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The four wide salute during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)

I was so excited to come home and settle in to watch the Truck series on dirt tonight- and wouldn’t you know it that there was an accident on my commute home and it took me 40 minutes to get home instead of 20.  I was looking forward to the MudSummer Classic and have been since they announced it.  Why? I like racing.  I don’t follow the truck series that closely. I don’t follow dirt racing that closely.  But combine them and I am excited beyond belief.  Why? Part of it is the novelty of NASCAR on dirt. Or at least it’s a novelty to me as NASCAR hasn’t been on dirt in my entire lifespan (I think they said the last dirt race in the major series was 1970 right?).  Part of it is most definitely the fact that Eldora is Tony Stewart’s baby track- and I can only imagine the excitement and the nervousness he had going into this event (not to mention the crazy preparation for the whole Eldora staff- which apparently is 7 full time people). And of course part of it is the excitement that maybe,  just maybe, NASCAR will consider bring the cup cars onto dirt. I am not even asking for a dirt points race (but that would be AWESOME). They could just make it the All-Star Race ( I mentioned in my All-Star post- see item three). Just the thought of cup cars on dirt makes me absolutely giddy. (more…)

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Three Tiny Tony Stewarts sit on my shelf at work. (photo credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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A little over a year ago I posted a #NASCAR Bucket list of sorts- prompted to do so after reviewing the book 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die because based on the title I thought the book would be a jumping off point for creating such a list (I found out it wasn’t- if you want to know why you can go back and read my review). For some reason unbeknownst to me, I have been ruminating on that original bucket list lately.  I decided that it needed to be revised a bit.  So here is my NEW #NASCAR Bucket List: (more…)

Tony Stewart quietly ruminates in the garage at Loudon, NH (Photo Credit: From the Official Mobil 1 facebook page)

Qualified: 16th

Finished: 26th

Race Winner: Brian Vickers

Points After Loudon: 13th- five points out of tenth, and 178 out of first. We are still currently in wild card position though!

My Mood After Loudon: How could I be anything but heartbroken over that one?!

There is absolutely nothing worse than watching your driver work his way into the top 10, then the top 5, then second, then lead, then back to second, then back to fourth and then run out of gas on the last freaking lap of the race- and drop all the way from fourth to twenty freaking sixth.  Well okay- there are probably a lot of things worse than that but it is pretty damn disheartening to say the least. (more…)

I almost never go to the movies. I really don’t- I think that the last movie I went to was Les Miserables when I went to see it alone on my birthday (despite being sick as a dog) because I wanted to see it one more time on the big screen before it went out of the theaters. It’s not that I don’t WANT to see movies mind you- I will see a preview for a movie and think to myself…HEY!! That looks REALLY good (or REALLY funny).   I always want to see movies if I think they have ANYTHING to do with racing but I also like a little bit of action and of course I tend to like romcoms (extra points if you are an action romcom about racing- I am ALL over that).  I will either forget about that movie by the time it comes out until I see it again on the shelves at Target or at the check-stand at the grocery store or I can’t find anyone who wants to see that particular movie because I have weird tastes in movies. Or I am not in the mood to go to the theater and have the experience spoiled by someone who is ____ (enter offensive behavior here: Talking, kicking my seat, crying, etc).

Case in point: Turbo. It looks adorably cute! AND YES I KNOW IT’S A CARTOON- but it still looks cute.  Who doesn’t love the classic underdog storyline? I am a sucker for it…and a snail that wants to win the Indy 500?! CUTE!  I would like to see it.  I don’t want to have to fight throngs of children to do it (I know it’s a kid’s movie– you don’t have to leave me a comment reminding- I do KNOW this and I am not anti-child really- I love the little boogers. I am anti-parents-who-don’t-watch-their-kids). Plus movie theaters on the weekends where I live make me want to shove popcorn down my throat until I asphyxiate because of all the people- especially around here where there isn’t really anything better to do than to go to the movies. Don’t worry- I probably WILL see it ad nauseum once it comes out on DVD since I have three nephews all three of whom seem to have a love of things with wheels (or wings or both).  Anyway- today I found out that IRL drivers Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay all consulted on the movie.  That makes me want to watch it more- how do you even consult on a cartoon- aren’t cartoons all fantasy based anyway? I seriously doubt that there is a real life snail out there that thinks it can win the Indy 500!

(Photo Credit: Universal Pictures – Director Ron Howard’s Formula One-based film, “Rush,” will be in American theaters on Sept. 20 picture found on Autoweek.com)

But then there are movies that MUST be seen on the big screen at least once. I have a feeling that RUSH is going to be one of those movies.  I already want to see it in the theater and you can be dang sure I probably will.  It’s got the racing. It’s got the action. From the preview I saw it looks like it’s got some interesting cinematography.  It’s not hurt ONE bit by the fact that one of the main actors is Chris Hemsworth because well hey he was THOR and I liked him in the Red Dawn remake- despite the fact that I went into the remake wanting to hate it because YOU DON’T MESS with a classic like Red Dawn!   Oh and Ron Howard and F1…and well it’s got great potential! I can’t wait…this one has me looking forward to it. A lot.

What are your favorite race movies? What are you looking forward to seeing?

The Race by Gina Fava

The Race by Gina Fava

When books get offered up to me to read and review for my readers here at BadGroove- I do it with trepidation because everyone has books that are their “type” and books that aren’t their taste.  I realize that just because I enjoyed delving into that particular author’s world doesn’t mean you will.   I do try to keep the books that I do review at least loosely related to racing of some sort- whether that be fiction or non-fiction- since that is the main focus of BadGroove.   When I agreed to review THE RACE by Gina Fava- I did so with my usual reserve, knowing only that the book’s main character was an F1 driver and well the title was THE RACE so…it sounded like something I might like to read.

The first thing I did when I got it is that I read the back jacket- which as most do gives an overview of the plot of the book (I will be giving you my own soon).  I will tell you this- if I had been browsing at a bookstore (something- unfortunately I do much less than I would like because there aren’t really any bookstores around here- isn’t that sad?) I would most likely NOT have picked up this book. Judging by the synopsis on the jacket I had already decided that this book was probably NOT my thing and thus was going to be a chore to read- and likely review.  However, since I had already promised a review and I didn’t really have anything else to read- I decided to give it a start and let me tell you I AM SO GLAD I DID! Lesson learned: Not only can you not judge a book by it’s cover- but sometimes not by it’s synopsis either. Or maybe I enjoyed reading this particular book because it was a little bit different than what I usually read. Either way- I think you will enjoy this book. (more…)

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, races Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet, and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 13th

Finished: 2nd! WhooHoo- that is nearly a win and I will take it!

Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Points After Daytona: 1oth- six points over 11th, and 159 out of first. Houston, we are back in the top 10!

My Mood After Daytona: How could I not be happy with a 2nd at Daytona?!  (more…)

(If you are looking for the 2013 Sonoma Race Diary please go here)

If you know me, read this site, are facebook friends with me, follow me on twitter, instagram etc-  then you know two things about me for sure: I love NASCAR (and fast cars in general) and I have a “thing” for photography. I do not necessarily consider myself a photographer- but I do like to roam around with a camera snapping pictures of this, that and the other.  I do do some post production work in LightRoom- but what I have learned in both photography and LightRoom is pretty much self taught (lots of trial and error) with some guidance from my dad who also dabbles. (more…)