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Archive for November, 2011

The fat lady has sung!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Tony Stewart won the biggest game of winner-take-all in the history of NASCAR.

Rebounding from a succession of setbacks, Stewart took the checkered flag in Sunday’s rain-interrupted Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the Sprint Cup championship in a tiebreaker over race runner-up Carl Edwards.

With four new tires to Edwards’ two — thanks to a strategic gamble that paid off when rain hit the 1.5-mile speedway for the second time on Lap 213 of 267 — Stewart gradually pulled away after a restart on Lap 231 and claimed his third Cup title, bookending the five consecutive championships won by Jimmie Johnson from 2006 to 2010. Stewart also won in 2002.

The victory was Stewart’s fifth of the season — all coming in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup — and the 44th of his career. The bonus points for winning allowed Stewart to make up the three-point lead Edwards held with one event left. Stewart and Edwards ended the Chase tied at the top of the standings, but Stewart claimed the title with five victories this season to Edwards’ one.

Stewart, who left Joe Gibbs Racing to become co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009, became the first owner-driver to win the title since Alan Kulwicki accomplished the feat in 1992.

“We said all week, [if] we just go out and win the race, we didn’t have to worry about what he did — and that’s what we did,” Stewart said in Victory Lane, as rain pelted the winning team. “If this doesn’t go down as one of the greatest championship battles in history, I don’t know what will.”

Race Results

Race Standings

Billboard Top County Singles : 11/17/11

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

1*  Played

Taylor Swift

5*

Lady Antebellum

We Owned The Night

Lady Antebellum

6*  Played

Jason Aldean

7*

Miranda Lambert

Baggage Claim

Miranda Lambert

8*  Played

Zac Brown Band

Keep Me In Mind

Zac Brown Band

9*  Played

Thompson Square

I Got You

Thompson Square

Thompson Square

10*  Played

Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield

Easy

Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield

Nothing Like This

Meal and a Movie: Family Night 11/16/11

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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Easy As Chicken Pie

Ingredients:
1 deli rotisserie chicken
1 can condensed chicken soup
1 can condensed potato soup
1 bag frozen vegetables (optional)
1 can refrigerated biscuits or puff pastry or pie shell

1. Shred the chicken from the deli and place into pie pan. Save the carcass for stock if you want.
2. Combine both cans of soup with one cup of milk or water, then pour over chicken. If you want to add thawed frozen vegetables, go for it.
3. Place biscuit dough on top of the pie mixture.
4. Bake until the biscuits are ready (about 20 minutes at 375 degrees)
5. Eat!

Movie List

Beginners Beginners

November 15, 2011
Bellflower Bellflower

November 15, 2011
Fading of the Cries Fading of the Cries

November 15, 2011
Flypaper Flypaper

November 15, 2011
Griff the Invisible Griff the Invisible

November 15, 2011
Larry Crowne Larry Crowne

November 15, 2011
Saint Misbehavin' Saint Misbehavin’

November 15, 2011
Main Street Main Street

November 15, 2011
The Treasure Hunter The Treasure Hunter

November 15, 2011
The Tree The Tree

November 15, 2011

What Women Want (Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin) What Women Want (Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin)

November 15, 2011

Down to the wire of the last race of the chase!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

It was NASCAR’s dream. Punch and counterpunch — the top two drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup trading shots in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Yes, Kasey Kahne won the race — his first victory of the season and the 12th of his career — but Edwards and Stewart dominated the action as their battle for the 2011 championship remained as close as it was at the start of the day.

In a race between the only two drivers mathematically alive for the Cup championship, Edwards finished second and Stewart third, but Stewart led the most laps for the second consecutive week and leaves Phoenix just three points behind Edwards as the drivers prepare to settle the issue in the season finale next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“We couldn’t ask for anything more,” Edwards said. “It’s going to be fun. It’s neat to be able to go to Homestead and race it out. I’m sure these guys [Stewart's team] are going to be good down there — they’re fast on the mile-and-a-halfs.”

“We just came up two spots shy,” Stewart said. “It was just a little too loose on entry those last two runs there. I thought that Darian [crew chief Darian Grubb] made a really good call there with just gas only at the end [on Stewart's final pit stop on Lap 294], and we were able to run Jeff [Burton] down there and get back to third.

Stewart said the formula for winning the title is simple.

“Just keep doing what we’re doing,” Stewart said. “We’re going to keep the pressure on him, and we’re going to make him sweat it out.”

Kahne pitted early during a late cycle of green-flag stops and took the lead on Lap 299 of 312 when Keselowski came to pit road. Edwards chased him for the final 14 circuits but finished .802 seconds behind.

Race Results

Race Standings

Billboard Top County Singles: 11/3/11

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

1*

Played

Blake Shelton

3*

Played

Taylor Swift

4*

Played

Brantley Gilbert

Country Must Be Country Wide

Brantley Gilbert

Country Must Be Country Wide [3 Tracks]

5*  Played

Miranda Lambert

Baggage Claim

Miranda Lambert

6*

Lady Antebellum

We Owned The Night

Lady Antebellum

7*

Played

Jason Aldean

8

George Strait

Here For A Good Time

George Strait

Here For a Good Time [Single]

10*

Played

Thompson Square

I Got You

Thompson Square

Thompson Square


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