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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.

UPDATE: Looks like the Smoke Chevelle sold for $75,000 with proceeds going to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION!

 

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)

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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!

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CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!! CONGRATS To winners Ryan, Christine, Kristine, and Aaron!

 

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!!

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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…)