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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!

 

After an abysmal start to the season that includes a mechanical DNF at Daytona, a team mate spurred DNF (don’t even get me started) at Bristol and a couple of mediocre finishes in Phoenix and Vegas, it was AMAZING to see Jeff Gordon’s terrific run at AutoClub Speedway this weekend. After qualifying 21st for Sunday’s race, he quickly moved up the leader board finding himself firmly in the top 5 by the time the race reached its half-way mark. The Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet was strong and Jeff was able to take positions seemingly at will. It truly was AMAZING…amazing right up until it got messy!

With rain imminent and only green flag laps, cars were reaching their fuel window and had to pit. Jeff stayed out on track the longest leading a few laps before coming down pit road for his scheduled stop. This is where it got MESSY (to say the least). After receiving the GO signal from his crew, Jeff pulled away dragging the gas man and the still engaged gas can out of the stall with him, resulting in a pass through penalty that left him a lap down in P19. Even so, his car was fast and strong; he quickly passed some lap down cars and moved up to 16th. His lap times were equal to and at some times quicker than the dominant leader, Stewart. In fact, it looked as if Jeff had a decent shot of racing his way back to the lead lap until Mother Nature intervened and opened her skies over Turn 3, bringing out the Yellow.

Now had the 24 stayed on track and taken the wave around the bleeding could have at least stopped there, but oh no! A poor decision to pit under caution (did the team not have access to the same report we in the stands had? Once the rain started it wasn’t going to let up until Monday, so there was absolutely no chance the race would go back GREEN).

Another pit stop resulted in another penalty when the tire changer lost control of the front tire and went bouncing across pit road. I sat in the stands watching in horror! I could not believe this kind of epic fail from a team of this caliber.

Sure enough within a few laps the race went Red and was shortly called due to the torrential down pour, which everyone knew was coming! Jeff finished P26, and slid two more positions in the points to 25th! I hate to be Debbie Downer, but unless this team gets it together and quick they are not likely to recover from this atrocious start to the season and may just miss the Chase and that is more than enough reason for me to mess my unmentionables!

Hey Texas- three time Sprint cup champion Tony Stewart is coming your way tomorrow to do an Office Depot Grand (re)Opening event celebrating the remodeling of 13 area Office Depot locations.

Tony will be signing autographs at Office Depot in Houston Texas (address: Office Depot
10311 Highway 45 North (NW Corner of I-45 North and West Rd) Houston, Texas 77037) at 4:30 local time TOMORROW (March 28th, 2012).

You will need a wristband for the event- wristbands will be given away on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8:00 am local time. One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband!

Have a great time. The show car will be there!

Shock Ruling: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus Win Final Appeal- Dustin Long for USA Today

Team 48 Wins Appeal of Daytona Penalties- The AP for FoxSports

Ryan Newman: I’ve Changed How I Race The Competition- By Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

The infamous pre-race interview with Tony Stewart from Bristol where he was…um distracted by some shenanigans (I wanted to embed it but that option is not available so i thought I would share it anyway).  http://www.nascar.com/video/post-race/highlights/120318/cup-bri-high-stewart-prerace/index.html

Bristol Driver Intro Songs List- by Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com

Tony Stewart Dominates off the line for his first career Vegas win- Jay Busbee for Yahoo!Sports

For the love of pete will someone please teach Denny Hamlin how to Dougie:

Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:

Blatantly stolen from the official Tony Stewart Facebook page: during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on March 18, 2012. Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc.

Also blatantly stolen from the Tony Stewart official facebook page: Tony Stewart speaks to members of the media during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on March 16, 2012. Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc.