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(Click here if you are looking for the Annual NASCAR Champion’s Week Trip post for 2014.)

If you have been reading BadGroove for awhile you probably know that I love photography. I am constantly trying to improve my craft the best I can. Anyway here are some of my favorite captures from Champions Week:

A Champion's Chariot

A Champion’s Chariot (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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Chase Driver Banners on Las Vegas Blvd

Banners of all 16 Chase grid drivers fly at the start/finish line in front of The Miracle Mile shops on Las Vegas Blvd on December 4th, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

I have yet to miss a NASCAR Champions Week in Las Vegas. Luckily for me Misty lives nearby so I am able to attend some of the fun!  This year we actually splurged and got a room at the Palms since that is where After The Lap was to be held again.  It was a nice room and casino (not that I had much time to gamble).

Anyway- the fun for us started at Fan Fest where all 16 2014 Chase Grid drivers where scheduled to walk the red carpet and sign autographs for fans before taking part in a fun game on the stage that was set up at the end of the carpet. The event was held on Fremont Street again this year and fans had started lining the red carpet early to get a glimpse of their favorite driver: (more…)

Tony and Teddy B. Caring (credit: Office Depot)* Yeah I know it’s an old picture- but it’s very Christmasy isn’t it?

Are you looking for that holiday gift for the NASCAR fan in your life? Here are some quick suggestions from your friendly neighborhood Smoke fan: (more…)

(Photo Credit: Edelman)

Hi Santa! It’s me, Amy, your friendly neighborhood diehard Tony Stewart fan. It’s been a long time since I have written you a letter. A really, really long time, but we won’t talk about that! You already know if I have been naughty or nice so I won’t sit here and try to bargain with you regarding that fact. Nor will I wax poetically about whether or not you you exist- clearly you do based on the sole number of presents my three nephews had under their tree last year.  I thought it couldn’t hurt things if I actually sent you my wish list this year.

Anyway Santa, here is a list of  what this Smoke fan wants for Christmas this year. Just to warn you Santa- some of these things are a bit in the future from Christmas- but if it happens I will just know that I was extra-specially good this year: (more…)

Lionel Racing Collectables is giving their die-cast customers a change to won an ultimate piece of the 2014 NASCAR Championship.  For the first time- Lionel pre-made two 2014 championship die-cast to have on hand DURING the post race celebration! That is right these were signed right there in victory lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway and of course I have the pictures to prove it:

2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champ Chase Elliot

2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champ Chase Elliot holds his vi2014 Champion Die-Cast in victory lane in Homestead-Miami. (Photo Credit: Lionel Racing/Tommy Grassmann/CIA)

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ Kevin Harvick

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champ Kevin Harvick signs his 2014 Champion Die Cast in victory lane at Homestead-Miami. (Photo Credit: Lionel Racing/Don Grassmann/CIA Photo)

These die-casts were NOT just used as props for the hat dance picture celebration though!  They were autographed and will be boxed up and randomly shipped to one lucky fan purchasing a Chase Elliot Championship die-cast and one purchasing a Kevin Harvick Championship die-cast.  What a great treat for any die hard fan!  Purchase your Championship die-cast from Lionel Racing Collectables today! You never know- you might just get a little piece of the victory celebration!

I have lots to write still to wrap up the season- but I wanted to congratulate the winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 AND the winner of the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Budweiser Chevy:

Winner winner chicken dinner! Winner of both the Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Kevin Harvick hoists the trophy for the cup championship in victory lane in Homestead, Fl on November 16th 2014. (photo credit: 303081Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Harvicks in Victory Lane

The Harvick family celebrate the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship in victory lane at Homestead, FL on November 16th, 2014. (Photo Credit: 303098Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

And my FAVORITE picture of the night- Driver, Owner, Friends, Champions.

The Driver. The Owner. The Friends.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Thanks Kevin Harvick- Stewart-Haas Racing and Tony needed that!!  So did the fans.

If you look up the word champion up on dictionary.com this is what the definition is:

dictionary.com definition of champion.

Do you see that very first definition there? A person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place.  It’s makes sense right? After all if you look at probably the two most popular stick-and/or-ball sports in the United States that is what they use as a Champion.  What Super Bowl team does not have the BEST record for their division going into the big game. Same for the World Series- it’s a series of games between the two teams with the best records in their respective divisions. It’s what NASCAR use to have. (more…)

This TQMS entry is literally for the road because as you are reading this (on Friday) I am scuttling off through the desert to the last elimination race of the year. You know I couldn’t forgo going to Phoenix right?! It’s going to be a fun-filled but crazy quick trip and you can follow my adventures on twitter (BadGroove) and Misty’s too if you want (Fyrstorm24).  It will likely be quite the stressful race for Misty- our diehard Jeff Gordon fan and it’s the final elimination race.  I can’t remember the last time we went to a race JUST for the race and not for the whole weekend!

Anyway first installment of this double shot of TQMS is from back at Martinsville. I actually took a picture from the race that I found on the internet and tweaked it a bit because I am trying to teach myself photoshop. It might look familiar if you are a member of Tony Stewart Fans group on Facebook because I happened to use it as the header graphic (I am one of the admins so sometimes they let me do things like that):

Tony says it was for the fans

In case you can’t read the funky green text: Thanks, most of all, to our fans. They’ve been plowing a tough road for the last 18 months, and this top-five is for the fans more than anybody. — Tony Stewart, Post Race Martinsville 10-26-14

And for this week, a tweet from the man himself. It was in response to some of the responses to his tweet about Michael Waltrip being voted of #DWTS but I think it is good advice in general:

Tony Tweets Advice

Great advice from Tony- keep the hammer down and let it roll off!

 

And just because it’s my blog and I can do what I want to- here is an extra gratuitous Tony Stewart picture for you:

Tony at Texas

Tony at Texas (I love the reflection on the windshield of this picture. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store/Gayle Martens/ CIA Stock Photo)

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous editions of the TQMS posts.