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The pit crew services Tony Stewart's #14

The crew works on the #14 Bass Pro/Mobil 1 Chevy of Tony Stewart under the lights at Bristol (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart’s Official FaceBook Page)

One of the things that I adore about Bristol is that the drivers get introduced during intros to a song of their choosing. Some drivers open it up to a fan vote, some just pick a song that they love, some pick songs by the same artist.  I LOVE seeing the range of songs.  There were some good songs and good fits to their drivers this year (for a complete list of drivers/intro songs from Sunday check out this article).  THE best song/driver combo? Tony Stewart’s choice of “Back In The Saddle Again” by Aerosmith because it could not have been more apropos.

Practice and qualifying typically happens when I am at work- and Bristol was no different- but it doesn’t mean that I am not paying attention. I am.  I was sad at the results of qualifying for Tony.  The car was obviously not handling well.  At a track like Bristol- if you sneeze you go a lap down. So it is not the track you want to fight an ill handling car because you can get laps down before you hit on that something that makes a difference- and by then it can be too late.  So going into the race on Sunday- I was not optimistic frankly. Even though I had seen that Tony felt better in the car on Saturday after Happy Hour practice- but still- starting 37th? That isn’t an easy place to over come from.

Silly Amy!  Why you worry so much? 

Tony Stewart is jocular as he mounts his stead

Tony Stewart gets into his car at Bristol Motor Speedway March 2014 (Photo Credit: TonyStewart.com Photo Gallery)

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Tony saunters through the garage at Bristol

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs his autograph for fans during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 14, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America)

“People that want to compete, want to compete. They fight through injuries, they persevere, they work hard to get back where they want to be, and this is no different. There’s nothing about this process that has taken away my desire to do what I want to do. You don’t live for what could happen, you live for what you can make happen.” Tony Stewart, SHR Bristol Advance.

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#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

I am STILL going through all the pictures from Vegas and getting some of them cleaned up for a post about the race.

So to hold you over- I am linking to Smoke Is the Bandit episode 2 for your viewing pleasure! Warning- “Bandit’s” giggle is infectious.

Remember the next episode should be out Thursday (yes tomorrow!)

I was sad that I missed my opportunity to see the “Smoke Is The Bandit” car at Las Vegas MotorSpeedway -it was there but on Thursday and I wasn’t at the track until Friday. But I found this great photo of Tony and the Car on from Thursday for your viewing pleasure:

Smoke IS The Bandit

Tony Stewart poses with the “Smoke IS The Bandit” Car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 6th, 2014. (Photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page)

I have taken up Fantasy #NASCAR again and am reminded how much I am NOT good at it. I had one semi-good season several years ago but I am pretty much convinced that was a fluke. Actually I think that it was because the group I played with used a simple version- you have a set team of drivers for the season. The ones I play in now you have to change your drivers weekly and I am terrible at remembering to switch drivers out. Do you wonder who you are playing against in these big public leagues? I do- because as this article proves- you never know whom you are playing against.

Which Celebrities Play Fantasy NASCAR?

See how celebrity NASCAR fans are stacking up in their fantasy league


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The professional nerd in me loves how much NASCAR and it’s drivers have embraced social media. It’s a great way to engage the fans and create new ones. Nationwide driver Elliott Sadler gets this:

“Social media provides such a amazing opportunity for fans to engage with their heroes and people they really look up to,” Sadler stated. “Heck, I even get excited when I get a message back from guys like Larry The Cable Guy or Darius Rucker. I want to go one step beyond social media interaction and bring fans to the track for an unforgettable experience.”

So Sadler is using social media to reward his fans the race experience of a lifetime!

Prior to eleven Nationwide races fans will have the opportunity to win a VIP racing experience that includes a private meet and greet with Sadler, a tour of the No. 11 OneMain Financial Hauler, as well as pit and garage access throughout the Nationwide Series Events. All fans have to do to enter is tweet “#takemeto (race track)” to @Elliott_Sadler on Twitter and they will be entered to win the experience.

I know I would LOVE that kind of VIP experience!  The tracks this promotion will be available for are Auto Club Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Road America, Kentucky Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Mid-Ohio, Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. For more information on this #takemeto promotion, interested fans are encouraged to visit www.onemainracing.com.

If you are like me you love to watch the pit crews work. I have just spent some time in the NEON GARAGE at Las Vegas Motor Speedway watching all the teams work on their cars. This really cool video shows how Team Hendrick pit crews strive to stay in tip top shape for the rigors of their very physical job over the wall so that they can perform the ultimate pitstop and get their driver out on top. These guys are true athletes!

How do Hendrick Motorsports Pit Crews Stay in…

The training for the Hendrick Motorsports pit crews goes beyond lifting weights and practicing live stops.


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YUM- delicious @jeffgordonweb themed donuts served at a @acsupdates promo event #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Gives Fans The Ultimate Treat!

Jeff Gordon met with fans to promote the upcoming Auto Club 400 and surprised them with free Krispy Kreme doughnuts emblazoned with his No. 24


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FINALLY! I thought it was slightly cruel of Mobil 1 to only give us a small teaser of Tony Stewart Webseries!!  The first webisode of Mobil 1′s series Smoke IS The Bandit is out for our viewing pleasure!

Here it is for your viewing pleasure if you haven’t had a chance to see it:

Absolutely LOVE the giggle!  I love this series so far (of course I am quite biased because not only is Tony Stewart my driver but I have loved this movie FOREVER! I would love to know how long it took to create this series. I hope they will release a blooper or behind the scenes video (hint hint hint).  What do you think?! I love Hermie Sadler and Ricky Craven! Can’t wait for the rest!

Next Episode will be released March 11th! Keep your eyes peeled at the Mobil 1 Facebook Page!