First thing I wanted to share about the Kansas race is this picture of Richard Petty (and driver Aric Almirola) being honored by STP at Kansas Speedway since I wrote about the event here:
Short and sweet this week…just like me (ok…I am short but not usually sweet).
Time and Place (One Week Later Jimmie Johnson Is Still Not Pleased With Ryan Newman)- David Caraviello for NASCAR.com
Kyle Busch Interview: A Closer At Joe Gibbs Racing’s Rowdy Driver- Jeff Gluck for SBNation
Carl Edwards Responds To Memior- Terry Blount for ESPN
SBNation Video: MSNBC Anchor Thinks NASCAR Cars Go 500 MPH- by Jeff Gluck for SBNation
Your gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
A couple days before the race in Fontana- that TONY WON-he did an Office Depot autograph appearance at the Office Depot in nearby Rancho Cucamonga that included a live Q&A that was also being broadcast out there on the web. WHAT A GREAT IDEA – huge thumbs up to whoever thought of that. There was a live audience in attendance at the Office Depot and questions were submitted from the internet as well as the live audience. I SOOO wanted to go. But I wasn’t even able to watch the Q&A on the internet because I was in my car at that time.
Luckily the good folks over at Office Depot Racing posted the video for us to see (AND on youtube- so I can embed it YEY!!!)
I was sad that I missed the action at Office Depot (I am still hoping one might happen in advance of Infineon because that is the closest NASCAR track to me- but that doesn’t look like it’s the case) but at least I got to attend the race down in Fontana and see Tony WIN for the second time this year. Hey…that’s right. I have been to BOTH of Tony’s wins for the year. Maybe I AM a good luck charm after all!!
When I saw Tony’s paint scheme he would be running at the race at Texas Motor Speedway, I knew it was going to be a tough road to hoe. Why? Because this was his paint scheme last weekend:
So, you may be asking yourself, how is it possible that Tony Stewart has already won at Texas Motor Speedway before the race that runs tomorrow evening? Let me answer that for you. Yesterday Tony Stewart picked up two awards at the Texas Motorsports Hall Of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony held at Texas Motor Speedway! Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted this picture last night of his “hardware” that he won:
Here are some pictures from the event:
Dale Junior’s Car Graveyard: A Bird’s Eye View- Jay Busbee for Yahoo!Sports
NASCAR’s Pre-Race Pairings Make For Some Interesting Conversation- Dustin Long for SportsIllustrated.com
Danica Patrick Doesn’t Deserve Her Ride? Give Me A Break- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.Com
An Open Letter To Bruton Smith- Pete Pistone Eye On NASCAR forCBSSports.com
Backseat Drivers Council- 2012 surprises, tips for the track and listening to NASCAR on SiriusXM Radio- Dustin Long for Athlon Sports
Telltale Signs: Key Questions That Could Be Answered In The Next Four Races- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.Com
A Tony Stewart Quote for you:
For us to battle through all the variables that were thrown at us throughout the year makes our championship even more remarkable. It definitely makes you go, ‘How did we do this? How did we overcome all these variables to get to where we are?’ At the same time, it made the championship very gratifying because we were able to take a less-than-perfect scenario and have success with it. (Tony Stewart answering a fan’s question about his favorite part of the 2011 Championship. Office Depot Racing website)
Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
When I was offered the chance to read and review the new book 100 Things NASCAR Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Mike Hembree- I jumped at the offer. I am a NASCAR fan after, so part of the book’s target audience. I am also a huge fan of reading and knowledge. Plus, judging by the name of the book I thought it could even be the jumping off point in creating a NASCAR bucket list of sorts which is something I’ve been thinking a bit about recently. As a matter of fact, I was so excited with the book arrived in the mail that I ripped right into the package before even leaving the post office.
My trip to the race at Autoclub Speedway was a gift. The tickets were part of my Christmas present from Misty and the hotel was part of my birthday present from her (my birthday is about 3 weeks after Christmas). We met in southern California on Friday and spent Saturday hanging out at the Victoria Gardens Shopping Center in nearby Rancho Cucamonga. It’s a really nice outdoor shopping village- and the two of us laughed probably way more than two grown women probably should. (more…)