Monday morning I realized just how much I wear not only my NASCAR fandom on my sleeve, but my 24 pride, too, when I came into my office and started checking my voicemail messages from the weekend and had not one but three voicemail messages from clients of our firm and a business associate calling for the sole purpose to congratulate ME on the win at Pocono. Now, I am sure you can all relate that on Sunday when we are watching our driver navigate his way through the muck and the mire of a race we do indeed feel like a part of the team: making arm chair pit calls and yelling words of encouragement at our driver, or pointing out cars and obstacles like we are the team spotter but to return to the “real world” Monday and have people calling to congratulate you on your driver’s win- well that is when you know that you truly are living and breathing this sport. So much so that every person you come in contact with knows of your addiction and thinks of you when they are watching the sports segment on the evening news and see who won the race. That is cool! I will take those calls and messages any time!
This week’s reading list also includes a random youtube video of Tony I found and some pictures because well- why not? Enjoy!
NASCAR’s Tony Stewart Finds Success On,Off Racetrack- Kris Johannson for The Republic
What Does The Trackbar Do? – Dr. Diandra/Building Speed
Rally Racing South Of Zero- Geri Jeter for Skirts & Scuffs
Newman Addresses Burning Questions – Ryan Newman for NASCAR.com
New Carl Edwards ESPN Commercial Is Awkward- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Random (as in I was messing around on YouTube and found this somehow so thought I would share it) Tony Stewart Video:
Gratuitous Tony Stewart picture:
Sorry for the late notice but Tony Stewart will be doing an Autograph appearance TOMORROW August 2nd, 2012 at the Office Depot in Allentown, PA! The address for the location: 480 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA.
Wristbands are required and will be distributed starting at 8:00 am local time to the first three hundred customers on a first come/first serve basis (no purchase necessary for the wristband). One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband. Fans with wristbands MUST be in line no later than 5:15 PM local time to get their autograph. These events are great fun so grab some friends and head to the Office Depot in Allentown PA!
As I mentioned last week Tony Stewart would be doing an Autograph Appearance for fans at an Office Depot store in Indianapolis Indiana. Part of his autograph appearance included the first Sackpack donation for the upcoming school year that Tony helped The Office Depot Foundation distribute. I know that I have talked about it before but basically the National Backpack program supplies sackpacks filled with necessary school supplies to local non-profit organizations that help support young people in their community. I honestly think that this is a WONDERFUL program! Just a small pack full of school supplies helps give children the tools they need to succeed in school- what a great gift. (more…)
I remember years ago hearing Dale Earnhardt Jr, I believe, say that the Brickyard had such a hold over Tony Stewart that sometimes he just wanted to shake him and tell him to “let it go man.” Of course that may have been before Tony won his first Brickyard but it still illustrates how IMS is a special place. Honestly, wouldn’t wouldn’t want to win at their home track.
*****ENTRIES FOR THIS CONTEST ARE NOW CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. Thank you EVERYONE who commented and tweeted.*****
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!
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.
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: