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Uncle Joe Benson at the Auto Club Speedway NASCAR race, February 2008.

February 22 - 24, 2008: As he's done every year since the track opened in 1997, Uncle Joe announced at the Auto Club Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Automobile Club 500. But this year it rained... and rained.... and rained... and rained some more! After the Friday afternoon broadcast of his KLOS show from the track, Unc reprised his role as the Fan Zone's Master of Ceremonies before calling the races from the announcers' booth on Saturday and Sunday. There were also one-on-one interviews with two-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, Champ Car/Formula One/Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya as well as past Cup Champion Dale Jarrett. It was a wet and wild weekend!

(Photos by Jim Sleeper, Jan Benson & Randy Fann.)


Joe on stage & big screen.

On stage and on the big screen between rain showers at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500!

Rick Lalor on the air w/Joe.

Auto Club executive Rick Lalor joined his old friend for an on-air chat during J.B.'s Friday afternoon KLOS broadcast.

Unc w/fans.
Having fun.
Photo op w/pop!
Photo op!

Nothing like a Saturday Meet & Greet with the KLOS Cool Patrol!

J.B. introducing Drive A.
Wide shot of Thorogood crowd.

Drive A opened for George Thorogood's Saturday evening set.

Mike Paz & J.B.
Unc on P.A. w/Mike Paz.

Mike Paz and J.B. calling the races while fellow announcer Jim Mueller prowled pit lane looking for the Weather Channel reporter.

Two BSing.
Unc w/fans.
Posing with the kid.
Signing in the stage pit.

Meeting folks and having fun.

Crowd in Party Zone tent.
Crowd in Party Zone tent.
Crowd in Party Zone tent.
Jimmie, Gillian & Joe
Jimmie & Joe.

Time to raise some money for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.

Juan & Joe discuss golf cart racing.
Juan & Joe.

Formula One/Champ Car/Indy 500/NASCAR Sprint Cup winner Juan Pablo Montoya discussing his Miles Of Smiles charity with J.B., and then explaining why Chip Ganassi won't let him ever drive the team golf carts again.

Hanging with the 454s.

Hanging just before the 454s rocked the big stage.

Joe & Gillian in heavy rain.
Unc, Jarret & Gillian.

Working with Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker in a heavy rain before being joined by past NASCAR Champion Dale Jarrett.

Smith &.
Smith &.

Then it rained some more for Smith & Pyle's performance.

Snow-capped peaks.
Gordon in the lead.

And when the rains ended...



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On The Road
Schedule

'12 Grand National Roadster Show

'11 Home Depot - Monrovia

'11 O.C. Fair
Kansas/B.O.C.

'11 O.C. Fair
Pat Benatar

'11 Blood
Drive

'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

'11 NASCAR
Auto Club 400

Pep Boys
Speed Shop

'11 NHRA
Winternationals

Monster Trucks!

Larry's Pick-Up Truck

'11 Grand National
Roadster Show

Ozzy Osbourne

'10 NHRA Finals

Kragen
in Torrance

'10 NASCAR
Pepsi 400

La Mirada
Home Depot

'10 L.A. Fair
Bad Company

John Bonham
Tribute

Steve Miller
Kids Rock Free

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

Axes & Axles
Hot Rod Show

BBQ @Kevin's

REDSTER Reveal

'10 O.C. Fair
Styx/ZZ Top

'10 Blood Drive

Kragen
in Walnut

Steve Miller/
Greek Theatre

Dodgers
5th of July

Rush's Star

Ridemakerz/
Fathers Day

'10 Long Beach
Grand Prix

'10 NASCAR
Auto Club 500

'10 NHRA
Winternationals

'10 Grand National
Roadster Show

Ridemakerz/
Xmas

'09 NHRA Finals

Steve Miller/
USC

'09 NASCAR
Pepsi 500

'09 L.A. Fair
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Abbey Road

'09 Blood Drive

'09 Kentucky Derby

'09 Long Beach
Grand Prix

'09 NASCAR
Auto Club 500

'09 NHRA
Winternationals

'09 Grand National
Roadster Show

'08 NHRA Finals

'08 NASCAR
Pepsi 500

Carl Edwards

'08 Jethro Tull

'08 NASCAR
All-Star Party

'08 Long Beach
Grand Prix

'08 Super Chevy

'08 Goodguys
Costa Mesa

'08 NASCAR
Auto Club 500

'08 NHRA
Winternationals

'08 Grand Nat.
Roadster Show


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