The Daytona 500 is this Sunday (Fox - 12 pm) and judging from last night's Twin 150 qualifiers, the race promises to be action packed. The first 150 mile race was conservative at the beginning with most drivers saving their equipment for Sunday's race (which pays $250 thousand just to start). The final lap was a photo finish with Matt Kenseth edging out Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kayne.
The second 150 mile qualifying race was equally conservative until the final lap. Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas coming off turn #4 and everything went to hell in a hand basket. The ensuing mass crash sent Clint Boyer into a 360 degree flip, landing on four wheels and finishing the race. Denny Hamlin looked untouchable winning the race going away.
Jimmie Johnson is the defending Daytona 500 winner and a reigning six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ, yet, up until last night, had maintained a low profile for Daytona Speedweeks. Sunday's race marks the return of the Dale Earnhardt / Richard Childress #3 with Childress's grandson Austin Dillon at the wheel.
Dillon captured the pole position in the famed #3, which was formerly Dale Earnhardt's number. Earnhardt was killed in a racing crash in turn three on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
|Dale Earnhardt Sr.|
The News As I See It: The Department of Agriculture is recalling thousands of boxes of Hot Pockets because they contain meat that wasn’t properly inspected. When asked what kind of meat they use, a spokesman for Hot Pockets said, "Uh, mammal?"
A company is selling a new action figure based on NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Of course, the only thing it does is tattle on your G.I. Joes.
Obama met with Mexico's president. This was a rare trip for Obama. Usually he sends Dennis Rodman. Obama had a message for Mexicans. He said, "If you like your fajitas, you can keep your fajitas."
Charlie Sheen is getting married to an adult film star. She's no longer in the adult film industry. She is what they call a retired porn star. Too many concussions.
This Date In History: 1613; Michael Romanov was elected czar of Russia, beginning the Romanov imperial line. 1878; The first telephone book was issued in New Haven, Connecticut. 1916; Battle of Verdun, the longest and one of the bloodiest engagements of World War I, began.
1965; Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated. 1972; President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China. 1995; Steve Fossett became the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean solo in a balloon.
2002; It was confirmed that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was dead, allegedly murdered by Islamic militants. 2012; Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement on a second, 130-billion bailout for Greece to help with the country's debt crisis.
Picture Of The Day: Denny Hamlin won the second 150 mile qualifying race and has been the hot car so far. Hamlin, returning from injuries on 2013, won the final race at Homestead Speedway last year and has been undefeated since.
|Denny Hamlin is victorious in the second 150 qualifier|
Today's Horoscope: Pisces - February 21st: The evidence for love is staring you in the face but you can't see the forest for the trees. If you find this is true, the best thing to do is to stop wandering into forests and stand toe-to-toe with people you like.
Birthdays: Otto Hermann Kahn, banker and patron of the arts 1867, Constantin Brancusi, sculptor 1876, Andres Segovia, guitarist 1893, Anais Nin, author, diarist 1903, W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet 1907, Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe 1924, Erma Bombeck, writer, humorist 1927, Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer 1927, Barbara Jordan, lawyer, politician and educator 1936, Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress 1979.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: Two men waiting at the pearly gates strike up a conversation. The first man asks the second, "How did you die?" The second man says, "I froze to death." The first man says, "That's awful, how does it feel to freeze to death?"
The second man replies, "It's very uncomfortable at first, you get the shakes, and you get pains in all your fingers and toes. But eventually, it's a very calm way to go. You get numb and you kind of drift off, as if you're sleeping."
The second man asks, "How did you die?" The first man says, "I had a heart attack. You see, I knew my wife was cheating on me, so one day I showed up at home unexpectedly. I ran up to the bedroom and found her alone, knitting. I ran down to the basement, but no one was hiding there. I ran up to the second floor, but no one was hiding there either."
He continued, "I ran as fast as I could to the attic and just as I got there, I had a massive heart attack and died." The second man shakes his head and says, "that's so ironic." The first man says, "What do you mean?" The second man replies, "If you had only stopped to look in the freezer, we'd both still be alive."
As an ultimate test of his will power, a man decided to give up sex for Lent. Although not thrilled with the idea, his wife agreed to support him in this effort. The first few weeks weren't too difficult.
Things got tougher during the next couple of weeks, so the wife wore her dowdiest nightclothes and chewed on garlic before going to bed. The last couple of weeks were extremely tough on the husband, so the wife took to locking the bedroom door and forcing the husband to sleep on the couch.
Easter morning finally came. A knock came on the wife's bedroom door. Knock! Knock Knock! The husband says, "Guess who?" His wife answers, "I know who it is!" The husband says, "Guess what I want?" His wife replies, "I know what you want!" The husband says, "Guess what I'm knockin' with?"
|Matt Kenseth wins the first 150 mile qualifier|
God said, "This pretty woman will gather food for you, she will cook for you and when you discover clothing, she will wash it for you. She will always agree with every decision you make and she will not nag you. She will always be the first to admit she was wrong when you've had a disagreement. She will praise you!"
God continued, "She will bear your children and never ask you to get up in the middle of the night to take care of them. She will never have a headache and will freely give you love and passion whenever you need it."
Adam asked God, "What will a woman like this cost?" God replied, "An arm and a leg." Then Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?"
A husband and wife want to take golf lessons from a pro at a local country club. The man and woman meet the pro and head onto the driving range. The man goes up to hit first. He swings and hits the ball 100 yards.
The golf pro says, "Not bad. Now hold the club as firm as you hold your wife's breasts". The man follows instructions and hits the ball 300 yards. The golf pro says "Excellent!"
Now the woman takes her turn. Her ball goes 30 yards. The golf pro says "Not bad, try holding the club like you hold your husband's penis." She swings and the ball goes 10 yards. The golf pro says. "Not bad. Now, take the club out of your mouth and hit the ball again."
That's it for today, my little love bugs. Remember, what we all have in common is how extra stupid we look when we stop everything and focus on removing a stray hair from our tongue.
I'm going to AREA 51 for happy hour. The first thing I'm going to do when I get home from is rip off my girlfriend's's panties. They're too small and the elastic is killing me.
Have a great weekend and more on Monday.
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