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

August 29 - 31, 2008: As he has for every major race since the track opened in 1997, J.B. spent the weekend announcing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at the Auto Club Speedway. Starting with a Friday afternoon broadcast of his KLOS show, Unc returned Saturday and Sunday as the Master of Ceremonies on The Fan Zone's big stage before switching to the announcers' booth to call the races after dark. Sunday began with a signature one-on-one interview with two-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, and ended in Victory Lane with Jimmie — a bitchin' weekend!

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

JB on-air trackside.

On-air live from trackside at the Auto Club Speedway on a windy Friday afternoon.

A real Kyle Bush fan.

A true Kyle Busch fan.

Jeanne Patton.
Jeff Gordon races by.

Panasonic's Jeanne Patton talks with her Unc. Then the Auto Club's Rick Lalor and J.B. incorporate Jeff Gordon's qualifying run into their on-air chat.

Gillian Zucker on the air w/Joe.

Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker stopped by for a chat during Friday's KLOS broadcast from the Panasonic suite.

Randy Fann on the air w/Joe.
Having fun with Jim Peltz.

Two of the Southland's top NASCAR experts — Unc's longtime associate Randy "Race" Fann and Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times — shared their insights on the air.

Unc on stage Saturday.
Saving Able on stage.
Fun w/dad & son.
Photo op w/their Unc.

Saturday: Saving Able on the Fan Zone big stage and just saying hello!

Gillian & JB.
Part of Jimmie's crowd.
Jimmie & JB.
The check.

Once again Joe MC-ed a fundraiser for the
Jimmie Johnson Foundation that included a spirited interview with his old friend, the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.

Pleased to meet you!
Hi kids!
Signing shirts.

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

Bo & Joe.
Unc & Sterling Marlin.

Off stage with American Idol alum Bo Bice and past Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin.

Next up...
Pleased to meet you!
Shaking hands.

Meeting more folks and saying hi!

Wie shot of the big stage.
Banda El Recodo on stage.
Meriwether on stage.
JB stage right.

Early Sunday saw Banda El Recodo and Meriwether on the Fan Zone big stage.

Chris Cornell on stage.
Chris Cornell on stage.
Chris Cornell on stage.
Sunday's record crowd.
Sunday's record crowd.

Chris Cornell rocked Sunday afternoon!

Mike Paz, Jim Mueller & Unc in booth.

Not one microphone in view: Speedway announcers
Mike Paz, Jim Mueller and J.B.

In Victory Lane.

Sunday ends as it began, hanging with Jimmie Johnson!


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'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

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Auto Club 500

'09 NHRA

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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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