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Needless to say the race in Kentucky ended up being a cluster of a race for Tony and the 14 crew.  I honestly don’t know how many laps down they ended up but it seems like somebody gave the electrical or ignition gremlins water or fed them after midnight or something*. The most frustrating part? Was that the car seemed quite strong after the damn problems were fixed.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, pits during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Honestly when Tony is running poorly and is laps and laps down, when I have no hope that some shifty pit stategy shenanigans might get him a lap back or two, I stop paying attention and then I feel guilty for that.  I listen to the race and throw a “Go Driver X Go” with Driver X being whomever is still in my good graces at the time.  This week it was Jeff Gordon (still on the high from sitting in on Misty’s interview with him…have you read it?).  But how disheartening was it to watch after an awesome race at Sonoma where Tony jumped up to 5th in points to watch him sink back down to 9th in points- four full positions. I mean I had to look up how many laps down he was (36 laps down- which I guess is better than a DNF but not by much).

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 29, 2012. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Notes About Kentucky:

  1. Dear Team 14: Seriously, stop feeding the gremlins* or giving them baths or whatever you all are doing!

Next Race: Daytona Night Race on Saturday

*If you seriously have no idea what I am talking about when I mention gremlins, feeding them after midnight and giving them baths you need to STOP and read this wiki entry then go queue up GREMLINS on the Netflix or whatever you use for your movies and educate yourself.

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I have been looking forward to  Sonoma Race weekend for so many reasons this year, but mostly because I have been JONESING hardcore for a race (in person).  In general NASCAR fans in the west kind of get the short end of the stick race wise.  There is Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Fontana- which unfortunately for fans (and fortunately for race teams no doubt) are all kind of close together.  Then we have a long wait until late June for Sonoma (and then again another long wait until Fall Phoenix).

Sonoma Raceway (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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Hey Kentucky Smoke Fans- Tony Stewart has an autograph session scheduled for 4:00pm on June 28th, 2012 at the Office Depot located at 6825 Burlington Pike (Turfway Square Shopping Center) in Florence, Kentucky (zip for your gps: 41042).  You MUST have a wristband to get an autograph- 600 wristbands will be distributed at the same Office Depot location starting at 8:00 am the morning of the appearance on a first come, first serve basis.  One autograph per wristband, one wristband per person! Wear comfy shoes if you plan to stand in line all day, if you don’t- be sure to be in line no later than 4:45pm!

Also Tony will be running a special WE DO SAME DAY PRINTING Paint scheme this coming weekend at Kentucky:

WE DO PRINTING! on the hood of the #14 Office Depot Chevy in Kentucky.

We Do Printing Same Day! on the TV Panel of the #14 Office Depot Chevy for Kentucky!

Jeff Gordon has been a household name in my family since he made his way onto the NASCAR scene in the early nineties.  Growing up in Northern California no doubt had something to do with that, and his success certainly didn’t hurt matters.  Amy can attest to the fact that while I have not always followed NASCAR, I have always followed Jeff Gordon and his career.  Always!  So to say that interviewing Jeff in Sonoma this year is an item off my bucket list is a serious understatement.  It well could be my whole bucket list, at least as it pertains to NASCAR. (more…)

Sonoma Bound

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I am soon bound for Sonoma Raceway:

For updates on what I am up to in Sonoma you can follow me on twitter- @BadGroove so you can see what I am up to 140 characters at a time.

Also be sure to follow Misty who will be there too- @fyrstorm24

(and yes- I have both of my cameras with me so hopefully I will catch some good photos to share with you all)

Kurt Busch Has Yet Another Altercation With The Media- Jay Hart for Yahoo! Sports

Why I Love NASCAR: Sonoma Raceway- Chief187 for SkirtsandScuffs.com

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Public Relations Representative Has Day To Remember- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

At Last, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets To Ring Victory Bell- Nate Ryan for USAToday.com

Joe Gibbs Racing Trying To Solve Engine Issues After Tough Day At Michigan- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com

 

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

 

Tony Stewart Making Wishes Come True In Terre Haute. (Photo Credit: Official Tony Stewart Racing Facebook Page- click picture to be taken to the original)

Ok- so I tend to chock my posts full of pictures- as you probably know (and it gets worse when it’s a race I have actually attended because I always have my camera with me and usually come back with GIGS worth of pictures). Anyway I couldn’t figure out a way to fit these two pictures into my Michigan post- but think they are HUMOROUS so I needed to share them with you:

Picture 1:

Personally I think Tony looks like he is thinking: Damn- how come I didn’t get an umbrella!?!

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, walk the red carpet prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

And this one? I can’t think of a funny caption…but still the expression on Harvick’s face cracks me up:

Kevin Harvick (r), driver of the #29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet, talks with Tony Stewart (l), driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)