Friday, June 12, 2009

LifeLock 400 @ Michigan International Speedway Lineup

Congrats to Brian Vickers, who clenched his second pole of the season for the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Surprisingly enough, The Cat in the Hat does not have a car in the top 10. Rousch usually dominates this track & his drivers are starting 16th, 20th, 23rd, 29th & 31st.

Here is the full line up for Sunday's race which goes green at 2:16pm

1. 83 Brian Vickers Toyota, Red Bull
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota, M&M's
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, Lowe's
4 00 David Reutimann Toyota, Aaron's Dream Machine
5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge, Miller Lite
6 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge, Stanley Tools
7 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet, Target
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge, Budweiser
9 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet, Cheerios
10 34 John Andretti Chevrolet, Taco Bell
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet, Office Depot / Old Spice
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet, Shell / Pennzoil
13 7 Robby Gordon Toyota, Red Stag by Jim Beam / Kid Rock
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota, FedEx Express
15 21 Bill Elliott Ford, Motorcraft
16 17 Matt Kenseth Ford, Carhartt
17 96 Bobby Labonte FordAsk.com
18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet, U.S. Army
19 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet, GE Reveal
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford3M
21 82 Scott Speed Toyota, Red Bull
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet, Caterpillar
23 6 David Ragan Ford, UPS
24 20 Joey Logano Toyota, The Home Depot
25 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge, Best Buy
26 12 David Stremme Dodge, Penske Racing
27 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, National Guard "Year of the NCO" / DuPont
28 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge, Reynolds Wrap
29 99 Carl Edwards Ford, Aflac
30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, Amp Energy / National Guard
31 26 Jamie McMurray Ford, Crown Royal
32 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet, Carquest / Kellogg's
33 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge, Mobil 1
34 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota, RaceSavers.com
35 71 David Gilliland Chevrolet, Charter Air Transport.com
36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota, NAPA Auto Parts
37 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet, Jack Daniel's
38 98 Paul Menard Ford, Pittsburgh Paints / Menards
39 66 Dave Blaney Toyota, Prism Motorsports
40 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota, NEMCO Motorsports
41 37 Tony Raines Dodge, Long John Silver's
42 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
43 13 Max Papis Toyota, GEICO
Did Not Qualify 36 Mike Skinner Toyota, Tommy Baldwin Racing :(

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz Chosen as Honorary Starter

From Michigan International Speedway.

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter for Sunday’s LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Schwartz, who will begin his first season as the Lions’ head coach this fall, not only loves football, but shares a love of NASCAR, as well. “I’m a big NASCAR fan,” he said. “So to be involved with the race, in the shadow of Detroit, The Motor City, is an absolute thrill. I’ve always been impressed with the incredible loyalty of NASCAR fans. They stick with their teams and drivers thru thick and thin. They have the same type of passion and loyalty Lions’ fans have for our football team.” The honorary starter duties include waving the green flag to start the race. Schwartz will also receive a pace car ride from NASCAR’s official pace car driver Brett Bodine and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers’ meeting with members of the Detroit Lions football team.

Friday Photos

I am the worlds worst picture uploader. I finally got pics from the 500 and Mike Skinners Round Up off of my camera. Although most of the great ones were already posted by Dar or Ally, we wanted to share a few that only I had with you!
Ally, Megan, Chip Ganassi & Darlynn

Darlynn, Boris Said & Megan

Megan, Mike Helton & Darlynn

Darlynn and her hero AJ Foyt

Thursday, June 11, 2009

This will be the best race start ever!

Bob Ritchie will be the Grand Marshall this week. Bob, better known to you and me as Kid Rock will honor his home state and will deliver the four most famous words in racing. I am telling you-you are in for a treat!The fashionistas are huge fans, have met him a gazillion times, and remembers when his band was just starting out in the 90's. I will tell you-he is as nice today as he was when they first played in 99 in Daytona. Kid Rock has been part of our friendship for quite some time. Who scores front row tickets to Aerosmith and only goes for the opener (Kid Rock)? Ally, by far the hugest fan of the three, was at a loss for words when we first met and greeted him. The stone theory, as we like to call it happens to each of us with a certain driver but it gets Ally every time with this Detroit native.
Lets hope with Kid Rock's presence-it brings his buddy Dale Jr. some luck. Check out a great video that Kid Rock did last year for the National Guard.



Brian Vickers Times Square Pit Stop

We want to say thanks to our friend Brandon who sent this to us. He said this is reason number 487 why he likes this team.

Atlanta Motor Speedway sues Pep Boys

If times werent tough already, Pep Boys have backed out of a multimillion dollar sponsorship deal.

Charlotte Business Journal reports this morning that the track in Hampton, Ga., owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. has sued Philadelphia-based Pep Boys, claiming the auto-parts and -services retailer backed out of a multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal and owes it $1.6 million.

Atlanta Motor Speedway inked the sponsorship deal in February 2008, giving Pep Boys the right to sponsor exclusively the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup series races at the track in 2008 and 2009. Pep Boys also got a large trackside billboard at the site and inclusion of “Pep Boys Auto 500” in ads and promotional materials on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Web site and NASCAR.com.

In 2009, the track told Pep Boys it wanted to hold its fall 2009 NASCAR race events on Labor Day weekend. When Pep Boys failed to make its March 1 payment of $800,000, the track sent a default notice. Pep Boys then sent a purported notice of anticipatory breach of contract to Atlanta Motor Speedway, saying the track failed to comply with the sponsorship deal by scheduling its fall 2009 NASCAR race “during the summer.” Pep Boys also said it was terminating the sponsorship agreement.

The speedway argues the termination is wrongful because the agreement does not mandate that the race be held on a specific date.

Pep Boys says in its response it was looking for opportunities to boost sales in the fall, when it typically sees a decrease in business. The fall timing of the race was also attractive because it’s the “playoff season” for NASCAR, which attracts a big television audience.

“By moving the race from fall to summer, Speedway destroyed the important fall marketing boost for which Pep Boys had bargained,” the retailer alleges. “The date change was also significant because television viewership during the Labor Day weekend is, because of holiday travel and outdoor activities, typically substantially lower than the last Sunday in October in Pep Boys’ core markets. Indeed, that total viewership is often down as much as 20 percent.”

Pep Boys further claims it realized the 2007 race did not give it the benefits it wanted and told the speedway a year in advance to find another sponsor for 2009. Pep Boys alleges Atlanta Motor Speedway “did not devote its best efforts” to find a replacement sponsor.

This is an interesting article. First of all, doesn't Labor Day signify the END of the summer? Its also very hard to track the viewership for that weekend because this is the first year that the race is held in Atlanta....which is a great fun track to watch. Not to mention....um what do we do on Memorial Day?? We are so knee deep in racing on three circuits...its hard to see past the BBQ! Kudos to AMS, for taking this to the next level. Gosh, the Pep Boys in Daytona restricts parking in their lot when they are closed when we go to Carabaas and now this....see you at Auto Zone!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Holy "Speed" Racer!

OK Kids, what have we learned this month? According to Jeremy Mayfield & his lawyer, a double dosage of Claritin-D, Adderall-XR and inhaling fiery fumes from a wreck in Talladega = testing positive for methamphetamine?? I don't think so.

Both NASCAR and Mayfield are under a Gag order so we will not be hearing anything directly from them. We previously posted a politically correct article on Jeremy's drug charges here. If you check out the comments, we were scolded by a passionate race fan who said "All I'm saying is let's not jump to the conclusion that it was weed or cocaine or heroin. Let's not make Jeremy out to be a bad guy until we know all of the facts.". Although we never pointed our fingers in accusation, this charge takes it to a whole new level.

I have to add, it disgusts me that someone would not only jeopardize their life, but the lives of the other 42 drivers on the track. Although he probably wasn't high while racing, this drug takes complete control over your life. I applaud NASCAR for their strict drug policy.

You can view the NASCAR Drug Policy here.

So boys and girls....what are you thoughts on this? Is it a mix of Claritin-D, Adderall-XR and inhaling Talladega fiery fumes? Or is the boy guilty as charged? You already know what we think.

Achoooo! Im calling in sick! Carl is on Ellen today!

Make no plans today! Ellen repeats her show with Carl Edwards talking about his crash in Talladega! Always known as a one stop shop, look no further than here to find out where it airs in your area. We missed it the first go-round, so we will be front and center this afternoon! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tony! Toni! Toné?

Photo rights of NASCAR.com

Sundays Pocono 500 could not have been any more exciting. Tony Stewart was able to conserve enough fuel to clench his first race as a team owner in a NSCS points win. I don't care if you hate Tony Stewart, this victory was one for the record books. If you are a true NASCAR fan, you should have gotten chill bumps when that checkered flag was waved.

I found myself cheering for Tony on Sunday and was asked if Tony was my favorite driver? No was my answer, since I don't have a "favorite driver". Darlynn and I both fans of NASCAR and we cheer for races. Good races. This Sunday (especially being Pocono) was a great race.

For those of you who don't know our past, we are life long Daytona Beach Natives. Darlynn and I have gone to more races than a crazed fan could dream of and it started in our childhood. Dar has been going to races since she was a sparkle in her fathers eye and her Uncle still has their family seats. Meanwhile, I spent every Daytona 500 & Firecracker 400 in the old Police Compound w/ my best friend and her father until they changed it. Whether we liked it or not, NASCAR was in our future. Fast forward many years later and here we are. Collectively as Adults, we have been to almost every track on the East Coast.

So before I talk about the success of Stewart Haas, I have to bring up something. As I rarely mention, I spent a small time with a race team a few years ago. I watched the greatest victory of NASCAR slip out of our hands, by .02 seconds. While being rushed into Victory Lane, I watched the victory result in a second place finish. The ending result? Even with the ridiculous amount of money that was injected into this team in such a short amount of time, they didn't make it.

This brings me to Stewart Haas Racing. When Tony Stewart jumped in and saved Haas CNC Racing last year, I was a little apprehensive. I have always admired Tony Stewart as a driver. I also have tremendous respect for Ryan Newman. Teamed up, they are a force to be reckoned with. Since they are a brand new team, I thought it would be a year or more until they saw their way into Victory Lane. While both being great drivers, they were presented obstacles with new crew chiefs, new teams, new cars....I can go on all day. I watched these struggles first hand with the above mentioned team and it wasn't easy.

I never thought I would be saying these statistics halfway through the season. Tony Stewart is currently 1st in point standings. Ryan Newman is currently 4th in point standings. Tony has 1 points victory (1 non-point victory), 7 top 5's and 10 top 10's. While Ryan hasn't seen victory lane yet this season, he has 1 pole, 5 top 5's and 8 top 10's.

Well, they made me a believer and I will be cheering for Stewart Haas racing the rest of this season. Although they have great resources and great drivers, they are still underdogs, thriving past all the expectations everyone had for them. Hopefully they will bring the spirit back into the sport of NASCAR!

Tune Up Tuesday!

"I'm so 3008, your so 2000 & late, I got that boom boom boom, the future boom boom boom."

Now that we ruined your day by getting it stuck in your head, we hope you venture out and purchase the Black Eyed Peas new Album, The E.N.D. If this album has any reflection as it's first single, Boom Boom Pow, it will surely be a great success. Meanwhile, if you can't get the Boom Boom Pow out of your head, here you go.

Momma-to-be Friendly Firesuits

This October, ESPN IndyCar pit reporter Brienne Pedigo is expecting her first child with husband Tyler Christopher (an actor from ABC's General Hospital). So what does a fellow fashionista pit reporter do in such circumstances? Rely on the good people from ESPN and the firesuit manufacturer Impact.

Between ESPN and Impact, the two produced a unique firesuit for Brienne to wear. It is equipped with a stretch gusset in the back so it can expand throughout her pregnancy. I know nothing about being pregnant but after seeing many of my friends go through this, I am guessing it is somewhat similar to a belly band.

We applaud both ESPN and Impact for this endeavor. You can see Brienne live in action at the Iowa Corn Indy 250, aired on ABC, Sunday, June 21 @ 1pm. We look forward to watching Brienne's progress. This baby will be blessed by great looks and we wish both Mom and Dad the best of luck!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Runway Monday

My favorite jewelry designer, David Yurman, is now making sunglasses and if it were 2007, I would be sporting these without a doubt. I saw them last weekend in Neimans and had to try them on. It broke my heart to walk away from them!
Being Cost Conscious: