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At a previous race during this season someone asked Tony Stewart to describe his car and his chances for that particular race. I have no memory of what race it was or who even asked him the question. I honestly don’t even remember if it was something I saw on print or on TV. Anyway, he described his car and his chances for that particular race with the phrase “cautiously optimistic.” Most everyone knows that Tony Stewart is the king of snappy, derisive one line comebacks (and this is one of the reasons he’s my driver) so why this particular, non-Stewartesque quote stuck with me all this time I haven’t a clue. It was obviously something my brain felt the need to file in it’s bulging back pocket. (more…)

The GLADES on A&E is one of my favorite summertime shows. I got hooked on it last season one day when I just happened to leave the TV on A&E. If there is nothing else on- the TV is usually on Speed, A&E, or HISTORY. Likely because those are the HD channels that have the coolest shows. So when I found out back in April that Tony and a bunch of other NASCAR drivers were filming an episode of THE GLADES I was totally stoked (although as I mentioned before- I initially was excited because I thought Tony was filming an Office Depot commercial). I still am excited about the The Glades (although how cool would a Tony Stewart Office Depot commercial be?). So yesterday when Stewart Haas Racing tweeted a tiny sneak peek of the special paint scheme Tony would be running this weekend in Kansas: (more…)

When I was in college, I went in thinking I wanted to be a grammar school teacher.  The university I attended was implementing a program that required so many hours of volunteer work related to your major to graduate.  All of my volunteer experiences through the university were school and education related.  My favorite volunteer experience had me at a local elementary school  that had a special grant to implement technology education in that school.  Basically I worked with a small group of children in a fairly state of the art (at the time) computer lab helping them research a topic (they had to pick a sea creature…whales, dolphins and the like) and use the computers to make a multimedia presentation about the sea creature they picked.  It was a great experience to see children- some who had never even seen a computer before- learn to use and get comfortable with technology.  (more…)

One of these days I am going to get to Charlotte for the week between the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. Just looking at the all the events listed on the Jayski Driver Appearances page for the week makes me green with envy. Not to mention that I have always wanted to visit the race shops. All of them. I have never been to one and I think it would be fascinating.

So if you find yourself lucky enough to be in the Charlotte area for the race week next week there are THREE different Tony Stewart appearances you can try to catch:

  1. May 24th- Tony Stewart will have a Bass Pro Store appearance from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bass Pro Outdoor World in Concord, NC (store address is 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC). Check out their stores driver appearance page for more details and a list of the MANY drivers appearing that week at the store in Concord- including an appearance by teammate Ryan Newman the following evening).
  2. May 25th- Tony will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the Office Depot in Charlotte, NC starting at 4:00 pm. Wristbands are required and 600 of them will be given out at the store location starting at 8:00 am.   Fans with wristbands must be in line no later than 5:00 pm to get an autograph (one autograph per wristband).  The address for Office Depot in Charlotte is: 8658 J.W. Clay Blvd.
  3. May 28th- Tony is schedule to appear at the 17th Food Lion Speed Street Annual Festival in a question and answer session on the Coca-Cola stage.  The question and answer session starts at 7:15 and also features drivers Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch.

Miles the Monster, mascot to the concrete mile track in Dover, made sure that Tony Stewart, his crew, and his stalwart fans were left disappointed, disheartened, and bewildered at the team’s luck after Sunday’s race (not to mention generally pissed off- but that’s a post for another day).  Saturday’s qualifying session was rained out and forced the race line up to go by the practice speeds , a new rule in 2011, for the first time this year.  Unfortunately this put the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet  deep in the field- starting 27th. (more…)

And I thought Richmond was a long race. Seriously- Darlington was LONG- and I have to say that I agree with Tony’s comment on Race Day- Darlington should be shortened. I understand the history behind Darlington and The Southern 500- but really? I can’t imagine what it was like for those on the east coast!

My favorite part of the Mother’s Day weekend race is ALWAYS the command to start engines because it is given by a bunch of the driver’s moms! I LOVE that part.

Tony Stewart and his mom, Pam Boas, at driver introductions for the Southern 500 at Darlington (photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography, Inc.- borrowed from Tony Stewart facebook page)

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I just had some tidbits and reminders I wanted to share regarding things going on in relation to Tony Stewart- and to spice it up I thought I would throw in some pictures: (more…)

Attention Small Business owners: The Office Depot Official Small Business of NASCAR contest has started! Enter now to become branded the Official Office Depot Small Business Of NASCAR. It runs now through May 28th!

Tony Stewart's car that will race at the Southern 500 at Darlington will carry information on how you can become the Official Small Business of NASCAR (photo credit: Action Sports Photography)

Enter early because Office Depot will be giving away $1000 gift cards each day to a random entrant.   Two small businesses will be selected as finalists . Each finalist will be awarded $10,000 AND a VIP race weekend.  One of the finalist’s logo will end up on the rear “tv panel” of Tony Stewart’s #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy during the Labor Day race at Atlanta Speedway later this season.  The other finalist will have their logo on the rear “tv panel” of Greg Biffle’s #16 3M Ford.  The small business on the highest finishing driver’s car will be this year’s 2011 Official Small Business of NASCAR.  And as added incentive – if either Stewart or Biffle win the Atlanta race- that driver’s small business will be awarded $1 million dollars!

This is a great opportunity for a small business! Don’t take my word for it take Tony’s word:

What are you waiting for? Enter now at OfficeDepotRacing.com!