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    Aarons 312 race Saturday

    1 #87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Cellular One 188.649 50.761 Leader
    2 #38 Kasey Kahne Ford Great Clips 187.618 51.040 -0.279
    3 #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet D. Earnhardt Tribute Concert/Foundation 186.539 51.335 -0.574
    4 #2 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet ACDelco 186.478 51.352 -0.591
    5 #59 Stacy Compton Chevrolet Kingsford/ Johnsonville 186.112 51.453 -0.692
    6 #1 Jamie McMurray Dodge Yellow Transportation 185.816 51.535 -0.774
    7 #20 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Rockwell Automation 185.646 51.582 -0.821
    8 #10 Scott Riggs Ford Nestle Nesquik 185.643 51.583 -0.822
    9 #21 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet PayDay 185.639 51.584 -0.823
    10 #7 Randy LaJoie Chevrolet Kleenex 185.628 51.587 -0.826
    11 #132 Lyndon Amick Chevrolet Support Our Troops 185.517 51.618 -0.857
    12 #60 Stanton Barrett Ford OdoBan 185.495 51.624 -0.863
    13 #5 Brian Vickers Chevrolet GMAC 185.387 51.654 -0.893
    14 #18 Coy Gibbs* Chevrolet MBNA 185.316 51.674 -0.913
    15 #28 Brad Baker Dodge Trus Joist 185.222 51.700 -0.939
    16 #26 Kevin Grubb Dodge Dr Pepper 185.086 51.738 -0.977
    17 #12 Kerry Earnhardt Chevrolet Jani-King 184.911 51.787 -1.026
    18 #19 Chad Blount* Dodge APP Gas 184.473 51.910 -1.149
    19 #57 Jason Keller Ford Albertson's 183.871 52.080 -1.319
    20 #23 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stacker 2/StaminaRX 183.843 52.088 -1.327
    21 #99 Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Aaron's 183.702 52.128 -1.367
    22 #188 Jeff Fuller Pontiac TBA 183.645 52.144 -1.383
    23 #27 Chase Montgomery* Pontiac Alice Cooper Motorsports 183.540 52.174 -1.413
    24 #4 Mike Wallace Chevrolet GEICO 183.536 52.175 -1.414
    25 #48 Shane Hmiel Pontiac Innovative Motorsports 183.512 52.182 -1.421
    26 #25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford U.S. Marine Corps 183.441 52.202 -1.441
    27 #46 Ashton Lewis Chevrolet Civil Air Patrol 183.276 52.249 -1.488
    28 #37 David Green Pontiac Timber Wolf 182.727 52.406 -1.645
    29 #92 Todd Bodine Chevrolet Herzog-Jackson Motorsports 182.720 52.408 -1.647
    30 #54 Hermie Sadler Chevrolet Toys R Us 182.469 52.480 -1.719
    31 #34 Mike McLaughlin Chevrolet LesCare Kitchens 182.178 52.564 -1.803
    32 #44 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Global Industrial Contractors 181.660 52.714 -1.953
    33 #162 Larry Hollenbeck Pontiac SWAT Motorsports 181.529 52.752 -1.991
    34 #72 Randy MacDonald Chevrolet U.S. Security 181.522 52.754 -1.993
    35 #52 Brad Teague Ford Means Racing 181.370 52.798 -2.037
    36 #168 Rick Markle Pontiac TBA 180.976 52.913 -2.152

    Provisional
    37 #77 Donnie Neuenberger Ford Moy Racing 176.845 54.149 -3.388
    38 #22 Tina Gordon Chevrolet Sticks n Stuff 180.669 53.003 -2.242
    39 #49 Derrike Cope Ford Avacor 180.785 52.969 -2.208
    40 #16 Larry Gunselman Chevrolet Waterloo Industries/31-W Insulation 179.370 53.387 -2.626
    41 #73 Jason Schuler Ford Havill-Spoerl 179.656 53.302 -2.541
    42 #0 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Eagle Jet International 178.181 53.743 -2.982
    43 #39 Jason White Ford Jay Robinson Inc. 172.292 55.580 -4.819

    Did not Qualify
    44 #355 Bobby Gerhart Pontiac James Auto/AT Construction 179.959 53.212 -2.451
    45 #195 Kevin Ray Ford TBA 179.834 53.249 -2.488
    46 #84 Gus Wasson Chevrolet www.brianweberassociates.com - - -
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    Gas and go: Earnhardt Jr. wins at Talladega





    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just enough gas to wiggle across the finish line Saturday and win the Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

    Earnhardt, who has three consecutive Winston Cup victories at Talladega, probably did not have enough gas to win the race under a green flag.

    But a caution with two laps to go allowed him to slow enough to conserve fuel by pulling down on the apron and moving his car back and forth to move the gas around. That let him make it across the finish line to go 2-for-2 in Busch Series events this year.

    Earnhardt, who won the season-opener at Daytona, ran out of gas right after he crossed the finish line for the Aaron's 312. He needed a push from Jason Keller to make it back around the track.

    "We ran out in Turn 1, right after we took the checkers," Earnhardt said. "We had a good car all day long, we just didn't have enough gas if it went green.

    "So we really needed that caution, and even then I had to shake it back and forth to get enough gas out of it."

    His late father is the all-time winningest driver on NASCAR's longest and fastest track, with 14 victories in three series.

    Earnhardt Jr. has inherited his father's mastery of drafting around the 2.66-mile oval and will try to become the first driver to win four straight Winston Cup races at Talladega in Sunday's main event.


    Earnhardt Jr. is gunning for his fourth straight Winston Cup win at Talladega. Credit: Autostock
    "I feel real confident about tomorrow, but going for four in a row is going to be hard to do," he said. "The odds are probably against me, but your heart says to go for it so I'm going to try to do it."

    Although he led a race-high 60 laps, his run Saturday was not as dominating as some of his other restrictor-plate wins. He took the lead with 60 laps to go when a fuel-only stop made him the first car out of the pits.

    From there, Earnhardt led the lead pack of cars around and around Talladega, anxiously watching the fuel gauge on his No. 8 Chevrolet. With 25 laps to go, his team began to worry he didn't have enough gas.

    "Just do the best you can and try to save it," crew chief Kevin Manion radioed him.


    Joe Nemechek couldn't beat Earnhardt Jr, out of the pits on the final stop. Credit: Autostock
    Earnhardt's car was donned with a special paint scheme advertising the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert he and his stepmother are organizing in June.

    Earnhardt was determined to make his gas last Saturday.

    "As a driver, you don't ever want to hear the words, 'You need to conserve fuel,"' he said. "There's never been a class on how to conserve fuel. But we were not coming in for gas, we were in the lead and here to win.

    "Taking a third or a fourth or a fifth is good, but not as good when you only run three times a year. Winning is where it's at."

    Just when it looked like Earnhardt might come up a lap or two short, Chase Montgomery spun out with eight laps to go to bring out a caution flag that slowed the field -- prime conditions for conserving fuel.


    Mike Wallace (4) and Mike Bliss both ended up in the top 10. Credit: Autostock
    The field went green with four laps to go and Earnhardt got a great jump on the restart to stretch his lead over Joe Nemechek.

    Nemechek looked high and low several times to try a pass, but never had enough to make it by. Then Ashton Lewis' car came to a stop on the track, NASCAR threw the yellow flag, and Earnhardt simply had to stretch the gas as he followed the pace car.

    "I don't think he was going to make it," Nemechek said. "If he ran out, I was ready to go. But today he got lucky because he made it."

    Shane Hmiel, in a sponsor struggle and his team operating on a week-to-week basis, finished third and was followed by Ron Hornaday and Mike Bliss.

    Jamie McMurray was sixth, Michael Waltrip seventh, and Mike Wallace, Coy Gibbs and Tina Gordon rounded out the top 10.
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" -- Steve Parker

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