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Tony at the Irwin Tools 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway August 2015 (Photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Here is what has been rolling around my head this week like lug nuts in a pit stall after a green flag pit stop: (more…)

Steve McQueen, actor, stunt man, pilot,motorcycle and race car driver. Is there any question as to why he was called the King Of Cool?  There is a new book out detailing the life of the King of Cool, Steve McQueen called Steve McQueen: Full- Throttle Cool by Dwight Zimmerman and Greg Scott. However this book is not your average biography of the popular actor. In fact some people might not even consider it a book- as it is a graphic novel.  Yep that is right – a graphic novel. What is a graphic novel you might ask? Well a graphic novel is a basically a bound comic book.

So this is a biographical comic book of Steve McQueen’s complete life. It starts off with him as a child in Indianapolis where he lived with his mother and step-father and follows him throughout his early career in the military through his acting career to his death of mesothelioma in the seventies.

I am going to admit that I while I have never been a big fan of comic books- I can honestly say this one held my attention- likely because it was factual.  The artist renderings in the graphic novel are captivating in a nearly film-like way and illustrate the McQueen and his  anti-hero archetype. The only downfall I can see about this graphic novel is I feel the novel, only 90 pages, glosses over some of McQueen’s grittier personality characteristics.  That said I really think this graphic novel by Dwight Zimmerman and Greg Scott would be a good choice for any motor sports or Steve McQueen fan’s or  bibliophile’s collection for the novelty of it (pun totally intended).

Author Dwight Zimmerman has authored the text for several graphic novels, including the acclaimed The Hammer and the Anvil, a dual biography of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. He is an author, radio show host, and producer and the president of the Military Writers Society of America.

Artist Greg Scott is a comic-book artist who has done stints at both Marvel and DC Comics, working on such series as Gotham Central and Case Files: Sam and Twitch.

For Full-Disclosure purposes (I am looking at you FTC): I received a copy of this graphic novel for the purpose of review on this blog. The words and opinions herein are my own.

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(Special thanks to photographer Jan M. Foster for letting me use her pictures of Tony Stewart from the race at Bristol this past weekend!! Thanks Jan!– Amy)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Zimbio/ Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 40th via champion’s provisional

Tony Finished:  19th

Points: 466 (26th in points)

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April 18, 2015: Tony Stewart during final practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

“Bristol is one of those places where you’ve got to have everything kind of go your way. If you have one hiccup, it’s hard to recover from it. We’ve only won one race there and we’ve kind of been all over the board. It’s been feast or famine for us. It’s like if you have one problem in the first half of the race, it’s hard to recover from it. It makes for a very long day. We’ve had more long days than good days.” Tony Stewart, Bristol Night Race Team Advance 2015

An oldie but a goodie “Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture” from Bristol in March 2012:

Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page

 

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Lord Of The Schemes: Help Lionel Choose NASCAR’s Most Iconic Paint Scheme!

Every NASCAR fan has a favorite paint scheme or two, myself included.  I actually LOVE when my favorite drivers run special or alternate paint schemes- like the throwback scheme Tony will be running at Darlington’s upcoming race! Lionel Racing (yes they of the diecasts) are asking fans to vote to help them decide which is the most iconic NASCAR paint scheme.  Over the next several months fans with facebook accounts will be asked to participate by voting on their favorite paint schemes. It all starts with 64 paints iconic classic paint schemes. Schemes are were randomly paired up bracket style and pitted against each other.  All you have to do as a fan is go through and choose which theme you like the best between two you like the best. It will then be narrowed down pitting only the round one winners against each other in the next round, etc.   It’s easy and fun and it doesn’t take long (I know- I have already voted for this first round).  Then make sure that you continue to return and vote in subsequent rounds.

You vote on the Lionel Racing Facebook Page here.

After already voting in round one I have only two things to say:

1. I am 90% sure I know which paint scheme will win.  I am also 99.9% sure that I know which two will be the in the finals. It will be interesting to see if I am correct.

2. The most iconic paint scheme to me? Didn’t even make the list. Not quite sure what that says about me.  While I won’t tell you which paint scheme it was- I will tell you this: it was not a Tony Stewart Paint Scheme and a throwback version of this paint scheme will be raced during the race at Darlington.

BTW Tony fans- two of Tony’s paint schemes are in the list.

Vote now…and don’t forget to go back and vote in subsequent rounds. The winning paint scheme will be announced the week before the Homestead Championship race.

Here we are with the (almost) weekly list of things rolling around my brain like loose lugnuts in a pit stall after a green flag pit stop:

Tony Stewart, co-owener of Stewart-Haas Racing, speaks with the media after announcing a multiyear deal partnership between Danica Patrick and Nature’s Bakery during a press conference on August 18, 2015 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. 
(Photo Credit: Zimbio/ Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Source: Zimbio/Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 5th

Tony Finished: 21st (one lap down)

Points: 441 (currently 26th place in the chase chase standings)

Quote of The Race: “You’re the dog.” — Chad Johnston, informing Tony he had made it into lucky dog position. For some reason just the way Chad said this struck me as funny during the race.

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(Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Foundaton Facebook Page)

With the repave a couple years ago, it’s just lightning fast. And the groove is getting wider and wider so it’s easier to race there. It’s definitely just a fast, fast racetrack. We talk about momentum. Momentum is a huge deal there. You carry so much speed to the turns, and the corners are so long and so round, you have to be very smooth there.” Tony Stewart Michigan Race Advance

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

(Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook Page)

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