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This will be the first time since NASCAR’s Championship Week Celebration was in Vegas that I will not be attending.  There is a personal reason I am not attending, but even without that I had not planned to attend this year but instead going to Disneyland this year (postponed Disneyland too for that personal reason).  Mostly because it seems that After The Lap which was always my favorite part of the weekend- has turned more into a concert and less of a driver Q&A. Based on what I see from the schedule of events there aren’t many events for Champions week where all the drivers are together- which kind of bums me out. This year, After The Lap, starts much later, is located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and according to everything is scheduled to run a full three hours.  I have also heard that the fees on tickets for the event now cost more then the tickets to the event- so there is that. This part disappoints me greatly. Don’t let me disuade you from going. After The Lap is held at The Cosmo on Wednesday Nov 29th at 8:00 PM: Tickets for After The Lap.

There are improvements to the week long festivities especially over recent years when it was quite obvious to this fan that SPRINT’s support of the series was waning. Last year’s event was minimum and paltry. One of my favorite new events that is part of the champion festivities is that the championship drivers are having scheduled autograph sessions which I think is a great idea. However- you can only attend one of the autograph sessions (although if you a stealthy pair of fans you could have one fan sign up for two tickets to one session and the other friend sign up for another session) so you are limited to the four drivers in the session you sign up for.  A majority of these sessions have already reached their cap for this year unfortunately but there are a few sessions with tickets left so I wouldn’t wait much longer to sign up for one- at Driver Autograph Sessions (best I can tell these are free but you need tickets).

Dale Jr Fans will be especially treated to an event just to celebrate him (I assume that he won Most Popular Driver again). There appear to be tickets left for this event but be warned- these tickets appear to range in price from $188 to over $400 a ticket (YOWZER) tickets to appear to come with a drink voucher (Still YOWZER). This will be held at the Cosmo on Tuesday Nov 28th.  Dale Jr Appreci88tion Event.

There are some other free events- including a the victory lap and fan headquarters at THE PARK (which is located outside of New York, New York)…but if you are going to champion’s week be prepared to shell out some dough to see your favorite drivers (unless you happen to be lucky enough to bump into them in their hotel). For more information on NASCAR Champion’s Week in Vegas visit: Champion’s Week at NASCAR.COM

(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 Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Usually when my cellphone vibrates with a text message as I am coming off the elevator at work onto my floor- it’s something work related. Today it’s YEY related. Here is what has been pinging around my head like lugnuts in a pitstall during a green flag pit stop- you just never know where they will end up…except I kind of do- they end up here. Let’s get to it shall we:

1.So I am a little late with the lugnuts- I usually post them on Wednesdays- but to be completely honest it was just because I ran out of time yesterday to track down pictures to put in the post and all that but now we have something else to discuss and it’s probably the most important thing to discuss so I am bumping everything else down a notch! So in case you live in a world without social media Tony Stewart announced today not just the timeline of when he would be back in the #14 but SURPRISE he’s going to be back in the car this weekend.  There are not enough exclamation marks in the world to exclaim how excited I am about this.  So Tony will be racing his first race back at his favorite NASCAR track too- so that can’t hurt right? Tony has always exclaimed his love for Richmond.  Also in case you didn’t know- Tony will then do a tire test at Indy and will start Talladega for the points then hand the car over to Ty Dillon because of the significant increase of crash and injury at Talladega. I can’t tell you how much better this makes me feel about Talladega. Also as expected NASCAR did grant Tony Stewart a waiver for the missed races. So come on Tony let’s go out there and rip off a win and maintain top 30 status…I want to see you in Vegas my man! This definitely made my morning!

2. Here is Tony yesterday on RACEHUB last night- actually yesterday afternoon for me on the west coast…but I dvr’d and watched it this morning well before the announcement and thought to myself- hey self- you should find the video and add it before I publish the post: (more…)

(photo courtesy of omaze.com)

Have you heard of Omaze.com? Let me explain what that is before I get to the experience.  Omaze.com allows for fans to enter a raffle for really awesome once in the lifetime experiences with favorite celebrities and sports stars. For instance- I came to learn about Omaze.com earlier this year when I entered a raffle to watch the series finally of Justified with Walton Goggins and Tim Olyphant of Justified. Unfortunately I did NOT win that experience but I do have first hand experience with how Omaze.com works. How it works is this: You donate at a specific level- the money raised goes to the charity mentioned in the experience usually something near and dear to that particular celebrity host’s heart.  For instance in the Justified experience the money went to support City School West Adams- a language immersion charter school in Los Angeles. Depending on your level of donation depends on the amount of raffle tickets you get. Obviously the more you buy the better your individual chances are at winning- that is just probability and statistics at work for you.   Also the more raffle tickets you buy the better the incentive is to buy the raffle tickets.

Anyway Dale Earnhardt Jr has paired up with Omaze.com to give an experience of a life time. The raffle goes to Nationwide Children’s Hospital  and what an experience it is: A 3-lap ride along with Dale Jr, meet Dale Jr. and take a photo AND get a signed pair of his exclusive skull gloves, two tickets to the October 8 XFinity and October 9th Cup races in Charlotte and of course airfare and hotel included for you and a friend. That is a wicked awesome prize! Raffle ticket packets start at $10.00 for 100 tickets and go up- the more you spend you can get incentives like a digital thank you card or thank you video to some cool merchandise if you are willing to deal out the big bucks.  Interesting in entering the raffle? Go to Omaze.com/DaleJr. Even if you aren’t interested in the raffle however- check out this cool video about the 5 Rules For Riding With Dale:

Tony strapping in for practice

1 May 2015: during Sprint Cup practice at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

Tony Qualified: 6th

Tony Finished: 19th

Points: 174 points, 30th in the championship standings

Quote Of The Race: “I really don’t know why no one would try to go with us there at the end. It baffled me. Our Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy was really good and I think we could’ve made it interesting if we got back to the front, but there’s only so much you can do by yourself at these races.” Tony Stewart, post-race team release. (more…)

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s #88 KBB Chevy rolls through the tech inspection at Sonoma Raceway June 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

If you drive a car you have probably heard of Kelley Blue Book. It’s THE resource when it comes to car valuations. It’s were the term “blue book value” comes from- consulting the paper book (back in the day) and now electronic book to find out exactly what price range a car can be valued at based on make, model, miles and condition but also including things like specific features.

Kelley Blue Book is one of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s sponsors and the pair want to empower all car buyers to be knowledgeable and in control of their car buying experience.  There is a big KBB Fan Zone set up down at the race in Atlanta- be sure to stop by and play some fun games and perhaps win a $50 gas card or even a trip to the All-Star Race in Charlotte (May 16h 2015).  Fear not if you are not at the race in Atlanta this weekend- there is an online sweepstakes too! The #KBBEffect sweeps starts Feb. 27th, 2015 and runs through March 30, 2015 for us fans and car buyer and to enter is easy: Fans tweet a picture of your vehicle with the hashtag (#KBBEffect) for a chance to win all kinds of prizes that range from autographed hats and diecasts to the grand prize: Two pairs of tickets to the fall race at Talladega (October 25th, 2015) including hospitality suite access.  Entries will be incorporated into a gallery where users can interact with Kelley Blue Book in an all-new engaging way.

And now for my #KBBEffect story: (more…)

You know I always like to point out some interesting contests that are out there for NASCAR fans. Here is one for you Dale Earnhardt Jr fans- you might even win a ride along with Dale Earnhardt Jr!

Get on the Fast Track to Savings with Kroger and you would win some great prizes, including a ride along with Dale Earndhart Jr.! Dale and Kroger are teaming up to give NASCAR fans everything you need to get ready for a day at the track! From great foods like Breyers, and Hellmann’s to personal care products like Suave and Vaseline, Kroger has you and your whole family covered.

Other than having everything you need for a perfect day at the track, Kroger is also have an amazing sweepstakes right now. Head over to Fast Track to Savings and play the Fast Track racing game for an opportunity to win select prizes, and an entry for a chance to win the ride along with Dale Earndhart Jr.

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I have found a NASCAR driver themed necklace for the NASCAR fan in your life and just in time for the holidays! Actually, technically you can thank my mom for this one- she was searching the internet- specifically she was looking for a NASCAR/racing/Tony Stewart themed living locket (charm lockets is what I call them) for yours truly as a Christmas gift when she stumbled upon SportLockets.com in her internet journey.  She ended up emailing them because while they have TONS of sport team themed lockets they had NO racing ones at all.  They replied back to my mom and now (with a little help from me deciding which drivers to feature) have a line of lockets that are themed with of the more popular NASCAR drivers!  They sent me a picture of one they mocked up for a Tony Stewart locket to see if it would be something I thought fans would be interested in and I loved it so much I bought it right away!

The racing line of their lockets can be found at http://sportlockets.com/collections/lockets/racing (that link takes you right to the racing themed lockets but check out the other sport lockets too)! They are SUPER adorable- obviously since I bought one right away (sorry mom- you will have to think of a different Christmas present for me) and would make great holiday or any day gifts for that NASCAR fan in your life (or football fan, or hockey fan, etc).

Here are just a some of the racing themed lockets they feature (you can click on the locket photo to go directly to that locket on their website):

Tony Stewart Bass Pro Paint Scheme

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