The Rinnai 250 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, a few miles south of Atlanta. This race has long served as Atlanta's lone Busch/Nationwide Series date, has been shuffled around the schedule several times. From its inception until 2001 the race was run as part of Atlanta's spring Winston Cup race weekend, as the then-Busch Series ended its season at a different track than the then-Winston Cup series. Following the transfer of the season ending Cup series race from Atlanta to Homestead-Miami Speedway after the 2001 season, the 312-mile race was moved to Atlanta's fall race weekend where it remained until Aaron's Rental, sponsoring the race, chose instead to sponsor the lone Busch event at Talladega; the race gained sponsorship from GlaxoSmithKline through its Nicorette brand and moved back to its traditional spring date. In September 2008, NASCAR officials announced that Nicorette would not renew its corporate sponsorship for race after the 2008 season.
On October 26, 2008 it was announced that Unilever's deodorant brand Degree will take over sponsorship of this race starting in 2009. It was announced that the now-Degree V12 300 would be moving to September as part of the latest round of NASCAR realignment, which resulted in the Pep Boys Auto 500, the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, the Pepsi 500 at Fontana trading places; the Degree V12 300 took the place of the Camping World RV Service 300 on NASCAR's Labor Day weekend race schedule and serves as an accompanying race to the AdvoCare 500. In 2015, the Xfinity race at Atlanta moved along with the Cup race to the second weekend of the season and ran as a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon along with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series; the race was reduced to 250 miles in order to make the race a doubleheader on the same day. Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards got their first series wins at Atlanta. 1993: Race postponed from March to November due to Southeastern Blizzard. 1998: After reconfiguration of the track between the two 1997 Cup races, the track was remeasured to 1.54 miles and laps reduced to 195 laps as a result.
2000: Race started during the day, but finished under the lights due to a rain delay of 6 hours on Lap 92. 2004 and 2008: Race extended due to NASCAR overtime. 2019: First win for the Toyota Supra. All other Xfinity wins. Racing-Reference.info – Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Results "What's Behind The Aaron's 312?"-referring to the race in Atlanta
1995 NASCAR Busch Series
The 1995 NASCAR Busch Series season was held February 18 and ended November 5. Johnny Benson of BACE Motorsports won the championship; the Goody's 300 was held February 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Michael Waltrip won the pole. Top ten results 23-Chad Little 30-Michael Waltrip 14-Terry Labonte 8-Kenny Wallace 54-Rich Bickle 51-Jim Bown 3-Jeff Green 60-Mark Martin 4-Jeff Purvis 74-Johnny BensonThis was Little's first career Busch Series victory; the Goodwrench 200 was held February 25 at North Carolina Speedway. David Green won the pole. Top ten results 23-Chad Little 60-Mark Martin 14-Terry Labonte 74-Johnny Benson 21-Morgan Shepherd 99-Phil Parsons 82-Derrike Cope 90-Mike Wallace 97-Joe Bessey 3-Jeff Green The Hardee's 250 was held March 4 at Richmond International Raceway. Chad Little won the pole. Top ten results 8-Kenny Wallace 14-Terry Labonte 74-Johnny Benson 34-Mike McLaughlin 57-Jason Keller 7-Stevie Reeves 6-Tommy Houston 08-Bobby Dotter 99-Phil Parsons 48-Randy Porter The Busch Light 300 was held March 11 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Mark Martin won the pole. Top ten results 74-Johnny Benson 52-Ken Schrader 51-Jim Bown 55-Tim Fedewa 1-Hermie Sadler 43-Rodney Combs 92-Larry Pearson 82-Derrike Cope 75-Rick Wilson 38-Elton Sawyer The Opryland USA 320 was held March 17 at Nashville Speedway USA. Darrell Waltrip won the pole. Top ten results 44-David Green 23-Chad Little 14-Terry Labonte 8-Kenny Wallace 92-Larry Pearson 74-Johnny Benson 34-Mike McLaughlin 11-Darrell Waltrip 17-Robbie Reiser 3-Jeff Green The Mark III Vans 200 was held March 25 at Darlington Raceway. Tim Fedewa won the pole. Top ten results 92-Larry Pearson 74-Johnny Benson 60-Mark Martin 23-Chad Little 99-Phil Parsons 29-Steve Grissom 87-Joe Nemechek 20-Bobby Hillin, Jr. 71-Kevin Lepage 57-Jason Keller The Goody's 250 was held April 1 at Bristol Motor Speedway. David Green won the pole. Top ten results 29-Steve Grissom 60-Mark Martin 23-Chad Little 8-Kenny Wallace 14-Terry Labonte 74-Johnny Benson 5-Brad Teague 90-Mike Wallace 63-Curtis Markham 57-Jason Keller The Sundrop 400 was held April 15 at Hickory Motor Speedway.
David Green won the pole. Top ten results 74-Johnny Benson 1-Hermie Sadler 34-Mike McLaughlin 57-Jason Keller 08-Bobby Dotter 59-Dennis Setzer 47-Jeff Fuller 63-Curtis Markham 51-Jim Bown 11-Pete SilvaThis was Benson's last career NASCAR Busch Series victory; the NE Chevy Dealers 250 was held May 13 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Mike McLaughlin won the pole. Top ten results 23-Chad Little 38-Elton Sawyer 90-Mike Wallace 34-Mike McLaughlin 74-Johnny Benson 59-Dennis Setzer 25-Johnny Rumley 72-Tracy Leslie 76-Tom Bolles 92-Larry Pearson The Meridian Advantage 200 was held May 21 at Nazareth Speedway. David Green won the pole. Top ten results 55-Tim Fedewa 35-Doug Heveron 74-Johnny Benson 3-Jeff Green 44-David Green 08-Bobby Dotter 57-Jason Keller 38-Elton Sawyer 47-Jeff Fuller 20-Joe BesseyThis was Fedewa's first career Busch Series victory; the Red Dog 300 was held May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Rich Bickle won the pole. Top ten results 23-Chad Little 3-Jeff Green 72-Tracy Leslie 60-Mark Martin 52-Ken Schrader 57-Jason Keller 14-Terry Labonte 54-Rich Bickle 4-Jeff Purvis 71-Kevin Lepage The GM Goodwrench/Delco 200 was held June 3 at Dover International Speedway.
Tracy Leslie won the pole. Top ten results 34-Mike McLaughlin 90-Mike Wallace 2-Ricky Craven 57-Jason Keller 32-Dale Jarrett 25-Johnny Rumley 99-Phil Parsons 1-Hermie Sadler 23-Chad Little 20-Jimmy Spencer The Carolina Pride / Red Dog 250 was held June 10 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Jeff Green won the pole. Top ten results 92-Larry Pearson 57-Jason Keller 59-Dennis Setzer 3-Jeff Green 08-Bobby Dotter 43-Rodney Combs 63-Curtis Markham 34-Mike McLaughlin 74-Johnny Benson 38-Elton Sawyer The Lysol 200 was held June 25 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Terry Labonte won the pole. Top ten results 14-Terry Labonte 23-Chad Little 2-Ricky Craven 34-Mike McLaughlin 3-Jeff Green 29-Steve Grissom 74-Johnny Benson 63-Curtis Markham 1-Hermie Sadler 29-Phil Parsons The Sears Auto Center 250 was held July 2 at The Milwaukee Mile. Dennis Setzer won the pole. Top ten results 32-Dale Jarrett 92-Larry Pearson 3-Jeff Green 59-Dennis Setzer 34-Mike McLaughlin 57-Jason Keller 63-Curtis Markham 23-Chad Little 90-Mike Wallace 54-Rich Bickle The Humminbird Fishfinder 500K was held July 22 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jeff Purvis won the pole. Top ten results 23-Chad Little 20-Jimmy Spencer 8-Kenny Wallace 87-Joe Nemechek 74-Johnny Benson 90-Mike Wallace 40-Patty Moise 75-Rick Wilson 52-Ken Schrader 38-Elton Sawyer The Ford Credit 300 was held July 29 at South Boston Speedway. Curtis Markham won the pole. Top ten results 23-Chad Little 34-Mike McLaughlin 44-David Green 92-Larry Pearson 95-Ward Burton 64-Bobby Dotter 38-Elton Sawyer 46-Elliott Sadler 00-Buckshot Jones 71-Kevin Lepage The Kroger 200 was held August 4 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Elton Sawyer won the pole. Top ten results 57-Jason Keller 38-Elton Sawyer 34-Mike McLaughlin 72-Tracy Leslie 6-Tommy Houston 1-Hermie Sadler 08-Bobby Dotter 95-Ward Burton 3-Jeff Green 47-Jeff FullerChris Diamond spun around in turn two and knocked the lights, at the exact place where Gary St. Amant did the previous day in the SuperTruck Series; the Detroit Gasket 200 was held August 19 at Michigan International Speedway. Dale Jarrett won the pole. Jarrett had led the most laps in the race and won, but was disqualified for a rules violation, giving the win to Mark Martin.
Top ten results 60-Mark Martin 14-Terry Labonte 64-Randy LaJoie 2-Ricky Craven 74-Johnny Benson 99-Phil Parsons 20-Jimmy Spencer 2-Ward Burton 52-Ken Schrader 34-Mike McLaughlinThis race was Tommy Ellis' last career start. The Food City 250 was held August 25 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Stevie Reeves won the pole. Top ten results 29-Steve Grissom 3-Jeff Green 55-Tim Fedewa 23-Chad Little 14-Terry Labonte 44-David Green 6-Tommy Houston 71
JTG Daugherty Racing
JTG Daugherty Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team is owned by former advertising executive Tad Geschickter and his wife Jodi, along with current ESPN analyst Brad Daugherty; the team had alliances with Wood Brothers Racing Michael Waltrip Racing Richard Childress Racing, has a technical alliance with Hendrick Motorsports. The team fields the No. 37 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 full-time for Chris Buescher and the No. 47 Camaro ZL1 full-time for Ryan Preece. In November 2016, the team announced plans to expand to two cars for the 2017 season. On November 29, Roush Fenway Racing leased their No. 16 charter to JTG, while loaning driver Chris Buescher to the team. The new car was revealed to be the No. 37 on December 12. During the 2016-17 offseason, it was revealed to be that the sponsors of the 37 car will be products sold at Kroger stores like Cottonelle, Bush's Baked Beans and Scott Products. Liberty Tax Service was added as a sponsor on June 2, 2017.
JTG Daugherty attempted to make their Cup Series debut in the third race of 2007 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Ken Schrader behind the wheel of the Ore-Ida Ford, a second car to the Wood Brothers' No. 21, but the team failed to qualify for the race. Jon Wood attempted to qualify the No. 47 in the season's 29th race at Kansas Speedway but failed to qualify the Little Debbie/Nutty Bars car into the field. With the new ownership at JTG Daugherty Racing in 2008, the team attempted to qualify for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard with Marcos Ambrose at the wheel and he qualified into the race in 24th position. Ambrose finished in the 22nd position. Ambrose finished 3rd in the No. 21 Ford Fusion of Wood Brothers Racing at the Centurion Boats at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. On October 1, JTG Daugherty signed a deal to enter into a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing for the remainder of 2008 and the 2009 Sprint Cup season. During this technical alliance in 2008 and 2009, the No. 47 ran a Toyota Camry as the third car on the Michael Waltrip Racing team.
For the rest of the 2008 season, the 47 switched to Toyota and leased the owner points for MWR's No. 00 entry. Ambrose had the best finish of eighteenth; the 47 became a full-time entry in 2009, running with sponsorship from Little Debbie and the Clorox Company. He had seven top-ten finishes, including a second at Watkins Glen, finished eighteenth in points; the alliance continued for 2010, with Ambrose again running as the third car for MWR. For 2011, Ambrose left JTG Daugherty Racing in the Sprint Cup Series to drive for Richard Petty Motorsports although he drove for JTG in a one race deal for Watkins Glen in the Nationwide Series, he was replaced by former series champion Bobby Labonte. Labonte proved a good replacement by scoring 4th in the Daytona 500 and pushing Trevor Bayne to the lead on the final lap. However, the 500 remained their sole high point, they struggled throughout the season to a 29th-place points finish; as a result, crew chief Frankie Kerr was moved to the shop foreman position, JTG hired former Richard Childress Racing crew chief Todd Berrier as their new crew chief and general manager.
To improve the team's performance beyond MWR, JTG moved back into the Geischeckter's old race shop it shared with the Wood Brothers. However, the team had few good runs in 2012. For 2013, Labonte and JTG would have the best finish of 15th at Daytona before he was replaced at Kentucky by A. J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger would score a top 10 at Watkins Glen. On August 29, 2013, Sporting News reported that Allmendinger will be the full-time driver for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2014; the team will be switching to Chevrolet and form a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. Allmendinger started 2014 but got hot with back to back top-10 finishes in May, he raced his way into the Sprint All-Star Race. Allmendinger had the strongest car at Sonoma in June but was involved in an incident that left him a disappointing 37th. However, he got redemption at Watkins Glen by winning the race, beating fellow road course ace Marcos Ambrose for the team's first Sprint Cup win; the win was the first Chase birth for JTG.
Ambrose himself had nearly scored the team's first win in 2010. Allmendinger qualified for the Chase, the first Chase birth for JTG Daugherty, finished 13th in the points standings. Both Allmendinger and all of the team's sponsors returned in 2015. Allmendinger and the # 47 started 2015 off with four including a pair of top-10s. Allmendinger swept both road course poles, at Sonoma and Watkins Glen; however the team only scored one more top-10, at Pocono in August, Allmendinger finished 22nd in points. Allmendinger and Kroger inked a multi-year contract extension following the 2015 season. After starting the 2016 season the No. 47 picked up momentum with an 8th place finish at California in the spring. One week at Martinsville, Allmendinger finished runner-up to Kyle Busch; the team missed the Chase but closed the season strong picking up six more top-10s and a top-5 at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger finished 19th in points. In 2017, the team got to a great start, finishing 3rd, nearly winning the Daytona 500.
At the first Talladega race, the No. 47 flipped over, while trying to push Chase Elliott late in the race while running again in the top 5. On September 25, 2018, It was announced that Allmendinger will part ways with JTG Daugherty at the end of the 2018 season. Three days it was announced that Ryan Preece will be replacing him as the driver of the No. 47 in 2019. In addition, Preece will compete f
Whelen Trusted to Perform 200
The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series event held at the ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The race was first run in 1999 as the Outback Steakhouse 200, it became the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 in 2002. Following realignment of the two Xfinity Series races, the Arizona 200 took over the November slot. Christopher Bell is the most recent winner of the event; the 2016 race serves as the sixth race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs. 2003: Race shortened due to rain. 2004, 2006–2008, 2012, & 2014: Race extended due to a green–white–checker finish. Racing-Reference.info – ISM Raceway Race Results
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
A. J. Foyt Enterprises is an American racing team in the IndyCar Series and NASCAR, it is owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, 1972 Daytona 500 winner, 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and two-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner A. J. Foyt. A. J. won two of his four Indianapolis 500s driving for the team. The team won the 1999 Indianapolis 500 and the IRL championship in 1996 and 1998; the team was founded in 1965 and won three National Championship and two Indianapolis 500, all with A. J. Foyt at the wheel. A. J. Foyt Enterprises never won a CART-sanctioned event during its participation from 1979 to 1995. At the 1995 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix, Eddie Cheever was leading the race with just over one lap to go when the car ran out fuel, it would be the closest. Foyt Enterprises won IRL titles in 1996 with 1998 with Kenny Bräck. Bräck won the Indianapolis 500 for the team in 1999. In 2006 the team hoped to resurrect itself with experienced driver Felipe Giaffone and a more level playing ground brought by a spec engine.
However, after a strong start to the season, the team struggled after the Indianapolis 500 and parted ways with Giaffone after the eighth race. Jeff Bucknum was brought in to fill the seat for the rest of the year. In 2007 Foyt announced that Larry Foyt would take over as team manager and Darren Manning was signed as the team's driver. Manning captured three top-five finishes in his two years with the team, including a second place in 2008 at Watkins Glen International. However, with high-profile veteran Vítor Meira becoming available following the 2008 season, Foyt signed him to replace Manning. Foyt Enterprises began the 2009 IndyCar Series season sponsored by ABC Supply and fielding Vitor Meira, injured in the Indianapolis 500. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Paul Tracy took over driving duties for the rest of the 2009 season. Meira split with the team after the season. Japanese driver Takuma Sato joined Foyt's team in 2013; the team announced in October that they would field a second car full-time in 2015 for Jack Hawksworth.
The No. 14 started as the No. 50 when A. J. Foyt began fielding NASCAR teams in 1973 part-time, driving the Purolator-sponsored Chevrolet, he drove for the team on a limited schedule throughout the seventies, picking up one pole and nine top-tens. Ron Hutcherson was the first driver besides Foyt to drive the car, Johnny Rutherford drove for the team in 1978. In the 1980s, Foyt was the sole driver of the team, switched to the No. 14 with a Valvoline sponsorship in 1983, posted his final career Top 5 at Talladega two years in the Copenhagen-sponsored car. In 1989, Tracy Leslie drove for the team in a pair of races, finishing 20th at Michigan International Speedway. Foyt did not drive in the 1991 season. Instead, he allowed Mike Chase to drive for him; this driver finished no better than 25th. Foyt, did not field a team until the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, when he qualified 40th and finished 30th in the No. 50. Foyt would attempt the Brickyard in 1995 and 1996, but did not qualify for either race, forcing his permanent retirement.
During the 1999 season, rumors began spreading that Foyt would revive his defunct operation to compete in the Cup Series. After several months, it was announced that Foyt would hire rookie Mike Bliss as driver of the No. 14 Conseco-sponsored Pontiac Grand Prix. Bliss qualified for the Daytona 500, but after failing to do so for the next three races, he was released and replaced by Dick Trickle. After getting an offer from another team, Trickle would leave as well, he would be replaced by Rick Mast after he and several crew members left the bankrupt Larry Hedrick Motorsports team. Mast stayed with the team for the rest of the season, had two Top 10s at Pocono and Bristol. In 2001, Ron Hornaday, Jr. was selected as the team's driver, but he only posted only one Top 10 at Las Vegas and was dismissed at the end of the season. Following Hornaday's departure, Stacy Compton began driving for the team starting in 2002. After posting only three Top 20 finishes, Compton left the team, P. J. Jones took over at the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen, posted the team's best finish of fourth.
Mike Wallace was designated as driver, posting a 10th-place run at Bristol Motor Speedway. It had been announced Foyt would field two cars in 2003 with Wallace in the 14, his adopted son Larry Foyt in a second car with a sponsorship from Harrah's. Conseco filed for bankruptcy, leaving only one car with Larry driving; the team switched its Cup team to Dodge with engines provided by Evernham Motorsports. Foyt only qualified for 20 races with a best finish of 16th, finished 41st in points. Harrah's left at the end of 2003, Larry Foyt qualified for three races in 2004, but did not obtain major sponsorship, leaving the team inactive. In the season, Foyt sold his owner's points to ppc Racing's new Cup team. A. J. Foyt Racing closed their Cup team in 2006, following an auction of the team's NASCAR equipment in August. Foyt Racing briefly expanded to a two-car team at the 2000 season finale, the NAPA 500, when they fielded the No. 41 for Foyt's son Larry, but did not make the race. The team ran a second car again in 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with Mark Green driving, but did not qualify.
The team ran a second car yet again in 2002 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with P. J. Jones but the number changed from No. 41 to No. 50. In 2001, Foyt started the No. 14 Harrah's Chevrolet, driven by Larry Foyt. Despite failing to finish in the top-ten, Foyt finished 22nd in points overall. In the Busch Series for 2002, Foyt had
Dr Pepper is a carbonated soft drink marketed as having a unique flavor. The drink was created in the 1880s by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco and first served around 1885. Dr Pepper was first nationally marketed in the United States in 1904, is now sold in Europe, Asia and South America, Australia, as well as New Zealand and South Africa as an imported good. Variants include a version without high fructose corn syrup, Diet Dr Pepper, as well as a line of additional flavors, first introduced in the 2000s; the name "Dr. Pepper" was first used commercially in 1885, it was introduced nationally in the United States at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition as a new kind of soda pop, made with 23 flavors. Its introduction in 1885 preceded the introduction of Coca-Cola by one year, it was formulated by Brooklyn-born pharmacist Charles Alderton in Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. To test his new drink, he first offered it to store owner Wade Morrison, who found it to his liking. Patrons at Morrison's soda fountain soon learned of Alderton's new drink and began ordering a "Waco".
Alderton gave the formula to Morrison. As with Coca-Cola, the formula for Dr Pepper is a trade secret, the recipe is kept as two halves in safe deposit boxes in two separate Dallas banks. A persistent rumor since the 1930s is that the drink contains prune juice, but the official Dr Pepper FAQ refutes this with "Dr Pepper is a unique blend of natural and artificial flavors; the origin of the rumor is unknown. In 2009, an old ledger book filled with formulas and recipes was discovered by Bill Waters while shopping at antiques stores in the Texas Panhandle. Several sheets and letterheads hinted it had come from the W. B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store and faded letters on the book's cover spelled out "Castles Formulas". John Castles was a partner of Morrison's for a time and worked at that location as early as 1880. One recipe in the book titled "D Peppers Pepsin Bitters" was of particular interest, some speculated it could be an early recipe for Dr Pepper. However, Keurig Dr Pepper insists it is not the formula for Dr Pepper, but is instead a medicinal recipe for a digestive aid.
The book was put up for auction in May 2009. Theories about the origins of the soft drink's name abound. One possible reason why the name was chosen was the practice, common at the time of the drink’s creation, of including Dr. in the names of products to convey the impression that they were healthful. A theory cited is that the drink was named after an actual doctor, one Charles T. Pepper of Rural Retreat, Virginia. Morrison may have named the drink after the doctor in gratitude for Pepper having given Morrison his first job. However, Milly Walker, Collections Manager / Curator for the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Co. Museum, has stated that U. S. Census records show that a young Morrison lived in Christiansburg, Virginia, 40 miles away from Rural Retreat, that "there is not one piece of evidence that Morrison worked for Charles T. Pepper in Rural Retreat". Another story tells of Morrison naming the drink after Charles T. Pepper because the doctor granted Morrison permission to marry Pepper's daughter, but the girl in question was only eight years old at the time that Morrison moved to Waco.
A Dr. Pepper of Christiansburg is another possible inspiration for the soft drink's name. In the census that shows Morrison living in Christiansburg and working as a pharmacy clerk, a Dr. Pepper is recorded on a subsequent page. Since census takers at this time were walking from door to door, these census entries are close to each other in the record, it appears that Morrison and this Dr. Pepper lived close to each other. Furthermore, Pepper is recorded as having a 16-year-old daughter, named Malissa; the period after Dr was used intermittently in Dr Pepper logos until the 1950s, after some debate, it was discarded permanently, for stylistic and legibility reasons. A logo that debuted at that time had slanted text, in which Dr. resembled Di:. In 1951, Dr Pepper sued the Coca-Cola company for US$750,000, asserting that nickel Coca-Colas were sold below cost and were a restraint of trade. In 1972, Dr Pepper sued the Coca-Cola company for trademark infringement based on a soft drink marketed by Coca-Cola called "Peppo".
Coca-Cola renamed their beverage Dr. Pibb, determined to violate the trademark; the soft drink was renamed Mr Pibb. Dr Pepper became insolvent in the early 1980s, prompting an investment group to take the company private. Several years Coca-Cola attempted to acquire Dr Pepper, but was blocked from doing so by the Federal Trade Commission. Around the same time, Seven Up was acquired from Phillip Morris by the same investment company that bailed out Dr Pepper. Upon the failure of the Coca-Cola merger, Dr Pepper and Seven Up merged, giving up international branding rights in the process. After the DPSU merger, Coca-Cola obtained most non-US rights to the Dr Pepper name. Dr Pepper was a frequent player in the 1990s antitrust history of the United States; as part of these activities and the courts have weighed in with the opinion that Dr Pepper is a "pepper" flavored drink and not a "cola". In 1995, the FTC blocked a merger between The Coca-Cola Company and Dr Pepper on grounds that included concerns about a m
Kentucky the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, Kentucky is one of four U. S. states constituted as a commonwealth. A part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 26th most populous of the 50 United States. Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil. One of the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky, which houses two of its major cities and Lexington, it is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky is known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, coal, the "My Old Kentucky Home" historic state park, automobile manufacturing, bluegrass music, college basketball, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In 1776, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County, named for the Kentucky River. The precise etymology of the name is uncertain, but based on an Iroquoian name meaning " the meadow" or " the prairie". Others have put forth the possibility of Kenta Aki, which would come from Algonquian language and, would have derived from the Shawnees. Folk etymology states that this translates as "Land of Our Fathers." The closest approximation in another Algonquian language, Ojibwe translates it more-so to "Land of Our In-Laws", thus making a fairer English translation "The Land of Those Who Became Our Fathers." In any case, the word aki comes out as land in all Algonquian languages. Kentucky is situated in the Upland South. A significant portion of eastern Kentucky is part of Appalachia. Kentucky borders seven states, from the Southeast. West Virginia lies to the east, Virginia to the southeast, Tennessee to the south, Missouri to the west and Indiana to the northwest, Ohio to the north and northeast.
Only Missouri and Tennessee, both of which border eight states, touch more. Kentucky's northern border is formed by the Ohio River and its western border by the Mississippi River. However, the official border is based on the courses of the rivers as they existed when Kentucky became a state in 1792. For instance, northbound travelers on U. S. 41 from Henderson, after crossing the Ohio River, will be in Kentucky for about two miles. Ellis Park, a thoroughbred racetrack, is located in this small piece of Kentucky. Waterworks Road is part of the only land border between Kentucky. Kentucky has a non-contiguous part known at the far west corner of the state, it exists as an exclave surrounded by Missouri and Tennessee, is included in the boundaries of Fulton County. Road access to this small part of Kentucky on the Mississippi River requires a trip through Tennessee; the epicenter of the powerful 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes was near this area causing the river to flow backwards in some places. Though the series of quakes did change the area geologically and affect the inhabitants of the area at the time, the Kentucky Bend was formed because of a surveying error, not the New Madrid earthquake.
Kentucky can be divided into five primary regions: the Cumberland Plateau in the east, the north-central Bluegrass region, the south-central and western Pennyroyal Plateau, the Western Coal Fields and the far-west Jackson Purchase. The Bluegrass region is divided into two regions, the Inner Bluegrass—the encircling 90 miles around Lexington—and the Outer Bluegrass—the region that contains most of the northern portion of the state, above the Knobs. Much of the outer Bluegrass is in the Eden Shale Hills area, made up of short and narrow hills; the Jackson Purchase and western Pennyrile are home to several bald cypress/tupelo swamps. Located within the southeastern interior portion of North America, Kentucky has a climate that can best be described as a humid subtropical climate, only small higher areas of the southeast of the state has an oceanic climate influenced by the Appalachians. Temperatures in Kentucky range from daytime summer highs of 87 °F to the winter low of 23 °F; the average precipitation is 46 inches a year.
Kentucky experiences four distinct seasons, with substantial variations in the severity of summer and winter. The highest recorded temperature was 114 °F at Greensburg on July 28, 1930 while the lowest recorded temperature was −37 °F at Shelbyville on January 19, 1994, it has four distinct seasons, but experiences the extreme cold as far northern states, nor the high heat of the states in the Deep South. Temperatures seldom drop below 0 degrees or rise above 100 degrees. Rain and snowfall totals about 45 inches per year. There are big variations in climate within the state; the northern parts tend to be about 5 degrees cooler than those in western parts of the state. Somerset in the south-central part receives 10 more inches of rain per year than, for instance, Covington to the north. Average temperatures for the entire Commonwe