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The race at Richmond was a battle royale even for Team Home Depot.  To maintain a position in the chase team Home Depot had to score 35 or better.  Thanks to Tropical Storm Hannah the Saturday night race was postponed until Sunday afternoon and qualifying was a wash. This however, was a good thing because it meant team Home Depot started 8th because they were 8th in points.

Considering the season team Home Depot has had this year, I would say Richmond was pretty much a success.  They had a car that despite handling problems, seemed to work well in traffic and allowed Stewart to move up through traffic and stay towards the front of the field all day.  Team HD actually had fairly quick pit stops and crew chief Greg Zipadelli was a calming force through out the day feeding his driver encouragement along with his lap times, making sure Stewart knew he was just as fast if not faster than the leaders all day. It was actually quite an exhilarating end to the race as Stewart made sure to give Jimmie Johnson a run for his money at the end…but Johnson was able to hold Stewart off for the win, his second in a row.  You can be darn sure I was on my feet yelling myself hoarse and willing that Home Depot Camry to pass Johnson on that final run to the checker. Unfortunately it just was not going to happen.

Now regarding Tony’s post-race hissy fit so I know what that is like for both groups of people there. I know what it is like to lose and want to win really badly and just be frustrated and want need to take that out on something.  It bottles up in you…the want the desire…you do as much as you can and you can almost taste that little slice of victory yet…alas you don’t get it. I know that need to throw things.  Hell I have done it myself. (I come from a long line of hotheaded people…lucky me huh?) However I also know what it is like to have someone around you be so frustrated that they take that frustration out on you.  They yell, they toss things, they say things they probably don’t necessarily mean.  So I can understand Tony being frustrated and throwing his gloves (and his hans device, and his steering wheel, and his heel guards, and his towel, and his coke bottle).  I also understand Zipadelli defending the crew and telling Stewart to “cut that crap out”  I just hope that Tony realizes that those guys did a great job out there…or he probably wouldn’t have finished as high as he did.

Other Notes About Richmond:

  • Did you all see the new Home Depot commercial with the proverbial handing off of the steering wheel? I don’t know how I feel about that one.
  • Um why did Jimmie think that Stewart was going to try to bump him out of the way at the end? He isn’t Kyle “King of the Bump and Run” Busch.
  • I was a little disappointed that HotPass didn’t do a post-race with Tony…but I understand why after his little fit and him just sitting there on the pitwall…I am personally surprised they got him to do the chase picture at the end of the race.

Next week: Chase Race number 1- New Hampshire

Please keep your damn hurricanes to yourself. They are starting to mess with my NASCAR schedule and that is NOT GOOD.



First the Fill-in #88

1. If I was to walk into your life, would you please walk softly?

2. Catch a bright star and place it in your pocket…but it might burn a hole in your jeans.

3. And you can send me to the moon.

4. Sorry I am crying but I’m dealing with a memory that never forgets.

5. I’m the innocent bystander / Somehow I got stuck in the catch fence.

6. What’s keeping us apart isn’t selfishness, it’s pure unadulterated hatred.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to GOING HOME AND CRASHING, tomorrow my plans include Sleeping and Richmond if it doesn’t rain and Sunday, I want to SLEEP!


And now My SELF MI-5:

I was inspired by an article in SELF magazine for this week’s MI-5.  The article was called “Create Your Happy-Life List” and this list is derived from the little workbook box in the article.  That box gave room for four answers in each of six boxes. I only used four of the boxes and added my own question to the list.  Feel free to give as many or as few answers to each question as you like.

1. Every day I would like to: (examples given were: get my heart rate up, sleep for 15 more minutes, be loving to my partner) wake up refreshed, express my creativity and read (for pleasure) for at least 30 minutes.

2. Every week, I would like to: (examples given were: cook a meal from scratch, pamper myself, spend time alone) Spend quality time with my nephew while he is young and growing, expand my cooking, and keep from getting behind in my laundry because its one of the things I hate to do the most.

3. Before next year, I would like to: (examples given were: clean out my closets, take a class, track my spending, plant an herb garden) write a book, take an awesome picture, completely clean out my closets and donate all the stuff I don’t use anymore to goodwill.

4. Before I die, I would like to: (examples given were: start a business, try skydiving, go skinny-dipping, make a difference in the world) drive across the united states in an obnoxiously big RV with just my best friend, my dog and no agenda.

5: How likely do you think you will be to complete any of these goals? Which will be the easiest? Which will be the hardest? Most of mine are pretty doable…and some of them I already do.  The hardest one would be the driving across the united states one. Sure sounds like fun though.

My August Flickr favorites are a little late because I was at the California Motor Speedway getting my race on. I promise I will blog about it- but I am still working on uploading the 400-plus pictures I took. Plus I am also waiting for my cd with my friends pictures on it to arrive :) So yey for LOTS of pictures!!

Anyway here are my Flickr favorites.  There seems to be alot of yellow in the pictures I liked this month for some reason. As always click on the big picture to be taking to the original flickr picture so you can check out the actual photographers of these gorgeous pictures.

Well hello there! Did you miss me? Come on…we both know you did. Anyway I had a GREAT time at the race in Fontana. I have lots of pictures and stories to share regarding that…but it will take me a bit to get that all going for you so you will have to be patient there.  I did have lots of fun and ended up sunburned before I even found the speedway (another story).

Anyways Here is J.’s Back To Skool MI-5:

1. Think back to the soundtrack of your high school years – what were you listening to then? I was very into the “hair” bands. Bon Jovi, Poison, Slaughter, Motley, ‘tallica…you get the drift.

2. It’s an average Thursday night– what’s on TV? I wasn’t too big on tv.

3. What was playing at the local Bijou then? We didn’t have one. We still don’t best to my knowledge.

4. What character from “The Breakfast Club” best described you during high school: Judd HircshNelson, the brooding rebel without a cause?  Molly Ringwald’s pampered princess?  Ally Sheedy’s freak in need of a bottle of Head & Shoulders?  Emilio Estevez’s varsity jacketed jock?  Or Anthony Michael Hall’s dweeby dork?  I was a cross between Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall. Smart but dweeby dork who was a freak that stood mostly on the outside and looked in.

5. Does looking back at your junior & senior high class pictures cause you to cringe, wondering why nobody stopped you from walking out into public looking like that?  Why?  Mullet?  Poodle perm? Urg…when I wa s a sophomore I had the perm from hell.

And Friday’s Fill-in:

1. When I’m sick I’m a pain in the ass.

2. When I take a walk, I think about whatever is bothering me at the time.

3. Money can’t buy happiness but it can sure make you comfortable.

4. Cotton makes me think of underwear and leather makes me think of cars.

5. The strangest person/character I’ve had lewd thoughts about was probably from a book.

6. My favorite color these days is purple because it’s my favoritest color.

7. And as for the weekend, friday I went to Qualifying for the Pepsi 500, Saturday I went on a tour of the Queen Mary in Long Beach and Sunday I was at the Pepsi 500!

Ok…so now you can see why I don’t do my own layouts…because that logo up there was my idea of a great thing. I suck at graphic design. Sorry for the lack of postings…I have been just so overwhelmed at work that by the time I get home I want to stick my foot through a computer and throw phones out windows. Ok not really but I don’t want to sit down and blog either.

So I am getting up at way before the crack of dawn tomorrow to drive several hours to stand in line for several hours.  Its a long boring story I will tell you when I get back. I may try to update you all on Twitter (see right side bar)…but it is a vacation so don’t hold me to it.  See ya all after Labor day. I am taking at least one camera so expect lots of pictures :)

I am so done.  It has been the busiest day at work. I have talked so much I am hoarse. I am completely and totally exhausted (partially due to stress- partially due to the fact I slept like crap last night). I just want to go home and crawl in bed for like…a year. I won’t want to talk to anyone or look at anyone…just sleep. I probably won’t because I have too much to get done tonight.

One thing about doing call center work during peak season? By the time I get home…I don’t even want to hear a phone ring. Seriously if I do? I might just throw the damn thing. I figure it will be crazy like this through Septemeber 5th…then it will slowly setting into a dull roar.

Can I reiterate how excited I am to be leaving on Thursday?


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Well I said I was going to watch Bristol through my fingers and that is what I did. It was a pretty good race.  There is always bumping and grinding at Bristol.  Team Home Depot had to start from 28th but quickly worked their way up the field. Tony didn’t seem to have too much complaints about his car.  He didn’t seem to have much to complain about anything really- except for the contact he had with Jeff Gordon on lap 233 after which crew chief Zipadelli reminded him to calm down. Stewart called Gordon a “primadonna” and NASCAR warned the Stewart for aggressive driving for the contact.  Unfortunately as a result of the contact with Gordon- the next pit stop took longer as the crew took time to pull out a bent in fender to protect the fresh rubber.

The best contact of the night happened post race however when Kyle Busch made contact with race winner Carl Edwards who was slowing to a stop in front of the flagstand.  Kyle was called post race to the NASCAR TRAILER. No word on possible penalties.


  • I must admit – the geek in me liked the Phoenix Foundation logo on the hood of Kvapil’s car.
  • It was officially announced that Casey Mears will take over the 07 of Clint Bowyer and Bowyer will take the number 33 car. It was stated during the broadcast that Gil Martin will NOT go with Clint Bowyer but stay with the 07 of Mears.

Next week is the Pepsi 500- racing under the California Sunset.