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photo source: Amy K. Marbach

Started: 10th

Finished: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Points: 196 (32nd in the standings, 9 points away from 30th and 3 points away from 31th).

Quote of the (post) Race: “All you got to do is give me that little bit of hope and I will run with it.” — Tony Stewart, Post race press conference 6-26-16 This was my FAVORITE quote from his very quip filled post race presser because I think it not only describes Tony Stewart to a T but us fans too- am I right?!?! (more…)


Garage Area at Sonoma Raceway June 2015

I make no bones about how much I love Sonoma Raceway! It’s the closest track to where I live in which the cup cars run. The track is close enough to San Francisco to have fun excursions to the city during the weekend there. It’s in wine country and it’s close to the ocean.  And of course there is nothing like some road course racing- turning left AND right, braking, rubbing- it’s amazing to experience!

Speaking of experiences- since this is Tony Stewart’s  last year as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series the Tony Stewart Foundation (in conjunction with sponsor Code 3 Associates and FWCSports) has set up the Ultimate VIP Tony Stewart experience in Sonoma for Saturday June 25th!

This truly is a once in a lifetime type experience with NASCAR driver Tony Stewart at Sonoma Raceway! Best of all the price of your VIP Experience(a $750 dollar charitable donation that may be tax deductible depending on your tax situation) goes directly to the Tony Stewart Foundation Grant Fund!  So you are helping the Tony Stewart Foundation with your generous donation all while getting the experience of a lifetime with Tony Stewart at Sonoma Raceway.

Check out all the great things the VIP experience includes:  (more…)

So as always with race weekends that I actually get to attend in person I like to pull out a couple of my photos because I love them a lot and I like to share them in a separate post. If you are looking for the Sonoma 2015 Racecation post it is here. Here are some favorite photos from Misty and myself: (more…)


Usually for Sonoma race weekend I pick up Misty at San Jose International Airport which is about an hour north from where I live- heading towards the track.  This time she found an awesome rate flying into San Francisco International Airport though which is about an hour and forty minutes north of my place. Her flight was to land on Thursday at 8:30 am. I originally planned on leaving at 6:00 for the airport but Misty thought I was leaving way too early so I left at 6:30 just to give myself some extra time since I am not as familiar with SFO as I am with San Jose plus there would no doubt be morning commute traffic since it was a week day.  Well to make a long story short- by the time Misty called me after she had landed I was only in Palo Alto by Stanford University.  She had to wait another 20 minutes for me to actually get to the airport.  But on the plus side I didn’t have to pay to park because by the time I got there she was waiting at the curb for me at the departures gate and I just pulled in and loaded her up and headed east towards the state capitol of Sacramento.  Some of you might know that the hauler parade was actually in Sacramento but we missed it. How? Because were actually heading to Sacramento to go to the zoo!  Misty and I love zoos. So we decided to add the Sacramento zoo to our list of visited zoos while traveling because they had both of our top two favorite animals. Misty loves lions and giraffes and I love giraffes and flamingos:


(This is part 2 of our two part  annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)

Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.

Sonoma Raceway

Bright and early Sunday morning picture taken from parking lot 1 as I waited for the parking shuttle as tweeted June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day.  We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.

Early Sunday Morning Pit Road

Pit road at Sonoma Raceway early Sunday morning on June 22nd, 2014 (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)


(I ended up breaking this post up into two parts because it was just too long once I added in all the pictures.  Enjoy and watch for Part 2: Sunday tomorrow–Amy)

As I mentioned in a post several weeks ago- I had really been jonesing for a race.  I LOVE being at a race track and Race Sonoma couldn’t possibly get here fast enough for me. Sonoma Raceway is slowly worming it’s way into my heart as one of my favorite tracks that we get to attend in person.  The weather is almost always beautiful when the NASCAR race is there and we seem to almost always find something fun to do off track as well as have incredible adventures at track. After all it was at Sonoma Raceway that Misty interviewed Jeff Gordon a couple of years ago.  Anyway- I had been looking forward to this race pretty much since March.

I love the smell of oil, gas and nomex in the morning.

Friday morning garage picture as tweeted on June 20th, 2014 from my phone. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

Our Friday at Sonoma Raceway started bright and early. It’s kind of ironic to me that Misty and I spend a good majority of the vacation hours that we each earn at our respective jobs for our “racations” where we tend to be up and at it just as early (or in my case specifically – earlier) and just as hard as we do for our jobs.

Anyway- I had heard that both Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick were running patriotic paint schemes at Race Sonoma. So my first mission was to try to capture photos of them. My favorite place to do that is as the cars are being rolled out of the technical inspection tent. I caught them and a few more: (more…)

zMAXDragway in Concord, NC Summer of 2012 (Photo Credit Bryan Howland Photography)

One of my Facebook friends shared the above picture on my wall a while back (Hi Shannon!) and I just love it on so many levels.  First off it’s just a beautiful picture- I could hang that in my office or something if I had a copy.  But it’s more that than- it’s the face that it’s a race way.  Even though it’s technically a drag strip in North Carolina I have never been to and I am a NASCAR girl from California – this photo has me jonesing hard to be at a race track. (more…)

(If you are looking for the 2013 Sonoma Race Diary please go here)

If you know me, read this site, are facebook friends with me, follow me on twitter, instagram etc-  then you know two things about me for sure: I love NASCAR (and fast cars in general) and I have a “thing” for photography. I do not necessarily consider myself a photographer- but I do like to roam around with a camera snapping pictures of this, that and the other.  I do do some post production work in LightRoom- but what I have learned in both photography and LightRoom is pretty much self taught (lots of trial and error) with some guidance from my dad who also dabbles. (more…)