Mark Martin's 50-pole accomplishment further proof he's a Hall of Famer
This is no easy accomplishment, and Mark deserves a hearty round of applause for this rare accomplishment.
How rare is it? Here’s the list of all the people who have done it.
Richard Petty (123), David Pearson (113), Jeff Gordon (70), Cale Yarborough (69), Darrell Waltrip (59), Bobby Allison (58), Bill Elliott (55), Mark Martin (50).
Numbers like this are why Mark will be a guaranteed Hall of Famer, even though he’s never won a Cup title. He’s truly one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Congrats to the Biffles
Greg Biffle and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of their first child, Emma Elizabeth, who weighed in at seven pounds and six ounces when she was born Wednesday afternoon. Congrats to the parents.
France seeks to seal divorce papers
In less pleasant family news, NASCAR chairman Brian France once again is asking a federal court to keep secret new details about his messy divorce. He has accused his former wife of tape recording telephone conversations to extort money from him, and France has asked a federal judge to seal documents surrounding those telephone conversations.
Allegedly, "sensitive personal and financial matters" are discussed. This goes against the general rule of law, as almost all divorce filings and related documents are public record under North Carolina law, but France is saying that if the information gets out that it could harm him both personally and professionally.
"If this Court were to allow the record to remain unsealed, large portions of those illegally recorded conversations and information would be filed on the record for the entire world to see," France's attorneys wrote "This case is a private matter, involving private conversations about private issues. The only interest in allowing the public access to the judicial records and documents in this action is the promotion of a divorce scandal involving a highly regarded public figure."
Attorneys for the Charlotte Observer and its news partner WCNC-TV have filed motions pposing the sealing of the documents, calling France’s claim unconstitutional.
"Mr. France is entitled to no better treatment and deserves no worse than any other litigant," the attorneys said. "If any legitimately sensitive information arises over the course of this litigation, this Court has the power to place a particular document containing such information under seal or redact it."
I have to side with the paper here. If there is sensitive information, black it out. But to seal it all is a ridiculous idea.
I just have one question: What is Mr. France trying to hide?
Auburn Hills business marks anniversary with MIS ticket giveaway
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Quality Lube Oil Change and Auto Repair in Auburn Hills first opened for business in 1981. This July, the family-owned-and-operated business celebrates 30 years of successful operation, having served thousands of satisfied customers through the years.
In celebration, visitors to Quality Lube throughout the month of July can enter to win tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway on August 21. No purchase is necessary to enter.
Quality Lube is also collecting donations for the non-profit Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan’s largest producing professional theatre, located on the campus of Oakland University. Donations will help fund new theatre seating. Customers who donate will receive a free gift certificate or vehicle fuel system treatment compliments of Quality Lube.
Quality Lube Oil Change and Auto Repair is located at 3450 East Walton Blvd. at Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills. Call 248-373-0086 or visit www.QLautocenter.com for more information.
AFLAC No. 99 showcar coming to Southeast Michigan
Wyandotte, Mich. -- The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion show car is coming to the Wyandotte Street Art Fair in Downtown Wyandotte, Michigan. Fans will get an up close look at a real stock car on Friday, July 15 from 2pm-8pm and on Saturday, July 16 from 10am-4pm.
The Daly Merritt Inc. & Aflac Racing exhibit will include the following:
-- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion show car
-- raffle prizes; including a 2 foot quacking Aflac duck, lounger chairs, golf umbrellas, & more
-- Q & A session with Roush Fenway Racing staff
-- FREE memorable photo opportunities
-- FREE collectable NASCAR Hero Cards for fans of all ages
-- FREE Balloons for kids
“Because the Downriver community has been so loyal to us for over 80 years, we wanted to give something back in an exciting way, and what better way to do so than with a NASCAR race car at the 50th Anniversary of the Wyandotte Street Art Fair,” said Marty Daly, President and CEO, Daly Merritt Inc.
The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion show car is jet black, with bright green and blue accents, and is a retired version of the vehicle Carl Edwards drives throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. This show car is also equipped with a replica motor like those used on the track by Roush Fenway Racing teams.
Jimmie Johnson Earns Two ESPY Nominations
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has earned two nominations in The 2011 ESPYs. Voting has begun, and the complete list of The 2011 ESPYs nominees is available at espn.com/espys.
Johnson, who won his fifth consecutive NASCAR championship in 2010, has again been nominated in the “Best Male Athlete” category and in the “Best Driver” category. He could become the first auto racer to win “Best Male Athlete” – also nominated are tennis star Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzski of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Joining Johnson in the “Best Driver” category are 15-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion John Force, NHRA Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson and three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti.
Voting will run through 11:59 p.m. ET on July 9 for most categories. The winners will be announced during The 2011 ESPYs, televised live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Fans will determine the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/espys
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