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Ahh its time for Fun With NASCAR ads.  I love NASCAR themed ads- whether they are advertising the sport or a particular sponsor nothing will make me pay more attention to an advertisement on television than to see a NASCAR tie in somewhere, somehow.

Case in point: A tire ad.  How many ways can there be to sell tires right? Pretty much show tires performing under adverse yet every day conditions- like in rain, in snow, and the like.  You don’t really think too much about the science that goes into tires.  Well this Goodyear ad does- by tying in the physics of racing with NASCAR.  And in it it just so happens that driver Kevin Harvick destroys teammate (and team owner) Tony Stewart’s trophy case in the name of illustrating tire science: (more…)

Tony Stewart in the garage at Daytona on February 20, 2014 (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America)

This is one I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see!  Tony Stewart will be appearing with his racing idol/mentor AJ Foyt at the Budweiser ROLL-BAR at Phoenix Raceway on Saturday March 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am.

While you do have to pay to get into the ROLL-BAR- it’s worth it in this case. You also get a prerace pit pass for the day (Or weekend if you choose a whole weekend pass), food and drink vouchers, preferred parking, entertainment, driver appearances such as this one and other fun stuff. For more information or to purchase a ROLL-BAR pass check out the Budweiser ROLL-BAR page.

PS. If any of my readers happen to go to this event- I would love some pictures for BadGroove if you will share :-)

Working on the fuel cell

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)

It’s a day that always begins with a ton of pomp and circumstance. No I am not talking about the Olympic closing ceremonies- I am talking the Daytona 500 (which ended up being the Nightona 500 after the Raintona 500 and the #AirTitan 500). It was the day that Smoke fans have been looking forward to for 7 months. The Daytona 500; aka the day Tony Stewart was back racing. Okay, so yeah technically he’d been racing for about a week if you count the non-points paying Sprint Unlimited and the field setting Budweiser Duels but this was a “real” race: A points race, A full-length race; and what turning to an all day- and part of the night race.

Tony qualified 21st but was forced to start from the rear of the field (as was Danica Patrick and Bobby Labonte). Don’t even get me going about that.  Why? Because of an “unscheduled engine change” because he suffered an engine issue during FIRST practice…you know the practice that is BEFORE the “Front Row Qualifying day” (the old CART fan in me keeps wanting to call it Pole day) and BEFORE the Budweiser Duels.  I could see penalizing him into starting at the back for his duel race- but the 500 too? Isn’t that double jeopardy- which is illegal?! Should be anyway.  But I digress.

Superspeedways make me nervous anyway. Knowing Tony’s in the back did NOTHING to assauge those nerves- mostly I was just hoping that Spotter Bob had extra powerful eagle eyes up there and could navigate Tony around the wrecks that would be inevitable. Yes I know he crashed during the Unlimited and was fine but I worry, because it’s one of the things I do best. Honestly- I would worry even if he didn’t have an injury. Because the kind of wrecks that Daytona (and you too Talladega) produce are usually violent (definitely cringe worthy). Case in point: The wreck where Danica smacked the wall but hard.  I mean OUCH.  And did I hear right- that she hit an area that didn’t have SAFER barrier? Why is there ANY spot on ANY track that isn’t edged in SAFER Barrier by now but especially a track like Talladega. Please someone tell me I heard wrong.

Tony in helmet

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)

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(L-R) Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and driver of the #14, Danica Patrick, driver of the #10, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4, Kurt Busch, driver of the #4, and Mike Arning, public relations for Stewart-Haas Racing, speak with the media during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour. (Photo Source: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

If I took one thing from 2014 NASCAR media tour in Charlotte this week it is this: Tony Stewart is EXCITED for the 2014 season. Don’t believe me? He said “excited” 20 times during the general media scrum (I was going to go back to the transcript and count because I noticed it while he was speaking but thanks to Nate Ryan I don’t have to) and a bazillion more times during his interview on SiriusXM (click on link to hear his excitable snippet) after they broke out into individual sessions. I love it. This season is going to be a great one- I can feel it. (more…)

To use one of Amy’s favorite words: flummoxed – that is exactly what I was last weekend when I got the details of this year’s Meet and Greet opportunities with Jeff Gordon. I was beyond excited when it was announced that Jeff would be holding meet and greet opporunities this year for fans at EVERY race. I even said to Amy, “Whoo hoo that man is going to get sick of seeing us!”.

Having attended the last Jeff Gordon Network event in Phoenix a few years back, I was not surprised that there was a fee to participate. As I recall it was $40 a person, but that got you a breakfast with the other attendees, some swag, and of course the whole reason for attending – a moment with Jeff, one on one on stage, to talk to him and have a personal photo taken. Seemed reasonable, after all they did have to rent a room to hold the event in, they served breakfast and whatever else. However, I was more than a little surprised when I opened up the email last weekend to find out the cost to attend was $599.00 PER PERSON! I was left searching for some misplaced decimals to say the least. Even more surprising, for that amount of money there is no mention of a meal, although they do promise an autographed item, BUT get this “due to time constraints” you will likely have your picture taken with Jeff and four to five other fans! Is it April? Cause someone has GOT to be fooling me!

Now I am just about as devoted of a Jeff Gordon fan as you can get. I think he is a great person on and off the track and his humanitarian work truly makes me proud to call him my driver, but there is something just so unsettling about this. Why is the cost SO much? To me it is not even a matter of affordability, I could have Warren Buffet sized bank accounts and would not spend that to meet anyone. If you are attending or planning to attend, I think that is great and I am in no way judging you- but I truly do want to hear from you and find out what about this offer seems reasonable or appealing to you.

Needless to say, this is one fan who is not planning to attend any of the events this year. I can think of any number of better ways to spend my money than on this- heck I think I would even be better off to buy 6 tickets to Jeff’s corvette raffle, where the money goes to a fantastic charity, The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital. At least then I am giving to a good cause, could win a car, and likely meet Jeff anyway and not have some strangers mucking up my picture with the man. Just saying …

Remember back when NASCAR ’14 (the video game) was running a Facebook competition where NASCAR fans could vote for who was going to be on the cover? I voted EVERY SINGLE round for Tony.  I figured it was a way I could support my driver while he was on the mend from his broken leg. I guess a bunch of my fellow Tony Stewart fans felt the same way I did because as many of you already know Tony Stewart won.  In the end he was up against driver Jeff Gordon (whom I might add is usually second in the Most Popular Driver voting- second to Dale Earnhardt Jr.) so I was a little surprised…but not THAT surprised. Tony Stewart fans had banded together to show their support.  Well guess what? That game is coming out in just a little over a month!  NASCAR ’14 is scheduled to be released on February 18 for XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC!

Tony Stewart on the NASCAR ’14 cover.

I will admit it right here right now: for a professional geek (I work in technical customer service/support in the educational field) I am not a big gamer.  I figure I am in front of a computer 40 hours a week for my day job, more at home for my blog. Whatever other screen time I have in a week goes to things like facebook (of course), personal photo editing, and other stuff like that.  I WILL admit that I do play Words with friends (hey that is technically facebook right?) and recently I have gotten pulled back into TheSims with their FreePlay ap for Kindle but other than that I am not a big gamer.  I do have the gamer gene though- my dad is a big fan of COD, and lately World of Tanks. However- if my driver- Tony Stewart is on the cover of a game? I will own that game!  I will play that game! I can’t wait for the release of NASCAR ’14.

“You want to show all those wanna be knuckleheads out there what it means to drive…” Tony Stewart in the NASCAR ’14 ad (see video below)

So I didn’t even need to see the ad to know that I would own NASCAR ’14…but the ad? It’s so good. I absolutely love love LOVE this ad:


Here are some features of NASCAR ’14 the game if you are interested:

  1. NASCAR Highlights: Take advantage of “NASCAR Highlights” to determine the outcome of the biggest race thrills from the season.  Eutechnyx recreates the action where the condition of the cars is exact, weather the same, track positions identical – the only difference is you!
  2. Career Mode: Work your way through the ranks in a comprehensive career mode; complete with custom car builds, sponsor acquisition, and R&D to get your team into victory lane.
  3. Official Teams & Tracks: Race against the official NASCAR teams & drivers on your favorite tracks from the high banks of Daytona, to the twists & turns of Sonoma, and exhilarating speed of Talladega.
  4. Leagues: Take competition to the next level and host online leagues with your friends, fully supported by dynamic statistics, challenges, rankings and replay.
  5. Online Multiplayer:  Take advantage of dynamic skill-based matchmaking, tournaments, and easy drop in/out server browser functionality for a fair and enjoyable experience.

It looks fun to me:

NASCAR ’14 Screenshot

You can find more information about NASCAR 14 by checking out:  https://www.facebook.com/NASCARGaming, https://twitter.com/NASCARGaming, or http://www.etxracing.com.

#14in14

As I mentioned in my last post, Tony Stewart appeared at a grand opening of the new River Run Xfinity Comcast retail store in Jacksonville, Florida. The store showcases the innovation and speed of Xfinity products, and is designed entirely around the needs of customers, offering consumers an opportunity to explore and interact directly with the latest Xfinity products and services. At the grand opening ceremony Tony was also present with a check for $15,000 for the Tony Stewart Foundation from Comcast. For those not familiar with The Tony Stewart Foundation- it celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary as a foundation last year and has awarded $5.2 million to outstanding organizations serving children, animals and injured motor racing drivers in 41 of 50 states, including Florida!

Tony helps the Mayor cut the ribbon

Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Alvin Brown (center) cuts the grand-opening ribbon along with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart (second from left) and Comcast executives on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during a special event celebrating the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony Stewart and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown

Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart addresses attendees while Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown looks on during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity store location in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

Tony gets a really big check.

Three-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ champion Tony Stewart is presented with a $15,000 donation to The Tony Stewart Foundation on behalf of Comcast by Derek Cooper, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Investment in Florida for Comcast, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, during the grand-opening celebration of the new River City Xfinity® store location in Jacksonville, Florida. Last year, The Tony Stewart Foundation marked 10 years as a charitable foundation and has awarded $5.2 million to outstanding organizations serving children, animals and injured motor racing drivers (Photo credit: Comcast Florida/Dan Van Slyke, Jr.).

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What better way to start the new year then posting a Tony Stewart autograph appearance right out of the box!

Yes that is right- Tony Stewart will be doing an autograph appearance for Comcast as part of a grand opening of their Comcast Xfinity store River City location grand opening on January 8th!! Tony will be on hand that evening with Comcast executives to help open the store and to accept an awesome $15,000 donation by Comcast to the Tony Stewart Foundation! After the presentation, Tony will be signing autographs for the lucky 250 fans who get wristbands.

Here are the details: (more…)