Uncle Joe Benson at work & play at the California Speedway NASCAR race - February 2005.
Since its opening in 1997, Joe Benson has been the voice of the California Speedway. In that role, he handles the master of ceremonies duties for race day, as well as play-by-play announcing.
February 25 - 27, 2005: This year's NASCAR Nextel Cup Automobile Club 500 at the California Speedway was huge! Joined again by his partner Jim Mueller, Uncle Joe was everywhere handling the announcing for the first big race of the regular season. Steve Park won the NASCAR Craftsman American Racing Wheels 200 Friday night, becoming one of a very few to win in every major NASCAR division. Rain showers near the end of Mark Martin's Saturday evening win of the Stater Brothers 300 only delayed his record 46th NASCAR Busch Series victory. And Greg Biffle's narrow win over Jimmie Johnson in Sunday's Auto Club 500 marked his third consecutive trip to Victory Lane in three California Speedway events! Wild times indeed!
(Photos by 'Digital' Bill McDermott and Jim Sleeper.)
Getting ready for Saturday's
NASCAR Busch Series Stater Bros. 300.
J.B. waiting for cue from Bill to start the invocation and anthem,
then it's Jack's turn for "Drivers start your engines!"
Rain showers at twilight briefly interrupted
Martin Martin's charge to a record 46th victory.
Afterward, J.B., Mark and car owner Jack Roush
took a moment in Gatorade Victory Lane.
Sunday morning at Gate 14,
the Uncle Joe's Racing Nissan 300ZX was on display
at the Arrow 93.1 booth.
The crews and crowd get ready.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
reminds Joe to keep doing his sit-ups, and
Auto Club 500 Grand Marshal Magic Johnson agrees to amp the crowd up.
Unc introduces the drivers,
including old friend Robby Gordon, Ryan Newman
and Dale Earnhardt Jr..
Past winners Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin,
Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler.
Getting ready to singing the anthem,
then Magic says it's time to start 'em up!
The Governor throws the flag and it's time to go racing!
NASCAR Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 winner
Greg Biffle's interview and trophy presentation.
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