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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About The 39 Hauler- Quicken Loans Racing

VIDEO: SportingNews.com Video commentary Kurt Busch Confronts Reporter Bob Pockcrass

History’s “American Restoration” Helps NASCAR Star Greg Biffle With Project- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

Addington Looking For Consistency With Stewart- Dan Gelston AP Writer for San Jose Mercury News

Recent Hall Of Fame Selection Owens Passes at 88- David Caraviello for NASCAR.COM

Many Pieces to Stewart’s Perfect Night At Prelude- Tony Stewart for NASCAR.COM

12 Questions with Matt Kenseth- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

VIDEO: The Charlotte Nc Ask Tony Stewart (and Ryan Newman) Live video from OfficeDepotRacing.com

 

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

Tony Stewart and Steve Addington (Photo Credit: Blantantly stolen from The Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page- Click on picture to be taken to the original).

AND A SPECIAL LOL Made  Just For BG:

Thanks Kevin M. Boots!

I don’t know why but I was kind of “eh” about The Prelude To The Dream this year. It doesn’t make ANY sense because I usually count down the days and blog about it incessantly in the preceding months weeks and days. I don’t think I even mentioned it except for putting the details under WE SUPPORT in the navigation bar over there on the left. I even (prepare yourself- this is shocking) almost considered not ordering/watching it.

Tony Stewart drives the #14 Chevrolet during the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 6, 2012 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

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Miles the monster reached up and bit Tony Stewart square on the left front and left rear of his car.  Stewart was caught up in the “Monster” lap nine melee at Dover.  It isn’t a surprise really.  After all, he qualified his car 29th in the field of 43 cars. I so wasn’t thrilled when I saw the results of qualifying on my cell phone- that is back in the danger zone. The zone where if someone screws up you can be innocently caught up in their mistake because of Dover’s “self cleaning” feature. I made sure that I put on my checker flag socks this morning- just in case. I just had a feeling that starting that far back would not.

(I LOVE this picture because the perspective makes the cars look like toys- AMY). Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Chevrolet, and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Chevrolet, practice for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

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Can Motor Oil Really Make A Difference In NASCAR?- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

Dick Berggren Says Farewell At Dover- Amanda Ebersole for SkirtsandScuffs.com

NASCAR At Dover 2012: Drivers Theorize on Lack Of Caution Flags- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

Improve Racing? Harder Cars!- Terry Blount for ESPN.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dreads Upcoming Pocono Test- Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

I don’t know who’s expression humors me more- Jr’s or Steve Addington’s. Anyone have a great caption?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (R), driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, talks with Tony Stewart (C), driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, and Steve Addington (L), crew chief for the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. (Picture Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)

When it comes to collecting NASCAR stuff I do not have a large collection- mostly because I don’t have a place to store or display a large collection. What I do collect, therefore, are usually special and have a place of honor on my shelves.  These will be up there next to my bottle of Jeff Gordon Wine that is for certain:

PepsiMax Jeff Gordon Collector Bottles (Photo Credit: Ralph X. Marbach)

Three collector PepsiMax bottles featuring Jeff Gordon. (Photo Credit: Ralph X. Marbach)

These Jeff Gordon PepsiMax bottles are freaking AWESOME!  The bottles feature three different Jeff Gordon designs- including two of Jeff’s likeness and one of the PepsiMax 24 car.  They are coming to stores in the next week or so but will only be out for a limited time- so be sure to snap some up for your collection before they are GONE!

(What? You were expecting a report on the Coca-Cola 600 today? I actually went out of town this long memorial day weekend (love that scheduled post feature of WordPress)  for some non-NASCAR related fun (yes, there is such a thing) and am driving back home today…I will get the Coca-Cola 600 post up as soon as I can this week. Oh and HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY everyone!)

Well we are what 12-13 weeks into the race season and already there is silly season rumors floating around rampantly.  You know- the who is going where next season with what team/sponsor thing that usually starts towards mid-late season as contract negotiations are winding down for those drivers who suddenly find themselves in “free agency.” Everyone likes to play the were will they end up game.

So far this season I have heard rumors (and that is just what they are of course rumors) of Kurt Busch going over to Joe Gibbs Racing to join brother Kyle. The rumor does not specify (as most rumors don’t) whether this ride for Kurt is in a fourth car for the team or in Joey Logano’s 20 car. It’s been rumored for a couple seasons now that Joey Logano may be ride-less at the end of this season.

The other rumor is that Home Depot (current primary c- sponsor of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driven by Joey Logano) may be interesting in sponsoring Ryan Newman.  I took that to mean that JGR is wooing Ryan Newman who is in the last year of his contract with Stewart-Haas Racing.  However after batting it back and forth with Misty,  it could also mean that Home Depot is looking to go with Stewart-Haas Racing. They did, as Misty kindly pointed out, win the 2011 Sprint Cup Championship after all (and in an impressive fashion I might add). Not to mention the fact that Tony recently said (forgive me for not having a link) that he was really hoping to retain Ryan as a driver.

And then there is the story of Danica- will she be going cup as soon as next season? And will it be with Stewart-Haas?  And just how do I feel about that? (Mixed feelings would be the answer).

Of course, representatives for Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Home Depot, Joe Gibbs Racing and other entities involved in these rumors would deny them if asked. It would only be prudent as negotiations are no doubt still taking place. After all when rumors that Tony Stewart was thinking of leaving Joe Gibbs to start his own race team started rearing their head in summer of 2008- I, along with most, chalked it up to ridiculous silly season rumors. Especially since at the time, Joe Gibbs vehemently denied it.  Of course, we all know what happened there.

So tell me do you have any thoughts on silly season? I usually don’t put too much into the rumors just due to the fact that they are rumors. My interest is always piqued when it has to do with Stewart-Haas Racing though.  So have you heard any good silly season rumors? Do you even pay attention to them?

I have no idea why- but I am compelled to share this picture from Stewart-Haas Racing that they tweeted complete with their caption from last weekend’s All-Star Race.  It humors the heck out of me and I just thought you all should see it:

@StewartHaasRcng posted this picture before the All-Star Race with the caption: This bird is on the right side of #TonyStewart's car. It's scared cuz it got so close to the wall!

Here is the latest suggested readings from the NASCAR world that I thought were interesting. Hope you like them

Speak Your Mind: Analyzing The All-Star Race Format- Skirts and Scuffs Staff

I Like Sentiment When It’s Not Mine: Heart Gladdened By Latest Hall Inductees- By Monte Dutton for the Gaston Gazette

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has An Offer For Bill Backing Republican- Dustin Long for USAToday.com

Five Things I Learned From My First Real Go-Kart Race- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Jeff Gordon Opens Up About Racing And His Other Passion: Helping Kids- Greg Bailey for News Channel 36

In the Infield, They’re Not Fans– They’re Family- David Caraviello for NASCAR.COM

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Tony Stewart and Steve Addington at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart and Steve Addington discuss All-Star Set ups (Photo Credit: Blatantly stole from the Tony Stewart Facebook page- click picture to be taken to original).