When I was offered the chance to read and review the new book 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Mike Hembree- I jumped at the offer. I am a NASCAR fan after, so part of the book’s target audience. I am also a huge fan of reading and knowledge. Plus, judging by the name of the book I thought it could even be the jumping off point in creating a NASCAR bucket list of sorts which is something I’ve been thinking a bit about recently. As a matter of fact, I was so excited with the book arrived in the mail that I ripped right into the package before even leaving the post office.
My trip to the race at Autoclub Speedway was a gift. The tickets were part of my Christmas present from Misty and the hotel was part of my birthday present from her (my birthday is about 3 weeks after Christmas). We met in southern California on Friday and spent Saturday hanging out at the Victoria Gardens Shopping Center in nearby Rancho Cucamonga. It’s a really nice outdoor shopping village- and the two of us laughed probably way more than two grown women probably should. (more…)
Here is my almost weekly list of recommended articles out there on the internet:
What I Learned From The NASCAR Sprint Cupt Series Rulebook- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Interview: Tony Stewart on Hunting, Fishing and Racing-The editors of Outdoor Life
Have Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus Lost Their Edge?- Dustin Long for AthlonSports.com
Earnhardt Jr, Keselowski lambaste Reutimann’s Costly Move- Nate Ryan for USAToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr Saves The Day for Tardy Reporter- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Tony Stewart Just Getting Warmed Up- Ed Hinton For ESPN.com
David Stremme Interview: “You’ve Got To Understand Where You Fit In”- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Stewart, Newman Setting Strong Pace- Mike Hembree for SpeedTV.com
Amanda Beard Slams Former Boyfriend Carl Edwards- Bob Pockrass for Sporting News
Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:
(Yes I know this is late- but I wanted to make sure I gave this entry the attention it deserved. I hope you find it worth the wait-Amy)
The NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway holds a special place in my heart- it was the first NASCAR race I ever attended (and the first oval track race I ever attended). Las Vegas Motor Speedway was also the first Speedway I ever held a media credential at- so it is a track of firsts for me. (more…)
Last week (March 29th to be exact), NASCAR’s current champion, Tony Stewart, helped with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Austin, TX for the Office Depot Inside Sales Organization facility. The facilities brings 200 new jobs to the Austin Texas area- what area couldn’t use new jobs? Yey Office Depot for that! And Yey Tony Stewart for helping Office Depot celebrate the accomplishment!
Also I just had to share the picture with you. I love this picture because the photographer caught the ribbon mid-air. As a photo geek- that is no easy task trust me.
Martinsville- what can I say except Tony Stewart lucked into a 7th place finish by attrition thanks to that big wreck at the end there that took out several of the front runners.
Most NASCAR fans are familiar with the iconic (STP Dayglo) red and (Petty) blue paint scheme that adorned the number 43 car for years and years. I didn’t know this but STP signed their first deal with Richard Petty in 1972 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with “The King” this season. I know that there are certain drivers that when you think of them you think of their sponsors. Petty’s STP is one of the first. (I also think Dupont=Jeff Gordon, and Tide=Darrell Waltrip/Ricky Rudd and Lowes=Jimmie Johnson).
Anyway, because of this landmark anniversary, STP will be back as the title sponsor on the No. 43 Ford Fusion for the second consecutive year during the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Sidenote: It’s funny but when I type out STP my brain thinks Stone Temple Pilots- which then in turn makes me think of their song Vasoline…which then I try to sing to myself in my head but then it gets confused with the lyrics to Metallica’s Fuel which is a weird mashup of songs and then well the point is my brain is being a bad naughty brain and I have digressed passed the point of you even caring) and will be piloted by new Richard Petty Motorsports driver, Aric Almirola.
“When I signed with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2012 season I was honored to be driving for a legend of our sport,” said Almirola. “Being able to sit in the driver’s seat of the No. 43 STP car with an iconic paint scheme, just like ‘The King’ himself did, is the icing on the cake and it would be amazing to drive it to Victory Lane on April 22.”
I know that I will keep my eyes open on April 22nd for the 40th Anniversary paint scheme. I hope you will too. It will be like watching history circle the track in Kansas!
After an abysmal start to the season that includes a mechanical DNF at Daytona, a team mate spurred DNF (don’t even get me started) at Bristol and a couple of mediocre finishes in Phoenix and Vegas, it was AMAZING to see Jeff Gordon’s terrific run at AutoClub Speedway this weekend. After qualifying 21st for Sunday’s race, he quickly moved up the leader board finding himself firmly in the top 5 by the time the race reached its half-way mark. The Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet was strong and Jeff was able to take positions seemingly at will. It truly was AMAZING…amazing right up until it got messy!
With rain imminent and only green flag laps, cars were reaching their fuel window and had to pit. Jeff stayed out on track the longest leading a few laps before coming down pit road for his scheduled stop. This is where it got MESSY (to say the least). After receiving the GO signal from his crew, Jeff pulled away dragging the gas man and the still engaged gas can out of the stall with him, resulting in a pass through penalty that left him a lap down in P19. Even so, his car was fast and strong; he quickly passed some lap down cars and moved up to 16th. His lap times were equal to and at some times quicker than the dominant leader, Stewart. In fact, it looked as if Jeff had a decent shot of racing his way back to the lead lap until Mother Nature intervened and opened her skies over Turn 3, bringing out the Yellow.
Now had the 24 stayed on track and taken the wave around the bleeding could have at least stopped there, but oh no! A poor decision to pit under caution (did the team not have access to the same report we in the stands had? Once the rain started it wasn’t going to let up until Monday, so there was absolutely no chance the race would go back GREEN).
Another pit stop resulted in another penalty when the tire changer lost control of the front tire and went bouncing across pit road. I sat in the stands watching in horror! I could not believe this kind of epic fail from a team of this caliber.
Sure enough within a few laps the race went Red and was shortly called due to the torrential down pour, which everyone knew was coming! Jeff finished P26, and slid two more positions in the points to 25th! I hate to be Debbie Downer, but unless this team gets it together and quick they are not likely to recover from this atrocious start to the season and may just miss the Chase and that is more than enough reason for me to mess my unmentionables!