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Tony Stewart in the garage area at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store facebook/ Rusty Jarrett)

 

“I think just learning the way the car is going to respond every week with the rules in place and finding the combination that works the best. We’re basically starting from scratch. There are some things that you take away from what we did last year, but anytime you have significant rules changes like the ones we have this year, that’s the No. 1 obstacle – trying to figure out what our Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy likes and dislikes so it gives you a direction in which to work.” –Tony Stewart, Pre-Phoneix Team Release

 

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

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If you are looking for the annual Vegas Racecation diary post with pictures that I usually do- it’s coming…but will be delayed a bit.  I am having issues with my laptop (let’s just say it’s under a year old and I just performed a system restore to factory and IT STILL ISN’T WORKING).  I will get the post up as soon as I can- I promise!  (Also-another hint: don’t buy a Lenovo unless you want a $700 boat anchor- I am going back to Toshibas- at least they work for a couple years before they die).

Until then- enjoy this picture of Tony Stewart, his father Nelson Stewart, and Jeff Gordon (oh and Misty and myself up in the peanut gallery):

Tony Stewart, his father Nelson Stewart, and Jeff Gordon chat in the garage area of Las Vegas Motorspeedway, 2015 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook page/Rusty Jarrett)

And if you would like to read my Good, Bad, & Ugly article from the Kobalt 400 you can read that here: The Good, Bad, & Ugly: Kobalt 400

Amy- start your engine.

I am LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY BOUND!!! Whoo hoo!

I have been waiting for this week all off season because it means that I am back at a race track!!! It was torture because I started getting press releases for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the season actually started which made my wait for this weekend a little more torturous than ever.

For instance I got one announcing that Rascal Flatts would be singing the national anthem. That one excited me because usually the anthem is sung by performers from one of the shows…but I know Rascal Flatts (they are, by the way, in the middle of a nine- show residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock called Rascal Flatts Riot!- so if you are in Vegas through March 14th you might want to try to check them out if you are fan).

I even got one press release from Maverick Helicopters- touting their service as a way to get to and from the track! That would be super awesome- but it’s a little too price for this wee little blogger ($500 round trip to and from track or $300 one way per person)- but how could would it be to travel to the track in style like that? Not to mention you would miss all that crazy race traffic after the race! I am terribly afraid of heights but I think if it was offered to my party I would definitely try it just to say I did it. Not to mention that the trip is only 15 minutes so I think I could buck up and handle it! It would be one way to make your race weekend in Vegas memorable that is for sure…if you are interested in that or other helicopter experiences by the way check out their website: FlyMaverick.com

Anyway- I leave tomorrow for Vegas (sans helicopter) so that Misty and I can finally get back to the track (Phoenix in November seems like eons ago).

Posting will be light here because I don’t even get back from Vegas until Monday evening- which likely won’t be enough time to do a race diary post like I like to do until later in the week, just to warn you.

If you want to keep up on my adventures while I am gone- the best way is via twitter: BadGroove!

Tony Stewart and his steed in the garage

Tony Stewart and his steed in the garage at Atlanta MotorSpeedway, 2015. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP photo/Alan Marler)

Tony Qualified: didn’t, was placed 39th in the starting order, actually started 43rd

Tony Finished: 30th

Points: 16 points, 35th in the standings.

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Tony Smiles

Tony smiles on the grid at Daytona last Sunday. Feb 2015. (Photo Courtesy: Tony Stewart Official Store on Facebook/ Andrew Coppley)

“I can tell you that every time I get in my Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy, I’m doing it because I want to win, whether it’s the first race on the schedule or the last. Sometimes there are circumstances that prevent you from being able to do that, but I look at this weekend’s race no different than I do a race 20 weeks from now. We’re going out there to try to win, just like every other race.” — Tony Stewart, Pre-Atlanta Stewart-Haas Racing Team Release

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

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Dale Earnhardt Jr’s #88 KBB Chevy rolls through the tech inspection at Sonoma Raceway June 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

If you drive a car you have probably heard of Kelley Blue Book. It’s THE resource when it comes to car valuations. It’s were the term “blue book value” comes from- consulting the paper book (back in the day) and now electronic book to find out exactly what price range a car can be valued at based on make, model, miles and condition but also including things like specific features.

Kelley Blue Book is one of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s sponsors and the pair want to empower all car buyers to be knowledgeable and in control of their car buying experience.  There is a big KBB Fan Zone set up down at the race in Atlanta- be sure to stop by and play some fun games and perhaps win a $50 gas card or even a trip to the All-Star Race in Charlotte (May 16h 2015).  Fear not if you are not at the race in Atlanta this weekend- there is an online sweepstakes too! The #KBBEffect sweeps starts Feb. 27th, 2015 and runs through March 30, 2015 for us fans and car buyer and to enter is easy: Fans tweet a picture of your vehicle with the hashtag (#KBBEffect) for a chance to win all kinds of prizes that range from autographed hats and diecasts to the grand prize: Two pairs of tickets to the fall race at Talladega (October 25th, 2015) including hospitality suite access.  Entries will be incorporated into a gallery where users can interact with Kelley Blue Book in an all-new engaging way.

And now for my #KBBEffect story: (more…)

If you have visited the Tony Stewart Foundation website lately- you may have noticed a familiar face:

Me As A TSF Lap Leader Ambassador

Me As A TSF Lap Leader Ambassador

Yep that is me. If you click the READ MORE OF AMY’S STORY- the story expands and you can learn more about me and why I am a Tony Stewart Foundation Lap Leader.  For those who aren’t familiar with the Tony Stewart Foundation- it was created by Tony as a “vehicle” to give back to those organizations that support causes that support his three passions: seriously or chronically ill children, endangered animals, and injured racers.  So a TSF Lap Leader is someone who donates to the Tony Stewart Foundation monthly automatic donation to the  Tony Stewart Foundation of at least $14.00 a month.  As a than you for your donation- you get goodies sent to you once a quarter- and let me tell you some of the thank you goodies are awesome- my favorite one was a small canvas artwork created children and animals from the very organizations that the foundation helps every year.

You can even specify which arm of the foundation you want your funds to support! You can choose between Children’s Health, Animal Welfare, Driver Health or (the one I chose) Where It’s Most Needed.  Your donations go to help the foundation fund grants to worthy organizations! You can keep up with the TSF Foundation on Facebook to find out more about specific organizations they donate to.

If a monthly donation is not something you can manage- there are many other ways you can help. Of course they gladly accept one time donations (I started out donating once around around Tony’s birthday).  And there is the Amazon Smile program where shop amazon and can set The Tony Stewart Foundation as your charity of choice and they will get a small percentage (0.5%) donated to them off your eligible amazon purchases. It is no extra money to you- it’s donated by amazon on your behalf.  It’s easy to do- and it’s free to you.

they also have merchandise you can purchase (like the Racer14 plates) that help!

The Tony Stewart Foundation is easy for me to stand behind as a way to support my driver and support great causes at the same time especially since, like Tony, I too am passionate about both kids and animals. It’s easier to me to give to TSF then to check out multiple charities to donate to. Oh and did I mention that the donations are tax deductible? It truly is win-win for me because I support great organizations and my favorite driver at the same time.

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#SmokeAlwaysRises

Tony and Junior at Daytona (photo credit: Tony Stewart facebook page / (HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Tony Qualified: 7th

Tony Finished: 42nd

Points: 2 points, 38th in the standings.

Well our driver is now 0-17 when it comes to his record at Daytona. This weekend just wasn’t his weekend. He had been staying competitively in the top ten of the race since the drop of the green. After the first caution flag of the race- he discussed the car’s handling with crew chief Chad Johnston that while the car was a little tight he didn’t think they should make any changes yet on the car. (more…)