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Ok- yes I know that is kind of a lame title but he did cut a ribbon see:

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – NASCAR® star Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ (right), participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand-opening event of a brand-new Office Depot store in Winter Haven, Fl., on June 29. Stewart, shown here with Bob Gernert (left), the Executive Director of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, and Teresa Hill (center), Office Depot Store Manager, also assisted the Office Depot Foundation with presenting donations to local non-profits before signing autographs for 600 fans (Photo Credit: Foster Photography).

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Have you seen Bridemaids? That movie was HILARIOUS.  Just sayin’. (I had to have a number 5 to make my list nice and rounded)

(Instead of giving you my usual spin on what happened during Tony’s race at Michigan (you can read the official race report here for information on Tony’s run) I think I am going to break things up a little bit and wax on about how this season is really starting to concern me as far as Stewart-Haas Racing and Tony Stewart in particular is concerned.)

I am starting to enter panic-mode when it comes to Tony Stewart making the  chase.  This slump or whatever you want to call this string of bad (winless) luck that Tony Stewart and SHR seems to be having is giving me total and complete fits.  Tony is now 11th in points with no wins. I am in fits because of this new chase format where only the top 10 in points are guaranteed chase spots, with the last to spots going to the wildcards with the most wins.  And us having NO WINS? That right there makes Amy a panic-stricken Tony Stewart fan.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not going to abandon ship or hop a bandwagon mind you.  I am a Tony Stewart fan through good and BAD.  And while I tend to be an optimistic sort of fan (oh it’s early…oh at least he finished in the top five, ten, fifteen…oh at least he finished better than he qualified…there are still x races before the chase- he’ll pull himself up by his bootstraps and get some wins) I am having an increasingly difficult time talking myself off the “OH NO TONY’S NOT GOING TO MAKE THE CHASE” ledge that I find myself sitting on more and more often recently. It is definitely not a fun place to sit, let me tell you.

You can try telling me Stewart always heats up with a winning streak in the summer- I have tried telling myself that too. Honestly? That fact doesn’t sooth my panic addled brain right now. Misty is always telling me “You can’t keep a Tony Stewart down!” And while the Tony Stewart fan in me is proud she thinks that…my brain still quietly says “Well remember that one year he didn’t make the chase?” Yeah…thanks for that reminder brain- like I needed that.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2011 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (June 16, 2011 - Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images North America)

I have to blame it on something and really the only thing I can blame it on is the new points system.  Bad days in this new points system are more devastating to the overall points pictures and harder to rebound from in this points system than the old system.  And while I was all for changing the points system in the chase last season, I still thought that the regular season points should remain the same.

Now I am definitely no mathematician that is for certain.  I don’t understand how people can say that this new points system emphasizes wins.  I don’t see that really thought because if it emphasized wins wouldn’t Kevin Harvick be the current series leader? Wouldn’t someone like Jeff Gordon who has two wins be above Tony in the points then? I don’t like this new system of points- if only because it doesn’t reward consistency enough but punishes for lack of it far too harshly.  As I mentioned I am not good with numbers and math- so I can’t really come up with an alternate solution to the points.  My only thought was to make it more like golf- and make the object the lowest score possible.  But I am not sure if that would make that much of a difference overall when compared to this new system. I don’t have an answer and that too frustrates the daylights out of me.

So yeah- lately Tony’s points situation has been stressing me out- well that and the  horrifying thought that Tony might not make the chase this year.  And yes I know that Tony says they focus on wins and the points take care of themselves. But ACK the win column is a bit empty right now.  And as Misty states- what would Champions Week in Vegas be without crowding around Tony to watch The Stewies?

You are probably asking yourself why it has taken me so long to write about the Mobil-1 Seat Swap between NASCAR’s Tony Stewart and Formula 1′s Lewis Hamilton. Well the main reason is that Kevin wrote a great first hand article about being in attendance at the swap so I didn’t want to overshadow his article. I admit- I was jealous. I would have loved to attend but since I didn’t have any first born to sell to get there I would have to be content to watch on TV (thankfully it was broadcast on SPEEDTV) and on twitter (thanks to @StewartHaasRcng for keeping us people in other places up to date with the swap). (more…)

(Editor’s Note- A huge thank you goes out to Kevin- who wrote this post about his experience at the F1 seat swap sponsored by Mobil 1 at Watkin’s Glen yesterday.  He was kind enough to write this post as well as provide us with his personal pictures and videos of the event. Thanks Kevin- AMY).

I have been waiting for today for half the year. The chance to see my favorite driver run another type of race car, an F1 car. Yes, today was the day that Tony Stewart got to drive Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 F1 Championship winning car at Watkins Glen International. (more…)

So on Wednesday some guys got together at a little half-mile dirt track in Ohio and played in the dirt raced around it.  They raced for fun and glory….proceeds went to four great children’s hospitals.

I watched the event as I do every year on PPV…but the other day I was searching around and I found a photo album that had some GREAT photos from the event. I wanted to share some of my favorites  (after the jump): (more…)

Hey Michigan Stewart fans! Great news! Tony is going to be doing an autograph appearance at The Office Depot in Canton, Michigan on June 16th!

Here are the details: Tony will be signing autographs to 600 fans at the Office Depot Store located at 45580 Michigan Avenue (in the Premiere Shopping Center) in Canton, MI (zip is 48188) starting at 4:00 pm local time. You must have a wristband. Wristbands will be given out at the Office Depot location starting at 8:00 am local time. One wristband per person and  one autograph per wristband.

There will also be a racing simulator on site and the Office Depot show car.

While there fans will be able to participate in the new program from the NASCAR FOUNDATION called NASCAR UNITES. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a $5.00 NASCAR UNITES wristband.  The proceeds from the purchase of the NASCAR UNITES wristbands will go to a combined effort between the NASCAR FOUNDATION and the OFFICE DEPOT FOUNDATION for programs like the one that helped Stewart and the Office Depot Foundation donate 300,000 backpacks full of school supplies last back-to-school season for children in need.

Fans not in Michigan can still purchase a NASCAR UNITES wristband at their local Office Depot location as the store will carry the wristbands in stores nationwide as part of their partnership.

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…)