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   Talladega Race - Oct 5, 2008

 

Several members of BRB went to the Amp Energy 500 NASCAR race at Talladega, car-pooling with Richard Fernandez.

We had expected to have a long delay getting in due to traffic, but it was not bad at all (we passed the West exit off of I-20 and came in from the East side). We got there at 10:30 AM.

Our seats were in the O.V. Hill North "Tower" section (upper deck)

David Rowe had been to a couple of NASCAR races many years ago, in Atlanta. For the rest of us, it was our first NASCAR race of any kind. We all enjoyed it a lot.

 

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Eddie Fernandez, Carol Witherspoon, & Ron Witherspoon

 

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George Gassaway

 

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Ron Witherspoon, David Rowe, & Richard Fernandez

 

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Carol & Ron in front of the Speed Channel's pre-race TV show set

 

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A view from the lower section seats. Our seats were on an upper deck section a few hundred feet down from here.

 

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Richard & Ron

 

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David Rowe, Eddie Fernandez, Carol Witherspoon, & Ron Witherspoon

 

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George, Eddie, & Carol

 

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Ron & Carol and the racing simulator game Ron & I love to play.

 

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Out seats were here, at the O.V. North Hill "Tower" section. Those were about like having 40 yard line seats for a football game.

 

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A view of the cars lined up before the race. Also visible near center is the "Sprint Vision" TV screen. We had a great view of most of the track, except for the last half of the backstretch

 

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Richard

 

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David, Carol, Ron, & Richard

 

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Pre-race ceremonies

 

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F-15 fly-by

 

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Pace car about to pull off for start of race

 

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This close-up of the Sprint Vision TV does not show up as well in the photo as the TV image did live.

 

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Cars coming into the pits after a debris caution

 

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It takes all kinds of fans.

 

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All...kinds of fans.

 

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The first "big one". It started to happen just past us, due to a blown tire.

 

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Jeff Gordon's car was caught up in a wreck earlier when David Reuteman's car blew a tire. After many laps in the garage (maybe over 30 laps?) he came back out, as seen here, to try to score some more points by moving up a few places. Unfortunately later on, his engine blew.

 

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (#88) leading shortly before the other "big one".

 

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The other "big one". Dale Jr. was among those knocked out of the race. It was caused by Carl Edwards "bump-drafting" Greg Biffle's car too much (bumper touching bumper) in the turn, making Biffle's car spin out.

 

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Michael Waltrip's car in the pits for repair

 

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Tony Stewart (#20 - Yellow Subway) led the last several laps

 

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Tony followed by Regan Smith (#01)

 

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Last lap, about 100-150 feet from the finish line (see flagstand at far left). Regan Smith passed Tony, but passed inside of the yellow line, so Tony ended up winning.

 

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Tony's pit crew congratulates him. This was his first win at Talladega

 

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After a long walk back to the parking area, we got out without too much of a wait.

 

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