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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.

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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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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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