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I was thinking this morning yesterday morning (because I had to post THIS instead)- Stewart-Haas got their first win at the 2009 All-Star Race.  It is no secret that Stewart Haas Racing is struggling this season- especially my beloved #14 team.  I would love for them to bust out an awesome race and win at the All-Star Race in Charlotte this weekend. I think the morale boost alone could carry the 14 team into the Sprint Cup Chase- elusive wild cards be damned.  Yeah I am already starting to get nervous about the points. I am a points watcher and 21st in points – well it gives me heartburn AND heartache. But I am hopeful that this season will turn around SOON and Tony and the #14 team will go on a tear- if anyone can do it- Tony can.

Speaking of which- I occasionally will peruse my website stats and one of my favorite things to look at is how people end up on my page.  Someone recently did a Google search for “why is stewart haas racing racing doing so badly.” They ended up here at BadGroove as if I had the answer. If I had the answer I would tell the team straight away so we could END the bad part of the season.  Let’s just say the other day I came across my $2 bill and I remembered that eons ago I read that Tony said that he thought $2 bills were lucky.  Don’t make me send you mine Tony Stewart because I so will.

Anyway- the winner in the Mobile 1 Under The Hood with Tony Stewart was not me-but I didn’t think it would be.  Honestly I forgot to vote a couple days so I don’t think I got in enough votes. Anyway the lucky winner was Sandra Clark…here are some pictures from the event…looks darn fun to me:

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, performs a Mobil 1 oil change on his 1967 Pontiac GTO at his personal garage in Columbus, Ind. (Photo Credit: Duane Prokop/Getty Images North America)

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Hi there!  You don’t know me- so let me introduce myself. My name is Amy and I am a NASCAR fan (and blogger obviously).  Not knowing me, you would probably characterize me as a gun toting, tobacco-spitting, country music listening, walmart shopping, taxidermy loving, lawn mower riding, cowboy boot wearing, high school dropout redneck living in one of the cities in on your 10 Most “Redneck” Cities in America list.

After reading the list and more importantly the highly scientific method you used to come up with the cities that made the list I am flummoxed.  You see- I am a NASCAR fan and I have been since I was a child.  Yet I am none of those things. Neither are any of the NASCAR fans I know.  You see, that is the problem when you perpetuate stereotypes- you inevitably alienate people.  It would be like me stereotyping football fans as the inebriated, shirtless guy wearing a beer dispensing hard hat while his entire bare upper torso is painted in team colors while standing in 30 degree weather. Or like saying that all programmers are skinny, pale, bespectacled, dateless, socially awkward, caffeine addicted trolls who sit in darkened rooms playing WoW  between code writing marathons. Those sweeping generalizations are for the most part untrue as are yours when it comes to NASCAR fans.

NASCAR fans at the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas NV (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

Qualified:20th

Finished: 15th

Race Winner: Matt Kenseth

Points After Darlington: 21st, 170 points behind current series leader Jimmie Johnson. 62 points behind 10th in the standings – still outside of the top 20 and not eligible for a wild card birth.

My Mood After Darlington: Cautiously optimist (more…)

Okay NASCAR Fans! This is your last chance to help with the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 taking place June 9th (which isn’t that far away if you think about it). You named the race PARTY IN THE POCONOS! You picked the signature concession – the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi (which won by a landslide by the way)! Now we need to pick a pace car design.  Looks like the pace car is going to be a Camaro (which you all KNOW I love).  I have a definite favorite of the three designs but I will not cloud your judgement. Here are the three designs for the PARTY PACE CAR:

Pace Car Design 1

Pace Car Design 2

Pace Car Design 3

Voting for the Party Pace Car has already started- vote NOW at the FaceBook Fan Driven 400 page. Remember you can vote once a day until May 27th.  I just found out there are still $25.00 tickets available for the Party In The Poconos left thanks to Walmart- so get your tickets now directly from Pocono Raceway! Can’t make it to the Party In The Poconos? Walmart is offering family track ticket packs for many other races (that’s 4 tickets, 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs for $99).

Sorry it took me so long to get my Talladega race post up! ~ Amy

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, drives down the backstretch after being involved in a wreck between turn one and two during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)

 

Qualified:25th (set by practice speeds due to weather)

Finished: 27th (laps down)

Race Winner: David Ragan

Points After Talladega: 22nd, 159 points behind current series leader Jimmie Johnson. 56 points behind 10th in the standings (if I am not mistaken he gained points on 10th- thank goodness for little favors). Outside of the top 20 and not eligible for a wild card birth.

My Mood After Talladega: Glad it was over. I think Tony was too.

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Tea and a good book…Braking Points by Tammy Kaehler (Photo credit: Amy K Marbach)

“I smelled race day: fuel mixed with hot metal, rubber and concrete, plus a dash of sweat, sunscreen and cigarette smoke. There was nothing like it.” -Braking Points by Tammy Kaehler (page 211).

I haven’t been in the mood to read recently. That isn’t odd for me- I am usually feast or famine when it comes to reading. Even though I love to get lost in a good book and often just want to read read read it’s not uncommon that I then go through a stretch where I don’t want to read or nothing seems to hold my interest.  That is exactly where I have been lately (oddly enough my writing is the same way- I either have a lot of ideas and struggle write them all down fast enough before they leave my brain or conversely I sit there with a blank page and a pen and just blink at it).   I still wasn’t in the mood when I was offered a complimentary copy of the book Braking Points by Tammy Kaelher to read and possibly review for my BadGroove readers.  I took the offer however because I was somewhat intrigued by the brief synopsis of the storyline that was in the email- it sounded like something I would like and it sounded right up the alley of this website.  Little did I know that I was accepting to read a book that I would not only end up loving but would ignite again in me the read read read feast part of my personality.

As I mentioned I thought Braking Points would not only be a book that I would possibly like but that you my readers would like and I still stand by that after reading it.  You will probably be surprised to find out that Braking Points is actually not set in the NASCAR world – the heroine Kate Reilly is a race car driver in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).  We enter Kate’s world at Road America in Wisconsin- where during the race she sends a popular NASCAR driver pulling double duty in ALMS to the hospital in an on track incident.  Then during her post race interview Kate ends up going off on camera, provoked by an extremely upset fan of said NASCAR driver.  The end of her day finds Kate reconnecting with two friends from back in her Skip Barber Formula series days at a local tavern, only to finder her boy friend in the parking lot of the tavern a couple hours later with one of those friends, only that friend is dead. (more…)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

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This is one of my reminder posts about the Walmart Fan-Driven 400 – which is now called THE PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 (yey Shawn McMillan for winning naming rights)!  So the latest round of voting is for the official consession for the race. It’s already been narrowed down to three flavors of Pierogis for you:

Right now the one in the lead is the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi- and when I say lead- it’s pretty commanding.  Currently in second place is Hot Honey Buffalo Wing Pierogi with last going to the Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Pierogi.  There is still time left to make a difference though! Start voting now on the Walmart Fan Driven 400 facebook page.  You have until May 7th- so keep voting!!

Also if you are going to be going to the Party in the Poconos 400 did you know that you can get tickets for as low as $25?  They are available directly from Pocono Raceway.  Also if you plan on going keep your eyes open for NASCAR Fan Events being held at the Walmarts in the Long Pond area- there will be driver appearances, racing simulators, show cars, other goodies and lots of FUN!

Not going to the Party in the Poconos? Don’t worry- Walmart is still offering FAMILY TRACK PACKS (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks for only $99) at a LOT of different tracks- so many I can’t list them all here but you can find the list over at the Walmart NASCAR page!

Starting May 8th the final round of voting will start- this time on the Party Pace Car! Can’t WAIT!