I love the above picture of Tony clowning around for the cameras with his NASCAR Race To Green hat on. There is a reason for this of course: Tony Stewart and his Sponsor Mobil 1 are helping NASCAR reduce their carbon footprint by providing lubricant and fuel-efficiency technology expertise to the NASCAR broadcast compound vehicles and power generators. Mobil 1 who serves as the Official Lubricant Technology Partner of NASCAR, is helping NASCAR by supportingt the NASCAR Race to Green initiative as an official program partner for the second year in a row. Last year I posted about how NASCAR’s fleet-and-service vehicles started using ExxonMobil’s fuel-efficient motor oils. This year as part of NASCAR Race to Green ExxonMobil help NASCAR expand their use of lubricant technology and engineering counsel to the vehicles and generators of the NASCAR broadcast compound including 36 generators and 50+ vehicles from tractor trailers down to golf carts. At Richmond Tony Stewart got to tour the NASCAR broadcast compound: (more…)
Editor’s note (okay who am I kidding with the editor stuff): This is just a warning- I am about to step on my soapbox for a bit. If that’s not your deal- we can just agree to disagree and call it good til next time. — Amy
Tony Qualified: 13th
Tony Finished: 41st
Points: 148 (30th in points)
“It’s not one of my favorite tracks, it is my favorite track. It’s the perfect-sized track for a Cup race. The other short tracks we run – Bristol and Martinsville – they’re cool in their own right, but there’s a lot of congestion at those two tracks. But at Richmond, it just seems like that extra quarter-mile, and that three-quarter-mile shape, and how wide the groove gets there, allows for good racing. It seems like we have to race ourselves and race the racetrack versus racing each other a lot of times. You do have to race each other, obviously, but there are a lot of times during the race when you have the flexibility to move around on the racetrack and try to find a spot your car likes better than somewhere else. A lot of times on a short track you don’t have the flexibility. You’re more narrowed down with what groove you’re going to be in. It is literally the favorite track of mine on the circuit.” — Tony Stewart, Spring 2015 Richmond Race Advance
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So Tony Stewart went to Washington, DC with Kevin Harvick to watch the 2014 Champ (Harvick) get recognized at the event. Here are some pictures of Tony Stewart at the event:
Tony Qualified: 21st
Tony Finished: 6th
Points: 145 points (28th place in the standings)
I honestly came into the race weekend thinking I wouldn’t even get to see a race- that at best I would be stuck at work on Monday morning trying to pay attention to my NASCAR while working using a combination of Twitter, SiriusXM Online and the NASCAR Mobile ap. As a matter of fact- I was so sure that the race wouldn’t even get started that I actually ran to the store- only to check my phone as I was walking into Target to find that the green had flown and the race was on. Figures, I told myself as I rushed around Target picking up this, that and the laundry detergent. At least I have SiriusXM with the NASCAR so I could listen to the race on the way home and not miss much, that is what I told myself anyway. I didn’t have to worry about it though- I checked my phone again as I was leaving Target only to find that the race had been red flagged and I had plenty of time to get home. (more…)
“I’ve always liked that the crowd is right there at the edge of the track, all the way around it. You can just feel the excitement from the fans. The fans that go to Bristol are passionate about racing. And whether they like you or hate you, they love their racing at Bristol. I’d say the fans are the best part of Bristol. It’s just a cool place and a cool atmosphere, and it’s because of the fans.” — Tony Stewart, Food City 500 pre-race press release.
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I have always had a thing for classic cars- specifically American muscle cars and corvettes. If I had endless funds and a huge garage it would be filled with with them (and maybe a couple of current and vintage Italian sportscars). the two show pieces of my collection (you know this vintage car collection that I have amassed in my mind) would be the 1954 Chevy Nomad (in yellow please) and a 1963 Split Window Vette. You might think this is all just lip service- but it’s not- I really do love classic cars- enough that when the big classic car auctions are over in nearby Monterey- it’s not unusual to find me walking around the ones they have on display to the public (because I won’t pay the big bucks some of the auctions want to drool on cars I can’t afford).
It shouldn’t be a surprise to you then that I have been known to watch the Barrett-Jackson auctions when they are on TV or perusing the press releases about Barrett that sometimes find their way into my email inbox. I squealed when I saw this will be up for auction tomorrow April 17th, 2015 on the opening day of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach:
According to the description on the Barret Jackson website the Chevelle is a one-of-a-kind customer that “Tony and his staff were instrumental in the design of.” Would that NOT be the best car ever to own? I might just reconsider that imaginary NOMAD I have as being the flagship of my collection…I can only imagine what this car will go for. Best part of all? Proceeds from the sale of this cool Chevelle will go to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION, which Tony has been a supporter of for years.
If you are at Barrett and can get me a decent photo of this awesome car I would be in your debt and would bestow upon you millions of brownie points that you can use towards your own imaginary car collection.
UPDATE: Looks like the Smoke Chevelle sold for $75,000 with proceeds going to the DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION!