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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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I know that I have mentioned the Lionel Racing Golden Ticket program before but here is the gist of the program: Buy a 2014 1:24 Lionel Racing Diecast and you could find a golden ticket in it for one of several awesome prizes.  I know personally that the private tour of Stewart-Haas Racing shop in Concord, NC followed by lunch with a pit crew member  would be my DREAM prize (and as of this writing that dream prize of mine? Hasn’t been claimed yet! Hmmm maybe I should consider buying another diecast)!

Sounds too good to be true right? Well just ask Judie Kochenower! She bought a Dale Jr Diecast for her collect and lucked into finding a Golden Ticket for a Dale Jr meeting n greet- which took place at Texas Motor Speedway.  Judie and her mom Ann Clark (A SMOKE FAN based on her attire! Go Ann!) were lucky enough to get to spend some time with Dale Earnhardt Jr!Here are some great pictures of Judie, Ann and Dale’s meeting:

Judie, Dale and Ann

Judie Kochenower and Ann Clark meet Dale Earnhardt Jr in Texas. Judie was the lucky winner of a golden ticket in the Lionel Racing Golden Ticket Sweepstakes. (Photo Credit: Lionel Racing/Tommy Grassmann/CIA)

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What Turn 4?

What Turn 4? The #14 Code 3 Associates Mobil 1 Chevy of Tony Stewart turns lap at the Tricky Triangle. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/Tony Stewart Facebook page)

It was another bad luck race for Tony Stewart and Team 14 at the evil little tricky triangle track known as Pocono.  It started with  Tony Stewart qualifying the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 16th for the race in Long Pond, PA.

The race start time was moved up slightly because of possible weather in the area in the afternoon. I was actually kind of impressed- previously NASCAR has been resistant to moving race start times to outrun weather.  I liked that the were being a little more proactive.

Prayer Circle

Tony Stewart and crew form a prayer circle before the GoBowling 400 at Pocono Raceway August 2014 (Photo Credit: ommy Grassmann/CIA Copyright/Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

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(This is part 2 of our two part  annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)

Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.

Sonoma Raceway

Bright and early Sunday morning picture taken from parking lot 1 as I waited for the parking shuttle as tweeted June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day.  We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.

Early Sunday Morning Pit Road

Pit road at Sonoma Raceway early Sunday morning on June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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The 14 Mobil 1 Chevy

The 14 Mobil 1 Chevy at Pocono 2014 (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

Pocono and it’s quirky triangular shape- I have always had a love/hate relationship with watching races at Pocono. I still call it “the evil little triangle” why I call it little- I don’t know- it’s actually quite a large and oddly shaped track.  Tony’s runs have been either really good there or really bad there. I was kind of dreading it this season figuring that with the way things have been going for team 14 this season it was going to be one of those bad tracks.

The 14 in her garage stall (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

However the Tony qualified 12th! I was kind of hopeful. He seemed to do alright during practices- again this had me even more hopeful. (more…)

Tony Stewart Wins The Duck Commander 500 Pole

Tony Stewart Wins The Duck Commander 500 Pole (photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

What do I have in common with Tony Stewart? That is easy- I also drove 500 miles on Monday.  Of course his drive took far less time than mine did, but in my favor- Tony didn’t get to take potty breaks. I was an hour and a half into my drive when the Duck Commander 500 started and well- lets just say I still had about two and a half hours left in my drive when it ended. (more…)

Talk about completely out of order- here it is almost two weeks out from the annual Vegas Racecation and I am just now getting the post up. Urg…forgive me!  This year the Vegas Racecation included some new experiences I hope that you will enjoy hearing about! Be warned- this is LONG but rewards you because it’s photo rich!

Misty and I picked up our credentials at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during her lunch on Thursday from her day job! This  was a harrowing feat because Misty works by McCarran Airport which is probably about 30 miles from the track.  We were able to make it back and forth however, between Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Misty’s work (which is blocks away from McCarran Airport) within the hour without breaking traffic laws- so YEY us.  I picked Misty back up after work so we could head directly to South Point Casino so that we could go to an autograph appearance where several drivers were appearing. So we rush over get parked and go into the Casino and can not FIND the autograph appearance…anywhere.  We were all over that place. We gave up and went to Steak N Shake for dinner since it was right there.

Friday morning saw me getting to the track insanely early and alone- Misty had to tie up some important work business and would join me later in the afternoon.  When I first ventured out of the media center and into the Neon Garage area- it was still fairly early and not crowded at all- so it was no wonder that a Pee Wee Herman impersonator riding his bike through the lower level caught my eye:

Pee Wee Herman

A leisurely ride through the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Neon Garage on Friday morning for Pee Wee. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Only in Vegas right?!

During first practice I hung around the upper level of the Tony Stewart garage trying to catch a picture of Tony Stewart or Chad Johnston.. Luckily I caught Tony arriving to his pit stall with business manager Eddie Jarvis:

The Bossman Arrives

Tony Stewart arrives at his garage bay at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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I know I make no bones about being a Tony Stewart fan- but I have to share this with my readers who might be taking in the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas or Dale Earnhardt Jr Fans (I know I have a couple Jr Fans out there right?). Your favorite 2014 Daytona 500 Champ and mine just happens to be running a really cool new paint scheme on his #88 Chevy this coming weekend.  If you have read here for awhile you know I have two things I love to post about and those are driver helmet designs and alternate paint schemes.

But before we get to the pictures- I want to tell you how you can kickstart your race weekend in Las Vegas! If you are going to be in Las Vegas this Wednesday March 5th, 2014 a seven-foot Mtn Dew Kickstart slot machine will be on the plaza outside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip offering players (21 and older only) the chance to win exciting prizes that are sure to KickStart their night. One lucky, grand prize winner will win a meet-and-greet experience during the Mtn Dew Kickstart party at Koi Restaurant and Lounge (located inside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino) with Dale Jr., who will be on-site to reward the winner. The party on Wednesday at Koi Restaurant and Lounge is available to the public (also those 21 and older only) with no cover charge, until capacity is reached.  Doors open at 7p.m. and close at 11p.m.

I think this is one of the nicer Dale Earnhardt Junior paint schemes I have seen in recent memory for a primary sponsor. It’s the Mtn Dew KickStart Your Night paint scheme and here is a sneak peak of the car:

KickStart Your Night Hood

The hood of the #88 Mtn Dew KickStart Your Night car to be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr in Las Vegas, NV this weekend (Photo Courtesy of PepsiCo).

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