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I was gonna try to fit the entire Infineon post into one…but it was just too large and I couldn’t do that to you. I hope you will enjoy part one. Stay tuned for part 2).

After checking into our hotel, Misty and I went to Infineon Raceway Thursday for like 10 minutes- just to pick up our credentials and remind ourselves how to get there because it had been a couple years (2009 to be exact- where the first time we were there we got misguided and ended up in Petaluma).  We returned bright and early Friday morning  got ourselves situated in the media center- grabbed something to drink and headed out to get some pictures before things filled in. We even wandered through the area of concessions behind the grandstands at the Start/Finish line – which was kinda creepy actually since most if not all of them were still closed.  We got a good look at the Infineon Hall of Fame…which honestly should be called the Wall of Fame…but that’s just semantics I guess.

Rick Hendrick, Infineon Hall Of Fame tile (Photo Credit: Misty Bethany)

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The Bosch Auto Parts Facebook page is continuing with it’s ASK A DRIVER series- this time your question may be answered in a video by none other than JEFF GORDON!

All you have to do is log into your Facebook account and LIKE Bosch Auto Parts then click ASK A DRIVER in the navigation on the left column. Ask your question on that tab by June 30th, 2011 for your change to have Jeff Gordon answer YOUR question!

Congratulations to Jeff Gordon- who won his second race of the 2011 season!

(Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR) Jeff Gordon celebrates winning the 5 -Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway, his record-tying 5th victory at the track.

My mishmash of thoughts on the All-Star Race:

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You can totally blame this post on Jeff Gordon as it is totally his fault I got to thinking about this in the first place. How, you ask? Well it all started with a tweet. Jeff Gordon tweeted that fans could vote for what song he would use as his intro song for the Bristol race this coming weekend. What a great idea, I thought. Tony should let his fans vote because it seems he ALWAYS uses Kid Rock…and I think he should mix it up a little bit. Which then got me to thinking…if I could pick an intro song for Tony Stewart what would I pick?

Now first off, I have to admit that High School Amy would be HORRIFIED at what I listen to these days. High School Amy was very into the hard rock/heavy metal scene. Modern Day Amy will listen to nearly anything from Metallica (still a favorite) to Craig Morgan to the Black Eyed Peas to 80′s Duran Duran with a lot of different music in between. Serious you should see my ipod…a lot of the music on it would make High School Amy run for the hills screaming TRAITOR! SELL-OUT! WANNABE!!! But I digress because this post isn’t about MY musical tastes so much as it is about picking a new intro song for Tony Stewart. Not that he’ll use any of our ideas. As a matter of fact, I am pretty darn sure he won’t even see or hear about this.

But this is something  I have put a lot of thought into…and scoured my music library wondering if I were charged with picking Tony’s intro song what would I choose.  It took me awhile but I  finally figured out what I would pick as Tony’s Intro song and I will reveal that to you- tomorrow morning.  But it left me curious…what would YOU choose?

UPDATE: The contest is now over. The winners will be announced soon.

So to make this fun…I have a little contest: Leave me a comment on this entry with the song you would choose for your favorite driver.  It can be Tony.  It can be Jeff Gordon.  Or Jimmie Johnson or Dale Earnhardt Junior or Ryan Newman (whom I hear is picking the theme to the Dukes of Hazzard) or any driver you want.  Make sure you leave a valid email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.  I will pick two winners who will win some Goodyear racing swag (there will be a male winner and a female winner because one shirt is a men’s shirt and one shirt is a woman’s shirt…but each the male winner and the female winner will be chosen randomly).  That’s it. That’s all you have to do…comment here with the name of a driver and a song you think represents that driver.  You have until the drop of the green flag on Sunday March 20th to submit your comment.

Okay- So our latest trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway was jam packed and full of fun. And I just wanted to use this space to tie everything together between the different postings Misty and I wrote regarding the weekend. (more…)

Here it is three days since “my driver” snapped his 66 race winless draught at PIR and I have yet to comment on the race. It is not that I don’t have a lot of thoughts in my head about the event. In fact, my problem is just the opposite, I have so many thoughts and emotions surrounding Jeff’s long awaited return to Victory Lane that I am not quite sure where to begin.
What I can say is that my reaction during the final 8 laps of Sunday’s race was nothing if not enthusiastic, so enthusiast that had I been in the media center at PIR I not only would have been fired (from a job I do not have), I would have undoubtedly been escorted off the track and possibly out of the city and state. Each lap seemed to last an hour and every second I feared a caution, an engine issue, a calamity of some kind. I breathed a small sigh of relief at the white flag and when the checkered waved that was it- full on celebration ensued. I did stop just short of spraying Pepsi around my living room, but not much short of it.
Here’s the long story short of my reaction: YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

I am not sure if it’s just because this season is still pretty fresh- only being 2 races in- but I am feeling extremely excited and optimistic this year- and not just about Tony Stewart’s season but about the season in general. The racing seems good and of course it helps my outlook seeing Tony Stewart so competitive so early in the season.

Tony not only lead a lap this race- he actually was the driver who lead the second most laps (second only to race leader Jeff Gordon). He was able to get through several accidents (one that wiped out about a third of the field) unscathed and finished 7th only due to a call for two tires at the second to last caution that gave him the lead. He would have probably held the lead had the race stayed green. Unfortunately there was a caution and it put all the drivers who picked up four tires at the previous caution to be able to out gun him on the restart. Usually that would make me mad- BUT it was great to see the team doing so well that I couldn’t even feel too badly about it. Plus that 7th place finish moved Tony Stewart up to 3rd in points!

It was great to see Jeff Gordon in victory lane!

Next week the boys are racing in Vegas!