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While checking out the Ritz Facebook page earlier this week for information about when Tony’s video chat would be, I happened upon a comment posted to their page about Tony Stewart’s Helmet Toss at Bristol last Saturday.  This particular commenter was  upset about the Helmet Toss, the lack of penalties levied and commented that they were going to stop buying Ritz because they sponsor Tony Stewart and they were going to encourage all their friends to do the same.  I had seen some similar comments made about the already infamous helmet toss on other social media sites so it didn’t surprise me really. As a Tony Stewart fan my first instinct is to classify these kind of comments as coming from “haters” and carry on with myself. After being a Tony Stewart fan for AGES, it’s not like I haven’t been exposed to the “haters” before. I decided long ago that probably every driver has “haters” and it’s just par for the course…and best not to “poke the trolls” as I like to say because often that is what they want. (more…)

Hey Atlanta Smoke Fans- Tony Stewart will be doing and in store appearance at the Office Depot located at 2126 Henderson Mill Road in Atlanta, GA (zipcode 30345) on Wednesday August 29th, 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 Atlanta area including Atlanta Kids In Need Resource Center, CASA of Georgia, City of Refuge, Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness, Safehouse Outreach, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, and many others.  The donation ceremony and the sack packs are not available to the public.

The autograph session IS for the general public and will start at approximately 4:45 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 even 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! #ImWithSmoke #GoTonyGo!  Have fun for me!

When I got the announcement that Nick Cannon was going to be in Fort Lauderdale with Tony’s show car I was more than happy to blog about it because not only is it Tony Stewart related (because hello- show car) and that there was a special guest at this show car appearance (Nick Cannon! Yes I watch AGT- shut up.) but my regular readers know I am a HUGE supporter of the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program and not just because it’s something that Tony Stewart supports. I am supportive because I love the fact that kids who need supplies to help them succeed in school are getting them. What a confidence builder to them to say here are the tools to help you make the most of your education. It’s that simple. But I digress. I got the PR announcement about the event and I kiddingly wrote back that  I would “love to see a picture of Nick Cannon with Tony’s show car” I think I even said I would be very “impressed” if my contact could make it happen. I wasn’t serious..I was trying to make a very busy person smile at the thought.  I REALLY WAS KIDDING PEOPLE…yet if you scroll down? There it be people- there it be. Now I am not saying that this picture was take only because I asked for it- more than likely there was other need for it…but the fact that it was taken tickles me pink. And if I WAS the reason the picture was taken? Well I apologize to Nick Cannon- but I am still posting it because I am still tickled pink.

Before we get right to the picture I want to share some information about the event to go along with the photo: Award-winning actor, comedian and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon took a moment to check out three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ champion Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy Impala on Thursday, August 16, 2012, during a special “Back-To-School Celebration” at an Office Depot store in Fort Lauderdale. Cannon joined the Office Depot Foundation to help donate 10,000 colorful new sackpacks to deserving children served by local organizations, schools and agencies in Greater Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. By the end of 2012, the Office Depot Foundation will have helped more than 2.9 million children since launching its National Backpack Program in 2001.

Are you ready for it?

Ok here it is:

(Photo Credit: Alex Gort)

It’s even MORE awesome because it’s the Back-To-School paint scheme that Tony’s car is sporting (my favorite of his Back-To-School paint schemes to date) and the tires are the Support Our Troops Goodyears.  See…this picture is ALL kinds of awesome wrapped up in one little picture (or bigger picture if you click on it). It would only be better if Nick Cannon was holding a sign that said For BadGroove.com. I am nearly giddy at the thought…then again- it’s the little things that make my day!

By the way- I still think my idea of teaming up Nick Cannon and Tony Stewart for an Office Depot commercial is good. I even have the commercial in my head.  All I will say is that it’s Nick and Tony in an Office Depot around the holidays and that the Teddy B. Caring bear is involved. Think about it- it could be comedic gold right there.

Hey did you know that Office Depot Racing is currently running a contest to attend the race in Chicago? How cool would that be? Five winners will win:

  • Two grandstand tickets to the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ race at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2012
  • $750
  • One (1) $50 Office Depot gift card
  • One (1) 1:24 No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet diecast car autographed by Tony Stewart

That is a pretty awesome prize package if you ask me!  But you must act quick though because you only have until August 23rd to enter!!  Go to OfficeDepotRacing.com to enter today!!

Warning- this post is going to be laden with photos. Why? Because photographers Glenn and Jessica Bure were kind enough to supply BG with photos of Tony and his car in Pocono. So a HUGE thank you to both Glenn and Jessica for sharing their pictures with BadGroove! Also a huge Thanks to The Office Depot Foundation for supplying BadGroove with pictures from the Allentown, PA Sackpack donation! (more…)

Sorry for the late notice but Tony Stewart will be doing an Autograph appearance TOMORROW August 2nd, 2012 at the Office Depot in Allentown, PA! The address for the location: 480 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA.

Wristbands are required and will be distributed starting at 8:00 am local time to the first three hundred customers on a first come/first serve basis (no purchase necessary for the wristband). One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband. Fans with wristbands MUST be in line no later than 5:15 PM local time to get their autograph. These events are great fun so grab some friends and head to the Office Depot in Allentown PA!

As I mentioned last week Tony Stewart would be doing an Autograph Appearance for fans at an Office Depot store in Indianapolis Indiana.  Part of his autograph appearance included the first Sackpack donation for the upcoming school year that Tony helped The Office Depot Foundation distribute.  I know that I have talked about it before but basically the National Backpack program supplies sackpacks filled with necessary school supplies to local non-profit organizations that help support young people in their community.  I honestly think that this is a WONDERFUL program! Just a small pack full of school supplies helps give children the tools they need to succeed in school- what a great gift. (more…)

Good news for Indianapolis Smoke fans!!! Tony Stewart will be doing an autograph appearance at the Indianapolis Office Depot on Wednesday July 25th, 2012!  Tony will sign autographs for 300 fans at the Office Depot located at 4200 South East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227 starting at approximately 5:00pm local time!  You must have a wristband for the event. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 8:00 am on the day of the event at the 4200 South East Street Office Depot on a first come, first serve basis until either all the wristbands are gone or 5:00 pm- which ever happens first.

While Tony is there he will also be helping donate 6000 sackpaks filled with school supplies to local nonprofits servicing school age children.  He’s helped the Office Depot Foundation with the sackpack donations every year since Office Depot became his sponsor. It’s a worthy cause- what school child doesn’t love to have a sackpack full of needed school supplies on the first day of school. I know I still LOVE school supplies and I haven’t been in school for…well a long time!

Get their early, wear comfy shoes and prepare to hang out with your fellow Tony Stewart fans- it’s always a fun time. I haven’t been to one of these in what seems like ages (March) so I will be with you all in spirit!