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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.

What was with the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600?  In both races the drivers leading the last lap did NOT get the checker flag and in BOTH races those drivers happened to be driving National Guard sponsored cars. Talk about heartache. (more…)

Some Tony Stewart fans are familiar with The Smoke Show, but for those who are not it’s a fantasy driving camp experience.  Participants buy their spot at the camp where they get to not only ride around Texas Motor Speedway with Tony Stewart for three laps, but they get to actually drive in competitive lap sessions including personalized instruction by Tony Stewart himself.  All the proceeds from The Smoke Show go to the Speedway Children’s Charities. The base package costs $6,000.  Here is a little video showing some of the past Smoke Show participants: (more…)

When I was in college, I went in thinking I wanted to be a grammar school teacher.  The university I attended was implementing a program that required so many hours of volunteer work related to your major to graduate.  All of my volunteer experiences through the university were school and education related.  My favorite volunteer experience had me at a local elementary school  that had a special grant to implement technology education in that school.  Basically I worked with a small group of children in a fairly state of the art (at the time) computer lab helping them research a topic (they had to pick a sea creature…whales, dolphins and the like) and use the computers to make a multimedia presentation about the sea creature they picked.  It was a great experience to see children- some who had never even seen a computer before- learn to use and get comfortable with technology.  (more…)

My mishmash of thoughts on the All-Star Race:

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We just wanted to wish Tony Stewart a very happy birthday! Go Tony Go!

And while I am at it I wanted to point you in the direction of a good article about Tony here: Stewart Turns 40 With His Bad Boy Days Behind Him. It’s a great read- check it out if you haven’t yet.