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The #14 crew work hard on getting that Smokin' 14 car right for Max!

The #14 crew work hard on getting that Smokin’ 14 car right for Max! (Photo Credit: Stewart-Haas Racing Facebook Page- Click picture to be taken to the original)

Ahh- Watkins Glen is hard to write about. (more…)

(Editor’s Note: Yesterday longtime BadGroove reader Kevin M. Boots shared his experience at Watkins Glen on Friday and Saturday.  As promised yesterday here is the conclusion- all about Sunday.  Again I just want to thank Kevin for sharing his experiences and his pictures from the track at Watkins Glen! – Amy)

Sunday, I drove up to the track earlier than I did Saturday. I didn’t park in the infield. I drove to my usually spot near Gate 5. I took my little secret route, “the back way” to the track. There is never any traffic on this road, there is never any traffic getting to this road after you get off the hill. There is a barn on a 90 degree corner along this back way in that says “Bat Cave this way” It makes me laugh every time I see it. (more…)

(Editor’s Note: As mentioned before Kevin M. Boots is back with the first of two posts about his experience at Watkins Glen! Kevin also posted on BadGroove about the Tony Stewart/Lewis Hamilton Seat Swap last year. A big thanks to Kevin for blogging about his experiences over at Watkins Glen and for the great photos!- Amy)

It was dumb luck really, when I think back on it. I was just talking on Twitter about whether I should go to Pocono or Watkins Glen for my race in 2012 and tweeting pros and cons to each track. Surprisingly, both tracks have produced some of the best racing the last few years. WGI was, from the beginning, out to get me to buy a ticket from their track. They would reply to my tweets almost every time.

Then I tweeted something at the end of May that really got their attention. They replied and asked me to send an email to an address.
I was contacted by the WGI Director of Marketing & Fan Experience about calling me. Really? Me? I remember being nervous and excited about this. He called and we talked and he had an idea he had been thinking about; a fan tweeting at the track all weekend. The official WGI twitter account would then retweet me so others could see what fans could do at the track. So my mind was made up, WGI again for 2012.

Fast forward two months, Friday August 10, 2012. I left work and headed right up to the track. I had to pick up my credentials and they wanted to meet with me. I got to the track just before Denny and Burton had their run in. I had a meeting with a gentleman at 4:30PM in the Media Center. So I went and parked in the infield and headed over to it. First off, I always have parked outside of the track before this. Parking inside was different. There were race cars driving over my head at one point. I went and met with my contact and I then I was off. They wanted me to tweeter pictures of my adventures each day. I went to the midway area and started. It was getting late and most of it was closing so I headed to an area I had only dreamed about go in before: the Garage. (more…)

This will most likely just be a complete mishmash so I am going to throw it at you bullet-style:

  • My driver, Tony Stewart, has never won a race that I have actually attended in person and I am starting to take it personally.  I have been to three races this year alone. THREE. Did he win at any of them? Nope. I was really hoping for a win at Sonoma…and 2nd was GREAT…but I wanna see my driver win in person. I mean seriously- he has won three races (four if you count the non-points all-star race)…maybe the next time I go to a race he will win.  And if Tony can’t win the next race I go to..can Jeff Gordon please win…since I will most likely be there with BFFM and that is her driver.I hope I am not some sort of jinx.  (Don’t think that didn’t cross my mind after the first race I attended was the one where he hit the wall hard last year in Las Vegas and he just happened to hit the wall right in front of me). If you are keeping track, by the way, I have seen these people win in person: Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, and Kasey Kahne.
  • To make up for my cranky, boo hoo I didn’t get to see Watkins Glen race post…I have a special treat for you.  My new twitterfriend @kevinmboots77 offered to let me share his pictures from the race- since he was there in person.  This is just one of my favorites that he took. Click the picture to go to his photo galleries from Watkins Glen:

    The crew of Tony Stewart's #14 stand on the pit wall to congratulate their driver on his win at Watkins Glen. Photo by: @KevinMBoots77

    The crew of Tony Stewart's number 14 Chevy stand on the pitwall to congratulate their driver for winning at Watkins Glen. Photo by: @kevinmboots77

  • Heluva Good.  I have to tell you that I love the name of this sponsor…but to be honest? I have never tried anything by them. Who knows if you can even actually get it out here. You can’t get some things…like Goody’s here either. Oh well.

Well I guess I had less to talk to you about then I thought I did. Tomorrow? Hopefully we will take about cupcakes.

Mother nature dealt us fans who work on Mondays an evil blow by raining out our Sunday NASCAR race for the second week in a row. BAH!  The race was run on Monday starting at noon (time local to the race- not to me).  Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch it- and I won’t get to- because I somehow forgot to DVR it completely. Not like last week when I DVR’d the wrong channel…this week I didn’t dvr a damn thing.  So of course Tony would win! Don’t get me wrong- I am ecstatic he won…just disappointed I didn’t get to watch.

All I can say about the race right now is that the Sam Hornish, Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon wreck was NASTY looking. That I did see. I was glad to hear the drivers get out- and in the snippet of the video that I saw- Jeff Gordon was one pissed off camper. And I don’t blame him.  I am sure that did nothing for his back to be collected in someone else’s wreck (I can’t tell in the snippet I saw if it was Kasey Kahne’s fault or Sam Hornish’s fault…according to my friend who was watching the race- it was Kasey’s).  I also heard that the Team Old Spice/Office Depot pit crew did awesome on their stops! Way to go!!

Notes On The Glen:

  • Honestly I don’t really have any.  What do the drivers do when a race is moved to Monday? Do they just sit around in their Momohomes (yes my nephew has a new word…momohome- and he actually points to motorhomes and motorcoaches and says it which is very exciting) and watch TV/ Play video games? I would think that would get old- unless you REALLY like video games.

Next week: Back to Michigan!