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I mentioned in my last post about the dominance of Ford this season, specifically the SHR Fords. While yes a few of the SHR drivers only made it into the round of 8 by the skin of the teeth the point is they made it.  That is an impressive feat.

Think about this little factoid: Stewart-Haas Racing drivers now make up HALF of the playoff field.  HALF!!!  I think that might be considered a fairly impressive showing. I hope that any detractors who were vocal about the team switching manufacturers are eating their words right now.  I do not deny that there wasn’t a money factor involved- but the fact that under the bowtie SHR would have never likely gotten the resources or opportunity to be the powerhouse team for that manufacturer- those claims have always gone to HMS.  I think you could pretty much say that right now SHR is the powerhouse team for the blue oval right?  For those keeping track of manufacturers in the round of eight, there are five Fords  (all of the SHR drivers and Joey Logano), two Toyotas (Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr) and one lone Chevy (Chase Elliott).  Stewart-Haas Racing has every reason to proud as heck of their hard work right now.

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Back when SHR announced that they would be moving to Ford as their manufacturer there was a huge segment of the community that balked at the switch in manufacturer. I have long said that I could understand the reason- with FORD SHR had the opportunity to be the top team for their manufacturer. They would never get that support from Chevy- who puts all of their support over to Hendrick Motorsports. With Ford as their manufacturer, Stewart-Haas Racing has the change of becoming more of a rival to Hendrick Motor Sports. With Stewart-Haas Racing’s impressive performance all season, it has become clear to me that they are indeed working on becoming a real rival of HMS/Chevy. (more…)

I have owned a total of four cars in my life thus far. Three Chevys and a Toyota.  My first car was a 1990 Chevy Lumina sedan – yes the Days of Thunder car, that use to belong to my parents. My next vehicle was a 2000 Toyota Rav4. I then went back to Chevy in 2008 and got an HHR. My current car is a 2014 Chevy Equinox.

I have been growing more and more disenfranchised with Chevy though as I have owned the Equinox. (more…)

I’ve always felt that Jimmie Johnson gets a bad wrap as a driver among non-Jimmie fans. The team’s 7 championships don’t seem to be taken seriously and many fans seem to have a “yeah but” when talking about them. “Yeah but they cheated” or “yeah but that was all Chad, not Jimmie.” You get the idea. I follow Jimmie on social media and I love his sense of humor.  Case in point: (more…)

The Roval

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I took to my Facebook account after the ROVAL and didn’t come here to talk about it…because I have gotten out of the habit of blogging sadly.

Here is precisely what I wrote: (more…)

Last year, I gave a glowing review to Christopher Hinchcliffe’s debut novel Chasing Checkers, a book I had stumbled across in my social media and decided to give a read. I had closed my review with the hope that we would hear more from young racer Teddy. I was giddy last week when I found out that the next novel chronicling Teddy Clark’s journey as a racer was not only available but that I was offered a copy for review.   Of course, I jumped on the opportunity and dove right into reading it when it arrived in my inbox on Saturday morning.  It’s now Sunday afternoon, just a little more than 24 hours later, and I finished. And you know that I watched every single lap of the Bristol race yesterday afternoon which of course meant a bunch of time watching racing instead of reading about it. A good measure of my enjoyment of a book is measured by the length of time it takes me to finish the book (the faster I read through it, the more I am enjoying it). That said, really enjoyed the section installment of young Teddy’s adventures in Hinchcliffe’s Chasing Checkers: Acceleration. (more…)

I don’t have to tell you it’s been some time since I blogged about a race. You may be left wondering what is going on. Have I stopped watching racing? How goes my quest to find a new favorite NASCAR driver? Just what the heck is going on with Amy and Badgroove.

Well, let’s play catch up on the overly exciting (yes I am being facetious) life of Amy of BadGroove. (more…)

I am in love with the Speed Read series by Motorbooks/Quarto Publishing. I have mentioned this in my review of the first two books in the series (Speed Read Car Design and Speed Read F1). I was completely tickled to get two more books from the series, Speed Read Mustang by Donald Farr and Speed Reed Ferrari by Preston Lerner.

These books are gorgeous trade paperbooks that both have simple clean illustrations and easy to understand language that appeals to both car gurus and non-car people alike.  Personally I love the almost textbook feel of these books (I believe I mentioned that in my first review- and it holds through this review as well).  Considering that all four books in this series have been written by different authors, I find it amazing the that you can tell just by thumbing through the books that they are part of the same series- even beyond just the similarities in layout.  (more…)