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Why is it that Indianapolis Motor Speedway tends to be called Indy when the IRL cars are racing it but The Brickyard when NASCAR are on it? I know it is just semantecs and really has nothing to do with anything but I was just wondering if there was a real reason for this or not?

Not that it matters- what matters is that RYAN NEWMAN got the pole!  It shouldn’t really surprise me- Ryan is pretty darn good when it comes to qualifying- but all three SHR teams have been lacking lately (although I am still hoping that is on the upswing – fingers crossed) so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that not only was RYAN NEWMAN on the pole at IMS but with a NEW TRACK RECORD!!!! YEY!  It doesn’t hurt matters to find out that the bossman Tony Stewart qualified 5th! I would LOVE for Tony to rip off a third Brickyard.  He needs the win for the championship points and well any Tony Stewart fan knows that this track means the world to him. (more…)

Tony Stewart quietly ruminates in the garage at Loudon, NH (Photo Credit: From the Official Mobil 1 facebook page)

Qualified: 16th

Finished: 26th

Race Winner: Brian Vickers

Points After Loudon: 13th- five points out of tenth, and 178 out of first. We are still currently in wild card position though!

My Mood After Loudon: How could I be anything but heartbroken over that one?!

There is absolutely nothing worse than watching your driver work his way into the top 10, then the top 5, then second, then lead, then back to second, then back to fourth and then run out of gas on the last freaking lap of the race- and drop all the way from fourth to twenty freaking sixth.  Well okay- there are probably a lot of things worse than that but it is pretty damn disheartening to say the least. (more…)

It’s funny to me how sometimes I start a post planning on it going in one direction and then something happens and it ends up going in a totally different direction to me. That happened with this post. AMY

It all started with a fun fact.  Yesterday (today is 6-12-13) I was checking my calendar that I have in my office at the day job when I noticed this little tidbit at the bottom- which is kind of funny since the tidbit is about June 11th and it just happened to be June 11th:

June 11th, 2006, Tony received his 100th career top-five by placing third in the Pocono 500.

Per my Tony Stewart Calendar “June 11th, 2006, Tony received his 100th career top-five by placing third in the Pocono 500.” (photo credit: Amy Marbach via Instagram)

I posted the picture above on my instagram (click the picture to see it on Instagram.com) with the following caption: A #TonyStewart fun fact of the day… I wonder how many Top Five Finishes he has now… Anyone know? (more…)

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…)

Tony Stewart in Victory Lane

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 22nd

Finished: Um FIRST!

Race Winner: TONY FREAKING STEWART

Points After Dover: 16th in the points standings!!!  Tony is now 135 points out of first (that’s a change of 19 points on the lead right there), and only 33 points out of 10th now.  We have 1 win for the wild card berth and are currently the only team in the wild card standings with a win (fingers crossed).

My Mood After Dover: Ecs-Freaking-Static is the only word I have. (more…)

So the winning Party In The Poconos 400 pace car design was the one I liked best:

Pace Car Design 3

YEY. Now if only they’d let me have it when they are done…I kid I kid (kinda).

On a more serious note- I want to talk about paint schemes for a minute.  First off…Tony is running a special Code 3 Associates Paint/Oklahoma paint scheme this weekend:

No. 14 Code 3 Chevrolet

The #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy that Tony will be running at Dover this weekend. (Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photography for True Speed Communication)

Code 3 Associates have been partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing since last year. Honestly I wasn’t even too sure what Code 3 Associates were except that they worked with animals until the Nabisco NASCAR online chat with Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman last week (check out the link to the video of the chat- but be prepared to park your butt for awhile because it’s a long one- over an hour- but it’s well well worth it!) where Ryan explained some of what Code 3 Associates do. It’s awesome and they were on their way to Oklahoma the day after the tornadoes to take care of pets when their owners can’t after a disaster and reunite them with their families when possible! What a great organization – and I can see why they partner with Stewart-Haas Racing because between Tony and Ryan I can’t think of two more pro-animal, pro-pet drivers!

But what I really want to talk about were Tony’s Bass Pro Paint Schemes for both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

So here is the 14 All-Star Paint Scheme…The car is mostly black on top with the orange at the bottom. It’s a nice looking paint scheme by it’s self and I know from that Nabisco Chat up there that Tony likes black paint schemes (there is also a turkey on the back quarter panels for the National Wild Turkey Foundation but you can’t really see it from this view):

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Point is I LOVED this paint scheme. LOVED it. Except for one huge glaring problem.  Jamie McMurray’s car was also running a Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Foundation paint scheme and looked far too similar:

Tony And Jamie McMurray at the All Star Race

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

I wasn’t at the race- so I don’t know what it was like watching the race in person- but on TV it was really hard to tell the difference between Tony and Jamie’s cars. In the picture above it’s easier to tell them apart then it was on TV because the cars aren’t moving and are framed together where you can see the two biggest differences- the roof number color and that Tony’s car had more of an orange splitter and side skirt. My thought is they should use the black paint scheme as Tony’s normal Bass Pro Shops paint scheme (sans the turkey of course) and take his usual Bass Pro Paint scheme and slap the turkey on the back and use that one whenever Tony and Jamie are BOTH going to run Bass Pro Paint schemes. It would make it easier for us home views to tell them apart (and no I wasn’t watching on a small TV so that was not the issue).  Just a thought there…because I kind of like the more black/less orange paint scheme. My dad would tell you to go all orange because it would be easier to see because there are too many black race cars.I guess it might be about personal preference.

Tony’s usual Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 paint scheme:

No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Mobil 1 Chevrolet

The Coca-Cola 600 paint scheme- Tony’s usual Bass Pro/Mobil 1 Paint scheme. (Photo Credit: Andrew Coppley/CIA Photo for True Speed Communication).

Which do you prefer?

Tony Stewart on the qualifying grid for the CocaCola 600

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

Qualified: 25th

Finished: 7th

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Points After the Coca-Cola 600: 20th in the points standings. That is 154 points out of first, and only 44 points out of 10th now.  We have no wins for the wild card berths yet.

My Mood After the Coca-Cola 600: More than cautiously optimistic for Team 14 / Glad that the 600 is in the books because I always forget how blasted long that race really is.

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Tony Stewart’s pit crew preforms their All-Star Race qualifying pitstop. Found on The Official Tony Stewart Facebook page- click to go to original)

Qualified: 13th

Finished: 14th

Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Points After All Star Race: Have not chanced since the All Star Race is a non-points big money race. Tony is still 21st, 170 points behind current series leader Jimmie Johnson. 62 points behind 10th in the standings – still outside of the top 20 and not eligible for a wild card birth.

My Mood After The All Star Race: Disappointed for Team 14/Bored by the race

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