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NASCAR PREVIEW: “The Chase” race 5; Week 32: NASCAR Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.


NASCAR’s race for “The Chase” continues this weekend, for race number 5 of 10 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

The race is the NASCAR Bank of America 500 and will be televised by ABC-TV at 7:30 p.m.

The Nationwide Dollar General 300 race is Friday night at 8 p.m.

Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Charlotte is one of the race tracks where the Sprint Cup goes several times a year. This will be the third race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR has been there on May 22 for the Sprint All-Star Race and on May 30 for the Coca-Cola 600.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is  a quad-oval with the laps ranging from 334 to 400 to 501  for a 400, 500 or 600 mile race. The seating capacity is 140,000.

The racing surface, repaved in 2006, provides high-speed competition with opportunity for passing.

Charlotte became the first modern superspeedway to host night racing in 1992.

In the 2009 NASCAR Banking 500, Jimmie Johnson recorded his second win in a row in the Chase, leading 92 of 501 laps to edge Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon.

The top four finishers combined to lead 268 laps.

Denny Hamlin led 54 of the first 190 but succumbed to a blow engine and finished 42nd.

If you’re interested in going to Charlotte, North Carolina for the race and need more info, you can call the race track at 1-800-455-3267 of online at

NASCAR RACE PREVIEW #25: Bristol Motor Speedway, Saturday August 21, 2010



The NASCAR Sprint Cup series moves back to the state of Tennessee, where they had the 5th race on the schedule this year, Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, which seats 160,000 fans.

The Irwin Tools 500 night race will be on ABC-TV at 7:30 p.m.

Bristol is an oval with 500 laps being equivalent to 266.5 miles.

Bristol Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Known as “Thunder Valley,” the concrete track with the tall grandstands was resurfaced in 2007. Banking is very transitional, going from 26 degrees at the bottom of the turn to 30 degrees at the top. On the straightaways,, it goes from 5 to 8 degrees.

Bristol has sold out 56 straight Cup races since 1982, the longest current streak in NASCAR.

Kyle Busch has won three of the last six Cup races at Bristol.

The 2009 race was the Sharpie 500 where Kyle Busch made it a sweep at Bristol, holding off Mark Martin after a late-race crash that brought out a red flag. Michael Waltrip, who led 424-432, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano were involved.

Busch dominated once the race went green. Martin, who led 240 of the 500 laps, finished second with Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin placing third through fifth.

If you want information on future races at Bristol, log on to

ENTERTAINMENT FOR FRIDAY JULY 30, 2010: Alamanacs, News and Celebrity Birthdays




Today is Friday, July 30, the 211th day of 2010. There are 154 days remaining before 2011.



* On July 30, 1945, during World War II, the USS Indianapolis, which had just delievered components for the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea; only 316 of the 1,200 crewman survived.

* In 1918, poet Joyce Kramer, a sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment, was killed during the Second Battle of the Marme in World War I. Kilmer is best-remembered for the poem Trees.

* In 1932, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles.

* In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Medicare bill, which went into effect the following year.

* Ten years ago, July 30, 2000. President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela won a six-year term in a landslide re-election.


Allen "Bud" Selig (mlb)


* Country music star Hank Williams, Jr. and his “Rowdy Friends Tour” will be visiting Columbus, Ohio in Value City Arena on October 8.

The “Rowdy Friends” are singer-songwriters Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and the Grascals, who toured with Dolly Parton for two years.

Tickets are on sale now at the Schottenstein Center box office or through ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000) or

Ticket prices range from $33 to $153.50.

* Actress Amanda Bynes of “She’s the Man” and the movie “Hairspray”, has unretired as of now. She had a change of heart from ber stunning announcement of a few weeks ago that she was retiring because acting wasn’t fun anymore. The 24-year-old star changed her mind after being convinced by family, friends and hollywood directors that she has much more to accomplish.

*Condoleeza Rice and Aretha Franklin got together for a charity concert on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The former U.S. Secretary of State who is a trained classical music pianist, was asked by Franklin, the Queen of Soul, to join her in a duet to raise money to help Urban children.

They wer backed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rice played Franklin sang I Say a Little Prayer and My Country ‘Tis of Thee.

Rice also performed a segment of Mozart’s Piano Concerto number 20 in D Minor. Rice said it was the first time she played with an orchestra since she was 18 years old.

President Barack Obama (file)

* President Barack Obama made a visit to ABC-TV’s The View on Wednesday  to tape an episode that aired Thursday. All five co-hosts were on hand to ask the nation’s leader questions about the economy, unemployment and the Gulf Oil spill.

He became the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show because he said he wanted to appear on a program that his wife, Michelle, watches.



79 Bud Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner and former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.

69 Paul Anka, singer.

63 Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor, founder of the Arnold Classic and California governor.

49 Laurence Fishburne, actor.

41 Simon Baker, actor of the TV show The Mentalist.

36 Hilary Swank, actress of the movie Million Dollar Baby and wife of actor Chad Lowe.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: United States vs. Ghana, Saturday June 26 2:30 pm


The United States’ next opponent in the World Cup competition will be Ghana. This will be in the elimination round of 16 and takes place Saturday June 26 at 2:30 pm on ABC-TV.

Ghana is fast, athletic and very good. They are the only African country left in the competition, so there is much pressure for them to succeed. The United States will have their hands full.

United States Flag (file)

Fours years ago after making its World Cup debut, Ghana could become the first African team to reach the semifinals. But the Black Stars’ chances depend on the health of one of the world’s best midfielders, Michael Essien.

Essien suffered a torn hamstring that has kept him out of Chelsea’s lineup since December. He also sustained a torn knee ligament in January during the African Cup of Nations. Rehabilitation has been slow and during the World Cup competition, he rarely practices long at all.

Along with Essian, Ghana has many strengths. In the midfield with Essien, they feature Sulley Muntari and Stephen Appiah. As a unit, they can dominate with their size, speed, creativity and tenacity.

The defense is solid combining John Mensah’s physical presence with John Paintsil’s offensive skills. Samuel Inkoom adds energy from the right back spot. And Goalkeeper Richard Kingson is a veteran and has played more international games than anybody on the team.

Ghana Flag (file)

With Essien missing at all, it is a weakness. Ghana struggles when he doesn’t play.

Milovan Rajevac, who is 56 is the head coach. He is the 10th coach in their history and the third Serbian to occupy the position since 2002. Rajevic had never coached outside his homeland. His emphasis is on controlling the central midfield suits the strengths of this team.

Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, nicknamed the team after Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Steamship Line that brought blacks to Africa early in the 20th century.

Ghana played Serbia, Australia and Germany in their group.

Landon Donovan is the latest American hero: USA 1 Algeria 0

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody who follows the USA Soccer team closely has said all along that the team’s fortunes and chances of succeeding in the World Cup tournament would rest on the leadership and abilities of Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey or Edson Buddle or Robbie Findley.

Well, the most notable and famous of that group, Landon Donovan became the newest American hero in this country.

The good news from Pretoria, South Africa came on Wednesday when the winning goal was scored by Landon Donovan.

Landon Donovan United States (U.S. Soccer)

He lifted the United States to the most dramatic and one of the most important wins in the history of  the sport.

Donovan’s goal, a minute into stoppage time, gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory over Algeria in a game it had to win to avoid elimination from the World Cup. That win sent the American’s to the round of 16 knockout stage and showed the team has guts and refused to quit.

The United States had several chances to win in the official 90 minutes of play and even had a goal waived off. They received their final break when goalkeeper Tim Howard made a stop seconds after regulation time had expired. He then whisked the ball ahead to Landon Donovan streaking up the right wing on a counterattack.

Donovan then fed Jozy Altidore deep in Algerian territory, but Altidore’s cross pass to Clint Dempsey hit Dempsey’s foot simultaneously as Algerian keeper Rais M. Bolhi did.

With Bolhi sitting on the ground, Donovan, who was trailing the play, was able to knock the ball loose and into the net for the win tha clinched the Group C championship for the Red, White and Blue.

The game was played before a crowd of 35, 827 Loftus Verfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa. The crowd included former president Bill Clinton, who was sitting with FIFA chief Seth Blatter. Clinton even talked to the United States team in the locker room after match and told them how proud he was of their efforts.

Before Wednesday’s win, the Americans had never won a game in a World Cup and had gone out in group play five times in seven tournaments. It was the first time the U.S. won its qualifying group since 1930. A draw would have sent them home again because England beat Slovenia 1-0.

The United States will play Ghana on Saturday at 2:30 pm on ABC-TV in Rustenberg, South Africa.

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