I have been holding back on the review for The Afterlife of Emerson Tang by Paula Champa so that I could purposely publish it this week. Why? Because it’s Car Week here on the Monterey Peninsula which culminates with our world famous Concours d’Elegance and part of this book actually takes place at Concours. So it’s kind of a local car thing that is kind of relevant to me and relevant to the blog because it’s about the love of a car- (but that is FAR too simple of a way to describe this book- which I will get to in a minute). This book is NOT NASCAR related- nor is it really even race related- but it is about the love of a very special car and has local tie ins so I had to review it for you. (more…)
Ahh- Watkins Glen is hard to write about. (more…)
Sorry I am playing catch up here guys…
Race Winner: Kasey Kahne
Points After Pocono: 11th- five points out of tenth, and 178 points out of first! We are still currently in wild card position and knocking on the door of the top ten again when it comes to the Championship Chase standings! Interesting that we lost ground on tenth- but we gained ground on first. Weird.
My Mood After Pocono: Happy we over came our pit road speeding penalty for a top ten finish! Way to rally!
I am sure by now you have all heard about Tony Stewart’s crash and tumble and injury (both lower right leg bones broken) in Iowa. It’s not the kind of news us fans like waking up to- or in my case going to bed to. It’s upsetting to say the least. I know what is going to happen in the mainstream media- Tony will be heartily chastised and criticized about his “hobby racing” and a large contingent of his fanbase will get their knickers in a knot because what makes Tony Stewart, Tony Stewart is that he is a racer… not a race car driver but a racer and there is a difference. I find that difference best expressed oddly enough in a quote from a fiction book about the ALMS series that I recently reviewed here:
Plenty of us were racecar drivers. But a racer was something else, someone who loved driving and competing above all else and who’d drive anything anywhere anytime, just to be strapped into a five-point harness. – Dead Man’s Switch by Tammy Kaehler (page 116).
I learned to drive in a Ford Limited (LTD). I don’t know the year but if I had to guess I would say it was an ’84 maybe at the newest. I know my parents traded in their red Pontiac Starfire (I think it was a ’75- I called her ladybug) for it because my brother and I were getting too big to fit in the back of the Starfire without our knees being under our chins- not to mention the close proximity to each other- enough to poke and otherwise torment each other the way siblings do and then call out with our tattletale refrains from the back seat:
“ARG!! He’s touching me!”
“No!! I’m not touching her! Mom she’s got her foot on me!”
Yeah we were that family.
Could I possibly use Tony any MORE in the title to this one?
First off the A Tiny #TonyStewart Of Your Very Own giveaway- it was more popular than I thought it would be and I was quite pleased with all the entries! Because of this I am hoping to run another Tony related giveaway very soon! So without further ado, it looks like flat #TinyTony will be heading up to Canada. Random.org picked number 10 and Sandi (who mentioned in her comment she thought TinyTony should visit her in Canada) was the tenth commenter on the post. What was coolest about that? I know that Sandi follows me on Twitter so I dm’d her on twitter about her win as well as sending her the official winner email only to find out that she was AT ELDORA for the truck race when she was notified of her win! How totally COOL is that? I hope she had a great time – she was then on her way to Indianapolis for the Brickyard! Sounds like an awesome RACEcation!
Are you ready for the CUTE? (more…)
Race Winner: Ryan Newman!
Points After Indianapolis: 11th- one point out of tenth, and 182 points out of first! We are still currently in wild card position and knocking on the door of the top ten again when it comes to the Championship Chase standings!
My Mood After Indianapolis: Pleased it was a good points day for Tony! Pleased that it was a good day for Stewart-Haas Racing because Ryan Newman won! I think you could just say pleased all around!
This is apparently the post of the exclamation points so you will have to excuse me for that.
Apparently I inadvertently gave Ryan Newman good luck last night by posting about him the fact that he not only was on the pole for his home track race but that he did it with a new track record. I also happened to mention his partnership with Oral B Built In The USA and Oral B’s pledge of $100,000 to Hope For The Warriors. So of course the only reason Ryan won was because I happened to post about him on the night before he had raced his obviously already screaming hot Chevy. Hey don’t burst my bubble! (more…)