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It’s funny to me how sometimes I start a post planning on it going in one direction and then something happens and it ends up going in a totally different direction to me. That happened with this post. AMY

It all started with a fun fact.  Yesterday (today is 6-12-13) I was checking my calendar that I have in my office at the day job when I noticed this little tidbit at the bottom- which is kind of funny since the tidbit is about June 11th and it just happened to be June 11th:

June 11th, 2006, Tony received his 100th career top-five by placing third in the Pocono 500.

Per my Tony Stewart Calendar “June 11th, 2006, Tony received his 100th career top-five by placing third in the Pocono 500.” (photo credit: Amy Marbach via Instagram)

I posted the picture above on my instagram (click the picture to see it on Instagram.com) with the following caption: A #TonyStewart fun fact of the day… I wonder how many Top Five Finishes he has now… Anyone know? (more…)

This year NASCAR changed what use to be called Sprint Cup Mobile into NASCAR Mobile 13.  I am not going to lie- having a NASCAR ap was one of the BIG reasons I switched over to Sprint from Verizon.  Well that and Verizon’s fees were OUTRAGEOUS for data plans and I really eventually planned to move to a smart phone (which I did and LOVE it).

The look of the NASCAR Mobile ’13 ap is nice and smooth. When it’s working.  I have SO MUCH trouble with the ap (and to answer your question my iPhone is hooked up to my wifi at my house and the day job so my signal strength isn’t the issue).

I was really planning on writing this post about the ap last week- when Tony was scored 19th the entire race via the NASCAR Mobile ap, it showed NO laps had run, that Denny Hamlin was the race leader, and on the screen where it shows your driver (mine is set to Tony of course) and the leader- it would show Denny. No one else. Not Tony, not the leader…just Denny Hamlin- all the time. That did me no good. NO GOOD and I had finally had it and decided to post a blog about the ap and how it didn’t quite work the way it was suppose to.  Then there was a huge NASCAR Mobile 13 ap update that very day- so I thought I would wait and see how the ap works after the update.

While after the update it worked better- it didn’t work much better.

One of the things I use the AP for is to see when the cup race starts- so I don’t miss the green flag.  Apparently one of the main times I curious about this is during the NATIONWIDE race.  If I launch the ap (despite having picked Cup Series as my series) it will only default to the Nationwide race- and I am then forever stuck in a loop where it shows me Nationwide series splash screen and will NOT for the life of me let me get to the Sprint Cup series splash screen no matter how many times I click on it in menu, restart my phone or curse at it.  During the race for Pocono the ap stayed stuck at lap 55 (although it would correctly indicate whether the race was green flag or yellow flag)- so I never knew what lap the race was on (if I was just using the ap- which thankfully I was not).  I decided on a lark to try one of the in-car camera views (new to the ap this week) and clicked on it- I got audio- but no video. I have no idea who’s in-car I even selected.  I could hear the engine in the car- but could see NOTHING but the ap.  Talk about a major fail.

My major pet peeve is that the scanner – which is the whole reason I use the ap- is to listen to Tony Stewart’s scanner. My scanner would stop and start, stop and start during Dover to the point that it pissed me off. It wasn’t as bad for the race in Pocono but still did it a few times.  Plus the scanner is always three laps behind the national broadcast- which also drives me crazy. I can see Tony’s pit stop before I hear it. Oh? And there is my biggest pet peeve- the scanner is censored. So as soon as Tony (or whomever) starts to get worked up it’s bleeped and I have no idea what he was upset about or with (by the way- when I say bleeped- I don’t mean the noise- actually it’s no noise- it just drops off). It’s very evident when the censor misses it so I hear something to the effect of “That fucking…” and then nothing.

So here are my thoughts on making the ap better:

1. Simplify it.  It’s got too many bells and whistles and not enough substance. If the basics won’t work like just letting users know what lap the race is on- then something extra spiffy like live in-car cameras aren’t going to work either.

2. Consider changing it so that there are three separate aps- one per series. That way you aren’t plugging up the data with information certain customers aren’t looking for. If I want to see what time the Sprint Cup race is on- I don’t want to have to dig through the ap to find out if I have decided to look when the Truck race is being broadcast.

3. Consider a scanner only ap- that is real-time and uncensored. That is an ap I would buy in addition to the Sprint Cup Mobile ap.  Or as a separate add-on.

And while we are on the subject of aps- I wish there was a SHR ap.  HMS has their own ap and driver Jeff Gordon has an ap of his own.  I would LOVE and SHR ap or even better an ap per driver.

Anyone else got any thoughts on the NASCAR Mobile 13 ap? Let me just say it’s a good thing it’s a free ap (since I am a sprint customer)- because I wouldn’t want to pay for it with the way it works right now.

 

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, pulls into the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 19th* (qualifying was rained out and set by points).

Finished: 4th

Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Points After Pocono: 13th in the points standings! Tony is now 143 points out of first (we actually lost ground to first), and only 17 points out of 10th now- that means we covered HALF the points distance to 10th place from last week!  We have 1 win for the wild card berth and are still the only team in the wild card standings with a win (fingers crossed).

My Mood After Pocono: Pleased at the performance and optimistic that the car seemed to come off the hauler better this weekend. (more…)

Tony Stewart in Victory Lane

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 22nd

Finished: Um FIRST!

Race Winner: TONY FREAKING STEWART

Points After Dover: 16th in the points standings!!!  Tony is now 135 points out of first (that’s a change of 19 points on the lead right there), and only 33 points out of 10th now.  We have 1 win for the wild card berth and are currently the only team in the wild card standings with a win (fingers crossed).

My Mood After Dover: Ecs-Freaking-Static is the only word I have. (more…)

So the winning Party In The Poconos 400 pace car design was the one I liked best:

Pace Car Design 3

YEY. Now if only they’d let me have it when they are done…I kid I kid (kinda).

On a more serious note- I want to talk about paint schemes for a minute.  First off…Tony is running a special Code 3 Associates Paint/Oklahoma paint scheme this weekend:

No. 14 Code 3 Chevrolet

The #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy that Tony will be running at Dover this weekend. (Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography for True Speed Communication)

Code 3 Associates have been partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing since last year. Honestly I wasn’t even too sure what Code 3 Associates were except that they worked with animals until the Nabisco NASCAR online chat with Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman last week (check out the link to the video of the chat- but be prepared to park your butt for awhile because it’s a long one- over an hour- but it’s well well worth it!) where Ryan explained some of what Code 3 Associates do. It’s awesome and they were on their way to Oklahoma the day after the tornadoes to take care of pets when their owners can’t after a disaster and reunite them with their families when possible! What a great organization – and I can see why they partner with Stewart-Haas Racing because between Tony and Ryan I can’t think of two more pro-animal, pro-pet drivers!

But what I really want to talk about were Tony’s Bass Pro Paint Schemes for both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

So here is the 14 All-Star Paint Scheme…The car is mostly black on top with the orange at the bottom. It’s a nice looking paint scheme by it’s self and I know from that Nabisco Chat up there that Tony likes black paint schemes (there is also a turkey on the back quarter panels for the National Wild Turkey Foundation but you can’t really see it from this view):

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Point is I LOVED this paint scheme. LOVED it. Except for one huge glaring problem.  Jamie McMurray’s car was also running a Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Foundation paint scheme and looked far too similar:

Tony And Jamie McMurray at the All Star Race

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

I wasn’t at the race- so I don’t know what it was like watching the race in person- but on TV it was really hard to tell the difference between Tony and Jamie’s cars. In the picture above it’s easier to tell them apart then it was on TV because the cars aren’t moving and are framed together where you can see the two biggest differences- the roof number color and that Tony’s car had more of an orange splitter and side skirt. My thought is they should use the black paint scheme as Tony’s normal Bass Pro Shops paint scheme (sans the turkey of course) and take his usual Bass Pro Paint scheme and slap the turkey on the back and use that one whenever Tony and Jamie are BOTH going to run Bass Pro Paint schemes. It would make it easier for us home views to tell them apart (and no I wasn’t watching on a small TV so that was not the issue).  Just a thought there…because I kind of like the more black/less orange paint scheme. My dad would tell you to go all orange because it would be easier to see because there are too many black race cars.I guess it might be about personal preference.

Tony’s usual Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 paint scheme:

No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Mobil 1 Chevrolet

The Coca-Cola 600 paint scheme- Tony’s usual Bass Pro/Mobil 1 Paint scheme. (Photo Credit: Andrew Coppley/CIA Photo for True Speed Communication).

Which do you prefer?

Tony Stewart on the qualifying grid for the CocaCola 600

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 25th

Finished: 7th

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Points After the Coca-Cola 600: 20th in the points standings. That is 154 points out of first, and only 44 points out of 10th now.  We have no wins for the wild card berths yet.

My Mood After the Coca-Cola 600: More than cautiously optimistic for Team 14 / Glad that the 600 is in the books because I always forget how blasted long that race really is.

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Wow- time just scoots along doesn’t it?  There are only FOUR MORE DAYS to vote for the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 pace car design! Go to Walmart’s Fan Driven 400 facebook page to vote now.

Just a reminder these are the designs to chose from:

Pace Car Design 1

Pace Car Design 2

Pace Car Design 3

 

Right now as of this posting PACE CAR DESIGN 3 is in the lead (that one just happens to be my favorite too)- so if you don’t like that design vote NOW!! As a matter of fact- if they had that wrap readily and commercially available for Chevy HHR’s? I would so wrap my car like that (well only if there wasn’t a Tony Stewart BPS Paint Scheme wrap available- I admit it).  VOTE NOW!

Also don’t forget to visit Walmart.Com/Nascar to pick up a Family Track pack of tickets for a race near you! $99 gets you four tickets, four coca-colas and four hot dogs- the family memories you will make will be priceless- so it’s a great return on investment!  There are still lots of tracks offering the Family Track pack special so get yours today!

 

Tony Stewart’s pit crew preforms their All-Star Race qualifying pitstop. Found on The Official Tony Stewart Facebook page- click to go to original)

Qualified: 13th

Finished: 14th

Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Points After All Star Race: Have not chanced since the All Star Race is a non-points big money race. Tony is still 21st, 170 points behind current series leader Jimmie Johnson. 62 points behind 10th in the standings – still outside of the top 20 and not eligible for a wild card birth.

My Mood After The All Star Race: Disappointed for Team 14/Bored by the race

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