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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…)

I can’t believe I haven’t really talked about this year’s Prelude To The Dream charity dirt race yet! The seventh annual Prelude To The Dream charity race will be live at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Wednesday June 8th at 8PM EDT.

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IRL and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick will be on THE DOCTORS this Friday May 13th to talk about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) as well as her involvement with DRIVE4COPD.  DRIVE4COPD is a charity who’s mission it is to get the word out about COPD and urge people to get screened. (more…)

And I thought Richmond was a long race. Seriously- Darlington was LONG- and I have to say that I agree with Tony’s comment on Race Day- Darlington should be shortened. I understand the history behind Darlington and The Southern 500- but really? I can’t imagine what it was like for those on the east coast!

My favorite part of the Mother’s Day weekend race is ALWAYS the command to start engines because it is given by a bunch of the driver’s moms! I LOVE that part.

Tony Stewart and his mom, Pam Boas, at driver introductions for the Southern 500 at Darlington (photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography, Inc.- borrowed from Tony Stewart facebook page)

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NASCAR instituted a new points system at season’s beginning in an effort to make it easier for the average fan to understand and in theory increase viewership. For those of you who read my thoughts on the change at the beginning of the season, you know that I was not a fan of the change, but I didn’t think it would make much of a difference. On that point I could not have been more wrong. While I still say it wasn’t needed, I now believe the change is a pure detriment to the sport that I so enjoyed watching and following each week.
Allow me to explain, I don’t think I am that much of an anomaly among fellow racing fans in that I have a favorite driver that I follow and root for. While I may like most of the drivers, on race day there is only one driver I am thinking about. Well, unfortunately this season has not gone so well for my driver and each week he seems to get mired further and further down the points standings. Under this new, but definitely not improved system, with each mediocre or, heaven forbid, bad week that transpires my hopes for him to pull himself out of the muck and mire of this points abyss dim.
OK, so maybe you’re saying, “well that’s how it goes”, and I bet if you are your driver is in the top 10. Am I right? But, I digress…
Under this new points system watching races and following a driver stuck in a points deficit becomes sheer frustration. When I see a twenty point separation between my driver and the next position in the standings I feel hopeless, understanding that he’ll need to finish twenty spots ahead of that guy in the next race to catch up. This hopelessness leaves me feeling like a frustrated vulture, hoping the drivers above him suffer calamities of all sorts. It has taken a sport I loved to watch and turned it into something I dread. I want to say, wake me when the Chase starts and hope that my driver is still lucky enough to have a shot at the wild card position for the Chase. Now, I won’t do that (just yet), so for now I watch and hope and prey for calamity and pray for success, but with each week my enthusiasm is giving way to despair and hopelessness. Watching is no longer fun but perfunctory at this point.
I am sure NASCAR’s decision to change the points so that “average” fans could understand wasn’t meant to dim the enthusiasm and support of the fervent fan, but it has for me.

I just had some tidbits and reminders I wanted to share regarding things going on in relation to Tony Stewart- and to spice it up I thought I would throw in some pictures: (more…)