Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the California Speedway NASCAR race - August/September 2007.
Since its opening in 1997, Joe Benson has been the voice of the California Speedway. In that role, he handles various master of ceremonies duties, as well as play-by-play announcing.
August 31 - September 2, 2007: With the Santa Ana winds blowing at a scorching 115 degrees, J.B. kicked off the NASCAR Nextel Cup Sharp Aquos 500 weekend at the California Speedway with his traditional Friday afternoon KLOS broadcast from the big stage in the Opportunity California Fan Zone. The temperatures never waivered as Unc spent the weekend talking with thousands of race fans and serving as the Fan Zone's Master of Ceremonies Saturday and Sunday as well as doing a special fan Q&A session with Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson and renowned Champ Car Champion/Formula One driver/Indy 500 Winner Juan Pablo Montoya. Then it was time to race!
(Photos by Jim Sleeper, Jan Benson & Randy Fann.)
With an indication of what lay ahead, the NASCAR Nextel Cup
Sharp Aquos 500 weekend kicked off on a scorching 115 degree Friday afternoon.
Rise above the heat! Broadcasting on a Friday
afternoon from (high above) the big stage
at the Opportunity California Fanzone.
(That's one nervous Sean Coates at the controls!)
On the air and talking with fans.
Saturday featured three excellent bands in three different flavors:
Volumen Cero, Little Ceasar and Melee.
Stopping by the KLOS Cool Patrol
booth to say hi on Saturday.
In from the heat, J.B., Jim Mueller
and Mike Paz are ready to announce!
As the sun sets on Saturday, the
NASCAR Busch Series Camping World 300 begins!
Sunday began with a special fan Q&A session with renowned
Champ Car Champion/Formula One driver/Indy 500 Winner
Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife Connie, who joined in at Unc's urging.
After that, Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson dropped by to
discuss his charitable Jimmie Johnson Foundation, the thrill
of winning his first Cup Championship and old times.
On Sunday afternoon, the Miller Lite girls joined former NASCAR Cup
Champion Kurt Busch to help J.B. introduce 30 Seconds To Mars.
Hanging loose at the KLOS Cool Patrol booth
on a blistering hot Sunday afternoon.
Opening ceremonies, pace laps, then
the NASCAR Nextel Cup Sharp Aquos 500 begins
with Mike and Joe calling the action!
And in the end, there was Jimmie Johnson back in Victory Lane!
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