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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We've spent a lot of energy talking about Chad and what he did, his innovation, the direction he's chosen to run his race team with and somehow through that process we're forgetting about the 500 other guys who are left in the garage who are doing it the right way. And the reason that we're even involved in what we do is to protect them. So I think the message is there."

- JOHN DARBY, Nextel Cup series director, on whether penalizing crew chief Chad Knaus, reputed to be one of Nextel Cup's brightest, discourages others from cheating.

TODAY'S WEATHER

Sunny and warm. High of 71, low 52. Winds light from the east.

SIGN LANGUAGE

When drivers and crew chiefs need to communicate with each other during a race they use two-way radios. NASCAR officials do it with signal flags.

GREEN

Starts or restarts the race. At the start every car must pass the start/finish line in its qualifying position.

YELLOW

Indicates a crash or other unsafe track condition. Cars must slow and hold their positions.

BLACK

Signals driver must pull into pits for problems with car or driver actions. If crossed with the white flag, scoring of the car disconted.

BLUE WITH ORANGE STRIPE

This passing flag tells slower drivers to yield to faster traffic or that they are about to be overtaken by the leaders.

RED

Race stops immediately, cars are lined up in the order of the last lap completed. Causes: weather, unsafe track for drivers or fans.

WHITE

Signals that the leader has started the final lap. If crossed with the yellow flag, the race will end under caution.

CHECKERED

Signals the end of the race or the end of a qualification attempt.

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