Here we are with the (almost) weekly list of things rolling around my brain like loose lugnuts in a pit stall after a green flag pit stop:
Danica Patrick has mentioned in more than one interview that she has a passion for cooking and has a secret desire to create a cookbook. She has mentioned it as recently as last month in this article in USAToday by Jeff Gluck. So it shouldn’t be any surprise to see Danica serving up smoothies from a food truck right? Um Danica? Just what kind of smoothies are these anyway:
So Danica isn’t really trying to hawk things like burger and fish taco smoothies. She along with sponsor Aspen Dental are trying to bring awareness to the fact that an estimated 150 million American adults avoided a dental visit altogether last year for reasons like anxiety about cost and extent of needed work and of course pain. Hey I can sympathize- I use to be one of you dentist avoiders and I have dental insurance through my employer. Why did I avoid the dentist? Because I was anxious about things like the pain and the money involved with going regularly even with insurance. Then I chipped a tooth eating a salad. Yes you read that right. I know- how does one chip a tooth eating a salad? I don’t know- how does one dislocate a knee while sleeping? I guess it’s my superhero talent- being able to injure myself doing mundane things like sleeping and eating salads. But I digress. The tooth I chipped was a front bottom tooth- and I did it on a Saturday late afternoon. Without a regular dentist how was I suppose to get someone to fix that for me? Luckily through recommendation of an extended family member had me in the dentist chair on Monday and turned out that I LOVED this dentist. He is awesome, his staff is awesome and I am there every six months like clock work for my cleaning and exam.
Okay so you are probably saying well that is great- you have a dentist you love. What does that have to do with Danica Patrick dishing out bizarre smoothies? Easy-by avoiding visiting a dentist regularly you are facing a future of smoothies. Check out Aspen Dental’s ATasteOfTheFuture.com to watch Danica Patrick in a hidden video prank serving up things like fish taco smoothies from a food truck to unsuspecting customers while trying to drive home the fact that YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH. Without them you are facing a future of fish taco smoothies and a variety of other health problems. Not to mention the fact that without healthy teeth you are relegated to a future of soft food like smoothies and will no longer be able to participate in the joys of mastication (there’s a five dollar word for you). While you are at ATasteOfTheFuture.com you can even make an appointment while there. Just do it- go to the dentist already. Don’t make Danica come force feed you a sweet potato fry smoothie!
For full disclosure purposes (I am looking at you FTC): I received information about the Taste of the Future video from Aspen Dental and was compensated for my post. All opinions and stories within the above post are my own and I really do love my dentist who is not affiliated with Aspen dental to the best of my knowledge.
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):
GoDaddy has a new Danica commercial- this one also starring her crew chief Tony Gibson and her boss Tony Stewart. Tony has a little TOO much fun with an airwrench in the commercial but Danica gets the last laugh. Here is the commercial:
(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.
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.
So I have to admit- I was not as enthralled with the All-Star Race this year as I have been in years past. Why? I can’t be 100 percent sure why-but likely it’s a combination of things. I think a big part of it has to do with the fact that they never seem to stick to a format (would it kill them to reverse the field again maybe in the second to last segment- that year was fun). Plus I REALLY miss the Pit Crew Challenge. ALOT. That was always my FAVORITE event of the All-Star Week celebrations- the pit crews getting to show their stuff and shine in the light for awhile….NASCAR is a team sport and unfortunately they can be a little overlooked sometimes I think. . Plus I readily admit that a teeny tiny part of me is jealous and would LOVE to be in the Charlotte area touring race shops and such instead of working. One of these years it will happen… (more…)
I love Martinsville. There is something about that little paperclip shaped track that makes the racing exciting. This track is HIGH on my list of must visit tracks. Really high. Quarters are close both on track and on pit road- which makes it easy to slip up. Restart wrong? And you might be getting lapped in a few minutes. Another car short pitting might block you into your stall and cost you to go from 3rd to 23rd while you try to jockey out of your pitstall. The cars are in constant danger of contact- and while some of the “rubbing” is unintentional- sometimes- just sometimes it is intentional and nothing will piss you off more that to have your driver intentionally wrecked. But one of the good things about Martinsville- is that you can bang your car up a bit- and still be in contention for the win as long as you don’t let your temper get too out of hand and end up collecting yourself in the drama. However, It’s not just the drivers that are in danger of constant contact- just ask race winner Jeff Gordon’s tire carrier who got clipped (by I think Denny Hamlin but I don’t remember) a car on pit road during a pit stop. (more…)