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This week’s reading list also includes a random youtube video of Tony I found and some pictures because well- why not? Enjoy!

NASCAR’s Tony Stewart Finds Success On,Off Racetrack- Kris Johannson for The Republic

What Does The Trackbar Do? – Dr. Diandra/Building Speed

Rally Racing South Of Zero- Geri Jeter for Skirts & Scuffs

Newman Addresses Burning Questions – Ryan Newman for NASCAR.com

New Carl Edwards ESPN Commercial Is Awkward- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Random (as in I was messing around on YouTube and found this somehow so thought I would share it) Tony Stewart Video:

Gratuitous Tony Stewart picture:

I like this one from the Brickyard so much I made it my Facebook Cover pic (Photo Credit: Borrowed Lovingly from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page- click picture to be take to the original)

My funny caption: Ok Zippy it's my turn to play Angry Birds! (Photo Credit: Another one borrowed from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook page- click photo to be taken to the original)

Sorry for the late notice but Tony Stewart will be doing an Autograph appearance TOMORROW August 2nd, 2012 at the Office Depot in Allentown, PA! The address for the location: 480 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA.

Wristbands are required and will be distributed starting at 8:00 am local time to the first three hundred customers on a first come/first serve basis (no purchase necessary for the wristband). One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband. Fans with wristbands MUST be in line no later than 5:15 PM local time to get their autograph. These events are great fun so grab some friends and head to the Office Depot in Allentown PA!

As I mentioned last week Tony Stewart would be doing an Autograph Appearance for fans at an Office Depot store in Indianapolis Indiana.  Part of his autograph appearance included the first Sackpack donation for the upcoming school year that Tony helped The Office Depot Foundation distribute.  I know that I have talked about it before but basically the National Backpack program supplies sackpacks filled with necessary school supplies to local non-profit organizations that help support young people in their community.  I honestly think that this is a WONDERFUL program! Just a small pack full of school supplies helps give children the tools they need to succeed in school- what a great gift. (more…)

I remember years ago hearing Dale Earnhardt Jr, I believe, say that the Brickyard had such a hold over Tony Stewart that sometimes he just wanted to shake him and tell him to “let it go man.” Of course that may have been before Tony won his first Brickyard but it still illustrates how IMS is a special place. Honestly, wouldn’t wouldn’t want to win at their home track.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America)

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As you probably know there are several #NASCAR drivers that are members of the Coca-Cola racing family- including our beloved Tony Stewart (and fellow Stewart-Haas Racing Drivers Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick)! But did you know that Carmike Cinemas have these really cool collector cups featuring Coca-Cola Family Drivers TONY STEWART, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle? They do! These awesome looking cups can be purchased at the theater concession stands starting August 1st 2012 (what a great excuse to go to the movies right?) and will be available until September 30th OR until the cups run out! You will want to get thee to a theater as soon as possible to get one (I tell you I WISH I lived in an area with these theaters because I would be there on August 1st to make sure I got a Tony Stewart cup or three!). And along with your uber cool Coca-Cola collector #NASCAR cup you also have the chance to enter for a trip to the Daytona 500 (WHOO HOO!)! So be sure to head over to your local Carmike Cinema starting August 1st to get your #NASCAR Coca-Cola Racing family cup! If you LIKE the Carmike Cinema Facebook Page they have a great little ap for you to look up movie times that is super handy!

GIVEAWAY: To announce the Coca-Cola Racing Family cups- I have been given a GREAT Coca-Cola/Carmike Gift Basket for you to win!  The basket includes 4 of the Coca-Cola #NASCAR driver collectible cups, a Coca-Cola t-shirt and cooler, 2 Carmike Cinemas movie passes and a $50 AMEX gift card!  What an awesome gift basket!

You could win this Coca-Cola Carmike Gift Basket that includes: 4 of the Coca-Cola #NASCAR driver collectible cups, a Coca-Cola t-shirt and cooler, 2 Carmike Cinemas movie passes and a $50 AMEX gift card!

To enter just leave a comment on this post with your favorite movie or a movie you are looking forward to seeing! It’s easy as that.

The Rules:

To enter you can leave a comment on this post that includes your valid email address so that I may contact you if you are the winner.  As the winner you agree to provide a current shipping address so that your gift basket may be sent to you!

You may only enter once via the comments however you can also get one additional entry if you tweet the following on twitter:

I just entered to win a Cool @cocacolaracing @carmikecinemas gift basket over @Badgroove and you can too- http://www.badgroove.com/?p=8187

You must enter before Midnight Pacific Time August 10th, 2012!

Winner will be chosen at random from all entries via website and twitter. There will be only one winner!

General disclosure: The prize was provided by Coca-Cola. Neither Coca-Cola nor its program partners (NASCAR + Carmike Cinemas) are sponsors, administrators, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of The Coca-Cola Company or aforementioned partners. Winner to be chosen by Bad Groove.

*****ENTRIES FOR THIS CONTEST ARE NOW CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL!  Thank you EVERYONE who commented and tweeted.*****

As a NASCAR fan who is also a voracious reader I have a whole shelf in my bookcase devoted to NASCAR.  This specific shelf has books that range from driver biographies, to general NASCAR guides like NASCAR FOR DUMMIES, to coffee table books filled with spectacular pictures.  There are books of quotes and how-to books (Seriously I own a book about how to be a crew chief). (more…)

I will be out of town until Tuesday of next week so you guys have to make these last! Also- feel free to leave me random comments on this post because I will be randomly checking my email from my phone (it’s not a smart phone so it’s quite the rigamarole) and they will make me smile! Until next week (I have some good stuff planned for next week people!):

Congress Preserves Military Sponsorship of Sports- Dustin Long for USA Today

Stewart Wins Second Career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature- Speed Staff for SpeedTV.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick Working Together To Promote Nationwide/Satisfy Sponsors- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com

12 Questions with Brian France- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Osbourne Out As Crew Chief for Carl Edwards, No.99- team release, NASCAR.COM

Midseason Grades: Some Drivers Get A’s But Guess Who Gets An F- Jeff Owens for SportingNews.com

Busch Offers Glimpse Of True Self- Lee Spencer for Fox Sports

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Tony Stewart (right) Captured His Second WoO win July 17th at Lernerville (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Racing Facebook Page- Click picture to go to original)

Sport’s Illustrated came out with the “Fortunate 50,” simply a list of the top 50 highest earning American athletes based  on salary, winnings, bonuses, endorsements and appearance fees only.  Four NASCAR drivers made the top 50:

8th- Dale Earnhardt Jr

18th- Jeff Gordon

29th- Tony Stewart (technically Tony is tied for 29th with baseball player Cliff Lee).

And

33rd- Jimmie Johnson
I don’t know why but I am surprised Jimmie Johnson is that low on the list. And pleasantly surprised that Tony is above him. But wow…the other three drivers are all Hendrick drivers. Just saying that is a strong team financially.