2012 Daytona 500 Starting Grid

-> The Cat In The Hat

Courtesy of the great website SB Nation

A few notes: At the end of qualifying, Clint Bowyer’s 5 Hour Energy car which is part of Michael Waltrip Racing got caught in post-race inspection for failing to pass the height sticks. He will start in last place in next Sunday’s race. Shades of the MWR cheating scandal from 2007(Not really…..)

What wasn’t determined until today? Which bubble drivers would get into the race and which would leave Daytona heartbroken.

In the first Duel, Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon took the two available transfer spots; Dave Blaney and Joe Nemechek did the same in Duel No. 2.

Those four drivers will join Trevor Bayne, Tony Raines and David Stremme – whose time trial speeds earned them a berth in the 500 – and Terry Labonte, who makes the race by virtue of a past champion’s provisional.

Going home are big names such as Michael Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Kenny Wallace, along with Mike Wallace, Robert Richardson Jr. and JJ Yeley.

Here is the starting lineup for the 2012 Daytona 500:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Greg Biffle
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  6. Regan Smith
  7. Marcos Ambrose
  8. Jimmie Johnson
  9. Jeff Burton
  10. Elliott Sadler
  11. Michael McDowell
  12. Joey Logano
  13. Kevin Harvick
  14. Kyle Busch
  15. AJ Allmendinger
  16. Jeff Gordon
  17. Robby Gordon
  18. Ryan Newman
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Kasey Kahne
  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  22. Mark Martin
  23. Brad Keselowski
  24. Dave Blaney
  25. David Ragan
  26. Martin Truex Jr.
  27. Aric Almirola
  28. Kurt Busch
  29. Danica Patrick
  30. Clint Bowyer
  31. Denny Hamlin
  32. Bobby Labonte
  33. David Gilliland
  34. Joe Nemechek
  35. Juan Pablo Montoya
  36. Casey Mears
  37. Paul Menard
  38. David Reutimann
  39. Landon Cassill
  40. Trevor Bayne
  41. David Stremme
  42. Tony Raines
  43. Terry Labonte

Last 2 laps of Duel #1 (+Michael Waltrip Crash)


Last 20 Minutes of Duel #2

Another Record Profit For Exxon

Who Would Have Thunk It?

Exxon Mobil made a profit of $14.83bn (£8.97bn) between July and September, smashing its own record for the highest quarterly profit by a US company.

In the second quarter this year, when oil prices were still rising, the oil giant made a profit of $11.68bn.

The new record represents a 58% rise on profits compared with the same period last year.

Profit for the first nine months of this year was $37.4bn, up 29% on the same period last year.

The $1.6bn sale of a natural gas transportation business in Germany helped boost profits.

Rex W Tillerson, chief executive of the company, said: “Exxon Mobil’s strong results demonstrate the continued success of our disciplined business approach.”

Stormy conditions

The profits could have been even higher, had it not been for falling oil prices and extreme weather.

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike affected the company’s Gulf Coast operations and resulted in an increase of $50m in pre-tax costs. Exxon estimates that the impact of both hurricanes will reduce fourth-quarter earnings by about $500m.

Massive profits have allowed Exxon to invest heavily in exploration. In the third quarter, capital and exploration project spending increased to $6.9bn, up 26% on the same period last year.

They have also allowed Exxon to distribute significant cash to shareholders – it paid out $2.1bn in dividends over the quarter.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2008/10/30 13:20:39 GMT

Nascar Suspends Seven Members of Joe Gibbs Racing

August 20, 2008

By Reid Spencer
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

As anticipated, the penalties announced to Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 and No. 20 Nationwide Series teams Wednesday by NASCAR were severe indeed.

Finding that the two JGR teams had attempted to manipulate chassis dynamometer horsepower readings after Saturday’s Carfax 250 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR suspended seven members of the Gibbs organization indefinitely, including Dave Rogers, crew chief of the No. 20 Toyota driven by Tony Stewart, and Jason Ratcliff, crew chief of the No. 18 Toyota driven by Joey Logano.

Stewart and Logano were docked 150 Nationwide driver championship points each — a moot penalty, because neither is competing for the series championship — but Stewart and Logano were placed on probation through the end of the season. Joe Gibbs, who owns both cars, was docked 150 car owner points for each entry.

NASCAR slapped Rogers and Ratcliff each with $50,000 fines and imposed indefinite suspensions on car chiefs Dorian Thorsen (No. 18) and Richard Bray (No. 20), engine tuners Michael Johnson (No. 18) and Dan Bajek (No. 20) and crew member Toby Bigelow (No. 18). Both teams will remain on probation through Dec. 31.

During dyno testing after Saturday’s race, NASCAR discovered magnetic shims placed behind the throttle pedals of both Gibbs cars, a move designed to prevent the pedals from being fully depressed and thereby reducing the peak horsepower readings from the two engines.

In late July, NASCAR had instituted an engine rule change designed to bring Toyota’s power more in line with that of other manufacturers’. Before the rule change was made, Toyota’s horsepower had measured consistently higher than that of the other car makes during prior dyno testing.

After the shims were removed at Michigan, the peak number of the Gibbs’ Toyotas (640 horsepower) was still higher than that of the Chevrolets (636), Fords (634) and Dodges (632).

In a statement released Wednesday, Gibbs apologized profusely for the violations and said he would add to the penalties imposed by NASCAR.

“In 17 years we have never had any representative of Joe Gibbs Racing knowingly act outside of NASCAR’s rules, and that is something we consider essential to how we operate on a daily basis,” Gibbs said. “What we have determined is that these individuals involved used extremely poor judgment in attempting to alter the results of NASCAR’s dyno test following Saturday’s Nationwide Series race in Michigan. Although in no way was anything done that might have altered the race outcome, these JGR employees attempted to circumvent the NASCAR rule book and that is unacceptable.

“We take full responsibility and accept the penalties NASCAR has levied against us today. We had come to the conclusion that we would add to any NASCAR imposed penalties with the minimum being suspension for the remainder of the season for those involved, including our two Nationwide Series crew chiefs. There will also be an additional monetary fine beyond the amount announced by NASCAR earlier today, which will be the responsibility of those involved.

“We are, however, disappointed that NASCAR chose to place our drivers on probation, as they had no knowledge or involvement of this incident.”

Though Chevrolet driver Brad Keselowski admitted he might have been tempted to do what the Gibbs teams did under similar circumstances, he viewed their actions as far worse than trying to cheat in a single race.

“They attempted to cheat in the next two seasons by doing what they did in that dyno test,” Keselowski said Tuesday. “It’s worse than cheating in that one race. They attempted to cheat for the next whatever session that was going to be before the next dyno session, before NASCAR could prove it.

“I almost wish they were just cheating in that one race, because I would have felt better about it. But what they attempted to do was cheat us for the rest of the season, all the way up to probably Atlanta of next year, before another dyno test was done. That’s what makes it even worse.”

The owner-point penalty to the No. 20 car, which tops the Nationwide standings, reduced its lead from 318 points to 168 over the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet driven by Clint Bowyer. Stewart, Logano, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have combined to win nine races in the No. 20, and Gibbs cars have won 14 of 25 Nationwide races this year.

Note: NASCAR also announced a Sprint Cup Series penalty Wednesday: a $25,000 fine levied against Donnie Wingo, crew chief of the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge driven by Reed Sorenson, for improperly attached weight. The violation was discovered after Sunday’s 3M Performance 400 at Michigan.

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