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4 September 2015: Tony Stewart during Sprint Cup practice for the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

“The other short tracks we run – Bristol and Martinsville – they’re cool in their own right, but there’s a lot of congestion at those two tracks. But at Richmond, it just seems like that extra quarter-mile, and that three-quarter-mile shape, and how wide the groove gets there, allows for good racing. It seems like we have to race ourselves and race the racetrack versus racing each other a lot of times. You do have to race each other, obviously, but there are a lot of times during the race when you have the flexibility to move around on the racetrack and try to find a spot your car likes better than somewhere else. A lot of times on a short track you don’t have the flexibility. You’re more narrowed down with what groove you’re going to be in. It is literally the favorite track of mine on the circuit.” – Tony Stewart, Richmond Team Release

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures: (more…)

May 1, 2015: Tony Stewart during cup practice at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega AL. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

Yep- it’s that time for the stuff that has been rolling around in my brain bucket like loose lugnuts in a pitstall after a green flag pitstop:

1. In case you weren’t aware- it’s voting time for Most Popular Driver again!  I know every dang year that Dale Jr wins..but it doesn’t stop me from casting my vote for Tony Stewart every day (you can vote once a day).  Bookmark it and make it a part of your morning routine like I have.

2. There is a well-put together, touching piece by IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan published in the Player’s Tribune (yes Derek Jeter’s publication) called Why We Race. Any race fan should give it a read.

3. In case you missed it, last week’s Darlington edition of ROAR Magazine  had a short article about Tony Stewart called: Wearing Many Hats: Stewart Has A Deep Love of Motorsports.  WE all know he does but I thought I would pass along the link just in case you missed it. (more…)

Tony in the garage area at Darlington, September 2015 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Tony Qualified: 17th

Tony Finished:  15th

Points: 466 (24th in points)

The whole theme of the Southern 500 was “throwback”- giving us little glimpses of history back when the Southern 500 was back on Labor Day, including some really great retro paint schemes.  Even my Tony quotes leading into the race were about this historical significance of Darlington to motor sports.  Well historically Darlington hasn’t been the kindest to Tony Stewart. He has never won in a cup car there.  Well that repeated again on Sunday evening. (more…)

(For those who don’t have the time or the want to read the whole piece before bashing it or stating that I am rumor mongering– the moral of this particular story is this: I am a proud Tony Stewart fan who will not believe the rumor until I hear it from the man himself- and when he does give the word (which he hopefully won’t for a long long time)  I will cross that bridge when I come to it.– Amy)

(Aug. 17, 2015 – Source: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

I am not ready for a NASCAR without Tony Stewart as a driver. I have seen two glimpses of what that is like over the last two years (2013 and 2014) and it’s not for me. I have watched races with someone else piloting the 14 car when Tony shattered his leg in a sprint car accident in 2013 and when he misses races last season after the accident at Canandiagua last season.  The racing just isn’t the same for me when it’s not Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the 14. At least when he left the 20 car he was moving on to bigger and better things and while yes I know that he will still be the owner at SHR he won’t be on track and it just doesn’t have the same pull for me.  The idea of it being permanent- well it makes me feel like I felt when CART split into IRL and CART- there is still racing but…eh. And I suddenly feel how Misty feels when she thinks of NASCAR without Jeff Gordon.


Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 11, 2012 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

This week I am giving you two Tony quotes because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want (within reason):

First is about the throwback paint scheme that I love and please SOMEONE get a picture of Tony’s throwback firesuit for me…PRETTY PLEASE:

“I enjoy anything that’s retro or goes along with the history of the sport. The car we’re running is the original Tracker Boat paint scheme, which is pretty important to Bass Pro Shops’ history. And I’m just as excited about the uniform I get to wear because it’s old-school looking. That’s what’s making this weekend so cool is there are so many throwback paint schemes coming out. It makes a special race weekend even more special.”  – Tony Stewart, Team Release- Darlington Race

And here is quote about the historical significance of Darlington: (more…)

Here is what has been rolling around my brain like loose lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pit stop for the week: (more…)

When I was in college- I read a lot of children’s books. Why? I was a liberal studies major with a CLAD (Culture and Language Development) emphasis – meaning that I was in the grammar school teaching credential track.  I took multiple literature course including one specifically on multicultural children’s literature.  I learned how to evaluate children’s books on cultural diversity, language development and more.  It’s a skill I wouldn’t ever put into use beyond buying the occasional book for my three nephews since my actual job has nothing to do with children or literature.

When the oldest nephew of my three nephews was three (he is now 7) he had overheard me talking about a leaky tire I had on my car.  He told me he was going to build me a car. That car was going to be purple (my favorite color) and would have wood wheels so that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting a flat tire and he was going to build it for me in his garage. He has always been very mechanically inclined and minded. I remember when we had some plumbing work done on our house he sat on the front lawn putting all the pipes together in a specific order to create some sort of pipeline that made sense to him.  When he was in first grade he was in a special after school program that partnered with NASA to learn all about space. The kid is smart and when I was offered a copy of the children’s book How To Build A Car I immediately thought of him. When I got the book I couldn’t wait to share it with him.

How To Build A Car follows three friends (Eli the mouse, Hank the frog and Phoebe the sparrow) on their mission to build a car.  Eli has a huge imagination and has a great idea to make a real working race car.  He gets his friends Hank and Phoebe to help him with his grand idea.  With imagination and teamwork the trio work hard and persevere to build a real miniature race car. (more…)

I have been in love with American muscle cars for as long as I can remember. There is just something about the lines and the power of those cars that speak to me and always have. I have built a virtual fantasy garage if you will of cars that I would own. However, I would also sneak in a little sleek Italian super car into that fantasy collection of mine.

That is why I absolutely love the book Lamborghini Supercars 50 years From the Groundbreaking Miura to Today’s Hypercars. The introduction starts out with an except from an interview with Ferruccio Lamborghini that tells the story about where he got the idea to make a car.  He had purchased a Ferrari and while he loved driving it he found that when he drove the car hard he had problems with the clutch slipping.  He had to have the clutch regularly rebuilt and finally got tired of it so he went to talk to Enzo Ferrari about his car only to be told “Lamborghini, you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari properly.” Which he states is when he decided embark on the endeavor to create the “perfect” car.

The rest they say is history- a visual history presented lovingly in this book. Starting with the Miura P400 known as the first mid-engine Supercar and moving on to the Countach (my personal favorite), to the last true original Lamborghini – the Diablo.  It goes into all the supercar models after Audi acquired Lamborghini including the Murcielago, the Gallardo, the Reventon of 2008, the 2011 Aventador and all the way to the sleek Huracan of today.  The book the book gives the history of each design as well as the states of the different models along with gorgeous photos of each machine in various angles and colors. Each of the most popular models has quick stats of each car. The cars are stunningly presented and I have to say – I might not like green cars (they are my least favorite color of car) but the gorgeous Murcielago photos in this book made me have second thoughts about green cars.