Saturday, March 28, 2009

Happy Happy Hour

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Today we are doing things a little different. Other than looking like a paper-clip, Martinsville is most known for their "Famous Martinsville Hot Dog". Raygen Swan of did an "interview" with the famous dog here and you must read Megan's opinion of the dog here.

So today, instead of an adult beverage, cook a doggie (or 3) and enjoy happy hour here. Wait...ignore that first line. Hot dogs don't taste the same without beer. Cheers!!

The Martinsville Hot Dog
REALLY red hot dog (Jesse Jones if you can find it)
vinegar-based slaw

Friday, March 27, 2009

A clock that stands the test of time...

We didnt want to get into Martinsville without making mention of its trophy and the story behind it. Forty five years ago, H. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway decided that his tracks tropy would be like any other. So starts the tradition of the Ridgeway Grandfather Clock Trophy which is awarded to the winner of Sunday's race. Ridgeway grandfather clocks are America's oldest grandfather clock manufacture. A little trivia: Richard Petty leads the pack with the most clocks, and Jeff Gordon hold the record among current drivers. Jeffy stands a good chance as the pollsitter to keep this title for this weeks race. If you need a recap for other trophies, both good and bad-check that out here

Arent you happy Flava Flav didnt start this tradition?

Last chance to win VIP tickets to a private concert w/ Jimmie Johnson and Robert Earl Keen

Here's your chance to meet Jimmie Johnson and help out a great cause!

Race fans and music fans, the party truly never ends! It’s time for JIMMIE JAM—a private concert where you can catch two legends in action, three-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and Robert Earl Keen. Bid on your chance to win two VIP tickets to JIMMIE JAM. The show will take place on Thursday, April 2nd at The Aardvark in Ft. Worth, TX.

The VIP experience will include a private Meet-and-Greet with Jimmie Johnson prior to the concert. Jimmie will be the opening act, talking about the upcoming race at Texas Motor Speedway and answering questions. Then, he will turn the show over to Robert Earl Keen for a live performance.

You must be 21 years or older and a U.S. resident. You will be asked to present ID to verify age at the event.

Click here to bid and to read the complete details! The eBay auction will close tonight at 10 pm EST so bid now!

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The foundation strives to help everyone, particularly children, pursue their dreams.

Martinsville Cheat Sheet / Lineup

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Rain rain, go away. That didn't work so much for today's qualifying at Martinsville. The starting lineup is configured on owner points. This puts current point leader Jeff Gordon (who was 3rd fastest in the first practice) on the pole. This is Gordons eighth career pole at Martinsville, where he has won seven times, tops among active drivers. Will Sunday bring an end to his 46-race winless streak?

1 # 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, DuPont

2 #2 Kurt Busch Dodge, Miller Lite

3 #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet, BB&T

4 #18 Kyle Busch Toyota, M&M's

5 #99 Carl Edwards Ford, Aflac

6 #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge, Budweiser

7 #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet, Old Spice / Office Depot

8 #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota, FedEx Freight

9 #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, Lowe's

10 #17 Matt Kenseth Ford, Dewalt

11 #00 David Reutimann Toyota, Aaron's Dream Machine

12 #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet, Shell / Pennzoil

13 #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet, Caterpillar

14 #83 Brian Vickers Toyota, Red Bull

15 #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet, Target

16 #44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge, Charter Comm.

17 #19 Elliott Sadler Dodge, Stanley Tools

18 #16 Greg Biffle Ford, 3M

19 #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, National Guard / Amp Energy

20 #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet, Bass Pro Shops / Tracker

21 #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota, NAPA

22 #12 David Stremme Dodge, Penske Racing

23 #96 Bobby Labonte Ford,

24 #47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota, Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox

25 #07 Casey Mears Chevrolet, Jack Daniel's

26 #6 David Ragan Ford, UPS

27 #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet, U.S. Army

28 #26 Jamie McMurray Ford, Irwin Industrial Tools

29 #43 Reed Sorenson Dodge, Charter Comm.

30 #7 Robby Gordon Toyota, Robby Gordon Motorsports

31 #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet, Kellogg's / Carquest

32 #77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge, Mobil 1

33 #34 John Andretti Chevrolet, Taco Bell

34 #20 Joey Logano Toyota, The Home Depot

35 #71 David Gilliland Chevrolet, Capital Window

36 #82 Scott Speed Toyota, Red Bull

37 #8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet, Guitar Hero

38 98 Paul Menard Ford, Energizer / Menards

39 #66 Dave Blaney Toyota, Prism Motorsports

40 #36 Scott Riggs Toyota, Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting

41 #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota, NEMCO Motorsports

42 #41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota, All Sport

43 #64 Todd Bodine Toyota, Gunselman Motorsports

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kevin Harvick wins Nationwide Bristol race in own car

Official post race interview with Kevin Harvick after the 2009 Bristol Nationwide race
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

Kyle Busch had the dominate car in the fourth race in the 2009 Nationwide series season but a tire got away during his last pit stop and the penalty he received opened up the door for Kevin Harvick for his fifth victory at the Bristol Motor Speedway making him the tracks leading all time winner. More importantly to him however it was the first Nationwide Series checkered flag he had ever captured with the team he built with wife DeLana.

Kevin Harvick:
You know DeLana and I built this company from basically dirt and it kind of started as a hobby and we built the shop just kind of having fun with it to finally winning this car the cars have been really good and its been a tremendous amount of pressure I put on myself and probably more pressure than these guys want to see at the shop over the last year and a half or so but it’s been well worth the reward today and I guess it’s kind of fitting that it’s coming. What’s been on my most successful track on the Nationwide Series here at Bristol I’m just glad that it all finally came together.

At one point Kyle Bush blew by Carl Edwards easily which is why cousin Carl certainly felt a little lucky to finish as high as second place.

Carl Edwards:
He was just screaming fast on that restart. I watched him go by and I thought wow that thing looks like fun to drive. It was like wide open, straight line, never wiggled and he just got me. No excuses, he just got me.

Finishing third was the races defending winner, Clint Bowyer.

Clint Bowyer:
It was fun. I mean it’s always fun racing at Bristol. We just fought tide all day long and when you’re a little bit tight and they are beaten you to the throttle it makes for a long day but you know we need to work on our pit stops and you know we’ve got some areas we need to work on but all in all it was a solid day for us.

Subbing for the banged up Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth came home fourth with rookie of the year candidate Justin Allgaier zipping across the line fifth.

Justin Allgaier:
You know, we just had a lot of fun. This is probably the funnest race track I’ve ever been on and able to go out there and race with these guys. It was a great day for us and I’ve been trying to get their bestest rookie of the race for the last couple here now and I’ve been a couple spots short so to get that and to get the first out top five here at Bristol, it means a lot.

Kyle Busch would wind up sixth after leading 156 laps. The rest of the top 10, Steve Wallace, Scott Speed, Joey Logano and Jason Leffler. Karl Edwards leads the points but the next two drivers behind him, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are not running for the championship. Forth place Brendan Gaughan is and after four races he is already 178 points back.

The Nationwide Series will return next week at the Texas Motor Speedway. Look for the audio interview following the O'Reilly 300 April 4. To see the video race review of Bristol race, go to and click On Your Side Race Review.

Ok Kids, Earmuffs! Sprint to offer pre race audio before All Star Race

Oh this is the best news for any fan! For the first time ever, NASCAR fans will be able to listen to pre-race conversations between drivers, crew chiefs and officials participating in the All-Star Race on May 16th.

The audio broadcast will be streamed to Sprint wireless devices via NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, an application that enables race fans to get audio feeds, statistics, live televised races and more. The driver-meeting feed is being offered as a freebie to Sprint’s data customers.

NASCAR for years has offered live audio streaming of driver and crew communications. While we hope that they will soon be a little more fashionable, one reason so many fans wear headsets is to listen to the live audio during the race. But pre-race discussions have traditionally been off-limits.

According to the release, Sprint, an official NASCAR sponsor, came up with the idea of making these discussions available, on a one-time basis, in honor of the 25th running of the All-Star Race. They says NASCAR was initially reluctant, but finally agreed.

Um dur! While this will be a unique way to get a little closer to their fans, I can see initially why NASCAR was a wee bit hesitant. Usually these talks are full of poopy mouths, and I would imagine some pertinent information that other teams could pick up on. While I do not have Sprint, I am curious to see the feedback from this interaction! If you are looking for candor, we suggest you find the #88 feed, stat! He has the best mouth ever, haha!

This headset found on Amazon is definately fashionista worthy!

A Fast Lap with Sutherlin Marlin

Sutherlin Marlin her Brother Steadmon, Mother Paula & Father Sterling at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

We would like to introduce you to up-and-coming racer Sutherlin Marlin, daughter of NASCAR driver Sterling Marlin. Sutherlin's first race is April 18th at The Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, where her father first started racing.

Q. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
A. George Strait----he is SO SEXY!

Q. What was the last movie you saw?
A. Days of’s my favorite!

Q. What are your favorite TV shows, or something you must have in your DVR/Tivo?
A. I am hooked on Desperate Housewives

Q. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
A. I bleed orange; I am a die-hard University of Tennessee fan. I’m proud of my Tennessee Titans to!

Q. What is one personal item you can not live without?
A. It’s a tie- My Justin Workboots and My cell phone

Q. What are your favorite places to visit?
A. I love going down to the Virgin Islands and Vacationing but as for tracks I got to stand by Bristol and Talladega the atmosphere and racing both are incredible

Q. What is your favorite clothing brand?
A. Carhartts…I can’t live without them

Q. What is your favorite book or publication?
A. I really like football biographies

Q. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
A. Going to the river or goofing off on the farm

Q. What is your favorite cuisine?
A. Traditional southern food (fried anything, greens, beans)….but I do enjoy some sushi to!

Q. What advice would you give other females looking to get into the sporting world (which is usually dominated by men)?
A. Keep your head up and don't listen to what people say, 99% of the time they are just scared that they will be shown up by a girl. One of my motto's is if they ain't talking about you, you aren't doing something right. If you are in a wreck it's going to be all your fault because you are a girl, if you actually are a great driver and get a good ride, it's not your abilities that got you there, it's because you are a girl and you have "the best equipment out there". So don't listen to the haters and NEVER listen to someone if they tell you that you can't do something.

Join us next week for a Fast Lap with Claire B. Lange, Host SIRIUS NASCAR radio.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another reason to be a fan of Kevin Harvick...and Martinsville!

Kevin Harvick and Martinsville Speedway have partnered for a special ticket package, “Harvick’s Home Track Advantage,” for members of the 2009 Kevin Harvick Fan Club.

Harvick thinks of Martinville as his home track as he lives only a half-hour from the Speedway of this weeks race.

The “Harvick Home Track Advantage” ticket package offers members of Harvick’s Fan Club a $66 two-day package, with tickets to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup races. That’s a savings of $33. Fan club members can also get single-day tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 for $44, again a savings of $33.

The $33 price point correlates with the number of the Kevin Harvick Inc. truck driven by Ron Hornaday. (Brilliant!)

Kevin Harvick Fan Club members wishing to purchase truck race tickets only: $26 in advance and $31 on race day for a savings of $4. Again, the “4” is not a coincidence; it is the number of the truck driven by KHI driver Ricky Carmichael. (I think I am in love with the people who market at Martinsville!!)

Anyone wishing to join the Kevin Harvick Fan Club can visit

Martinsville Speedway is also extending its discount love to your stomach! Of course, The Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog™ and all Pepsi products are always infamously $2. This week Martinsville Speedway will be rolling out a BBQ Combo Value meal-a BBQ sandwich with slaw, chips and a Pepsi product for just $6. The Speedway will also be offering a kids’ meal for $4. The meal includes a Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, a two-pack of Oreo’s, a fruit cup and a Capris Sun juice pouch.

We cant express enough gratitude to the drivers and tracks who are being mindful to this economy and its fans! We hope other tracks and drivers alike will step up to the plate with similar opportunities in the future!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Elliot Sadler wins Wii Boxing tourney in Bristol

This past Friday at Ford City Race Night in Bristol, Elliot Sadler, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, and A.J. Allmendinger participated in a Wii boxing tournament.

Ask anyone who knows me...I have a love obsession with my Wii, especially my Wii fit. I will admit that I had a cocktail in hand the first night I played around with it. This means I had my alter ego in the room with me and I couldn't walk the next morning.

Leave it to the Emporia VA native, Elliot Sadler to take the tournament. You can view the official Elliot Sadler victory video on his website, located here. There are also a few photos of the event located here.

I found a video on youtube that wasn't protected by Elliot's website. You can somewhat view the finale between Kasey Kahne and Elliot Sadler. It doesn't surprise me that Elliot took the tournament. If you could see a Wii boxing match between 2 drivers who would it be? I will be generic and say Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Trace Adkins slated as Grand Marshall with Goody contest winners

Country music superstar and multi-faceted entertainer Trace Adkins will be the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, March 29. Adkins will lead 500 men, women and their families identified as hardworking people, through local businesses in the Martinsville/Henry (VA) county area. Goody’s and Martinsville Speedway salute all honored and couldn't be happier to have these 500 people as guests and honorary grand marshals. "We are excited to welcome Trace Adkins to the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 and have him lead our 500 honorary grand marshals during pre-race ceremonies," Darren Singer, Vice President of Marketing for Goody’s Headache Powders said. "Trace Adkins’ work ethic and strength of character represent hardworking people everywhere and especially in "Goody’s Country".

The 29th Army Band, Virginia Army National Guard, will play the Star Spangled Banner before engines are fired at the historic track.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Switching Seats with Reed Sorenson

Reed Sorenson and Capt. Dustin Ripley

The Air Force has launched a multimedia marketing campaign called "Switching Seats" that centers on the parallels between Air Force and NASCAR. In this campaign, NASCAR driver Reed Sorenson and his crew participated in a multitude of Air Force events including Basic Military Training, a 30,000-foot air refueling mission and an F-15 orientation ride. Meanwhile, the Air Force men and women join the No. 43 crew in a NASCAR pit stop while racing against the clock.

"Taking a ride in an Air Force jet is unlike any training I've done for NASCAR," Sorenson said. "I have great respect for the Air Force and I'm honored to represent them in the No. 43 car."

The campaign includes a new NASCAR Web site located on the recently redesigned It features Webisodes, a Reed Fanzone, car tips, workout tips and interactive capabilities including a tracker that uses Air Force Global Positioning System technology to monitor where the No. 43 car is at any time. It is a really neat site, you should check it out.

You can read the full press release here.

Martinsville tickets not only available, but affordable

From Martinsville Speedway website:

Martinsville Speedway has dropped the price on some of its tickets for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 on March 29 to $25. The $25 offer is the latest move by Martinsville Speedway to help race fans during the economic downturn.

“We continually look for ways to help our fans and make sure they are still going to be able to see the exciting races Martinsville Speedway has to offer,” said Speedway president W. Clay Campbell.

Fans may take advantage of the $25 backstretch offer by visiting or calling 877.722.3849.

Martinsville Speedway also has a special College Student ticket for one-half price for a savings of $30 for college students presenting a college ID.

Also, tickets to the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Series race on March 28 are now available for $30 in advance and $35 on race day, a savings of $7. Tickets are on sale for the Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 and the Kroger 250 and may be purchased by calling 877.722.3849 or on line at

Runway Monday

What we are drooling over

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Marcos Ambrose, cute, talented and a philanthropist!

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #47 Little Debbie Toyota will wear a helmet donated by Impact and painted especially by American Nick Pastura in the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 in Martinsville and the Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 5, 2009.

Ambrose has been campaigning fund raising and awareness for the volunteer fire brigade that was pushed to the limits during recent devastating Victorian bush fires and will auction the “one off” autographed race helmet.

The auction will consist of Ambrose’s race-worn helmet as well as a Yarra Glen Volunteer Fire Brigade outer jacket, which was worn by Steve Teear during the recent fires and personally signed by all the brigade members. Steve Teear is a member of the Yarra Glen Volunteer Fire Brigade, which is part of the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA).The money raised from the auction will go towards the purchase of a new 3000-liter four-wheel drive water tanker for them.

The helmet will be personally autographed by Ambrose with any message requested by the winning bidder.

Fans will be able to register and bid through with the auction closing at midnight Monday April 6, Australian Eastern Time (10am ET Monday, April 6).

A little fun before the race...

I know our readers like to think that we are the smartest fashionistas in Nascar but we google and research a lot for topics for this blog. Having OCD, I have a really cool google news page that sorts all the news for me...and when I came across this, I had to share with you. We would like to give credit to the person on community blog that brought this to our attention oersonally but sadly I cannot! So a thank you to him...or her....but here is something to do during the race when DW gets a little winded! Nascar Driver Name Generator click on the link to find out your name and sponsor and be sure to share below!

Saturday night was special for Sterling Marlin

AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain

I am a huge fan of the Marlin family and I couldn't be happier that Sterling Marlin captured last nights win at Scotts Saturday Night Special in Bristol. Sterling started on the pole after teammate Andy Petree finished first in his celebrity heat. The 51-year-old Columbia, Tennessee native was awarded the same trophy that will go to Sunday's Food City 500 winner.

"Man, that felt so good," said Marlin. "It felt so good to get in the car and to run like that. I had a great car and Andy got me a really good starting position. I had a great time. I'd like to do this again."

Rusty Wallace finished second, followed by L.D. Ottinger, Terry Labonte and Jimmy Spencer. Rounding out the 12-car field was Harry Gant, Phil Parsons, Jack Ingram, Cale Yarborough, David Green, Junior Johnson and Larry Pearson.

Ingram, a former legend in the Busch Series could be viewed as a sore loser. "I believe if they hadn't let those boys cheat, we'd have run better. They had their cars cheated up. The spoiler on Sterling's car was a lot bigger than everybody else's. And Rusty's car was sealed off better than ours was. That's just not any good."

In the first heat of the afternoon, Philadelphia Eagles place-kicker David Akers outlasted the field to take the win, while former crew chief and current ESPN analyst Petree picked up the win in the second heat.

Sterling will race in today's Ford City 500.

For more information, click here to visit Bristol Motor Speedways home page.