New York's Thunder Road

By: GrillinInTheEye , 1:01 AM GMT on August 12, 2011

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One of only two stops on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule where the drivers have to turn right. The historic Watkins Glen road course really puts drivers to the test.


Watkins Glen hosted a variety of races from its opening in 1957 until it closed under financial pressures in 1981. The track was rescued from bankruptcy by Corning Glass and International Speedway Corp. reopening in 1984. In 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup racing returned to The Glen and has been a staple on the schedule ever since.




With its rise from ragged infancy in 1948 to its position as America’s premier racing facility surely qualifies The Glen as an astounding and unlikely success story, which continues to be written over 60 years later.

Law student Cameron Argetsinger dreamed of bringing European style competition to the village where he spent his summer vacations and he drew up a challenging course that encompassed asphalt, cement and dirt roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen. The dream became reality on October 2, 1948, "The Day They Stopped the Trains," in the first post-World War II road race in the U.S. For five years, the top names in American sports car racing visited the small village and huge crowds came out to watch them race.

Competition moved to a temporary course in 1953, and 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956. The following year, The Glen hosted its first professional race, a NASCAR Grand National Stock Car event won by Buck Baker over Fireball Roberts. True international competition began in 1958 with the running of a Formula Libre race.

The Formula 1 stars all visited The Glen in 1961 for the first Watkins Glen U.S. Grand Prix, which would be a fall tradition at the circuit through 1980. Innes Ireland won the inaugural running, with great drivers such as Clark, Hill, Stewart, Lauda, Fittipaldi and Hunt among the winners of later Grand Prix.

The circuit itself was expanded in 1971, as the seventies brought a wide variety of competition to The Glen, including the Can-Am, Trans-Am, Six Hours, Formula 5000 and CART Indy Car Series. Race winners included many of the top names in international motorsports, including Mark Donohue, Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter and Bruce McLaren.

Alan Jones' victory in the 1980 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen marked the close of an era. Financial difficulties led to the Watkins Glen date being dropped from the Formula 1 schedule and as a result, the bankrupt track closed following a CART race in 1981. Over the next two years the track fell into disrepair, hosting only a few non-spectator SCCA weekends. Corning Enterprises, a newly-chartered subsidiary of Corning Glass Works, purchased the track in early 1983 and formed a partnership with International Speedway Corporation forming Watkins Glen International.

The Glen reopened on July 7, 1984, with Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Jim Adams winning the inaugural Camel Continental at the renovated facility. On August 9, 1986, fans witnessed Tim Richmond's triumph at the return of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The Bud at The Glen grew to become New York State's largest motorsports event and saw some of NASCAR's finest take the checkered flag including, Martin, Wallace, and in 1998, Jeff Gordon, won his second consecutive Glen race before a record crowd.

In 1991, Terry Labonte won the first NASCAR Busch Grand National race at the Glen beginning an impressive streak of four wins in six years, including three consecutive wins in '94 through '96. His three year win streak ranks him with other Watkins Glen three-time winners: Formula One ace Graham Hill, SportsCar drivers Al Holbert and Derek Bell and Winston Cup driver Mark Martin.





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493. DontAnnoyMe
12:59 AM GMT on August 19, 2011
Quoting Ylee:
Where's the new blog?

Ya'll be slackin'! :)

Of course, if you two are enjoying life instead of working on the blog, you are more than excused...:)


lol, looks like they've been involved with the highly sought after juicy lucy.
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492. GrillinInTheEye
12:56 AM GMT on August 19, 2011
Quoting Ylee:
Where's the new blog?

Ya'll be slackin'! :)

Of course, if you two are enjoying life instead of working on the blog, you are more than excused...:)

PER YOUR REQUEST... NEW BLOG!!
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491. GrillinInTheEye
12:47 AM GMT on August 19, 2011
Hey Ylee!!! ")
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490. PSLFLCaneVet
12:44 AM GMT on August 19, 2011
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489. Ylee
12:26 AM GMT on August 19, 2011
Where's the new blog?

Ya'll be slackin'! :)

Of course, if you two are enjoying life instead of working on the blog, you are more than excused...:)
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488. Ylee
12:24 AM GMT on August 19, 2011
Where is everybody?
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487. GrillinInTheEye
6:58 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Isn't there always?


Yep! Thanks Babe! Se ya soon!
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486. PSLFLCaneVet
6:44 PM GMT on August 18, 2011


Isn't there always?
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485. GrillinInTheEye
6:39 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


One ready when I get to the house?
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484. PSLFLCaneVet
6:26 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
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483. GrillinInTheEye
6:20 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Is it 3 yet???
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482. PSLFLCaneVet
6:10 PM GMT on August 18, 2011


Good, glad you like it. :)
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481. GrillinInTheEye
6:08 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Yes?


Much better. hahahaha! :)
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480. PSLFLCaneVet
6:00 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting GrillinInTheEye:
Oh Dear??


Yes?
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479. GrillinInTheEye
5:56 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Oh Dear??
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478. PSLFLCaneVet
5:39 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
More Blonde Q&A

Q: What do you call an eternity?
A: Four Blondes in four cars at a four way stop.

Q: Why do Blondes have TGIF written on their shoes?
A: Toes Go In First.

Q: What do SMART Blondes and UFOs have in common?
A: You always hear about them but never see them.

Q: Why do Blondes always smile during lightning storms?
A: They think their picture is being taken.
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477. PSLFLCaneVet
5:16 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting GrillinInTheEye:
hahaha! You are so lucky I am not a blonde. :)


LOL

That I am!! hehehe
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476. GrillinInTheEye
5:14 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
hahaha! You are so lucky I am not a blonde. :)
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475. PSLFLCaneVet
5:11 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Blonde Logic

January - Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight.

February - Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels....."duh".....bottles won't fit in typewriter!!!

March - Got excited.....finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months.....box said "2-4 years!"

April - Trapped on escalator for hours.....power went out!!!

May - Tried to make Kool-Aid.....8 cups of water won't fit into those little packets!!!

June - Tried to go water skiing.....couldn't find a lake with a slope.

July - Lost breast stroke swimming competition.....learned later, other swimmers cheated, they used their arms!!!

August - Got locked out of car in rain storm.....car swamped, because top was down.

September - The capital of California is "C".....isn't it???

October - Hate M & M's.....they are so hard to peel.

November - Baked turkey for 4 1/2 days.....instructions said 1 hour per pound and I weigh 108!!!

December - Couldn't call 911....."duh".....there's no "eleven" button on the phone!!!

What a year!!
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474. GrillinInTheEye
5:05 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting NavarreMark:
Sounds like ya'll are stewing right now.

Its stayed relatively cool and dry here. The weak cold front is still holding, although they say a warm front is gonna over run us sometime soon.

I'll keep windocasting and tell ya what is really happening as apposed to what "they" say. LOL


Thanks Mark.
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473. GrillinInTheEye
5:04 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:
You've got Blonde

A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive blonde neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox. She opened it then slammed it shut and stormed back into the house. A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox and again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, she came out again, marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions the man asked her, "Is something wrong?"

To which she replied, "There certainly is!"

My stupid computer keeps saying, "You've got mail!"


Thanks Babe! Helping the day go by faster.
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472. NavarreMark
5:01 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Sounds like ya'll are stewing right now.

Its stayed relatively cool and dry here. The weak cold front is still holding, although they say a warm front is gonna over run us sometime soon.

I'll keep windocasting and tell ya what is really happening as apposed to what "they" say. LOL
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471. PSLFLCaneVet
4:50 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
You've got Blonde

A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive blonde neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox. She opened it then slammed it shut and stormed back into the house. A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox and again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, she came out again, marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions the man asked her, "Is something wrong?"

To which she replied, "There certainly is!"

My stupid computer keeps saying, "You've got mail!"
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470. PSLFLCaneVet
4:45 PM GMT on August 18, 2011

Thanks. :)
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469. GrillinInTheEye
4:43 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
hahaha. Good one dear!
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468. PSLFLCaneVet
4:39 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said,"I would like to buy some cyanide."

The pharmacist asked,"Why in the world do you need cyanide?"

The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband.

That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail!

All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now, that's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."
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467. PSLFLCaneVet
4:10 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting GrillinInTheEye:


Stay inside.



Thought it might get to 120, but I hear thunder now. May have topped out for the day: 118.7......




See ya, Ylee. Have a nice day.
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466. GrillinInTheEye
4:03 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:

I looked at a couple of them. The ribeye was interesting, putting them in a cast iron pan at the end. I'm not one for using anything that pokes through the meat to turn them though.

The giant bacon cheeseburger had some ingredients we don't really like in burgers.

Haven't had a chance to go through any others. I'm sure we'll keep checking them out for ideas. :)



DAM heat index hit 118.3 10 minutes ago.


Stay inside.
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465. GrillinInTheEye
4:02 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Have a good one Ylee!
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464. Ylee
3:57 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Time to go home; ya'll be good! ;-)
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463. Ylee
3:55 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Salt and pepper is all I use in fried burgers, seasoning salt only in grilled burgers. I know that's awful simple, but I like it that way! :)
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462. PSLFLCaneVet
3:42 PM GMT on August 18, 2011

I looked at a couple of them. The ribeye was interesting, putting them in a cast iron pan at the end. I'm not one for using anything that pokes through the meat to turn them though.

The giant bacon cheeseburger had some ingredients we don't really like in burgers.

Haven't had a chance to go through any others. I'm sure we'll keep checking them out for ideas. :)



DAM heat index hit 118.3 10 minutes ago.
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461. toddluck
3:07 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
mornin vet mornin grill...did you get a chance to check out any of those videos?
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460. GrillinInTheEye
2:56 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Morning todd.
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459. PSLFLCaneVet
2:55 PM GMT on August 18, 2011


Always a pleasure, Mark.

Morning, Todd.
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458. toddluck
2:51 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
mornin
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457. NavarreMark
2:50 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Morning Vet. Thanks for the MOZ.
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456. NavarreMark
2:35 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting Ylee:
Mornin' Mark! What are your kiddos studying?


Both have duel majors. The girl has Zoeology and Vetenary madicin and the boy is gonna take mechanical engineering and astronautical engineering.
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455. GrillinInTheEye
2:13 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting Ylee:
Awesome pic, PSL! Looks like something out of a fairy tale....

Thirsty Thursday, eh? Grill, you owe me a kiwi-strawberry Snapple....:)


LOL, on it's way.
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454. PSLFLCaneVet
2:07 PM GMT on August 18, 2011


Thank you both. :)
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453. Ylee
2:04 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Awesome pic, PSL! Looks like something out of a fairy tale....

Thirsty Thursday, eh? Grill, you owe me a kiwi-strawberry Snapple....:)
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452. GrillinInTheEye
2:03 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:


Good morning, Friends! A nice liquid Moment of Zen for our Thirsty Thursday:





Plitvice Lakes, Croatia.


Excellent choice my dear.
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451. PSLFLCaneVet
2:02 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Quoting GrillinInTheEye:
Thanks Mark. But I can't take all the credit. They had a good Papa also.

It gets easier. We still miss them, but now we do have more free time. It's nice to be able to spend quiet evenings together and not have to worry about who may come in the door.



Thanks, Babe. :)

That it is.
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450. PSLFLCaneVet
2:01 PM GMT on August 18, 2011


Good morning, Friends! A nice liquid Moment of Zen for our Thirsty Thursday:





Plitvice Lakes, Croatia.
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449. GrillinInTheEye
1:56 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Ah man sorry Ylee.
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448. Ylee
1:56 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Mornin' Mark! What are your kiddos studying?
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447. NavarreMark
1:54 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Morning Ylee.
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446. Ylee
1:47 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
DAM it, they told me I had to stay over 4 at about 6:40 this morning! :(
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445. GrillinInTheEye
1:41 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Thanks Mark. But I can't take all the credit. They had a good Papa also.

It gets easier. We still miss them, but now we do have more free time. It's nice to be able to spend quiet evenings together and not have to worry about who may come in the door.
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444. NavarreMark
1:18 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
Thats cause your a good Mama. Good Mamas take it hard. Hopefully, after awhile she'll settle down and start enjoying her extra time.
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443. GrillinInTheEye
1:14 PM GMT on August 18, 2011
It was tough on me also when they first left. Kept on looking out the window waiting for them to pull up. Ya get used to it after a while.
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