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I have mentioned the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Brickyard 400 campaign in prior seasons and I have mentioned it this year when it came to nominating your heroes. I also interviewed country singer Justin Moore about his involvement with this program (and other things as well) just a few months ago.  The finalists have been announced and now is the time to to vote for your favorite hero NASCAR Fans.  The winner gets the distinction of having the Brickyard 400 named after them and even gets to deliver the trophy to the race winner in Victory circle.

Meet the five finalists for this year’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” Brickyard 400: (more…)

Country music star Justin Moore presents a donation to the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company on behalf of Crown Royal, prior to his show on March 26, 2015 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Photo Credit: Zimbio/ Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images North America)

So last Thursday at the “day job” I spent part of my lunch hour just chatting away with Justin Moore. Yes THAT Justin Moore. Just us chatting away – like that is an everyday occurrence. Yep – it was one of those rare but uber cool “pinch me okay not really because I hate to be pinched” moments thanks to this here little blog of mine. But you thought this was a NASCAR blog, right? That hasn’t changed- it totally is. Let me start by explaining the correlation:

The last several years Crown Royal has been the title sponsor of the Brickyard 400 and part of that title sponsorship is the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard program. I have posted about this program in years past- as a matter of fact here is my winner announcement post from last year’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400. It’s a cool program and if you have a local hero in your community or family- you should definitely take a few minutes to enter them for the chance to be recognized at this year’s race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nominations are open through April 12th 2015- so you don’t have much longer to be able to nominate your heroes.

Also if you visited the post about last year’s winner- you will see pictures of country musician Justin Moore with last year’s namesake, John Wayne Walding. Justin has been involved in the “Your Hero’s Name Here” program for several years as well. And that is how I got the chance to chat with Justin about his involvement in “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 as well as other things. So now on to the good part- the interview: (more…)

First I have to preface this by saying I was not watching the Brickyard here at home. I watched it with Misty at HER house with her family as we celebrated her birthday the day before. 

Tony qualified 15th after pulling an early number in the qualifying draw.

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the  Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, looks on from the grid before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, looks on from the grid before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Reports on the TV said that he wasn’t happy with the car throughout practices and his numbers seemed to reflect this. He raced hard and the pitstops for the race were flawless as they continually adjusted on the #14 chevy impala driven by Stewart.  

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the  Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Darian made a gutsy call for two tires at the end of the race. I admit I was definitely skeptical with that call.  But that two tire call got Tony the track position he needed to finish 5th! YEY! Tony remains 9th in series points. Kevin Harvick remains the series leader. Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray won the 17th running of the Brickyard 400.

“Feels almost like a win to be honest. When we finished Happy Hour yesterday, I was in a doom-and-gloom mood. It’s just been a hot three days and I’ve been dehydrated because I’ve been sick. I’m proud of how good I feel right now, to be honest. That’s due to the Clarian Medical Center here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They’ve worked with me the last two nights trying to get me feeling better and because of that, it got us where we are today.” Stewart, after the brickyard, – credit Team Release.

NOTES ABOUT THE BRICKYARD:

  • I am absolutely loving the Burger King commericals with Tony working at the Burger King. HILARIOUS. Some great stuff there. You can see the extended version at clockedinwithtony.com.
  • I have to admit that I thought we were going to be in for one long Brickyard 400 when there was a huge crash on Lap 1. But there actually weren’t that many cautions thankfully!

BFTP (Bonus Funny Tony Picture)-feel free to leave your humorous captions in the comments:

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 24: Crew member Shane Church, crew chief Darian Grubb, and Tony Stewart, driver of the  Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet have some fun in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 24: Crew member Shane Church, crew chief Darian Grubb, and Tony Stewart, driver of the Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet have some fun in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

You may have tuned in to get my views on the Brickyard. Well you will have to wait just a little longer. I took off to Vegas to help Misty celebrate her birthday…and will be driving the 500 miles back home today…then it’s back to the grind tomorrow.  But I will get you my Indy report as soon as possible.