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  1. If you like fishing with your man....oh heck, any man, check out the CAST Bass tournaments. All coed bass fishing, and lot's of fun and a great way to meet other fishing women.....and men. Just check my siggy/profile for more info (see my homepage in the profile).
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    How was your opener?

    As usual, the kids got the deer. 15 year old shot two bucks that came by about 8 am. One hit right where you'd draw a (Contact Us Please) if you could, the other a little far back. He had some tracking to do for that one, and he did a great job. Trailed it for about 1/2 mile, sees it "dead" in some guys back yard and starts walking up to it. Up it jumps and takes off again. Naturally he can't shoot, and avoids the temptation to do so, since he's in some guy's yard. Waits a while and follows the deer another 1/4 mile where he finds it swimming across a small (20 acre) lake and sees where it makes land. He comes to get me and we go to the lady's house which is nearby, though where he thought it went was a ways down and all cattail swamp. She is nice enough to let us use her duckboat and off we go. My son was dead on, as we found it a few yards deep in the cattails precisely where he thought it went in. Had to "dispatch" it with a shot to the head, but were able to load it up in the boat and make the retreive. I can't believe the thing was still strong enough to swim at that point. They must really get an adrenaline hit when they are wounded. This was certainly the first time I ever came back in a boat with a 6 pointer - now that's some good fishin'. Anyway, I was pretty proud of the effort he made to trail this son of a gun, as I'm sure a few folks would have given up at the point of seeing it swimming away. As for me, I haven't gotten a shot at anything worth while in 3 years now. Score for that time period: The two boys - 8, me - 0, which is fine by me. I've shot my share over the years and it's more fun for me to see them get the shooting anyway.
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    The REAL points...

    And if playoffs didn't exist, the '98 Vikings would have been NFL champs. Point being, playoffs can eliminate even the most dominating regular season team. I don't have a problem with the Chase sort of doing the same. Heck, I wouldn't even mind if they just voted one (the lowest ranking) driver "off the island" each week with only 3 remaining for the last race. Seems to me that's also a winning formula for TV. I'm mean really, there's probably not going to be more than 3 still in it by then anyway.
  4. Hi Guys and Gals, C.A.S.T. is entering its 4th full season in 2007 and we ontinue to see more teams signing up, which is great. C.A.S.T. is a coed circuit in Minnesota requiring teams to be comprised of one male and one female. That is the only stipulation, so you can be Father/Daughter, Husband/Wife, Grandma/Grandson, doesn't matter. Our goal is to promote an enjoyable tournament environment where the female anglers will feel more welcome and more competitive. We've also made alot of new friends fishing these tournaments and we have a lot of fun. We are expecting 20-30 teams per event this year and there is room in all tournaments for more. Our 2007 tournaments will be: June 23, Le Homme Dieu July 13, Gull July 14, Gull (these are two separate tournaments) August 11 & 12, Bald Eagle / White Bear two day event Sept. 22, TOC - Farm Island Find out more info on our HSOforum. (see profile) Hope to see some of you there ! Mark
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    Championship

    1. Johnson 2. Martin (for the umpteenth time) 3. Stewart
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    C.A.S.T. Coed Tournaments

    Whitefish #1 - Qualifier #2 July 7th, 2006 21 Teams Brandon Cizek and Megan Whalen took home top honors on day 1 of our two Whitefish Chain tournaments weighing in 14.28 lbs for their limit of 6 fish. Close behind was the team of Rick and Mindi Schwerzler with 14.19 lbs. Rounding out the money spots were John and Theresa Schlee in third with 13.19 and Steve Letnes and Sylvia Przybilla with 12.43. 19 of 20 teams that brought fish to the scales weighed in a limit, with Randy and Wendy Slepicka boating the days biggest fish at 3.64 lbs and netting $210. Smaller fish rounded out the rest of the field which was tightly packed with just hundredths of a pound separating some teams. The weather was nice, warm, but windy, keeping some of the anglers from fishing their prime spots, but not keeping them from enjoying the day and catching fish. Click here for complete results. Whitefish #2 - Qualifier #3 July 8th, 2006 18 Teams A little threatening weather greeted the anglers for day two on Whitefish, but fizzled away quickly leaving behind another beautiful day. With the winds down a bit, the weights were up slightly from day one. Todd Stein and Nicole Gorshe won their second tournament of the year by besting the 18 boat field with 14.90 lbs. Last years champs are well on course to repeat as C.A.S.T. champions in 2006 as they have jumped out to a huge points lead with only one more qualifying event and the TOC remaining. Todd and NIcole also eked out the top weight for the two days combined, to add an extra $300 to their winnings. Second place went to John and Theresa Schlee with 12.40 lbs, and they were narrowly beaten in the two day total. Third place went to Dan and Suzanne Niccum with 11.67 pounds anchored by a 4 lb smallie, the big fish of the day. Jim and Eileen Grave finished 4th with 11.48. Again, nearly the entire field weighed in limits as the C.A.S.T. anglers proved they are no slouches when it comes to catching fish. There have only been two non limits this year, and two no- weighs, which is incredible for any tournament. This has made for some extremely close competition and some pretty fun weigh ins. Next up is Big Marine near Forest Lake on August 5th. Check the C.A.S.T. HSOforum for complete results and season standings (see profile).
  7. Whitefish #1 - Qualifier #2 July 7th, 2006 21 Teams Brandon Cizek and Megan Whalen took home top honors on day 1 of our two Whitefish Chain tournaments weighing in 14.28 lbs for their limit of 6 fish. Close behind was the team of Rick and Mindi Schwerzler with 14.19 lbs. Rounding out the money spots were John and Theresa Schlee in third with 13.19 and Steve Letnes and Sylvia Przybilla with 12.43. 19 of 20 teams that brought fish to the scales weighed in a limit, with Randy and Wendy Slepicka boating the days biggest fish at 3.64 lbs and netting $210. Smaller fish rounded out the rest of the field which was tightly packed with just hundredths of a pound separating some teams. The weather was nice, warm, but windy, keeping some of the anglers from fishing their prime spots, but not keeping them from enjoying the day and catching fish. Click here for complete results. Whitefish #2 - Qualifier #3 July 8th, 2006 18 Teams A little threatening weather greeted the anglers for day two on Whitefish, but fizzled away quickly leaving behind another beautiful day. With the winds down a bit, the weights were up slightly from day one. Todd Stein and Nicole Gorshe won their second tournament of the year by besting the 18 boat field with 14.90 lbs. Last years champs are well on course to repeat as C.A.S.T. champions in 2006 as they have jumped out to a huge points lead with only one more qualifying event and the TOC remaining. Todd and NIcole also eked out the top weight for the two days combined, to add an extra $300 to their winnings. Second place went to John and Theresa Schlee with 12.40 lbs, and they were narrowly beaten in the two day total. Third place went to Dan and Suzanne Niccum with 11.67 pounds anchored by a 4 lb smallie, the big fish of the day. Jim and Eileen Grave finished 4th with 11.48. Again, nearly the entire field weighed in limits as the C.A.S.T. anglers proved they are no slouches when it comes to catching fish. There have only been two non limits this year, and two no- weighs, which is incredible for any tournament. This has made for some extremely close competition and some pretty fun weigh ins. Next up is Big Marine near Forest Lake on August 5th. Check the C.A.S.T. HSOforum for complete results and season standings (see profile).
  8. SkeeterMark

    Gordon vs. Kenseth

    Here's my two cents, and I admit I like both Kenseth and Gordon, so their tiff between Bristol and now Chicago is ruining good chances for them both to do well, or at least in the same race. What I saw was, a block on the restart, and a block later when Gordon had a nose under Matt. Gordon had to get back behind him. I did not see a block when the contact occurred. What I did see, and I think the commentators also saw judging by their reaction, was Kenseth's car definitely slowed. In the replay, you can see both Matt and Jeff passing the 42 easily, then the 17 slows nearly to match speeds with the 42. Gordon does not slow (until tapping the 17) and hits him, taking him out. Could Gordon have lifted in time? Probably, but hard to say, as he was closing quickly anyway, and Matt clearly let off a bit, whether he was loose or what. Bottom line is I'm betting the 24 did not necessarily do everything possible to keep from hitting the 17, but it's close enough to make it impossible to know. Sifty, passing under the line is legal on all tracks except Daytona and Talladega, so that had no bearing. Gas.....now that is the big question. Matt ran out on the first caution lap (not extra laps), and had to pit. This means no way he could have made the 4 remaining green flag laps. He actually benefitted from the spin by having a caution to fill up his tank and remain on the lead lap, finishing 22nd. Tony Stewart ran out just coming to the green, goes down a lap, and ends up far worse than Kenseth. So will Matt be thanking Gordo? NOT !!!!
  9. Bay Lake, June 24, 2006 Deerwood, MN - Todd Stein and Nicole Gorshe picked up right where they left last season by winning the C.A.S.T. season opener on Bay Lake. The 2005 Anglers of the Year and TOC winners bested the 17 boat field with 14.71 lbs. In a very close weigh in, second place went to Chris Hulback and Laura Claussen who weighed in 14.67 lbs . Luke DeYoung and Jessie Wratz came in third with 14.60 lbs, which included the Big Fish of the day at 4.29 lbs. The weather was absolutely perfect, and so was the fishing. All 17 teams brought in a limit (one fish was dropped at the dock and avoided being weighed). This is the closest weigh-in ever for C.A.S.T. - where trailing the leader by half a pound meant out of the money. What a great way to start the season and congratulations to all our anglers for a great job fishing. See the CAST HSOforum for complete results.
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    Brian Vickers and Hendrick Motorsports

    I think you're right lawdog. Yates would have a hard time attracting anyone bigger right now anyway. I still think UPS will go with DJ. They've got a lot of $ tied up in his commercials. Too bad for Vickers, because if that happens, it'll be even tougher sledding over at Yates. You're right too mnfguy. I think I heard the 25 car has NEVER been to victory lane. Quite an impressive streak if that's correct.
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    Brian Vickers and Hendrick Motorsports

    Yup, looks like Mears is vacating Ganassi to take the 25. He's leaving for sure, and that's the rumor anyway. I think you'll see Vickers in a Toyota. My feeling is he's not a big enough name for the 88. Of course, if UPS goes with DJ, it might be perfect for him, because no one will recognize the 88 anyway. I think Toyota might be a better opportunity for Vickers to get back on track. Yates is pretty lame right now, and I couldn't see leaving Hendrick for Yates.
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    More Toyota news

    Good point NAPA, and one I forgot to mention. You're absolutely right, coil binding is predominant on the cookie cutter tracks, but you'll see it on this weekends race at Pocono (the roaval) too. It's mainly an aero thing, to get the nose down and tail up, so it's much less of a factor for short tracks and of course road courses, and the restrictor plate races are a whole other matter. On those they need the tail down, too, to get the spoiler as much out of the way as possible.
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    More Toyota news

    Not everyone is doing it, and not everyone can afford to do it, so it is a disticnt advantage for well funded teams. Also, NASCAR does not allow rules to go unchanged just because "everyone is doing it" or there'd be no rules. Coil binding is in fact the same as using a bump stop, except that it is a lot harsher because it's metal to metal contact instead of having rubber to absorb the bottoming of the suspension, so it should be illegal for whatever the reason was when they outlawed bump stops. It took 2-3 years to illegalize those, so it may be a while until you see a change. At least bump stops were affordable for all teams. The reason the springs are so costly is that NASCAR has defined rules on the length and diameter of the springs, and there is extensive engineering involved to get the spring to collapse within .050". The cost of the engineering and getting springs manufactured to comply is many times the cost of buying standard springs like non coil binding setups use. It also takes extensive testing, another luxury of the well funded multi car teams. The rule against the bump stops states nothing can stop the travel of the suspension before the chassis bottoms out on the track surface except for the increasing force of the coil spring. In other words, the spring is supposed to be strong enough to keep the car from bottoming out. What they do instead is use a very soft spring and make sure it allows the car to bottom out on the track surface, but just barely. Basically they want the spring to become solid at the exact point the front bottoms out on the track. Too much, and you will be screwed in your handling, not enough, and your car fails inspection. This fine balance is also what drives the drivers nuts, and why good drivers look bad on certain weeks....they just don't have it quite right, while some just don't like the feel of car that drives this way and need to step up the learning curve. If you remember when Rusty was talking about having to learn to drive some of these new setups the young guys were using, this is exactly what he was talking about. According to Felix Sabates (Ganassi Racing, owner of #40), about 10 teams have it dialed in nearly every week, 10 teams are hit and miss, and the rest are struggling to catch up or can't afford to catch up. He says Ganassi is in the middle group, and basically why they are struggling for consistency. Obviously, Roush hit upon this first and was kicking everyone's butt, and you can just about look at the standings and see who else has it down. Personally, I'd rather see it outlawed and put back a little more of the driver skill into the equation.
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    More Toyota news

    The chassis is the definitely the most important. How many times have you seen drivers that you KNOW are good suck, soley on the fact that their chassis setup is wrong? Engine is fine, Driver is fine, but he'll do poorly because of the chassis setup. Now, there is something to be said for driver comfort with any given setup. Such is the case with "coil binding". This is the practice of setting the car up so the front coil springs bottom out, thus producing a solid suspension with no travel remaining. A similar effect was produced using bumper stops to stop the chassis suspension and cause it to bottom out, but are now illegal in NASCAR. In coil binding, the car needs to bottom out at exactly the right point, and also still pass inspection. While NASCAR rules state the car cannot be setup to make the frame bottom out to itself to limit travel, the current inspection process is not precise enough to know if the car will coil bind since the effect only occurs under the load of racing through corners. The coil binding skirts this rule by using the spring itself to limit travel. Seems like they could get a handle on this, but choose not to. The problem with setting up the car to have a virtually solid front end is that some drivers absolutely hate driving it this way. Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, and some of the other "older" guys have not taken well to it, while some, like Mark Martin, have. This is why a lot of these young guys are jumping right in and being competitive - because this is what they are used to, and it is generally agreed among the crew chiefs that if you are not coil binding nowadays, you really can't be competitive for a win. According to Chris Carrier, crew cheif for the #4, the springs used for coil binding can cost 10 times that of springs for a conventional setup, and it is an extremely tight window to hit it right. Another large expense for smaller teams, and another advantage of being able to test multiple cars, like the big teams. He also said that a team is pretty much forced to do it to be competitive. He compared it to holding a wolf by the fur....you don't want to hold it, but you can't let go. Rumor is it may be outlawed, or outlawed in conjunction with the COT. Until then, you can count on the winning edge being the chassis setup, and specifically, successful coil binding.
  15. The sport has changed since DW was piling up those stats. Sure, he was a heck of a driver, but he still ran his mouth off all the time back then too, thus the name Jaws. This in no way qualifies him as a good TV personality. In an era where NASCAR is trying to appeal to a more general demographic and lose the redneck southern image, he is out of place. Mostly though, I just can't believe the dump that comes out of his mouth. Any useful insight is so overshadowed by his singing and stupid comments that I just can't get past it. No wonder NASCAR met so much resistance in NYC when they met there to discuss putting a track there. Wait, maybe DW IS useful. I don't think NYC should get a track anyway.
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