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Overall I feel that the only thing I can really say about watching the Brickyard this year is that it was about as exciting as watching passenger cars try to race between red lights on the Las Vegas Strip on a Saturday night. In other words, it was frustrating and futile.  I am not going to lambaste NASCAR for the competition yellows. I realize that they were doing it for safety reasons.  I am not going to criticize drivers for not pushing the envelope for not racing as hard as they could.   I realize that there were saftey concerns. Especially after watching both JPM and Matt Kenseth suffer nasty tire disintegrating blow outs(especially the Kenseth one). I don’t know who to criticize frankly. Was it Goodyear’s fault for coming to the Brickyard with a bad compound like they did in Atlanta?  Was it something the speedway did different this year in its track maintenance schedule? Is it because all the teams didn’t test Indy in April? I don’t know. But I would like to know.  That race really sucked and I want my money back.

Can someone please tell me what the heck happened to team home depot right before the last competition yellow?  The damn DirectTV SD Channel censor for Tony was too trigger happy.  All I heard was him say SHIT then that was cut off. He came back on for a second and the censor cut him off again. And then a third time he came back on said YOU BETTER and was cut of again. Talk about frustrating me!  I have no idea what happened except that after the pitstops? He was in like 30th place. Before he got riled up and censored on the radio he was in 12th or 14th.

As I have mentioned before I have a thing for pit crews/pit stops. They fascinate me. And they still do.  Those guys really worked hard today for ALL the teams.  With all those yellows and pit stops, every single crew member for every single team had to work three to four times harder than they do the average race- and they already work damn hard.  Someone should buy them all a beer or something.  Also, I am pleased to find that there were no major incidents ON pit road since the pits at Indy are notoriously narrow.

I was glad to see Jimmie Johnson make it to Victory Lane (after his tire blowing burnout). He and Chad Knaus ran an excellent race marred by a frustrating tire situation.

Some other Brickyard notes:

  • I love love LOVE Dale Jarrett as a race reporter. LOVE HIM.  And that interview with Jeff Gordon? Awesome job.
  • I love the new Tylenol commercials with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick acting as an advice call-in show panel. That was some laughs…especially Kevin Harvick.
  • I did not love them cutting away to baseball news…I figured they just weren’t going to show the kissing of the bricks so I missed it. Bah.

Next week is Pocono again. That is one of my least favorites…hopefully Tony will have a good race there though. Man is due for a win!

  • Have you seen Tony’s 2009 car? It’s a little too red for me. I was hoping for a color more like the old spice nationwide car…the nice deep deep red color with some sparkle to it. The new car is a little flat red for me.  Although I must say I do like the Office Depot color scheme a tad more than the old spice one. But I suppose I will get use to it. While the sponsors should not be a surprise to anyone with their ear to the NASCAR rumor mill grindstone…I can say that I practically live in Office Depot…(its because of my fetish for pens…and paper…and post-it notes…but mostly pens) so that isn’t a bad thing.
  • Speaking of Tony…I do NOT have sirius radio..my car unfortunately was equipped with xm when I bought it (I WISH it had sirius…althought then I would have to figure out a way to drive around for 2 hours on mondays afterwork so I could listen)…so what I get from his radio show come completely from the little online snippets they post weekly on the Tony Stewart Live Web Page. I have to say his comments about the Milka/Danica argument were HIL.AR.IOUS!! My favorite part? When he said you could time Milka’s laps with a sun dial! That caused me to laugh so loudly my coworker came to see what I was listening to. I actually had to say ITS A NASCAR TIHNG…YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND.
  • Sounds like Mike Greci will serve as Martin Truex, Jr’s interim crew chief since DEI’s appeal was denied. Greci comes most recently from the Camping World East series where he serves as DEI director to their series program. You would have thought that these teams would remember that NASCAR does not like fudging with the COT template. They were clear about this from way back to Infineon in 2007 remember?
  • Judging by practice speeds Tony is not on his game at Indy. What is up with that? I was really hoping for team home depot to be able to pull a win here. I mean it IS just practice but its Indy and I want Tony to win!
  • Speaking of Indy…who decided that 7 am (pacific time) was a good time for qualifying. That’s a tad early for me on a Saturday.

I can’t believe I almost forgot the friday fill-in #82:
1. I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you smarter.

2. If you’re good at something, keep doing it.

3. Why so glum today?

4. Something is out there, it’s gopher holes waiting to trip me up.

5. If my life were a sitcom, it would be titled Life Behind the Help Desk.

6. Sitting on my back front porch [if you don't have one, use your imagination] I see the neighborhood kids riding their bikes- “Hey you…stay away from my car!”.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going home, tomorrow my plans include possibly babysitting…definite sleeping in  and Sunday, I want to watch the Brickyard 400!

First Beloved’s Birthday MI-5:

Beloved Sez: This week we will be celebrating all 3 of our children’s July birthday’s, so that is the inspiration for this week’s questions.

1. What is your most vivid childhood birthday memory? I just remember the tradition we had in our family in that the birthday person got to choose the meal of their choice on their birthday. Anything they wanted.

2. What is your most favorite adult birthday moment? When BFM came to Cali the year after she moved and surprised me on my BDAY. It was the best BDAY ever.

3. Does any gift that you’ve ever received for a birthday stand out? Unfortunately my birthday is only three weeks after Christmas so a lot of times the gifts themselves run together and I am unable to distinguish if something from the wayback was a birthday present or a christmas present. My birthday this year I got the Huskyliners for my HHR. That was cool.

4. Did you ever have a theme birthday as a child? If so, what was your favorite? I don’t recall ever having one as a child. I do remember that for awhile before BFM moved and even for awhile after we had a birthday trip thing, where we would take each other somewhere for our birthdays. I remember going to roaring camp for BFMs. And Alcatraz once for her too. For me I remember the trip to Knotts Berry Farm the most because on my way down to Vegas? It snowed on me.

5. Talk about a birthday milestone (e.g. 16, 21, 40, etc). I don’t really remember doing anything special on my milestone birthdays…except now I try to avoid talk of the oldness.

And something I stole from Lisa: All About ME:

1. What time is it? 4:37 pm

2. What’s your full name? Amy (middle and last name withheld)

3. What are you most afraid of? I have a whole list of fears including bees, spiders, mosquitoes, heights and characters at theme parks.

4. What is the most recent movie that you have seen on bootleg? Egad I can’t even remember…probably back in the days of VHS

5. Place of birth? Salinas, CA

6. Favorite food? Depends on my mood. An easier question would be least favorite foods.

7. What’s your natural hair color? dark mousy blonde that I have highlighted.

8. Ever been to rock concert? Heck yeah. I have seen: Slaughter and Nelson more times that I can remember, Cinderella (several times), Poison (several times), Dokken, Dream Theater, Pearl Jam, Henry Rollins, Tesla, The GooGoo Dolls, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Ted Nugent (several times), Aerosmith, Bon Jovi (twice!), Kiss, LA Guns, Skid Row, Vince Neil, Warrant and that’s all I remember…but I know I am leaving some shows out…and those are just the Rock ones. I have seen country shows too…most notably there: Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.

9. Ever been skinny dipping? Once…when I was young enough not to know better.

10. Love someone so much it made you cry? Yes.

11. Been in a car accident? Yes. Someone ran a red light at Disneyland as we were leaving to come home and hit my Rav4 back when I owned one.

Read the rest of these in the extended entry.

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When I am not obsessing about NASCAR, crocheting like a mad woman, trying to be the world’s best aunt, or reading…sometimes I will game. I have a desktop, a playstation 2 (that I have exactly 3 games for – soon to be 4), and a nintendo ds (in pink). I have gamed on all of them and I tend to prefer my nintendo ds…because I do love the portability factor. I totally suck at the playstation. The games I have? Nascar08 (I SUCK BIGTIME AT THIS GAME), FLATOUT2 (which I play the demolition derby on mostly and I love that…and am OK at that), and a recently purchased copy of NASCAR09 that I haven’t played because frankly? I am afraid of it…granted it didn’t stop me from buying it- but I am intimidated.

I have been eying GUITAR HERO for awhile now. I just couldn’t justify the guitar controller…the bundle was expensive and I worried that I would suck at it and hate it and just waste a bunch of money on something I didn’t like/want/need. Then a wonderful thing happened. They released GuitarHero On Tour for the Nintendo DS…the game isn’t even that pricey and it comes with an add-on appliance. Ohh this was exciting. I still hemmed and hawed about it. I looked at a couple of stores, but they sold out of it nearly as quickly as they got it in. Then I finally found it and bought it right there on the spot. How did I live without this game? I fell in love with it nearly right away. Its quick to learn yet still challenging.

A lifetime ago I got into the Sims. I loved the Sims (I am talking the original Sims). Sometimes? I would tear down houses just to rebuild new ones. Anyway, I would play it sometimes so much that I would “dream” in Sims. Meaning that the people in my dreams? Would have diamonds over their head to indicate their moods. It was really bizarre.

Last night? I dreamed in Guitar Hero. I could hear music and as I did- little blue, yellow, red and green disc shaped things were streaming towards me. It was even worse than when I dreamed in Sims.

As a side note…I am best at playing “All The Small Things” and can sometimes get 99% accuracy.  My worst song? Nirvana’s “Breed.”

The Sunherald reports that we should expect another Stewart Haas racing during the Brickyard.  This one should be a confirmation that Stewart will run the number 14 with cosponsors of Office Depot and Old Spice.

I, for one, am totally behind the number 14.  Why? My bff is a Gordon fan…she was born on the 24th of her birth month…and I am a Stewart fan and was born on the 14th of my birth month (January for those over inquisitive readers). So see…it works out well for me.

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