I never imagined that NASCAR would be helping me give away a Berryz 工房 single. ^-^

Konnichi~wa Minnasan! \(^o^)/☆

I was out all morning and just got home and I'm so sorry for not replying to your messages yet but I will be online for awhile now so I can reply to everyone. ^ ^ I'm sorry if it takes me awhile to reach your message as I have about 30 now it's grown to over 50…of them now to respond to and I'll be replying in order. =)

I've received some really great ideas for what method to use in giving away BK's "Kokuhaku no funsui hiroba" (RE) CD single and the reasoning for fairness has popped and idea into my mind and I think it will also keep a bit of intrigue into whom the winner is!

Okay please don't think me too odd for this idea but what I've decided on is to have each person interested in this CD single to choose two drivers that will compete in this year's Daytona 500 which will be aired on the FOX network on February 15th!! The reason for two drivers is that it'll help to keep from duplicate entries and I'll be taking their combined average finish to determine the winner. ^ ^
 

The choice of Daytona reflects the need for fairness as along with it's sister superspeeday track Talladega, the best cars don't always necessarily finish the best and on any given lap a driver can go from leading the race all the way back to 35th place or worse…it's an amazing product of the draft and how it manipulates cars and speed and when a driver is left or pushed out of the draft they sink in the field like a stone! In addition there's also a great unpredictability that comes with the large wrecks that occur at restrictor plate tracks such as Daytona where another driver's small mistake on any lap can have catastrophic effects on much of the field wrecking cars that just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. And when it comes to qualifying, unlike many other tracks on the Cup Series circuit, Daytona's starting grid doesn't give much of a clue to where a driver is likely to finish. Take for example Dale Earnhardt Jr. who started dead last in 43rd spot at Talladega a few years ago and 500 miles later he won the race! ^o^ So while it's great to qualify up front that may or may not be any indication of a good finish, so hopefully this reflects a fair way of giving away this single. ^ ^

Oh and I'm also thinking that I'm certainly the only one here who lives NASCAR each sunday so that also makes it fair for everyone else as the drivers for the most part will be unfamiliar to many I'm thinking.

Hmmm….I would share my choices but I'll probably be wrong and that would take away too much of the fun! 😛 Just for reference here are the starting and finishing positions from last year's Daytona 500 and a few other tidbits:

Track length: 2.5 mile tri-oval
Banking in turns: 31 degrees (only Talladega & Bristol have higher banking!)
Race length: 500 miles/ 200 laps
Active wins leader: Jeff Gordon
Grandstand seats: 168,000

2008 Daytona 500 results: (You can also use the driver links below to view their profiles at NASCAR.COM or go to their official site which is below the race results.

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS WINNINGS
1 7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 190/5 200 Running 1,506,040
2 43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 175/5 200 Running 1,063,870
3 6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 170/5 200 Running 871,049
4 24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 170/10 200 Running 652,938
5 5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 160/5 200 Running 545,959
6 35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 150/0 200 Running 430,015
7 10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 151/5 200 Running 389,204
8 26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam / Valvoline 142/0 200 Running 352,921
9 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 143/5 200 Running 352,920
10 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 139/5 200 Running 313,763
11 13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 130/0 200 Running 329,756
12 23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 127/0 200 Running 285,245
13 36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 129/5 200 Running 323,496
14 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 121/0 200 Running 322,224
15 19 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 118/0 200 Running 319,845
16 20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 115/0 200 Running 277,213
17 4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 117/5 200 Running 341,416
18 42 347 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 109/0 200 Running 291,221
19 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 106/0 200 Running 321,520
20 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 103/0 200 Running 303,978
21 27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 100/0 200 Running 287,928
22 21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 97/0 200 Running 279,295
23 33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon 94/0 200 Running 271,220
24 31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's 96/5 200 Running 284,545
25 37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 88/0 200 Running 277,095
26 38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 85/0 200 Running 276,888
27 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 87/5 200 Running 329,606
28 32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditRep
ort.com
79/0 200 Running 278,746
29 2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 81/5 200 Running 275,135
30 30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters 73/0 200 Running 291,202
31 12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 70/0 200 Running 301,846
32 15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 67/0 200 Running 290,753
33 40 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Dodge Journey 64/0 199 Running 270,613
34 39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 61/0 197 Running 260,320
35 9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 58/0 194 Accident 284,945
36 28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 60/5 194 Running 308,129
37 29 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 52/0 194 Running 267,095
38 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 54/5 189 Accident 259,563
39 8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 51/5 186 Susp. 319,599
40 22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto 43/0 184 Running 258,613
41 41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 40/0 171 Running 258,470
42 14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA 37/0 161 Accident 267,763
43 17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com
34/0 141 Engine 256,735

Website: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Also note that some drivers may have changed race teams over the off season while some drivers may not necessarily qualify for the 2009 race. In the event that you've chosen a driver that doesn't make the 43 car field, after qualifying you'll be able to choose a different driver in the race. If two entries have the same two drivers and they end up having the best combined finishing average of all the entries at the end of the race I'll then do a drawing between them. ^ ^

Happy choosing! And happy racing! o(*´∀`)o゛☆

All two driver choices must be posted here before qualifying for the Daytona 500 begins the week before the 15th during speedweeks. Thank you! ^ ^ 

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48 Responses to I never imagined that NASCAR would be helping me give away a Berryz 工房 single. ^-^

  1. Shirow says:

    Kasey Kahneand
    Dale Jarrett^^

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  2. Hi Shirow! How are you? ^ ^ Kasey Kahne is a sweet choice~! The girls love him although I know that's not the reason why you chose him! 😛 Oh and I'm so sorry and this is all my fault…but Dale Jarrett retired last season. Please choose another favorite driver…again I'm so sorry! 😛

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  3. Shirow says:

    lol ow about …Clint Bowyer:D

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  4. Okay! Clint could have another break out season this year! The Daytona
    500 is so unpredictable with all of the cars being so close to one
    another for that long a period of time but I do like your choices. ^ ^
    I can't wait for February 15th!! ^ ^

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  5. momo says:

    i'll join in.How about Dale Jr. and Tony Stewart

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  6. Shirow says:

    lol I just love free things MB ❤

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  7. Hi Momo! Those are two very good picks! Both drivers are great in the draft and they're both powered by Hendrick Motorsports! Yay! ^ ^

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  8. momo says:

    Thanks MB! You must know alot about Nascar. I watch some races myself during the season too.

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  9. T!MM!! says:

    I go for "Jimmie Johnson" and "Carl Edwards"pls visit my blog http://4timmii.blogspot.com/

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  10. Mikey says:

    Very good idea! 🙂 I know who I want, but want to do a little research first. H!P and NASCAR – wouldn't they be tickled to know?? ^^ Kamei drops the checkered flag! @@

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  11. That's so awesome!…you watch races too~! ^ ^ They travel pretty near to you when they race at the road course in upper New York at Watkins Glen. =) Although a road course race may be better watched on t.v. due to the much of the track not having grandstands for fans to see. LOL I may actually watch too much NASCAR!….all 36 races each season and if I can't be home during the broadcast I record them. =)

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  12. momo says:

    Pocano Raceway is nearby too, about 2 hours away from here going west on Interstate 84, then south on Interstate 380 in the heart of the Pocono's. It's the triangle track. Dover Raceway is nearby too in Dover Delaware, and New Hampshire too. I got many choices lol.

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  13. Ah~ very very good picks! ^ ^ The two top Chasers from last season and well….when it comes to Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon I'm a bit, well a lot biased! XDYou have a very nice blog and it's wonderful to meet a fellow fan of Hello! Project! ^ ^

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  14. T!MM!! says:

    How lucky I am!, I mean, I picked Jimmie because I looked up in your profile and Carl just random picked.

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  15. I'm happy that you agree! ^o^ I wasn't sure if this would be a good idea or not but I just thought that it would a lot of fun to be able to have the results play out on live television in the form of sports. \(^o^)/ And what bigger and better event than the Daytona 500! Hmmm…..I do wonder who you'll pick for your two drivers! ??? You have lots of time to pick before qualifying day arrives. ^ ^

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  16. You're so lucky!!! ^o^ I have to fly if I want to attend any races and you know how little I enjoy flying! XD You're in the perfect state with so many tracks all around you…sorry my geography is terrible I should've known this! 😛 Out of those three I would choose to go to Dover Delaware as their 1 mile high banked track is amazing to watch on television so I imagine it must be so much more of an exprerience to see it live! Pocono has one of the most unique track layouts though as not only is it shaped like an offbalance musubi but each of its turns are completely different from one another and that front stretch where the grandstands are located is sooooooooooooo long!!!!

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  17. I think those are both great picks! Good luck on race day~! I would have chosen Jimmie just because I love Jimmie but there's nothing really scientific about that! XD

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  18. ginaRAWR says:

    Jimmie Johnson and and erm Greg Biffle? Random guesses ftw XD

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  19. CK says:

    Thanks for the reminder. (Note to self, set up fantasy Nascar team ASAP!) Hmmm, I will pick Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.Playing favorites, I know.

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  20. HPObession says:

    [いいですね]

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  21. James says:

    OK, I did some thinking and some internet surfing.Dale Earnhardt, Jr.andJimmie JohnsonLet's see how they go ^-^

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  22. I will always follow my heart before my mind it seems so when Jimmie Johnson gets picked I'm like….Yay! \(^o^)/☆ Hmm…he didn't finish too well though last year in the race but he did win the championship so you can never bet against him on any race day for sure! ^ ^ Greg Biffle is an awesome driver too so I'd say good pick again even though I'm not a Roush Fenway Racing fan. =)

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  23. Oh do you play fantasy sports on ESPN? It's so difficult to do well! >_< I wonder how Tony Stewart will do with his new team this season but Kyle Busch is definitely an awesome choice! He can win anywhere at any time as he's proven over and over especially last season! And Carl Edwards is amazing too!! He's so talented and it wouldn't surprise me if we witness his trademark backflip at Daytona this year~! ^o^ Still my ♥ is with Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr.! My heart always wins over my mind~! >_<

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  24. Hmm…you must be from Indiana! ^ ^ It was amazing when Tony Stewart won the Brickyard 400!! Such a sweet day for him~! And Kasey Kahne…mmmmm NASCAR's most handsome?! =) I can't wait for the race to arrive!

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  25. Hi James…I know that this isn't something that you're really interested in but thank you for choosing your drivers and playing with me! ^ ^ Yay~! you picked two of my favorite drivers!!!…..hmmm….although I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing! 😛 LOL…but seriously I'll be rooting for both of them with all of my heart too! ^o^

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  26. James says:

    I don't need to win 😀 You know it's actually quite fun playing. It is true I prefer Touring Car events, but at the moment I'm trying to find some videos of this on the net
    (^▽^) So you may have created a new fan in Australia! XD

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  27. I hope you could find some great videos online! There's so much to love about the sport and Yay! you may be a new fan~! \(^o^)/☆

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  28. Mikey says:

    Ha! With the no pre-testing rule, it should really be up in the air this time! 🙂 I saw a Jeff Gordon interview last night talking about his no win season. I'm sure he'll be hungry is year! It's amazing all the stuff the fans buy! Maybe it's good you can't get over here too easy? I can see you with a life size car in your room! 😛
    I'm gonna pick Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch just to not have too many duplicate entries…
    Too bad we can't send the BK's a race video! ^^

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  29. James says:

    You are so lucky to be able to watch it on TV!! I found some 2008
    Daytona 500 footage on YouTube, it's pretty darn good 😀 Wish I could
    get it on my TV at home ^o^

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  30. Mikey says:

    Though you might be interested in the movie that's opening in Hawaii soon – Tokyo Sonata

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  31. Some teams were really bothered by the new no testing rule before races for this upcoming season which was NASCAR's direct response to the weakened economy and their efforts to try to save team's lots of money. I think Jack Roush was most vocal about this. Can you believe that it costs up to $100,000 per testing session a day at times??? 😮 But that's so true that it'll no doubt help to equalize the field in many events as the smaller and independant race teams have far less funds to put towards testing while the larger race teams in the past have been able to test regularly. I want a life sized Jeff Gordon standup in my room! ^o^ And I'm sure he'll win a race soon……if not the Daytona 500 then surely at a road course like Infineon Raceway or Watkins Glen or a short track like Bristol or Martinsville where he's always great at! ^ ^ Hmmmm….♥ Dale Jr!!!……Kyle Busch not so much!!! XD

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  32. Ah I'm so happy that someone uploaded it there! Watching so many cars run together in such a close knit pack is like nothing else….really nerve wracking and amazing at the same time! Plus Daytona has some areas of the track which narrow out quite a bit unlike Talladega so it can get really scary out there…..lol and I'm only watching it on t.v.! XD I'm so happy that you're finding NASCAR to be exciting! \(^o^)/☆

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  33. Thank you Mikey~! I'll have to look up "Tokyo Sonata" to find a synopsis. I haven't watched a Japanese movie in one of our theaters for a really long time…."Shall We Dance?" may have been the most recent and that seems like ages ago! My mom went to watch a Japanese film in this cute little theater that one of her friends had found recently….unfortunately I couldn't go along with her that day.

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  34. Rebear says:

    After some deliberation (i.e., choosing my favorite sponsors), I have come to the following decision.

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  35. I know nothing about NASCAR, so I asked my husband who knows and likes. He says Jeff Gordan and Kyle Busch. He also says if I win, my gift to him can be making sure I let him live H!P-free for at least a week. … Nah. ^_^

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  36. Mikey says:

    hehe I know who you like, but thought I'd diversify so there wont be so many duplicates. No testing should save a bunch! The demographics of NASCAR fans are especially affected by the economy. Should be a very interesting race!! :)I've been to Watkins Glen, back in the day. It's in the Finger Lakes district of upstate New York. Very lovely place!! I saw Jackie Stewart's last F-1 race their and even got his autograph! 🙂

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  37. Mikey says:

    During Stewart's F1 career, the chances of an F1 driver who raced for five years being killed in a crash were two out of three.[7]
    At Spa-Francorchamps in 1966, he ran off the track while driving 165
    mph in heavy rain, and crashed into a telephone pole and a shed before
    coming to rest in a farmer's outbuilding. His steering column pinned
    his leg, while ruptured fuel tanks emptied their contents into the
    cockpit. There were no track crews to extricate him, nor were proper
    tools available. There were no doctors or medical facilities at the
    track, and Stewart was put in the bed of a pickup truck, remaining
    there until an ambulance finally arrived. He was first taken to the
    track's First Aid center, where he waited on a stretcher, which was
    placed on a floor strewn with cigarette butts and other garbage.
    Finally, another ambulance crew picked him up, but the ambulance driver
    got lost driving to a hospital in Liége. Ultimately, a private jet flew
    Stewart back to the UK for proper treatment.
    After his crash at Spa, Stewart became an outspoken advocate for
    auto racing safety. Later, he explained, "If I have any legacy to leave
    the sport I hope it will be seen to be an area of safety because when I
    arrived in Grand Prix racing so-called precautions and safety measures
    were diabolical."[8]

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  38. Mikey says:

    That's so cool that they have a theater that plays Japanese movies! Here, you can only see them in "art" theaters and mainly at the SDAFF (San Diego Asian Film Festival) in October. That's starting to change now…Here's a good review

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  39. Mikey says:

    Not quite NASCAR… but should work on iPod Touch too! ^^

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  40. Hmmm…I think that's a wonderful approach to take by rooting for your favorite sponsors! ^ ^ I wish you luck in the race~! Hmm…."Kyle Busch!" XD 😛

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  41. LOL~! I do hope that he's aware of what you may be receiving by entering this giveaway! XD Awwwww you can play BK for him on repeat! 😛 Just kidding. Anyone who chooses Jeff Gordon immediately wins my wishes for a great finish as he's my very first favorite driver before Jimmie Johnson…..and Dale Jr. when he joined Hendrick Motorsports this past season! Kyle Busch is an amazing race car driver but (sigh…..) I won't say another word! XD

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  42. Kyaaaa~!…but Kyle Busch? Nande? LOL Mikey you make me sad! XD I love watching the race at Watkins Glen as the Cup series only goes to two road courses a season and I think the cream of the crop really rises there as driver ability may play a bit more of a role at road courses versus aerodynamics and downforce. Jeff Gordon comes to mind lol! =)I'm so sorry as I'm totally unfamiliar with open wheel racing but it must have been amazing to get his autograph in person there! \(^o^)/☆The advancements in safety have been so greatly needed in the sport and it's unfortunate that it usually takes tragedy to get new safety equipment and procedures in place. 😦 It sounds awful what happened to that F-1 driver. NASCAR really added so much new safety devices to the drivers cockpit and head rest after Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s passing at Daytona. They even created the "safer barrier" which has been in place at most tracks on the Cup circuit which helps to absorb the energy in an impact with the outer walls at race tracks. I'm happy that so much effort has been put into improving driver safety as well as fan safety at the races as another tragedy would be so devastating to the sport. Hopefully nothing bad happens ever again. ^ ^ We used to have even older theaters in the past which my parents and grandparents would go to on the weekends together but I think most of them are now closed. I wish I could have experienced those films on a large screen in the atmosphere of a theater…..must have been so amazing! ^ ^ We have an annual international film festival here but I think it just passed a few months ago. Some of the film start times are a bit odd though so it's quite difficult for me to catch a movie….especially with my even odder work hours. XD Thank you for the review link! ^ ^

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  43. Ah~! You're making me jealous!…I don't own an iPod touch! XD

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  44. Mikey says:

    I was a bit naughty picking Kyle, wasn't I? 😉 You'll die if I win with a 1 2 finish, huh? heheI walked all of the Watkins Glen track back then because my Dad's friend raced Formula Ford (small 1.6 liter open wheeled) all over the east coast, and I got to go in the summer. I had an SLR even then along with a funky 200mm lens. I got pretty good at panning with the action! Unfortunately, I gave away all the slides before going in to the army… But it was very exciting. I had a pit pass for the F-1 race and you couldn't believe how loud it was to be right next to the most advanced cars in the world at that time!The had a special on the History Channel about racing safety and it was so interesting! Especially the head restraint, so drivers wouldn't whiplashed to death any more. There was a mini-doc that went with the film Picture Bride that showed some the the ladies from those days and they talked about their lives and places like the Japanese theaters… I was intensely interested in Hawaiian history when i went to school then. I hope you can squeeze in some Asian films this time!! Nothing like the big screen and the audience reactions…I thought you were going to get a Touch… hehe

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  45. Mikey says:

    Getting close… 🙂

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  46. Wow that's so amazing that you were able to walk the entire track!!! ^o^ I can't imagine how loud it must've been as even in the grandstands at LVSM and we were quite a few rows up!..but it was still so amazingly loud that my head hurt after about the first two hours! ^ ^ I chose not to wear ear plugs, not sure if that was the best idea though. 😛 Oh no lol! I love Dale Jr.!….just not the other guy so much. XD

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  47. Hai~ hai~! \(^o^)/☆

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