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First thing you need to know is that I sold my soul for M&M’s.  Okay not really but the FTC (yeah that FTC- the Federal Trade Commission) wants me to make sure that YOU know that M&M’s Racing provided me some of those cute personalized M&Ms to tell you about their contest.  They offered them I didn’t ask- and who doesn’t love M&M’s. I certainly do so I wasn’t going to turn them down.

So now that you know that I love M&Ms and will take them from strangers, let me tell you about their AWESOME contest (and it is awesome- that isn’t the M&M’s they provided me talking either- because technically I haven’t received them yet).

I would have told you about this contest anyway because hey YOU have the chance to win one of 5 Toyotas. That’s pretty sweet isn’t it? (Pun totally intended).  M&Ms Racing is having a promotion where you go to the M&M’s Racing website and can enter UPCs on specially marked Mars products to get a chance to win one of FIVE Toyotas.  Each of the 5 M&M characters represents a specific Toyota vehicle that is up for grabs: Red is a Toyota Tundra, Yellow is the FJ Cruiser, Green is the Camry, Orange is the Prius and Blue is the 4Runner.  You even get to choose which car (character) you want to win! Pretty sweet right?

This contest starts TODAY (June 15th, 2011) and runs through the end of the year.  The best part? Is that even if M&M’s aren’t your thing- you can enter the contest because there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY (although you do have to register with their website).  Go to M&M’s Racing NOW and enter their 5 Characters 5 Cars Contest today!

Congratulations to Jeff Gordon- who won his second race of the 2011 season!

(Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR) Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the 5 -Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway, his record-tying 5th victory at the track.

So on Wednesday some guys got together at a little half-mile dirt track in Ohio and played in the dirt raced around it.  They raced for fun and glory….proceeds went to four great children’s hospitals.

I watched the event as I do every year on PPV…but the other day I was searching around and I found a photo album that had some GREAT photos from the event. I wanted to share some of my favorites  (after the jump): (more…)

Hey Michigan Stewart fans! Great news! Tony is going to be doing an autograph appearance at The Office Depot in Canton, Michigan on June 16th!

Here are the details: Tony will be signing autographs to 600 fans at the Office Depot Store located at 45580 Michigan Avenue (in the Premiere Shopping Center) in Canton, MI (zip is 48188) starting at 4:00 pm local time. You must have a wristband. Wristbands will be given out at the Office Depot location starting at 8:00 am local time. One wristband per person and  one autograph per wristband.

There will also be a racing simulator on site and the Office Depot show car.

While there fans will be able to participate in the new program from the NASCAR FOUNDATION called NASCAR UNITES. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a $5.00 NASCAR UNITES wristband.  The proceeds from the purchase of the NASCAR UNITES wristbands will go to a combined effort between the NASCAR FOUNDATION and the OFFICE DEPOT FOUNDATION for programs like the one that helped Stewart and the Office Depot Foundation donate 300,000 backpacks full of school supplies last back-to-school season for children in need.

Fans not in Michigan can still purchase a NASCAR UNITES wristband at their local Office Depot location as the store will carry the wristbands in stores nationwide as part of their partnership.

At a previous race during this season someone asked Tony Stewart to describe his car and his chances for that particular race. I have no memory of what race it was or who even asked him the question. I honestly don’t even remember if it was something I saw on print or on TV. Anyway, he described his car and his chances for that particular race with the phrase “cautiously optimistic.” Most everyone knows that Tony Stewart is the king of snappy, derisive one line comebacks (and this is one of the reasons he’s my driver) so why this particular, non-Stewartesque quote stuck with me all this time I haven’t a clue. It was obviously something my brain felt the need to file in it’s bulging back pocket. (more…)

The GLADES on A&E is one of my favorite summertime shows. I got hooked on it last season one day when I just happened to leave the TV on A&E. If there is nothing else on- the TV is usually on Speed, A&E, or HISTORY. Likely because those are the HD channels that have the coolest shows. So when I found out back in April that Tony and a bunch of other NASCAR drivers were filming an episode of THE GLADES I was totally stoked (although as I mentioned before- I initially was excited because I thought Tony was filming an Office Depot commercial). I still am excited about the The Glades (although how cool would a Tony Stewart Office Depot commercial be?). So yesterday when Stewart Haas Racing tweeted a tiny sneak peek of the special paint scheme Tony would be running this weekend in Kansas: (more…)

Back in April I mentioned a fundraising promotion taking place at Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout Virgina, North Carolina and South Carolina. Customers could donate $1.00 to Victory Junction Gang camp to help offset the cost of sending campers to Victory Junction Gang Camp and Coca-Cola would give donors a coupon towards their next Coke.  Well at the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday,  Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola was able to present Victory Junction Gang Camp with a check for $634,000 as a result of all the fundraising efforts.  That means 250 campers will be able to attend the camp this summer. That is an awesome fundraising effort!

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Kangaroo Express presents the Victory Junction Gang Camp with $634,000 donation thanks to customers. (photo credit: Kangaroo Express)

Tony Stewart will be one of several drivers running a special “Honoring Our Heroes” paint scheme commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in 2001.  The #14 Office Depot Chevy will carry a red, white and blue patriotic theme during the September 10th race to be run at Richmond and will look something like this:

Tony Stewart - Honoring Our Heros Diecast (Image Courtesy of Lionel NASCAR Collectibles)

The paint scheme is one of many running under the “Honoring Our Heroes” program which is a partnership with Lionel NASCAR Collectibles and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.  A portion of the proceeds from merchandise sales from all of the “Remembering Our Heroes” merchandise will be donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which children who have lost a parent, firefighters, and military who have been seriously injured and sacrifice their quality of life in the line of duty.  Other drivers carrying themes under this banner are: Danica Patrick, David Gilliland, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray.

The diecast is already available through pre-orders.  There is a reason I don’t collect diecasts:  I would be the type of collector that would have to have every variation of every paint scheme out there…and my bank account would never have any money in it. EVER.  And Roxy kind of likes to eat.  And frankly so do I.  But with a portion of the proceeds going to a wonderful cause, how can I not add this special paint scheme to my collection? You can too here.

For more information on the paint scheme, other drivers running similar schemes and the partnership between Lionel NASCAR collectibles and The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation visit here.