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Bristol Night Race

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(photo source: zimbio.com/Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America)

Started: 27th

Finished: 30th (29 laps down)

Points: 400 (6 points behind 26th place Aric Almirola, 85 points ahead of 31st)

Intro Song: Better Man by Pearl Jam, which is apropos in my eyes.

Tony stated it best after qualifying when he said “It’s going to be a long (expletive) day tomorrow.” Unfortunately I don’t think he was talking about the weather delays- which were so plentiful it seemed to me that the race at Bristol was interrupting the rain instead of the other way around.  The race on Saturday night was delayed by rain but did start on Saturday night only to be stopped after 48 laps because of rain.  It was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon but was again delayed by several hours by,  yep- you guessed it, rain.  But they finally got the cars rolling on track because luckily for us all it doesn’t take long to dry Bristol between the banking and the fact that it’s short and concrete. But it was delayed again later in the race for “weather” to the point where it was red flagged again- but no for very long and then they were able to get going again and NASCAR was able to get the full 500 lap event in thankfully.  And thank goodness because you diehard and likely still waterlogged fans were able to get your full money’s worth from your tickets despite being a little…moist. (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

So I haven’t done a Loose Lugnuts post in what seems like forever…as many of you might know I traveled to Indiana for the Brickyard 400 and traveling like that and then rushing back to my job can kind of get overwhelming as I play catch up and unfortunately the one thing that suffers is probably the one thing I love to do the most- and that is write (both here and elsewhere).  A lot of these “lugnuts” are items that I am sure many of you have seen before because a lot of it contains items that were coverage from the Brickyard (and yes I am STILL putting together my brickyard post- it’s going slower than I had hoped unfortunately) but at the same time- a lot of them were new to me because I saw them briefly on my social media but bookmarked them to investigate later since I was traveling.  So hopefully you won’t be too bored with (most) of these items that have been pinging around in my brain (and in my bookmarked list) for a couple of weeks now like lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pit stop.

1. I am going to start with the beautiful Darlington #Throwback paint scheme since it’s probably freshest on everyone’s mind.  I know it’s been on mind since other drivers had been releasing their #Throwback paint schemes. They waited so long to release it I began to seriously wonder if they weren’t going to run a #Throwback theme at all. But alas they are and I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE his Coca-Cola throwback paint scheme for his final #Southern500. I mean seriously – I think it’s my favorite of his paint schemes to date.  Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet:

(photo source: Tony Stewart facebook page)

As a matter of fact, as soon as the online reveal was over I was over at LionelRacing.com preordering my diecast.  Speaking of diecasts I was a long time hold out- I told myself I would never ever get into collecting a bunch of “overpriced toy cars.”  But then for Christmas in 2007 I think it was- my parents bought me a 20 Home Depot die cast. Still for a long time it sat alone on my shelf. Then after the Office Depot days I started to get into it more but still managed limited myself to about one a year. Well even that’s been blown because I currently have two on preorder (the Sonoma win- because I WAS THERE and the Darlington Throwback because it’s awesome) and of course the ICON one that I told myself back in in January when I pre-ordered it would be my ONLY diecast for the year. Yeah I guess I should stop setting limits for myself because I obviously don’t listen. It’s like when I go to the bookstore and tell myself I am only going to leave with two books  and I walk out two hours later with 5 books and getting down to just five was a serious struggle but I digress.

2. After the #Throwback reveal Tony did a lot of media including this radio interview for a station in Indiana. You might want to give it a listen (it’s only about 15 minutes long).

3. Also in case you missed it on Wednesday- Tony did his first Facebook Live chat (they tell us there are going to be more and I really hope that is the case because this one seemed rather short). It started late because of all his media obligations during the #Throwback reveal (for some reason my fingers keep wanting to type release party). Anyway in case you were working (I was too but I purposely shifted my lunch to watch it) here is the video- it was pretty fun: (more…)

Pennsylvania 400

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(Sorry I still haven’t posted about my trip to the Brickyard 400- it’s coming I promise– Amy)

(photo source: Zimbio.com/ Josh Hedges/Getty Images North America)

Started: 6th

Finished: 5th

Points: 353 (27th in the standings, 12 points away from 26th place Aric Almirola and 72 points away from 31th place Chris Buescher)

So I guess the rookie of the year race just got a little more interesting, but I will get to that in a bit. For now let’s talk about Tony’s race.  (more…)

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Started: 12th

Finished: 2nd

Points: 287 (28th in the standings, 6 points away from 27th and 67 points away from 31th).

While watching the race in New Hampshire I had only one thing on my mind: points. I wanted nothing more than a decent points day- where we pulled away a bit on 31th (we were 30th in the points at the start of the race). Despite NASCAR’s current points system and the “win and you’re in” mentality that is promoted with it- that is not always the case- especially when it comes to Tony Stewart.  He has his win but Tony has to stay in the top 30 in points and considering he spent the first eight races of the season sidelined with a broken back which also means he was put in an 8 race deficit points wise is no easy task.  Its not impossible as Kyle Busch showed us last season- but it’s not easy either. The team has to fight tooth and nail for every point they can get. (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

It’s been a horrendously busy time for me at work lately and I think the tech gods are mad at me because it seems like this week in particular is trying to kill me.  However- just because I am busy at work doesn’t mean I don’t have few things ping around my brain like lugnuts during a green flag pit stop:

1. Planning to be at the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby (previously known as the MudSummer Classic) at Eldora Speedway in Ohio next week to watch the CWTS on dirt? Looking to do some good and kill some time before the feature?  Join the Tony Stewart Foundation’s Guinness Book Of World Records attempt at the Largest Game of Heads Or Tails! Register now for $10 to ensure your spot in the game. Proceeds will assist the foundation’s grant program!  There some pretty awesome prizes if you end up as one of the top ten people lasting the longest in the game plus all registered contestants will get a commemorative bandanna (you can also donate and get a bandanna if you can’t be there)!  Check out the Tony Stewart Foundation’s Flip It For Good page for more information and to register:

2.  Here is a great article from National Speed Sport News on what Tony Stewart deems as his “Personal Hell Week” (but it sounds like he also loves it) but check out what the next week to ten days are going to be like in the life of Tony Stewart. I just have one question…when does he sleep? Give it a read and if you can figure out when he does…let me know.

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(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Started: 22nd

Finished: 5th

Points: 248 (30th in the standings, 15 points away from 29th and 31 points away from 31th).

 

I think they need to rename Kentucky Speedway Kautiontucky Speedway. Okay, I admit I can’t take total credit for that- Misty thought of something similar towards the end of the race and posted it on her Facebook. It made me chuckle. Considering that the surface was new at Kentucky , there had been a lot of rain, limited practice, and that the tire compounds were hard- the amount of cautions probably couldn’t be prevented.  (more…)

(Photo source: Zimbio.com/Blaine Ohigashi/Getty Images North America)

It’s been awhile since I have done a Loose Lugnuts and boy have I missed it. Some of this might be old news to you all and if it is I am sorry but I just wanted to make sure I shared it with you before it left my brain bucket completely.  So without further ado here is what has been rolling around in my brain like lugnuts during a green flag pitstop this week:

1. I don’t know about you all but this #Smoke fan is still excited about his really awesome Sonoma win.  I so freaking excited to see Tony win at Sonoma I forgot how to work my camera!!  It was an awesome win and if you still haven’t read the Sonoma Race diary post (I know it’s a long one but I can’t help myself) please read it and let me know what you think. If you are looking for just the pictures you can see some of my pictures over here in the Flickr photo album for Sonoma 2016 or you can check out my facebook albums (for facebook I broke the photos into three separate albums: Various Toyota Savemart 350 At Sonoma Pictures, Tony Stewart VIP Experience, and Ernie Irvan/Tony Stewart Wall of Fame Plaque presentation). The difference between the facebook book albums and the flickr albums is there are a few of my phone pictures included in the facebook albums that I didn’t post up on Flickr…and there are two videos from my phone in the Wall of Fame Facebook Folder that I didn’t stick on twitter.

2. How excited was I for Tony’s win? I changed my cell phone lock screen from a picture of Abbie to this picture as soon as I saw it: (more…)

(Photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP Photo/Alan Marler)

Started: 19th

Finished: 26th

Points: 212 (30th in the standings, 3 points ahead of 31st and 31 points behind 29th).

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page/HHP/Rusty Jarrett)

Am I the only one that misses the fact that the race use to be called the Firecracker 400? I mean can’t they at least call it the Firecracker 400 presented by Coke Zero at the very least?  I know that they called the Xfinity race the Firecracker 250 but still…I am talking about bringing some patriotism or acknowledgement of the holiday into the name of the race…I don’t think it’s odd.  Anyway on to the meat of the post and that is the actual race in Daytona.

Ahh Super Speedway racing. For me it’s less about winning and more about surviving.  The cars are running uber close and the usually inevitable wrecks are characteristically big. And then there are races like Saturday night in Daytona…where your driver just sticks to his p’s and q’s expertly avoids the “big one” and continues to bide his time during the race. He starts to make his move towards the front of the pack, ends up getting loose in a spot where he usually doesn’t get loose and crashes out of the race big time with only 10 laps left to go.

After the race- while most of his fans were holding their breath after seeing him take what looked like some serious hits both into the wall and by another driver, Tony took total responsibility for losing control of the car when it got loose.  His direct quote was “I just over corrected for it and drove it into the fence. So it was definitely my fault. I don’t know why I got loose but I got loose going into one.”  I do have to say that it would have been nice if NBC would have either showed him getting out of the car and into the ambulance under his own power or if they would have at least stated that he did I am sure several fans wouldn’t have been so on edge waiting for his post infield care center interview. Or maybe  moving around in the cockpit since I thought Tony was running an in-car camera.  But alas we were all left to hold our breaths until he stopped to talk to the media after leaving the media center.  I mean it’s not like he’s healing from a back injury or anything [insert sarcastic eyeroll here]. (more…)