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(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

So I haven’t done a Loose Lugnuts post in what seems like forever…as many of you might know I traveled to Indiana for the Brickyard 400 and traveling like that and then rushing back to my job can kind of get overwhelming as I play catch up and unfortunately the one thing that suffers is probably the one thing I love to do the most- and that is write (both here and elsewhere).  A lot of these “lugnuts” are items that I am sure many of you have seen before because a lot of it contains items that were coverage from the Brickyard (and yes I am STILL putting together my brickyard post- it’s going slower than I had hoped unfortunately) but at the same time- a lot of them were new to me because I saw them briefly on my social media but bookmarked them to investigate later since I was traveling.  So hopefully you won’t be too bored with (most) of these items that have been pinging around in my brain (and in my bookmarked list) for a couple of weeks now like lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pit stop.

1. I am going to start with the beautiful Darlington #Throwback paint scheme since it’s probably freshest on everyone’s mind.  I know it’s been on mind since other drivers had been releasing their #Throwback paint schemes. They waited so long to release it I began to seriously wonder if they weren’t going to run a #Throwback theme at all. But alas they are and I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE his Coca-Cola throwback paint scheme for his final #Southern500. I mean seriously – I think it’s my favorite of his paint schemes to date.  Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet:

(photo source: Tony Stewart facebook page)

As a matter of fact, as soon as the online reveal was over I was over at LionelRacing.com preordering my diecast.  Speaking of diecasts I was a long time hold out- I told myself I would never ever get into collecting a bunch of “overpriced toy cars.”  But then for Christmas in 2007 I think it was- my parents bought me a 20 Home Depot die cast. Still for a long time it sat alone on my shelf. Then after the Office Depot days I started to get into it more but still managed limited myself to about one a year. Well even that’s been blown because I currently have two on preorder (the Sonoma win- because I WAS THERE and the Darlington Throwback because it’s awesome) and of course the ICON one that I told myself back in in January when I pre-ordered it would be my ONLY diecast for the year. Yeah I guess I should stop setting limits for myself because I obviously don’t listen. It’s like when I go to the bookstore and tell myself I am only going to leave with two books  and I walk out two hours later with 5 books and getting down to just five was a serious struggle but I digress.

2. After the #Throwback reveal Tony did a lot of media including this radio interview for a station in Indiana. You might want to give it a listen (it’s only about 15 minutes long).

3. Also in case you missed it on Wednesday- Tony did his first Facebook Live chat (they tell us there are going to be more and I really hope that is the case because this one seemed rather short). It started late because of all his media obligations during the #Throwback reveal (for some reason my fingers keep wanting to type release party). Anyway in case you were working (I was too but I purposely shifted my lunch to watch it) here is the video- it was pretty fun: (more…)

(Photo source: Zimbio.com/Blaine Ohigashi/Getty Images North America)

It’s been awhile since I have done a Loose Lugnuts and boy have I missed it. Some of this might be old news to you all and if it is I am sorry but I just wanted to make sure I shared it with you before it left my brain bucket completely.  So without further ado here is what has been rolling around in my brain like lugnuts during a green flag pitstop this week:

1. I don’t know about you all but this #Smoke fan is still excited about his really awesome Sonoma win.  I so freaking excited to see Tony win at Sonoma I forgot how to work my camera!!  It was an awesome win and if you still haven’t read the Sonoma Race diary post (I know it’s a long one but I can’t help myself) please read it and let me know what you think. If you are looking for just the pictures you can see some of my pictures over here in the Flickr photo album for Sonoma 2016 or you can check out my facebook albums (for facebook I broke the photos into three separate albums: Various Toyota Savemart 350 At Sonoma Pictures, Tony Stewart VIP Experience, and Ernie Irvan/Tony Stewart Wall of Fame Plaque presentation). The difference between the facebook book albums and the flickr albums is there are a few of my phone pictures included in the facebook albums that I didn’t post up on Flickr…and there are two videos from my phone in the Wall of Fame Facebook Folder that I didn’t stick on twitter.

2. How excited was I for Tony’s win? I changed my cell phone lock screen from a picture of Abbie to this picture as soon as I saw it: (more…)

(photo credit: Amy K. Marbach)

This is a list of what’s been pinging around my brain like loose lugnuts during a green flag pit stop:

1. It’s time to start voting for the driver you want to see in the Sprint All-Star Race in May! You can vote daily!

2. It’s also time to vote for the hero you think should have The Brickyard 400 named after them! Visit Rename The Brickyard After A Hero page now to get your daily vote in! You will be voting for one of five nominated heros: Piper Hill, Chris Mintz, Jason Redman, Leigh Ann Hester, and Michael Gallardo.  The page has a bio of each hero at the end of which is a button that you can press to vote for that particular hero. Of course all five are deserving in their own unique way but unfortunately only one can win.

3. Probably THE most interesting news item to come after the race last weekend at Martinsville comes from the post-race traffic jam. You know how you are driving 5 mph at a snails pace after the race. Just remember- you never know who is in the lane next to you.  One lucky Kyle Busch fan found that out first hand on Sunday: (more…)

(Why do I have the lyrics “I’m coming home, I’m coming home, tell the world I’m coming home” stuck in my head  after writing the title of this? Anyway this is going to be one of those post-race articles that do not follow my usual post race template because I have some stuff rolling around in my beady little brain that needs out and the standard post-race report is not the optimum format for that.  However- if you are looking for less opinion or blather (egads I hope you all don’t think I blather too much) and more this is what happened for Tony during the race: check out the post-race team release for all that good stuff.)

Dear Tony Stewart-

I can only imagine how frustrating and disappointing Sunday’s “Crown Royal Presents The Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard” results were to you- even more so since you were at your home town track less than an hour from where you hang your hat so to speak.  Trust us fans when we tell you how excited we were for you. Seeing you fast in practice and superfast in qualifying, made us all grin and strut just a little taller- even the ones who weren’t actually there. It made us all want to do that same fist pump you did when you got out of the car:

25 July 2015 – Tony Stewart during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Gregg Ellman)

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(Photo Credit: Google Image Search)

Two Tony quotes this week as he talked about his home track of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this weeks team release for The Brickyard:

“Every driver has a home race and you’re always excited to race at home. I’m always excited to be at the Brickyard. If you can only win one race a year, I’m still going to pick the Daytona 500. But if you can’t win Daytona as that one race a year, I want to win the Brickyard. It’s just a special place to me. The only disheartening thing is we haven’t been running well going into the weekend. I guess it would be a ton worse if we were running really well and all of a sudden we got to the Brickyard and didn’t run well. That would be a worse scenario. But we will still work as hard as we can to get the best result we can.”

“You dream about something for so long, you become consumed by it. When I was in USAC trying to make a living as a racecar driver, I drove a tow truck for a guy I raced sprint cars against. I would drive down Georgetown toward 16th Street, parallel with the frontstretch, and wonder what it would be like 300 feet to the left running 200 mph. I got a chance to do that, and finally, after years of trying to win, be it in Indy cars or stock cars, I got to know what it feels like, to see that view coming down the front straightaway, seeing the checkered flag and knowing that I was the first driver to cross the stripe, versus the second, third or fourth-place guy. I had wanted that moment for so long, and I finally got it.”

Gratuitous 2007 Brickyard Win Photos:

(Photo Credit: Google Image Search)

(Photo Credit: Google Image Search)

 

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Read other Quotable Tony posts.

#KeepDiggingTony #OneGoodRace #SmokeAlwaysRises

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)