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NASCAR Driver David Gilliland took an interesting side trip on his way to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year. Check out the story on Fan4Racing’s blog! I love these kind of personal interest stories that I might not otherwise catch! A fun read!

One Interesting Way to Get to The Track!

See how David Gilliland makes his way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway


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Heading To Vegas…

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Heading To Vegas

Heading To Vegas!

Yep I am off to Vegas- posting will be light…Follow our adventures on twitter: @BadGroove (Amy) and @Fyrstorm24 (Misty) or On Facebook (Amy).

I hope to bring back lots of fun pictures and stories to tell!!

I have been waiting and waiting on this since someone (Stewart-Haas Racing likely- but I don’t remember who exactly) tweeted out a picture of Tony dressed up as Burt Reynolds in Smokey and The Bandit last year. Well today we find out that this is going to be a six part web series- and we even got a little teaser video released today for Smoke IS The Bandit:

Remember to keep checking back at the Mobil 1 Facebook page for more information!

And yes I love the movie Smokey and The Bandit- I have for ever- let’s just say I think I actually own three movies on my kindle and Smokey and The Bandit is one of them.

And just because I can here is a gratuitous Tony Stewart Bandit picture for you:

Smoke IS the Bandit

Smoke Is the Bandit. (Photo Courtesy of Mobil 1)

You’re welcome. :-)

#GoTonyTo #14in14 #StandWithSmoke #SmokeIsTheBandit

I know I make no bones about being a Tony Stewart fan- but I have to share this with my readers who might be taking in the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas or Dale Earnhardt Jr Fans (I know I have a couple Jr Fans out there right?). Your favorite 2014 Daytona 500 Champ and mine just happens to be running a really cool new paint scheme on his #88 Chevy this coming weekend.  If you have read here for awhile you know I have two things I love to post about and those are driver helmet designs and alternate paint schemes.

But before we get to the pictures- I want to tell you how you can kickstart your race weekend in Las Vegas! If you are going to be in Las Vegas this Wednesday March 5th, 2014 a seven-foot Mtn Dew Kickstart slot machine will be on the plaza outside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip offering players (21 and older only) the chance to win exciting prizes that are sure to KickStart their night. One lucky, grand prize winner will win a meet-and-greet experience during the Mtn Dew Kickstart party at Koi Restaurant and Lounge (located inside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino) with Dale Jr., who will be on-site to reward the winner. The party on Wednesday at Koi Restaurant and Lounge is available to the public (also those 21 and older only) with no cover charge, until capacity is reached.  Doors open at 7p.m. and close at 11p.m.

I think this is one of the nicer Dale Earnhardt Junior paint schemes I have seen in recent memory for a primary sponsor. It’s the Mtn Dew KickStart Your Night paint scheme and here is a sneak peak of the car:

KickStart Your Night Hood

The hood of the #88 Mtn Dew KickStart Your Night car to be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr in Las Vegas, NV this weekend (Photo Courtesy of PepsiCo).

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The 14 Crew Services the #14

The pit crew of the #14 Bass Pro/Mobil 1 Chevy service the car during a routine pitstop at Phoenix Raceway. (Photo Credit: The Official Tony Stewart Website).

Qualified: 20th

Finished: 16th

Points Standings: 20th

It’s always hard for me to watch races from Phoenix from home- because I like that track- A LOT.  Unfortunately time off from the day job dictates that I had to pick a race between Phoenix and Vegas since they are back-to back; and well I always choose Vegas. (more…)

Tony At Phoenix

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, walks in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on February 28, 2014 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

TQMS (which stands for The Quotable Mr. Stewart) will be a new weekly feature here on BadGroove for Saturday morning. Usually the quotes will come from that weeks team advance or media presser for that week (as is the case this week)- just something that for some reason caught my eye. This week I am going to start with TWO quotes- one from the Team race advance and one from his media session:

“I think I’ m pretty tough, honestly. Every injury is different for everybody. No two people have exactly the same injuries, and I’ve never had anything like this happen, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. The confidence you get from it is from your surgeon and from your therapist, and they’re saying, “Wow, we can’t believe how good this looks or how good you’re feeling or how good of progress you’re making. I’ve got guys that shoot me straight. They’re not just saying these things to motivate me. They’re just saying we didn’t expect you to be able to do this at this time. Being able to have those personal gains and victories keeps us pretty motivated.” — Tony Stewart, Spring 2014 Phoenix Race Advance.

“I’ll be honest, I’ll be more happy when everybody quits asking me how I feel.  I’m not 100 percent.  I’m not going to be 100 percent for a while.  It was fine.  There wasn’t any drama, same as we said for the shootout, same as we said for the qualifying race and same as we said after the (Daytona) 500.  I appreciate everybody checking on me, but it’s not going to change in a week.  It wasn’t a big drama, everything is fine.  Everything is fine in the car this week so far.  Hopefully, we will be able to talk a year from now about how far we have come.”  — Tony Stewart, Spring 2014 Phoenix Press Conference

#GoTonyGo #14in14 #StandWithSmoke

 

I love this first hand account of the @jeffgordonweb prank from @tokulski- #NASCAR #epic

Jeff Gordon’s Epic Prank – Must See!

Jeff Gordon pranks a fan by taking over insane cab ride!


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Bristol, CT – February 25, 2014 – Studio E: Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the set of Mike and Mike (Photo Credit: by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

I am going to admit right here that I was rooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr at the end of the Daytona 500.  After all- my driver was clearly out of the running (you’ll get ‘em next year Smoke) and I mean- it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr for goodness sakes.  However- who could have predicted the BUZZ that would come from his 500 win- most of it was the buzz he created himself by up and joining the ranks of those who tweet.

I think it’s a great move honestly because fans love and crave the fun driver interaction that twitter creates.  And this video of Dale reading some of his fan’s tweets is hilarious and shows a side of Dale Earnhardt’s personality that fans don’t usually get to see (which for the record I actually noticed during his segment of NASCAR After The Lap during Champions Week in Vegas last year):

Anyway- with all the online buzz that Dale Jr has caused since his win last Sunday it does NOT surprise me in the least to find out that his Daytona Win Diecast (currently available as a preorder from LionelRacing.com)was the highest selling of any previous win cars- including his own Dark Knight Rises Michigan win car from 2012!  It sold more than DOUBLE any other win car- within 12 hours of his win!  I have heard that the car will even have the piece of debris that was stuck to his grill.

#GoTonyGo #14in14 #StandWithSmoke