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(photo source: Tony Stewart Official facebook)

It’s just been that kind of week for this little blogger. The kind of week where life gets in the way of the blogging part of things. And it doesn’t help that the Chase is here. So I decided instead of stressing about doing my post race report- now four days late I will skip it and point you in the direction of the official team release about the race if you are here looking for my usual post race rap ups and get right to a “Loose Lugnuts” type post.

1. Most of us Smoke fans are thinking about the chase- and how Dover is critical for Tony Stewart if he’s to continue on in this year’s chase for the Sprint Cup his last as a Sprint Cup driver. Of course we want him to transfer into the next round (which I think should be called the survival round since it includes Talladega) but as most of us know he’s below the points cut off right now- so he will have to have a most excellent weekend at Dover to put him above the cut off. It could happen. But it might not.  It’s important, I think,  to consider that it’s not over even if he doesn’t make that cut.  He made the chase this year- which he hasn’t done since 2012. Which happy day for us going to Vegas means he will be there taking part in all the activities.   He has three championships in this series alone.  He will still have 7 races after Dover to race and to attempt to get wins at regardless if he is in the next round of the Chase or not.  It’s nothing he shouldn’t be proud of as a driver and it’s nothing we shouldn’t be proud of as his fans.

2. Speaking of Dover- Tony will be running a very special Nature’s Bakery Brownie paint scheme. I have heard people who love the paint scheme and people who not pleased with the asthetics of the car. Personally? I like it and think it looks like a Brownie (which considering it’s the Nature’s Bakery Brownie car is a good thing). Here’s the paint scheme (via Stewart-Haas Racing Facebook):

 By the way- has anyone tasted the Nature’s Bakery Brownie? I can’t find them here…and I am curious. I like the Raspberry Fig Bar the best of what I have tried but I admit I am curious about the brownie.

3. I think it’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s fault Tony did’t do so hot in the Bad Boy Buggies 300 this last weekend. Why? Because they presented this monument(al) rock dedicated to Tony on their property prior to his last race there. If he had one they would have had to have it redone: (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

Well this Saturday is a Saturday night race at Richmond. It’s the last race before the start of the Sprint Cup Chase and it’s at Tony’s favorite track- so I think that is a good omen right there. Anyway- here is what’s been pinging around my brain like lugnuts pinging around a pit stall after a green flag pit stop.

1. How awesome is this late model that Jon Henry Racing will be fielding for the World 100 at Eldora speedway:

(photo sourced: Jon Henry Racing facebook Page)

It’s an awesome tribute. For more pictures of the car visit the Jon Henry Facebook page.

2. If you are going to the Texas Motor Speedway Chase race I am jealous…and you might want to get there early- I WOULD LOVE one of these bobble heads they are giving away to the first 30,000 fans through the gates: (more…)

Here is what has been rolling around my head this week like lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pitstop:

Mock Darlington Program (photo source: Tony Stewart FB Page)

1. Don’t you just love the mock Southern 500 throwback program with Tony on the cover  that Stewart-Haas Racing threw together?  I think it’s awesome. First off Darlington should seriously consider having several driver covers available at the race and sell them to be honest. I figure that probably is a little costly though .  Stewart-Haas Racing should at least consider making this into a poster or even a magazine cover sized print because I know I would totally buy it.

2. While we are on the topic of the throwback theme of the Southern 500 (which I love by the way).  There is a cool story on Lionel Racing’s SplashNGo blog that is the story behind Tony Stewart’s throwback Coca-Cola paint scheme- it includes a video with Bobby Allison, whom as you know was there during the reveal. It’s a great and relevant read (and watch) coming into the Bojangles Southern 500 weekend. I absolutely adore all the throwback paint schemes and stuff that they do for the Southern 500 and I truly do love this paint scheme the most. Do you have a favorite that’s not the Coca-Cola car? If I had to pick I think it would be Greg Biffle’s Hooters car.

3. Speaking of all the cool throwback paint schemes, my goodness have you seen the throwback pit crew uniforms for the Coca-Cola car tony will be drying ? I seriously wonder how the crew feels about these new uniforms…especially those pants?

Southern 500 team uniforms (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook)

I don’t know why but I really want to see the Mike Bugarewicz wearing that on the pit box on Sunday.  Oh please someone get me a picture if he truly does… (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

So I haven’t done a Loose Lugnuts post in what seems like forever…as many of you might know I traveled to Indiana for the Brickyard 400 and traveling like that and then rushing back to my job can kind of get overwhelming as I play catch up and unfortunately the one thing that suffers is probably the one thing I love to do the most- and that is write (both here and elsewhere).  A lot of these “lugnuts” are items that I am sure many of you have seen before because a lot of it contains items that were coverage from the Brickyard (and yes I am STILL putting together my brickyard post- it’s going slower than I had hoped unfortunately) but at the same time- a lot of them were new to me because I saw them briefly on my social media but bookmarked them to investigate later since I was traveling.  So hopefully you won’t be too bored with (most) of these items that have been pinging around in my brain (and in my bookmarked list) for a couple of weeks now like lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pit stop.

1. I am going to start with the beautiful Darlington #Throwback paint scheme since it’s probably freshest on everyone’s mind.  I know it’s been on mind since other drivers had been releasing their #Throwback paint schemes. They waited so long to release it I began to seriously wonder if they weren’t going to run a #Throwback theme at all. But alas they are and I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE his Coca-Cola throwback paint scheme for his final #Southern500. I mean seriously – I think it’s my favorite of his paint schemes to date.  Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet:

(photo source: Tony Stewart facebook page)

As a matter of fact, as soon as the online reveal was over I was over at LionelRacing.com preordering my diecast.  Speaking of diecasts I was a long time hold out- I told myself I would never ever get into collecting a bunch of “overpriced toy cars.”  But then for Christmas in 2007 I think it was- my parents bought me a 20 Home Depot die cast. Still for a long time it sat alone on my shelf. Then after the Office Depot days I started to get into it more but still managed limited myself to about one a year. Well even that’s been blown because I currently have two on preorder (the Sonoma win- because I WAS THERE and the Darlington Throwback because it’s awesome) and of course the ICON one that I told myself back in in January when I pre-ordered it would be my ONLY diecast for the year. Yeah I guess I should stop setting limits for myself because I obviously don’t listen. It’s like when I go to the bookstore and tell myself I am only going to leave with two books  and I walk out two hours later with 5 books and getting down to just five was a serious struggle but I digress.

2. After the #Throwback reveal Tony did a lot of media including this radio interview for a station in Indiana. You might want to give it a listen (it’s only about 15 minutes long).

3. Also in case you missed it on Wednesday- Tony did his first Facebook Live chat (they tell us there are going to be more and I really hope that is the case because this one seemed rather short). It started late because of all his media obligations during the #Throwback reveal (for some reason my fingers keep wanting to type release party). Anyway in case you were working (I was too but I purposely shifted my lunch to watch it) here is the video- it was pretty fun: (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

It’s been a horrendously busy time for me at work lately and I think the tech gods are mad at me because it seems like this week in particular is trying to kill me.  However- just because I am busy at work doesn’t mean I don’t have few things ping around my brain like lugnuts during a green flag pit stop:

1. Planning to be at the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby (previously known as the MudSummer Classic) at Eldora Speedway in Ohio next week to watch the CWTS on dirt? Looking to do some good and kill some time before the feature?  Join the Tony Stewart Foundation’s Guinness Book Of World Records attempt at the Largest Game of Heads Or Tails! Register now for $10 to ensure your spot in the game. Proceeds will assist the foundation’s grant program!  There some pretty awesome prizes if you end up as one of the top ten people lasting the longest in the game plus all registered contestants will get a commemorative bandanna (you can also donate and get a bandanna if you can’t be there)!  Check out the Tony Stewart Foundation’s Flip It For Good page for more information and to register:

2.  Here is a great article from National Speed Sport News on what Tony Stewart deems as his “Personal Hell Week” (but it sounds like he also loves it) but check out what the next week to ten days are going to be like in the life of Tony Stewart. I just have one question…when does he sleep? Give it a read and if you can figure out when he does…let me know.

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(Photo source: Zimbio.com/Blaine Ohigashi/Getty Images North America)

It’s been awhile since I have done a Loose Lugnuts and boy have I missed it. Some of this might be old news to you all and if it is I am sorry but I just wanted to make sure I shared it with you before it left my brain bucket completely.  So without further ado here is what has been rolling around in my brain like lugnuts during a green flag pitstop this week:

1. I don’t know about you all but this #Smoke fan is still excited about his really awesome Sonoma win.  I so freaking excited to see Tony win at Sonoma I forgot how to work my camera!!  It was an awesome win and if you still haven’t read the Sonoma Race diary post (I know it’s a long one but I can’t help myself) please read it and let me know what you think. If you are looking for just the pictures you can see some of my pictures over here in the Flickr photo album for Sonoma 2016 or you can check out my facebook albums (for facebook I broke the photos into three separate albums: Various Toyota Savemart 350 At Sonoma Pictures, Tony Stewart VIP Experience, and Ernie Irvan/Tony Stewart Wall of Fame Plaque presentation). The difference between the facebook book albums and the flickr albums is there are a few of my phone pictures included in the facebook albums that I didn’t post up on Flickr…and there are two videos from my phone in the Wall of Fame Facebook Folder that I didn’t stick on twitter.

2. How excited was I for Tony’s win? I changed my cell phone lock screen from a picture of Abbie to this picture as soon as I saw it: (more…)

(Photo credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Well it’s an off week for the NASCAR races this week…but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t stuff pinging around my head like lugnuts during a green flag pit stop.

1. Last week we talked about Brad Keselowski’s comments about Jeff Gordon being in the booth. Afterwards Jeff Gordon interviewed Brad about his comments. You can see that interview here:

While I still do not necessarily agree with some of the things Brad says (especially about what kind of comments someone with a “stake” in the game should be able to make in the booth) I think it’s interesting to hear what he had to say about the situation.

2. Speaking of Jeff Gordon- there is a biography of Jeff  coming out in October that I can’t wait to get my hands on it. You can be sure that this book (Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny, scheduled to release October 18th, by author Joe Garner) will be reviewed for Amy’s #NASCAR Reading List if I have to buy the sucker myself. You can read and excerpt here and order it from the Jeff Gordon store and get some extra digital behind-the-scenes goodies as well as a poster shipped with your book.

3. One more Jeff Gordon tidbit I wanted to point out today before we move on is this article on Popular Speed about the author’s personal experience with Jeff Gordon and his personal experience interview Jeff about his foundation. It’s a good read:  WAID’S WORLD: How a Meeting With Gordon Lifted One Man’s Spirit

4. I wanted to share another great article from Kristen Schneider  of Skirts and Scuffs. This one is about FoxSports1′s Danielle Trotta. It’s a great read: Danielle Trotta Talks Television, Breaking Barriers, and Giving Back. You know that I am a huge fan of Skirts and Scuffs and this article is another shining example of why.

5. I think Tony Stewart has a great understanding of social media as evidenced in this video from Mobil 1: (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

With the long weekend it seems like all my posts have been pushed off by a day because honestly- I was hiking with the dogs and not thinking about writing blog posts…and I readily admit it. Sometimes even an Amy needs a break. But this is what has been pinging around my brain this week like lugnuts in a pitbox during a green flag pit stop:

1. I am not the only one off by a day. NASCAR announced their post race penalties on Wednesday this week instead of their usual Tuesday- likely because of the holiday.  Smoke fans seem up in arms about Tony Stewart crew chief Mike Bugarewicz (wow that was the first time I spelled it right without having to look it up all season) being placed on probation through the rest of the 2016 season because of the unapproved body modification that was done as the car was being pushed out to the grid on Sunday. This was the reason Tony Stewart dropped to 39th position before the start of the race despite having qualified 21st for the Coca-Cola 600. The penalty seems fair to me. However accidental the modification was the body was still modified.  It’s no different than in March of 2015 when Paul Wolfe was put on suspension after the crew was caught pulling out the side fenders on the 2 car prior to qualifying for the 2015 Kobalt 400.  The crew chief is responsible for the crew right?  As a fan I hate for my driver and his team but I understand that it has to be done.

2. There were quite a few other penalties dished out this week including: Brian Pattie, crew chief for Greg Biffle, who was fined $50,000, suspended from all NASCAR points events through June 15, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Additionally the 16 team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points. This was also do to unapproved body modification. Crew Chiefs Tony Gibson (Kurt Busch) and Randall Burnett (AJ Allmendinger) were each suspended from competition for the Pocono weekend, fined $20,000, and placed on probation through the remainder of the season  for lugnut violations.  Paul Menard is docked 15 minutes of practice time at Pocono for pre-race inspection issue. The teams of Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth all received written warnings for pre-qualifying inspection issues.  Whew- is that a load of penalties for one race or what?

3. In cased you missed the NASCAR RACEDAY interview Kenny Wallace did with Tony Stewart you can view that here:  (more…)