Saturday, December 26, 2009

Very sad news, RIP DJ Richardson

photo rights of Richard Childress Racing

According to, Donald "DJ" Richardson, the rear-tire changer for Richard Childress Racing & Kevin Harvick's #29 team passed away last night at the age of 37 from the H1N1 Virus.

Richardson, a native of Leominster, Mass and was hospitalized earlier this month from severe complications of the virus. He contracted H1N1 during a trip to Massachusetts during the Thanksgiving Holiday's. On December 7th, RCR issued a press release stating that his condition worsened and was taken to the Leominster Hospital where they quickly admitted him in ICU for Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He passed away shortly after 10pm on 12/25/2010.

Richardson began his Cup Series career with Andy Petree Racing in 1999. He had also worked for Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Braun Racing.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this tragic time.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Fashionistas

The Fashionistas want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful day with your family. Do not dwell on what you lost this year, be thankful for what you still have. Time for some Eggnog cheer!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Danica Patrick for Her....

photo courtesy of via Frazer Harrison/Getty

According to a recent article on, Danica Patrick is launching a line of perfume called Danica Patrick for Her. The fragrance is slotted to launch in February, just in time for the 2010 Speedweeks in Daytona Beach. The new fragrance is being developed to reflect the confidence, glamor and uniqueness of Danica and represents her first entree into the world of beauty products. Hopefully it is far from the Daytona 500 cologne which promised "leverage the prestige and popularity of the great American race." or in other words, smells of gasoline, beer and sweat.

SA Fragrances will produce the perfume. This company has had previous success promoting perfumes for other female athletes like golf super star Annika Sorenstam (Annika by Annika Sorenstam).

According to Danica’s fragrance will be positioned to attract consumers who currently purchase fragrance brands such as Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy, JLo, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears.

From Move over, BeyoncĂ© and Eva! Auto racing phenom Danica Patrick is the latest celebrity to jump on the fragrance bandwagon. The 27 year-old Indy competitor is scheduled to launch her signature scent, Danica Patrick for Her, in mid-March, when the eau de parfum lands in 750 stores across the country. Look out for the Illinois native to promote the line at NASCAR events next spring, as she gears up for the next Indianapolis 500 (where she’ll hopefully beat the personal best she set by coming in 3rd place earlier this year—the highest finish ever by a woman). The perfume will retail between $29.50 for a purse-size vial and $54.50 for the 3.4 ounce bottle. Emily Hsieh

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Daytona International Speedway makes us proud!

photo from

For those of us mad, confused, aggravated etc at last years Shootout ridiculous selection of who got to race, the Daytona International Speedway announced their new process today:

From the press release:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 32nd annual Budweiser Shootout, the prestigious non-points NASCAR event that kicks off Speedweeks 2010 and the new Sprint Cup Series season, will have new qualifying criteria beginning in 2010, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig announced.

Moving forward, the field for the Budweiser Shootout will be comprised of:
• The 12 drivers who qualified for the previous year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
• Past NASCAR Sprint Cup champions
• Past Budweiser Shootout champions
• Past Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola champions
• The reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year

“As NASCAR evolves, we tailor the Budweiser Shootout’s qualifying criteria to provide fans with a lineup that showcases NASCAR’s best drivers on the high banks of Daytona,” Braig said. “The new criteria put a premium on race winners at NASCAR’s most storied track – Daytona International Speedway – and we’re looking forward to kicking off the new season with an electric night of racing.”

“The Budweiser Shootout has marked the start of a new racing season for more than 30 years,” said Mark Wright, vice president of media, sponsorship and activation, Anheuser-Busch. “Given the changes in the sport over the past year, we feel this new format gives fans a true race of champions.”

The race distance will continue to be 75 laps (187.5 miles) on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. The race will have two segments, of 25 and 50 laps. Both green- and yellow-flag laps will count.

Between segments, there will be a 10-minute pit stop at which time teams will pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments.

Starting positions will be determined by a draw at the annual Budweiser Shootout Draw Party on Thursday night, Feb. 4, on the SPEED stage in the Midway, outside Turn 4.

The Budweiser Shootout, which is scheduled for 8:10 p.m., is the climax to a racing tripleheader on Saturday, Feb. 6. Kicking off the day’s activities at 1:05 p.m. will be Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, which will set the front row for the 52nd annual Daytona 500.

At 4:30 p.m., the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will kick off their season with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 and Danica Patrick will make her much-anticipated stock car racing debut.

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2010 events are available online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP and fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter ( and Facebook (

Drivers eligible for the 2010 Budweiser Shootout
2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
Jeff Gordon
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle
Juan Pablo Montoya
Ryan Newman
Kasey Kahne
Carl Edwards
Brian Vickers

Others – criteria filled in parentheses
John Andretti (Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola)
Geoff Bodine (Daytona 500, Budweiser Shootout)
Jeff Burton (Coke Zero 400)
Kyle Busch (Coke Zero 400)
Derrike Cope (Daytona 500)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Bill Elliott (Series champion, Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, Budweiser Shootout)
Kevin Harvick (Daytona 500, Budweiser Shootout)
Matt Kenseth (Series champion, Daytona 500)
Bobby Labonte (Series champion)
Terry Labonte (Series champion, Budweiser Shootout)
Joey Logano (Reigning Raybestos Rookie of the Year)
Sterling Marlin (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)
Jamie McMurray (Coke Zero 400)
Ken Schrader (Budweiser Shootout)
Michael Waltrip (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400)

• Eligibility based on a driver having competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series within the last two seasons.

Holy Moly!! As this is the Fashionista's home track, BRAVO to the peeps at DIS for putting the heart of Daytona back into this race! Although winning a pole is neat-o...I guess being in the front row is just gonna have to be good enough. This race will be forever known as a race for CHAMPIONS and Daytona champions at that! As you know, the draw party is one of our favorite events-now we really cant wait! It will be one for the royals!

RIP Sharon Hutchens

We are saddened to hear that Sharon Hutchens, wife of Stewart Haas Racing Competition Director Bobby Hutchens, lost her battle against Breast Cancer Tuesday, December 22 at the age of 45. Sharon was one of the founders of "The Pit Lizards" a group dedicated to raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer. She was passionate in supporting the local Triad Chapter of the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" for fighting Breast Cancer. This past May, Sharon was the recipient of the first annual "Survivor of the Year" award presented to her by Hota Kotb after the 2009 Triad Race for the Cure. Donations are being made in Hutchens name to Susan G. Komen, c/o The Pit Lizards, 1106 Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

We are very passionate about raising awareness and money for the fight against Breast Cancer. There are various different ways to get involved in your community. You can volunteer for a local chapter of Susan G. Komen or Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. If you aren't already involved, we urge you to make it your New Years resolution. Every year, we participate in the Volusia/Flagler County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k and other local Breast Cancer events. We also promote every NASCAR Breast Cancer related event we are contacted about. Every person makes a difference against this awful fight.

RIP Sharon, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.

Stalker Alert! Daytona Speedweeks schedule up!

Happy Holidays from the Fashionistas. I dont know about you, but these two months with no racing are killing us! Luckily our friends at Daytona International Speedway keep us all up to date via their Facebook fan page.
Today they released their February schedule, all times and events subject to change of course! Get your Sharpies ready! How happy are you that the 500 is starting at a decent hour!!! Enjoy!

NSCS=NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NNS=NASCAR Nationwide Series
NCWTS=NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
ARCA=ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards

Thursday, February 4TH

Friday, February 5TH

Saturday, February 6th

Wednesday, February 10TH

Thursday, February 11TH

Friday, February 12TH

Saturday, February 13TH

Sunday, February 14th
1:00 PM NSCS DAYTONA 500 (200 LAPS, 500 MILES)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Danica Mania!

In the middle of the 2009 Sprint Cup schedule, amidst all the Jeremy Mayfield drama, we reported the possibility of Danica Patrick making the move into NASCAR. Fast forward to 5 months later. The drama in the sporting world has moved from Mayfield to Tiger Woods and we are no longer guessing if and when Danica will make the move to NASCAR.

Starting next week at the Arca testing in Daytona, Danica will start her career working for JR Motorsports with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as her boss. She will race a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series behind the wheel of the #7 Chevrolet sponsored by with the horsepower of Hendrick Motorsports to support her. Oh, let's not forget to mention a crew chief by the name of Tony Eury, Jr. who was once Dale Jr's crew chief and is also his first cousin.While you would imagine that Danica and Dale Jr. met in a conventional way being they are two of the most well known racers in the world, it wasn't so. Danica and Dale Jr. first laid eyes on one another on the set of the Jay-Z video, 'Show me what you got'. It's hard to believe that this video was the first stepping stone to bring females into NASCAR.

There are a lot of different opinions regarding Danica making the move over. Being a NASCAR blog geared towards females, we couldn't be happier about this transition. NASCAR needs something different. The lack of ticket sales for the 2009 season was a joke. It's a bad sign when Daytona International Speedway closes the back stretch for the July race and still had open seats in the front stretch. I don't feel like researching it but I believe the only race that sold out last season was Bristol. Other than ticket issues, it seemed that all through the season, all things reported about NASCAR were negative. I am hoping that Danica gives us positive things to write about.

Let's just hope we don't see any of this on pit road. I just had a very bad vision of Tony Eury Jr. in a skirt and heels.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Darlynn!

The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. ~ Lucile Ball

Your only as old as you feel so bringing it back to the old school, circa 1980 something....wishing Racing Fashionista co-author Darlynn a very happy birthday!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nicole Manske & Ryan Briscoe will soon hear wedding bells!

While in Homestead this weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat with ESPN NASCAR Now reporter Nicole Manske. Since we already did a Fast Lap with Nicole, we thought it would be a fashionista twist to talk to her about her upcoming wedding to Fiance and INDYCar driver Ryan Briscoe.
Nicole Manske & Ryan Briscoe

Before I go into the fabulous details of her wedding, I must say how much I truly enjoyed chatting with Nicole. We are very grateful for the opportunities we get in this sport and have met a lot of fantastic people over the past few years. Nicole is one of of those fantastic people.

Ok girls, onto her wedding details. Nicole and Ryan met in a true boy/girl next door love story. They lived in the same building but did not know each other. One day, Nicole had an assignment to do an interview on an INDYcar driver and it ended up being the "cute guy" that lived in her building.

They have been dating for 4 years and will wed on December 19th in Maui, Hawaii. Ryan proposed to Nicole in Australia over Christmas of 2008. They spent a few days on the Great Barrier Reef and the proposal happened over dinner. She was not expecting him to pop the question and forgot to say the word "yes" since she was in shock!

The reason the couple chose Hawaii is for location purposes. Ryan is from Australia and Nicole is from Illinois. It ended up being most convenient for their family's to do it on the Island of Maui since it is an between. 100 guests will get to celebrate the big day with the happy couple.

Nicole tried on "a lot" of wedding dresses before she found her dream one designed by Ulla Maija. Her Bridesmaids will be wearing black dresses while carrying a mix of purple roses and calla lilies.

Ryan and Nicole will wed outside with the beautiful Hawaiian sunset behind them. They will then move to a covered tent for dinner and drinks. Dancing and more fun will take place in a ballroom afterwards.

The flavor of the wedding cake will be chocolate with whip cream and strawberry filling. They will also have a Desert Bar and an Ice Cream Sunday Bar. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Ice Martini Bar.

The couples will share their first dance to You are the best thing Ray LaMontagne. Neither one of them knew of the song prior to but knew it was the right one when they heard it.

Ryan and Nicole will honeymoon in Fiji and then head over for a few days in Sydney.

Nicole shared a few photos with me on what the wedding will look like. The centerpieces are to die for and I know this wedding is going to be absolutely beautiful. We wish Nicole and Ryan the best of luck with their future together.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jamie McMurray signs with EGR, to drive the #1 car in 2010

Can I start this off by saying what a sigh of relief this news is to us? We are big fans of the Earnhardt Ganassi #1 team and the one person we were hoping to fill the void of Martin Truex Jr in 2010 is Jamie McMurray.

Jamie McMurray has won three National Sprint Cup Series races since he entered the series near the end of 2002. In his seven years and 258 races in the Sprint Cup, he has 30 top five finishes and 80 top ten finishes.

Jamie Mac and Chip Ganassi will be reunited. Jamie was one of Chips multiple drivers that fielded the #42 car from 2002-2005 season. Meanwhile, Bass Pro Shops will once again return for their fifth season as one of the primary partners on the #1 Chevrolet.

And some quotes from the boys:

Chip Ganassi "To be able to sign a veteran driver with the talent and experience of Jamie was important to us. We know Jamie and understand what makes him tick as a driver. We had a lot of success with Jamie in the early part of his career and are looking for more of the same. We also think he will be a tremendous compliment to Juan Pablo Montoya as well. The duo of McMurray and Montoya creates a very formidable team as we look to continue the momentum that has been established this year in our chase for the Championship"

Jamie McMurray "I am really excited about this opportunity with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing as I think Juan Pablo and Martin have shown this season, their equipment is as good as anyone's in the garage. I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of their cars and once again competiting for a NASCAR championship. It will also be fun to work with some of the people that I worked with when I was there a few years ago. They have really good people there. As an added bonus, I am really happy to have the opportunity to work with Bass Pro Shops as I grew up near Bass Pro's headquarters in Springfield, MO and a huge fan of their stores."

Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops founder: "We are proud to be able to continue our long relationship with Teresa Earnhardt and Chip Ganassi and we are also excited that a fine young feller from our home state, Jamie McMurray, will be our driver."

Ok you "fine young feller", go make us proud in 2010!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tommy Baldwin Racing on MSNBC

Great segment on Tommy Baldwin Racing. Make sure you check it out!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

News from the Track-Phoenix

In Honor of Sesame Street's anniversary...

Ahhhh (#) 1, Ahhhhhhhh (#) 2 horrible impression of the Count-but this race begins with Martin Truex Jr. on the pole and Kurt Busch starts number 2 for today's race in Phoenix. I can keep this going all day, Ahhhhh (#) THREE time NASCAR Champion...well Jimmie Johnson starts in third. The only number that anyone needs to be concerned with is the 71 points that separates Jimmie and Mark Martin. Today may be a nail biter or a given, but here is hoping that it gives us something to watch next week in Homestead. One number no one wants to count to is 50,000. The amount of money MTJ's crew chief Kevin Manion was fined after failing last weeks post race inspection....OUCH!

And, I thought the first week of December only celebrated my birthday

I am on the fence about having the awards in Vegas this year! I think having it in New York makes it so magical, but Vegas will be ok! I guess! I also kind of liked the privacy of an awards show with no offense! Below is some scheduling for you!

From Speed:

Las Vegas is the host city for this year's Champion's Week festivities, which culminates on Friday, Dec. 4, with the 2009 Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.

This year, SPEED will televise the awards ceremony live from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. ET. It will re-air from 1-5 a.m. ET, on Dec. 5 and from 1-5 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. The awards ceremony is the series champion's formal celebration.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Chasers for Charity Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- This event includes a free-admission fan event, plus a charity roast of the 2009 Sprint Cup champion.

For the Fanfest, gates open at 9 a.m. PT Access to the speedway's Neon Garage begins at 11 a.m. This portion of the event includes a red-carpet walk by the champion and the other 2009 Chase drivers, car displays, live music, reduced-price concessions and a raffle drawing.

The Charity Roast takes place in the speedway's Blackjack Club, located in the infield media center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The roast includes a private reception with the Sprint Cup Series champion and Chase participants, plus reserved seats and parking. It will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Neon Garage.

Due to space considerations, it's limited to the first 300 people who respond. Cost is a $250 tax-deductible donation to Speedway Children's Charities. Visit for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 3-MY BIRTHDAY!!!
Top 12 Victory Lap Parade -- All 12 Chase participants will drive a lap in their show cars on Las Vegas Boulevard, or "The Strip."

The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, proceeding north to Spring Mountain Road before returning to MGM. Includes a pit stop and a "burnout" at the Spring Mountain Road intersection and ends at 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas, from 6-9:40 p.m. -- This year's awards ceremony marks the first time in the sport's history that fans will join drivers, team owners and industry leaders in celebrating the Cup Series champion.

Grand Marshal for todays race-a given!

Arizona state sweetheart Senator John McCain will be the Grand Marshall for todays race. Finally, a good showing for the Oh Say can you see-Rock Band Lifehouse will perform the National Anthem for the next to last race of the season.

Finally a shameless plug for me and Megan

We were featured today in Daytona News Journal in an article about entrepreneurs. Check it out here!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hermie and Elliot Sadler Foundation fight against Breast Cancer

The Fashionistas are big supporters in the fight against Breast Cancer. That is one of the many reasons we love Elliot Sadler. The Hermie and Elliot Sadler Foundation has 3 amazing auctions going on which proceeds go directly to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. All three of these would make fantastic Christmas presents!

Susan G. Komen Pink Firesuit Package
Included in the Pink Fire Suit Package is:

-An Elliott Sadler signed race used Stanley / Susan G. Komen for the Cure® uniform, including firesuit, gloves and shoes.

-A Stanley / Susan G. Komen for the Cure® pit wall banner, signed by Elliott Sadler an
d the entire No.19 pit crew, used during NASCAR Banking 500 weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

-Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity from Richard Petty Motorsports.

All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Minimum bid = $919. Bidding ends November 19th
Click here to be taken directly to the auction.

Susan G. Komen Pink Steering Wheel Package

Included in the Pink Steering Wheel Package is:

-An Elliott Sadler race-used steering wheel from the NASCAR Banking 500 weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. This item is the only one of its kind and includes a custom Stanley / Susan G. Komen for the Cure® center cushion signed by Elliott Sadler with laser etching commemorating its use on the back.

-An Elliott Sadler signed photo of the pink No.19 Stanley Dodge on track during the NASC
AR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

-Each item comes with a Certificate of authenticity from Richard Petty Motorsports .

All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Minimum bid = $619
Bidding ends November 19th Click here to be taken directly to the auction.

Susan G. Petty Pink Petty Hat Package

Included in the Pink Petty Hat Package:

-A custom pink and brown Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat made exclusively for Richard Petty. This hat was worn during the Charlotte race weekend events and is signed by Richard Petty. This item is the only one of its kind.

-A Charlotte race weekend photo signed by Richard Petty.

-Each item comes with a certificate of authenticity from Richard Petty Motorsports.

All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®.

Minimum bid = $619 Bidding ends November 19th Click here to be taken directly to the auction.

Smokes Texas Hold'em Poker Tourney

Wanna meet Tony Stewart, do you have a love of Texas Hold'em? Today may be your lucky day. On Saturday, November 28th, Smoke is hosting a Texas Hold'em Tournament benefiting the Tony Stewart Foundation at the new Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, IN. The Hollywood Casino was one of only eight exclusive properties to host a World Poker Tour in the US and it has a 41-table, WPT branded poker room.

Smoke's tournament kicks off at 2:00pm and the entry is $500. You can also win your way in through a satellite tournament. You can find more regarding entry and satellite info here. Fans will also receive a special room rate of $199 at Hollywood Casino. The promo discount code is Tony Stewart. You can book your room at 1-888-274-6797, ask for operator TSF.

If you are a die hard TS fan, you have the option to enjoy lunch with him prior to the Main Event. The Tony Stewart VIP Luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, November 28th from 11:30-1:30. You will enjoy great food, drinks and mingle w/ Tony and his VIP guests. Each guest will receive a gift bag with an autographed item and will be allowed to bring two items for Tony to autograph. The luncheon costs $250 with 100$ of proceeds benefiting the foundation. You can register here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Baby Bump Watch!

ESPN pit reporter Shannon Spake Baby Bump update!!! Shannon is expecting identical twin boys in January. She is due in a few months and looks absolutely wonderful!!
In case you haven't had a chance to pick one up, "50 Most Beautiful People of NASCAR", the special edition of The Sporting News recently hit stands. Shannon has a four-page pictorial as one of the "Top 12".

Also, as we have mentioned before Elliot Sadler and his wife Amanda are expecting a baby. A baby boy that is, sometime in March. Carl Edwards and his wife Kate are expecting a baby girl in February.

This is baby fever NASCAR style! Congrats to all the parents to be!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Busch brothers, poor Jimmie and a million dollars...hello Texas!

As we have mentioned a few times, we have been slightly out of the circuit for the past month or so with this blog. Between moving, traveling and my brother getting married, things have been slightly disarray. Anywho, wait...Did I really just watched Kurt Busch car surf on his victory lap? Didn't he learn anything from Jimmie Johnson golf cart surfing escapade? Sorry for the sidetrack.

Jimmie Johnson's early crash tightened the chase and brought a little more excitement back to this sport (and totally screwed up my fantasy league). Don't get me wrong, I adore Jimmie and Chad. I think they are a fantastic team. But lordy mae, I have been to the last 3 Homestead races and I can't bear to watch them get another trophy in two weeks. As of the end of today's race, the difference between first and second place is a mere 73 points. Will our hometown Daytona Beach favorite, Mark Martin finally get the trophy he has sought after for all these years??

This race was all about the Busch Brothers. Kyle Busch lead 232 laps and ran out of gas last minute. He was so close to getting a triple in Texas and that gas oops handed his Big Brother his first win in Texas. I must state, I watched this race with some bitterness. I adore Steve Addington and was not happy with the fact he was replaced as Kyles Crew Chief. I can honestly say that I pouted when Kyle lead all those laps. But it leaves one to ponder....would Steve allow Kyle to run out of gas on the final laps???

So, Dickies did this promo called the 2009 Dickies American Worker of the Year. An agricultural teacher and horse teacher by the name of Michael McGee from Broken Bow, Oklahoma ended up becoming the finalist of this competition which allowed him to randomly select one of the twelve drivers in the chase to win. If his selected driver won, he would instantly become a millionaire.
Michael McGee and Richard Childress

And his driver was? Drum roll please........Kurt Busch. Wow, talk about the luck there! I feel like playing the power ball this week!

There are only two races left in the season boys and girls. After JJ's bad luck today, do you think he will still walk away with his forth (yawn) trophy? As a Daytona girl and someone who has a soft spot in her heart for Mark Martin (via the Ginn Racing days), I truly hope not. I will be in Homestead, cheering Mark on and hope to make history watching him clench his title.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy Happy Hour

Hard to believe that there are only 3 races left for the 2009 Season. We're bringing you a Firefly Vodka Raspberry Arnold Palmer for this weeks Happy Hour. You can follow along with Happy Hour in Texas here. If your not already following Firefly Vodka on Twitter, make sure you follow them here.

Raspberry Arnold Palmer
Fill high ball with glass.
1/2 Raspberry Firefly Vodka
1/2 Pink Lemonade

Enjoy and beware because you will not know your drinking Vodka until it's too late. Cheers!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Hallowdega Happy Happy Hour

Wow try saying that title 3 times fast! HAPPY HALLOWDEGA! Nothing screams Halloween better than a candy apple. So in honor of today's Happy Hour, we are bringing you the Candy Apple Martini along with a recipe for a cinnamon candy apple. So let's eat, drink and be scary while following along with Happy Hour here.

Candy Apple Martini
1 oz Vodka (try Van Goghs Wild Appel Vodka, its the best)
1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz apple pucker
1 oz cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake firmly and pour into a cocktail glass. Serve.

And for the kiddies or kids at heart.....from our friends at the Food Network: Paula Deens Red Cinnamon Candy Apple
1 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon flavoring
1 tsp red coloring
1 dozen wooden craft sticks
1 dozen small firm apples

Boil water, syrup, and sugar together until a brown caramel color is reached (at about 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Remove from the heat and add cinnamon and red coloring. Cool slightly. Meanwhile force a stick into the core of each apple. Dip the apples 1 at a time into the heavy red syrup, drain well, and place on a buttered baking sheet to cool.

The Original Fashionistas-Miss Winston

Long before their was a cute perma-grin Miss Sprint Cup girl in Victory Lane, there was Miss Winston. According to their website, Miss Winston was a public relations spokesperson for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston Cup Racng Series. The idea remains the same, but it just seemed a little more glamorous back in the day. One of my very good friends was Miss Winston, circa....she wont say. I wanted to share these pictures with you as I renegotiate my Halloween costume idea.
Miss Winston and Bobby Allison

James Garner, aka Mike Rockford

Paul Newman, love the shades!

Mr. Bill France

Happy Halloween eve!!

In celebration of my FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER, here are some old pics we dug up for you of some of your favorite drivers dressed up!

Jeff & Ingrid Hook

My favorite of all, Tony Stewart as Elvis and Ricky Rackman as Pooh Bear & a blogger named John as K-Fed

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What doJuan Pablo Montoya, Tacos and College Football have in common?

In case you missed it.....ESPN college football analyst Bob Griese was suspended for one week for a "racial" comment made about Juan Pablo Montoya during last Saturday's Ohio State game. ESPN was doing a promo during the football game, showing the top 5 drivers in the chase. Montoya fell out of the top 5 after his bad race in Charlotte. Going into the Martinsville race, Montoya dropped to number 6 in standings. So when the other announcer asked where Montoya was, Griese responded "He's out having a Taco"

Here is the audio clip of the comment and Griese's semi-awkward apology.

And what did Montoya have to say about this? "I don't know who it is. Somebody mentioned it to me. I don't really care to tell you the truth. I don't. I could say I spent the last three hours eating tacos, but I was actually driving a car. That's OK, I don't care."

Oh no AJ! Allmendinger arrested for DUI

Just following the announcement that AJ Allmendinger was to replace Reed Sorenson in the famed #43 car owned by Richard Petty Motorsports came a major announcement. Mr. Allmendinger was arrested around 1:30am this morning and failed a field sobriety test. Here is the kicker....anyone that knows anything about NASCAR, knows that the King himself is against alcohol, even to the point that he wont allow an alcohol related sponsorships on his cars. If he wont take money from a sponsor that endorses alcohol, how is he going to react to his driver failing a sobriety test?

AJ blew a .08 which is the bottom line what is considered legally drunk in NC. There are times when many of us driven when we shouldn't. But with that being said, I know many people in this sport who are VERY cautious when it comes to drinking in driving by always having a DD or is smart enough to call a taxi, even after one drink.

After his arrest, Allmendinger was released without having to post bond. He had drinks with dinner and had this to say about the arrest "I honestly felt fine, but I obviously should have erred more on the side of caution, particularly given what I do for a living," "It was a bad judgment call and I apologize for that." Stay tuned to hear what RPM has to say about all this.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Looking for the perfect pair of jeans?

I am a recovering designer jean addict. There, I said it. I had no idea I had a problem until one day, my closet shelve containing my jeans came crashing down and I decided to count them. 42. Yes, I said 42 pairs of designer jeans, everything from William Rast to True Religion to Rock & Republic and more (and I wonder why I am broke!). My friends literally put me on "jeans restriction". I have been very good this year, only breaking down once or twice to purchase a pair that was on crazy sale.

Then we received an email from a really nice girl named Meg who works at Thimbler. She wanted to introduce us to their line of Custom Jeans. I saw those two words and had to make sure I wasn't dreaming. I have to state that I am 5'10" and all of the "long" length jeans on the market are too short for me. My inseam is 35 1/2" which is what started my designer jeans addiction (they all come in extremely long lengths which means I don't have to get them altered).

So, I designed my jeans online, which was very easy. There are so many different options: the style of the jeans, color, washing effects, pocket style, hip butt and stomach shape. When I got my jeans, I was ecstatic....they fit me perfect and actually made me look like I have a butt!! I wore them all day and they didn't stretch out. I got them in the perfect length so I could pair them with boots or flats on pit road. This jean snob is very impressed.

Needless to say, I am very impressed with Thimbler. You can create your own pair here . They are priced very well and they offer 20% off your first custom order. Thimbler is always doing fun promos so make sure you follow them on Twitter here and become a fan of their Facebook page here.

Where have we been??

Hello there my loves! Just wanted to check in and say yes we have made it home from our vacation, and have been crazy busy ever since. Megan has been down for a week with H1N1 and I have been readjusting to my real job's new work schedule.

But we are here and we are back! We had an amazing trip to the Big Apple and last week, I had the privilege of going to a charity event at Lynda and Mike Helton's house. If I can just tell you that my jaw is still on the ground at the amazingness of this house.

Mrs. Helton also might be the nicest person on the planet. In other NASCAR news, we are preparing our livers for our friends to come to Daytona to do some tire testing here next week. Be assured that there will be some news and gossip especially when there are some drivers that will be testing with their new teams as the silly season truly starts to gain some speed. NASCAR on Fox reports that Brad Keselowski will be doing some tests for Penske, but we have a feeling....ok we know that this wont be the only change in latitude this week.

I must add that I can't imagine anything scarier than Talladega during Halloween, so I am sure we will have a lot to talk about this week.

Till then,

Darlynn and Megan

Friday, October 23, 2009

Michael Waltrip involved in a crash but passed sobriety test(s)

For the first time in over one week, I turn on my computer, go to and see the headline Waltrip not injured in crash with motorcycle in N.C. At first, I thought the amount of medicine I have consumed over the past week blurred my vision and I had to rub my eyes to make sure I wasn't reading a headline from 2007.

But no, it wasn't the delirium of being jacked up on Mucinex over the past week, this is real life. Mikey, who no longer has rookie stripes for off track wrecks collided his Lexus with with a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Wednesday evening. The motorcyclist was taken to Lake Norman Regional Center.

Waltrip passed the field sobriety test and was later given a Breathalyzer that registered at .06 (legal limit in NC is .08). Thankfully for him, he didn't go for the next drink.

I really like Mikey as a person. I have shared a few good laughs with the guy. It just seems to me like bad luck follows him like the plague.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Happy Hour

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, this weekends Happy Hour features a Pink Martini, recipe credits to Hostess with the Mostess. You can follow along with Happy Hour here, which kicks off at 2:45 and is televised at 3pm.

PS, click on the Martini image above to be taken to our "Pinktini" store. A portion of the proceeds made will directly benefit Volusia/Flagler Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.


2 oz good-quality gin
½ oz guava nectar
½ oz fresh orange juice
orange twist (for garnish)

Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Run the orange peel around the rim, twist it over the drink, and drop.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jamie France makes Jeremy Mayfield anctics look like Kindercare.

So I sat on this for a couple of minutes. Being from Daytona, and living on said street of incident for about 12 years, and then seeing it on TMZ...I really have to do this.

I must start by stating that we have the utmost respect for the Frances...Betty Jane and I talk about reality shows whenever I see her, Mr France's funeral had more dignitaries than an inauguration. They are a stand up family that we owe everything to about this sport. But a black sheep is a black sheep. I am not speculating that Bill France's grandson Jamie France (aka JC) is a class a jerk-a-saurus, he used to be married to a girl I know. I have a clear, never to forget memory of us being backstage at a radio festival in Orlando and he was screaming at her and belittling her...quite the guy, huh. And look how hot he is!!As luck would have it, I don't have the pleasure of knowing Grand-Am driver Jamie France's humble half-brother Russell Van Richmond. Both men were both arrested last night for racing each other over the Seabreeze Bridge in Daytona Beach as well as both charged with DUI and possession of crack cocaine.

Some quotes from the half brother Russell Van Richmond who is apparently very important in our town (we have never heard of him):

"I want your commander now. I am a France. Do you know what that means? We own this city."

"Oh no you're not. Do you know who I am?"

"I am a France" and, "We own this city."

"Do you know who I am? You are done,"

"I am gonna have your job. This is the biggest mistake ever. You are so done in Daytona."

and the best one??

"Oh, (expletive deleted)" - was uttered after the officer rifled through his pants pockets and also found a plastic bag with cocaine in it, the report shows according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.

In other lands of brilliance, a woman riding in the front seat with Richmond - who said she hardly knew him - told police, "He (Richmond) was going so fast, I put my seat belt on," the report states. You are so smart, punkin!

These are two grown "living the dream" men in their forties who were so wasted shortly after midnight that if you or I were driving- we would be victims of circumstance of their juvenile stunt . I guess that is what makes me so angry. Both men posted bail today

Bad couple of months for JC, who just lost his dog. How did his dog die?? He decided to go to Hyde Park in Daytona and leave his car running in the valet while he went and dined. Dont worry, the air was on full blast...until the poor baby switched it to heat and died from the temperature.

And you thought Daytona made news just for the race!!

Somewhere on ISB, there will be Bloody Mary Specials

Well, this is guess this is really gonna alter our plans. The Daytona International Speedway announced today an earlier starting time for 2010. The Daytona 500 this February will start at a oh my goodness that is early 1pm. Now, back in the day when I was a little fashionista I remember that Uncle Pete and my mother would get up at the crack of dawn and off they would go. One of his major complaints was that the race gets over too darn late. Well, the gods must be listening! The scheduled start time for the 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14, the prestigious season opener to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be at 1 p.m. ET. The starting time for the 2010 Daytona 500 is the earliest since the 2003 Daytona 500 and it’s 2 ½ hours earlier than the 2009 Daytona 500.

"An earlier starting time for the Daytona 500 is great news for our race fans,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “In recent years, race fans made their desire very clear for an earlier starting time and with the help of our partners in the sport at NASCAR and FOX Sports, we’re proud to deliver an earlier starting time for the 2010 Daytona 500.”

"Earlier and more consistent start times is another important issue to the core NASCAR fans and we were determined to make the change this year beginning with the Daytona 500," said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. "I appreciate the input and cooperation on behalf of Daytona International Speedway and FOX Sports to make this happen."

“The Daytona 500 is the premier event in all of auto racing and after listening to the NASCAR fans, we are excited about the new earlier start time,” said FOX Sports Chairman David Hill. “There is nothing like the energy and excitement of starting the season with the best drivers in the world competing on this extraordinary and historic track. We are counting down the days until February 14.”

The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s signature event and is the biggest, richest and most prestigious stock car race in the world.

Since the inaugural Daytona 500 back in 1959 when it took 61 hours to determine Lee Petty won by two feet, “The Great American Race” is steep in history with a list of legendary winners that includes seven-time champion Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and the late Dale Earnhardt.

“The Great American Race” has experienced its share of great finishes such as the iconic finish of the 1976 Daytona 500 when Petty and Pearson crashed coming out of Turn 4, the famous fight between the Allisons and Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt’s emotional victory in 1998 Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt.

Tickets for the 52nd annual Daytona 500, which start at $55, as well as other Speedweeks 2010 events are available at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Now the real question is...where are we gonna get our drink on, pre-race??

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies.....

SO, our favorite shirtless NASCAR driver, Carl Edwards, is not only gonna appear in ESPN The Body's magazine...but girls, HE IS OUR COVER BOY!!!!

Drum roll please.....presenting the cover of ESPN The Body Issue (also my new desktop image):

NASCAR star Carl Edwards is one of six cover athletes who will appear on ESPN The Magazine’s cover for its inaugural "Body Issue". The Body Issue, on newsstands Friday, Oct. 9, will feature nearly 80 athletes from a variety of sports in a celebration and exploration of the athletic form. The issue honors athletes of diverse shapes, sizes, genders and races within the boundaries of taste and frontiers of creativity upon which ESPN The Magazine and ESPN have built their reputations. It is a testament to the work the athletes do, the effort they exert and the price they sometimes pay in reliance on their most important asset – their bodies.

Special Delivery, Brienne Pedigo has Baby Boy!

Brienne Pedigo, pit reporter for ESPN on ABC’s coverage of the IndyCar Series, and her husband, actor Tyler Christopher of ABC’s General Hospital, welcomed their new baby boy on Saturday, October 3. Greyson James Christopher was born at 2:57 a.m. and weighed in at 7 lb. 11 oz.

Back in June, we reported that Brienne designed a mama to be friendly firesuit and you can read about it here!

Congrats Brienne and Tyler. We can't wait to see pics of Greyson.

When worlds it!

Awww....the new Melrose Place and the Nationwide Race in the same sentence.... we must be in California!! The Nationwide race will be that much more interesting this week, when driver Stanton Barrett will pilot the #31 car with a new sponsor-Bantam Books "Family Affair", a new book by Caprice Crane who is a writer for the brand new series Melrose Place that airs Tuesdays on the CW. She is also the daughter of Tina Louise who is better known as Ginger on Gilligans Island to you and me. You can follow Caprice on twitter @capricecrane & purchase her book here.

Sean Spiros who plays David on the new Melrose Place and is ridculous hot will be an honorary member of the #31 race team. If the words, just stand there and look pretty mean anything to you...I think he will do JUST fine. This race just got a whole lot less boring, hee hee!

Comments from Stanton Barrett,

“I am excited to have this opportunity with publisher Bantam Books having Family Affair as one of our sponsors. It is very exciting to share three things I love and have a passion for – the movie business, great creative novels and auto racing. For the first time in my career, I have the opportunity to run a sponsorship from someone who is part of the film industry, which I have worked in for over 22 years.

“Recently, it feels like my life reads like a novel. I raced in Japan a few weeks ago in IndyCar, and now I’m back with the Nationwide car preparing for California. Right now, it seems like every day is something new – a new page. I’m working on preparing for next season and pulling some stuff together. It’s great to have support from my friends in Hollywood.

“I can’t wait to get back in the car at the Fontana race. And it’s going to be cool to have Shaun Sipos attend and have a little bit of Hollywood there at the track with me.”

Wanna appear in a Music Video?

If you are going to be at the Pepsi 500 in Fontana this weekend, you may have the opportunity to appear in a music video for Foreigner!! Foreigner is shooting a video for "Can't Slow Down" on Sunday, October 11. If you want to take part of the taping, find your way to the main stage in the Opportunity, California FanZone at 10:15am

This may have to be one of the coolest NASCAR promos I have ever seen. We were present in 2003 when Rascal Flatts filmed the concert special "Melt on the Beach". We watched from afar, well honestly from the second story of a bar, while all the crazy Spring Breakers went gaga. I would love to be a fly on the wall this weekend at this shoot.

This isn't the first time Foreigner has appeared at a NASCAR track this season. They were the pre-race entertainment in April's Texas race and are scheduled to appear at other tracks throughout the 2010 season. We're feeling a Little Hot Blooded.

If you want more information on appearing in the music video, click here to be taken to the Auto Club Speedways press release.

NASCAR Hollywood style

I always love when the boys go to Fontana. It always leaves room for plenty of off track stuff to talk about pre and post race.

If you haven't heard, there are quite a few famous faces appearing at The Pepsi 500 on Sunday. Not only is Foreigner filming a live music video but the Honorary Starters are...........
Honorary Starter: Audrina Partridge
Pace Car Driver: Christian Slater
National Anthem: Jessie McCartney
Grand Marshall: Kelsey Grammer

Um, really?? Audrina Partridge? For those who don't watch Mtv, Audrina is a star on their "reality show" The Hills which is the same show that brought us Speidi. I am at a loss on this.

Meanwhile, The Copart 300 Honorary Starter is Kelly Osbourne.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Brian Vickers TY KU Sake appearance

Are you going to be in California this week? If so, go say hello to Brian Vickers at BevMo in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, for an exclusive signing from 4pm to 5pm.
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