Tony qualified for the race in Kansas 14th (which I think is funny since he drives the 14 car). He had a good strong run at Kansas and even got the 10 bonus points (5 for leading a lap and 5 for leading the most laps…YEY). Combine that with a strong finish of 4th. While Tony remains 10th in the points after the Kansas race due to several strong finishes by other chase contenders, Stewart’s strong showing at Kansas trimmed his points deficit on the leader from 165 points before the race to 127 after. While Greg Biffle was the race winner, Jimmie Johnson overtook Denny Hamlin for the points lead in the Cup standings.
Did you see Tony during the pre-race ceremonies holding Gavin Grubb (son of crew chief Darian Grubb)…that Gavin is ADORABLE!
KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 03: Tony Stewart, driver of the Office Depot Chevrolet, holds his crew chief's son Gavin Grubb during prerace for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 on October 3, 2010 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NOTES ABOUT KANSAS:
I can only bet that winner of the OFFICIAL SMALL BUSINESS OF NASCAR (sponsored by the Office Depot) winner from last week at Dover, Mike Pagano of PaganoPhotography, wishes that Greg Biffle had won LAST weekend because that would have been a million dollar award to his small business. To quote my two and a half year old nephew, AWW MAN!
Next Race: Autoclub Speedway in California! GoTONYGo!
If you know me personally or have read me for eons, then you know that I love music and have pretty damn eclectic tastes in music that really runs a wide gamut. I also absolutely adore a mix cd (ahhh mix tapes) thoughtfully compiled for me of music that the giver thought I would enjoy or that reminds them of me. That is really cool. Because of this I also like to peruse the celebrity playlists on iTunes.
Anyway, I recently received a 2010 Chase Playlist compiled to go along with the chase with songs picked by some of the drivers from this years chase (this was sent to be by a PR person- I didn’t compile it myself):
Not Afraid- by Eminem (Denny Hamlin)
Nothing Else Matters- by Metallica (Jimmie Johnson)
Walk The Line- by Johnny Cash (Kevin Harvick)
CC Rider- by Elvis (Clint Bowyer)
Jukebox Hero- by Foreigner (Carl Edwards)
Everything- by Buck Cherry (Greg Biffle)
Another Way To Die- by Disturbed (Matt Kenseth)
Love The Way You Lie- by Eminem (Denny Hamlin)
It’s Now Or Never – by Elvis (Clint Bowyer)
Say It Ain’t So- by Weezer (Kevin Harvick)
Enter Sandman- by Metallica (Greg Biffle)
Miracle- by Nonpoint (Matt Kenseth)
(yes I know that not ALL chase drivers were represented…but this is the list that was given to me). Interesting choices don’t you think?
It got me thinking of songs I could add to this list…a 2010 Chase Playlist….here is what I would add:
I Don’t Wanna Stop- By Ozzy Osbourne
Shut Up and Drive- by Rihanna
Right Now- by Korn
So tell me what you would add or what songs remind you of your favorite driver ( in the comments) because honestly? I am looking for some new (to me) music!
The race this weekend is at the MONSTER MILE in Dover and it is the second race of the Chase (GO TONY GO). However, it isn’t just championship points on the line at Dover this weekend; for two small businesses it is the race of a lifetime. Office Depot has put a twist in it’s “Official Small Business of NASCAR” contest this year. Earlier in the season Office Depot took in entries for the contest and two finalists have been announced! Each of these businesses have received a $10,000 makeover fro Office Depot and a VIP Race experience for 2 to the race this weekend). One business will grace Tony Stewart’s #14 Office Depot sponsored car and one business will grace Greg Biffle’s #16 3M sponsored car. Whichever driver is the highest placing driver, the small business they are representing gets the title of Official Small Business of NASCAR (including the use of the Official Small Business Of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot Logo). If either Stewart or Biffle win the race at Dover, that business will get an additional prize of $1 million dollars.
Rose Berger, owner of Professional Cleaning Service of Greer, SC and Mike Pagano, owner of Pagano Photo from New Jersey are the Finalists in Office Depot's Official Small Business of NASCAR contest. Photo provided by: Edelman
Driver Greg Biffle was paired with Mike Pagano, owner of PaganoPhoto-Photos by Mike Pagano. PaganoPhoto grew out of Mike’s passion for photography that he developed on the side while working full time as a Supervising Environmental Specialist for New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. He has worked for the State of New Jersey for 23 years. He officially launched PaganoPhoto as a business venture in 2009 and plans to make it his full time endeavor when he retires. He is currently PaganoPhoto’s sole employee.
“Being a finalist in the ‘Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot’ sweepstakes is a great opportunity for me to expand my business,” said Pagano, who will be joined by his wife at the track. “This photography business is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I really want to get more into it once I retire. The $10,000 small business makeover from Office Depot will enable me to purchase much needed new computer equipment and office furniture for my business, and if Greg wins, the $1 million prize will allow me to retire from my current full-time job and establish my full-time photography business much sooner than otherwise possible!”
Driver Tony Stewart has been paired with Rose Berger, owner of Professional Cleaning Service. She started PCS in 1995 as a family-run business in Greer, South Carolina. All three of Berger’s daughters work for the full-service cleaning company in some capacity; eldest daughter Jessica opened the company’s first satellite office in Columbia, South Carolina.
“Being an ‘Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot’ finalist is a great thing for my business, and I hope it will help us move forward and recover from the bad economy,” said Berger, who has had to reduce her staff from 12 to seven over the past year. “It’s been tough – when people have to tighten their belts, cleaning services often get cut. The added attention and exposure from the sweepstakes will be a great reminder to people that we’re still here and ready to help them with their cleaning needs. I’m just so excited to see the Professional Cleaning Service logo on Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy during the race,” she said. “And if he wins the race and I win $1 million, it would be amazing! I’d probably be in shock. And then I’d pay off my business loans, hire more staff and go to a lot more NASCAR races!”
Rose Berger, owner of Professional Cleaning Service, is paired with driver Tony Stewart. Photo provided by: Edelman
Here is a video you might enjoy of the winners courtesy of Edelman:
Who doesn’t want their name on a NASCAR cup car? I certainly do. I actually think sometimes about how if I were independently wealthy I would sponsor a cup car (probably one race for Tony or I might settle for Ryan) and just put my name on the hood. Just AMY). Everyone would wonder who the hell this AMY chick was and why she got her name on the hood of a car…that would be kind of fun. But I am digressing.
This weekend at Infineon (I was their last year and I really wish I was going to be there this year!) Tony Stewart’s “TV Panel” (aka- NASCAR speak for the REAR of the car) will sport a slightly different look:
The Official Small Business of NASCAR Contest. Photo provided by Edelman
If YOU or someone you know or work for owns a small business (99 employees or less) you will want to go to officedepotracing.com to enter the Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot contest between now and July 10th. This contest has been around forever (ok not forever- just six years according to the press release)- even back when that other driver was sponsored by Office Depot (Carl Edwards) and I thought it was cool contest even back then. This year the contest has a new twist to it. This year two small businesses will be pitted against each other at the Dover race on September 26th. One small business will be paired with driver Tony Stewart, the other small business will be paired with driver Greg Biffle. Whichever business is on the car of the highest placing driver wins the title of Official Small Business of NASCAR. If one of the drivers wins the Dover race, the business being represented by that driver, will win $1,000,000!!! It’s an awesome opportunity thanks to Office Depot!
Now how about an “Official Blogger of NASCAR?” contest so that I can get a little closer to my dream without having to figure out how to get independently wealthy first? Anyone???
The Coke 600 is not only the LONGEST race they run on the NASCAR Sprint Cup race circuit but it’s also the 13th race of the season. That being said I was really hoping to have something positive to report for our beloved #14 Office Depot Racing- like a win! But alas no win.
So my internet decided to go up and down like a yo-yo during the race. What that means is that I was unable to listen to most of the radio communication on the Trackpass Scanner (and yeah I know Tony was a hotpass driver- but I didn’t watch the hotpass channel because I feel that I lose too much of what is going on with other drivers on the hotpass channel). I figure that there was some sort of handling issues with the car- but the only radio communications I got to hear was early in the race- Tony complained that Greg Biffle was short pitting and crowding him in the box. We all know how that ended- with Tony hitting one of Biffle’s crew guys during a later pitstop and knocking him down (for those wondering- scenedaily.com reports that rear tire carrier Kevin McDowell was released early Monday- x-rays showed no broken bones).
On the plus side at least Tony finished 15th- which is better than where he started the race. See I am trying to find the positive- and there it is! He finished better than where he started. Tony is now 16th in the points. Teammate Ryan Newman finished ninth and is now 12th in points. I am still hoping for that first win of the season though- hopefully it will come next week since our reader @KevinMBoots77 is going to the race! Race winner was Kurt Busch.
Notes from the Coke 600:
I love the fact that all four Hendrick cars had patriotic paint schemes! That rocked! (yeah I know other cars had them too- but I still think that the Hendrick stable had the best! And that being said I liked Jeff Gordon’s the best of the four HMS cars).
Between the All-Star Race and the Induction ceremony and the Coke 600 it really has Misty and I hankering to go to Charlotte for our next “new” track experience. We are already planning on going next year…look for a post soon about our excessive planning tactics.
Notes from the Indy 500:
This is probably one of the first years in a long time I didn’t sit and watch straight through the Indy 500 and Coke 600. However I did catch the last 100 laps or so of the race at Indy and all I can say it that that wreck on the last lap with Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Yikes. Racer.com is reporting that Mike Conway underwent surgery to repair fractures to his lower left leg. He also suffered soft tissue injuries as well as a compression fracture of one of his thoracic vertebrae. He will be out of the car for at least three months. Ryan Hunger Reay also suffered a thumb injury but NOT during the last lap crash but during an earlier altercation on pit road with Scott Dixon.
I hope that Dario will take Tony up on his offer of a place in the Prelude To The Dream! That will be an interesting addition to the field.
Next weekend: Pocono. Remember that the races are NOT on Fox any more- we have moved on to TNT. Also-remember that this is where Tony and the #14 crew got it’s first victory! Let’s hope for a repeat!
Texas was all about the numbers. It was Tony Stewart’s 400th start. It was his first pole in five years pretty much (apparently they don’t count poles based on points when qualifying gets rained out. Who knew? Not me.)
So first I want to talk about qualifying. I work on Fridays (most of the time with furloughs you never know) so I don’t often pay attention to qualifying. I will peek in at NASCAR.COM’s live leaderboard sometimes to see if Tony’s gone, where he is but that is it. Last Friday was no different- except I happened to peek in when the driver before Tony was qualifying. When I noticed that I stayed on the live leaderboard to watch Tony. I almost didn’t believe it when I saw him sitting there on the pole when it was all over. I proclaimed quite loudly HELL YEAH TONY and I believed I clapped. Then I got a call so I had to work. But don’t think that I then didn’t peek in at twitter every so often to see if someone had taken the pole from him. I don’t know what Tony and/or Darian and the guys did…but YEE HAW a pole! It will seem crazy but it put me in a great mood the rest of the day that is for sure.
So now on to the race. What do you have against us NASCAR fans mother nature? Sunday was a rainout for the race. Monday I work….but decided to sign up for the scanner on NASCAR.COM’s trackpass so I could listen to Tony’s radio. It actually worked quite well. I had that on in the background and would really only check the nascar.com live leaderboard every once in awhile- like during pitting or whatever. Tony was staying in the top 10 most of the day. I did see him drop to 14th at one point but he seemed to be able to work his way up pretty well. Then my lunch came and I left. I left just as Jeff Gordon took the lead from Tony. But I wasn’t that concerned because I knew Tony was only on two tires and I was pretty sure Jeff had four. I needed to leave so I did my errands and was pulling into the parking lot 45 minutes later when my cell starts ringing. I answer it and my friend says “Um about the race? I am about to break your heart…but first let me start with saying Jeff Gordon crashed and his car is wrecker material. Would you like to ask me who crashed him? Yeah Tony. Except that I went into the breakroom and it looked to me like it might have been Carl’s fault.”
Did you hear someone unleash a curse laden tirade during the red flag? (It would have been about 12:45 PDT). That would have been me. The wreck had him finish the race 32nd. He is tied for 12th in points 307 points behind the points leader Jimmie Johnson.
Teammate Ryan Newman finished 11th and maintains his position of 16th in the points standings.
Notes about Texas:
The NASCAR.COM Trackpass Scanner is impressing me so far. I am gonna play with it again on my laptop during Talladega…I just may keep it. My only issue is that it is hard to figure out where to go to get it to turn on.
Speaking of listening to the radio transmissions of the #14 team- I was impressed. They seemed to be doing an awesome job during the pit stops- even Tony pointed that out a couple times.
I am thinking there is something behind Tony’s superstition with green…and he should really get rid of the GROW GREENER rear on the Office Depot car. Please! Thanks.
After watching the replay of the wreck a couple times I really REALLY don’t think it was Tony’s fault. I mean yeah I heard him with my ears take responsibility. But I think it was a combination of Biffle pushing Gordon up the track causing Jeff to crowd Tony a bit…and Carl brushing up against his backside. If Carl hadn’t done that I think that Tony probably would have been able to gather himself back up. I may be biased of course…but that is my thought.
I am really tanking in my fantasy league. Bah! I think my two highest drivers were Dale Jr and Kyle Busch…but the rest of my team tanked too. Oh well.
I LOVED how Tony calmed Jeff Gordon down after the wreck and then the two walked to what I assume was the waiting ambulance like buds. What I didn’t LOVE was hearing Tony say he was tender the next day during his media at the Indy tire test. I thought it looked like he got a pretty hard hit. ARG!
So am I the only one who has noticed that there is a fairly “new” trend in naming the pit crews? I like it. I think it gives the pit crew’s personality! The first moniker for a pit crew i heard was for Matt Kenseth’s KILLER BEES. Fitting. They usually are (were) wearing yellow and black. Bees are fast and sting and I tend to avoid them since I am afraid of them. Then just this year Biffle and 3M held a contest to name his pit crew. They came up with The Pit Bulls. Another fitting one…but I think it would also work for any of Red Bull driver’s crews…
My favorite however, has to be one I just learned about today…and that is the Home Depot team. They apparently are marketing themselves as Logano’s Paisanos. I don’t know why but I LOVE IT. They even have themselves an AWESOME shirt (click on shirt to go to ordering site it Joegibbsracing.com):
I mean what’s not to love? The name even rhymes. Personally I think the shirt is freaking awesome!!!
However I think Tony’s pit crew needs a name- mostly because I am TIRED of typing TEAM Office Depot/Old Spice over and over. It’s tiring frankly and I don’t like slashes. I can NOT think of a good name for them to save my life. NOR can I think of a good for any team…(I think Kyle’s team needs a name too). I kinda came up with a name for Ryan’s pit crew…but it’s kinda lame. So …any ideas people? I know you are a creative bunch…give it to me.
(By the way- my name for Ryan’s pit crew? Newman’s Soldiers? I told you it was kinda lame.)
Wow…that was an interesting albeit short race on Sunday. Well at least it seemed short to me. I don’t know why – since they ran the full race. Maybe it was the lack of cautions?
Tony was a Hot Pass driver this week. I don’t know if HOT PASS was listening to me or snoozing on the job but I did get to hear Tony complain that his car was “Looser than shit!” on the radio. Despite seeming to wrestle an ill-handling car for most of the race- overall Tony seemed pretty good- he was in the Top 10 most of the day. After the last caution, crew cheif Darian Grubb called on Stewart to save gas- which he did- however about 100 feet from the start finish line Tony ran out of gas but was still able to coast across the finishline in a very respectable 7th place. Tony retained the points lead- leading second place (in both the race and the points) Gordon by 47 points. Tony’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman also struggles with an ill-handling car all day- at one point actually replacing a spring during a pitstop. Ryan Newman is currently fifth in the points 225 points behind his teammate.
Notes About Michigan:
Ok- seriously I didn’t see that it was that big of a deal that Kyle smashed the guitar/trophy. It is his trophy. It was done in a “rock n roll” kinda spirit. Can we please move on now?
Also I am kinda finding the whole Kyle vs Jr and Jr. Nation thing a guilty pleasure to witness. It is slightly humorous. I don’t know why I am finding it humorous to watch the two slug insults back and forth but I am.
Wow two races in a row where fuel mileage played a heavy hand. I don’t see how people can not think it’s exciting. This time we had not only our race leader run out of gas well before the start finish line, but the second place car run out of gas too (Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle). It’s all part of the strategy component of it all.