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Uncle Joe Benson at the Auto Club Speedway NASCAR race, February 2009.

February 20 - 22, 2009: It was an unusually cold weekend, but as he's done every year since the track opened in 1997, Uncle Joe worked at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Auto Club 500 at the Auto Club Speedway. Starting with a broadcast of his Friday afternoon KLOS show from the NASCAR garage area, Unc reprised his role as the Fan Zone's Master of Ceremonies, called the races from the announcers' booth and did over a dozen driver interviews including a special session with three-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson. Fun, fun, fun!

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

On air on the roof.
On air in the booth,
Talking w/fan.

On the air from the NASCAR garages during J.B.'s Friday afternoon KLOS broadcast.

Having fun with Sam Hornish Jr.
Kenny Wallace tells a story.
Cracking up with Ron Hornaday Jr.
Hanging with A.J. Allmendinger.

Having fun with with Sam Hornish Jr., Ron Hornaday Jr., Kenny Wallace and A.J. Allmendinger Saturday morning

How big was it?
Introducing Honey.
The Band On TV.

Saturday morning was a blast Honeypie and The Band On TV's performances.

On stage with Kurt Busch.
Unc w/Scot Speed.

Good times with former NASCAR Cup Champion Kurt Busch and former Formula One driver Scott Speed Sunday before the race.

Jimmie & Joe.
Jimmie & Joe.

Time to raise some money for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and chat with an old friend (and three-time NASCAR Sprint Car Champ).

Joe & Gavin Rossdale.
Working the crowd.
Introing Gavin on stage.

Chatting with Gavin Rossdale, Sunday's pre-race headliner on the Discover IE Fan Zone stage, then working the crowd up for him and his excellent band.

Mike Paz & J.B..

Mike Paz and J.B. calling the races while fellow announcer Jim Mueller looks for a fully stocked hospitality suite.

Snow-capped peaks.

And in the background all weekend long...


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2008 NASCAR Pepsi 500

2008 NASCAR Auto Club 500

2007 NASCAR Sharp Aquos 500

2007 NASCAR Auto Club 500

2006 NASCAR Sony HD 500

2006 NASCAR Auto Club 500

2005 AMA Superbikes

2005 NASCAR Auto Club 500

2004 GrandAm

2004 IRL Toyota 400

2004 NASCAR Pop Secret 500

2004 NASCAR Auto Club 500

2004 AMA Superbikes

2004 CalClub Regional

2003 IRL 400

2003 GrandAm

2003 NASCAR 500

2003 AMA Superbikes

2002 CART 500

2002 NASCAR 500

2002 IRL 400

2002 AMA Superbikes

2001 CART 500

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2000 CART 500

2000 NASCAR 500

1999 CART 500

Uncle Joe's
Nissan 600ZX

Uncle Joe's
Super Gas

On The Road

'12 Grand National Roadster Show

'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

'09 Long Beach
Grand Prix

Auto Club 500

'09 NHRA

'09 Grand National
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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