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Hey did you know that Office Depot Racing is currently running a contest to attend the race in Chicago? How cool would that be? Five winners will win:

  • Two grandstand tickets to the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012
  • $750
  • One (1) $50 Office Depot gift card
  • One (1) 1:24 No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet diecast car autographed by Tony Stewart

That is a pretty awesome prize package if you ask me!  But you must act quick though because you only have until August 23rd to enter!!  Go to OfficeDepotRacing.com to enter today!!

This guest post is written by LONG time BadGroove reader and commenter, Kevin M. Boots, who many of you may remember from his first guest post about Tony Stewart’s Mobil 1 F1 Seat Swap with Louis Hamilton.  Kevin is a transplanted Hoosier living in New York and is going to attend the race this coming weekend at THE GLEN.  He will be posting about his experiences at the Glen in an exclusive to BadGroove.  I also highly suggest you follow him on twitter for track updates this weekend:  KevinMBoots77.  —Amy

I’m a Tony Stewart fan. I’ve been a fan of Smoke since he moved to the #20 car in 1999. He wasn’t my favorite driver though, that was Dale Earnhardt Sr. My whole family were Sr fans.  We never got the chance to see him race in person. When he died I split my attention between 3 drivers; Smoke, Harvick and Dale Jr.  Smoke, of course, became my favorite and Harvick was second.  Jr., I tried to be a fan but he just never did anything. Another thing that turned me off was what I call “the Cubs Effect.” The Chicago Cubs have not won a world series in 100 years, yet their fans are die hard and cheer them on still. Its annoying, at least to myself.

Jr Nation is just like those Cubs fans, they cheer for him even though he has only one win in the last four years. So why am I writing about a driver I am not a huge fan? He did something at Pocono that I have not seen another drive do in a long time. Jr got out of his car, which had just broke a transmission, got the jack and jacked his car up!  He was trying to get it ready for the crew to start working on replacing the transmission.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, talks with crew members in the garage after mechanical problems at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

This shows me that he knows what has to be done to win the championship. It shows me that he knows he has to do more to get what he wants. He did not waiting for the crew to get there and sit there doing nothing till they get it fixed. He realized that every second counted. He understand that every point counts, Smoke showed them all that last year. He showed me that he can do wait he needs to do to deserve the legion of fans he has.

Today Dale Earnhardt Jr earned my respect, and that my friends, is hard to earn.

Warning- this post is going to be laden with photos. Why? Because photographers Glenn and Jessica Bure were kind enough to supply BG with photos of Tony and his car in Pocono. So a HUGE thank you to both Glenn and Jessica for sharing their pictures with BadGroove! Also a huge Thanks to The Office Depot Foundation for supplying BadGroove with pictures from the Allentown, PA Sackpack donation! (more…)

Monday morning I realized just how much I wear not only my NASCAR fandom on my sleeve, but my 24 pride, too, when I came into my office and started checking my voicemail messages from the weekend and had not one but three voicemail messages from clients of our firm and a business associate calling for the sole purpose to congratulate ME on the win at Pocono. Now, I am sure you can all relate that on Sunday when we are watching our driver navigate his way through the muck and the mire of a race we do indeed feel like a part of the team: making arm chair pit calls and yelling words of encouragement at our driver, or pointing out cars and obstacles like we are the team spotter but to return to the “real world” Monday and have people calling to congratulate you on your driver’s win- well that is when you know that you truly are living and breathing this sport. So much so that every person you come in contact with knows of your addiction and thinks of you when they are watching the sports segment on the evening news and see who won the race. That is cool! I will take those calls and messages any time!

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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