Header image
Master Motorsports Photographer Klemantaski

Master Motorsports Photographer Klemantaski by Paul Parker

I obviously love to read- or I wouldn’t have created the #NASCAR Reading List feature here on BadGroove. But what you might not know is that I love books themselves. Yes, I am talking about those bound collections of paper with writings in them. I can’t tell you how much I miss bricks and mortar bookstores (the nearest one to me is in the next county- 27 miles away or so) because I would often just go to wander around and look at the books on those occasions that I didn’t have anything else to do.  If I had a huge house- I would devote a whole room to being a library, but alas I don’t have a house like that so I have a book case. A very crammed full book case at that, which is one of the reasons I invested in an e-reader. I now only keep physical copies of books I absolutely love as it’s all I have room for now.  Most of those books are works of fiction with a small  motorsports section that is crammed so tight I have had to weed through it multiple times. I  think I might fudge this one and put it in my photography section so I don’t have to weed out any more of my beloved motorsports books.

Klemantaski: Master Motorsports Photographer by Paul Parker has got to be one of the most gorgeous books I have seen in a long time. It’s a book of motorsports photographs detailing what is often called racing’s “golden era” – pre-WWII through the early 1970s.  But first let me give you a little background on who Louis Klemantaski is before we get into this beautiful book. (more…)

#SmokeAlwaysRises

Tony Stewart during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, January 27th, 2015, (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page/Harold Hinson Photography)

As I sit here watching the Superbowl, I really have only one thing on my mind. NASCAR. I really can’t help myself- it’s how I am wired. Sports with balls are really just in my periphery, it’s sports with wheels that catch my attention and of those NASCAR that really catches my attention and my heart.

I will be the first to admit that at the end of last season I was ready for it. Can you blame me? It’s been a shitty two years for my driver on every level, some we can likely barely even comprehend.  Of course that didn’t stop me from getting a tattoo supporting my driver during champions week in Las Vegas. But still- I was ready for it to be done.  And I honestly didn’t even miss it that much (obviously by my lack of posts here during the off-season lamenting about how long the off season seems).

I am not happy about the last two years of my life by any means. It’s given me more drive and desire to get back to the old form that our fans and our sponsors and everybody are use to seeing us in. So I am looking forward to it. This is probably the most prepared I’ve been in awhile for a season to start. — Tony Stewart, CMS Media Tour, 1-27-15

(more…)

So Tony Fans…do  you have any guesses as to the Tony Stewart Racing Announcement:

Tony Stewart Racing Announcement

Credit: Tony Stewart Store on Facebook

It was posted on the Tony Stewart Racing Facebook page, The Tony Stewart Store Facebook page and sent out via email from the store email account.  Anyone want to gander a guess as to what the announcement is? Really all it says is that fans have asked and they have answered, that is really the only clue.

Here are my guesses in the order of what I think is probability:

1. They are bringing back the Prelude To The Dream.

or

2. They are bringing back Tony Stewart Live on Sirius as a regular feature on Sirius.
So? What do YOU think they announcement will be on Tuesday?

Speaking of which don’t forget: Tony Stewart Live will return at 7:00 PM ET on Sirius XM NASCAR (Channel 90) on 2/3/15!


Sonoma 2014- Happier TimesLast Thursday my world came skidding to a halt quicker than The Drive for Five after the incident with Keslowski at Texas Motorspeedway last fall. My driver dumped me. That’s right! Jeff Gordon is breaking up with us, his fans. He announced that this will be his last season as a driver in NASCAR. Initially I was shocked. Sure there have been murmurings for a few years about the impending R word, especially after the resurgence of some back pain a few seasons ago, but last season, man- last season seemed to have cleared all such nonsense talk out of the air. Jeff Gordon was back – Championship Contending Rainbow Warrior Jeff Gordon (though personally I never thought he went away). Sure the season ended in bitter disappointment for the 24 and his fans, but that just meant reason to look forward to the next season. Right?

Apparently, wrong! Jeff says he made the decision to make this his last season about midway through last year and that he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. Well, just like any person dumped unexpectedly (no matter how evident the signs were) by their significant other, I say “Well bully for you, but what about me???.” I have shed tears over the announcement. I have received “condolence” texts from not just friends but from casual acquaintances! They recognize the suffering and pain I am enduring over this heartbreak.

I try to think positive. I try to visualize what it will be like without Jeff Gordon on the track and it does nothing to ease my heartache. I try to think about who I will cheer once Jeff is no longer driving. I have rolled a few drivers around in my head and as much as I like those drivers – I don’t love them. I love Jeff. I always have and I always will! I just can’t see myself in another driver’s jacket. It doesn’t feel right!

They say time heals all wounds, and I am sure that at some point there will be another driver, but I expect there will be a rebound driver or two in between that time comes, if it ever does. So fair warning to friends and family: don’t load me up on merch from the next driver I take up for ‘cause I can darn near guarantee that he ain’t a keeper. Not the kind I would take home to momma. It’s just too painful right now to think about giving my all to another driver. My relationship with Jeff lasted over 20 years, I am going to need some time to get through it.

It’s been nearly a week and talking about it still brings tears to my eyes as I think about all the experiences we will no longer share: knee slapping laughs at After the Lap, pit lane brawls leaving the villain spitting blood, pre-race invocation family shots, and most importantly Victory Lane fist pumps.

I am sure Jeff will stay in touch and still be in my life in some way, but it won’t be the same. It’s the end of a beautiful ride. Good luck, Jeff. What we had was special, and though you hate to hear it: DRIVE FOR FIVE, now is the time!
Love Always,
A Jeff Gordon Girl (Misty “24ever” Bethany)

I love to read. That is probably evident judging by the “Amy’s NASCAR Reading list” posts I make (and for those of you wondering I will be continuing that this year and already have some posts planned) but I can’t imagine a world without reading. That is why I love the speedway reading events. I know Fontana does some reading events around their race and Texas Motor Speedway has the Speed To Read program. This year Speed To Read has partnered with Lionel Racing in a Design-A-Diecast program! How cool is that?

More than 3,500 students in the seven schools that participate in the Speed To Read program will have the opportunity to use their artistic talents to design their a diecast paint scheme. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will design a NASCAR paint scheme .  Winners will be picked in each of two grade categories:  grades K-2 and grades 3-5. The winner will have their diecast actually produced on a 1:24 scale diecast and presented to them in an acrylic case. That is such a cool idea- I would have LOVED that as a kid! Their classmates will recieve a 1:64th Lionel branded diecast as well.  The winner in each category will additionally receive tickets to the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11th, 2015. So not only do they receive a cool diecast as their reward but they will be heading to the race in April! How fun!

Happy 2015

Posted by Amy in NASCAR - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the new year! The 2015 NASCAR season is just around the corner and if you are like me you can not wait for it to get underway.  I know I have high hopes that Tony will have a terrific season and as always this is the time of the year that I hope that THIS will be the year he gets his Daytona 500 win!  Whoo! #SmokeAlwaysRises

 

(Click here if you are looking for the Annual NASCAR Champion’s Week Trip post for 2014.)

If you have been reading BadGroove for awhile you probably know that I love photography. I am constantly trying to improve my craft the best I can. Anyway here are some of my favorite captures from Champions Week.

First up we have my favorite captures from the NASCAR Chase Grid cars on the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas:

A Champion's Chariot

A Champion’s Chariot (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

(more…)

Chase Driver Banners on Las Vegas Blvd

Banners of all 16 Chase grid drivers fly at the start/finish line in front of The Miracle Mile shops on Las Vegas Blvd on December 4th, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

I have yet to miss a NASCAR Champions Week in Las Vegas. Luckily for me Misty lives nearby so I am able to attend some of the fun!  This year we actually splurged and got a room at the Palms since that is where After The Lap was to be held again.  It was a nice room and casino (not that I had much time to gamble).

Anyway- the fun for us started at Fan Fest where all 16 2014 Chase Grid drivers where scheduled to walk the red carpet and sign autographs for fans before taking part in a fun game on the stage that was set up at the end of the carpet. The event was held on Fremont Street again this year and fans had started lining the red carpet early to get a glimpse of their favorite driver: (more…)