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September 11, 2015: during practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway . (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

There isn’t as much rattling around my brain this week…but I still have a couple lug nuts pinging around the old pit stall that is my brain:

1. The Chase is on and SHR has two cars in championship contention (Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch). Of course I want SHR to win but it’s hard for me to pick between Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. I have been waffling back and forth between the two for whatever reason all week. One moment I am all GO HARVICK and the next I am all GO KURT.  I am a Tony Stewart fan and since Tony Stewart is the STEWART in Stewart-Haas racing  a championship for either driver would be great overall since Tony isn’t in the Chase this year. Of course I still want Tony Stewart to win all the chase races. I always want that- whether he is in the chase contending for the cup or casually racing around the block on a skateboard (no I have never seen or heard of Tony racing around the block on a skateboard- I am using that as a weird analogy) on his off time.  I would love to see Tony go out there and win a race or three. There are still ten races before the end of the season. I say go and be that chase spoiler Tony! You can do it! So Go SHR in the chase but go Tony for the win! That said Busch or Harvick? Why? Help me get behind one of the two SHR Driver Nations.

2. While we are speaking about Stewart-Haas in the NASCAR Chase for the cup. Here is a great chase preview video put together by Mobil 1 The Grid on our Stewart-Haas drivers:

As Tony says at the very end of the video don’t forget to subscribe to the Mobil 1 The Grid Youtube channel for more exclusive motorsports videos for all the Mobil 1 sponsored teams including those revolving around SHR. The also have a pretty cool twitter feed you might want to follow. (more…)

The Driven Series by K. Bromberg.  If you haven’t heard about this series- let me give you a quick synopsis of what I can easily say is one of my favorite series.

Colton Donavan is an INDY driver who always seems to have a beautiful blonde on his arm. Rylee Thomas works at a halfway house with boys who are suffering from abuse and have no one else.  She would do anything for her boys.  Colton and Rylee’s paths cross in a chance encounter at a charity gala for THE HOUSE, the halfway house that Rylee works at when Rylee falls into Colton’s arms when he rescues her from a claustrophobia inducing closet. The series follows Rylee and Colton as they are both drawn to each other yet each having baggage keeping them from fully committing to each other.  This series is full of the feels…trust me.

The series has a companion that wasn’t released during my first review of the series. That companion is called Raced. And I did review it happily after it was released. You can read that review here, but to give you a quick idea of what it is- Raced  is NOT a stand alone book- but just parts of the original story from Colton’s point of view (something you get in the main series as well).

Why am I bringing up a past review? Easily. I wanted to share with you that if you are interested in the series- now is a great time to get into it? Why? Because the author has released a special boxed set that includes the three original books of the trilogy (Driven, Fueled, Crashed), the companion to the trilogy Raced, three additional scenes featuring Rylee and Colton, as well as an extended except from her upcoming novel Hard Beat (to be released November 3rd, 2015) and the entire prologue of the lastest novel in the Driven Series, the much anticipated (by me) Aced (due out in January 2016) which is known by fans of Bromberg as the “ten year gap” novel that will actually cover the ten year gap from the last chapter of Crashed ended and the last epilogue in that book- which is approximately 10 years later.

Our paths should never have crossed.
Colton Donavan was arrogant, exuded that bad boy vibe, and embodied everything I never wanted. And yet all it took was one night, one hallway, and one stolen kiss for me to know I hated him and desired him instantly.
My heart was healing. His soul was damaged. But with one bid, one little boy, and one carnival, I couldn’t walk away and he wouldn’t let me in.
But I don’t give up that easy.

The best part about the Driven boxed set (besides the prologue to ACED) is the fact that the chapters from Raced are interwoven into the series- so that there are repeated chapters occasionally as one is the chapter from RACED.  THIS IS GREAT for people like me who like to do rereads with Raced so I don’t have to keep going back and forth between two different books on my ereader.

The Driven series boxed set is actually on sale this (September 14th) week for $4.99! After the first week it will go up to $9.99 which is still quite the deal for four books!  Get it soon though because this special Driven boxed set will only be available until October 16th, 2015:

Amazon http://amzn.to/1ibQt6M
iBooks: http://apple.co/1XUlg89
B&N: http://bit.ly/1JUSj2t
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1K9HOMr
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1L0DjnX

For “Full Disclosure”:  I bought the original trilogy at the urging of a friend and enjoyed it so thoroughly so I ordered the reading companion as well. I was not asked to review it by anyone- I did so because I loved what I read and thought you might too. And heck yes I bought the boxed set! I love the idea of reading the series without having to go back and forth between the companion plus…I REALLY want to read the prologue to ACED!

(Photo Credit: Zimbio.com/Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Tony Qualified: 10th (despite Jeff Burton’s claims throughout the national broadcast that he qualified 8th)

Tony Finished: 29th, 4 laps down

Points: 511 (26th in points standings)

Sure we all wanted Tony Stewart to pull off the W in Richmond, probably no more than the man himself wanted to. However there were also 32 other drivers hoping to find that elusive glass slipper that Richmond offers and 11 drivers who were determined to start their Chase off with one more win- one more spot of advantage over their competitors to give them that slight edge on the seedings going into the Chase.  What I am saying is this: chances were stacked against our driver from the drop of the green flag- despite a fairly stellar qualifying effort that landed him 10th in the initial starting grid. (more…)

4 September 2015: Tony Stewart during Sprint Cup practice for the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

“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, Richmond Team Release

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures: (more…)

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May 1, 2015: Tony Stewart during cup practice at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega AL. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

Yep- it’s that time for the stuff that has been rolling around in my brain bucket like loose lugnuts in a pitstall after a green flag pitstop:

1. In case you weren’t aware- it’s voting time for Most Popular Driver again!  I know every dang year that Dale Jr wins..but it doesn’t stop me from casting my vote for Tony Stewart every day (you can vote once a day).  Bookmark it and make it a part of your morning routine like I have.

2. There is a well-put together, touching piece by IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan published in the Player’s Tribune (yes Derek Jeter’s publication) called Why We Race. Any race fan should give it a read.

3. In case you missed it, last week’s Darlington edition of ROAR Magazine  had a short article about Tony Stewart called: Wearing Many Hats: Stewart Has A Deep Love of Motorsports.  WE all know he does but I thought I would pass along the link just in case you missed it. (more…)

Tony in the garage area at Darlington, September 2015 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Tony Qualified: 17th

Tony Finished:  15th

Points: 466 (24th in points)

The whole theme of the Southern 500 was “throwback”- giving us little glimpses of history back when the Southern 500 was back on Labor Day, including some really great retro paint schemes.  Even my Tony quotes leading into the race were about this historical significance of Darlington to motor sports.  Well historically Darlington hasn’t been the kindest to Tony Stewart. He has never won in a cup car there.  Well that repeated again on Sunday evening. (more…)

(For those who don’t have the time or the want to read the whole piece before bashing it or stating that I am rumor mongering– the moral of this particular story is this: I am a proud Tony Stewart fan who will not believe the rumor until I hear it from the man himself- and when he does give the word (which he hopefully won’t for a long long time)  I will cross that bridge when I come to it.– Amy)

(Aug. 17, 2015 – Source: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

I am not ready for a NASCAR without Tony Stewart as a driver. I have seen two glimpses of what that is like over the last two years (2013 and 2014) and it’s not for me. I have watched races with someone else piloting the 14 car when Tony shattered his leg in a sprint car accident in 2013 and when he misses races last season after the accident at Canandiagua last season.  The racing just isn’t the same for me when it’s not Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the 14. At least when he left the 20 car he was moving on to bigger and better things and while yes I know that he will still be the owner at SHR he won’t be on track and it just doesn’t have the same pull for me.  The idea of it being permanent- well it makes me feel like I felt when CART split into IRL and CART- there is still racing but…eh. And I suddenly feel how Misty feels when she thinks of NASCAR without Jeff Gordon.


Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 11, 2012 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

This week I am giving you two Tony quotes because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want (within reason):

First is about the throwback paint scheme that I love and please SOMEONE get a picture of Tony’s throwback firesuit for me…PRETTY PLEASE:

“I enjoy anything that’s retro or goes along with the history of the sport. The car we’re running is the original Tracker Boat paint scheme, which is pretty important to Bass Pro Shops’ history. And I’m just as excited about the uniform I get to wear because it’s old-school looking. That’s what’s making this weekend so cool is there are so many throwback paint schemes coming out. It makes a special race weekend even more special.”  – Tony Stewart, Team Release- Darlington Race

And here is quote about the historical significance of Darlington: (more…)