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Garage Area at Sonoma Raceway June 2015

I make no bones about how much I love Sonoma Raceway! It’s the closest track to where I live in which the cup cars run. The track is close enough to San Francisco to have fun excursions to the city during the weekend there. It’s in wine country and it’s close to the ocean.  And of course there is nothing like some road course racing- turning left AND right, braking, rubbing- it’s amazing to experience!

Speaking of experiences- since this is Tony Stewart’s  last year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series the Tony Stewart Foundation (in conjunction with sponsor Code 3 Associates and FWCSports) has set up the Ultimate VIP Tony Stewart experience in Sonoma for Saturday June 25th!

This truly is a once in a lifetime type experience with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at Sonoma Raceway! Best of all the price of your VIP Experience(a $750 dollar charitable donation that may be tax deductible depending on your tax situation) goes directly to the Tony Stewart Foundation Grant Fund!  So you are helping the Tony Stewart Foundation with your generous donation all while getting the experience of a lifetime with Tony Stewart at Sonoma Raceway.

Check out all the great things the VIP experience includes:  (more…)

Tony Stewart, Martinsville 2014 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

This weekend Tony Stewart is carrying Code 3 Associates on board with him at New Hampshire as his primary sponsor. For those who aren’t familiar with Code 3 Associates it’s an organization that works to rescue and reunite pet owners with their pets during natural disasters. It’s something you might not think about. Picture if you will the devastating fires that California has been facing. Our fire season has been longer and more intense this year because of drought conditions and warm weather.  Picture having to go to your barn and open the gate and let your beloved horse go and hope for the best as the evacuations are getting near because you didn’t have the ability or the time to be able to transport your horse out before escaping yourself.  Picture driving down a congested, hazy, smoke ensconced freeway and  seeing two horses tied in the bed of a pickup in the lane next to you because their owners didn’t want to just leave them to fend for themselves.  These are pictures and stories I have seen and read on facebook of friends and relatives having to evacuate on short notice.  It’s in times like these that Code 3 Associates come in and help and just as importantly work hard to train others to help as well.

I think everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing is very honored to have Code 3 Associates as a partner. Taking care of animals has always been important to me and, when we started our foundation, we made animal welfare a priority. To be able to promote the work of Code 3 Associates so that it can do even more work for people and their pets is very satisfying. For those who don’t know, whenever there is a disaster, Code 3 Associates is the organization out there that takes care of a family’s pet – the one family member that can get overlooked in a disaster situation. It’s a program I really enjoy being able to promote both on and off the track.” — Tony Stewart, New Hampshire Team Release

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Tony Stewart, Martinsville, 2014 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

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In honor of the fact that Tony is running the Code 3 Associates Paint Scheme this weekend at Martinsville I am going just a big bigger with my Friday Quotable Tony post this week- more quotes and more pictures all illustrating Tony’s passion for animals!

We start with his quote about Code 3 Associates from the Martinsville Pre-Race Team Release:

At Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on March 28, 2014 (Photo courtesy of the Tony Stewart Foundation)

“We’re honored to have Code 3 Associates as a partner with Stewart-Haas Racing. Whenever there’s a disaster, everyone wants to help, and it’s nice to know there’s an organization out there that takes care of a sometimes overlooked but very important family member – your pet. Taking care of animals has always been important to me, and when we started our foundation, we made animal welfare a priority. To be able to promote the work of Code 3 Associates so that it can do even more work for people and their pets is very satisfying.”- Tony Stewart, Martinsville pre-race team release.

For those who don’t know who Code 3 Associates provide animal and recovery during natural disasters. But they also provide training in everything from technical animal rescue and animal disaster response to animal cruelty training for investigators. You can check out their website and become a free member or make a donation. (more…)

Tony and Code 3 Associates

Tony and Code 3 Associates at Martinsville earlier this year. (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“We’re honored to have Code 3 Associates as a partner with Stewart-Haas Racing. It’s nice to know there’s an organization out there that takes care of a sometimes overlooked but very important family member- your pet. Taking care of animals has always been important to me, and when we started our foundation, we made animal welfare a priority. To be able to promote the work of Code 3 Associates so that it can do even more work for people and their pets is very satisfying.” – Tony Stewart, Pocono Team Release July/August 2014

Tony will be running the Code 3 Associates paint scheme this weekend at Pocono! #KeepDiggingTony- we are rooting for you.  While speaking of Code 3 Associates- you can join Tony and become a member (it’s free and you have a chance to win great prizes) of Code 3 Associates. Join now! You can also check out the Code 3 Associates Facebook Page for more information about this organization. If you join now, according to their facebook page you are in the running for an autographed picture of Tony Stewart and PorkChop. I wonder which signed it? ;-)

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Tony at Martinsville earlier this season. (photo credit: Tony Stewart facebook).

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Working on the Code 3 Associates #14

The crew works on the #14 Code 3 Associates/BassPro/Mobil 1 chevy of Tony Stewart during the race on Sunday 2014 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

It seems that whenever I pick Tony Stewart as my lead in my Fantasy League- he has a terrible day. So I can be assuring you all that I will not be picking him as my lead driver anymore. Sigh. I was so optimistic that Tony would have a good run at Martinsville.  He was running the Code 3 Associates paint scheme and the last time he ran that- he won the race (Pocono). Plus he qualified 7th! Whoo! That was awesome. (more…)

So the winning Party In The Poconos 400 pace car design was the one I liked best:

Pace Car Design 3

YEY. Now if only they’d let me have it when they are done…I kid I kid (kinda).

On a more serious note- I want to talk about paint schemes for a minute.  First off…Tony is running a special Code 3 Associates Paint/Oklahoma paint scheme this weekend:

No. 14 Code 3 Chevrolet

The #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy that Tony will be running at Dover this weekend. (Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography for True Speed Communication)

Code 3 Associates have been partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing since last year. Honestly I wasn’t even too sure what Code 3 Associates were except that they worked with animals until the Nabisco NASCAR online chat with Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman last week (check out the link to the video of the chat- but be prepared to park your butt for awhile because it’s a long one- over an hour- but it’s well well worth it!) where Ryan explained some of what Code 3 Associates do. It’s awesome and they were on their way to Oklahoma the day after the tornadoes to take care of pets when their owners can’t after a disaster and reunite them with their families when possible! What a great organization – and I can see why they partner with Stewart-Haas Racing because between Tony and Ryan I can’t think of two more pro-animal, pro-pet drivers!

But what I really want to talk about were Tony’s Bass Pro Paint Schemes for both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

So here is the 14 All-Star Paint Scheme…The car is mostly black on top with the orange at the bottom. It’s a nice looking paint scheme by it’s self and I know from that Nabisco Chat up there that Tony likes black paint schemes (there is also a turkey on the back quarter panels for the National Wild Turkey Foundation but you can’t really see it from this view):

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Point is I LOVED this paint scheme. LOVED it. Except for one huge glaring problem.  Jamie McMurray’s car was also running a Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Foundation paint scheme and looked far too similar:

Tony And Jamie McMurray at the All Star Race

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

I wasn’t at the race- so I don’t know what it was like watching the race in person- but on TV it was really hard to tell the difference between Tony and Jamie’s cars. In the picture above it’s easier to tell them apart then it was on TV because the cars aren’t moving and are framed together where you can see the two biggest differences- the roof number color and that Tony’s car had more of an orange splitter and side skirt. My thought is they should use the black paint scheme as Tony’s normal Bass Pro Shops paint scheme (sans the turkey of course) and take his usual Bass Pro Paint scheme and slap the turkey on the back and use that one whenever Tony and Jamie are BOTH going to run Bass Pro Paint schemes. It would make it easier for us home views to tell them apart (and no I wasn’t watching on a small TV so that was not the issue).  Just a thought there…because I kind of like the more black/less orange paint scheme. My dad would tell you to go all orange because it would be easier to see because there are too many black race cars.I guess it might be about personal preference.

Tony’s usual Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 paint scheme:

No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Mobil 1 Chevrolet

The Coca-Cola 600 paint scheme- Tony’s usual Bass Pro/Mobil 1 Paint scheme. (Photo Credit: Andrew Coppley/CIA Photo for True Speed Communication).

Which do you prefer?