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As promised- here is Kevin M. Boot’s guest post about his experiences at the Party In The Poconos 400. Sounds like Kevin had a great time and I thank him for his post and the GREAT pictures that he shared with us! Be sure to check out the link to his complete photo album from the Party In The Poconos 400- there are many more GREAT shots from the race!– Amy

I heard about the $25 dollar race tickets on the “Fan Driven Pocono 400″ Facebook page. It played in the back of my mind, enticing me with a cheap race day. I got my ticket. Walmart sponsoring the race made it interesting since they let the fans vote on everything from the race name to the color of the Camaro pace car. They even had the fans vote on a new “signature food item” for the race track.

The Party In The Ponocos Pace Car

The Party In The Ponocos Pace Car takes to the track. (Photo Credit: Kevin M. Boots)

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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, pulls into the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 19th* (qualifying was rained out and set by points).

Finished: 4th

Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Points After Pocono: 13th in the points standings! Tony is now 143 points out of first (we actually lost ground to first), and only 17 points out of 10th now- that means we covered HALF the points distance to 10th place from last week!  We have 1 win for the wild card berth and are still the only team in the wild card standings with a win (fingers crossed).

My Mood After Pocono: Pleased at the performance and optimistic that the car seemed to come off the hauler better this weekend. (more…)

Wow- time just scoots along doesn’t it?  There are only FOUR MORE DAYS to vote for the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 pace car design! Go to Walmart’s Fan Driven 400 facebook page to vote now.

Just a reminder these are the designs to chose from:

Pace Car Design 1

Pace Car Design 2

Pace Car Design 3

 

Right now as of this posting PACE CAR DESIGN 3 is in the lead (that one just happens to be my favorite too)- so if you don’t like that design vote NOW!! As a matter of fact- if they had that wrap readily and commercially available for Chevy HHR’s? I would so wrap my car like that (well only if there wasn’t a Tony Stewart BPS Paint Scheme wrap available- I admit it).  VOTE NOW!

Also don’t forget to visit Walmart.Com/Nascar to pick up a Family Track pack of tickets for a race near you! $99 gets you four tickets, four coca-colas and four hot dogs- the family memories you will make will be priceless- so it’s a great return on investment!  There are still lots of tracks offering the Family Track pack special so get yours today!

Okay NASCAR Fans! This is your last chance to help with the PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 taking place June 9th (which isn’t that far away if you think about it). You named the race PARTY IN THE POCONOS! You picked the signature concession – the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi (which won by a landslide by the way)! Now we need to pick a pace car design.  Looks like the pace car is going to be a Camaro (which you all KNOW I love).  I have a definite favorite of the three designs but I will not cloud your judgement. Here are the three designs for the PARTY PACE CAR:

Pace Car Design 1

Pace Car Design 2

Pace Car Design 3

Voting for the Party Pace Car has already started- vote NOW at the FaceBook Fan Driven 400 page. Remember you can vote once a day until May 27th.  I just found out there are still $25.00 tickets available for the Party In The Poconos left thanks to Walmart- so get your tickets now directly from Pocono Raceway! Can’t make it to the Party In The Poconos? Walmart is offering family track ticket packs for many other races (that’s 4 tickets, 4 cokes, 4 hot dogs for $99).

This is one of my reminder posts about the Walmart Fan-Driven 400 – which is now called THE PARTY IN THE POCONOS 400 (yey Shawn McMillan for winning naming rights)!  So the latest round of voting is for the official consession for the race. It’s already been narrowed down to three flavors of Pierogis for you:

Right now the one in the lead is the Loaded Baked Potato Pierogi- and when I say lead- it’s pretty commanding.  Currently in second place is Hot Honey Buffalo Wing Pierogi with last going to the Sweet Cinnamon Sugar Pierogi.  There is still time left to make a difference though! Start voting now on the Walmart Fan Driven 400 facebook page.  You have until May 7th- so keep voting!!

Also if you are going to be going to the Party in the Poconos 400 did you know that you can get tickets for as low as $25?  They are available directly from Pocono Raceway.  Also if you plan on going keep your eyes open for NASCAR Fan Events being held at the Walmarts in the Long Pond area- there will be driver appearances, racing simulators, show cars, other goodies and lots of FUN!

Not going to the Party in the Poconos? Don’t worry- Walmart is still offering FAMILY TRACK PACKS (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks for only $99) at a LOT of different tracks- so many I can’t list them all here but you can find the list over at the Walmart NASCAR page!

Starting May 8th the final round of voting will start- this time on the Party Pace Car! Can’t WAIT!

 

So it look’s like Walmart’s Fan Driven 400 will indeed be called The Party In The Poconos 400. Congratulations to Shawn McMillan for coming up with the name that won!!  I had a feeling it would win since it was way out in the lead for most of voting.

Now that we know what the race is to be called it’s time to vote on the signature concession for the race! The Pocono Fan Council narrowed it down to a pierogie but what kind is the question.  You have three to choose from:

  1. Hot Honey Buffalo Wing is fried then shaken in a honey-hot sauce and served with bleu cheese dressing.
  2. Loaded Potato Skin is fried and topped with cheese and bacon and served with sour cream.
  3. Sweet Cinnamon Sugar is fried and topped with with whipped cream.

So head on over to the Facebook Walmart Fan Driven page and vote now for the concession you would most like to snack on at the Party At The Poconos 400!  You can vote ONCE A DAY through May 6th- so make your voice heard- your tummy will thank you!  Then we will be voting on the pace car design!

Also don’t forget there are $25.00 tickets for the Party In The Poconos 400 also thanks to Walmart’s fan driven!! Check out Walmart.com/NASCAR for more information or to purchase your ticket to the Party!