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As promised- here is Kevin M. Boot’s guest post about his experiences at the Party In The Poconos 400. Sounds like Kevin had a great time and I thank him for his post and the GREAT pictures that he shared with us! Be sure to check out the link to his complete photo album from the Party In The Poconos 400- there are many more GREAT shots from the race!– Amy

I heard about the $25 dollar race tickets on the “Fan Driven Pocono 400″ Facebook page. It played in the back of my mind, enticing me with a cheap race day. I got my ticket. Walmart sponsoring the race made it interesting since they let the fans vote on everything from the race name to the color of the Camaro pace car. They even had the fans vote on a new “signature food item” for the race track.

The Party In The Ponocos Pace Car

The Party In The Ponocos Pace Car takes to the track. (Photo Credit: Kevin M. Boots)

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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, pulls into the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 19th* (qualifying was rained out and set by points).

Finished: 4th

Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Points After Pocono: 13th in the points standings! Tony is now 143 points out of first (we actually lost ground to first), and only 17 points out of 10th now- that means we covered HALF the points distance to 10th place from last week!  We have 1 win for the wild card berth and are still the only team in the wild card standings with a win (fingers crossed).

My Mood After Pocono: Pleased at the performance and optimistic that the car seemed to come off the hauler better this weekend. (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?

Wow- time just scoots along doesn’t it?  There are only FOUR MORE DAYS to vote for the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 pace car design! Go to Walmart’s Fan Driven 400 facebook page to vote now.

Just a reminder these are the designs to chose from:

Pace Car Design 1

Pace Car Design 2

Pace Car Design 3

 

Right now as of this posting PACE CAR DESIGN 3 is in the lead (that one just happens to be my favorite too)- so if you don’t like that design vote NOW!! As a matter of fact- if they had that wrap readily and commercially available for Chevy HHR’s? I would so wrap my car like that (well only if there wasn’t a Tony Stewart BPS Paint Scheme wrap available- I admit it).  VOTE NOW!

Also don’t forget to visit Walmart.Com/Nascar to pick up a Family Track pack of tickets for a race near you! $99 gets you four tickets, four coca-colas and four hot dogs- the family memories you will make will be priceless- so it’s a great return on investment!  There are still lots of tracks offering the Family Track pack special so get yours today!

Okay NASCAR Fans! This is your last chance to help with the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 taking place June 9th (which isn’t that far away if you think about it). You named the race PARTY IN THE POCONOS! You picked the signature concession – the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi (which won by a landslide by the way)! Now we need to pick a pace car design.  Looks like the pace car is going to be a Camaro (which you all KNOW I love).  I have a definite favorite of the three designs but I will not cloud your judgement. Here are the three designs for the PARTY PACE CAR:

Pace Car Design 1

Pace Car Design 2

Pace Car Design 3

Voting for the Party Pace Car has already started- vote NOW at the FaceBook Fan Driven 400 page. Remember you can vote once a day until May 27th.  I just found out there are still $25.00 tickets available for the Party In The Poconos left thanks to Walmart- so get your tickets now directly from Pocono Raceway! Can’t make it to the Party In The Poconos? Walmart is offering family track ticket packs for many other races (that’s 4 tickets, 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs for $99).

This is one of my reminder posts about the Walmart Fan-Driven 400 – which is now called THE PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 (yey Shawn McMillan for winning naming rights)!  So the latest round of voting is for the official consession for the race. It’s already been narrowed down to three flavors of Pierogis for you:

Right now the one in the lead is the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi- and when I say lead- it’s pretty commanding.  Currently in second place is Hot Honey Buffalo Wing Pierogi with last going to the Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Pierogi.  There is still time left to make a difference though! Start voting now on the Walmart Fan Driven 400 facebook page.  You have until May 7th- so keep voting!!

Also if you are going to be going to the Party in the Poconos 400 did you know that you can get tickets for as low as $25?  They are available directly from Pocono Raceway.  Also if you plan on going keep your eyes open for NASCAR Fan Events being held at the Walmarts in the Long Pond area- there will be driver appearances, racing simulators, show cars, other goodies and lots of FUN!

Not going to the Party in the Poconos? Don’t worry- Walmart is still offering FAMILY TRACK PACKS (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks for only $99) at a LOT of different tracks- so many I can’t list them all here but you can find the list over at the Walmart NASCAR page!

Starting May 8th the final round of voting will start- this time on the Party Pace Car! Can’t WAIT!

 

So it look’s like Walmart’s Fan Driven 400 will indeed be called The Party In The Poconos 400. Congratulations to Shawn McMillan for coming up with the name that won!!  I had a feeling it would win since it was way out in the lead for most of voting.

Now that we know what the race is to be called it’s time to vote on the signature concession for the race! The Pocono Fan Council narrowed it down to a pierogie but what kind is the question.  You have three to choose from:

  1. Hot Honey Buffalo Wing is fried then shaken in a honey-hot sauce and served with bleu cheese dressing.
  2. Loaded Potato Skin is fried and topped with cheese and bacon and served with sour cream.
  3. Sweet Cinnamon Sugar is fried and topped with with whipped cream.

So head on over to the Facebook Walmart Fan Driven page and vote now for the concession you would most like to snack on at the Party At The Poconos 400!  You can vote ONCE A DAY through May 6th- so make your voice heard- your tummy will thank you!  Then we will be voting on the pace car design!

Also don’t forget there are $25.00 tickets for the Party In The Poconos 400 also thanks to Walmart’s fan driven!! Check out Walmart.com/NASCAR for more information or to purchase your ticket to the Party!

While I am still trying to collect my thoughts and process the few pictures I got at AutoClub- I wanted to take a few minutes to talk some more about the Fan Driven 400.  In case you forgot, you still have time to vote on the name of the 400 mile June race at Pocono. Vote now (through April 8th) on the Walmart FanDriven Page! The three names you have to chose from are: Race More. Live Better, Pocono For The People, and Party in the Poconos.

But what I really want to talk about are some of the names that didn’t quite make the cut. First off there is the I hope Brad Wins! 400 which humors me. Why didn’t I think to submit a #GoTonyGo 400? Or I’m With Smoke 400? Those would have been awesome race names- and it’s not like he’s having the best of seasons right now- so it would show our support!  Why is hindsight always 20/20 when it comes to these things?

Then there is the The P-Town Funk Race which to me sounds like a rejected hip hop song name. And while we are on the topic of music this one sounds like a country song to me: Light Beer in Plastic Cups 400 probably because of Toby Keith’s Red Solo Cup song…which I LOVE by way. Which brings us to my two favorite names that DIDN’T make the cut for naming rights of the FanDriven 400. The runner up is Deer Please Don’t Run on the Track 400 which I can relate to because on my drive to work I sometime have to think to myself Deer Please Don’t Run In Front Of My Car…because that would be messy and inconvenient…and not a way to start one’s work day (for either me or the deer).  And my VERY FAVORITE of the names that didn’t make it (so much so that I wish it had made it because I would totally vote for it) is the What Turn 4? 400! I mean the track IS shaped like a triangle so there really isn’t a turn 4 so…I am all for it and if you submitted this- I think you totally got rooked and should have been in the running for the naming rights! That one right there highlights THE characteristic that Pocono is KNOWN for!

Also don’t forget to stop by Walmart.com/NASCAR to pick up your family track pack for upcoming races like Darlington, Charlotte, Dover and the Fan Driven 400!  A family track pack is $99.00 and includes 4 tickets, four sodas and four hotdogs! It’s a good deal!

Now back to getting my Auto Club post written!