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Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the California Speedway May 2004 NASCAR races.

Since its opening in 1997, Joe Benson has been the voice of the California Speedway. In that role, he handles the master of ceremonies duties for race day, as well as play-by-play announcing.

April 30 - May 2, 2004: This year's NASCAR Nextel Cup Automobile Club 500 at the California Speedway was hailed as the hottest ever at the Speedway. On-track temperatures on Sunday were over 145 degrees!! Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Stator Bros. 300 saw Greg Biffle in Gatorade Victory Lane. Sunday's Cup race ended with Jeff Gordon's unprecedented third win at the track! Will Jeff score a four-peat Labor Day weekend at the Pop Secret 500? Stay tuned as the saga unfolds!

(Photos by 'Digital' Bill McDermott and Jan Benson.)

Busch cars ready to go
Joe w/Marine color guard
Fly over #1.
Busch cars racing.

The U.S. Marines present the colors,
the fighter jets flyover and it's time to go racing!

Joe interviews Ken Schrader.

Interviewing Kenny Schrader after he won
Saturday's NASCAR West Series King Taco 200.

Biffle's winning pit stop.
Jim Lee gives Biffle his trophy.
Joe interviews Biffle.

Greg Biffle's winning pit stop in
Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Stater Bros. 300,
followed by his trophy presentation and interview.

Gate 14
West 8am wide shot
East 8am wide shot
Infield 8am wide shot

The crowd begins to filter in at 8am on race day.

Long shot of Arrow 93 booth.
Waving crowd at Arrow 93 booth.
Z race car at Arrow 93 booth.

The Uncle Joe's Racing Nissan 300ZX was on display
at the Arrow 93 booth.

Brendan Gaughan in booth.
Joe with Miller girls

Old friend Brendan Gaughan stopped by
to chat with Joe and Jim.
Too bad he missed the Miller Lite girls!

Robby Gordon.
Tony Stewart.
Jeff Gordon.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Unc introduces the drivers,
including Robby Gordon,
Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon
and Dale Earnhardt Jr..

Paratroopers into Turn one
Singing the anthem

The U.S. Navy Leapfrogs parachute in with the flag
and then it's time for the anthem to be sung.

J.B., Tom, Rick & Jim

The Auto Club's Tom McKernan and Rick Lalor with
J.B. and Jim Mueller.

Cup cars ready to go

The NASCAR Nextel Cup cars are ready to race.

Victory lane
Jeff  Gordon in Victory lane

Jeff Gordon enters Victory Lane,
and leaps from his car.

thousands leaving

Afterward, 120,000 exhausted fans begin the trek home.


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Nissan 600ZX

Uncle Joe's
Super Gas

On The Road

'12 Grand National Roadster Show

'11 Home Depot - Monrovia

'11 O.C. Fair

'11 O.C. Fair
Pat Benatar

'11 Blood

'11 O.C. Fair
Paul Rodgers

'11 O.C. Fair
Steve Miller &
Duff Goldman

'11 O.C. Barrett-Jackson

'11 Ridemakerz

Alex Xydias Center

'11 Jethro Tull

Home Depot - Orange

Performance Bicycle

BBQ @Shannon's

Home Depot - Marina Del Rey

'11 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 400

Pep Boys
Speed Shop

'11 NHRA

Monster Trucks!

Larry's Pick-Up Truck

'11 Grand National
Roadster Show

Ozzy Osbourne

'10 NHRA Finals

in Torrance

Pepsi 400

La Mirada
Home Depot

'10 L.A. Fair
Bad Company

John Bonham

Steve Miller
Kids Rock Free

'10 L.A. Fair
Monster Trucks
& C.C.R.

Axes & Axles
Hot Rod Show

BBQ @Kevin's


'10 O.C. Fair
Styx/ZZ Top

'10 Blood Drive

in Walnut

Steve Miller/
Greek Theatre

5th of July

Rush's Star

Fathers Day

'10 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'10 NHRA

'10 Grand National
Roadster Show


'09 NHRA Finals

Steve Miller/

Pepsi 500

'09 L.A. Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Abbey Road

'09 Blood Drive

'09 Kentucky Derby

'09 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'09 NHRA

'09 Grand National
Roadster Show

'08 NHRA Finals

Pepsi 500

Carl Edwards

'08 Jethro Tull

All-Star Party

'08 Long Beach
Grand Prix

'08 Super Chevy

'08 Goodguys
Costa Mesa

Auto Club 500

'08 NHRA

'08 Grand Nat.
Roadster Show

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