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The Office Depot Foundation has awarded Tony Stewart and his mother Pam Boas with the organization’s “Listen Learn Care” award. It is the Office Depot Foundation’s highest honor. This award honors people who have been exceptionally creative and innovative in following their dreams and in helping others to realize their goals and aspirations.

Tony Stewart  and Pam Boas have worked with the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program which provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need.  Last summer Stewart helped the National Backpack Program donate it’s 2 millionth backpack during several appearances where he personally presented students with the backpacks.  Stewart’s mother also helped distribute over 5,000 backpacks to groups supported by the Tony Stewart Foundation, for which his mother is a board member.  They are awarded this honor not just because of their work with the National Backpack program but also because of all of the charitable work done through the Tony Stewart Foundation.

It’s a great honor to receive the Office Depot Foundation’s “Listen Learn Care Award” especially alongside my mom,” Stewart said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to accomplish my dream of driving race cars for a living, and my mom always supported me in that goal. It means a lot to both of us to be able to give back and help others, especially kids, as they work hard toward achieving their dreams, too.”

For more information on the National Backpack Program visit The Office Depot Foundation. You can also visit the Tony Stewart Foundation website for more information on the foundation and the charities they work with.

I have ALWAYS loved cars.  As far back as I can remember anyway.  My mom tells the story that she didn’t realize how observant I was when I was little until my parents and I were walking through a parking lot when I was about three and a half or so. I looked at a pickup truck- pointed at it and proclaimed “That truck has wheels like SweetiePie’s truck.” (Sweetie Pie was my pet name for my paternal grandfather). My dad looked at the truck and told my mom “She’s right!”  I have distinct memories of laying on the floor when my brother and I were little and playing with his massive collection of matchbox cars.  I always wanted to play with the black corvette but often was stuck with the black A-Team van instead as the cars were his and the corvette was the most coveted car in his collection.  When I hit junior high there were more posters of cars in my room then there were of people.

I bought my beloved 2008 Chevy HHR (which happens to be in the shop today getting it’s 30,000 mile service) because my RAV4 decided suddenly that it wouldn’t start when it was semi-warm 3 out of every 5 times. Long involved story made short: I took the RAV in several times to the tune of a combined $1000+ and they still could not seem to find the ghost in the machine that would cause it to not start.  I travel a lot by car and needed something more reliable. While having all the problems with the RAV, I rented a car for a trip to LA and ended up with an HHR because they were out of compacts which I requested in my rental reservation.  I loved the rental HHR and and by the end of that year I was the owner a shiny new HHR.  Then the new Chevy Camaro comes out about a year later.

I tell myself I couldn’t wait that long- I needed a more reliable vehicle, that wasn’t so high mileage (the Rav was 8 years old and had 196K on her when I turned her in as a trade in). Don’t think for a second, however,  it doesn’t kill me that the Chevy Camaro came out so soon after buying my HHR…because that Camaro is one SWEETcar.  If it was feasible for me? I would totally trade in my HHR – that I am totally satisfied with and love dearly- in a second flat for a new Camaro. I wish I could do an even trade kind of thing; somehow though I think Chevy and my finance company would tell me no. 

Last season you probably remember me going on and on about wanting to win the bright beautiful victory red Camaro that the Tony Stewart Foundation was raffling off.  I mentioned it several times last year so I know that if you have been a reader for awhile you must have heard me waxing on and on about the car.  I never entered that raffle…for various reasons (furloughs being one of the major ones). 

Well guess what? All is not lost because The Tony Stewart Foundation is raffling off another Camaro from Smoke! And believe it or not? This Camaro is even better than the one given out last season.  Why? It’s not just a beautiful car white car with a black racing stripe. This car has also been customized by Will Castro of Unique Autosports.  If you are saying Huh? What? Who? Will Castro does customizations of lots of cars for athletes and celebrities and had a show called Unique Whips on TV for awhile (think kind of along the lines of Pimp My Ride).  Will Castro and Unique Autosports actually did the customizations on Tony’s orange Lamborghini and his hearse (The Smoke Deville).  This year the Camaro the winner gets will be featured on Will Castro’s new show Unique Autosports Miami (show premieres on SpikeTV Feb 28th).

How cool would it be to not only win a sweet Camaro- but to win won customized by Will and the crew at Unique Autosports? Not to mention that the winner gets an expenses paid trip to the Stewart-Haas Racing shop in North Carolina, and a personal meet n greet with Tony Stewart as he hands you the keys and title to the car.  Raffle tickets are $50.00 each and there are 70 early bird prizes to be given away throughout the course of the raffle (early bird raffles will be March 15th,  April 12th, May 10th, June 14th) with the final drawing for the grand prize of the Camaro on July 26th.  Only 10,000 tickets will be sold for this raffle and proceeds will benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation’s many initiatives supporting care for critically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities as well as supporting organizations committed to the care and protection of various animal species.  If you are interested in the raffle go to SmokesCamaro.com now for information on the raffle and to buy a ticket.

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Also if you are interested, Tony Stewart and Old Spice have teamed up again this year to present an unique auction again benefiting the Tony Stewart Foundation.  After every victory- Tony will autograph his Old Spice towel and then auction it off with 100 % of the proceeds going to the Tony Stewart Foundation.  Fans have their first opportunity to bid NOW! Tony won the Nationwide season opener at Daytona on Saturday. The  towel is already on the auction block so get in on the action at this ebay auction if you are interested in owning a little piece of Tony’s third straight victory in the Nationwide Opening race (this year called the DRIVE4COPD 300) .  The auction ends the morning of February 22nd- so get your bids in today for this piece of unique memorabilia.

Whilst I am still working on posting about Champion’s week in Vegas I wanted to throw out a quick reminder that you can help give to the Tony Stewart Foundation and the Ryan Newman foundations this holiday season for free by voting for them on Facebook to win a grant from the Chase Community Giving Project.

How do you vote? It’s easy. If you have a facebook account you just become a fan of The Chase Community Giving project and then vote for the Tony Stewart Foundation here. You can vote for the Ryan Newman Foundation here.

Voting ends December 11th at midnight Pacific time so vote now to help Tony’s and Ryan’s foundations raise money . Each facebook user gets 19 votes- so give one to Tony and one to Ryan today!

What? You thought The Chase was over? Oh you must be thinking of the chase for the Sprint Cup.  I am talking The Chase Community Giving award.  Vote for Tony and the TONY STEWART FOUNDATION could win one of 100 $25,000 awards.

How do you vote? It’s easy.  If you have a facebook account you just become a fan of The Chase Community Giving project and then vote for the Tony Stewart Foundation here. Voting ends December 11th so vote now to help Tony’s foundation raise money for children with chronic illness and animal conservation as well as helping injured motor sports drivers. Each facebook user gets 19 votes- so give one to Tony today!

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You can also help the Tony Stewart Foundation by checking out the Tony Stewart Foundation ebay auctions. You can get some unique items for that special Tony fan just in time for the holidays. I might have even bought myself a little some thing!!

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If you are short on time and cash but want to help you can click here or text R-A-C-E-R to 90999  from your cell phone to make a $5 mobile donation now. The donation will show up on your cell bill. Take five minutes to give five bucks!

The Truth About Tony

The Truth About Tony

Have you submitted your question for Tony to answer during his LIVE Polygraph on October 20th?

If not go to TRUTHABOUTTONY.COM to submit your question or vote for questions that other’s have submitted.  I haven’t been able to think up any good ones…but I really like some of the ones that are there for voting- so at least go vote. While there you can listen to Matt Yokum who will be the HOST of the polygraph.

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Also there are only a couple days left to buy your raffle ticket to win Tony Stewart’s “victory red” 2010 Chevy Camaro.  They are $50.00 each and can be purchased HERE. Money collected goes to benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation.

Also speaking of The Tony Stewart Foundation, today at 12:00 officially begins the launch of the Checkered Flag Friday ebay auctions. Take this opportunity to bid on some one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds for the auction benefit the Tony Stewart Foundation.  Check out The Tony Stewart Foundation Ebay site for more information and to check out the auctions. You might find that special something for the Tony fan in your life!

Bullet style cuz you know I love the bullets.

  • Tweet Up In Indy for a chance to meet Elliott Sadler!  Elliot Sadler and Allstate are organizing a Tweet-Up in Indy this Thursday (July 23rd).  Not only will you get to meet NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler but you have a chance to win tickets to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.  Fans just need to follow @Elliot_Sadler and @allstate on Twitter to find out where to meet up or can register for the tweet-up here (thanks @ryanmcshane for the heads up!)
  • If you happen to be both an ENTOURAGE fan and a race fan- you are going to be in luck this Sunday July 26th.  HBO will be airing an episode of the show shot at Auto Club Speedway (California Speedway).  Auto Club Speedway got a taste of international flair in May on track as cast members Kevin Connolly (Eric), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Kevin Dillon (Drama), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), shot episode 603 which included the new Ferrari California – the latest edition to the new generation of Ferraris. I don’t watch the show but I can tell you that I have been to Auto Club Speedway. Might be worth tuning in for- just for a peek at the Ferrari if nothing else!
  • Attention Tony Stewart Fans: The Tony Stewart Foundation is holding its inaugural blood drive in Indiana today and tomorrow (July 21st and July 22nd). Called the “TONY IS OUT FOR BLOOD” drive, those who donate at one of the one of the 12 participating Office Depot store blood drives or 10 Indiana Blood Center donation centers across the state will get a free limited edition OUT FOR BLOOD t-shirt, appointments are encouraged but not required.  For more information go here. Fans of Stewart-Haas Racing across the country are encouraged to donate blood in their home communities.
  • Iowa Speedway will roll out the red carpet on July 30 to welcome members of NASCAR and the local community to Rusty’s Roast presented by Musco Lighting, a night of revelry and reflection on the life and career of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series legend Rusty Wallace. The event will highlight key moments from this former NASCAR champion’s illustrious career, including his 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and 55 career wins, and point out some of those moments he would rather be forgotten. Rusty’s Roast, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., will raise funds for The NASCAR Foundation, of which Wallace serves on the Board of Directors. Fans are invited to submit congratulatory notes to Rusty on The NASCAR Foundation’s Rusty Roast message board now through July 28. Select notes will then be shown on screens at the event.
  • Amp Energy is again giving Dale Jr fans the change to get their name on his #88 Amp Energy car that he will be running at Talladega. Check out GET ON THE 88 for details and to enter.

Ok- so be patient with me- this one is going to ramble a tad but honestly I have a point or two. I do. So we have talked about my love of the new Chevy Camaro (to the point that where that I wish I could have held on for another year before buying my HHR because I probably would have instead purchased a camaro). Well yesterday I was at my second trip (out of a total of three) to one of my local craft stores when I saw one.  We had just left the store and I carefully backed out of my stall in the parking lot and proceeded down my lane to get out of the complex when something caught out of the corner of my eye.  I actually threw my car into reverse and backed up to make sure it was what I thought it was. Yep- a brand spanking new Camaro- with no plates.  She was beautiful. Of course my mom, who happened to be accompanying me during this trip,  is looking at me going “WHAT? What is going on? Why are we backing up?”  She actually rolled her eyes at me when I said I thought I saw a Camaro and I wanted to look at it. And look I did (cue in “Dreamin’” music from Tony Stewart Armor-All commercial). This one was black and in serious need of some detailing because poor thing was filthy dirty.I still think I liked the orangish red one better. Of course it was clean.

Anyway I am digressing away from my original point, which I haven’t even got to yet:

You still have a chance to not only win Tony Stewart’s 2010 Camaro- but to cash in on the next round of early bird giveaways. Raffle tickets for the car are $100.00 and there are only so many tickets being sold (6014 to be exact).  The next early bird drawing is on July 30th and includes several different prizes including autographed winning race used tire from the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race, Autographed Office Depot #14 Lightweight Jacket, Autographed Old Spice Pit Crew Shirt, Tony Stewart Memorabilia Gift Baskets, and Armor All Gift Packs.  Even if you win an early bird prize your raffle ticket remains in the drawing for the ultimate prize- the Camaro (along with a personal tour of the Stewart Haas Racing Shop- which I think is pretty darn cool, lunch and a presentation of the keys by Tony himself)- on October 5th, 2009.  All proceeds go to the Tony Stewart Foundation whose mission is to raise and donate funds to help care for critically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and to support other charitable organizations in the protection of various animal species. For more information or to buy your raffle ticket click on the button below:

Also- speaking of the TONY STEWART FOUNDATION…they can now be found on FACEBOOK. Friend them to follow all the great things that the TSF is doing and how you can help.

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And to answer your question NO I have not bought a raffle ticket…I would love to be able to but right now I am at the best facing a 10 percent pay cut and the worse facing layoffs- so while I believe very much in the causes that the Tony Stewart Foundation is supporting (not to mention that I WOULD LOVE A CAMARO) it’s not feasible for me right now. But I hope you can find it in your heart to give if you can. And I will continue my support of the foundation the best way I can….which right now is spreading the word.

Obviously I love racing, and I have since I was a child. We have established this fact pretty firmly here. But what you may not know because they do NOT necessarily go hand-in-hand is that I love CARS in general.  From the time I was about 10 to well into my teens my walls were filled with car posters. People new to our house who didn’t know any better could have probably easily walked into my bedroom thinking it my brothers- based on the posters. Everything from Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s to tricked out Nomads, Vettes and Camaros. This was way before shows like Unique Whips, Pimp My Ride and others became popular.

We had a neighbor at the time that my parents were really friendly with. They were an older couple (well older than my parents) and the man who’s name I have completely spaced on had a “hot rod” chevy pickup that he doted on during the weekends. He would be out in the driveway washing it or working on it. Anyway- long story short- they became really friendly with my parents and because of that friendship I benefitted in the way of tons and tons of HOT ROD magazines (and the like).  It helped develop my love of cars…but especially American made muscle cars.  I would drool over pictures of the cars- cutting out the ones I liked and making mosaics for my bulletin board.

I know I have mentioned my love of classics like the Split-Window Vette and the Chevy Nomad many times here (and on facebook)…and if I were in a position where I could own a couple of classics both of those top my list of cars to own*. My love for the Nomad is probably one of the main reasons I own the my CHEVY HHR. They are similar in body style (well as much as a gorgeous classic and a modern car could be anyway). I fell in love with the HHR because of the classic lines and body style that screamed classic car and modern day all at the same time (and the 1000 mile test drive in the rental HHR didn’t hurt matters much).

Well yesterday it was time for my service- so I took my HHR into my chevy dealership  where I bought her (yes I have her serviced at the dealer- because well I have a bunch of free services through them and they have really impressed me so far during my ownership of the car).  After I dropped it off- I met my mom who was there to take me to work (they have a shuttle but I work a couple towns away from where I live).  As we were driving past the front of the dealership what did I see? A 2010 Chevy Camaro (in a orange-ish red color) sitting right there smack in front of the show room. (Not in the showroom but outside).  Let me tell you right now? That little car is a sweet looking little ride.  I might have even drooled just a little bit.  During my lunch my mom brought me back to the dealership to pick up the HHR and I might have lingered just a couple minutes longer than I should have by the Camaro.  I couldn’t help it honestly.  I may have even mutttered “This is one sweet ride!” a little too close to the salesman who was charged with guarding it like hawk. But this is my first time seeing one of them up close and personal. And let me tell you…THAT IS ONE SWEET LITTLE RIDE!!! It was all I could no not to beg to take her out for a test drive. And yes I am serious. I may have had to fight the intense urge I had to lick the car!**

A huge part of me wishes I had waited to trade my little Rav in until now- cuz I would be all over that Camaro let me tell you that. But- I do love my HHR and frankly I need to love it cuz I am still paying for her.  And the Rav- well she was starting to be a problem- with the deciding occassionally not to start for no good reason that any of the Toyota mechanics could find anyway.  I was very disenfranchised with both dealerships I took her too to have her fixed…which no one seemed to be able to do and I needed more reliable transportation.

I was telling my mom about the Camaro and how I might have drooled just a little bit…she said I always thought you were more of an SUV/truck kind of girl…and I said they have their place- but I am defintely a CAMARO kind of girl!!

Now…if you happen to want a chance to win a brand new Camaro…and not just any camaro- but TONY STEWART’s CAMARO that is apparently sitting over at Stewart-Haas Racing’s shop- you can purchase a raffle ticket for $100.00- with proceeds benefitting the Tony Stewart Foundation (plus other early bird prizes as well). Let me tell you- if I had an extra hundred burning a hole in my pocket I might consider it.

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* Other cars on that list would include: 55 Bel Air, a 71 Hemi Cuda, 69 Charger (In Dukes of Hazzard orange of course) and I could go on and on and on…

** Ok…you have to remember that commercial…the volkswagon one where people where rushing out to their volkswagon dealership and licking the cars to “claim” the car theirs? My family and I have this thing that if there is something we want…we say we wanted to go lick it to claim it…I am not some weird car licking creep- I promise.