I was crawling the web as I usually do on Friday mornings- looking for what was happening in the world of NASCAR, this being before the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky, when an article by Dustin Long (one of my favorites among the NASCAR media) about what the drivers were talking about caught my eye. I was surprised to find out that a couple of drivers were quoted as being concerned about the lack of SAFER barrier at the speedway in Kentucky. You can read Dustin’s whole article yourself, but I have culled out the quotes regarding SAFTER barrier from it for you: (more…)
Almost every time I watch a time-lapse video of a car being wrapped, the Fabulous Thunderbird’s Wrap It Up, I’ll Take It runs through my head and then gets stuck. It has been stuck there since yesterday when I saw this:
That is Tony’s Kansas car getting wrapped in the special Back-To-School paint scheme* that will adorn the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy this weekend at Kentucky. Here are some stills of the awesome paint scheme too:
I always remember how I loved shopping for back-to-school supplies when I was a kid (obviously I was one of those geeky studious kids that actually LIKED school).
*Why do they call it paint schemes? Technically shouldn’t they call it wrapped schemes?
So I started Daytona week with a feeling of trepidation after Tony Stewart’s incident with Vickers at Infineon. The results of the race at Infineon caused a drop in points and I am starting to panic about the points (read about my POINTS PANIC! here) so that finish in Infineon did NOT help at all. But on Friday I was able to catch a bit of Tony’s Daytona press conference and at least I understood that he was “drawing” his line in the sand. I have to respect his conviction there…even if I don’t necessarily agree with it. (POINTS! PANIC AT THE DISCO WE ARE OUT OF THE TOP TEN!) (more…)
I am going to admit something right here…Misty and I played hooky from Infineon on Saturday and played tourists in San Fransisco so I really have NOTHING to tell you of Saturday. Valli has a post about Saturday though if you want to check out what she was doing (plus you can read about how Dale Jr tried to scare her just like Jimmie did to us the day before).
We were up with the chickens on Sunday- grabbed a quick bite in the room and headed right to the track on Sunday morning and it wasn’t even early enough because the race traffic heading into Infineon was in full effect! I remembered this from the time we came in 2009 and thought we had left in plenty of time- apparently not. Not that we were late- but we were later than we wanted to be. So we get into the track plop our stuff down in the media center (I LOVE having a place I can ditch my stuff at the race so that I don’t have to carry all my belongings with me everywhere I go) grab both of my cameras and we decide to spend the morning just wandering before the start of the race. First we wandered over to the driver introduction stage to get some pictures of three greats: Richard Petty, Ned Jarrett and Bobby Allison. I have to admit…Misty got THE best picture of Bobby Allison:
I was gonna try to fit the entire Infineon post into one…but it was just too large and I couldn’t do that to you. I hope you will enjoy part one. Stay tuned for part 2).
After checking into our hotel, Misty and I went to Infineon Raceway Thursday for like 10 minutes- just to pick up our credentials and remind ourselves how to get there because it had been a couple years (2009 to be exact- where the first time we were there we got misguided and ended up in Petaluma). We returned bright and early Friday morning got ourselves situated in the media center- grabbed something to drink and headed out to get some pictures before things filled in. We even wandered through the area of concessions behind the grandstands at the Start/Finish line – which was kinda creepy actually since most if not all of them were still closed. We got a good look at the Infineon Hall of Fame…which honestly should be called the Wall of Fame…but that’s just semantics I guess.
Tony Stewart will be headlining a “Back-To-School” celebration on Wednesday July 6th at the Office Depot located in Florence Kentucky (6825 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042). He will be on hand to help donate 3,000 backpacks to representatives from local schools and non-profit organizations as part of the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program. You probably remember Tony helped donate backpacks last summer and fall as part of the program.
After the backpack presentation- there will be an autograph signing for the public at 4:45 pm (following the backpack donation). To get an autograph from Tony you will need to obtain a wristband. Wristbands will be available starting at 8:00 am local time at the store. There will be one wristband per person, one autograph per wristband. People with wristbands MUST be in line no later than 5:15pm to receive their autograph.
As I mentioned yesterday these events are FUN- if you are in the area be sure to stop by.
(As a total aside: In the picture above Tony is autographing one of the Tony Stewart Photobooks by Jostens. They are a wee bit pricy…but I think they are totally worth it! I have one- the best part is they are customizable…I customized mine with the first interview we did with Tony- so I always have a nice keepsake of it. They also have some of the other drivers AND they have ones for each race that they release so if you go to a specific race and want a nice memento from the race- you might want to consider it- Kudos to Jamie for pointing out the race books from them as well).
Ok- yes I know that is kind of a lame title but he did cut a ribbon see:
I would have so been there- how fun would that have been? Seriously if you can ever attend one of Tony’s Office Depot events I highly suggest going- they are ALWAYS fun. And I will be announcing another one tomorrow morning so keep your eyes peeled.
On a side note: I have always wanted to cut a ribbon on something exciting like a building or a bridge or something. Not just any ole ribbon but a grand opening ribbon. Mostly because of the big scissors you get to use. No chance on losing those suckers (I am always losing scissors).
So I think I forgot to mention last week that Misty and I would be traveling up to Sonoma to cover the race weekend at Infineon raceway. We had a GREAT time and have lots of stories, pictures and videos to share from both our points of view- as we always do. Please be patient with us while we get that out to you (we will probably be uploading some of the pictures to our respective Facebook pages tonight or tomorrow- so you can friend us to get a sneak peek).
In the meantime here are some random tidbits to hold you over:
- I may be a 30-something born and bred California girl from the central coast of California but I have never driven or ridden across any of the bridges in the Bay Area except for the Martinez bridge- which totally isn’t that bad. Well this weekend add both The Bay Bridge and The Richmond Bridge to that list…and as someone who has a fear of heights (compounded by bridges over large expanses of water) I didn’t do too bad. The Bay bridge wasn’t really that bad mostly because you couldn’t really see how far up you actually are. The Richmond bridge was a little worse because I could see the ocean way down there and it was kinda hilly for a bridge…but still I like to think I did pretty darn good.
- Have you entered our USO contest? Check out this post for information on how you can win a USO Prize pack from BG and get information on how you can enter to win a NASCAR VIP Race experience from the USO (you have until June 30th to enter the BG USO prize pack so get cracking!)
- Did you see our post about the new M&M’s Racing contest? YOU could win one of 5 new Toyotas. Read about the 5 Characters 5 Cars contest here.
- Tony Stewart will be driving the number 9 TapOut sponsored Nationwide car for KHI this weekend- the car looks awesome I can’t wait to see it.
- Have you seen Bridemaids? That movie was HILARIOUS. Just sayin’. (I had to have a number 5 to make my list nice and rounded)