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What was with the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600?  In both races the drivers leading the last lap did NOT get the checker flag and in BOTH races those drivers happened to be driving National Guard sponsored cars. Talk about heartache. (more…)

Some Tony Stewart fans are familiar with The Smoke Show, but for those who are not it’s a fantasy driving camp experience.  Participants buy their spot at the camp where they get to not only ride around Texas Motor Speedway with Tony Stewart for three laps, but they get to actually drive in competitive lap sessions including personalized instruction by Tony Stewart himself.  All the proceeds from The Smoke Show go to the Speedway Children’s Charities. The base package costs $6,000.  Here is a little video showing some of the past Smoke Show participants: (more…)

When I was in college, I went in thinking I wanted to be a grammar school teacher.  The university I attended was implementing a program that required so many hours of volunteer work related to your major to graduate.  All of my volunteer experiences through the university were school and education related.  My favorite volunteer experience had me at a local elementary school  that had a special grant to implement technology education in that school.  Basically I worked with a small group of children in a fairly state of the art (at the time) computer lab helping them research a topic (they had to pick a sea creature…whales, dolphins and the like) and use the computers to make a multimedia presentation about the sea creature they picked.  It was a great experience to see children- some who had never even seen a computer before- learn to use and get comfortable with technology.  (more…)

My mishmash of thoughts on the All-Star Race:

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We just wanted to wish Tony Stewart a very happy birthday! Go Tony Go!

And while I am at it I wanted to point you in the direction of a good article about Tony here: Stewart Turns 40 With His Bad Boy Days Behind Him. It’s a great read- check it out if you haven’t yet.

 

One of these days I am going to get to Charlotte for the week between the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. Just looking at the all the events listed on the Jayski Driver Appearances page for the week makes me green with envy. Not to mention that I have always wanted to visit the race shops. All of them. I have never been to one and I think it would be fascinating.

So if you find yourself lucky enough to be in the Charlotte area for the race week next week there are THREE different Tony Stewart appearances you can try to catch:

  1. May 24th- Tony Stewart will have a Bass Pro Store appearance from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bass Pro Outdoor World in Concord, NC (store address is 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC). Check out their stores driver appearance page for more details and a list of the MANY drivers appearing that week at the store in Concord- including an appearance by teammate Ryan Newman the following evening).
  2. May 25th- Tony will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the Office Depot in Charlotte, NC starting at 4:00 pm. Wristbands are required and 600 of them will be given out at the store location starting at 8:00 am.   Fans with wristbands must be in line no later than 5:00 pm to get an autograph (one autograph per wristband).  The address for Office Depot in Charlotte is: 8658 J.W. Clay Blvd.
  3. May 28th- Tony is schedule to appear at the 17th Food Lion Speed Street Annual Festival in a question and answer session on the Coca-Cola stage.  The question and answer session starts at 7:15 and also features drivers Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.

I became familiar with EFX Perfomance probably about a year ago when I noticed Tony Stewart had been wearing a necklace and I could tell it had letters on it but from the pictures I had seen- I couldn’t tell WHAT it said.  I asked a fellow blogger (who was interviewing about to interview him) to see if she could find out what it said/what it was- and she kindly did.  So I am NOT surprised that I saw the press release last week come across my desk stating that EFX  Perfomance had developed a partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing and Hendrick Motorsports to bring driver specific bracelets available for purchase.  (more…)

Miles the Monster, mascot to the concrete mile track in Dover, made sure that Tony Stewart, his crew, and his stalwart fans were left disappointed, disheartened, and bewildered at the team’s luck after Sunday’s race (not to mention generally pissed off- but that’s a post for another day).  Saturday’s qualifying session was rained out and forced the race line up to go by the practice speeds , a new rule in 2011, for the first time this year.  Unfortunately this put the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet  deep in the field- starting 27th. (more…)