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Tony Grinning in Richmond Spring 2014 (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“It’s not one of my favorite tracks, it is my favorite track. It’s the perfect-sized track for a Cup race. The other short tracks we run – Bristol and Martinsville – they’re cool in their own right, but there’s a lot of congestion at those two tracks. But at Richmond, it just seems like that extra quarter-mile, and that three-quarter-mile shape, and how wide the groove gets there, allows for good racing. It seems like we have to race ourselves and race the racetrack versus racing each other a lot of times. You do have to race each other, obviously, but there are a lot of times during the race when you have the flexibility to move around on the racetrack and try to find a spot your car likes better than somewhere else. A lot of times on a short track you don’t have the flexibility. You’re more narrowed down with what groove you’re going to be in. It is literally the favorite track of mine on the circuit.” — Tony Stewart, Spring 2015 Richmond Race Advance

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Danica Patrick has mentioned in more than one interview that she has a passion for cooking and has a secret desire to create a cookbook. She has mentioned it as recently as last month in this article in USAToday by Jeff Gluck. So it shouldn’t be any surprise to see Danica serving up smoothies from a food truck right? Um Danica? Just what kind of smoothies are these anyway:

Are those sweet potato fries? Um Danica what kind of smoothie is that anyway?! (Photo source: Aspen Dental)

So Danica isn’t really trying to hawk things like burger and fish taco smoothies.  She along with sponsor Aspen Dental are trying to bring awareness to the fact that an estimated 150 million American adults avoided a dental visit altogether last year for reasons like anxiety about cost and extent of needed work and of course pain. Hey I can sympathize- I use to be one of you dentist avoiders and I have dental insurance through my employer.  Why did I avoid the dentist? Because I was anxious about things like the pain and the money involved with going regularly even with insurance.  Then I chipped a tooth eating a salad. Yes you read that right. I know- how does one chip a tooth eating a salad? I don’t know- how does one dislocate a knee while sleeping? I guess it’s my superhero talent- being able to injure myself doing mundane things like sleeping and eating salads. But I digress. The tooth I chipped was a front bottom tooth- and I did it on a Saturday late afternoon. Without a regular dentist how was I suppose to get someone to fix that for me?  Luckily through recommendation of an extended family member had me in the dentist chair on Monday and turned out that I LOVED this dentist. He is awesome, his staff is awesome and I am there every six months like clock work for my cleaning and exam.

Okay so you are probably saying well that is great- you have a dentist you love. What does that have to do with Danica Patrick dishing out bizarre smoothies?  Easy-by avoiding visiting a dentist regularly you are facing a future of smoothies.  Check out Aspen Dental’s ATasteOfTheFuture.com to watch Danica Patrick in a hidden video prank serving up things like fish taco smoothies from a food truck to unsuspecting customers while trying to drive home the fact that YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH.  Without them you are facing a future of fish taco smoothies and a variety of other health problems. Not to mention the fact that without healthy teeth you are relegated to a future of soft food like smoothies and will no longer be able to participate in the joys of mastication (there’s a five dollar word for you).  While you are at ATasteOfTheFuture.com you can even make an appointment while there. Just do it- go to the dentist already.  Don’t make Danica come force feed you a sweet potato fry smoothie!

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For full disclosure purposes (I am looking at you FTC): I received information about the Taste of the Future video from Aspen Dental and was compensated for my post.  All opinions and stories within the above post are my own and I really do love my dentist who is not affiliated with Aspen dental to the best of my knowledge.

So Tony Stewart went to Washington, DC with Kevin Harvick to watch the 2014 Champ (Harvick) get recognized at the event.  Here are some pictures of Tony Stewart at the event:

US President Barack Obama (2nd-R) speaks while flanked by NASCAR Champion driver Kevin Harvick (R) Crew Chief Rodney Childers (2nd-L) and owner Tony Stewart (L) during an event to honor the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion on the south lawn of the White House April 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Harvick drives the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Hass Racing in NASCARs Sprint Cup series. (April 20, 2015 – Source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

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Crew getting things done during a pit stop at Bristol. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP photo/Alan Marler)

Tony Qualified: 21st

Tony Finished: 6th

Points: 145 points (28th place in the standings)

I honestly came into the race weekend thinking I wouldn’t even get to see a race- that at best I would be stuck at work on Monday morning trying to pay attention to my NASCAR while working using a combination of Twitter, SiriusXM Online and the NASCAR Mobile ap. As a matter of fact- I was so sure that the race wouldn’t even get started that I actually ran to the store- only to check my phone as I was walking into Target to find that the green had flown and the race was on. Figures, I told myself as I rushed around Target picking up this, that and the laundry detergent. At least I have SiriusXM with the NASCAR so I could listen to the race on the way home and not miss much, that is what I told myself anyway.  I didn’t have to worry about it though- I checked my phone again as I was leaving Target only to find that the race had been red flagged and I had plenty of time to get home. (more…)

Tony and Zippy at Bristol Motor Speedway 2014. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

“I’ve always liked that the crowd is right there at the edge of the track, all the way around it. You can just feel the excitement from the fans. The fans that go to Bristol are passionate about racing. And whether they like you or hate you, they love their racing at Bristol. I’d say the fans are the best part of Bristol. It’s just a cool place and a cool atmosphere, and it’s because of the fans.” — Tony Stewart, Food City 500 pre-race press release.

 

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I have always had a thing for classic cars- specifically American muscle cars and corvettes. If I had endless funds and a huge garage it would be filled with with them (and maybe a couple of current and vintage Italian sportscars). the two show pieces of my collection (you know this vintage car collection that I have amassed in my mind) would be the 1954 Chevy Nomad (in yellow please) and a 1963 Split Window Vette.  You might think this is all just lip service- but it’s not- I really do love classic cars- enough that when the big classic car auctions are over in nearby Monterey- it’s not unusual to find me walking around the ones they have on display to the public (because I won’t pay the big bucks some of the auctions want to drool on cars I can’t afford).

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you then that I have been known to watch the Barrett-Jackson auctions when they are on TV or perusing the press releases about Barrett that sometimes find their way into my email inbox.  I squealed when I saw this will be up for auction tomorrow April 17th, 2015 on the opening day of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach:

Artist rendering of the 1969 Tony “Smoke” Stewart inspired Chevelle to be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson.

 

According to the description on the Barret Jackson website the Chevelle is a one-of-a-kind customer that “Tony and his staff were instrumental in the design of.”  Would that NOT be the best car ever to own? I might just reconsider that imaginary NOMAD I have as being the flagship of my collection…I can only imagine what this car will go for.  Best part of all? Proceeds from the sale of this cool Chevelle will go to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION, which Tony has been a supporter of for years.

If you are at Barrett and can get me a decent photo of this awesome car I would be in your debt and would bestow upon you millions of brownie points that you can use towards your own imaginary car collection.

UPDATE: Looks like the Smoke Chevelle sold for $75,000 with proceeds going to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION!

 

Tony heads out during practice for the Duck Commander 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tx. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/ HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Tony Qualified: 11th

Tony Finished: 24th

Points: 107 points (32nd in the standings)

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This week in the Quotable Tony Stewart we are celebrating his partnership with Rush Truck centers and appreciation for truck drivers across America:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs autographs for fans during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California.
(Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

“Oftentimes, I don’t think people realize how critical truck drivers are to our everyday lives. Without them, America’s economy would come to a standstill. Without Gober (No. 14 truck driver), I wouldn’t have my Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Chevy to drive this weekend. So, it feels good to shine the spotlight on them and the great driving they do.” — Tony Stewart- Texas pre-race team release

 

I hope Tony can get a win tomorrow at Texas in the Rush Truck Center #14 Chevrolet!

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