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Tony and Junior at Daytona (photo credit: Tony Stewart facebook page / (HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Tony Qualified: 7th

Tony Finished: 42nd

Points: 2 points, 38th in the standings.

Well our driver is now 0-17 when it comes to his record at Daytona. This weekend just wasn’t his weekend. He had been staying competitively in the top ten of the race since the drop of the green. After the first caution flag of the race- he discussed the car’s handling with crew chief Chad Johnston that while the car was a little tight he didn’t think they should make any changes yet on the car. (more…)

In this week’s installation of the TQMS, we have a video of Tony Stewart talking about his first Daytona 500 as a driver: (more…)

You know I always like to point out some interesting contests that are out there for NASCAR fans. Here is one for you Dale Earnhardt Jr fans- you might even win a ride along with Dale Earnhardt Jr!

Get on the Fast Track to Savings with Kroger and you would win some great prizes, including a ride along with Dale Earndhart Jr.! Dale and Kroger are teaming up to give NASCAR fans everything you need to get ready for a day at the track! From great foods like Breyers, and Hellmann’s to personal care products like Suave and Vaseline, Kroger has you and your whole family covered.

Other than having everything you need for a perfect day at the track, Kroger is also have an amazing sweepstakes right now. Head over to Fast Track to Savings and play the Fast Track racing game for an opportunity to win select prizes, and an entry for a chance to win the ride along with Dale Earndhart Jr.

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The 14 crew services driver Tony Stewart’s #14 Mobil 1 Chevy during the Sprint Unlimited 2015. (Photo Credit: Mobil 1 Facebook Page)

Tony Qualified: 22nd in a random draw

Tony Finished: 13th, 7 laps down

Ahh, is it not great to have our NASCAR back? It is for me. I didn’t realize how much I missed it even until I was sitting in my kitchen trying to figure out if the date of the Unlimited was the same day and time of my nephew’s 5th birthday party (luckily indeed they weren’t even on the same day). (more…)

Master Motorsports Photographer Klemantaski

Master Motorsports Photographer Klemantaski by Paul Parker

I obviously love to read- or I wouldn’t have created the #NASCAR Reading List feature here on BadGroove. But what you might not know is that I love books themselves. Yes, I am talking about those bound collections of paper with writings in them. I can’t tell you how much I miss bricks and mortar bookstores (the nearest one to me is in the next county- 27 miles away or so) because I would often just go to wander around and look at the books on those occasions that I didn’t have anything else to do.  If I had a huge house- I would devote a whole room to being a library, but alas I don’t have a house like that so I have a book case. A very crammed full book case at that, which is one of the reasons I invested in an e-reader. I now only keep physical copies of books I absolutely love as it’s all I have room for now.  Most of those books are works of fiction with a small  motorsports section that is crammed so tight I have had to weed through it multiple times. I  think I might fudge this one and put it in my photography section so I don’t have to weed out any more of my beloved motorsports books.

Klemantaski: Master Motorsports Photographer by Paul Parker has got to be one of the most gorgeous books I have seen in a long time. It’s a book of motorsports photographs detailing what is often called racing’s “golden era” – pre-WWII through the early 1970s.  But first let me give you a little background on who Louis Klemantaski is before we get into this beautiful book. (more…)

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Tony Stewart during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, January 27th, 2015, (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page/Harold Hinson Photography)

As I sit here watching the Superbowl, I really have only one thing on my mind. NASCAR. I really can’t help myself- it’s how I am wired. Sports with balls are really just in my periphery, it’s sports with wheels that catch my attention and of those NASCAR that really catches my attention and my heart.

I will be the first to admit that at the end of last season I was ready for it. Can you blame me? It’s been a shitty two years for my driver on every level, some we can likely barely even comprehend.  Of course that didn’t stop me from getting a tattoo supporting my driver during champions week in Las Vegas. But still- I was ready for it to be done.  And I honestly didn’t even miss it that much (obviously by my lack of posts here during the off-season lamenting about how long the off season seems).

I am not happy about the last two years of my life by any means. It’s given me more drive and desire to get back to the old form that our fans and our sponsors and everybody are use to seeing us in. So I am looking forward to it. This is probably the most prepared I’ve been in awhile for a season to start. — Tony Stewart, CMS Media Tour, 1-27-15

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So Tony Fans…do  you have any guesses as to the Tony Stewart Racing Announcement:

Tony Stewart Racing Announcement

Credit: Tony Stewart Store on Facebook

It was posted on the Tony Stewart Racing Facebook page, The Tony Stewart Store Facebook page and sent out via email from the store email account.  Anyone want to gander a guess as to what the announcement is? Really all it says is that fans have asked and they have answered, that is really the only clue.

Here are my guesses in the order of what I think is probability:

1. They are bringing back the Prelude To The Dream.

or

2. They are bringing back Tony Stewart Live on Sirius as a regular feature on Sirius.
So? What do YOU think they announcement will be on Tuesday?

Speaking of which don’t forget: Tony Stewart Live will return at 7:00 PM ET on Sirius XM NASCAR (Channel 90) on 2/3/15!


Sonoma 2014- Happier TimesLast Thursday my world came skidding to a halt quicker than The Drive for Five after the incident with Keslowski at Texas Motorspeedway last fall. My driver dumped me. That’s right! Jeff Gordon is breaking up with us, his fans. He announced that this will be his last season as a driver in NASCAR. Initially I was shocked. Sure there have been murmurings for a few years about the impending R word, especially after the resurgence of some back pain a few seasons ago, but last season, man- last season seemed to have cleared all such nonsense talk out of the air. Jeff Gordon was back – Championship Contending Rainbow Warrior Jeff Gordon (though personally I never thought he went away). Sure the season ended in bitter disappointment for the 24 and his fans, but that just meant reason to look forward to the next season. Right?

Apparently, wrong! Jeff says he made the decision to make this his last season about midway through last year and that he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. Well, just like any person dumped unexpectedly (no matter how evident the signs were) by their significant other, I say “Well bully for you, but what about me???.” I have shed tears over the announcement. I have received “condolence” texts from not just friends but from casual acquaintances! They recognize the suffering and pain I am enduring over this heartbreak.

I try to think positive. I try to visualize what it will be like without Jeff Gordon on the track and it does nothing to ease my heartache. I try to think about who I will cheer once Jeff is no longer driving. I have rolled a few drivers around in my head and as much as I like those drivers – I don’t love them. I love Jeff. I always have and I always will! I just can’t see myself in another driver’s jacket. It doesn’t feel right!

They say time heals all wounds, and I am sure that at some point there will be another driver, but I expect there will be a rebound driver or two in between that time comes, if it ever does. So fair warning to friends and family: don’t load me up on merch from the next driver I take up for ‘cause I can darn near guarantee that he ain’t a keeper. Not the kind I would take home to momma. It’s just too painful right now to think about giving my all to another driver. My relationship with Jeff lasted over 20 years, I am going to need some time to get through it.

It’s been nearly a week and talking about it still brings tears to my eyes as I think about all the experiences we will no longer share: knee slapping laughs at After the Lap, pit lane brawls leaving the villain spitting blood, pre-race invocation family shots, and most importantly Victory Lane fist pumps.

I am sure Jeff will stay in touch and still be in my life in some way, but it won’t be the same. It’s the end of a beautiful ride. Good luck, Jeff. What we had was special, and though you hate to hear it: DRIVE FOR FIVE, now is the time!
Love Always,
A Jeff Gordon Girl (Misty “24ever” Bethany)