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Just in time to celebrate Jeff Gordon’s record-breaking 5th Brickyard 400 win- go on a tour of the 100-Acre Hendrick Motorsports compound in North Carolina! Jeff Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson gives 2009 Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg and YOU a tour on this episode of Garage Tours! Enjoy:

It’s no question that Kevin Harvick has been the performer this season for Stewart-Haas Racing.  Kevin leads Stewart-Haas Racing with two wins, five top-fives, and nine top-tens this season. He’s pretty much a shoe in for making the 2014 Chase Grid. At least he’s a member of Stewart-Haas Racing or this Tony Stewart fan would be an anti-Harvick fan this season (don’t take it personally Kevin- I am an equal opportunity anti-fan if you are doing better than my Smoke). Being the crack investigative journalist* I am- I think that I have found out WHY Kevin is doing so well this season and while Tony Stewart is not!  Kevin Harvick has stolen Tony Stewart’s #Mobil1Mojo and I have the surveillance video to prove it:

And now he’s going to flaunt his thievery of the #Mobil1Mojo at Pocono this weekend by driving the #4 Mobil 1 Chevy. Don’t believe me? Here is a picture of the paint scheme with an official quote and everything:

Photo courtesy of Mobil 1

“I’m honored to be driving the No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS at Pocono. Mobil 1 is a truly iconic brand in motorsports, both as a major sponsor of racing and as a performance partner for top race teams around the world. I know that Mobil 1 will help me get to the winner’s circle as I drive toward the 2014 Sprint Cup championship.” –Kevin Harvick

See how flagrant he is about his thievery?  Issuing quotes and photos and stuff?!  You won’t get away with this Kevin Harvick! Tony Stewart will figure out a way to get back his #Mobil1Mojo I am sure of it.

All joking aside- Kevin Harvick IS running the above paint scheme at Pocono Raceway this weekend.  Check it out.

Now I am off to plot world domination…or at least figure out a way to help Tony Stewart regain possession of the #Mobil1Mojo.

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*If by investigative journalist I mean a tech support maven with a NASCAR blog ;-)

I didn’t watch much of the pre-race show, I admit. I did watch some of it. But I am wondering if they mentioned WHY the Brickyard 400 was called Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard? I know I mentioned it when the name was announced but it seemed to me that it wasn’t mentioned at during the parts of pre-race that I watched. Just a quick FYI from my original post, John Wayne Walding is a highly decorated Green Beret from Texas who lost the lower part of his leg during a firefight in overseas in 2008 (for more information about John Wayne Walding see my original post) Any way- I wanted to take a couple minutes before we talk about Tony Stewart’s run and share some photos of John Wayne Walding (for the record- that is a cool name) experience at The Brickyard on Sunday:

Green Beret John Wayne Walding enjoying his experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the race that bares his name in July 2014. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Crown Royal)

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Tony Stewart 2013 Brickyard Driver Intros

Tony Stewart 2013 Brickyard Driver Intros (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

“I really like Chad Johnston. I think the world of him. I think he’s probably been the best match personality-wise of any of the crew chiefs I’ve had since Zippy. So I’ve had four really good crew chiefs now, but I think Chad and I really are kind of on the same page, so I’m excited about that side of it. We’ve just got to find that one piece of the puzzle that gets us the rest of the way there.”Tony Stewart, July 21st 2014 teleconference

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous editions of the TQMS posts.

#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

“I am the car and the car is me.” Martin Warwick in Tenths of a Second an audio short story by Simon Wood

Racers know that racing is a slippery slope of talent, speed, technology and for the up and coming racer sponsorship money (to buy the technology to create the speed to showcase the talent). It’s a sport where, to up-and-coming drivers, tenths of a second can mean the difference between hoisting a trophy in victory lane and having to scrounge around for the money to get to the track for the next race with equipment that may or may not be competitive enough to garner you with anything more than an “also ran” performance.

This is extremely evident to Martin Warwick, protagonist in Tenths of a Second, and driver in the open wheel Formula Ford racing series (yes it’s a real racing series- here is the Formula Fords wiki page if you are curious). He knows he has what it takes to make it as a professional driver but his equipment isn’t of the quality that can get him a performance that will showcase his driving talents. That is until the mysterious Mr. Mallory shows up in Martin’s garage stall at a race with an intriguing offer. While Mallory doesn’t have the much needed sponsorship money Martin’s hoping for, he has an experimental telemetry system that governs the car and driver. Mallory assures that utilizing his system will get Martin the type of performance that will turn heads and have sponsors throwing money his way. Martin signs up with Mallory deciding that he might as well give the developmental system a go because even if it’s a total flop at least it will get him a much needed engine rebuild and testing time at a track before the next race.

“Success was my nourishment, friend, lover and soul mate.” Martin Warwick in Tenths of a Second an audio short story by Simon Wood

As a result of his partnership with Mallory, Martin quickly finds him self on the fast track to the career as a professional racer that he has been yearning for. The question is at what cost will those precious tenths of a second come and is it worth it for Martin?

Tenths of a Second is an audio short story by Simon Wood.  Let me assure you that there is nothing usual about this story and it’s telling. I will be the first to admit that I don’t tend towards audio books at all because I find if I am not engaged with the actual reading of something my mind wanders and I lose interest. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE with this story (and I have even downloaded a second audio short by Simon but haven’t listened to it yet).  At first Tenths of a Second is like pulling up a chair and reminiscing with a friend as he tells his story, but with plot twists (that not be divulged here but trust me) that Simon Wood does so well.  I highly recommend this short (it’s about 40 minutes by my computer) audio story! Order Tenths of a Second today- it is well worth the $1.50- trust me!!

Simon Wood probably sounds familiar- I have reviewed his Aidy Westlake Racing Mysteries novels Did Not Finish and Hot Seat for BadGroove as well as interviewed the author himself.  Simon is a prolific author, ex-professional race car driver, and a licensed pilot. You can find out more about Simon and his books on his website.

The 14 on Pit Road

The 14 on pit road at New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2014. (Photo Credit: Mobil 1 Facebook Page)

I just can NOT seem to get a good feel for this season and Tony Stewart/Team14. The races I have a good feeling about- they do crummy. The races that I don’t have a good feeling about- they do decent.  I had a good feeling about the race in Loudon. After all- Tony qualified 4th! I listened to qualifying at work on SiriusXM  NASCAR- and was quite pleased! So I felt GREAT about our chances at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  And then the race happened. (more…)

Tony sits in the car

Tony sits in the car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2013. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“It’s just a fun track. It just seems like it’s always been a fun driver’s track. Your car has to work well there, but when you get to racing guys – you’re trying to outbreak them, trying to get your car to turn and you struggle for forward bite. It’s just got a little bit of everything the drivers look for to have a good race.” — Tony Stewart, Pre-Race New Hampshire Team Release

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous editions of the TQMS posts.

#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

Soggy Parade Lap

Tony Stewart takes a somewhat soggy parade lap at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

Well after being postponed until Sunday- the Firecracker 400 (Presented by Coke Zero) finally started on Sunday.  Tony took to the track in his Ducks Unlimited/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. It was a nice looking car:

Tony Stewart's Ducks Unlimited/Bass Pro Chevy SS

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)

The car seemed to be handling pretty good. Tony had worked his way into the top ten for awhile. Until on Lap 20:

Tony and others go boom in the Big One...version One

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 DeWalt/Wounded Warrior Project Ford, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot Husky Toyota, Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images North America)

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