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Tony sits in the car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2013. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“It’s just a fun track. It just seems like it’s always been a fun driver’s track. Your car has to work well there, but when you get to racing guys – you’re trying to outbreak them, trying to get your car to turn and you struggle for forward bite. It’s just got a little bit of everything the drivers look for to have a good race.” — Tony Stewart, Pre-Race New Hampshire Team Release

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous editions of the TQMS posts.

#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

Soggy Parade Lap

Tony Stewart takes a somewhat soggy parade lap at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

Well after being postponed until Sunday- the Firecracker 400 (Presented by Coke Zero) finally started on Sunday.  Tony took to the track in his Ducks Unlimited/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. It was a nice looking car:

Tony Stewart's Ducks Unlimited/Bass Pro Chevy SS

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)

The car seemed to be handling pretty good. Tony had worked his way into the top ten for awhile. Until on Lap 20:

Tony and others go boom in the Big One...version One

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 DeWalt/Wounded Warrior Project Ford, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot Husky Toyota, Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images North America)

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(This is part 2 of our two part  annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)

Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.

Sonoma Raceway

Bright and early Sunday morning picture taken from parking lot 1 as I waited for the parking shuttle as tweeted June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day.  We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.

Early Sunday Morning Pit Road

Pit road at Sonoma Raceway early Sunday morning on June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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UPDATE July 7th, 2014: Okay so my voting strategy has changed. I am now voting for whatever helmet has the most votes that is NOT the 40 Years Young helmet because I still think that helmet is UGLY with a capital UGLY.  This means as of late I have been voting for SMOKE. Join me won’t you?

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Tony Stewart fans- I have a question of the utmost importance for you. Is this a face that deserves to run an ugly helmet?

Tony Stewart at Sonoma

Tony Stewart at Sonoma June 22nd, 2014. (Photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/Don Grassmann for CIA STOCK PHOTO Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc)

I say no.  I bet you say no too. (more…)

(I ended up breaking this post up into two parts because it was just too long once I added in all the pictures.  Enjoy and watch for Part 2: Sunday tomorrow–Amy)

As I mentioned in a post several weeks ago- I had really been jonesing for a race.  I LOVE being at a race track and Race Sonoma couldn’t possibly get here fast enough for me. Sonoma Raceway is slowly worming it’s way into my heart as one of my favorite tracks that we get to attend in person.  The weather is almost always beautiful when the NASCAR race is there and we seem to almost always find something fun to do off track as well as have incredible adventures at track. After all it was at Sonoma Raceway that Misty interviewed Jeff Gordon a couple of years ago.  Anyway- I had been looking forward to this race pretty much since March.

I love the smell of oil, gas and nomex in the morning.

Friday morning garage picture as tweeted on June 20th, 2014 from my phone. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our Friday at Sonoma Raceway started bright and early. It’s kind of ironic to me that Misty and I spend a good majority of the vacation hours that we each earn at our respective jobs for our “racations” where we tend to be up and at it just as early (or in my case specifically – earlier) and just as hard as we do for our jobs.

Anyway- I had heard that both Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were running patriotic paint schemes at Race Sonoma. So my first mission was to try to capture photos of them. My favorite place to do that is as the cars are being rolled out of the technical inspection tent. I caught them and a few more: (more…)

Tony Stewart and his Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet on track in Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/CIA Stock Photography, Inc)

Kentucky Speedway is one of the newest stops on the Sprint Cup Schedule but it seems to me that it has the surface of an old track; bumpy and cantankerous. It’s almost like taking a step backwards to a time when racing was racing, to a time when the vehicle you raced was one you had driven off the showroom floor, when the stock in stock car racing was true.

Tony qualified his number 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet 13th for the Quaker State 400. If you are still unfamiliar with the new “knockout qualifying” format- this means he was the best of the drivers who didn’t advance to the final round of 12 drivers in qualifying. Honestly it isn’t a bad effort if you look at Tony’s qualifying record over the length of his career.  I decided on a lark to listen to qualifying at work using my listen online function of SiriusXM for the first time. I have to say just as with the first time I listened to the race on SiriusXM I loved listened to qualifying for the first time with the PRN crew. They really do do an excellent job. I will definitely make this a regular occurrence as often as I can since qualifying does tend to be while I am at work. (more…)

Today’s TQMS is one of my favorite Tony vs The media moments- right here on video coming out of the man himself:

And here is an early gratuitous Tony Stewart picture because do I need a reason? I didn’t think so:

Here is a picture of Tony Stewart in Sonoma last weekend. This is not one of mine…it’s way too good :-) . (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official store Facebook/Tommy Grassmann/CIA Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc)

 

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous TQMS posts.

#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

I got back from Race Sonoma yesterday afternoon- and started on the downloading and editing of nearly a gig worth of pictures between loads of laundry unfortunately I only got about half way through the pictures as of last night and today it was back to the grind at work so to hold you all over check out the last two installments of Mobil 1 Oil: An Odyssey until I can get that race diary up: (more…)