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Amy- start your engine.


I have been waiting for this week all off season because it means that I am back at a race track!!! It was torture because I started getting press releases for the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the season actually started which made my wait for this weekend a little more torturous than ever.

For instance I got one announcing that Rascal Flatts would be singing the national anthem. That one excited me because usually the anthem is sung by performers from one of the shows…but I know Rascal Flatts (they are, by the way, in the middle of a nine- show residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock called Rascal Flatts Riot!- so if you are in Vegas through March 14th you might want to try to check them out if you are fan).

I even got one press release from Maverick Helicopters- touting their service as a way to get to and from the track! That would be super awesome- but it’s a little too price for this wee little blogger ($500 round trip to and from track or $300 one way per person)- but how could would it be to travel to the track in style like that? Not to mention you would miss all that crazy race traffic after the race! I am terribly afraid of heights but I think if it was offered to my party I would definitely try it just to say I did it. Not to mention that the trip is only 15 minutes so I think I could buck up and handle it! It would be one way to make your race weekend in Vegas memorable that is for sure…if you are interested in that or other helicopter experiences by the way check out their website: FlyMaverick.com

Anyway- I leave tomorrow for Vegas (sans helicopter) so that Misty and I can finally get back to the track (Phoenix in November seems like eons ago).

Posting will be light here because I don’t even get back from Vegas until Monday evening- which likely won’t be enough time to do a race diary post like I like to do until later in the week, just to warn you.

If you want to keep up on my adventures while I am gone- the best way is via twitter: BadGroove!

Talk about completely out of order- here it is almost two weeks out from the annual Vegas Racecation and I am just now getting the post up. Urg…forgive me!  This year the Vegas Racecation included some new experiences I hope that you will enjoy hearing about! Be warned- this is LONG but rewards you because it’s photo rich!

Misty and I picked up our credentials at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during her lunch on Thursday from her day job! This  was a harrowing feat because Misty works by McCarran Airport which is probably about 30 miles from the track.  We were able to make it back and forth however, between Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Misty’s work (which is blocks away from McCarran Airport) within the hour without breaking traffic laws- so YEY us.  I picked Misty back up after work so we could head directly to South Point Casino so that we could go to an autograph appearance where several drivers were appearing. So we rush over get parked and go into the Casino and can not FIND the autograph appearance…anywhere.  We were all over that place. We gave up and went to Steak N Shake for dinner since it was right there.

Friday morning saw me getting to the track insanely early and alone- Misty had to tie up some important work business and would join me later in the afternoon.  When I first ventured out of the media center and into the Neon Garage area- it was still fairly early and not crowded at all- so it was no wonder that a Pee Wee Herman impersonator riding his bike through the lower level caught my eye:

Pee Wee Herman

A leisurely ride through the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Neon Garage on Friday morning for Pee Wee. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Only in Vegas right?!

During first practice I hung around the upper level of the Tony Stewart garage trying to catch a picture of Tony Stewart or Chad Johnston.. Luckily I caught Tony arriving to his pit stall with business manager Eddie Jarvis:

The Bossman Arrives

Tony Stewart arrives at his garage bay at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)


Heading To Vegas

Heading To Vegas!

Yep I am off to Vegas- posting will be light…Follow our adventures on twitter: @BadGroove (Amy) and @Fyrstorm24 (Misty) or On Facebook (Amy).

I hope to bring back lots of fun pictures and stories to tell!!

Since I got all philosophical, sentimental, or whatever you would call that with the Texas Race Report –I left out the “Notes” section where I usually go into all things NASCAR that didn’t fit nice and tidy in the race post. So I present to you- NASCAR tidbits in no particular order that have been floating around in my brain: (more…)

This Friday, September 7th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is hosting the 7th Annual “Remember the Fallen” Blood Drive to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. For more information and to register, visit http://www.lvms.com/media/news/speedway-childrens-charities-joins-united-blood-service-for-seventh-annual-blood-drive-friday.html

This is an event that I am proud to take part in each year and encourage all of you, whether you live in Las Vegas or not, to find a blood drive near you and give as we approach the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Hey all! I am heading for LAS VEGAS today- because of that posting will be light to non-existent over the next week.  Be sure to follow me on twitter (and Misty too) as we will be tweeting during the race weekend in Vegas.  You can also follow me on Facebook (and Misty too).

In the meantime, here are some fun #NASCAR related things to check out:

Stewart  Not Alone Trying To Figure Out EFI Mystery – Joe Menzer, NASCAR.COM

NASCAR: Darian Grubb Took The High Road To Victory Lane With Denny Hamlin - Jenna Fryer, AP/Autoweek

NASCAR.COM’s Race Predictor and Chase Predictor – A fun page I stumbled upon Tuesday – provides picks for the race and the chase- says it’s “updated throughout the week.” Check it out.

If you can’t laugh at your driver- then you are far too serious. Kevin Boots made this for our friends over at LOLRacePics:

Not only is this funny (it might not be if you don't get the 2001 reference).

I love the new Coca-Cola NASCAR commercial (featuring all your favorite coca-cola family drivers like Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Jamie McMurray):


And finally- your gratuitous Tony Stewart picture of the day comes from the official Tony Stewart Facebook page…I think this one is just begging for a caption don’t you?:

What is Tony thinking about?

And this one just because:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, jokes with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage during Media Day at Texas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

#GoTonyGo #ImWithSmoke

This was an appearance for Tony in 2012!!
Attention Vegas bound Tony Stewart Fans! The 2011 Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart will be signing autographs in advance of the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway!  The autograph appearace will be March 8th at 1:00 pm at the Office Depot located at 1435 W Craig Road – Unit B  North Las Vegas, Nevada 89032.

As always to get an autograph you need to have a wrist band. Wristbands will be given away starting at 8:00 am local time the same day of the appearance.  There are 450 wristbands. One wristband per person. One autograph per wristband.

Get there early, wear comfortable shoes, and most of all: HAVE A BLAST! These are fun events! There will also be a show car at the festivities.  I will see you there!

Misty wrote this piece about her annual involvement in the NASCAR blood drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway…it ranat the end of August but I just wanted to republish it as timely this week as well as let you know that many tracks will be doing blood drives this week:  including Daytona International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Speedway are hosting annual blood drives. Amy

One of the things I admire and respect about NASCAR is the emphasis it gives on encouraging fans to give back. There are numerous ways fans can do this: buy a NASCAR day pin, a NASCAR Unites bracelet, participate in a track walk, donate time or money; but one of my favorite events is the annual blood drive hosted by many tracks. I am lucky to live in Las Vegas and be able to easily participate in the event hosted by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.