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Have a NASCAR fan in your life and struggling to find the perfect gift? Let me give you a few suggestions!

  1. Memorabilia (the gift of Christmas Past): Do you know your fan’s favorite driver? Maybe get them some memorabilia! You can check their driver’s website because if they have their own shop sometimes you can fine unique or autographed memorabilia that way. Or check the Fanatics NASCAR shop and get everything from socks to jackets to license plate frames. Us NASCAR fans love to rep our favorite drivers. Help your favorite fan support their driver with the gift of merchandise!
  2. Donate to their driver’s foundation (the gift of Christmas Present): Many drivers have charitable foundations that support organizations near and dear to the driver’s heart. These organizations are as diverse as the drivers are and support a wide variety of needs on our community now!  For instance The Kyle Busch Foundation focuses on empowering children, families and communities to overcome hardship, The Jimmie Johnson foundation focuses on supporting K-12 public education, and Ryan Newman supports his Rescue Ranch.
  3. Race Tickets (the gift of Christmas Future): Give the gift of race tickets! NASCAR races are likely your favorite NASCAR fan’s happy place. Go large and get them some tickets!  Check the nearest track (or their favorite track)’s website and speak with the box office about purchasing tickets or giftcards that can be used for tickets if tickets are not yet available. I find that when I am going to a track I have never been to before my favorite way to buy tickets is to talk to the box office- the ticketing agents can work with you to get you the best tickets in your price range and may have suggestions for visiting their track if you never have been there before. Better yet go with your favorite race fan TO the race! If your not a fan yet you might find out at the track that NASCAR is much more that just driving in circles! If you want to go really big make it a destination race- remember that Vegas will have a second race this coming year – the usual Spring race in March and the new Fall chase race!
  4. Books! Who doesn’t love books? Do you have a NASCAR fan who is a bookworm on your list? (Maybe that is just me). If so check out my NASCAR Reading list for suggestions of books your motorsports loving fan may enjoy!

So tell me NASCAR fans- what gift are you hoping for this season?

Martin Truex Jr.

Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

Attention all #NASCAR Drivers:

Apply within for the job of new favorite NASCAR Driver.

About The Position:

I find myself staunchly in the middle of the dreaded “off-season” for us NASCAR fans, pondering what will be in the 2017 NASCAR season. There are lots of changes afoot- including an awesome new series sponsor in  MONSTER ENERGY.  I am finding myself unable to concentrate on any of that because I find I am faltering since I am now without a favorite NASCAR driver. I haven’t been in this position in many years and it’s unsettling.  So I decided that I am currently taking applications for the position of a new “Favorite NASCAR Driver.” If you are a #NASCAR driver looking for a new fan- please read on to see if this position is a good fit for you!

What You’ll Need For This Position:

This position is NOT an easy one to fill so please make sure that you fit the qualifications before applying:

  • Fiery passion to win.
  • Talent to back up that passion.
  • Competitive
  • Tender heart that may not always show.
  • Wear that passion and heart on your sleeve

Helpful but not required skills:

  • Championships in other series.
  • Lacking a filter and saying the first thing that pops into your head while speaking with the media is acceptable as is using terms like “dart with no feather.”
  • Willingness to wreck own mother (or other family members) to win championship.
  • Tenuous relationship with NASCAR beat media okay.

What’s In It For You:

I offer an exclusive benefits package including but not limited to:

  • A cheering section of at least one- possibly more.
  • Blog posts written about you.
  • All channels of your social media followed.
  • Merchandise sales.
  • May drive in other series while active in MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES.

Please Note:

Fitting with the right  NASCAR driver is a process that has to develop organically so a trial run might be necessary before position becomes permanent.

Position may or may not include additional responsibility of being included in the Race Fan’s workgroup of favorite racers. Previous “Favorite NASCAR Driver” holder currently holds court in this exclusive group but retirement from #NASCAR forced him to leave the position of “Favorite NASCAR Driver”.

How To Apply:

Email cover letter and resume/cv to:  badgruv@netzero.com.

 

(photo source: Zimbio.com/Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America)

Oh that All-Star race. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Thanks to an uncooperative mother nature and a dog that gets me up at the crack of dawn ever morning I was able to watch the entire Sprint Showdown live.  Originally scheduled to run Friday evening the Showdown was postponed along with all other ontrack activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday.  I usually miss at least a couple of the Showdown segments being on the west coast because of work – so it was actually a nice treat to get get to watch the entire showdown start-to-finish.  In my opinion the racing in the showdown was good exciting racing- exactly what you would expect from drivers racing for the chance to race for million bucks.  That last transfer race between Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson was just good hard aggressive racing that fans want to see at any race! The showdown transfer winners ended up being Trevor Bayne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson.  Ironically enough the fan vote winner was Chase Elliott and second place fan vote was Danica Patrick both of which also transferred into the All-Star race.  Matt DiBurrito ended up being third in the fan vote for those keeping track. (more…)

If you are like me, some NASCAR races are a traditional viewing event and I am always looking for yummy yet easy to prepare dishes. Or maybe you are heading to a race or NASCAR viewing party and looking for some great tailgating recipes to take along with you. Well look no further than AllRecipes.com.

They have a special section dedicated to NASCAR fans! There are collections of recipe ideas put together by fans for specific races even- which I think is the most awesome part of the NASCAR on Fox specific section of AllRecipies.com. For instance here is one collection for the race this weekend in Fontana at Autoclub Speedway. There are also some for people with special diets like Low-Carb & Loving It Las Vegas Race Day Party collection. Some even contain some very interesting looking adult beverages if you are in the market. I would definitely suggest going through some of these NASCAR Race inspired collections and picking up some new recipes.

This one for  Mini Philly Cheesesteaks by Chef John looks both yummy and easy to prepare and is one of their more popular ones in the NASCAR category: (more…)

There seems to be some confusion over some of the new rules when it comes to the charters and who get’s starting positions and how that all works. Plus I have also heard mumbling of people who don’t seem to understand how NASCAR’s new “Overtime” rule changes the previous GWC rule.  Here is an overview of some of the new stuff to the best of my understanding: (more…)

I am just going to put this right here for right now:

I had it made back when Tony broke his leg- in the picture it’s actually even on a car I don’t even own anymore in the above picture. Unfortunately it looks like I threw the apropos license plate frame away after he was back in the car following the leg injury. Don’t worry- I just ordered another one and will have it on the Equinox as soon as I get it.

In case you didn’t know Tony broke his L1 vertebra in a sand rail accident last weekend. Here is the most recent official announcement from Stewart-Haas Racing about the incident:

As I have told several people now- I am just genuinely glad that he didn’t actually injure himself worse- when I hear back injury I think scary things like paralysis. A back is nothing to mess around with.

Here is a great article by Dustin Long about it: Question and Answers About Tony Stewart’s Situation

While sure we are all disappointed because no one wanted Smoke to start off his final NASCAR season like this, I can imagine that Tony is disappointed too. I heard him during the media they did last week- he was wanting that Daytona 500, That Southern 500 and the Championship.  You know how you can be hard on yourself? He likely is being quite hard on himself. I am just glad he’s not injured worse than he is and I am actually glad they aren’t giving out a time table on his recovery.  I am every optimistic that it will be a quick one, but it needs to be on his body’s terms.  I am cheering for him to make a good steady healing recovery and hope to see him in the car as soon has he is able.

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#GetWellSmoke #SmokeAlwaysRises

Sometimes there are many things I want to share but I either don’t have time to devote a whole post to it, or there just isn’t enough content there to devote a whole post to it so I am going to start back up my lists, which, for now, will be called What’s Rattling Around In The BG Inbox*! These will be a list heavy on NASCAR & Tony Stewart of course, but may mention other things- you never do know what is sitting in my email inbox or in my mind waiting for me to share it with you. It will also have a gratuitous Tony Stewart picture or two because when do I ever not need an excuse to tuck a Tony Stewart picture on a post.  Let me know what you think of the new feature (and if you can think of a better name for it)  in the comments or via social media! So this is the very first “What’s Rattling Around In The BG Inbox*”

What’s rattling around this week:

  1. Have you seen the Kyle Busch Days Of Thunder trailer video? It’s GREAT- a must watch. You can also find the blooper reel for it here.
  2. Speaking of NASCAR movies- I loved the movie Days of Thunder. I couldn’t stand the movie Talladega Nights but then again I can’t stand Will Ferrell as an actor so I blame the fail for me on him. I want a new (not a Days of Thunder reboot) NASCAR/Stock car racing movie! Hear that Hollywood?! Make it so!
  3. On a related note I have heard that there is a scripted TV drama in the works about NASCAR…we will see if that comes to fruition. While it would be really cool for us fans I am not confident it will happen because I remember there was something similar in the pipes about five years ago but nothing every became of that either.
  4. I haven’t mentioned the Tony Stewart Foundation lately! They have many ways you can help them make a difference in the lives of critically ill or physically disabled children; at-risk or endangered animals; and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing. There are many ways you can help- a donation, becoming a lap leader (a monthly donation of $10 or more), or something as simple (and free to you) as using AmazonSmiles and setting up your donations to go to The Tony Stewart Foundation- that way the foundation gets a tiny donation from amazon every time you shop. All those tiny donations can lead to helping children, animals or injured drivers and is free to you just by buying whatever you usually do on Amazon.
  5. Speaking of the Tony Stewart Foundation- if you live near or happen to be traveling near Tony Stewart’s hometown of Columbus IN on July 14 2015 you might want to consider going to some TQ Midget racing because it’s “Tony Stewart Foundation Night” at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds in Columbus. Adult general admission is $10 and children under 12 are $5. Racing begins at 7 p.m. and the feature will pay $500 to win, $125 to start with all positions increased.
  6. I was excited to find out that Joanna Lower mentioned on facebook that her video for her song for Tony Stewart “Smoke Will Rise” has gotten over over 530 views in a little over 48 hours! You can hear her song and read our interview with her here.
  7. If you have read BG for any length of time you probably know I am a big fan of the blog SkirtsandScuffs.  I have been really enjoying the Rookie Stripe column lately- it’s from the perspective of a relatively new NASCAR fan. I love that concept! The post on road racing also features one of my pictures from Sonoma last year!
  8. For those curious- I have discontinued writing for Fansided’s Beyond The Flag. While I learned a lot working with the other writers over at BTF I felt it was taking away from my blogging here and made the choice to resign.
  9. In The Pipes: I am working on finishing up the Sonoma Race Diary post, as well as a post featuring Tony Stewart tattoos (got any? email me badgruv@netzero.com), and some other exciting content!

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Smoke spent some time at ExxonMobil’s new state-of-the-art campus in Houston. Such a rich history. It was an honor to be there. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

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* I have had a heck of a time naming this column so I am not married to the “What’s Rattling Around In the BG Inbox” title…if you have any ideas PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!

#KeepDiggingTony #SmokeAlwaysRises #Faithinthe14