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Want to show our driver Tony Stewart you #StandWithSmoke? That’s easy to do with the Tony Stewart Foundation #StandWithSmoke campaign! You will be showing how much you the fans support Tony by helping causes that are near and dear to Tony’s heart: critically ill or disabled children, at-risk or endangered animals, and injured drivers!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Donate at least $1.00 to the Tony Stewart Foundation.
  2. Click on the link in your receipt to get a link to your #StandWithSmoke sign, print it out and write your name on the top of it!
  3. Take your picture or film a short video with your sign. You can post it to the Tony Stewart Foundation facebook (for the duration of this campaign only- the foundation will be allowing donors to upload to their page) or tweet it out with the #StandWithSmoke hashtag (and be sure that tag the foundation @14TSF so that you can be retweeted).

Seems pretty simple right? Trust me when I tell you that it really is just THAT easy.

And think of the fun things you can do with your sign! Get creative! Abbie, Gracie and I are going to work on our #StandWithSmoke picture tomorrow!

What? Don’t believe it’s that easy? Then perhaps this little video from Tony’s parents will help persuade you:

 Hint: Be sure to watch the video until the very end!

This, however, is no ordinary fundraising campaign. As always any donation will go to fund grants to great organizations that support critically ill or disabled children, at-risk or endangered animals, and injured drivers. But this campaign is special because every donation of $10.00 or more will be matched by an anonymous donor up to a total donation of $50,000! So your $10.00 donation is really a $20.00 donation. Your $50.00 donation is really a $100 donation. If fans can raise $50,000 for the foundation then the foundation gets $50,000 from the anonymous donor. That’s a grand total of $100,000 to help children, animals, and drivers!

So like Tony’s father, Nelson, said- let’s make this go VIRAL Smoke fans! Show Tony we support him by donating what you can!  I know we fans can do it because we all #StandWithSmoke!!!
In case you can’t tell? I am excited about this campaign and will be pushing the heck out of it. Why? Because I #StandWithSmoke! Join in won’t you?

Sometimes there are many things I want to share but I either don’t have time to devote a whole post to it, or there just isn’t enough content there to devote a whole post to it so I am going to start back up my lists, which, for now, will be called What’s Rattling Around In The BG Inbox*! These will be a list heavy on NASCAR & Tony Stewart of course, but may mention other things- you never do know what is sitting in my email inbox or in my mind waiting for me to share it with you. It will also have a gratuitous Tony Stewart picture or two because when do I ever not need an excuse to tuck a Tony Stewart picture on a post.  Let me know what you think of the new feature (and if you can think of a better name for it)  in the comments or via social media! So this is the very first “What’s Rattling Around In The BG Inbox*”

What’s rattling around this week:

  1. Have you seen the Kyle Busch Days Of Thunder trailer video? It’s GREAT- a must watch. You can also find the blooper reel for it here.
  2. Speaking of NASCAR movies- I loved the movie Days of Thunder. I couldn’t stand the movie Talladega Nights but then again I can’t stand Will Ferrell as an actor so I blame the fail for me on him. I want a new (not a Days of Thunder reboot) NASCAR/Stock car racing movie! Hear that Hollywood?! Make it so!
  3. On a related note I have heard that there is a scripted TV drama in the works about NASCAR…we will see if that comes to fruition. While it would be really cool for us fans I am not confident it will happen because I remember there was something similar in the pipes about five years ago but nothing every became of that either.
  4. I haven’t mentioned the Tony Stewart Foundation lately! They have many ways you can help them make a difference in the lives of critically ill or physically disabled children; at-risk or endangered animals; and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing. There are many ways you can help- a donation, becoming a lap leader (a monthly donation of $10 or more), or something as simple (and free to you) as using AmazonSmiles and setting up your donations to go to The Tony Stewart Foundation- that way the foundation gets a tiny donation from amazon every time you shop. All those tiny donations can lead to helping children, animals or injured drivers and is free to you just by buying whatever you usually do on Amazon.
  5. Speaking of the Tony Stewart Foundation- if you live near or happen to be traveling near Tony Stewart’s hometown of Columbus IN on July 14 2015 you might want to consider going to some TQ Midget racing because it’s “Tony Stewart Foundation Night” at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds in Columbus. Adult general admission is $10 and children under 12 are $5. Racing begins at 7 p.m. and the feature will pay $500 to win, $125 to start with all positions increased.
  6. I was excited to find out that Joanna Lower mentioned on facebook that her video for her song for Tony Stewart “Smoke Will Rise” has gotten over over 530 views in a little over 48 hours! You can hear her song and read our interview with her here.
  7. If you have read BG for any length of time you probably know I am a big fan of the blog SkirtsandScuffs.  I have been really enjoying the Rookie Stripe column lately- it’s from the perspective of a relatively new NASCAR fan. I love that concept! The post on road racing also features one of my pictures from Sonoma last year!
  8. For those curious- I have discontinued writing for Fansided’s Beyond The Flag. While I learned a lot working with the other writers over at BTF I felt it was taking away from my blogging here and made the choice to resign.
  9. In The Pipes: I am working on finishing up the Sonoma Race Diary post, as well as a post featuring Tony Stewart tattoos (got any? email me badgruv@netzero.com), and some other exciting content!

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Smoke spent some time at ExxonMobil’s new state-of-the-art campus in Houston. Such a rich history. It was an honor to be there. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)


* I have had a heck of a time naming this column so I am not married to the “What’s Rattling Around In the BG Inbox” title…if you have any ideas PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know!!

#KeepDiggingTony #SmokeAlwaysRises #Faithinthe14

In honor of the fact that Tony is running the Code 3 Associates Paint Scheme this weekend at Martinsville I am going just a big bigger with my Friday Quotable Tony post this week- more quotes and more pictures all illustrating Tony’s passion for animals!

We start with his quote about Code 3 Associates from the Martinsville Pre-Race Team Release:

At Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia on March 28, 2014 (Photo courtesy of the Tony Stewart Foundation)

“We’re honored to have Code 3 Associates as a partner with Stewart-Haas Racing. Whenever there’s a disaster, everyone wants to help, and it’s nice to know there’s an organization out there that takes care of a sometimes overlooked but very important family member – your pet. Taking care of animals has always been important to me, and when we started our foundation, we made animal welfare a priority. To be able to promote the work of Code 3 Associates so that it can do even more work for people and their pets is very satisfying.”- Tony Stewart, Martinsville pre-race team release.

For those who don’t know who Code 3 Associates provide animal and recovery during natural disasters. But they also provide training in everything from technical animal rescue and animal disaster response to animal cruelty training for investigators. You can check out their website and become a free member or make a donation. (more…)

If you have visited the Tony Stewart Foundation website lately- you may have noticed a familiar face:

Me As A TSF Lap Leader Ambassador

Me As A TSF Lap Leader Ambassador

Yep that is me. If you click the READ MORE OF AMY’S STORY- the story expands and you can learn more about me and why I am a Tony Stewart Foundation Lap Leader.  For those who aren’t familiar with the Tony Stewart Foundation- it was created by Tony as a “vehicle” to give back to those organizations that support causes that support his three passions: seriously or chronically ill children, endangered animals, and injured racers.  So a TSF Lap Leader is someone who donates to the Tony Stewart Foundation monthly automatic donation to the  Tony Stewart Foundation of at least $14.00 a month.  As a than you for your donation- you get goodies sent to you once a quarter- and let me tell you some of the thank you goodies are awesome- my favorite one was a small canvas artwork created children and animals from the very organizations that the foundation helps every year.

You can even specify which arm of the foundation you want your funds to support! You can choose between Children’s Health, Animal Welfare, Driver Health or (the one I chose) Where It’s Most Needed.  Your donations go to help the foundation fund grants to worthy organizations! You can keep up with the TSF Foundation on Facebook to find out more about specific organizations they donate to.

If a monthly donation is not something you can manage- there are many other ways you can help. Of course they gladly accept one time donations (I started out donating once around around Tony’s birthday).  And there is the Amazon Smile program where shop amazon and can set The Tony Stewart Foundation as your charity of choice and they will get a small percentage (0.5%) donated to them off your eligible amazon purchases. It is no extra money to you- it’s donated by amazon on your behalf.  It’s easy to do- and it’s free to you.

they also have merchandise you can purchase (like the Racer14 plates) that help!

The Tony Stewart Foundation is easy for me to stand behind as a way to support my driver and support great causes at the same time especially since, like Tony, I too am passionate about both kids and animals. It’s easier to me to give to TSF then to check out multiple charities to donate to. Oh and did I mention that the donations are tax deductible? It truly is win-win for me because I support great organizations and my favorite driver at the same time.



Celebrate Tony Stewart’s birthday by joining our Smokin Birthday Charity Drive and Raffle in support of the Tony Stewart Foundation.

(Graphic by Kevin M. Boots)

“What do you get one of the best drivers in the world for his birthday? Well probably nothing since you don’t know him. You can try to leave something at his door step, but that can be considered stalking and is creepy.  So what then? Do like I have the last few years, donate what you can to his charity.”- Kevin M Boots


So it’s been awhile since I talked about any initiatives the Tony Stewart Foundation is doing to raise money- so I thought I would talk about a couple of EBay Auctions going on right now and the Chevy Raffle.

First- remember back when Tony Stewart ran the Back-To-School / Office Depot Foundation paint scheme in Pocono just a few weeks ago. Well Tony also had a Back-To-School/Office Depot Foundation firesuit and helmet to go with that spiffy paint scheme.  And now you have the chance to bid on one or both of those items via eBay.  The proceeds to the firesuit and the helmet go to The Office Depot Foundation. The auction stated today and goes through September 14th.  Click here to see the Firesuit auction. Click here to see the Helmet auction. Happy bidding if you choose to bid on it.

This is the helmet you can bid on- the Back-To-School/Office Depot Foundation helmet Tony wore at Pocono just a few weeks ago. (Photo Credit: the Tony Stewart Foundation Ebay auction)

Also there are still tickets left for the Tony Stewart Foundation Customize Your Ride Chevy raffle. Tickets are $100.00. Winner get’s their choice of a chevy vehicle plus customizations up to $50,000 (Chevy VOLT is not included). Two lucky runner ups get a Wallhanger autographed by Tony Stewart.  (For those who don’t know- a Wallhanger is an authentic piece of aluminum door from a race car- there are pictures of them on the website).  The raffle ends October 1st. Only 3000 raffle tickets will be sold and currently there are over 2,000 tickets left.  Visit the Tony Stewart Foundation Customize Your Ride Chevy Raffle page now for more details and to purchase your ticket.

I just wanted to point out some Tony Stewart related contests and raffles that are going on right now:


Fish Like A Winner (aka Chevy Outdoors): Winner gets a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup, a trip to a FLW fishing event AND a trip to fish with Tony Stewart at his place. Must enter by August 31st, 2012.

Race To Charlotte (from Office Depot Racing): Winner gets two tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May 27th, $750 for travel expenses,$50 Office Depot gift card, and an autographed 1:24 #14 Office Depot Chevy Diecast Car. Must enter by May 3rd 2012.

Raffles (all benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation).

The Customize Your Chevy Sweepstakes- you win the Chevy of your choice (including options) up to $50,000 (including a stipend to help pay for taxes). Price of ticket: $100.00 (Maximum number of tickets to be sold: 3000). Drawing on October 1st, 2012

2012 Brickyard Package- you win Four (4) tickets to a fully catered Indianapolis Motor Speedway Suite for Friday (July 27), Saturday (July 28) and Sunday (July 29); Two (2) Infield Parking Passes for each day – Friday (July 27), Saturday (July 28) and Sunday (July 29); Hotel accommodations at the Indianapolis Omni Severin – four (4) nights from Thursday (July 26) through Sunday (July 29) with checkout on Monday, July 30; From the IMS Suite, credentials will be available (shared among all suite guests) to explore the IMS Garage Area (must be 18 years of age or older); and Official IMS-logo hat, polo shirt & t-shirt combined with Official Tony Stewart #14 hat – none of the items are autographed. Transportation is NOT included in the Grand Prize Package. Price of Raffle ticket: (1 for $25, 2 for $40,  3 for $50) (Maximum number of tickets to be sold: 2100) Drawing on July 2nd, 2012.


Every year for the past several years (what’s it been like three at least?) the Tony Stewart Foundation raffles off a Chevy Camaro.  My excitement for these raffles were two fold:

1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chevy Camaro. It’s a beautiful car.

2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Tony Stewart Foundation and the causes it supports.  Who doesn’t love kids? Or Animals? Or both?

This year- the Tony Stewart Foundation is raffling off  another Chevy- but they’ve mixed things up!  This year? It’s winner’s choice of  Chevy models. (The TSF pages says four chevy models: Corvette, Camaro, Traverse and Silverado…but the Rules states: Avalanche, Camaro, Corvette, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Sonic, Suburban, Tahoe and Traverse).  Winner chooses the model, the color, and the upgrades (up to $50,000).

Raffle tickets this year are $100.00 but the raffle is limited to 3,000 tickets sold. You have until October 1st, 2012 to purchase your ticket.  As of this writing there were only 2912 raffle tickets left!

ADDED BONUS: Each raffle ticket purchaser before April 4th 2011 receives an autographed 2011 Championship Picture.

Remember- not only are you getting a chance to win a Chevy that is truly YOU…but you are also helping the Tony Stewart Foundation help Children, Animals, and Injured Drivers.

To purchase a raffle ticket or for more information visit: