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Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the California Speedway NASCAR race - February 2005.

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.

February 25 - 27, 2005: This year's NASCAR Nextel Cup Automobile Club 500 at the California Speedway was huge! Joined again by his partner Jim Mueller, Uncle Joe was everywhere handling the announcing for the first big race of the regular season. Steve Park won the NASCAR Craftsman American Racing Wheels 200 Friday night, becoming one of a very few to win in every major NASCAR division. Rain showers near the end of Mark Martin's Saturday evening win of the Stater Brothers 300 only delayed his record 46th NASCAR Busch Series victory. And Greg Biffle's narrow win over Jimmie Johnson in Sunday's Auto Club 500 marked his third consecutive trip to Victory Lane in three California Speedway events! Wild times indeed!

(Photos by 'Digital' Bill McDermott and Jim Sleeper.)

Stater Brothers signage.
Tony Stewart receiving Busch Pole Award.
Unc preaching to the masses.
Busch cars all lined up.

Getting ready for Saturday's
NASCAR Busch Series Stater Bros. 300.

Waiting for the word.
Gentlemen start yer engines.

J.B. waiting for cue from Bill to start the invocation and anthem,
then it's Jack's turn for "Drivers start your engines!"

The rains roll in at twilight.
Unc with Mark Martin & Jack Roush.

Rain showers at twilight briefly interrupted
Martin Martin's charge to a record 46th victory.
Afterward, J.B., Mark and car owner Jack Roush
took a moment in Gatorade Victory Lane.

Infield wide shot.

Race morning!

Gate 14
Z race car at Arrow 93 booth.
Meeting folks at Arrow booth.

Sunday morning at Gate 14,
the Uncle Joe's Racing Nissan 300ZX was on display
at the Arrow 93.1 booth.

Pit crews setting up.

The crews and crowd get ready.

Unc & the Governor cracking up.
Unc with Magic Johnson.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
reminds Joe to keep doing his sit-ups, and
Auto Club 500 Grand Marshal Magic Johnson agrees to amp the crowd up.

Ryan Newman smiles.
Ryan Newman smiles.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a ring.

Unc introduces the drivers,
including old friend Robby Gordon, Ryan Newman
and Dale Earnhardt Jr..

Jimmie Johnson gets the  cash.
Mark Martin shakes with J.B.
Jeff Gordon's game face.
Elliot Sadler poses for group shot.

Past winners Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin,
Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler.

Getting ready to start the show.
Magic starts them up.

Getting ready to singing the anthem,
then Magic says it's time to start 'em up!

Arnold throws green flag.
And they're off!

The Governor throws the flag and it's time to go racing!

Joe interviews Greg Biffle.
Bill Miller awards Greg & Jack.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 winner
Greg Biffle's interview and trophy presentation.


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2006 NASCAR Sony HD 500

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2005 NASCAR Auto Club 500

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2004 NASCAR Pop Secret 500

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Paul Rodgers

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Steve Miller &
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'11 Ridemakerz

Alex Xydias Center

'11 Jethro Tull

Home Depot - Orange

Performance Bicycle

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'11 Long Beach
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Auto Club 400

Pep Boys
Speed Shop

'11 NHRA

Monster Trucks!

Larry's Pick-Up Truck

'11 Grand National
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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.

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Hot Rod Show

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Styx/ZZ Top

'10 Blood Drive

in Walnut

Steve Miller/
Greek Theatre

5th of July

Rush's Star

Fathers Day

'10 Long Beach
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'10 NHRA

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Steve Miller/

Pepsi 500

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Abbey Road

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Auto Club 500

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Pepsi 500

Carl Edwards

'08 Jethro Tull

All-Star Party

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