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Did you know that Office Depot Racing wants to send one lucky fan to Las Vegas to attend NASCAR’s Champions Week celebration in Las Vegas?! One very lucky fan will receive:

  • Two tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards™ (including
    fan reception, red carpet access & dinner), NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers
    Awards Luncheon™, and NASCAR After The Lap™ in Las Vegas, NV.
  • One Office Depot Racing 1:24 Diecast car, autographed by Tony Stewart
  • One Office Depot Gift Card – $50
  • $1,500 for travel expenses

But you can’t win if you don’t ENTER at OfficeDepotRacing.com by Thursday, November 8, 2012, 11:59PM ET!

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The Ask Tony & Ryan video from the appearance in Kansas City, MO has been uploaded by Office Depot Racing! Check it out- it’s quite fun: (more…)

You can race into Homestead-Miami- the FINAL race of the 2012 Sprint Cup Season with the help of Office Depot Racing- but you have HURRY- you only have until October 25th to enter!

FIVE Lucky fans will each win: Two grandstand tickets to the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012, $750, One (1) $50 Office Depot gift card and One (1) 1:24 No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet diecast car autographed by Tony Stewart!!

Go to http://www.officedepotracing.com/Fan-Zone/Sweepstakes/

I try to think of some witty title for each race post and I admit it isn’t always the easiest of tasks.  This time I did NOT come up with it myself: I totally credit my TwitterPeep @darksider14 with coming up with TallaKansas!  So Kansas was a complete wreck fest on Sunday with a new track record of 14 cautions, the previous track record being set the day before at the Nationwide Series race on Saturday with 12.

(Photo Credit: Borrowed Without Asking From The Official Tony Stewart Website- click on photo to be taken to original)

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Hey Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman fans- both drivers will be signing autographs at the Office Depot located at 8501 N. Evanston Ave in Kansas City Missouri at 5:05 pm local time on Thursday October 18th.  You must have a wristband for the event. Wristbands will be given away on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8:00 am local time on the day of the event at the N. Evanston Office Depot location. Remember you are allowed one autograph per driver/ per wristband.

In addition to the autograph appearance- Tony and Ryan will participate in another Ask Tony and Ryan Live Q&A that will be streamed online (6:20 Local time – which is 7:20 ET and 4:20 PT) for those not able to attend.  These are always great fun- so if you can’t attend and stay for the Q&A- I highly suggest that you try to tune in (they also usually release the video of the Q&A a day or two later- I will post a link to it when I see it posted).  To watch the Q&A stream live check out Office Depot Racing’s Ask Tony page.

 

Anyone who knows me knows I have always been a bit of a worrier.  I have been this way since I was a child. So you can imagine that when I found out that Office Depot would not be renewing it’s primary co-sponsor status on Tony Stewart’s Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Chevy- panic and dread immediately set in.  That means in 2013 the 3 car stable at Stewart-Haas racing currently has TWO of its THREE cars unfunding for the season.  Ryan Newman, who was already underfunded, lost ARMY as a sponsor for 2013 and now Tony Stewart has lost Office Depot. And I honestly don’t know if GoDaddy is Danica’s full-time sponsor next season, if they have other primary co-sponsors already lined up for her, or if Stewart-Hass Racing has 3 partially funded cars.  Damn this economy. Hello worry, thy name is sponsorship.

Tony Stewart before the race at New Hampshire last weekend. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove)

I immediately began listing any and all companies that I thought would be good sponsors. Heck even Misty joined in with me and we batted around possible sponsors for Tony and it soon became a game.  I would receive texts and emails of just names of companies.  I became fairly ruthless in my imaginary quest for sponorship- by “stealing” sponsors from other teams.  I believe at one point I even joked that if I were independently wealthy I would sponsor a race or two (or more- depending just how weathly my independence was). It was admittedly silly but fueled by the very REAL fear that the sponsorship hole will not be filled by Daytona.

All silliness aside- losing a sponsor is NOT GOOD (obviously). It is becoming increasingly rare to find a cup car with a single primary sponsorship.  Even drivers associated with the sport for years like four time Cup champion Jeff Gordon has had to find additional sponsors in recent years (The AARP’s Drive To End Hunger, Pepsi, National Guard) to fill sponsorship gaps. The number 20- is now sponsored by Home Depot and Dollar General (and Game Stop).   Even NASCAR’s perpetual favorite driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr has not only multiple primary sponsors but Diet Mountain Dew has reduced the number of races that they will sponsor next year.

Of course it’s all related to the retched state of the economy.  Yet it would be the perfect time for new companies to look into sponsoring NASCAR teams.  Hotel chains, food companies, stores. What better way to reach 100,000s of fans face-to-face (and many many more on TV) than by sponsoring a NASCAR cup car. Hint hint.

Meanwhile- I personally will mourn the loss of Office Depot.  I LOVE office supplies- I have a serious love of writing implements and post-it notes, an all paper products in general. Office Depot was a sponsor I could relate to personally.  I am definitely sad to see them leave the #14 car sponsorship.  Office Depot as a sponsor was good for the fans- often hosting autograph sessions and show car events.  I can definitely say they were good to us here at BadGroove. They made sure we got to interview Tony Stewart multiple times ( Interview 1, Interview 2, Interview 3, Interview 4).  Which really helped bring BadGroove to the next level (so I think anyway).  I can only hope that whomever does sponsor Tony’s car in their place- is as good to fans (AND BLOGGERS) as Office Depot was.

Tony Stewart autographs a tire before the race at New Hampshire last weekend. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove)

It is being RUMORED that Bass Pro Shops may be moving over to the #14 car to take over the spots left open by Office Depot’s departure.  If that is the case all I can think of is YEY!  I actually LOVE Bass Pro Shops.  I don’t live in an area with one but I go to the one in Vegas nearly every time I am in town (I have a very outdoorsy brother and father to shop for birthdays, Christmas, and Father’s day for. Not to mention three nephews). It wouldn’t surprise me since Bass Pro already has a relationship with Tony Stewart- sponsoring several of his dirt endeavors.  If the Bass Pro sponsorship turns out to be true- I can only hope that they announce it soon- so that I can stop worrying about the state of sponsorship for Tony’s car (Phoenix would be a GREAT place to announce it – since I will be at the race and all).  I mean Tony Stewart is a THREE TIME cup champion and the CURRENT cup champion for goodness sakes.   I do hope that whomever sponsor’s Tony is as fan (& BLOGGER) friendly as Office Depot was.

I don’t know about you but knowing that Tony Stewart is running the WE DO PRINTING paint scheme on the #14 Office Depot/ Mobil 1 Chevy this weekend at Chicago just like he did last year, when he WON the opening race of the 2011 Chase excites me! I can only hope that the WE DO PRINTING paint scheme will bring the same results as it did last season! #GoTonyGo!

We Do Printing! Tony won Chicago last year in this paint scheme. Can he do it again? (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography, INC)

Also- to help you DO PRINTING better – just visit OfficeDepotRacing.com to score a 20% off coupon for same day printing services (coupon is good through September 29th).

We Do Printing Same Day (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography, INC)

Hey Illinois Smoke Fans- Tony Stewart will be doing a store appearance at the Office Depot located at 392 East Rand Road Arlington Heights, IL THIS Thursday September 13th, 2012!!   The autograph session will take place after Tony Stewart assists the Office Depot Foundation in donating 6000 sackpacks filled with school supplies to nonprofit organizations that support school-age children in the Chicago area.  The donation ceremony and the sack packs are not available to the public.

The autograph session  however IS for the general public and will start at approximately 4:45 pm local time. You must have a wristband to get an autograph. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 8:00 am local time the day of the event at the location of the event on a first come, first serve basis. One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband.  You must be in line with your wristband by 5:15pm.

I strongly urge all Tony Stewart fans who can go to show up to show their support for their favorite driver and congratulate him for making the CHASE! WHOOHOO!!!  #ImWithSmoke #GoTonyGo!  Have fun for me- I wish I were going!