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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.

So to me it seemed like the 14 Team and crew chief Steve Addington had to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the #14 Chevy during the 301 laps at New Hampshire Speedway yesterday. It was near painful to watch the team struggle getting the car where it seemed drivable.  And when I say they threw everything at it- they threw EVERYTHING at it. The first caution pitstop they threw 2 tires (most teams were taking 2)  fuel 1 round up on the track bar and 2 rounds of wedge.  Yet Tony continued to struggle- even after searching for different grooves on the track and being unsuccessful.  The team eventually fell a lap down struggling with grip (I believe at one point Tony mentioned wanting to choke the Goodyear engineers in his frustration with lack of grip).

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, comes in for a pit stop during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

The team has to be credited for not giving up though. After falling a lap down the team was able to get back on the lead lap (and stay there) by taking a wave around.  Then during the last caution pit stop Steve Addington took another HUGE swing at the car- calling for yet another track bar adjustment AND spring rubbers out of the front of the car. He restarted in 16th and was able to move up through the field to 11th at one point.  He finished the race 12th and fell down to 7th in the points.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 15, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)

I don’t really have any “notes” for this race and while watching the race I thought it might be fun for me to share some of my favorite race day tweets with you. You can click on the tweet to be taken to the original. Let me know if you like this feature!

My Favorite Race Day Tweets from LOUDEN, NH:

 

Next weekend is an off weekend as teams prep for the Brickyard 400!

 

I know I usually just throw up a list of articles I have read and then carry on when it comes to the #NASCAR reading list but today I have some words I must share about last night’s Espy’s. Tony Stewart was nominated for two of ESPN’s Espy Awards (Best Championship Performance and Best Driver).  He won Best Driver (Yey! He has won Best Driver every year following a championship win- so whoohoo for keeping the streak alive there!). He did NOT win Best Championship performance, which I think is RIDICULOUS.  Seriously?  The #14 team went into the chase wondering if they should even BE there.  They turned around and won HALF of the chase races- something that has NEVER been done before- and it still came down to a seat of your pants race at Homestead-Miami- where basically Tony HAD TO WIN the race to win the championship.  HAD TO WIN.  Then there was the race…where he had to come up through the field not ONCE but TWICE.  A race where his car sustained damage early on and STILL THEY WON- because that is PURE WILL right there.  And I know Tony would tell you right now- it wasn’t just him- but the WHOLE TEAM that made that happen.  Some of you might be saying I am biased and yeah I probably am (hell I KNOW I am).  But I don’t care which TWO drivers it had come down to- it would still have been spectacular if the situation was the same.  It greatly helped that it was Tony and Carl because the two bantered back and forth in the media about it.  So to quote one my twitter friends- it’s “EMBARRASSING” that they didn’t win. While Tony gets DRIVER of the year all to himself- I think the Championship Performance of the year would have been one that the entire 14 TEAM could have held up together- as they totally deserved that.  (And Yes I voted. And YES I encouraged my Tony fans on twitter and facebook to join me in voting).

Ok so I am off my Espy’s soapbox! Now onto the reading list which includes a link from my brother who does not follow NASCAR as closely but wanted me to share a link with you.

Allmendinger’s NASCAR Career Is Effectively Over- TC for NASCARInsiders.com

The Science and Smoke Behind NASCAR’s MOBIL 1 Motor Oil- Karla Sanchez for MotorTrend.com

The NASCAR drug policy- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com

Long Road Ahead For Allmendinger?- David Newton for ESPN.com

Very UGLY Incident Involving Tyler Walker at Williams Grove- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Monday Morning Tear Down: Frustrated Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says Daytona Rules Need Some Work- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com

12 Questions with Brad Keselowski- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

And the one my brother emailed me to share with his concise commentary of WTF: Woman Watched NASCAR With Deceased Man For Over A Year- Nick Bromberg for Yahoo! Sports

As always a Tony picture for your viewing pleasure:

(Photo Credit: Taken from TonyStewart.com's gallery of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Click to be taken to the source.)

In my excitement after Tony took the checkered flag after a drama filled Daytona- I had forgotten a couple things that I wanted to mention- but then I watched this video recap from Showtime’s InsideNASCAR and remembered them: (more…)

What a drama filled race weekend both for Tony Stewart and the #14 Team and for NASCAR in general.  There is A LOT to talk about for Daytona- so let’s get right to it.  Tony qualified 2nd.  YES 2nd! I was so stoked because from what I could tell at work, his practice just seemed mediocre.  As a Tony fan, I know he doesn’t always qualify well- so any front row qualifying effort means that the car is on rails to me and the field better watch out!  I was stoked!  Then I checked my FaceBook a little later on Friday and I saw an esoteric status update one of my “Smoke” friends posted that made me think “uh-oh” so I logged into Twitter and that is when I got the full information. Because of a uncapped cockpit air hose, Tony’s qualifying was disqualified and he would be lining up 42nd in a field of 43.  I literally banged my head on my desk and yelled ARG I KNEW IT WAS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Luckily for me- there was no one around when I did it because I even did it with my office door open.

Tony Stewart at Daytona Speedway (Photo Credit: Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page- click for original)

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