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At a previous race during this season someone asked Tony Stewart to describe his car and his chances for that particular race. I have no memory of what race it was or who even asked him the question. I honestly don’t even remember if it was something I saw on print or on TV. Anyway, he described his car and his chances for that particular race with the phrase “cautiously optimistic.” Most everyone knows that Tony Stewart is the king of snappy, derisive one line comebacks (and this is one of the reasons he’s my driver) so why this particular, non-Stewartesque quote stuck with me all this time I haven’t a clue. It was obviously something my brain felt the need to file in it’s bulging back pocket. (more…)

The GLADES on A&E is one of my favorite summertime shows. I got hooked on it last season one day when I just happened to leave the TV on A&E. If there is nothing else on- the TV is usually on Speed, A&E, or HISTORY. Likely because those are the HD channels that have the coolest shows. So when I found out back in April that Tony and a bunch of other NASCAR drivers were filming an episode of THE GLADES I was totally stoked (although as I mentioned before- I initially was excited because I thought Tony was filming an Office Depot commercial). I still am excited about the The Glades (although how cool would a Tony Stewart Office Depot commercial be?). So yesterday when Stewart Haas Racing tweeted a tiny sneak peek of the special paint scheme Tony would be running this weekend in Kansas: (more…)

Tony Stewart will be one of several drivers running a special “Honoring Our Heroes” paint scheme commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in 2001.  The #14 Office Depot Chevy will carry a red, white and blue patriotic theme during the September 10th race to be run at Richmond and will look something like this:

Tony Stewart - Honoring Our Heros Diecast (Image Courtesy of Lionel NASCAR Collectibles)

The paint scheme is one of many running under the “Honoring Our Heroes” program which is a partnership with Lionel NASCAR Collectibles and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.  A portion of the proceeds from merchandise sales from all of the “Remembering Our Heroes” merchandise will be donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which children who have lost a parent, firefighters, and military who have been seriously injured and sacrifice their quality of life in the line of duty.  Other drivers carrying themes under this banner are: Danica Patrick, David Gilliland, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray.

The diecast is already available through pre-orders.  There is a reason I don’t collect diecasts:  I would be the type of collector that would have to have every variation of every paint scheme out there…and my bank account would never have any money in it. EVER.  And Roxy kind of likes to eat.  And frankly so do I.  But with a portion of the proceeds going to a wonderful cause, how can I not add this special paint scheme to my collection? You can too here.

For more information on the paint scheme, other drivers running similar schemes and the partnership between Lionel NASCAR collectibles and The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation visit here.

What was with the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600?  In both races the drivers leading the last lap did NOT get the checker flag and in BOTH races those drivers happened to be driving National Guard sponsored cars. Talk about heartache. (more…)

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…)

When I was in college, I went in thinking I wanted to be a grammar school teacher.  The university I attended was implementing a program that required so many hours of volunteer work related to your major to graduate.  All of my volunteer experiences through the university were school and education related.  My favorite volunteer experience had me at a local elementary school  that had a special grant to implement technology education in that school.  Basically I worked with a small group of children in a fairly state of the art (at the time) computer lab helping them research a topic (they had to pick a sea creature…whales, dolphins and the like) and use the computers to make a multimedia presentation about the sea creature they picked.  It was a great experience to see children- some who had never even seen a computer before- learn to use and get comfortable with technology.  (more…)

My mishmash of thoughts on the All-Star Race:


Exciting news Prelude to the Dream fans! IRL driver Tony Kanaan has joined the numerous drivers taking part in the 7th annual charity dirt race at the famed Eldora Speedway. I have a feeling he will end up on TEAM DALLAS since they are short a member.

Here is the “scouting” report for TEAM DALLAS- Tony’s team for the June 8th Prelude To The Dream race on HBO PPV.  I am really starting to get excited for this race!

Don’t forget to check your local PPV listings to order the dirt race. For more information visit the Prelude To The Dream website.