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Short and sweet this week…just like me (ok…I am short but not usually sweet).

Time and Place (One Week Later Jimmie Johnson Is Still Not Pleased With Ryan Newman)-  David Caraviello for NASCAR.com

Kyle Busch Interview: A Closer At Joe Gibbs Racing’s Rowdy Driver- Jeff Gluck for SBNation

Carl Edwards Responds To Memior- Terry Blount for ESPN

SBNation Video: MSNBC Anchor Thinks NASCAR Cars Go 500 MPH- by Jeff Gluck for SBNation

Your gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks directly to Nascar Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart during a visit by the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to the White House on April 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama hosted the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart to honor his championship season. (Photo Credit: Ned Dishman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Richard Petty, simply known as The King to most NASCAR fans, will be honored at the STP 400 this weekend at Kansas Speedway.  This year is the 40th anniversary of the partnership between STP and Richard Petty.  The number 43 car will be running the iconic paint scheme this weekend.

To honor the King will be honored will be by a $43,000 donation to The Victory Junction Gang Camp by STP’s parent company Armored AutoGroup.  As many fans know- The Victory Junction Gang Camp was created in honor of Richard Petty’s grandson, Adam Petty who died in a racing accident.  I have talked about Victory Junction lots- it’s a wonderful children’s summer camp that serves more than 2,500 campers each year, between the ages of six and16 years old with 24 chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses, in Randleman, NC for a week of non-stop, full-throttle fun.

After the race in Kansas,STP in conjunction with Victory Junction and Richard Petty Motorsports, will auction
off Aric Almirola’s race-worn firesuit signed by both Almirola and Petty. The car Aric will be driving will bear the classic Petty Blue/STP Red paint scheme that Richard made famous.  All proceeds from this one-of-a-kind firesuit will benefit Victory Junction. Fans can visit http://myworld.ebay.com/victoryjunction to bid on the firesuit – a one of a kind item that will be a great addition to the collection of any race fan.
next week.

Also, in honor of Richard Petty, STP is providing race-day tickets to Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth service members, allowing them to take in all the racing action this weekend at Kansas Speedway as a thank you for their service!

Also watch for a new commerical campaign staring none other than Richard Petty himself.  Entitled Left Lane Club, the STP campaign will start this weekend on FOX and will also air throughout the summer.  So keep an eye open for that. And congratulations Richard Petty and STP on 40 years!

A couple days before the race in Fontana- that TONY WON-he did an Office Depot autograph appearance at the Office Depot in nearby Rancho Cucamonga that included a live Q&A that was also being broadcast out there on the web.  WHAT A GREAT IDEA – huge thumbs up to whoever thought of that.  There was a live audience in attendance at the Office Depot and questions were submitted from the internet as well as the live audience. I SOOO wanted to go.  But I wasn’t even able to watch the Q&A on the internet because I was in my car at that time.

Luckily the good folks over at Office Depot Racing posted the video for us to see (AND on youtube- so I can embed it YEY!!!)

I was sad that I missed the action at Office Depot (I am still hoping one might happen in advance of Infineon because that is the closest NASCAR track to me- but that doesn’t look like it’s the case) but at least I got to attend the race down in Fontana and see Tony WIN for the second time this year. Hey…that’s right. I have been to BOTH of Tony’s wins for the year.  Maybe I AM a good luck charm after all!!

When I saw Tony’s paint scheme he would be running at the race at Texas Motor Speedway, I knew it was going to be a tough road to hoe.  Why? Because this was his paint scheme last weekend:

 

The Mobil 1 paint scheme with a very green twist- the hood is green to promote their synthetic oil used to help the fuel economy of your car. Also- Green = Bad Luck for Tony. (Photo Credit: Stewart-Haas Racing Twitter Account)

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So, you may be asking yourself, how is it possible that Tony Stewart has already won at Texas Motor Speedway before the race that runs tomorrow evening? Let me answer that for you. Yesterday Tony Stewart picked up two awards at the Texas Motorsports Hall Of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony held at Texas Motor Speedway! Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted this picture last night of his “hardware” that he won:

Tony Stewart won 2011 Fan Choice Award and the 2011 Racer of the Year award last night at Texas Motor Speedway. (photo credit: Stewart-Haas Racing Twitter Account)

YEY Tony!!!

Here are some pictures from the event:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet, speaks on stage during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Dinner at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Brandon Wade/Getty Images North America)

(L-R) Becky of The Great American Sweethearts, Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet, Ramon Jones, Foreigner's Mick Jones and Katie of The Great American Sweetheart pose on stage during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Dinner at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Brandon Wade/Getty Images North America)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet, poses on stage with the Fan Choice Award during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Dinner at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Brandon Wade/Getty Images North America)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet, smiles on stage during the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Dinner at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Brandon Wade/Getty Images North America)

Congratulations Tony!!!

Dale Junior’s Car Graveyard: A Bird’s Eye View- Jay Busbee for Yahoo!Sports

NASCAR’s Pre-Race Pairings Make For Some Interesting Conversation- Dustin Long for SportsIllustrated.com

Danica Patrick Doesn’t Deserve Her Ride? Give Me A Break- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.Com

An Open Letter To Bruton Smith- Pete Pistone Eye On NASCAR forCBSSports.com

Backseat Drivers Council- 2012 surprises, tips for the track and listening to NASCAR on SiriusXM Radio- Dustin Long for Athlon Sports

Telltale Signs: Key Questions That Could Be Answered In The Next Four Races- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.Com

A Tony Stewart Quote for you:

For us to battle through all the variables that were thrown at us throughout the year makes our championship even more remarkable. It definitely makes you go, ‘How did we do this? How did we overcome all these variables to get to where we are?’ At the same time, it made the championship very gratifying because we were able to take a less-than-perfect scenario and have success with it. (Tony Stewart answering a fan’s question about his favorite part of the 2011 Championship. Office Depot Racing website)

Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Blatantly Stolen from The Official TSR Fan Page (Click picture to be taken to Official TSR Facebook Fanpage).

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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