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Attention Small Business owners: The Office Depot Official Small Business of NASCAR contest has started! Enter now to become branded the Official Office Depot Small Business Of NASCAR. It runs now through May 28th!

Tony Stewart's car that will race at the Southern 500 at Darlington will carry information on how you can become the Official Small Business of NASCAR (photo credit: Action Sports Photography)

Enter early because Office Depot will be giving away $1000 gift cards each day to a random entrant.   Two small businesses will be selected as finalists . Each finalist will be awarded $10,000 AND a VIP race weekend.  One of the finalist’s logo will end up on the rear “tv panel” of Tony Stewart’s #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy during the Labor Day race at Atlanta Speedway later this season.  The other finalist will have their logo on the rear “tv panel” of Greg Biffle’s #16 3M Ford.  The small business on the highest finishing driver’s car will be this year’s 2011 Official Small Business of NASCAR.  And as added incentive – if either Stewart or Biffle win the Atlanta race- that driver’s small business will be awarded $1 million dollars!

This is a great opportunity for a small business! Don’t take my word for it take Tony’s word:

What are you waiting for? Enter now at OfficeDepotRacing.com!

 

Instead of complain about the run Tony had- I thought I would focus on the end result. He may have had an ill-handling car and he may have started back in 31st- but he finished ninth- I will take a top ten finish any day! Tony finished 9th and is now 10th in Sprint Cup Standings.

Here are some visual goodies from the Richmond Weekend:

Tony also took part in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown- racing the Prelude To The Dream Late Model Chevy on Thursday evening:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Prelude To The Dream Chevrolet, makes a pit stop during the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway on April 28, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29, 2011 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

The Fox pre-race show featured a Darrel Waltrip interview with Tony and promised more of the interview online at the FoxSport’s NASCAR page. Well I found that little tidbit for you and embedded it here so you don’t have to worry about missing the rest of the interview with DW:

I think they left some of the best parts of the interview for the online portion!

Notes about Richmond:

  • I LOVE the looks of the Mobil 1 paint scheme…especially the firesuit…but I have to say that it’s hard for me to find that car on the track! It’s much easier for me to find that Office Depot red machine!
  • I think Fox actually did a decent job covering what was going on with this race. I didn’t feel like things were happening during commercials…and when things did happen they seemed to come right out of commercial break to show us.
  • I know Misty agrees with me- but that race was one that seemed a bit too long. What do you think?
  • I kind of wanted to see Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya go nose to nose a little bit after the race…after all isn’t that what “have at it boys” is all about?

Next week:  Darlington’s Southern 500 on SATURDAY night

I wanted to share some pictures of Tony during his visit at the US Marine base in Quantico, VA yesterday:

Speed shopping! The Office Depot Racing merchandise hauler was at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico on Thursday when NASCAR star Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevy, made a special visit during Quantico’s third-annual ServMart Customer Appreciation Day. Office Depot, a primary sponsor of Stewart, operates a ServMart on the base. Stewart met with Wounded Warriors and signed hundreds of autographs for service members during his visit (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography)

A service member at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia gets an up-close look at Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot show car (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography).

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevy, signs autographs while visiting Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Stewart stopped by the Office Depot ServMart on base, met with Wounded Warriors and signed hundreds of autographs during his visit (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography)

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevy, talks with service members at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography).

I also found a awesome story from a local paper about the visit- you should definitely check out NASCAR Champion Driven To Honor Pair Of Warriors.

I have probably been watching a little too much Criminal Minds because I automatically think of that show when I hear Quantico.  But this has NOTHING to do with television. As my readers know though- if it has to do with a Tony Stewart appearance I will write about it. This appearance might be private however I love that it supports our military!

Tony Stewart will be meeting with Wounded Warriors and then hold a private meet and greet for service members at Barnett Field as part of Quantico’s Third Annual ServMart Customer Appreciation Day. Marine Corps Base Quantico’s mission is to optimize readiness by providing operation and training support, infrastructure and community services.

“It is an honor for me to visit Marine Corps Base Quantico and have the opportunity to meet some of the brave men and women who serve our country,” said Stewart, who will compete in this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at nearby Richmond International Raceway. “I’m incredibly grateful for the sacrifices service members and their families make every day. Those sacrifices make it possible for someone like me to have the freedom to do what I love and for NASCAR fans to enjoy being at the race track. To be able to say thank you in person means a lot to me.”

The Office Depot show car will also be there.  Office Depot is one of the sponsors of the ServMart Customer Appreciation Day and values their relationship with the military:

“Office Depot is very proud of our strong relationship with the General Services Administration and the US Marine Corps,” said Greg Abrahms, Director of Military Stores for Office Depot. “It is a privilege to be able to have a presence on base at Quantico and to help support the men and women stationed there by providing the products and services they need to successfully perform their mission.”

Another reason for me to love Office Depot- like I needed one.

Or maybe it’s the other way around and the A&E show THE GLADES invades NASCAR? Either way,  keep your peepers open for Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Tony Stewart to by on an episode of the A&E television show THE GLADES (which stars Matt Passmore).

I first found out about this episode when Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted this photo of  Tony last week: (more…)

Restrictor plate racing brings with it it’s own set of rules and lately it’s own style of racing. The two-by-two “pod” style of racing that we saw at Daytona in February was indeed back again at Talladega. It was no surprise that during the extended first practice when it featured many pod runs (two cars bump drafting all the way around the track).

The two car tango that we have been seeing at the plate tracks brings with it two “issues” that seem to be on everyone’s mind. Of course you know I am going to throw my opinion in the ring. (more…)

Picture if you will, you are sitting down to a nice dinner- napkin placed in your lap.  You politely ask the person sitting next to you to pass the pepper after your meal was set down in front of you.  Now imagine that the person passing the pepper is none other than Tony Stewart.  Can you imagine the conversations? Tony is a great story teller- so I am sure it would be entertaining to say the least.  Think you’re dreaming? Think again Because it could happen.

How? All you have to do it be one of two high bidders for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities auction that starts today April 15 and you could be sitting down to dinner with none other than Tony Stewart himself (as well as television commentator Dick Berggren and New Hampshire radio personality Greg Kretschmar).  Best part about it is the money goes to help New Hampshire children.  I lied, the best part would be eating dinner with Tony Stewart- but helping children is right up there.

For more information or to bid on the chance at this once-in-a-lifetime experience visit the Dinner With Tony Speedways Children’s Charities page.  The auction starts today April 15th, 2011 and closes July 1st 2011- so get your bids in today.

Until then pass the pepper and keep dreaming:

Tony during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jeff Byrd 500 by Food City at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. (photo credit: "borrowed" from TonyStewart.com)

I love me a good NASCAR commercial. I really do. And I am going to be completely honest…this year’s crop of NASCAR related commercials leaves a LOT to be desired so far.  I have held off on writing this post for so long on the hopes that a new commercial will pop up that I love.   So far really the only #NASCAR related commercial that I enjoy isn’t even available anywhere online.  I have googled my fingers to the bone looking for an embeddable video of it- or even just a link over to the video and I can NOT find one. That commercial is for Gillette and starts Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Kyle is hidden in a dining cart at a restaurant and pops his head out to “surprise” unwitting male diners to try Gillette Proglide.  The best two best lines are “Hey Denny (who is in an adjacent dining cart) is that tiramisu?” and then the expression on Kyle’s face when he goes “VROOM VROOM” at the very end of the commercial.  THAT is my favorite commercial from this season so far although I am still holding onto the eternal hope that something new pops up that I will enjoy.

There is a web promotional video that Mobil 1 has put out to talk about the F1/NASCAR car swap that Tony Stewart and Lewis Hamilton are doing later this summer at Watkins Glen that I enjoy too.  I can’t find an embeddable video for that one either but I can at least refer you HERE to watch it on the Official Tony Stewart facebook page.  Beware- the video has some strange pixelations – do NOT adjust your set (that shows my age huh?) I think it’s artistic pixelations.  That video has me thinking “Tony, I’ve Got An Idea” would be a great blog post title…but damned if I can think of the body to go with it.  Don’t be stealing on my idea…I am still thinking about it.

Speaking of Tony Stewart and commercials and thinking,  I was read this article by Richie Whitt for the Dallas Observer where he got to be an honorary crew member for the race. That got me thinking about this Clint Bowyer FANTASY NASCAR LIVE commercial (I don’t know why- that is just how my brain works):

Anyway I was thinking it is probably a good thing that this gadget allowing fans to talk directly to their drivers midrace is fictional.  Not only because could you imagine all these people trying to talk at once but I know for a FACT that I would probably say something in the heat of the moment that I would regret.  Could you imagine having the ability to actually speak with the driver who just tangled with your driver and wrecked him out? It’s fun to imagine…but frankly as huge of a Tony Stewart fan I am- I wouldn’t necessarily want him to hear my race comments I tend to curse like a sailor during races because I become viciously competitive. Just saying. So how about you? What’s your favorite NASCAR commercial so far this season?