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Tony and Zippy at Bristol Motor Speedway 2014. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

“I’ve always liked that the crowd is right there at the edge of the track, all the way around it. You can just feel the excitement from the fans. The fans that go to Bristol are passionate about racing. And whether they like you or hate you, they love their racing at Bristol. I’d say the fans are the best part of Bristol. It’s just a cool place and a cool atmosphere, and it’s because of the fans.” — Tony Stewart, Food City 500 pre-race press release.



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I have always had a thing for classic cars- specifically American muscle cars and corvettes. If I had endless funds and a huge garage it would be filled with with them (and maybe a couple of current and vintage Italian sportscars). the two show pieces of my collection (you know this vintage car collection that I have amassed in my mind) would be the 1954 Chevy Nomad (in yellow please) and a 1963 Split Window Vette.  You might think this is all just lip service- but it’s not- I really do love classic cars- enough that when the big classic car auctions are over in nearby Monterey- it’s not unusual to find me walking around the ones they have on display to the public (because I won’t pay the big bucks some of the auctions want to drool on cars I can’t afford).

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you then that I have been known to watch the Barrett-Jackson auctions when they are on TV or perusing the press releases about Barrett that sometimes find their way into my email inbox.  I squealed when I saw this will be up for auction tomorrow April 17th, 2015 on the opening day of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach:

Artist rendering of the 1969 Tony “Smoke” Stewart inspired Chevelle to be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson.


According to the description on the Barret Jackson website the Chevelle is a one-of-a-kind customer that “Tony and his staff were instrumental in the design of.”  Would that NOT be the best car ever to own? I might just reconsider that imaginary NOMAD I have as being the flagship of my collection…I can only imagine what this car will go for.  Best part of all? Proceeds from the sale of this cool Chevelle will go to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION, which Tony has been a supporter of for years.

If you are at Barrett and can get me a decent photo of this awesome car I would be in your debt and would bestow upon you millions of brownie points that you can use towards your own imaginary car collection.


Tony heads out during practice for the Duck Commander 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tx. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/ HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Tony Qualified: 11th

Tony Finished: 24th

Points: 107 points (32nd in the standings)


This week in the Quotable Tony Stewart we are celebrating his partnership with Rush Truck centers and appreciation for truck drivers across America:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs autographs for fans during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California.
(Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

“Oftentimes, I don’t think people realize how critical truck drivers are to our everyday lives. Without them, America’s economy would come to a standstill. Without Gober (No. 14 truck driver), I wouldn’t have my Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Chevy to drive this weekend. So, it feels good to shine the spotlight on them and the great driving they do.” — Tony Stewart- Texas pre-race team release


I hope Tony can get a win tomorrow at Texas in the Rush Truck Center #14 Chevrolet!


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Smoke fans- in advance of Saturday’s Duck Commander 500 join me in sending out a #HaulerHoller to Ken Gober, driver of the #14 Hauler. Ken makes sure Tony’s car and equipment gets to the track every race. Don’t know what a #HaulerHoller is? Let Tony himself demonstrate:

Fun side note? I can remember as kids my younger brother and I giving the hand gesture to truckers all the time trying to get them to honk as we were being driven around. Our town was full of semi’s  because it’s a major agriculture hub. We drove our parents nuts with it!

So join me and Rush Truck Centers in the #HaulerHoller today: (more…)

Since it’s the off weekend for Easter- I thought- how can I otherwise engage my fellow Tony Stewart fans?  So for you- I have a short story and a giveaway!!

First the story of The Lonely Diecast:

While I was in Vegas for the race, on Thursday morning I went to the local Bass Pro Shops because the nearest one to my house here in California is over two hours away. This one? Was about 10 minutes from where I dropped Misty off for work that morning- maybe 15 depending on traffic.  I had several hours to kill so I wandered around the Bass Pro Shop filling my basket full of goodies.

A stop at Bass Pro (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach) in Las Vegas is a must every time I am there.

Of course I visited the small Tony Stewart/Austin Dillon display in the store- complete with Tony Standee. I drooled for awhile on this slot car racing kit (it included a Tony car) that was too expensive and too advanced for my young nephews so I looked at all the tshirts and sweatshirts and hats and I bought my dad a hat because they had one that wasn’t pre-aged (my dad doesn’t want a hat that already looks old). While there I noticed there were several RCCA Lionel Racing diecasts- most of them were Austin Dillon. But there was one Tony one from 2014 that was HALF OFF! That is a steal! So I put it in my cart and carried on.  When I got home from Vegas I looked at my small but signifigant to me RCCA Lionel diecast collection (hey it’s a collection of you have more than two right?) and decided that I already had a very similar diecast and I don’t really have room for duplicates. What to do with it?!

I decided to give it away to one of you- my lucky readers. But wait…there’s more!  I am giving away THREE prize packages. THREE!

And now the Giveaway portion:

Prize 1: The Lionel Racing 2014 Bass Pro Shops 1:24 diecast that I picked up at Bass Pro Shops last month.

Prize 2: A SMOKE Shotglass and two books: Then Junior Said To Jeff.. (It’s not the hardcover- it’s the paperback and it does not have a cd) and Sunday’s Will  Never Be The Same by Darrell Waltrip.

Prize 3: A RACR14 license plate from the Tony Stewart foundation in winner’s choice of Black or White (I will purchase it for you and have it sent directly to you from the foundation). Note that this prize is NOT the autographed plate.

Here is how you enter (it’s easy I promise):

1. Leave a comment on this blog entry. It doesn’t matter what it says. It can say Hi!, you can tell me why Tony is your driver (or whoever your driver is), or it can just say something like #SmokeAlwaysRises- whatever.  Don’t leave your personal contact information in the comment- just make sure you make the comment using a valid email address in the comment because that is how I will contact you if you are a winner.

2. You can get an extra entry by following me on twitter and tweeting out this statement (copy and paste it into your twitter status and post it): I just entered @Badgroove’s Smokin’ Lonely Diecast Contest and you can too! Visit: http://www.badgroove.com/?p=11352  #NASCAR

3. You MUST leave your comment and/or tweet your tweet before the drop of the Green Flag on Saturday April 11th, 2015 for the Texas cup night race.

The Rules:

1. If you leave more than one comment on the blog post- only one entry per email address in the comments. Note that I have my comments moderated on this blog to help battle spambots…do not panic if you don’t see your comment pop up right away- it just means you haven’t commented before and I haven’t approved it yet. Wait 24 hours and if you still don’t see it email me at badgruv [@] netzero.com.

2. You can get one extra entry only by tweeting the above statement in it’s entirity.

3. I will use a random number generator to pick the three winners. Winners do not get to choose their preferred prize- they will be randomly assigned.

4. I will email the winners (or tweet at them depending on if their comment or their tweet is what won them the prize).

5. By entering you agree to provide me with your name and address for the purpose of shipping your prize to you.

Important disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by any driver, sponsor, race team or company. It’s sponsored solely by BadGroove.com because I wanted something fun to do for my readers!

Here is a gratuitous Tony Stewart picture for you to enjoy while you contemplate what a great giveaway this is:

Tony Stewart during Martinsville qualifying… (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart facebook page/ Rusty Jarrett)



Did you all hear that Denny Hamlin is quitting racing to drive around a mobile Denny’s Denny’s from town to town and serve up his favorite foods? What? Denny Hamlin to give up racing and open a mobile Denny’s Franchise? I kid of course. It is April Fool’s Day after all.

Denny Hamlin is at home in Denny’s Denny’s- complete with his share a Coke with Denny coke bottle- love that. As an aside- I never did find one with my name on it. (Photo Credit: Mark Ryann)

However- what I am not fooling about is the Denny’s Denny’s promotion! (more…)

Country music star Justin Moore presents a donation to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company on behalf of Crown Royal, prior to his show on March 26, 2015 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Zimbio/ Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America)

So last Thursday at the “day job” I spent part of my lunch hour just chatting away with Justin Moore. Yes THAT Justin Moore. Just us chatting away – like that is an everyday occurrence. Yep – it was one of those rare but uber cool “pinch me okay not really because I hate to be pinched” moments thanks to this here little blog of mine. But you thought this was a NASCAR blog, right? That hasn’t changed- it totally is. Let me start by explaining the correlation:

The last several years Crown Royal has been the title sponsor of the Brickyard 400 and part of that title sponsorship is the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard program. I have posted about this program in years past- as a matter of fact here is my winner announcement post from last year’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400. It’s a cool program and if you have a local hero in your community or family- you should definitely take a few minutes to enter them for the chance to be recognized at this year’s race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nominations are open through April 12th 2015- so you don’t have much longer to be able to nominate your heroes.

Also if you visited the post about last year’s winner- you will see pictures of country musician Justin Moore with last year’s namesake, John Wayne Walding. Justin has been involved in the “Your Hero’s Name Here” program for several years as well. And that is how I got the chance to chat with Justin about his involvement in “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 as well as other things. So now on to the good part- the interview: (more…)