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Started: 11th (Qualifying was rained out and starting position was based on the points).

Finished: 16th

Chase Standing: 12th*

(photo source: Zimbio.com/Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images North America)

Tony Stewart speaks with his team on the radio before the drop of the green flag before every race- and this week he wanted to emphasize two points with the crew and team before the first race of the playoffs start. He wanted them to know that they win as a team and lose as a team but that he wanted them to finish off the last ten weeks of his last season as a NASCAR driver having FUN no matter where they end up at the end of the season.

I don’t know about how much fun Tony was having out there in Chicagoland during the first race of the Chase however.  After a handful or two of laps Tony radioed into the crew to let them know while he was still having handling issues that car’s stability was much better than it had been during Saturday’s practice. Tony then seemed to struggle for the majority of the race with his handling falling down the field until he was around 19th or 20th but still on the lead lap.  He went a lap down three times during the race- once for pitting during a caution but luckily he was able to take the wave around for that and get our lap right back. Once he got passed by race leader Chase Elliott but was able to maintain lucky dog position until a debris caution came out and allowed Tony to get his lap back.  The same thing happened again at the end of the race when Tony was again passed by leader Chase Elliott but Tony again was able to maintain his lucky dog position and then  the caution with four laps to go put him back on the lead lap. In the first overtime of the playoffs- Tony was able to maintain his position on the lead lap and finished 16th. Race winner was Martin Truex Jr. (more…)

(photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page)

Started: 14th

Finished: 33rd

Seeded: NASCAR seeded him 11th, but his team release has him seeded 12th.

Weird Observation: Am I the only one who noticed that Tony wore a Code 3 Associates firesuit during practice but a Mobil 1 Firesuit during the actual race?

Richmond International Raceway has the distinction of being Tony Stewart’s favorite track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Afterall he did win his first ever Sprint Cup race there, so what’s not to love.  Since he qualified his #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevy 14th at his favorite track- I was hoping it would be a good omen for Tony and his team.  Plus I figured since he also won in the Code 3 Associates paint scheme in June at Sonoma that it couldn’t hurt that omen right? Well I was obviously wrong. (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

Well this Saturday is a Saturday night race at Richmond. It’s the last race before the start of the Sprint Cup Chase and it’s at Tony’s favorite track- so I think that is a good omen right there. Anyway- here is what’s been pinging around my brain like lugnuts pinging around a pit stall after a green flag pit stop.

1. How awesome is this late model that Jon Henry Racing will be fielding for the World 100 at Eldora speedway:

(photo sourced: Jon Henry Racing facebook Page)

It’s an awesome tribute. For more pictures of the car visit the Jon Henry Facebook page.

2. If you are going to the Texas Motor Speedway Chase race I am jealous…and you might want to get there early- I WOULD LOVE one of these bobble heads they are giving away to the first 30,000 fans through the gates: (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Facebook)

Started: 17th (Set by points due to rain cancelling qualifying on Friday)

Finished: 35th (DNF)

Points: 426 points (27th in the standings, locking into the chase)

I love the Southern 500,especially the cars with all the throwback paint schemes. I loved Tony’s Coke paint scheme the best- but there were so many awesome paint scheme it was hard for me to choose a second favorite…but I finally decided it was Greg Biffle’s Alan Kulwicki Hooters paint scheme on his number 16- and how awesome was it that Hooters came back to sponsor a car during the race. How awesome was it though that Tony’s throwback Coke paint scheme won the vote for best paint scheme?? That is awesome. (more…)

Here is what has been rolling around my head this week like lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pitstop:

Mock Darlington Program (photo source: Tony Stewart FB Page)

1. Don’t you just love the mock Southern 500 throwback program with Tony on the cover  that Stewart-Haas Racing threw together?  I think it’s awesome. First off Darlington should seriously consider having several driver covers available at the race and sell them to be honest. I figure that probably is a little costly though .  Stewart-Haas Racing should at least consider making this into a poster or even a magazine cover sized print because I know I would totally buy it.

2. While we are on the topic of the throwback theme of the Southern 500 (which I love by the way).  There is a cool story on Lionel Racing’s SplashNGo blog that is the story behind Tony Stewart’s throwback Coca-Cola paint scheme- it includes a video with Bobby Allison, whom as you know was there during the reveal. It’s a great and relevant read (and watch) coming into the Bojangles Southern 500 weekend. I absolutely adore all the throwback paint schemes and stuff that they do for the Southern 500 and I truly do love this paint scheme the most. Do you have a favorite that’s not the Coca-Cola car? If I had to pick I think it would be Greg Biffle’s Hooters car.

3. Speaking of all the cool throwback paint schemes, my goodness have you seen the throwback pit crew uniforms for the Coca-Cola car tony will be drying ? I seriously wonder how the crew feels about these new uniforms…especially those pants?

Southern 500 team uniforms (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook)

I don’t know why but I really want to see the Mike Bugarewicz wearing that on the pit box on Sunday.  Oh please someone get me a picture if he truly does… (more…)

(cover art provided by publisher)

I’m a Chevy girl. Three out of the four everyday driver vehicles I have owned in my life thus far, including my current Equinox, have been Chevrolet. My parents currently own two Chevrolet vehicles as well (A 2012  Malibu and a 2017 Silverado High Country). I am a Chevy girl through and through.  When the “new” Camaro debuted I drooled and seriously considered making it my next car. I didn’t because it’s a bit impractical for someone who commutes on a 5-day a week basis and drives 1000 miles on road trips a year. Plus I’d cry if it got dinged and I park amongst college students who don’t seem to care if they fling their doors into the side of your car, drag their backpacks along the side of you car SUV, or tap your truck in the parking lot. Plus, in all honesty, one of the biggest reasons I didn’t get a Camaro is that I’d likely get myself into trouble with a high performance modern day muscle car like the Camaro because let’s face it- I already have kind of a lead foot. So, instead I drool at the ones at the dealership when I take my Equinox in  for service or give ones I run across in the wild a long, loving look (I promise I am just admiring it not casing it Camaro owners).

I was not disappointed by Larry Edsall’s Camaro 2016: Chevrolet’s Modern Performance Car.  This book is made for the Camaro enthusiast.

The book details the blood, sweat, tears and engineering behind the newest Gen6 Camaro and details it’s ultimate production. But first it starts with a little bit of history- detailing several of the previous generations of Camaros and the return of the Camaro in 2010 which to be successful needed to satisfy the expectations of both longtime staunch Camaro/Chevy enthusiasts as well as catch the eye and imagination of newer car enthusiasts- which no doubt was a daunting task.

The the book gets into the good stuff- what went into the Gen6 Camaro creation including one of my favorite parts of the book the four pages of concept design illustrations of the Gen6 in Chapter 4. But don’t be fooled- the book doesn’t just talk about the design concept but instead goes in depth with chapters on the design and features of the exterior, interior, power plant under the hood, even the assembly plant and the launch of the car in May 2015.  Basically- this book is the birth story of the Gen6 Camaro complete with a shout out to it’s direct family tree.

While I highly recommend this book- it is for different reasons than I usually recommend books of this nature. This one I don’t merit solely on it’s photography – not that there isn’t any- there is and it’s fine representations of the drool-worthy Camaro- but I actually recommend Camaro 2016 based on the words that tell the story of the Camaro from many perspectives and includes the voices of the very people involved with the designing and making of this modern iconic car, right down to people on the assembly line.

The book itself is a wonderful, high quality 160 page hardback book that includes both color and a few black and white photos that is 9.8 inches by 11.2 inches…just perfect for the car room, living room or book shelf of your favorite Camaro or Chevy enthusiast.

Author Larry Edsall spent 12 years at AutoWeek magazine after working as a sportswriter/editor for daily newspapers in Michigan. He then moved on to establish editorial content for automotive websites and was featured on the National Geographic television special “Driven.” He’s the author of nearly 20 books, is the editorial director of ClassicCars.com, writes a weekly feature for the detroit news and is an adjunct faculty member at the school of journalism and mass communications for Arizona State University.  You can find some of his writings here on ClassicCars.com or you can find him on twitter @LarryEdsall.

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For Full-Disclosure purposes (I am looking at you FTC): I received a copy of Camaro 2016: Chevrolet’s Modern Performance Car from the publisher for the possibility of review on this blog. The words and opinions on the book are my own. 

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(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

Started: 15th

Finished: 21st, 2 laps down.

Points: 26th (420 points, which is 93 points ahead of 31st place Regan Smith which I am being told means we are locked into the top 30 meaning we are locked into the chase. Oh and we are 2 points behind 25th place Aric Almirola).

I have to start off by saying it says something about the quality of the national broadcast coverage when someone who was watching the race asks me on Facebook what happened to Tony and why did he finish 21st, two laps down.  I watched the national broadcast so I know her pain- he was rarely mentioned during the broadcast even when he was on the lead lap but it wasn’t really mentioned when he went a lap down and it definitely wasn’t mentioned when he lost his second lap.  The only reason I really knew what was happening was because I was using the Scanner part of the NASCAR Mobile ap and watching twitter while I was watching the race and honestly the radio – especially Tony’s part was staticy and kind of hard to decipher at times. You’d think they would have mentioned a bit more about Tony considering he was in the top ten during the first practice and topped the chart during the second practice – not to mention finished 7th in the June race at Michigan. It was disappointing. (more…)

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Started: 27th

Finished: 30th (29 laps down)

Points: 400 (6 points behind 26th place Aric Almirola, 85 points ahead of 31st)

Intro Song: Better Man by Pearl Jam, which is apropos in my eyes.

Tony stated it best after qualifying when he said “It’s going to be a long (expletive) day tomorrow.” Unfortunately I don’t think he was talking about the weather delays- which were so plentiful it seemed to me that the race at Bristol was interrupting the rain instead of the other way around.  The race on Saturday night was delayed by rain but did start on Saturday night only to be stopped after 48 laps because of rain.  It was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon but was again delayed by several hours by,  yep- you guessed it, rain.  But they finally got the cars rolling on track because luckily for us all it doesn’t take long to dry Bristol between the banking and the fact that it’s short and concrete. But it was delayed again later in the race for “weather” to the point where it was red flagged again- but no for very long and then they were able to get going again and NASCAR was able to get the full 500 lap event in thankfully.  And thank goodness because you diehard and likely still waterlogged fans were able to get your full money’s worth from your tickets despite being a little…moist. (more…)