Some Tony Stewart fans are familiar with The Smoke Show, but for those who are not it’s a fantasy driving camp experience. Participants buy their spot at the camp where they get to not only ride around Texas Motor Speedway with Tony Stewart for three laps, but they get to actually drive in competitive lap sessions including personalized instruction by Tony Stewart himself. All the proceeds from The Smoke Show go to the Speedway Children’s Charities. The base package costs $6,000. Here is a little video showing some of the past Smoke Show participants: (more…)
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…)
So part of the reason I have lacked in posting here lately is that I have too many things swirling around my pea brain that I want to write about- but none of them will flush out into an appropriate full-sized posting. That being said, I have decided to give up trying to make nice single subject posts and give you a NASCAR brain dump, bullets style in hopes that new ideas will stand on their own two feet. So without further ado…my NASCAR Brain Dump:
- Tony Stewart fans you have less than a week to enter this month’s 14 for 14 Office Depot Racing contest. This month the prize is a race used lugnut and an autographed picture (to 14 lucky fans). After you enter the contest be sure to poke around a bit and download a wall paper or Ask Tony a question.
- Also, while I am on the subject of Tony, don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket (only $25.oo) for the 2011 Convertible Camaro that Tony is giving away- proceeds to benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation. Go to SmokesChevy.com for more information now.
- There is a great article in the new edition of Sports Life Magazine (the magazine has Danica Patrick on the cover) called the 21 Coolest Things About NASCAR (here’s a link to the article on the author’s blog). Its an interesting article and it has a quote from yours truly (Amy) in it. Brownie points if you read the article and come back and tell me what you think is the coolest thing about NASCAR…or just tell me you like my quote!
- Have you noticed that they are making a big deal out of how they are going to nickname Kevin Harvick The Closer instead of Happy? Just because he won two races in a row? I would be surprised if Junior Nation didn’t want to call him Hated Harvick – only because he took the lead from Junior at Martinsville in the last laps of the race- not because I think he should be hated. I am still trying to find out why Tony’s Spotter Bob calls Kevin Harvick “Cupcake”. There is a story there I am sure…but then again we might not want to know. Maybe Kevin Harvick is the driver with the most nicknames…maybe that should be his nickname. Ok now I am just getting silly.
- The points watcher in me is starting to panic. Tony’s dropping and it’s disheartening to watch. Not as disheartening as watching him lose at LAS VEGAS…that was sad. But this is worrisome. Junior and Jeff Gordon are going up steadily in the points and Tony’s dropping. ACK. I will try not to obsess about it too much.
- When you are attending a race, do you let race traffic influence how good or bad of a time you had a said race? I am just wondering this because apparently traffic at Texas is expected to be an issue judging by the tweets I am reading. I mean- I don’t know how anyone can go to a large sporting event such as a race and NOT expect traffic. Figure a race has 100,000 attendees. Average 3 people per car – that’s still 33, 333 cars. All trying to enter or exit a track facility at the same time. Personal experience wise- it’s taken me anywhere from 5 minutes (the parking gods were good that day) to 2+ hours to get out of a track and on the road. I think it was Las Vegas the first time…I sat in the same spot in a parking lot trying to get out for this long: I had time to watch the fellows parked in the aisle I was driving down arrive at their vehicle, watch them set up their grill and table, grill some steaks, drink some beverages, and then sit down at a little camp table and eat their steaks. I didn’t let that influence how I felt about the race though.
- One of my favorite parts of pre-race is watching the teams do their individual prayer huddles:
- Assignment for you: Tell me WHY you love your favorite driver….whomever that may be. What made you a fan? What keeps you a fan?
So Thursday Tony Stewart went to the Oakland Zoo to play with the elephants. Or…perhaps play isn’t the right word; he helped feed and wash Osh. Osh is a 16 year old, 11,000 lb elephant who lives at the zoo. Tony Stewart is known for his love of animals and children and I am sure he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help with the mammoth beast, while promoting a new ticket package for nearby Infineon Raceway (I will get more into the ticket package in a minute). I actually have never been to the Oakland zoo and live about 2 hours south of it. I would have LOVED to been able to pull off a trip to Oakland on Thursday to watch the Q&A and watch Tony interact with some of the animals, but unfortunately a multitude of factors including nasty weather and that thing called WORK got in the way of that. Well that and I am a big chicken when it comes to driving in the Bay Area…so the idea of traveling up in the Bay Area in nasty weather pretty much put the final knife in the back of that trip.
However, I can point you over to this great article written by Jerry Wilson about the event for the Examiner. And I just want to point out one thing: when Jerry said that there was to be no autograph signing by Stewart…he isn’t kidding. I know because when I was originally trying to work it out so I could go- I asked the marketing department for Infineon for more details about the event and that was one of the questions I asked and they made it very clear that Stewart would NOT be signing autographs at the event. So it warms the heart of this Stewart fan to know that amid Tony’s very busy day (seriously just following the tweets of all his media obligations up in the big city made me tired) that he took the time to stop and sign autographs for the children in attendance. Everyone say it with me…AWWWW!
Anyway- on to the “Trackside With Tony” ticket package for Infineon Raceway. The package includes a Sunday ticket in any area, a saturday ticket in Turn 7, Saturday access to the Club 7 Lounge in turn 7 (which is worth it because it can be HOT there at Infineon- and you might want to find a place out of the sun for awhile), and access to a private Q&A session with Tony Stewart in Club 7. All for $114. The best part of the ticket package is some of the proceeds of the ticket benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation and their work with animals, children, and injured drivers! That is actually a great price…considering you get Saturday and Sunday tickets and are helping Tony help endangered animals, ill children and injured drivers and their families. Click here for ticket information or you can call
For those who aren’t familiar with the track: Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California is home to one of the only two road courses on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. It’s located in what many California’s consider “wine country” and is surrounded by vineyards and wineries. It’s actually not that far from me- all things considered and I have been to the track before and even sat in Turn 7 (a great view). So if you want to head to California wine country for a race and possibly some wine- and are a Tony Stewart fan, this package is right up your alley.
Tony Stewart will have a little extra incentive to take care of business and win his Duel on Thursday. Not only will he want to win purely for the sake of winning and getting the best starting position possible for Sunday’s Daytona 500…but he can win a little extra money for the Tony Stewart Foundation if he does- all thanks to Lexmark! Lexmark not only announced the release of it’s new Lexmark Genesis s815 printer yesterday available at an Office Depot near you (or online from OfficeDepot.com), but it also announced a donation of $10,000 to the Tony Stewart Foundation and offered to double it if he wins his Duel race. That is $20,000 smackers for the Tony Stewart Foundation to put towards it’s mission of serving chronically ill children, endangered animals, and injured drivers.
“The Duels at Daytona are always exciting because the higher you finish, the better your starting spot is for the Daytona 500. But for this year’s Duel, I have a little added incentive knowing that the Tony Stewart Foundation could receive some extra funding if I win,” said Stewart, who has awarded almost $4 million to assist charitable initiatives through his foundation since 2003. “I am so proud to partner with companies like Office Depot and Lexmark that believe in Taking Care of Business by giving back to their communities and to those in need. As for the wager, the new Lexmark Genesis S815 printer is really fast, and in our business, speed counts.”
So if Tony wins his Duel it’s not only a great starting position in the 500 but a big with for him…and for his foundation! All I can say is: Go Tony Go!!!
Okay…the 2011 NASCAR season is ALMOST here. We are definitely on the downhill side of the off-season. I honestly don’t know how football and baseball and all those other kinds of sports fans deal with longer off seasons that we NASCAR fans have.
We have some changes to deal with in points and the chase. Then of course there is the new fuel and the new nose of the car. (I will say this- I LOVE the look of the new nose!) All of these go along with the usual shifting of drivers to different teams, sponsors and numbers changing- which always takes me about four races or so before I get them all programmed into my head. But what are we without change right?
Of course I am hoping this will be the best season yet for Stewart-Haas (and for Tony). Let’s go get that third championship for Tony! YEY!
That being said I have some Tony Stewart Autograph appearances to share with you if you are going to Daytona for Speedweeks, if you are going to the Las Vegas Race, or live within driving distance of Greenwood Indiana:
- On Tuesday February 15th Tony will be signing autographs at the Office Depot in Daytona Beach (1560 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114) at 4:00 pm local time. There will be 600 wristbands available to fans at the location starting at 8:00 am! One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband. Fans with wristbands MUST be in line no later than 5:00 pm.
- On Thursday March 3rd Tony is scheduled to do an autograph appearance at the Office Depot in North Las Vegas (1435 West Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV) at 12:30 local time. There will be 600 wristbands available to fans at the location starting at 8:00 am! One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband. Fans with wristbands MUST be in line no later than 1:30 pm. (Misty and I are planning on being at this one! So say Hi if you see us!)
- On Tuesday March 15th Tony will be doing an autograph appearance at the JD Byrider located at 1703 US 31 South in Greenwood Indiana at 5:00 pm. There will be 800 wristbands available for this one starting at 11:00pm at the location. One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband.
Just to remind you that the Tony Stewart Foundation is still doing Checkered Flag Fridays – where the first Friday of every month the foundation lists several ebay auctions with autographed items. Some items are unique items- its a fun way to support both Tony and his foundation! If anyone is looking for a belated birthday present for yours truly look no farther than this particular Checkered Flag Friday auction. I kid I kid…kinda.
Also if you tweet…I hope you will join me this season in the return of the #goTONYgo hashtags to show support for Tony and the 14 team!!