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I was looking for Episode 3 of the Smoke IS The Bandit video series to link to the post from yesterday when I stumbled across this recent interview with Tony Stewart on Dan Patrick. I will say this- I am not a fan of talk radio. I have SiriusXM and I purposely listen to music stations. I only listen to the NASCAR station if I am driving during a race because it’s the only time I really have the patience for it. I don’t listen to news or weather, I don’t listen to Stern or anything like that. I listen to music and that is it. I even get a little cranky when one of the stations in my regular rotation has a weekly talk show with musical guests because it’s “too much jabber not enough music” and will flip away to one of the other stations I frequent.

That said everything I have ever seen with Dan Patrick (whether it be Tony Stewart related or not- I have seen/heard some of his stuff with other people) I have loved. This is fairly recent- I think from just before the Las Vegas race weekend best I can tell. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did: (more…)

First off- I can’t believe I forgot to mention last week’s Episode 3 (The Interview) of Smoke IS The Bandit!

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Frog and Smoke (Photo Provided by: Mobil 1)

This is the one that introduces the character Frog played by ESPN reporter Nicole Briscoe who is trying everything in her arsenal to get an interview with Smoke but unfortunately for her, The Bandit showed up instead (well you know Tony and his LOVE of the media right ;-) ).

My favorite line: “I’m gonna call you Frog.”  But WHY is she in a wedding dress? You will have to watch the episode here to find out.

Finally in the Mobil 1 parody Smoke IS The Bandit- we see the Sheriff played by none other than Jeff Hammond- begin his pursuit of that black Trans Am. My favorite part of this episode are the “extras” sitting at the tables next to the snack stand who aren’t the least bit fazed by the car doing a burn out right next to them. Guess it has been a long day at the track without ear protection for them.  Jeff Hammond actually does a great job in character- talk about great casting! (more…)

The pit crew services Tony Stewart's #14

The crew works on the #14 Bass Pro/Mobil 1 Chevy of Tony Stewart under the lights at Bristol (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart’s Official FaceBook Page)

One of the things that I adore about Bristol is that the drivers get introduced during intros to a song of their choosing. Some drivers open it up to a fan vote, some just pick a song that they love, some pick songs by the same artist.  I LOVE seeing the range of songs.  There were some good songs and good fits to their drivers this year (for a complete list of drivers/intro songs from Sunday check out this article).  THE best song/driver combo? Tony Stewart’s choice of “Back In The Saddle Again” by Aerosmith because it could not have been more apropos.

Practice and qualifying typically happens when I am at work- and Bristol was no different- but it doesn’t mean that I am not paying attention. I am.  I was sad at the results of qualifying for Tony.  The car was obviously not handling well.  At a track like Bristol- if you sneeze you go a lap down. So it is not the track you want to fight an ill handling car because you can get laps down before you hit on that something that makes a difference- and by then it can be too late.  So going into the race on Sunday- I was not optimistic frankly. Even though I had seen that Tony felt better in the car on Saturday after Happy Hour practice- but still- starting 37th? That isn’t an easy place to over come from.

Silly Amy!  Why you worry so much? 

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Tony Stewart gets into his car at Bristol Motor Speedway March 2014 (Photo Credit: TonyStewart.com Photo Gallery)

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Tony saunters through the garage at Bristol

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs his autograph for fans during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 14, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America)

“People that want to compete, want to compete. They fight through injuries, they persevere, they work hard to get back where they want to be, and this is no different. There’s nothing about this process that has taken away my desire to do what I want to do. You don’t live for what could happen, you live for what you can make happen.” Tony Stewart, SHR Bristol Advance.

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#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

I am STILL going through all the pictures from Vegas and getting some of them cleaned up for a post about the race.

So to hold you over- I am linking to Smoke Is the Bandit episode 2 for your viewing pleasure! Warning- “Bandit’s” giggle is infectious.

Remember the next episode should be out Thursday (yes tomorrow!)

I was sad that I missed my opportunity to see the “Smoke Is The Bandit” car at Las Vegas MotorSpeedway -it was there but on Thursday and I wasn’t at the track until Friday. But I found this great photo of Tony and the Car on from Thursday for your viewing pleasure:

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Tony Stewart poses with the “Smoke IS The Bandit” Car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 6th, 2014. (Photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page)

I have taken up Fantasy #NASCAR again and am reminded how much I am NOT good at it. I had one semi-good season several years ago but I am pretty much convinced that was a fluke. Actually I think that it was because the group I played with used a simple version- you have a set team of drivers for the season. The ones I play in now you have to change your drivers weekly and I am terrible at remembering to switch drivers out. Do you wonder who you are playing against in these big public leagues? I do- because as this article proves- you never know whom you are playing against.

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See how celebrity NASCAR fans are stacking up in their fantasy league


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(Photo Credit by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The professional nerd in me loves how much NASCAR and it’s drivers have embraced social media. It’s a great way to engage the fans and create new ones. Nationwide driver Elliott Sadler gets this:

“Social media provides such a amazing opportunity for fans to engage with their heroes and people they really look up to,” Sadler stated. “Heck, I even get excited when I get a message back from guys like Larry The Cable Guy or Darius Rucker. I want to go one step beyond social media interaction and bring fans to the track for an unforgettable experience.”

So Sadler is using social media to reward his fans the race experience of a lifetime!

Prior to eleven Nationwide races fans will have the opportunity to win a VIP racing experience that includes a private meet and greet with Sadler, a tour of the No. 11 OneMain Financial Hauler, as well as pit and garage access throughout the Nationwide Series Events. All fans have to do to enter is tweet “#takemeto (race track)” to @Elliott_Sadler on Twitter and they will be entered to win the experience.

I know I would LOVE that kind of VIP experience!  The tracks this promotion will be available for are Auto Club Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Road America, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Mid-Ohio, Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. For more information on this #takemeto promotion, interested fans are encouraged to visit www.onemainracing.com.

If you are like me you love to watch the pit crews work. I have just spent some time in the NEON GARAGE at Las Vegas Motor Speedway watching all the teams work on their cars. This really cool video shows how Team Hendrick pit crews strive to stay in tip top shape for the rigors of their very physical job over the wall so that they can perform the ultimate pitstop and get their driver out on top. These guys are true athletes!

How do Hendrick Motorsports Pit Crews Stay in…

The training for the Hendrick Motorsports pit crews goes beyond lifting weights and practicing live stops.


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