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

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.

September 3 - 5, 2004: Well, a little heat never hurt anyone... The Inaugural NASCAR Nextel Cup Series "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 at the California Speedway saw 100+ degree temps in the day and 100,000+ cameras flashing as the Musco Lights were turned on for the historic first night race at the super speedway. J.B. and the legendary Jim Mueller announced the Busch and Cup qualifying sessions on Friday, the NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300 on Saturday and the NASCAR Nextel Cup Pop Secret 500 on Sunday. If J.B. wasn't busy enough with those duties, there he was hanging with Olympians Scott Hamilton, Amanda Beard, Kim Rhode and Leah O'Brien-Amico, as well as bouncing on stage with Saturday's musical headliners, Camp Freddy. By Sunday night, that boy was just as excited as race winner Elliott Sadler!

(Photos by 'Digital' Bill McDermott.)

NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300

Wide shot of Flags.
Wide shot of Target House on field.
J.B. with Scott Hamilton.
J.B. & Scott H. watching skydivers.

NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300
Grand Marshall/Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton
joins Joe in prerace commentary.

Kasey Kahne greets Target House kid.
Mike & Max McLaughlin say hello.
Biffle snags the win.
Scott hamilton gives Greg the trophy.

Kasey Kahne greets the Target House kids,
Mike & Max McLaughlin say hello,
then Greg Biffle wins the NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300
and accepts his trophy from Scott Hamilton.

Lindsey Lohan walks on.
Herbie the Love Bug.
Herbie on track.

Herbie the Love Bug and star Lindsey Lohan are ready to race.

Joe on stage.
Navarro/Cantrell/Camp Freddy.
Concert crowd shot #1.

Unc stirs up the crowd for
Camp Freddy, featuring Dave Navarro and Jerry Cantrell.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Pop Secret 500

Z race car at Arrow 93 booth.
Wide shot of Gate 14.

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

Garage area.
Burton in garage.
Jim Mueller & Richard Petty.
Jim Mueller & Richard Petty.

Jim Mueller roams the garage area,
interviewing drivers, officials and owners including Richard Petty,
and joins fans signing the Start/Finish line.

Wide shot of Pop Secret on field.
Unc's singing again.

It's Sunday afternoon — are we ready to go racing!?!

J.B. at Start/Finish line.

And this is the Start/Finish line — any questions?

J.B. with Olympians.

Their Uncle Joe preps 2004 Olympic Gold medalists
Leah O'Brien-Amico, Kim Rhode and Amanda Beard for the big show.

J.B. with Richard Petty & Olympians.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Pop Secret 500 Grand Marshall
Richard "The King" Petty greets the crowd.

Robby Gordon joins Joe.
Jimmy Johnson joins Joe.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Unc introduces the drivers,
including Robby Gordon,
Jimmie Johnson
and Dale Earnhardt Jr..

Paratroopers jumping.
Rachelle singing.
Air Force flyover.

Sky divers jump,
Rachelle Dobin sings the anthem
and the Air Force jets fly over — let's go racing!

Green flag.

Green flag and they're off for 500 miles!

Elliott Sadler in Victory Lane
Unc & Elliott in Victory Lane

Winner Elliott Sadler with Unc in Victory Lane.

Infield bunny with his beer & brat.

Afterward, some party animals still had time for a beer and a brat.


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