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Well…it seems with Texas just days away it is time to face reality and finally accept that the 4/1/12 Martinsville race was no April Fool’s joke, despite the number of fools that crowded the race stage in the final laps. What could have been Hendrick Motorsports 200th Sprint Cup win, either from the race lap leader and dominant 24 car, or by 5-time Champ, Jimmie Johnson, turned into madness and disaster for the HMS team when a caution was called for Fool of the Day, Reutimann, who had been circling the track for several laps seemingly without rhyme or reason. I won’t bother to recap the rest, it is done and over and as much as I had hoped that NASCAR was playing a grand practical joke, sadly for Jeff Gordon and his fans that was not the case.

When I was offered the chance to read and review the new book 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Mike Hembree- I jumped at the offer.  I am a NASCAR fan after, so part of the book’s target audience.  I am also a huge fan of reading and knowledge. Plus, judging by the name of the book I thought it could even be the jumping off point in creating a NASCAR bucket list of sorts which is something I’ve been thinking a bit about recently.  As a matter of fact, I was so excited with the book arrived in the mail that I ripped right into the package before even leaving the post office.

(Photo Credit: Triumph Books)

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Autoclub Speedway 2012. Click mosaic to be taken to photo set on flickr. (photo credit: Amy K. Marbach)

My trip to the race at Autoclub Speedway was a gift.  The tickets were part of my Christmas present from Misty and the hotel was part of my birthday present from her (my birthday is about 3 weeks after Christmas).  We met in southern California on Friday and spent Saturday hanging out at the Victoria Gardens Shopping Center in nearby Rancho Cucamonga. It’s a really nice outdoor shopping village- and the two of us laughed probably way more than two grown women probably should. (more…)

Here is my almost weekly list of recommended articles out there on the internet:

What I Learned From The NASCAR Sprint Cupt Series Rulebook- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Interview: Tony Stewart on Hunting, Fishing and Racing-The editors of Outdoor Life

Have Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus Lost Their Edge?- Dustin Long for AthlonSports.com

Earnhardt Jr, Keselowski lambaste Reutimann’s Costly Move- Nate Ryan for USAToday.com

Tony Stewart Joins A Legend- Matt Willis for ESPN Blogs

Dale Earnhardt Jr Saves The Day for Tardy Reporter- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Tony Stewart Just Getting Warmed Up- Ed Hinton For ESPN.com

David Stremme Interview: “You’ve Got To Understand Where You Fit In”- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Stewart, Newman Setting Strong Pace- Mike Hembree for SpeedTV.com

Amanda Beard Slams Former Boyfriend Carl Edwards- Bob Pockrass for Sporting News

Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:

(Blatantly Stolen from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

This one needs a witty caption don't you think? (Blatantly stolen from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page).

(Yes I know this is late- but I wanted to make sure I gave this entry the attention it deserved. I hope you find it worth the wait-Amy)

The sights of the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas 2012. Click collage to be taken to Flickr photo set from the race. (Photo Credit: All photos in collage taken by me- Amy K. Marbach)

The NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holds a special place in my heart- it was the first NASCAR race I ever attended (and the first oval track race I ever attended). Las Vegas Motor Speedway was also the first Speedway I ever held a media credential at- so it is a track of firsts for me. (more…)

Last week (March 29th to be exact), NASCAR’s current champion, Tony Stewart, helped with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Austin, TX for the Office Depot Inside Sales Organization facility. The facilities brings 200 new jobs to the Austin Texas area- what area couldn’t use new jobs? Yey Office Depot for that! And Yey Tony Stewart for helping Office Depot celebrate the accomplishment!

Also I just had to share the picture with you. I love this picture because the photographer caught the ribbon mid-air. As a photo geek- that is no easy task trust me.

Office Depot celebrates the opening of its new Inside Sales Organization facility in Austin, Texas which brings 200 new jobs to the area to serve small- and medium-sized business customers in the U.S. Three-time and reigning NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series" champion, Tony Stewart, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured L-R: (front row) Phil Rocha, Domestic Expansion and Recruitment, Office of the Governor; State Representative Larry Gonzales; Steve Calkins, Office Depot Senior VP of Business Solutions; Kevin Peters, Office Depot President of North America; Tony Stewart; Williamson County Commissioner Lisa Birkman; Pictured L-R (back row): Michael Rollins, Austin Chamber President; Blaine Brunson, Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor David Dewhurst; Chris Edler, Office Depot VP of Inside Sales; Marcus Raney, Office Depot VP of HR; and Doug Kurkul, Round Rock Chamber President. (Photo Credit: Stanfield Photography)

Martinsville- what can I say except Tony Stewart lucked into a 7th place finish by attrition thanks to that big wreck at the end there that took out several of the front runners.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

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Most NASCAR fans are familiar with the iconic (STP Dayglo) red and (Petty) blue paint scheme that adorned the number 43 car for years and years.  I didn’t know this but STP signed their first deal with Richard Petty in 1972 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with “The King” this season.  I know that there are certain drivers that when you think of them you think of their sponsors. Petty’s STP is one of the first.  (I also think Dupont=Jeff Gordon, and Tide=Darrell Waltrip/Ricky Rudd and Lowes=Jimmie Johnson).

Anyway, because of this landmark anniversary, STP will be back as the title sponsor on the No. 43 Ford Fusion for the second consecutive year during the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Sidenote: It’s funny but when I type out STP my brain thinks Stone Temple Pilots- which then in turn makes me think of their song Vasoline…which then I try to sing to myself in my head but then it gets confused with the lyrics to Metallica’s Fuel which is a weird mashup of songs and then well  the point is my brain is being a bad naughty brain and I have digressed passed the point of you even caring)  and will be piloted by new Richard Petty Motorsports driver, Aric Almirola.

“When I signed with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2012 season I was honored to be driving for a legend of our sport,” said Almirola. “Being able to sit in the driver’s seat of the No. 43 STP car with an iconic paint scheme, just like ‘The King’ himself did, is the icing on the cake and it would be amazing to drive it to Victory Lane on April 22.”

I know that I will keep my eyes open on April 22nd for the 40th Anniversary paint scheme.  I hope you will too.  It will be like watching history circle the track in Kansas!