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(This is part 2 of our two part  annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)

Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.

Sonoma Raceway

Bright and early Sunday morning picture taken from parking lot 1 as I waited for the parking shuttle as tweeted June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day.  We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.

Early Sunday Morning Pit Road

Pit road at Sonoma Raceway early Sunday morning on June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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UPDATE July 7th, 2014: Okay so my voting strategy has changed. I am now voting for whatever helmet has the most votes that is NOT the 40 Years Young helmet because I still think that helmet is UGLY with a capital UGLY.  This means as of late I have been voting for SMOKE. Join me won’t you?

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Tony Stewart fans- I have a question of the utmost importance for you. Is this a face that deserves to run an ugly helmet?

Tony Stewart at Sonoma

Tony Stewart at Sonoma June 22nd, 2014. (Photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/Don Grassmann for CIA STOCK PHOTO Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc)

I say no.  I bet you say no too. (more…)

(I ended up breaking this post up into two parts because it was just too long once I added in all the pictures.  Enjoy and watch for Part 2: Sunday tomorrow–Amy)

As I mentioned in a post several weeks ago- I had really been jonesing for a race.  I LOVE being at a race track and Race Sonoma couldn’t possibly get here fast enough for me. Sonoma Raceway is slowly worming it’s way into my heart as one of my favorite tracks that we get to attend in person.  The weather is almost always beautiful when the NASCAR race is there and we seem to almost always find something fun to do off track as well as have incredible adventures at track. After all it was at Sonoma Raceway that Misty interviewed Jeff Gordon a couple of years ago.  Anyway- I had been looking forward to this race pretty much since March.

I love the smell of oil, gas and nomex in the morning.

Friday morning garage picture as tweeted on June 20th, 2014 from my phone. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our Friday at Sonoma Raceway started bright and early. It’s kind of ironic to me that Misty and I spend a good majority of the vacation hours that we each earn at our respective jobs for our “racations” where we tend to be up and at it just as early (or in my case specifically – earlier) and just as hard as we do for our jobs.

Anyway- I had heard that both Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were running patriotic paint schemes at Race Sonoma. So my first mission was to try to capture photos of them. My favorite place to do that is as the cars are being rolled out of the technical inspection tent. I caught them and a few more: (more…)

Tony Stewart and his Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet on track in Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/CIA Stock Photography, Inc)

Kentucky Speedway is one of the newest stops on the Sprint Cup Schedule but it seems to me that it has the surface of an old track; bumpy and cantankerous. It’s almost like taking a step backwards to a time when racing was racing, to a time when the vehicle you raced was one you had driven off the showroom floor, when the stock in stock car racing was true.

Tony qualified his number 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet 13th for the Quaker State 400. If you are still unfamiliar with the new “knockout qualifying” format- this means he was the best of the drivers who didn’t advance to the final round of 12 drivers in qualifying. Honestly it isn’t a bad effort if you look at Tony’s qualifying record over the length of his career.  I decided on a lark to listen to qualifying at work using my listen online function of SiriusXM for the first time. I have to say just as with the first time I listened to the race on SiriusXM I loved listened to qualifying for the first time with the PRN crew. They really do do an excellent job. I will definitely make this a regular occurrence as often as I can since qualifying does tend to be while I am at work. (more…)

Today’s TQMS is one of my favorite Tony vs The media moments- right here on video coming out of the man himself:

And here is an early gratuitous Tony Stewart picture because do I need a reason? I didn’t think so:

Here is a picture of Tony Stewart in Sonoma last weekend. This is not one of mine…it’s way too good :-) . (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official store Facebook/Tommy Grassmann/CIA Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc)

 

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous TQMS posts.

#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

I got back from Race Sonoma yesterday afternoon- and started on the downloading and editing of nearly a gig worth of pictures between loads of laundry unfortunately I only got about half way through the pictures as of last night and today it was back to the grind at work so to hold you all over check out the last two installments of Mobil 1 Oil: An Odyssey until I can get that race diary up: (more…)

(Don’t let me fool you- it’s only Thursday- but the TQMS has to be early this week since Misty and I are Sonoma bound!– Amy)

Tony Stewart at Sonoma Raceway 2013 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“Every time you go there, it’s fun. It’s a fun track, great area and it’s really a perfect place to go and enjoy a NASCAR weekend. It’s an unconventional NASCAR weekend because it is a road course, but it is one of the races I truly look forward to every year. It’s nice to get out of the box of what we do weekly and Sonoma is an awesome, awesome racetrack that has a lot of history. It’s very challenging and that’s why drivers like it.” Tony Stewart, The Pre-Sonoma Team Release

 

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous TQMS posts.

#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

The Race: Living Life On Track

 

 

The old adage never judge a book by it’s cover could have been coined in regards to this book.  Based on the cover alone, the average NASCAR fan might pick this book up thinking it’s a biography of Darrell Waltrip. They might expect to be regaled with great behind-the-scenes tales from his years racing in NASCAR’s premier racing series. They would get this in some respects but do not be fooled. The Race: Living Life On Track by Froman, Mauldin and Waltrip is NOT about Darrell Waltrip as much as it’s a story of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) who ministers and guides those in the NASCAR community. And while indeed it contains many anecdotal stories from the track it’s more about how they assist those in the racing community win the race of life though faith.

The authors of The Race are three-time NASCAR Champion Darrell Waltrip, Kyle Froman (Director of Development for Motor Racing Outreach) and Billy Mauldin (the President and CEO of Motor Racing Outreach. Each chapter of the book has a theme on how this can be done and includes relative stories from the track but also relevant bible verse and personal experience from each of the three authors with the theme and it’s lesson for the race of life.  These stories make the book easy to relate to for race fans on an individual level while continuing to relate back to the NASCAR community as a whole.  Also in each of the chapters the three authors take on the themes with personal revelations from the track and their respective lives in general. At first I thought this style produced a disjointed text but either I got use to the format or it cunningly pulls together the further you are into the book.

This book is for the Christian NASCAR fan looking for guidance on incorporating faith into many aspects of their everyday life.

The Race: Living Life On Track is available at amazon.

For more information on the book and it’s authors visit: B&H Publishing Group