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This year NASCAR changed what use to be called Sprint Cup Mobile into NASCAR Mobile 13.  I am not going to lie- having a NASCAR ap was one of the BIG reasons I switched over to Sprint from Verizon.  Well that and Verizon’s fees were OUTRAGEOUS for data plans and I really eventually planned to move to a smart phone (which I did and LOVE it).

The look of the NASCAR Mobile ’13 ap is nice and smooth. When it’s working.  I have SO MUCH trouble with the ap (and to answer your question my iPhone is hooked up to my wifi at my house and the day job so my signal strength isn’t the issue).

I was really planning on writing this post about the ap last week- when Tony was scored 19th the entire race via the NASCAR Mobile ap, it showed NO laps had run, that Denny Hamlin was the race leader, and on the screen where it shows your driver (mine is set to Tony of course) and the leader- it would show Denny. No one else. Not Tony, not the leader…just Denny Hamlin- all the time. That did me no good. NO GOOD and I had finally had it and decided to post a blog about the ap and how it didn’t quite work the way it was suppose to.  Then there was a huge NASCAR Mobile 13 ap update that very day- so I thought I would wait and see how the ap works after the update.

While after the update it worked better- it didn’t work much better.

One of the things I use the AP for is to see when the cup race starts- so I don’t miss the green flag.  Apparently one of the main times I curious about this is during the NATIONWIDE race.  If I launch the ap (despite having picked Cup Series as my series) it will only default to the Nationwide race- and I am then forever stuck in a loop where it shows me Nationwide series splash screen and will NOT for the life of me let me get to the Sprint Cup series splash screen no matter how many times I click on it in menu, restart my phone or curse at it.  During the race for Pocono the ap stayed stuck at lap 55 (although it would correctly indicate whether the race was green flag or yellow flag)- so I never knew what lap the race was on (if I was just using the ap- which thankfully I was not).  I decided on a lark to try one of the in-car camera views (new to the ap this week) and clicked on it- I got audio- but no video. I have no idea who’s in-car I even selected.  I could hear the engine in the car- but could see NOTHING but the ap.  Talk about a major fail.

My major pet peeve is that the scanner – which is the whole reason I use the ap- is to listen to Tony Stewart’s scanner. My scanner would stop and start, stop and start during Dover to the point that it pissed me off. It wasn’t as bad for the race in Pocono but still did it a few times.  Plus the scanner is always three laps behind the national broadcast- which also drives me crazy. I can see Tony’s pit stop before I hear it. Oh? And there is my biggest pet peeve- the scanner is censored. So as soon as Tony (or whomever) starts to get worked up it’s bleeped and I have no idea what he was upset about or with (by the way- when I say bleeped- I don’t mean the noise- actually it’s no noise- it just drops off). It’s very evident when the censor misses it so I hear something to the effect of “That fucking…” and then nothing.

So here are my thoughts on making the ap better:

1. Simplify it.  It’s got too many bells and whistles and not enough substance. If the basics won’t work like just letting users know what lap the race is on- then something extra spiffy like live in-car cameras aren’t going to work either.

2. Consider changing it so that there are three separate aps- one per series. That way you aren’t plugging up the data with information certain customers aren’t looking for. If I want to see what time the Sprint Cup race is on- I don’t want to have to dig through the ap to find out if I have decided to look when the Truck race is being broadcast.

3. Consider a scanner only ap- that is real-time and uncensored. That is an ap I would buy in addition to the Sprint Cup Mobile ap.  Or as a separate add-on.

And while we are on the subject of aps- I wish there was a SHR ap.  HMS has their own ap and driver Jeff Gordon has an ap of his own.  I would LOVE and SHR ap or even better an ap per driver.

Anyone else got any thoughts on the NASCAR Mobile 13 ap? Let me just say it’s a good thing it’s a free ap (since I am a sprint customer)- because I wouldn’t want to pay for it with the way it works right now.

 

Hi there!  You don’t know me- so let me introduce myself. My name is Amy and I am a NASCAR fan (and blogger obviously).  Not knowing me, you would probably characterize me as a gun toting, tobacco-spitting, country music listening, walmart shopping, taxidermy loving, lawn mower riding, cowboy boot wearing, high school dropout redneck living in one of the cities in on your 10 Most “Redneck” Cities in America list.

After reading the list and more importantly the highly scientific method you used to come up with the cities that made the list I am flummoxed.  You see- I am a NASCAR fan and I have been since I was a child.  Yet I am none of those things. Neither are any of the NASCAR fans I know.  You see, that is the problem when you perpetuate stereotypes- you inevitably alienate people.  It would be like me stereotyping football fans as the inebriated, shirtless guy wearing a beer dispensing hard hat while his entire bare upper torso is painted in team colors while standing in 30 degree weather. Or like saying that all programmers are skinny, pale, bespectacled, dateless, socially awkward, caffeine addicted trolls who sit in darkened rooms playing WoW  between code writing marathons. Those sweeping generalizations are for the most part untrue as are yours when it comes to NASCAR fans.

NASCAR fans at the 2012 Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas NV (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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I am going to say something that I don’t like saying: it’s obvious that something is amiss with Stewart-Haas this season- specifically the #14 team of Tony Stewart. I know I know- thank you Captain Obvious right?  But as stalwart of a Tony Stewart fan that I am- I can not go on being the girl with the rosy camouflaged colored glasses any more. We are going into race 8 of the season now and Tony’s mired way down in 22nd in the Sprint Cup points standings- a full 111 points behind current points leader Jimmie Johnson.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

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Judging by the bacon themed food and novelty items that surround us these days, there must be some strange and growing group of bacon fanatics in the world. Who they are and where they are I do not know, and am not sure I want to know. Since everyone else I have discussed this over abundance of bacon with seems to scrunch their nose and think it as strange as I do, I am left to wonder about the people who would find such things as bacon sundaes at Denny’s, bacon bandages and bacon candy canes from Urban Outfitters, and bacon cotton candy appealing.

Oh yeah, bacon cotton candy! Texas Motor Speedway is unveiling its newly created “Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy” during the NRA 500. There is even a scratch and sniff shirt to go along with this culinary creation! Executive Chef Joel Pena will prepare over 3,000 bags of “Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy” and will cook more than 300 pounds of bacon to be used as candy-coated topping to the bacon flavored candy fluff.

The candy can be purchased at where else, but the Pig Rig Food Truck on the concourse between gates three and four, and in the stands by Hawg Heaven Hawkers, and at various concession stands throughout the track.

I guess I really shouldn’t knock something I haven’t tried, but I just can not understand this bacon mania that is taking the country by storm. I wonder how many of you have tried a bacon delicacy or would want to try Texas’ newest treat?! If you do, let us know what you think.

Someone please tell me what is it with Misty and I? Of the last three races that we have been able to attend in person (Fall Phoenix 2012, Las Vegas, and now Autoclub) post race fights have broken out at two of them and each fight included one of our favorite drivers (Phoenix had  Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer going at it and of course you may have heard that my driver went a little agro on Joey Logano at Autoclub).  I will get into the post race pugilism a little later. First let’s get to the actual race.

The Naval Re-Enlistment Ceremony before Driver Introductions at AutoClub Speedway. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

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Hey Tony Stewart fans!  Guess what? The first 25 people through the doors of their local Bass Pro Shop this Saturday February 23rd, 2013 will receive an officially licensed, limited edition 1:24 scale Action Racing Collectibles Tony Stewart 2013 Pass Pro Shops #14 Chevrolet SS!!! So head out to your local Bass Pro Shop to show your support of their new driver Tony Stewart and get a FREE Diecast (no purchase necessary)!

Also- on Sunday February 25th, 2013 if you are one of the first 50 people through the door you will get a limited edition “Evolution of the Stock Car” NASCAR Poster.

Please note that these offers are only good in stores and not available online.

 

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.

I do not generally comment on the personal lives of drivers. I think it is distasteful and wildly inappropriate, but lately I can’t help but notice the “fan” posts and comments circulating on social media sites concerning Tony Stewart and the status of his love life.

Apparently there at least some fans who believe he is incapable of managing a relationship and a championship bid. To insinuate such a thing is not only ridiculous, but it is insulting to Tony’s talent. Are these so called fans suggesting that Tony is less able to juggle a personal life and career than let’s say Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, or Kyle Busch (all of whom have managed to have incredible career success, relationships and families)?

The very first interview BadGroove did with Tony Stewart was eye opening to how Tony feels about this kind of private scrutiny. When we were introduced to Tony, he said. “Oh no—I am afraid of bloggers!” He laughed it off, but after the interview he opened up a bit about what he meant when he said that. He explained that he tries to avoid reading anything on the internet about him because it “hurts [his] feelings when they talk about [his] personal life”. He said, “Some of the things they write – they are terrible”. This is probably one of the main reasons he steers clear of social media. He just doesn’t want to open himself up to more of his “fans” unsolicited advice and opinions.

If you are still reading this, I implore you to do as Tony does and avoid those individuals who can’t seem to keep their nose out of his very personal business. Just because he has a career in the spotlight doesn’t mean we are invited into his personal life. Trust his decisions and his talent and leave it at that. Have some respect!