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Congratulations to the two finalists in this year’s 2011 “Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot” Sweepstakes.  Two great finalists will race (vicariously via Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle) for the title this weekend at the AvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday!

Huckleberry Pets adorns the TV panel of the #14 Office Depot Chevy of Tony Stewart. (Photo Credit: Edelman)

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I don’t know what I can say about Tony’s run at Bristol. (more…)

Tony Stewart will be signing autographs for fans at the Office Depot in Roswell, GA on Wednesday August 31st in Roswell Georgia at 4:30 PM Local time.  The Office Depot is located at 1580 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, GA.

To get an autograph you will need a wristband. Four hundred wristbands will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8:00 AM local time at the Office Depot located on Holcomb Bridge Road.  One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband.

There will also be a show car at the location starting at 1:00 pm.  Go and enjoy! These event are great fun and I highly suggest that you get to the event as early as possible- because wristbands tend to go quickly.

Someone give Tony a hug from us at BadGroove and tell him to #KeepDiggingTony!

Truth be told, I have a relatively small Tony Stewart collection  Just a couple of shelves crowded with stuff and another shelf in my office at work- plus a full-size Standee of Tony that stands in my office at work (because my poor dog was scared of the standee). That’s it.

That’s not t say that I don’t have some favorite items in that collection. I have two favorites…where if the house was burning down I would try to save first (after family and Roxy of course).  It’s funny because both of them are favorites of mine more because of the story involved in them then the actual item itself.

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Instead of a my usual post-race article- I was inspired by the facebook status of one of my friends, to write Tony a letter. If you want to read the team race report you can find it here.

Dear Tony-

I could tell before a single word came out of your mouth in your post-race interview that you were disappointed with your results at Michigan.  You finished 9th and remained 10th in the standings- hanging onto the last chase position by your fingernails. Your words after the race equaled the frustration you carried on your person and in your countenance. At one point you even exclaimed that you were “wasting” a chase spot.

Your frustration is well founded.  It’s been a challenging season to say the least.  If it could go wrong it has. Everything from uncommon pit road errors (commitment cone violation and removing equipment from pit road) to getting caught up in other people’s crashes has led to a yo-yo of season that is currently in that stage where the yo-yo is spinning at the end of the string- waiting to be pulled back up.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands by his car in the garage during practice in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

I think that you know that it’s not a matter of if the yo-yo will come back, but when. It can, however, seem like an eternity while it dangles precariously at the end of the string before rebounding. And while your  yo-yo of a season sits there spinning, it is important that you know that this fan acknowledges and understands your frustration.  You see, we fans ride along vicariously with you. We feel your elation and pride during the good times in our heart and soul and we are just as crushed by the defeats and disappointments.

That being said, you are still 10th in points. Despite the frustrations you feel- there is a reason for that.  Something is working enough that you have earned that points position- it’s not wasted.  Don’t lose hope.   I have no doubt that you and the #14 will be in Victory Lane soon, but until that time, just know that I continue to stand behind you and the entire #14 crew. As one of my Facebook friends said in her post-race status update– Keep Digging Tony (and crew)!

Your Fan,

Amy

I find it kind of weird to write a about a rumor (that is exactly what it is- a rumor- as  Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted on August 17 that “it’s all speculation until you hear it from Tony Stewart” and I don’t know about you all- but Tony hasn’t called* to tell me anything so I will continue to treat it as such until I read a formal announcement). The silly season stuff can get kind of crazy and I don’t really delve too deeply into it because it’s all speculation anyway.  But you know if has to do with Stewart-Haas Racing I am probably going to at least ponder it, and possibly even write about it.

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I work Monday- Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm so I was a wee bit disappointed that Watkin’s Glen was rained out.  Now it’s not to say that I wasn’t tempted to call in to watch the race.  Sure I was tempted, but it is our busiest times of the year right now at work plus I kinda like getting paid and “rain delayus to next dayus- aka race related illness” are not considered appropriate uses of sick leave – of that I am almost certain. So I watched the first several laps on TV until 7:30am (remember I am a west coast fan) when I begrudgingly got in my car mumbling the whole time about wanting to watch the race and drove my butt to work where I wouldn’t be able to watch the race.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, leads Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, during Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images North America)

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Sorry for the late notice- but I just found this:  Tony Stewart will be doing an autograph session on August 18th from 5pm-7pm in Louisville, Kentucky at the JD Byrider Auto Dealership located at 6600 Dixie Highway.

To get an autograph you have to have a wristband.  Starting at 3:00pm local time 800 wrist bands will be handed out at the dealership- one wristband person, one autograph per wristband.  Have fun!