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[24 Oct 2006|07:35pm]

liquidreckell
[ mood | pessimistic ]

Oh my god, this has to be the worst year ever. Its even worse than 2003. Man I wish 2005 never ended. This year it seems like every race is worse than the last one. Like Martinsville last week. I mean that race barely got started and I have brake problems. Than I have to spend the whole race trying to stay out of everybody's way. Gah, I can't wait until this years over. Sorry for not checking in earlier, but as I said this years been hell. I hope everybody's doing well.

Later,
Greg

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mod post [30 Jun 2006|11:53pm]

gaughanracing
Hey everyone! I just need to do a roll call to get this community going again. If you are a member of this community please reply with who you play and if you want to continue being that person or not. I need ALL members to check in. Thanks!
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We're back [09 May 2006|11:03pm]

liquidreckell
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Well that sure was a good time up at Richmond. I can't say I liked all that waiting during the Busch race, but I am glad we got the race in so we didn't have to come back on Sunday. We don't get too many days off. But man on Saturday, I had the best car, and I was all set to lead all the laps and win the race, but ofcourse there came the bad luck again. My teammate Carl got hit by Clint Bowyer as he was attempted to make a pit stop and spun out. That brought out a caution and unfortunately for me I had just made a green flag pitstop. So on the restart I stared in front of the leaders and tryed to stay on the lead lap. The middle part of the race was real tough and I thought the bad luck had ended our night again. But near the end all them cautions came out, and I got the lucky dog, and fresh tires and charged my way back up into the top 5. I know I would have won had there been a green white checkered. Anyway it still felt like a win to me, seeing how it was my first top 5 of the season. I really hope to get a win at Darlington, seeing as I'm the defending winner. I hope this bad luck is behind us.

Later,
Greg

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Owner's Points [17 Jan 2006|12:10pm]

autumndandelion
[ mood | curious ]

Hey, y'all! So how have all you cats been doing? I've missed y'all... well, some folks, at least.

As some of y'all know, Bill Davis and I have put in a bid for the #77 team's owner's points. They've closed their shop, and the #55 Napa Domino's Coca-Cola Best Western Sofa Express CAT Remington Dodge could use those points to begin 2006. When I arrived at the track yesterday for testing though, I heard that other folks are making bids on those points too. Okay, y'all, who is it? Tell me what I need to do to make those points mine.

- Mike

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Charlotte Night Race.. [17 Oct 2004|12:18am]

heather_2908
[ mood | disappointed ]

Another night race. Another chance at victory. Another chance at victory ruined. I qualified 2nd. Ryan laid down such a great lap that I was thrilled to start on the outside pole. I knew the minute we unloaded we would be good. My team and I just love these kind of tracks. We seem to run so well at these kinds of tracks for some reason. I had heard all weekend that the media said I was the man to beat. During that race I started to believe them. My car handled so good and was so fast! I had a 5 second or more lead over the 2nd place car and was lapping cars left and right. I thought our night had ended when the front suspension or something broke. Or at least I thought it broke. Tommy Baldwin decided not to pit under one of the cautions and it didnt seem to matter that we stayed out. We managed to just keep going and being really fast. I knew Jimmie Johnson was coming for us, but we were always running faster than them. Then the worst thing happened. The front tire blew out. How crappy was that. I was on my way to my first victory and that happens. Oh well. Guess tonight wasn't the night. We'll just have to go to Martinsville next weekend and see what happens there.

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Kansas [05 Oct 2004|03:22pm]

gaughanracing
I am still really excited about getting my highest finish of the year! When am I not excited?! But 4th is really great. I love running those Penske chassis. We didn't get one until Homestead, and that one was Ryan's from last year which was a nice one. We got a new chassis for the Kansas race where I am running a Wizard of Oz paint scheme, but Kvapil crashed it in testing, so we have to use the backup.

On a good note, we signed Steve for another year with Orleans! My father was at the truck race in California. He is happy with how things are going. Steve does a great job. Now if only other people wouldn't hit him!

My fan club also just started up. It's going to be great! There are some very interesting things in the kit that reflect Vegas!

And to those of you who think my hair is getting too long, I can't cut it until Thanksgiving! With the exception of one time in college, only one person has cut my hair since I was 4. And Flo does a great job!

I guess that's it for now. See you in Kansas!

Dover.. [27 Sep 2004|01:04am]

heather_2908
[ mood | calm ]

So this weekend was a short one. Yesterday we had a good day in the Busch car. Qualifying on the pole was just so awesome for that race. When we started out, our car was so hooked up! Unfortanely the handling went away some and we finished in the top 5. Not bad I must say! I still am craving that 2nd Busch series win though.

Dover in the Cup car wasnt as much fun for me. We were very fast in all of the practices, but by lap 13 we were done and out of the race. A flywheel or something broke and we were unable to repair it so I was done for the day. The guys in the shop do awesome jobs and I know this may have them down, but we'll go again next week! Guess my first cup win will have to wait another week at least.

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[19 Sep 2004|11:52pm]

liquidreckell
[ mood | frustrated ]

Ok so Loudon is just the worst race track they have. I don't know what Robby's problem was today. He took me and Kevin three wide into that corner and I was just accelerating off the corner and he just didn't get off the corner as fast as I did. I certainly didn't get into him on purpose. But ofcourse he thinks I did, so he needs to get revenge. He sure picked a dumb place to do it though. He ended both our chances for good finishes with nascar holding him for two laps, and also not letting him get the lucky dog award. He also ended the chance for Jeremy and Tony to have good finishes and they need all the points they can get, being they are in the chase. I guess I should have stayed out on that competition caution, then I wouldn't have been back there with him. Congrats to Kasey on his top five! and I'm sorry you didn't make the chase buddy. Your an awesome driver, and your light years ahead of those other rookies. You may make the stage twice for ROTY and 11th place! Well I will see everybody in Dover. I think I like the banked tracks better than the flat ones.

Later,
Greg

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[17 Sep 2004|07:06pm]

kurtbuschlover
It was a great night for us in richmond.Even though I misunderstood what Jimmy said but at least we made the top 10 in points. The car that we raced last week was the sister car to the one that we won New Hamshire.Which is the one that we are racing this week.I'll see you all in Loudon.
~Kurt
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Chase... [16 Sep 2004|03:33pm]

heather_2908
Well, Richmond just wasn't meant to help me in any way. I was in the top 10 before this race, but our short track program just isn't the best yet. Maybe it's because I'm a rookie or maybe I'm just not feeling the short tracks with the Cup car yet. I am so proud of my teammate Jeremy Mayfield for winning this race!! He made it into the top 10 and now hopefully will come out being champ! I've heard all the theories out there about Jr spinning me out on purpose. Well, that is not true. I know Dale Jr very well and he'd never do anything like that to me. It's a shame we won't be able to compete for the championship in our first season, but we'll get them next year. And remember we are still battling for the last place on the stage aka 11th place in the points. These last 10 races have a lot of tracks where I know I can run good so I'm ready to go out and win some races!! Loudon shall be a good race for us. If Hurricane Ivan doesn't stop us first! See you all in Loudon!! Good luck this weekend!!

--Kasey
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[27 Aug 2004|09:44am]

kurtbuschlover
We had a great day at michigan after the spin I thought we would of had a Top 5 car with the Superman paint scheme if it wasn't for the spin.But were back at Bristol, the place of my first win. Hopefully, We can get four in a row there. Also watch, Kyle in the busch race as he tries to win 3 races in a row.

~Kurt
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[26 Aug 2004|07:29pm]

drewsilvergirl
Wow, I haven't posted in here in forever. I've been spending most of my time contemplating suicide after my 3 DNF streak; haha just kidding. Hopefully this weekend at Bristol, we can turn the luck of the Lowe's team around and get a good run. I usually have pretty good luck at Bristol, so hopefully we can have a good night in the points and maybe get the points lead back. We just need to end this DNF streak.
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[09 Aug 2004|10:32pm]

jacinda_06
[ mood | tired ]

This race started pretty good..I started in the 8th position...but I didn't run in the top 10 very much of the day..my car wasn't handling too great so I seemed to always be running between 20th and 25th...but in the end I guess it all worked out..I flew past the checkered flag in 7th position..I am happy with that..as much as i hate to say it Mark Martin havin a flat tire at the end really helped me out..i moved up one spot in the standings which puts me in 14th place 109 points out of 10th place...hopefully my team and i can improve and get in the top ten for the final 10 races..thats all i have to say for now..later

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My First Brickyard 400 [08 Aug 2004|10:17pm]

heather_2908
[ mood | happy ]

Hey guys! I heard a lot of media guys saying how Indy was going to be huge for the rookies. And of course they all mentioned my name. I swear half of the media guys said this could be the site of my first win. The other half said rookies don't win at Indy. We unloaded good right off the bat. We qualified 12th which was awesome for our first time being here. We were fastest in the last practice if I'm not mistaken which definitely made Ray excited. He won with Bill Elliot here in 2002 and I know how bad he wants to win here again. Our car started off pretty good. We were running with Jeremy Mayfield most of the time in the top 10. Then I cut a tire. I ended up being 1 lap down and in like 38th or something. A caution came just in time and we got the lucky dog. Before you know it, I was back up there running with Jeremy in the top 10. Our car was just that awesome. Now I've been asked did I have a car capable of winning today's race? Of course I did. But did I have something that could have beat Sadler, Jarett, and Jeff Gordon? More than likely no. No one could stop Jeff Gordon. He was just THAT good. We ended up finishing 4th which I think may have broke a record, but don't hold me to that stat. Most rookies I guess don't finish that high, but I have a great crew working with me and Tommy is just a genius in the pits that I am lucky to be running this well as a rookie!

I want to say congrats to Greg Biffle on such a good finish! He's been bad fast as of lately for sure! Glad to see us Washington boys had something for the Indiana Kids! Glad to see Mikey rebound to a 20 place finish! Oh and lets not forget..Bill Elliot made his return to the track this weekend! It was so awesome to have him back! He finished 9th which was just so awesome! I hope we get to see him racing again soon!

I will see you all at Watkins Glen next week where I hope you all go easy on me since I'm not too good at road courses yet. LOL! Good luck to you all! And I'll see you at the track!!

--Kasey

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[08 Aug 2004|10:02pm]

liquidreckell
[ mood | enthralled ]

Hey I haven't been around in long long time, but with the Cup and Busch double duty, I have just been real real busy with the flying across the country to run both races on a given weekend. Now I have the time because June and July are over and they were the two busiest months. Last week was the most awesome week ever for me. Winning the Busch race in Pikes Peak was just so cool. I had that set of tires left and I didn't think a caution would come out to let us put them on. But it did and I was like, "yay we got this race in the bag". So me and Stacy Compton got our fresh tires and came up through the field like gangbusters. I don't know what happened there with Kyle Busch. He just cut dead left like he was trying to wreck me right off the track. He had alot of room to pass any other cars that were in his way, instead he chooses to go where I already am. Its a good thing that I just barely clipped him, so it didn't damage my car any. The next day my momentum continued as I walked out of Pocono with a four place finish. I finally had a weekend with absolutely no problems at all. No engines blown, no strange mechanical failures, no pit road problems, and not getting into any on track situations with any body.

This week was nice to. I can't say that I am as happy as I was last week, but I still am pleased with the week. I got a top 5 in the Busch race at IRP, and I almost got a top 5 at the Brickyard, where I ended up 6th. Again another weekend free of any strange problems. If we can keep this up, we might make top 15 in Nextel Cup. I don't think we can make top 10 this year, but we should be good to go next year.

I also want to say hi to Kasey my good friend and fellow Washington State native for his awesome rebound in today's race. Good Job Buddy!

Later,
Greg

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Chicagoland...Cup Race.. [11 Jul 2004|10:01pm]

heather_2908
[ mood | disappointed ]

Well, I qualified second for the Tropicana 400 and thought it was going to be a great day. The Dodge Dealers #9 was running awesome. I couldn't ask for a more awesome car. When the race started we were not as strong as Gordon, but quickly changed that. We led a few laps and probably was gaining some very good points. During one of the cautions I didn't change all 4 tires just because I wanted track position. We didn't get the best restart probably because of the old tires, but right as I switching gears or something Tony Stewart got into the back of me. Now I don't know for sure what happened. I need to examine the tapes a little more, but I know he hit us from behind and we went spinning and got into a bunch of other cars which I felt bad about. I am fine after that crash for anyone who might have been concerened. I'm not placing fault on Stewart, but he definitely hasn't become one of my favorites lately. I know everyone knows a fight broke out between my crew and Tony's crew, but according to my crew chief Tommy Baldwin he didn't start it. He went down there to talk to Greg Zippadelli to rant about Tony but he never even got the chance. It was a bad thing to have happen, but I was nowhere near involved. I was still talking to reporters. I haven't even talked to Tony yet, and I don't even know if I will. I know I did nothing wrong per say, but I'm sure NASCAR will have something to say about it. Ray Evernham and all the guys on both my team and Jeremy's team are standing strong. I'm glad we have this weekend off. I definitely need a little bit of a break to refresh myself. Hope everyone has a great off weekend and I'll see you all in Loudon.

--Kasey

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Daytona... [06 Jul 2004|02:05pm]

heather_2908
[ mood | happy ]

Well, as always Daytona is not one of my good tracks. The cup car unloaded pretty crappy on Friday and so we didn't get a good starting spot at all. I started 31st and finished 25th. Jeremy Mayfield and I were running together most of the night, but we just couldn't get anywhere. We had wrecked in practice on Saturday and had even pulled out our backup car, but that didn't help much. I did have to apologize to Ward Burton a couple times since I felt so bad taking him out in the practice wreck. It was great to have Bill Elliot back out on the track with us. He didn't have the best day either, but still got a better finish than both me and Jeremy. Jeremy and I are running 11th and 12th in points, but we need to catch up again. I'm 561 out of 1st and Jeremy is 597. We both want to be in the chase for the championship, so hopefully Chicagoland will be better for us. That's more our kind of track anyways.

On to the Busch race report now. We accomplished the biggest goal we had going into this race. We finished it! The Great Clips dodge ran a little better than the Cup car, but it still wasn't the best. We qualified 14th which put us behind Dale Jr. We knew that if we could draft with him, then we'd be doing great. That's what my team kept telling me. Stick with the #81 of Dale Jr and he'll take you to the front. Well, we did get with him, but he was much faster than we were. We were lucky that we stayed out of that last lap trouble. I saw Jason Leffler spin Mikey into the grass and then put Jr in the wall, but we managed to get past that. We finished 6th which was the best news we could have hoped for since the February race in Daytona didn't go so well. It was great to see Mike Wallace win this race. I've raced with him a lot in the Busch series and I know he wanted to win so bad. It was cool!

I don't know how many of you watch Inside Nextel Cup Racing on Speed Channel Monday nights, but I was on there this past week. I was only scheduled to be the Hot Seat guest, but Kenny Schrader and Mikey weren't going to be there so they asked if I would fill in. I was there with Johnny Benson who I had raced with a few times and Jimmy Spencer who I race with all the time obviously. I felt kind of out of place, but it was fun. I'm definitely glad its not a regular job for me!

See all of you in Chicagoland this weekend. Good luck to all!!

--Kasey

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Infineon - Definitely NOT my friend.. [28 Jun 2004|12:12am]

heather_2908
[ mood | calm ]

Infineon was not the most fun for me. I did well in the practices. I usually ran in the top 10. I qualified 30th which is bad for me since I'm used to being up front. I now know why they say that rookies hardly even run well at a road course on their first try. It's next to impossible. Sure, Brian Vickers ran pretty well most of the day but he didn't get the finish he wanted either finishing 22nd. I spun out a couple times. I ran in the front like once, and that's because Casey Mears and I pitted right before the caution came out so we got to start 1-2. Unfortanely my car wasn't set up the best and I ended up spinning. I heard what happened to Vickers though with Tony Stewart. I'm definitely thinking he can't be my mentor anymore because he isn't following the golden rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated. If pushing people out of the way on the track is how he wants to be treated then I guess he isn't going to be happy ever again. I ended up finishing 31st a lap down. I lost a spot in the points since Jamie McMurray finished 2nd so now I'm 484 points out of 1st in 12th place. Daytona is next week and I'm back in the Busch car so it shall be fun. Congrats to Mikey on such a wonderful finish. I can't wait to see Jimmy Spencer back on the track again. It shall be on exciting night race. Hopefully Jeremy and I can draft well together and maybe beat those DEI boys! It shall be fun! Until then guys. See ya this week at the track!!

--Kasey

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What Could Have Been.. [26 Jun 2004|11:07pm]

heather_2908
[ mood | disappointed ]

Well, this weekend I chose not to run the Busch car in Milwaukee since I was running at Infineon. It is a track I have never run on so I decided to focus more on the Cup race since its a huge deal for me. Team Akins decided to put Shane Hmiel into the car. He qualified 6th which was just plain awesome. I figured since the team is so strong that we could easily win or at least score a top 5. I was in my motorhome watching the race and I was getting excited. Shane really was running away with the race at times and I was thrilled for him. I knew our biggest competition was David Stremme. Those boys really run strong but have run into some bad luck as of late. With like 15 to go we were leading the race with Stremme trying to catch us. Somehow Ron Hornaday got past Stremme and he passed me like it was no problem. Then Stremme passed Hmiel. Next thing I know I see him spinning on the track after Jason Keller got into him. Luckily Shane is a great driver and managed to save the car and finish 4th. I'm really proud of him and my Great Clips guys. After surviving this week with a new driver I really have high hopes for the Daytona race next Friday night. I think I'd better go rest up. Tomorrow will defintely be interesting thats for sure. All those right turns will definitely be new to me. But I can't wait! Good luck to the Cup guys and congrats again to Shane for such a great day!

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A Top 10 Run For Ol' Michael Is Good For You Too! [21 Jun 2004|03:39pm]

autumndandelion
[ mood | chipper ]

Hi, y'all! Just wanted to remind everyone that you get $5 off at Domino's today! I finished 10th yesterday, and any time I finish a Nextel Cup race in the top 10, you get that discount off your pizza if you just ask for the Waltrip Family Special. So go order yourselves some pizza for dinner tonight! For those of you with kids, it'll make them happy!

What a busy, busy weekend! But it was fun! I got to spend some time back home in Kentucky, racing in the Busch Series. The racing itself didn't turn out to be too fun. Travis Geisler and Buckshot Jones got together right in front of me, and their debris blew a hole through the nose of the Aaron's Dream Machine. Buckshot's a good friend of mine. He's raced my #100 Cup Series car a time or two. He's a smart man, and I hated to see that happen to him. I am so glad that he's okay after inhaling so much smoke. I hope he has a speedy recovery, and gets to spend some time relaxing at home.

Because I was in Kentucky, I had to miss the Father's Day activities that MRO had planned back in Michigan. Poor Macy wanted to participate so badly on Saturday, so I asked Brendan Gaughan if he would play substitute father. Brendan's great with kids! He's got several nieces and nephews that he likes to play around with. So he stepped in. Macy was so excited! She told me all about it! It was a great time for her! MRO does so much for the NASCAR community, and we're so fortunate to have them.

As I already said, the Cup race went well with the NAPA Auto Parts Chevy coming in 10th. That's the kind of momentum we need, and I can't wait for next week's race! Road courses are so much different from what we normally run. I'm up for the challenge.

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! Enjoy the week, and I'll see you at the races!

- Michael

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