CENTER. FOR KASEY KAHNE. DROPPED THE SPEED LIMIT READING AND STAYING SAFE ON NASCAR. GUYS GETTING OFF PIT ROAD AHEAD OF HIM AND TWO-TIRE STOPS, HUH?>>I WOULD THINK. MARK MARTIN APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST OFF OF PIT ROAD.>>A COUP TOO.>>SURE WOULD.>>WAS THAT CARL EDWARDS I SAW?>>SURE WAS.>>HAD TO STOP. TEAMMATE PROBABLY, I THINK, THAT CAME IN. THERE YOU GO. ELLIOTT?>>Y>>YES.>>19 CAR.>>YEAH. CARL EDZ WARDS. THERE GOES CASEY AND RIGGS, KENSETH. AND SOME OF THEIR FRIENDS, DALE EARNHARDT JR. LOSES A FEW SPOTS.>>>TIME FOR THE ALLSTATE GOOD HANDS DRIVER AWARD. WATCH WHAT HAPPENED HERE ON PIT ROAD. GREG BIFFLE HEADING FOR THE STALL. T OF HIZ. CARL HARD ON THE BRAKES WITH THE NICE MOVE. LET’S BIFFLE SLIDE IN FRONT. THE GOOD HANDS AWARD AND GETS FOR THAT, LOSES POSITIONS OFF OF PIT ROAD.>>A COUPLE OF POSITIONS TO MARK. GETS BY ON THE LEFT. OTT SADLER THAT GETS BY. BUT NO DAMAGE TO THE CAR.>>TWO TIRES FOR THE 99. TWO TIRES FOR THE 19. SO IT’S MARK MARTIN. WITH THE TWO-TIRE STOP. THE RACE LEADER.RIGGS COMES OUT. KENSETH, HAMLIN, JOHNSON AND STEWART. THE NAPA FIELD SUMMARY, ALL 43 CARS STILL RUNNING. 27 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. OUR NAPA FIELD SUMMARY HERE AT CALIFORNIA. LEADER. SOME GUYS ON THE EDGE OF THEIR FUEL WINDOW. 55 TO GO. WHEN WE GET THE GREEN.>>DEFINITELY SOME GUYS ARE IT E WAY IF IT STAYS GREEN.>>WHOA! MARCUS TRYING TO GET DOWN ON THE LOW SIDE AND, MAN — NEWMAN WAS DOWN THERE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON K ADVANTAGE OF THAT. HE IS ON HIS WAY.>>THAT MIGHT GET MARK FIRED UP A LITTLE BIT.>>I DON’T KNOW IF HE KNEW THE 12 WAS DOWN THERE OR NOT AND LEANING THE LEFT REAR ON NEWMAN’S RIGHT FRONT FENDER.>>YES.>>THERE ARE A FEW FAST CARS COMING IN A HURRY BEHIND HIM, WEREN’T THERE?>>TERRY LABONTE IN THE 44 CAR ON THE INSIDE. HE IS ONE LAP DOWN. MORE ON MARK MARTIN FROM THE TWD TAKING THEM. RIGHT FRONT FENDER EARLIER AND MIRED BACK IN TRAFFIC AND THE CAR NOT AS GOOD AS IT WAS EARLY IN THE RACE. THEY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? TAKE THE TWO TIRES HERE. SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND GET THE TRACK POSITION BACK. THE CAR OBVIOUSLYHT NOW. HARD TO HANG ON TO AND FOR ELLIOTT SADLER. GETTING BETTER. LOOKING AT A TOP 20 AT BEST EARLIER TODAY.>>KASEY KAHNE. UNDER MARK AND THAT’S FUR TIRESN WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, TOO, BILL, WE HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT MUCH ELLIOTT SADLER ALL NIGHT. CLICKING OFF THE FASTEST LAPS AND SO IMPORTANT TO BE OUT FRONT IN THAT CLEAN AIR.>>HE WAS FASTEST THAT LAP BY A BUNCH.>>ALL THOSE CLAP MIXED IN WITHP CARS AND MAKES IT THAT MUCH TOUGHER TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT AND THE TWO-TIRE STRATEGY WORKING FOR NOW AT LEAST.>>MIGHT BE PRETTY GOOD FOR THEM. YOU HAVE JEFF GORDON BACK THERE. HE IS THE 17th SPOT RIGHT NOW. IN THE MIDDLE>>WELL, EARLIER THIS RACE, MARK OUT OF THE TOP TEN IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. 11th RIGHT NOW. HE IS FIFTH. WITH 52 TO GO. JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET IN THAT CASEY MEARS DID COME BACK IN AND TOP OFF IN THE 42 CAREIRN TO GO THE DISTANCE. THEY NEED A FEW CAUTION FLAGS NEXT TO HELP THEM, THOUGH, I THINK. WE’LL SEE. THERE’S JEFF GORDON. 17th. GORDON HAD TO MAKE AN UNSCHEDULED STOP UNDER CAUTION FOR LOOSE LUG NUTS. GREEN STARTED 25th. STILL TRYING TO WORK HIS WAY BACK UP FRONT. GORDON HAD LED 42 LAPS TONIGHT. DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE PACK OF TRAFFIC THERE. 13th, MATT.>>BILL, JUST LIKE THE 24, HE IS MIRED BACK IN TRAFFIC NOW. JUNIOR, REMEMBER, ON THE PREVIOUS STOP, TWO TIRES. THE CAR DIDN’T REACT WELL T THE. THE CAR NOW ON FOUR TIRES. JUNIOR FELT LIKE THEY’VE GONE THROUGH THE LAPS AND THE CAR WAS REALLY STARTING TO COME TO LIFE AS THE 31 ROCKETS ON THE BOTTOM.>>ONE THING JUNIOR HAS GOING FOR HIM, MATT, RUNNING HIGHER OR GOT THE HIGH LINE DOWN AND RUNNP THERE AND JEFF GORDON RUNNING WHERE THERE’S 30 OTHER GUYS RUNNING.>>RIGHT.>>ONE THING ABOUT JUNIOR, MAY BE ABLE TO PASS A LOT OF CARS BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF THE FEW GUYS RUNNING THAT REALLY HIGH LINE. RIGHT ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT THERE. BUT NORMALLY AFTER IT’S ABOUT 15 LAPS, 20 LAPS ON THE TIRES, SEE HIM UP ON THE TOP.>>UNIYOUR RIGHT NOW TENTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. 50 TO GO. SADLER WITH A 1.1 SECD LEAD OVER KASEY KAHNE.>>YOU GUYS REMEMBER EARLIER TALKING ABOUT ELLIOTT TO TRY KASEY KAHNE’S SET UP AND SEE WHAT HAPPENED? IN THE BEGINNING OF THE RACE, ELLIOTT COMPLAINED ABOUT THE RACE CAR. AT ONE EVER HAM SAID, LISTEN, A TOP 15 OUT OF THIS THING TONIGHT AND NOW WITH THE TWO TIRE CHANGE, THIS IS SO GREAT. THEY HAD NOTHING TO LOOSE. TAKE THE TWO TIRES. GET OUT FRONT IN THE CLEAN AIR AND MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. ALAN?>>KASEY KAHNE’S TEAM DIRECTOR H CASEY IN THE CAUTION LAPS BEFORE THE PIT STOP WHETHER OR NOT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THIS CAR. KENNY SAID SO FAST I’M AFRAID TO TOUCH IT AND THEN JUST BEFORE IT HIT PIT ROAD, DECIDED ON A SMALL ADJUSTMENT TO KEEP UP WITH THE TRACK POSITION AND RUNNING IN GETTING SHUFFLED BACK A LITTLE BIT FROM THE OTHER GUYS WITH TWO TIRE STOPS A MINUTE AGO.>>CLENCHED THE FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS. FIVE BONUS POINTS FOR KASEY KAHNE. YOU HAVE EVER HAM CARS RUNNING FIRST, SECOND AND FOURTH RIGHT NOW. KAHNE AND SCOTT RIGGS.>>KAHNE IS FASTER THAN SADLER. I WOULD PRETTY MUCH LOOK AT HIM TAKING THE LEAD IN THE NEXT FIVE OR SIX LAPS.>>OR SOONER. PULLING UP ON THE 19 IN A HURRY. THAT WILL BE FOR THE LEAD.FIRSTD>>>THE NFL ON NBC, THE NFL NIGHT. MIAMI DOLPHINS AND PITTSBURGH STEELERS AND DANTE CULL PEPPER AFTER THE THREE TORN KNEE LIGAMENTS LAST OCTOBER WITH THE PANTHERS LEADS THE DOLPHINS AGAINST THE STEELERS AND BEN ROETHLISBERGER, THE STEELERS QUARTERBACK WITH AN EER TODAY. CHARLIE BATCH AT THE CONTROLS. THEY’LL HAVE IT FOR YOU ON THURSDAY. NEW LEADER HERE AT CALIFORNIA. TEAMMATES WITH THE PAST. DIDN’T TAKE THAT FIVE OR SIX LAPS.>>WISHFUL THINKING. HOPEFULLY FOR IT. JUST BATTLING WITH TIME. PRETTY EASY PASS FOR KASEY KAHNE TO MAKE.>>KASEY KAHNE BACK UP FRONT. ELLIOTT SADLER IS SECOND.>>HANGING RIGHT GOOD LAP TIMES.>>THIS IS FOR SEVENTH. DENNY HAMLIN IN THE 11.>>YEAH. YOU HAVE KENSETH RIGHT THERE. SCOTT RIGGS TAKE.>>MORE ON RIGS FROM DAVE.>>HEY, GUYS. WHAT’S FINAL PRACTICE FOR?>>MAKE THE CAR BETTER FOR THE RACE.>>PRACTICE THINGS. YESTERDAY, RODNEY FOR THE TECH CAR TOLD ME THEY DID THINGS WOUD DIDN’T. HE SAID I’M GLAD YOU TRIED THEM THEN. IF YOU WOULD HAVE SAID THAT IN THE RACE, I WOULD HAVE CUSSED YOU. THEY KNOW WHAT WORKS AND MADE MINOR ADJUSTMENTS. GOT THE TRACK POSITION WITH THE TWO-TIRE STOP AND RACING TO THET HAPPY HOUR IS FOR.>>YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL EVERYONE.>>WELL, THIS CAR WAS GOOD IN MICHIGAN.>>YEAH.>>AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE I THINK THIS CAR BETTER OUT FRONT OR DIDN’T HAVE TO RUN OF CLEAN AIR. REALLY, REALLY BAD. GOT TRAFFIC, SEEMED LIKE HE STRUGGLED. GOOD SPOT RIGHT NOW. UP FRONT, IN THIRD. NOT A LOT OF CARS AROUND HIM AND GOOD LAP TIMES.>>AND PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT SCOTT RIGGS THIS MORNING WITH WEEK IN THE CLOSING LAPS OF BRISTOL. STAYED BEHIND HIM, PATIENT, UP UNTIL IT WAS THE LAST SECOND AND GOT AROUND HIM AND SAW THE GUYS TALKING IT OVER ON PIT ROAD AFTER THE RACE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, GOT INTRODUCED TO SCOTT RIGGS LAST WEEK AND SA.>>DID A GREAT JOB LAST WEEK. HAD A FASTER CAR THAN JEFF GORDON AND I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S VETERANS THAT DIDN’T PUT THE BUMPER TO GORDON. SCOTT DID A GOOD JOB. A GREAT FINISH. THOSE GUYS REALLY TURNED THAT TEAM AROUND. THEY OBVIOUSLY HAD A>>MISSING THE DAY TO THAT 500.>>EXACTLY. GOOD JOB TURNING THAT TEAM AROUND.>>ON BOARD WITH JEFF BURR DON.>>WHOA!>>WHAT HAPPENED THERE?>>BOY, THAT WAS A SAVE OF YOUR>>MISS IN THE MIDDLE. LOOSE OFF.>>I THINK SO.>>ALAN?>>YEAH. HE, JEFF BURTON CALLED IN A FEW LAPS AGO AND SAID HE THOUGHT HE HAD A THEREAT TIRE. ON THE WALL. HE HAS DECIDED HE DOESN’T LIKE THE CAR’S HANDLING VERY MUCH.>>PART OF THE RACE THAT THESE GUYS THAT STRUGGLED WITH LATELY. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, BEEN GOODo TO START. THE MIDDLE AND THEN THEY GET DOWN TO THE FINISH OR THE LAST 30, 40 LAPS OF A RACE AND THEY JUST LOSE A LOT OF SPOTS. THEY LOSE A LOT OF GROUND.>>TALKED ABOUT IT THE CAR JUST GOT TIGHT. THEY COULDN’T GET IT OUT OF IT. IT COST THEM SPOTS. DALE EARNHARDT JR. MORE FROM MATT.>>AND JUNIOR MADE THE WAY AROUND THE 01 HE THOUGHT HE HAD A CUT LEFT FRONT TIRE. JUNIOR SAID THE CAR CAME ALIVE UP TOP. THE SPOTTER CHEERING HIM ON TRYING TO WORK UP TO THE FRONT. HE’S GOT THE 20 RIGHT AHEAD TRYING TO REEL HIM IN TO PICK UP ANOTHER SPOT. AND RIGHT BEHIND T 24 CAR. AND WHO IS FASTEST LAST LAP?>>24 CAR WAS THAT LAST LAP AND YOU KNOW, HE’S GOTTEN IT THROUGH THE TRAFFIC. I’LL ADMIT IT. SEEMS TO HAVE HAD ISSUES IN THE YEAR WITH THAT BUT THEY HAVE THE CAR WORKING RIGHT NOW AND GOT THROUGH TRAFFIC. HE’S IN THE 11th SPOT RIGHT NOW.>>MATT, YOU HAVE SOMETHING ON JEFF?>>BIGGEST THING, I GUESS PANICH AND A HALF WITH BAD RUNS AND HAD GREAT DAYS, SURE. THEY HAVE STRUGGLES, AS WELL. THIS TEAM SLOWLY WORKING THEIR WAY BACK TO THE FRONT CURRENTLY IN THE 11th POSITION TRYING TO BOUNCE BACK FROM HITTING PIT ROAD FOR MISSING A COUPLE GORDOE A YEAR AGO TRYING TO RACE IN TO IT TONIGHT. BUT EVERYBODY IS CHASING KASEY KAHNE, LEADS THE TEAMMATE ELLIOTT SADLER BY 1.8. THE OTHER TEAMMATE RIGGS RUNS THIRD.>>>YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS. NEXT SATURDAY, 3:30 EASTERN TIME. PENN STATE AND NOTRE DAME. NUMBER 19 AGAINST NUMBER 2 PENN AME WITH GUTSY PLAY CALLING BY THE COACH AND EXCELLENT EXECUTION ON THE FIELD. GOT THE WIN ON THE ROAD COME FROM BEHIND. PENN STATE AND THE IRISH NEXT SATURDAY NBC. KASEY KAHNE, THE RACE LEADER. LET’S GO THROUGH THE FIELD IN THE SONY>>IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN WITH US ALL NIGHT, BILL, KASEY KAHNE’S NIGHT. STARTED AND RACED UP TO THE LEAD AND FROM THE LEAD, A PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTY TO GO BACK TO 24th IN LAP 156. UP TO 12th ON THE TRACK UNDER GREEN, SECOND ON AONLY STOP ANDD RACED THE WAY BACK TO THE LEAD. WHOA. THAT’S BUSY. MARTY?>>ALAN, MUCH LESS EVENTFUL FOR ELLIOTT SADLER. RAN ABOUT 20th FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT AND CAR WOULD NOT HANDLE, EXTREMELY LOOSE. THE CAR WAS BETTER. MADE IT TO THE FRONT. ABOUT THREE LAPS SHORT ON FUEL, THOUGH. THAT’S THE ONLY PROBLEM. DAVE?>>THAT’S WHAT WE’RE WATCHING WITH EVERYBODY. 17 RESTARTED UP TO THIRD NOW AND COME ALIVE IN THE NIGHTTIME. THEY HAVE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST TONIGHT., SLOWED UP BY THE 44 OF TERRY LABONTE. TIGHT BEHIND THE RACE CAR AND CAUGHT HIM, THAT’S WHEN THEY GOT AWAY AND TOO LATE. KENSETH BY THE 10. SNATED.>>DALE EARNHARDT JR. JUST TOLD THE CREW CHIEF SAYING THE CAR IS JUST TURNING CENTER OF THE CORND GREAT ON EXIT. AND IT SHOWS ON THE STOPWATCH AS THE CAR TURNING GREAT LAPS MOVING UP TO THE FRONT. CURRENTLY FIFTH.>>HAMLIN HAD THE CAR TO BEAT. LED FROM LAP 30 TO 78 AND THE CAR SINCE FALLI NOT BEEN ABLE TT BACK TO THE FRONT AND HAMLIN LOOKING FOR WHAT WOULD BE THE SIXTH STRAIGHT TOP TEN FINISH. KYLE BUSCH LOST TRACK POSITION ON THE LAST SET OF PIT STOPS AND SHOW YOD TU TANGLE ON PIT ROAD AND LEFT BIFFLE’S CAR HANGING OUT INND BLOCKED HIM IN AND LOST SPOTS AND BACK TO 11th AFTER THE STOPS. MATT?>>FUEL IS A QUESTION FOR EVERYBODY. 24 OF GORDON. ONE OF THE FASTEST ON THE RACETRACK. REBOUNDING FROM THE MISQUEUE ON PIT ROAD. PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP SPEED WK RIGHT NOW, MARTY.>>MARK MARTIN STARTED 38th TONIGHT, MATT. HE BLASTED THE WAY UP TO THE TOP FIVE AND THEN DAMAGED THE RIGHT FRONT FENDER AND MOST OF THE NIGHT 20th. TWO TIRES ON THE LAST STOP, THOUGH. BACK IN THE TOP TEN AND BACK IN MATT?>>TWO TIRES ON THE LAST STO FOR THE 99 OF CARL EDWARDS. GOT ON THE TRACK POSITION AND THEN SLOWLY HAS BEGUN TO FADE. BACK IN THE TENTH POSITION ABOUT FIVE LAPS SHORT OF MAKING OINT FUEL. TIGHT IN ONE AND TWO. LOOSE ON THREE AND FOUR. THIS WEEK, I WANT TO CHALLENGE THE 17 TEAM AND RCR TEAMS IN THE FINAL TWO WEEKS IN CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS. WE NEED TO BUILD MOMENTUM. CURRENTLY JOHNSON IN 11 WTED A TIGHT RACE CAR.>>STEWART’S FALLEN OUT OF TOP TEN IN THE 12th SP STILL LOOSE T LOOSE AND CANNOT GET A HANDLE ON THE CENTER OF THE CORNER. SLOWLY BEGINNING TO FADE.>>AFTER HAVING A LOOSE RACE CAR ALL NIGHT, HARVICK’S CAR WENT TO THE TIGHT SIDE WITH ADJUSTMENT LAST TIME. RESTARTED 12th AND HAVEN’T GAIN SHOULD BE BETWEEN FOUR AND FIVE LAPS SHORT ON FUEL. ALAN?>>TELL YOU ABOUT GREG BIFFLE’S NIGHT. DAMAGED THE BODY EARLIER. CUT DOWN A TIRE ABOUT 172. BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AND BACK UP TO 14th AND SAYS THE CAR SLIDING AROUND. DAVE? OF SORENSON, DRIVEN PAST EIGHT CARS SINCE THE RESTART AND HE TOPPED OFF WITH FUEL. HE WILL BE BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE, ALAN.>>JEFF BURTON AFTER THINKING HE HAD A FLAT TIRE BACK AT 204 STILL RIDING IT OUT AND BACK IN 16th POSITION. PLACE IN THE TOP TEN IN THE CHASE FOR THE NEXTEL CUP.>>GOING TO SEE GAS AND GOES.>>SAW THAT IN THIS CASE A YEAR AGO ALMOST THE SAME SCENARIO AND CHECKERED.R GREEN 25 TO GO.>>>KASEY KAHNE CONTINUES TO LEAD AT THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY. 229 LAPS ARE COMPLETE. HE LEADS BY 6.8 SECOND OVER ELLIOTT SADLER. DALE EARNHARDT TURNED THE FASTET LAP IN THIRD AND THEN MATT KENSETH AND JEFF GORDON IN FIFTH. AND WE JUST WATCHED GORDON AND THE OLD BUDDY SCOTT RIGGS RACE AROUND HERE FOR A COUPLE OF LAPS.>>THEY’RE DUKING IT OUT. JEFF GORDON UP TO FIFTH SPOT. CT SADLER FOR SECOND SPOT. BACK HERE IT IS RIGHT HERE. THIS WOULD BE THE PASS FOR SECOND SPOT.>>YES, IT WOULD BE. EARNHARDT.>>ON THE HIGH GROOVE.>>GOT THE GROOVE BACK., IT’S RD FOR HIM TO WORK THAT GROOVE. NOBODY ELSE IS WORKING THAT GROOVE. EVERYBODY ELSE IS RUNNING THE MIDDLE AND THE BOTTOM. HE’S RUNNING WHERE EVERYBODY ISN’T.>>GREG BIFFLE ON PIT ROAD. THEY TOPPED OFF UNDERTALKED ABOT THE CAR NOT HANDLING VERY WELL.>>YEAH, GOT TO TAKE A GAMBLE HERE. NOT GOING ANYWHERE ON THE TRACK AND COMING IN, A QUICK CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT AND TWO TIRES FOR BIFFLE AND TRYING TO GAIN SOMETIME ON GUYSLD TIRES AFTER THE SPLASH AND DASH FOR FUEL.>>WE ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE MOST OF THE GUYS, BASICALLY EVERYBODY, HAS TO DO A SPLRB AND GO. MAR THE I?>>WOW. TIRE CHANGES. THE 16 AND 48 TEAMS, TRYING TO DO, WALLY, TRYING TO FORCE EVERYBODY ELSE’S HAND TAKING JIMMIE JOHNSON’S TOO TIGHT. DOWN ON THE RIGHT REAR AND UP ON THE TRACK BAR AND TRYING — NINE LAPS SHORT AND NOTHING TO LOSE. SHORT PIT HERE AND NOW FORCE OTHER CARS TO PIT WITH THEM.>>19 LAPS TO GO. THERE’S YOUR RACE LEADER, KASEY KAHNE, TAKING A FINAL GREEN FLAG COMMERCIAL BREAK. AND COME BACK AND TAKE YOU TO THE CHECKERS AT C>>>KASEY KAHNE IS THE RACE LEADER HERE AT CA HE LEADS BY SIX SECONDS OVER DALE EARNHARDT JR. AND THEN SADLER, GORDON AND HAMLIN.>>NOW, I WOULD THINK HE WOULD JUST COME IN FOR A COUPLE OF SECOND WORTH OF FUEL. FINISH. YOU DON’T NEED MUCH.>>MATT KENSETH CAME. AND ROBBY CALLED FOR TWO RIGHT SIDE TIRES. THEY HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE RIGHT FRONT. TOOK A LONG TIME AND COST HIM POSITIONS.>>SOMETHING THAT HE CAN’T AFFORD TO DO RIGHT THERE. YOU KNOW,>>HE’S LOCKED IN TO THE CHASE.>>BUT KASEY KAHNE CAN’T. REAL INTERESTED TO SEE IF THEY TAKE ON RIGHTS OR JUST FUEL. I WOULD THINK JUST GAS.>>RIGHT NOW, KASEY KAHNE 11th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. 39 POINTS OUT OF 10. HE IS THE RACE LEADER. HE LED 127 OF THE 236 LAPS TONIGHT. WON HERE LAST NIGHT. KENSETH SWEPT BRISTOL LAST WEEKEND. KAHNE TRYING T HARVICK ON PIT ROAD. ANOTHER GUY TRYING TO LOCK UP THE SPOT IN THE CHASE. HE COULD FINISHING THIRD OR BETTER TONIGHT.>>LOOSE IN THE CORNER. TIGHT OFF. TWO RIGHT SIDE TIRES ON. THIS IS CONSIDERED EARLY ENOUGH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW RUBBER, WALLY. THAT’S THE 17 CAR. BECAUSE NOW TRYING TO RUN FASTER LAPS THAN THE GUYS LATE AND NOT TAKING IT ON AND RUNNING SLOWER LAPS.>>LOSING AN EXTRA FIVE OR SIX SECONDS ON THE RACETRACK. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOU COULD MAKE A MISTAKE.>>RIGHT. WHICH THE 17 BUNCH APPEARED TO DO. MATT KENSETH IS SCORED IN 22nd. FIRST CAR OFF THE LEAD LAP. RIGHT BEHIND HIM, JIMMIE JOHNSON. ALAN HERE’S WHERE ALL THE PRESSURE IS ON THE DRIVER NOW, BILL. GET DOWN TO THE SPEED LIMIT BEFORE THE COMPLIMENT LINE THERE. DON’T SPEED DOWN PIT ROAD DESPITE YOUR EXCITEMENT AT TRYING TO WIN THE RACE. GET SMOOTHLY TO A STOP IN THE STALL. THEN THERS TO THE CREW FORANGE ON THE 9 CAR AN IT AND THEN THE PRESSURE BACK TO THE DRIVER. GET SMOOTHLY OUT OF THE PIT STALL. DON’T SPEED. AND GET BACK UP ON TO THE TRACK AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN ON THE FRESH TIRES. SO FAR, SO SMOOTH FOR KASEY KAHNE. IN THE TIRES AND FUEL. TELLING HIM TO GO WHEN THE JACK DROPS. TIRE CHANGERS AROUND THE FRONT OF THE CAR. TO MATT.>>FUEL ONLY STOP FOR JEFF GORDON. ONLY NEEDED ABOUT 3 1/2 TO 4 SECONDS OF FUEL. NO TIRLS FOR THE 24. SIDE TIRESE BUSCH. DOWN AND AWAY. WE’LL SEE HAMLIN IN THE LAP LOOK FOR HIM TO TAKE FUEL ONLY. MATT?>>AND THE 8 OF DALE EARNHARDT JR. ON HIS WAY DOWN TO HIS PIT STALL. THEY HAVE TIRES ON THE WALL. THOUGH, FOR THE 8. 20 OF STEWART RIGHT SIDE TIRES ONLY. GOING TIRES ON THE — DALE EARNHARDT JR. SLID IN HIS PIT BOX. FORTUNATELY DID NOT SLIDE THROUGH IT. THE CAR IS OUT AN ANGLE. HE’S FINALLY AWAY. MARTIN ALREAT ROAD. STRUING WLING THE TIRES ON THE CAR AND WANTED TWO FRESH RIGHT SIDE TIRES AND T FUEL TO MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE END. NO CHASSIS CHANGES.>>7.3 SECONDS ON THE STOP FOR KAHNE. 8.7 FOR 4.9 SECONDS ON THE STOP FOR GORDON. CARL EDZ WARDS ON TO PIT ROAD. 11 LAPS TO GO. EDWARDS GIVES UP THE LEAD TO COME DOWN PIT ROAD. MATT?>>ONE OF THE TOOK TWO RIGHT SIDE TIRES WITH THE GUAMIBLE DOWN TO THE PIT BOX, THE SIGN WAVING UP AND DOWN. SEE IF HE GOES FOR THE TIRES. THEY WERE GOING BACK FOR FUEL ONLY FOR EDWARDS. JUST A QUICK SPLASH. HE IS AWAY.>>JUST BEFORE GOING B CAUTION,T BOWYER, REED SORENSON, CASEY MEARS AMONG THE DRIVERS THAT TOPPED OFF HEARING THAT SORENSON PLANS TO STAY OUT. HEARD THAT MEARS PLANS TO GO TO THE FINISH. THERE’S SORENSON. DAVE BURNS?>>THEY RADIOEDWE ARE STAYING OS THING.>>HE SAID, NO. I NEED TO COME IN FOR TIRES, RIGHT?>>NO. HE SAID THAT — PUTTING ON TIRES WOULD DELAY THE RUN TO VICTORY LANE THERE, WALLY.>>OKAY.>>WOW. REED>>NOBODY AROUND HIM EITHER. HE IS LIKE, YEAH. I DON’T KNOW. I’M JUST SURPRISED THAT SOME OF>>I’M WITH YOU. THERE. REED SORENSON LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES WIN.>>THAT’S OKAY.>>THE CREW CHIEF.>>JUST GO.>>DRIVES FOR CHIP. FELIX. DAVE, YOU DOWN THERE?>>YEP. THIS IS THE BRAND NEW RACE CAR VERY STRONG AND TOP 15 ALL NIGHT. BUT THIS WAS THE GAMBLE THAT PAID OFF ON FUEL AND, GOSH, DIDN’T THE CAR MAYBE IN THE BUSCH EAR YES, SIR TAKE A GAMBLE EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WIN?>>YEP. IT WASCAGO.>>YEAH, CHICAGOLAND. BUT FADING OUT ON US, DAVE. GLAD YOU’RE STILL THERE.>>NELL A HOLE.>>SEVEN LAPS TO GO. REED SORENSON IS JUST 20 YEARS OLD. FROM PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA. SORENSON LEADS AND UPDATE ON KASEY KAHNE FROM ALAN.>>BILL, EVEN THOUGH HE MAY NOT GET THE WIN TONIGHTF THE GAMBLE PAYS OFF FOR THE OTHER DRIVERS, THEY WANTED TO COME IN HERE TONIGHT AND RUN ALL THE LAPS, HIT A TOP FIVE FNUS POINTS FOR D LEADING THE MOST LAPS AND FINISH AOF ALL OF THE GUYS THEY’RE CHASING IN THE RACE TO THE CHASE. SO, PROVIDED THINGS GO WELL FOR THE NEXT SIX LAPS, EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEEDED TO ACCOMPLISH TONIGHT FOR KASEY KAHNE IN THE 9 CAR EVEN IFINTED AT NOT WINNING.>>THEY’RE GOING TO LOSE THIS RACE LIKE THEY WON IT LAST NIGHT AND MAY NOT.>>I THINK THE GUYS, IT IS GOING TO BE A LOT CLOSER FOR THESE GUYS.>>YOU THINK SO?>>YEAH. THAN IT WAS FOR HIM LAST NIGHT. SORENSON, YELEY AND BOWYER WITH TH KAHNE IS FOURTH. 9.8 SECONDS BEHIND SORENSON.>>YEAH. BUT HE’S ONLY A SECOND AND A HALF BEHIND SECOND PLACE YELEY.>>RIGHT.>>YOU KNOW, KAHNE PROBABLY PASS BOWYER AND YELEY IN SECOND AND THIRD SPOT. OUT OF GAS, THEY’RE RIGHT THERE. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING, DAVE, ON THE TEAM? DAVE?>>WE LOST HIM.>>HE DID FALL IN THAT H>>ALL RIGHT. SO THERE WE GOT J.J. YELEY THERE IN SECOND PLACE. KASEY KAHNE. NOW TAKES OVER THIRD SPOT FROM CLINT BOWYER. FOUR TO GO THIS TIME.>>NOW IF THEY TOLD HIM, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY TOLD HIM. BECAUSE IF, YOU KNOW, YEAH. I MEAN, AGAIN. THAT’SHEY TOLD HIM, OKAY, YOU HAVE FUEL. GO FOR IT. OR JUST GOING FOR IT.>>GO FOR IT AND PEDAL EASY.>>OKAY.>>WE HAVE TO DISCUSS ABOUT LONG GEARS BEFORE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, WALLY?>>YOU AND YOUR LONG GEAR.>>SAVE FUEL. SAVE FUEL, REED.SOME. J.J. YELEY ON PIT ROAD EARLIER. SORRY ABOUT THAT EARLIER. THREW FUEL IN THE 18 CAR.>>KASEY KAHNE MADE THE WAY TO SECOND AS WALLY SAID HE WOULD.>>HE WAS A SECOND A LAP FASTER>>NOPE.D SORENSON.>>ONLY THREE TO GO.>>BUT IF THIS GUY BOBBLES JUST A LITTLE BIT, REED SORENSON, KASEY KAHNE WILL BE THERE TO POUNCE, ALAN.>>AND HE JUST CAME ON THE RADIO WALLY, ASKING THE DIRECTOR, KENNY FRANCIS, IS THE 41 GOING TO MAKE IT? KNOW. I DON’T KNOW.>>I JUST SAW THE CAR DOWN LOW. I DON’T KNOW WHO THAT WAS. COULD BE SOMEBODY RUNNING OUT OF FUEL.>>J.J. YELEY. MORE ON SORENSON, DAVE.>>OKAY. PEDALING, REED, PEDAL IT BIG AND GOOD. I GUESS IT’S DRIVE HARD.>>MAY AS WELL. YOU ARE NOT COMING IN.>>BATTLE IT. SIX SECONDS, TWO MORE TO GO.>>MADE A DECISION WIN THIS THING TRYING. SO –>>SEE IF IT PICKS UP.>>DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE LONG GEAR IS WHAT I’M SAYING, DAVE.>>REED SORENSON JUST WON –>>OUT OF GAS. OUT OF GAS.>>OUT OF GAS, JIMMY.>>AND WATCH KASEY KAHNE COME ROARING BY INNB THE RED CAR. THEY GAMBLED AND LOST. KASEY KAHNE TO THE LEAD. WILL COME TO THE WHITE FLAG THIS TIME. AND THERE’S NOT EVEN A THREAT BEHIND HIM.>>THEY DID WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THE RACE OR EARLIER TODAY. JUST GO OUT AND WIN THE RACE. LET EVERYBODY ELSE DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO. THIS IS WHAT THEY NEED AT MAKINE CHASE.>>FIRST 15 RACES AND HAS STRUGGLED SINCE. TONIGHT, HE HAS LED 129 LAPS. OF THIS 250-LAP RACE. THIS IS THE FINAL LAP. KAHNE CAN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AND AS WALLY SAID, GOING TO BEAT EVERYBODY AND PUT HIMSELF IN POSITION TO MAKE THE CHASE. NEXT WEEK AT RICHMOND. EARNHARDT GOES TO SECOND. KASEY KAHNE FOUR. WON LAST NIGHT IN THE BUSCH RACE. KASEY KAHNE SWEEPS AT CALIFORNIA.>>GOOD RUN FOR EARN EARN JR..>>AND CLINT BOWYER.>>YLL FEEL BETTER AFTER TONIGHT WITH THE RECORD HERE IN FONTANA GOING IN TO RICHMOND NEXT SATURDAY.>>THOSE GUYS WORKED HARD. JARRN SPOT.>>HE WAS ANOTHER CAR THAT TOPPED OFF. UNOFFICIALLY KAHNE 11th IN THE STANDINGS RIGHT NOW. 27 POINTS OUT OF 10th. NO DRIVER CLENCHED TONIGHT. BUT MATT KENSETH HAS ASSUMED THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD BY 16 POINTS OVER JIMMIE JOHNSON. TO PIT ROAD AND HERE IS MATT AND EVERY WIN IS IMPORTANT. KENNY –>>WHOO!>>KENNYK YOU DESCRIBE HOW IMPORTANT THIS WIN IS FOR THIS SEASON?>>THAT’S THE BIGGEST WIN OF THE YEAR SO FAR. WE HAVE TO RACE IN TO THIS THING AND THE GUYS DID A GREAT KASEY DID AN AWESOME JOB DRIVING TONIGHT. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK AND THAT’S GREAT.>>HE HADA CHARITY EVENT IN WASN AND HERE IN CALIFORNIA. WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. CAME HERE AND WON THE BUSCH RACE LAST NIGHT AND CELEBRATES HIS WIN TONIGHT HERE AT CALIFORNIA. HIS FIFTH OF THE SEASON AFTER WINNING FOUR TIMES IN BIG WIN FOR HIM. BIG NIGHT FOR RAY EVERHAM AND EVERHAM MOTOR SPORTS. KAHNE, ONR YOUNG STARS IN THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES. 26 YEARS OLD. HE GOT THE CHECKERED FLAG. HIS SIXTH CAREER VICTORY. YOU KNOW FIRST NASCAR NEXTEL CUP WIN?>>I BELIEVE IT WAS AT RICHMOND, BILL.>>CERTAINLY WAS. THAT’S WHERE WE’LL BE NEXT WEEKEND.>>PRETTY EXCITING. NOW I KNOW WHY THE ENGINE BUILDER HAS A NIGHTMARE.>>YEAH.>>ALL RIGHT. WE HEAD DOWN TO DAVE BURNS.>>WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR., WITH THE BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE AFTER THAT. GLAD TO HAVE SECOND PLACE IN RICHMOND?>>SURE. YEAH. IT’S A BEST FINISH HERE SO WE’RE GLAD TO GET A SECOND ANYWHERE AND ESPECIALLY CALIFORNIA. THE RACETRACKS, TURNED THAT AROUND. I’M REALLY PROUD OF THE TEAM. CONGRATULATIONS TO KASEY AND MAYBE WE WON’T BE BATTLING EACH OTHER FOR THE CHASE AND BOTH MAKE IT.>>UN0 FURBLLY SEVENTH GOING IN TO NEXT WEEK, JUNIOR. NOT SECOND OR THIRD BUT A KNOW,T GOOD RUNS, YOU KNOW? NO MATTER WHAT. ONE WEEK AT A TIME AND HAVING A GOOD FINISH IS HAVING FUN AND WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT AND I DON’T REALLY GET IN TO THE PRESSURE OF THE CHASE OR TRYING TO MAKE A CHASE. THE PRESSURE IS TRYING TO RUN GOOD. NO MATTER WHAT. AN FOR MY TEAM. EVERYBODY, TONY JR. MADE GREAT CALLS. THE TEAM DID GREAT. I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH FOR THE DEI AND THE TEAM. THEY MADE EVERYTHING THEY COULD FOR ME THIS YEAR AND SO PROUD OF THEM.>>A BIG WEST COAST REBOUND FOR THE JEFF GORDON UNOFFICIALLY LEAVING FONTANA FOURTH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. WHAT A DRIVE FROM 25th ALL THE WAY BACK UP TO FIFTH.>>YEAH. CERTAINLY WAS. YOU KNOW? I HATE THAT THAT HAPPENED TO US. WE HAD A GREAT CAR IN GREAT POSITION AND WANTED GREAT CAR AD FORTUNATE TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE FROM THE BACK. UP TO THE FRONT. BUT I JUST GOT TO THANK STEVE AND ALL THE GUYS MAKING GREAT CALLS, GREAT PIT STOPS ON THE DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO AND I KNEW THE 9 CAR WAS THE CAR TO BEAT AND WE HAD HIM SIGHTS AT TIMES AND SHOULD FEEL FORTUNATE WITH FIFTH.>>JEFF GORDON. ALAN?>>AND VICTORY LANE, WHERE KASEY KAHNE IS COOLING DOWN AND READY TO CLIMB FROM THE CAR. IT IS A HAPPY PLACE HERE.>>ANY QUESTION WHAT

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  1. In those petty ride alongs they only go like 140mph… How are you supposed to get the full experience when your not in the top speed equipment the drivers race in?

  2. An honorable mention to Scott Riggs. Had a great qualifying effort and was running in the top five with 40 laps to go. Looking back on 2006, Scott Riggs has some runs at California, Charlotte and Bristol that were really impressive. Sad that 2007 was bad for him and ultimately cost him his NASCAR career.

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