Friday, August 21, 2009
1 1/2 oz Three Olives Rootbeer Vodka
1/2 oz Amaretto
small scoop of vanilla ice cream
Combine first two ingredients into a martini shaker. Pour into a glass. Top with scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Why am I talking about music you ask? Because Bristol Motor Speedway is doing something that I think is genius this weekend. They are letting drivers select their own songs for driver introductions.
Tony Stewart & David Stremme - Bawitdaba by Kid Rock
Mark Martin - For Those About To Rock by AC/DC
Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson & David Ragan - Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Matt Kenseth - The Enemy by Godsmack
Casey Mears & Max Papis - Animals by Nickelback
Brian Vickers - This Town by O.A.R.
Kurt Busch & AJ Allmendinger - Going The Distance by Cake
Carl Edwards - Jump Around by House of Pain (GOOD CHOICE CARL!)
Scott Speed - Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
Kyle Busch - Amazing by Kanye West
Kevin Harvick - Party Up by DMX
Denny Hamlin - My Time by Fabolous
Jeff Gordon - Start Me Up by Rolling Stones
Jeff Burton - Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses
Kasey Kahne - Life On The Run by Dierks Bentley
Michael Waltrip - As Good As I Once Was by Toby Keith
Ryan Newman - Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy by Big & Rich
Bobby Labonte - Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
Clint Boyer - CC Rider by Elvis Presley
Reed Sorenson - Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Juan Pablo Montoya - All Star by Smash Mouth
Elliott Sadler & David Reutimann - 2001: A Space Odyssey Theme Song (Calling Ric Flair?)
Marcus Ambrose - Land Down Under by Men At Work
Joey Logano - East Bound and Down (the theme from Smokey and the Bandit)
I think the music shown above shows that NASCAR drivers have a fantastic taste in music. If you had to select a song for driver intros, what would it be and why? Also, would you choose the same song that another driver already took claim on?
As we mentioned here Jimmie Johnson and a few other drivers were scheduled to attend the White House for luncheon with President Obama on August 3rd. That lunch never took place due to the rain out in Pocono and was rescheduled to this afternoon. Joining Johnson for the celebration will be the following members of the 2008 Chase field: Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart. Unfortunately, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth couldn't attend do to scheduling conflicts.
Along with the members of the 08 Chase field, the following champions and special guests will also be dining with Johnson and Obama: Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Juan Montoya, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip.
Now....why is Montoya there? Please let me start this off by saying I actually embraced Montoya as a driver this year. There, I said it. Don't hate on me. I really like the guy and he is very talented. Yet, why is he in the same category as Jarrett, Labonte, Petty, Wallace and Waltrip? I realize he is a very decorated driver in the open wheel circuit but this is a NASCAR luncheon. I am confused.
In case you were wondering, this marks the ninth time the Cup Series champion has been honored at the White House since 2000. NASCAR's first official visit to the White House was in 1978 during the Carter administration.
Here is the update from our friends at ESPN, bringing you the interview between Nicole Manske and Brad Daugherty:
President Barack Obama was interviewed live during ESPN2’s NASCAR Now program originating from the White House in
Q - We just saw you honoring Jimmie Johnson and the 2008 Chase for the Championship contenders. Why was this something that NASCAR and the White House decided to do?
President Obama - NASCAR is a quintessential American sport. I think that its fan base is now worldwide, but when you think about its roots, when you think about all the people who have such an attachment to the drivers, and when you think about the fact that right now the U.S. auto industry is going through a tough time, we wanted to make sure we highlight the fact that this is a great sport, is a great brand for not just NASCAR itself but also for America, and we thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate some champions.
Q - Why is it important for the Big Three auto manufacturers to remain committed to NASCAR?
President Obama - I think that it’s about as good advertising as you can get. If somebody’s excited about NASCAR, that means they’re excited about cars. And we want to make sure that people know what great American cars are, and obviously it’s understandable at a time when GM has gone through some tough times, that they may need to cut back sponsorships briefly, but over the long term, if we look 5-10 years out, I think they’re going to come back stronger than ever, and I think their association with NASCAR makes a great difference.
Q - We know you’re excellent at filling out your sports brackets. What about winning the Chase championship? Have you filled out that bracket?
President Obama - Well first of all I think it’s a little early. I think I’ve got to see a little more information before we make a final decision here. But obviously when you’ve got champions like Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, just a lot of folks who are capable of winning at any given time, so I’m not going to pretend like I can pick them, but maybe when we get right there down to the end, I’ll go ahead and take the punch.
Q – You’re passionate about sports. Jimmie Johnson has won three consecutive championships - who in sports world can you compare this to?
President Obama - In terms of individual sports, you’ve got some folks like Tiger Woods, and Roger Federer in tennis, who have established dominance in their sport. Jimmie is somebody who obviously, and his whole team, knows what they’re doing and knows how to win. They’re going to have a lot more wins probably under their belt in the future. He looks like a pretty young guy. I saw him getting in and out of the 48 and I was thinking I would have strained something, broke something. He didn’t even tear his suit. That’s the least that would have happened to me – I would’ve had a big rip somewhere.
Q - You were talking earlier about the family atmosphere in NASCAR. Why do you think NASCAR has become such a strong fabric in the American sports culture?
President Obama - I think part of it is what you described – that families can go to the track and they can see these great races and enjoy a good family event that lasts for awhile and it’s affordable. But part of it is also the fact that I think racing teams themselves are a family and it’s a reminder that the guy behind the wheel is not the only person involved in this thing. That it takes a pit crew, it takes the engineers back at the shop, and all of that contributes to the sense of community that is part of what makes this country strong.
Q - It’s a long-standing tradition to have champions at the White House. The 2009 Cup champion - if you had to place a bet, who that would be?
President Obama - The key to making good predictions in sports is waiting until the last minute to make them. I’m two-for-two so far. I called the Steelers; I called the Tar Heels. I haven’t yet called the baseball season because I’m holding out hope that my White Sox might still have a chance. So you guys call me up right before the end of the race and I’ll let you know who I think is going to come out on top.
Q - When are we going to get you to a race?
President Obama - I would love to do it. I was supposed to do it during the campaign but we just ended up having to travel too much and we weren’t able to devote the amount of time that I wanted to. Hopefully sometime during my presidency I’m going to get out there.
It's not just the excitement of watching the boys go around worlds fasted half mile. It is the drama that comes with this race. There is no such thing as a "boring" Bristol race. One year ago started the rivalry between Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch. I wonder what the big story line will be on Saturday night?
If you find yourself lucky enough to be in Bristol this weekend, hopefully you already have your race tickets. Saturday night marks the 55th consecutive sell out at Bristol. There are four races this weekend, starting with a double header tonight (some tickets are still available for the other series). The NASCAR Whelen Modified series goes green at 6:15pm and will be broadcasted on Speed at 7:00pm. Two NASCAR drivers and crew chiefs will be involved in this race. Ryan Newman will be driving the 7NY, owned by Martin Truex JR's crew chief, Kevin Bono Manion. Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne will be driving #96 and his crew chief is Sprint Cup team owner, Tommy Baldwin JR. We were lucky enough to witness Newman clench Manions first victory as a modified owner this February in New Smyrna, FL. Hopefully tonights race will end in the same result!
The green flag drops at 8pm for the Camping World O'Reilly 200. Will Ron Hornaday clench his sixth consecutive win of the season?
Did we mention that Ryan Newman is driving in all four races this weekend? That sure makes for a tiring week. I bet he is happy they have off next weekend.
Thursday night marks the 13th annual Bristol Motor Speedway Transporter Parade. Thousands of fans will line up along the 10 mile route to watch the haulers make their way into the track. Inside the hauler, dreams will be coming true as many of the haluer drivers will be transporting a child from either the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the Children's Miracle Network. The parade starts at 9pm at the Bristol Mall and ends at BMS.
Friday is a busy day full of practicing, qualifying and the Nationwide race, which goes green at 8pm.
Saturday nights race goes green at 7:30 and you can view the entire weekends schedule here. If your on Facebook or Twitter, Bristol has been updating fans all week with photos and updates. Become a fan of them here or follow them on Twitter here.
This month, the Greg Biffle Foundation puts out the 2010 NASCAR Pets Calendar! This annual calendar features your favorite drivers and member of the NASCAR media with their pets. The calendar was designed and printed courtesy of 3M and features NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers as well as members of NASCAR’s media family posing with their pets.
The 12 drivers selected to appear in the calendar are: Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and Tony Stewart. Members of the media featured include: Dick Berggren, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, John Roberts, Shannon Spake, and Matt Yocum.
“We’re definitely excited about the 2010 Calendar and 3M’s partnership with us. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of these calendars go right to work for animals in need, so purchasing one is a win-win.” said Greg Biffle, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the #16 3M Ford Fusion.
We encourage you to support the Greg Biffle Foundation and can purchase your calendar online. In addition, staff will be on-site to sell calendars at the First Annual Greg Biffle Foundation Day being held at Roush Fenway Racing on Wed., Oct. 14, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A little about the foundation: The Greg Biffle Foundation was founded in 2005 by Greg and Nicole Biffle to create awareness and serve as an advocate to improve the well-being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motor sports industry.
Last year. the Foundation awarded grant funding to 112 shelters and rescue groups nationwide for programs like spaying and neutering, adoption and general operating expenses.
We support and work with a local charity called Sophie's Circle, who holds monthly "Yappy" Hours and events that raises funds and supplies for a local no-kill animal shelter. It is important to help those who cant speak and help themselves.
Monday, August 17, 2009
It was filled with links to great recipe ideas and a full page spread about “NASCAR’s most eligible bachelor,” Tony Stewart.
I am betting with 100-percent certainty that the male fans of NASCAR were not privy to this type of absurdity.
The more I thought about it, the more laughable it seemed. Just who does NASCAR think they are—trying to buy me with their pink baby-doll driver tees and glittery tank tops?
Sure there will always be women at the track donning ill fitting t-shirts with iron-on messages like “Mrs. Lil E” or “Driver Butts Drive Me Nuts,” but for the majority of female fans, we’re just like the rest of you, only prettier!
Statistics show that NASCAR’s female fanbase is nearing 50-percent, but the sport itself is still perceived by many as a “boy's club.”
Being a knowledgeable female fan at the track is much like being a lone mare in the middle of a stud farm.
Men have it pretty darn easy when it comes to attending a race—throw on some shoes, pants, and an optional shirt and you’re good to go. The fairer sex has to worry about all of the sugar and spice and everything nice that goes along with being a woman.
There are countless websites out there that cater to the female fan, providing tips for your day at the track. They answer the burning questions, like what the best waterproof mascara is to wear to the track to prevent your “eyes” from melting down your face in the summer sun, or just how many tampons to bring to the track.
Hey guys, have you ever thought about packing some antibacterial wipes to clean the toilet seats with before sitting down on it, or adding your “in case of emergency” number into your cell phone just in case you meet with certain danger?
Seriously, how many of you have carried a small bottle of hairspray on your person so that you can “fluff up your hair” when the hat comes off, or some antiperspirant so that you can “freshen up” during caution flags?
This is what women are fed all the time: “a girl has always gotta look good!” Give me jeans, a t-shirt, flip flops, and a baseball cap any day. It’s a stock car race for God sake, not a freaking fashion show!
There will always be that girl who makes the rest of us look bad; you know the one. She’s had way too much to drink, and during a caution will stand up and flash the entire race day community.
The instant gratification is astounding, as people will take notice. There will be a lot of cat-calling and a handful of “hell yeahs,” but ultimately, in the end, it is her drunk ass who gets escorted out in a shiny pair of designer handcuffs.
Way to represent ladies!
Yes, at times being a girl at the race is like being that sweet little black feline who is stalked by smelly ol’ Pepe Le Pew.
"Ze arms of Pepe are upon you, I am ze captain, and you are ze first mate. Promotions will follow quickly!"
One year, during the spring race in Richmond, I was caught in a crowd with two of the drunkest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing company with. They both had foot-long hot dogs, and as they bumped up next to a lucky lady they would ask the question that we all long to hear: “Wanna see my wee-nah?”
While I found it oddly amusing, all fun and games came to a screeching halt when one of them disrespected me by reaching out and grabbing a handful of my left breast!
He was like the redneck version of “Arthur.” Instead of introducing himself in proper British fashion, he slurred, “I’m from Salisbury Merle-and,” as if it were a proper handshake.
I leaned into him and whispered something that is not fit to print, but let's just say it was a fair warning about what was going to happen if he didn’t remove that hand post haste!
“Hey mah bad, mah bad, it’s all good,” he replied as he raised both hands up into my line of vision, right before he high fived his buddy for making the play!
Got to give him props for trying, he made it to first base without even buying me the obligatory cocktail.
Fast forward years later to the 2009 spring race in Richmond, and I am still getting no respect! I mentioned to a fellow writer and seasoned media center veteran that I had obtained press credentials.
"Just what NASCAR needs...another media babe in the garage area. You rock it, baby! (hehehehe...could rock me :-p ). Yeah...you groupie you!”
Are you freaking kidding me!?
While it could not be farther from the truth, it is still the perception of some NASCAR Neanderthals.
While NASCAR Dads delight in the fact that they can share the racing experience with their brand loyal spouses through sponsors like Little Debbie and Betty Crocker, there are many female fans who consider themselves true gearheads.
They are the ones who will challenge even the most seasoned good ol' boys to a hardcore lesson in NASCAR trivia. She'll spout out team stats and qualifying lap times without blinking a made-up eye.
Sure, some might be dazzled by the feminine exterior, but get to know the inside before assuming that we female fans are only at the track to get hit on or lost in the baby blue eyes of Kasey Kahne.
Forty million female NASCAR fans can't be wrong!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
So, with that being said, it is time to get back into the blog. First of and foremost, congrats to adorable Brian Vickers and the #83 Red Bull Racing team. We are huge fans of Vickers. I was quite happy when he clenched both poles for Michigan. Vickers has been the pole king this year....did I really just write that? He claimed his 6th NSCS pole for the 2009 season which makes for his third consecutive pole at Michigan. This is one happy girl for picking him this week in my fantasy league.
Onto a little issue called Gas. We were heartbroken last weekend when Martin Truex Jr ran out of gas on the last lap at Watkins Glen, which ruined his chances at his best finish of the 2009 season. Now my heart aches for Jimmie Johnson, who was leading both Michigan races this year, and ran out of gas in the final laps. Gambling on gas will win it or loose it. Guess this wasn't the gambling kinda year at Michigan for Johnson and Knaus.
So, once again, many congrats to Vickers and Pemberton, who made all the right moves this weekend. I was present at Talladega 2006 when Vickers claimed his first (albeit controversial) race and watched many fans throw beer cans at him for "wrecking" JR. I am very happy he can add Michigan to his trophy collection.