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(If you are looking for the 2013 Sonoma Race Diary please go here)

If you know me, read this site, are facebook friends with me, follow me on twitter, instagram etc-  then you know two things about me for sure: I love NASCAR (and fast cars in general) and I have a “thing” for photography. I do not necessarily consider myself a photographer- but I do like to roam around with a camera snapping pictures of this, that and the other.  I do do some post production work in LightRoom- but what I have learned in both photography and LightRoom is pretty much self taught (lots of trial and error) with some guidance from my dad who also dabbles. (more…)

First let me congratulate Larry Armitage who was the winner of the GoBowling.com 400/Pocono Raceway Swag prize package.  Random.org picked number 4 and Larry was the fourth commenter on the post. Congratulations Larry- your prize package should be on it’s way to you soon!

And now for the housekeeping part!  Yes I was at the race in Sonoma (I am really starting to love that track).  On the plus side? I took 1802 pictures (not counting the ones I instagrammed through out the weekend). On the not-so-plus side? I  was using a new-to-me camera (a Canon 5D Mark II) and a new-to-me lens -so while some of the pictures came out AWESOME…some also came out not so awesome. I have been going through them and will have them along with the race report up as soon as I can- I have been a bit slammed at the day job so the last thing I want to do it go home and edit pictures (cropping is my friend)!

I mentioned in the my last race report that I was on a non-NASCAR vacation towards the end of last week. It wasn’t a non-sports vacation though as the main purpose of my trip was to go to a major league baseball game (my first ever)! As part of (bff) Misty’s Christmas present last year I gave her a baseball game- but not just any baseball game but a baseball game of her two favorite teams playing each other. That would be the Yankees and the Angels. So I scored us tickets and we met in Anaheim for the game. Our hotel was centrally located between Disneyland and Angels stadium which was great because pretty much we could walk everywhere we needed to go- the Garden Walk in Anaheim has all the restaurants one could need for a short trip and was just a couple blocks from the hotel and Angels Stadium was just over a mile away so we walked and saved ourselves the $10 parking fee.

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The game is underway in the early evening at Angels Stadium (Photo Credit: Amy K Marbach)



This contest is brought you to by the GoBowling.Com/Pocono Raceway Partnership!

When the opportunity to give one of my readers a GoBowling.com 400/Pocono Raceway prize pack came across my desk I admit I jumped at the offer! Who doesn’t love free stuff? (more…)

The 14 crew services Tony’s car during a pitstop for the Quicken Loans 400 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page- Click picture to be taken to the original)

Qualified: 14th (after wrecking a car within minutes during first practice and moving to a backup car).

Finished: 5th

Race Winner: Greg Biffle

Points After Pocono: 10th in the points standings! Tony is now 121 points out of first place in the standings!  We are 2 points ahead of 11th currently so we do not need the wild card.  However Tony does have 1 win for the wild card berth should he need it.

My Mood After Pocono: Happy as an uncooked clam in his shell. (more…)

As promised- here is Kevin M. Boot’s guest post about his experiences at the Party In The Poconos 400. Sounds like Kevin had a great time and I thank him for his post and the GREAT pictures that he shared with us! Be sure to check out the link to his complete photo album from the Party In The Poconos 400- there are many more GREAT shots from the race!– Amy

I heard about the $25 dollar race tickets on the “Fan Driven Pocono 400″ Facebook page. It played in the back of my mind, enticing me with a cheap race day. I got my ticket. Walmart sponsoring the race made it interesting since they let the fans vote on everything from the race name to the color of the Camaro pace car. They even had the fans vote on a new “signature food item” for the race track.

The Party In The Ponocos Pace Car

The Party In The Ponocos Pace Car takes to the track. (Photo Credit: Kevin M. Boots)


Even though the Party In The Poconos 400 is over- do not despair! You can still visit Walmart.com/NASCAR to get a family track pack of tickets to many upcoming races!  A Family track pack is $99.00 and includes four race tickets, four Cokes, and four hot dogs! That is a good deal! They still have track packs left for New Hampshire, The GoBowling.COM race at Pocono, and many other races. Check them out now.

Remember you can pick up all your race needs at WALMART- including driver gear, snacks and things like sunscreen- which I always seem to forget! (Long Pond, PA – JUN 09, 2013: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams take to the track for the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. photo provided by Walmart)

Also if you are at a race- check out the WALMART near the track- they are not only a great place to stock up on supplies for the race (don’t forget the sunscreen when you are picking up your race snacks) but they often have fun race related displays and events going on like driver appearances and race simulators!

It’s funny to me how sometimes I start a post planning on it going in one direction and then something happens and it ends up going in a totally different direction to me. That happened with this post. AMY

It all started with a fun fact.  Yesterday (today is 6-12-13) I was checking my calendar that I have in my office at the day job when I noticed this little tidbit at the bottom- which is kind of funny since the tidbit is about June 11th and it just happened to be June 11th:

June 11th, 2006, Tony received his 100th career top-five by placing third in the Pocono 500.

Per my Tony Stewart Calendar “June 11th, 2006, Tony received his 100th career top-five by placing third in the Pocono 500.” (photo credit: Amy Marbach via Instagram)

I posted the picture above on my instagram (click the picture to see it on Instagram.com) with the following caption: A #TonyStewart fun fact of the day… I wonder how many Top Five Finishes he has now… Anyone know? (more…)