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Want to show our driver Tony Stewart you #StandWithSmoke? That’s easy to do with the Tony Stewart Foundation #StandWithSmoke campaign! You will be showing how much you the fans support Tony by helping causes that are near and dear to Tony’s heart: critically ill or disabled children, at-risk or endangered animals, and injured drivers!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Donate at least $1.00 to the Tony Stewart Foundation.
  2. Click on the link in your receipt to get a link to your #StandWithSmoke sign, print it out and write your name on the top of it!
  3. Take your picture or film a short video with your sign. You can post it to the Tony Stewart Foundation facebook (for the duration of this campaign only- the foundation will be allowing donors to upload to their page) or tweet it out with the #StandWithSmoke hashtag (and be sure that tag the foundation @14TSF so that you can be retweeted).

Seems pretty simple right? Trust me when I tell you that it really is just THAT easy.

And think of the fun things you can do with your sign! Get creative! Abbie, Gracie and I are going to work on our #StandWithSmoke picture tomorrow!

What? Don’t believe it’s that easy? Then perhaps this little video from Tony’s parents will help persuade you:

 Hint: Be sure to watch the video until the very end!

This, however, is no ordinary fundraising campaign. As always any donation will go to fund grants to great organizations that support critically ill or disabled children, at-risk or endangered animals, and injured drivers. But this campaign is special because every donation of $10.00 or more will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total donation of $50,000! So your $10.00 donation is really a $20.00 donation. Your $50.00 donation is really a $100 donation. If fans can raise $50,000 for the foundation then the foundation gets $50,000 from the anonymous donor. That’s a grand total of $100,000 to help children, animals, and drivers!

So like Tony’s father, Nelson, said- let’s make this go VIRAL Smoke fans! Show Tony we support him by donating what you can!  I know we fans can do it because we all #StandWithSmoke!!!
In case you can’t tell? I am excited about this campaign and will be pushing the heck out of it. Why? Because I #StandWithSmoke! Join in won’t you?

Tony Stewart, Martinsville 2014 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

This weekend Tony Stewart is carrying Code 3 Associates on board with him at New Hampshire as his primary sponsor. For those who aren’t familiar with Code 3 Associates it’s an organization that works to rescue and reunite pet owners with their pets during natural disasters. It’s something you might not think about. Picture if you will the devastating fires that California has been facing. Our fire season has been longer and more intense this year because of drought conditions and warm weather.  Picture having to go to your barn and open the gate and let your beloved horse go and hope for the best as the evacuations are getting near because you didn’t have the ability or the time to be able to transport your horse out before escaping yourself.  Picture driving down a congested, hazy, smoke ensconced freeway and  seeing two horses tied in the bed of a pickup in the lane next to you because their owners didn’t want to just leave them to fend for themselves.  These are pictures and stories I have seen and read on facebook of friends and relatives having to evacuate on short notice.  It’s in times like these that Code 3 Associates come in and help and just as importantly work hard to train others to help as well.

I think everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing is very honored to have Code 3 Associates as a partner. Taking care of animals has always been important to me and, when we started our foundation, we made animal welfare a priority. To be able to promote the work of Code 3 Associates so that it can do even more work for people and their pets is very satisfying. For those who don’t know, whenever there is a disaster, Code 3 Associates is the organization out there that takes care of a family’s pet – the one family member that can get overlooked in a disaster situation. It’s a program I really enjoy being able to promote both on and off the track.” — Tony Stewart, New Hampshire Team Release

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Tony Stewart, Martinsville, 2014 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)


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#KeepDiggingTony #SmokeAlwaysRises

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page, Martinsville 2014 Album)

The stuff that has been rolling around in my brain like lugnuts in a pitstall during a green flag pit stop:

1. Wow- 10 “Loose Lugnuts” posts already? Not bad for just kind of a fun list. Like I said this is actually one of my favorite posts I write because it’s totally how I think- it’s just kind of a stream-of-conscious type thing. This seems to be a fairly post so I will keep it up!

2. Clint Bowyer’s number 15 Michael Waltrip Racing team was penalized 25 points yesterday for some sort of rules infraction that I saw on twitter was an “illegal trackbar” but for some reason the releases on the penalties the exact reason for the 15 team penalty wasn’t mentioned beyond a bunch of handbook infraction numbers that mean nothing to someone like me who doesn’t have a NASCAR rule book (would love one if anyone wants to pass one my way).   I have to say with Michael Waltrip Racing’s previous track record with these kind of issues I am not surprised. Part of me wonders if they don’t have trouble securing sponsorships because of previous cheating penalties (I am of course thinking of Boywer’s overly itchy arm a few years ago, and the jet fuel scandal a few years before that).  Of course MWR are appealing the penalty- I just hope that the appeal is heard soon (and upheld) because it really hoses up the chase when one of the chasers is penalized something like that- I mean with the points system the way it is (I almost called it the “new” points system but I guess we can pretty much state that it’s not really that new anymore ) 25 points is 25 positions on track (there were also monetary fines and  suspensions). Personally I think once the chase for the championship has started, anyone caught cheating should be disqualified from the chase. Yes they should be able to appeal it- and the appeal should be before the next race of the chase. Of course I think all chase cars should get an automatic post race trip to R&D as well to get a good going over to make sure that the cheating thing isn’t rampant.  That’s just my thoughts on the whole process. (more…)

September 18, 2015: during practice for the myAFibRisk.com 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway, in Joliet IL . (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Tony Qualified: Qualifying was rained out so he started 23rd based on first practice speeds.

Tony Finished: 25th, 3 laps down

Points: 530 (26th in points standings)

I admit it, I didn’t watch the race on Sunday. Go on and digest that one for a tad.

Before you get upset- I did listen to every second of it as broadcast on SiriusXM 90 because I was traveling back up to my home from Pomono in Southern California. (more…)

As most of my posts, this one was written the day before it’s published (in this case written on Thursday for publication on Friday) and it just so happens that today is my Friday. Anyway- I find that I am always trying to get through Friday Tony as a regular M-F, 8-5 working gal. Always. –AMY

CIA Stock Photo — at Phoenix International Raceway Nov 2014 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“You look at the past and we’ve had some weird events. On Fridays, I’ve had two events where I’ve crashed in practice. The first time (2004), Hermie Sadler blew a motor and, before the caution came out, I crashed in his oil and went to the hospital and I missed the rest of the day. And then, the very next year, I blew a tire in practice and J.J. Yeley had to qualify for me. It’s one of those places where, as long as I get through Friday, I feel like we’ve got a shot at it. But I don’t watch the stats very much. You just take it week to week. Technology in this sport changes so fast. What was good the last time you were there doesn’t mean it’s going to be good the second time around. You constantly have to work. You’ve got to keep pushing the envelope. It’s a place I like. This place is really racy as far as being able to move around and change lines and run anywhere from the bottom to the top. It’s a fun track because of that.” — Tony Stewart, Chicagoland Team Release 2015

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

CIA Stock Photo — at Phoenix International Raceway November 2014 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)


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#KeepDiggingTony #SmokeAlwaysRises

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…)