Saturday, September 12, 2009

And here we present the 2009 Chase.....

Wow what a nail biting season. After tonight's race, the chase line up consists of:

(in no particular order)
Tony Stewart
Kurt Busch
Brian Vickers
Ryan Newman
Denny Hamlin
Mark Martin
Jeff Gordon
Jimmie Johnson
Kasey Kahne
Greg Biffle
Carl Edwards
Juan Montoya

It was a nail biter for the following but they were inches short:
Kyle Busch
Matt Kenseth
David Reutimann

YAYAYAYAY for Brian Vickers who made it in the chase. Double YAYs for Denny Hamlin who won at his home track. Boo for NASCAR since Kyle Busch didn't make it in the chase. Kyle happens to be tied for the most wins this season (with Mark Martin). I must add that Kyle delivered a very professional post race interview. Kudo's to his PR person. The sport really needed Kyle and the "drama" he brings to the 2009 chase, which he missed it by a mere 8 points......

And the award for dumb criminal goes to.....

Tomaceeta Hampton mug shot from the Mecklenburg County Sherrifs Office

This seasons dumb criminal award goes to Tomacetta Hampton. She was part of the clan that stole Denny Hamlins Lexus LS on August 18th. Now you have to be a pretty dumb criminal to steal a NASCAR drivers vehicle, especially one that has video surveillance. Police released the surveillance video last week that showed two men and one woman stealing the car. The Police said that Hampton was not the woman shown on the video. BUT, she was driving the Lexus around town with Denny Hamlins tags still intact.

I don't know much about Grand Theft Auto, other than I played the game a few times years ago but I would think there is some common ground rules in pulling this off. One would think if you are part of a car heist involving someone famous, you may not want to drive the car around town with the tags on it. Just sayin...

Richmond Notes from the Track

Are you ready to (Chevy) Rock and Roll?? As we head to Richmond this weekend, here are some news and note from the track this week.

NASCAR Foundation Track Walk is today
Join Richard Petty, Reed Sorrenson, AJ Allmendinger and more for a good cause as RIR hosts this walk presented by Kroger and in partnership with The Petty Family Foundation and RIR CARES, benefitting Paralyzed Vetrans of America and the NASCAR Foundation. If you make a tx-deductable donation, you will have a chance to walk around the 3/4 mile D-shaped oval of Richmond. Its $30 in advance, by going to www.foundation.nascar.com or $35 when you go sign up. The walk is scheduled to begin at 1p, you must be pre-registered by then. Dont be late as you will not be able to walk. Registration is at gate 70, on the outside of the track behind turn 4. You MUST have a grandstand ticket to tonight's race. According to Bobby Labonte's twitter, he will also be on hand.

Oh Baby!!
This week we received a healthy dose of baby news. On Tuesday we were one of the first on the scoop that Elliot Sadler, and wife Amanda are pregnant. Making me rethink drinking the water on Lake Norman-our favorite ESPN reporter Shannon Spake also broke us the news yesterday that she and her husband are expecting twin boys in January!

Ch-Ch-Changes
This week we received some shifts and moves off the track for a change. Kurt Busch's crew chief Pat Tryson announced that he would be moving over to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010. Some would argue that maybe this wasnt the most appropriate time to break news on something next year when the last race to the Chase is this week. As MWR adds driver Martin Truex, Jr. next year a pairing seems a no brainer- but dont count your chickens before they are hatched as there is a definitive "no comment" next question from last weeks lap leader Truex.

With news of the Richard Petty Motorsports merger, we now know that Kahne, Sadler, Almendinger and Menard will be the four cars in the new merger-ousting out Reed Sorrenson and Bobby Labonte (who has partnered with TRG for the rest of the season).

Travis Kvapil is long gone from this team. According to an article in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel if we are racing for positive attitudes, he may be down a couple of laps..."There's a handful of guys that don't deserve to have rides if I don't have one - I know I can outrun them - and the demands of sponsors put a lot of pressure on the teams," Kvapil said. "It seems like teams were afraid to make a change and have it look to the sponsors like they're shaking things up."

This team will be in Fords which should prove interesting with Kasey Kahne and his previous struggle, ahem lawsuit with this manufacture when he left them for Chevy in 2004.

So THIS is what the Silly Season is all about!! Dont forget to check out the All American Rejects tonight prior to the race!

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Friday night special is a Martin-tini

Martinitini.....for the second time this season, the Martins have been sitting on the front row. That would be Martin Truex Jr. and Mark Martin. Martin Truex won the first pole of the season at Daytona with Mark Martin sitting on his heels. Here we are at the last pole prior to the chase and it's deja-vous. Mark Martin is on the pole with Martin Truex by his side in spot number two.

So, its the race before the chase and what a difference a year makes, who would have ever thought that Kyle Busch would be the one sitting on the outside looking in. Tomorrow's race is why NASCAR may be one of the most exciting sports ever.

Our Richmond news and stats starts off with something non-driver related. One of our favorite pit road announcers, ESPN's Shannon Spake, is pregnant- expecting twin boys!!! We had a great opportunity to meet and interview Shannon in July. She is a true girls girl and we absolutely adore her. Shannon is due in January and we couldn't be happier for her and her husband.

So...back to the race, if you were to pick one of the bubble drivers to make it into the chase, who would it be? My money is 110% on Brian Vickers. Brian and his crew chief, Ryan Pemberton, have proven themselves this season. I am a underdog kinda gal and I am crossing my fingers and toes that they make it into the chase.

Let's go racing boys.

Kevin Harvick does the coolest promotions!

The Shell V-Power "Fuel My Passion" Contest and Sweepstakes is for those who are passionate about their ride and would be willing to share their "love stories" through a brief description of why they are passionate about their vehicle. Entrants can show their vehicle off by uploading a picture for the world to see. You can visit www.shell.us/fuelmypassion for more details.

Prizes including free Shell V-Power premium gasoline for a year and a chance to win an all-new 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo motorcycle.

Visit www.shell.us/fuelmypassion for more info.

Move Along Move Along All American Rejects in Richmond!


The number one reason I am bummed that I am not in Richmond this weekend! The All American Rejects are ready to Rock the Raceway in a pre-race concert Saturday Night September 12th at 5:45pm right before the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 (hands down the coolest name of a race-ever...sorry Helluva Good) The All American Rejects are from Stillwater, OK which I may move to just for the name alone as it pays homage to one of our favorite movies Almost Famous!We love this band, they are super sweet and we want reviews on here!!

Fans with tickets to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race can watch the concert from the stands, but to see The All-American Rejects up close, individuals can receive an on-track concert credential while supplies last by participating in the Chevy Challenge at the Chevy display in Chevy Fan Fest at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 12.

Tickets for the NASCAR doubleheader weekend, September 11-12, at Richmond International Raceway, are on sale now. Saturday’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only the top 12 drivers in the point standings will be eligible to win the series championship, making this one of the most important stops on the schedule. Tickets, which start at $40, can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone Fan Hospitality Driver Appearances are Growing for Saturday, September 12

Get your sharpies ready, Richmond is stalker worthy this Saturday! Below is a press release from the Richmond Speedway. If you are in town for the race, and the funds are available, its ALWAYS a good idea to hit the fan zone...especially when there is a great event like this!

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone fan hospitality at Richmond International Raceway will be blooming with NASCAR personalities on Saturday, September 12. Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip, Hermie Sadler and track president Doug Fritz will all visit for question-and-answer sessions. Additionally, The All-American Rejects will join in with an appearance.

The best way to experience the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend September 11-12 at America’s Premier Short Track is with the Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone fan hospitality. The fan hospitality is available only to Saturday, September 12 ticket holders and includes:

Pre-race pit pass (valid 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., time and weather permitting).
Appetizers from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All-you-can-eat dinner buffet from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Six (6) beer tickets for fans 21 years of age and older (with valid identification).
Unlimited sodas and water.
Question and answer sessions with Edwards, Busch, Harvick, Truex, Waltrip, SPEED-TV personality Hermie Sadler, track president Doug Fritz and The All-American Rejects.
Live musical entertainment.
Souvenir event program.
Prizes and more!

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone is available for $90 only to ticket holders for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Fans must have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ticket to purchase the Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone package.

To purchase Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone passes, please log on to www.rir.com or call the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223).

Tickets for the NASCAR doubleheader weekend, September 11-12, at Richmond International Raceway, are on sale now. Saturday’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event is “One Last Race to Make the Chase.”

Once the checkered flag drops, the field will be set for the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only the top 12 drivers in the point standings will be eligible to win the series championship, making this one of the most important stops on the schedule. Tickets, which start at $40, can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).

The weekend begins on Friday, September 11, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket also includes practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the Nationwide Series and practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Friday’s tickets are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission) in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only. Please log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223) for tickets and information.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Behind the scenes of a BK commercial shoot

I'm sure by now, most of the NASCAR Nation has seen the latest Tony Stewart Burger King commercials staring Tony Stewart. I must say, this is a sigh of relief being I have had my fair share of the "King" this season.

We wanted to share some pictures of the commercial shoot with our readers.

Tony Stewart, driver/owner at Stewart-Haas Racing, pictured in center in his BURGER KING® fire suit, shares some laughs with actor, Erik Estrada (left) and comedian/actor, Carrot Top (right), during a break behind the scenes of Burger King Corp.’s ad shoot, “The Tony Stewart School of Endorsements.” The latest ad campaign for BURGER KING® restaurants includes a series of four ads showcasing Stewart with his favorite menu item, the famous WHOPPER® sandwich, and begins airing on Sept. 7, 2009. Visit www.bkracing.com for more information on Burger King Corp.’s national promotion with Stewart-Haas Racing.


Tony Stewart, driver/owner at Stewart-Haas Racing, climbs into the hot seat to prove his love for the famous WHOPPER® sandwich in the latest ad campaign for BURGER KING® restaurants. The ad titled, “Polygraph Prep,” is the last in a series of four ads that begin airing on Sept. 7, 2009. Visit www.bkracing.com for more information on Burger King Corp.’s national promotion with Stewart

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The NASCAR Foundation Fourth Annual Blood Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance

In the month of September, multiple tracks across the Nation will have a blood drive in an effort to help meet the on-going need for more than 39,000 blood donations every day. If you find yourself in our little town of Daytona Beach, you should stop by the track to help this cause on September 11th. You can view all of the NASCAR Foundation blood drives here.

From the DIS Press Release:

Daytona International Speedway To Hold Blood Drive On Sept. 11

As Part Of The NASCAR Foundation’s Fourth Annual Blood Drive

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway, “The World Center of Racing,” will hold a blood drive on Friday, Sept. 11 as part of The NASCAR Foundation’s Fourth Annual Blood Drive presented by Nationwide Insurance.

Each year the Drive mobilizes some of NASCAR’s biggest entities - tracks, drivers, teams and sponsors - in an effort to help meet the on-going need for more than 39,000 blood donations every day. The national effort, spearheaded by The NASCAR Foundation, aims to help maintain safe blood supply levels and lessen the blood shortages that often occur during the summer months and around holidays.

The drive at Daytona International Speedway will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Boardwalk Club, located in the infield on the banks of historic Lake Lloyd. Donors can enter through either the Turn 1 or Turn 4 tunnels.

Every guest who comes to donate will receive a gift bag, donated by 3M, and a ticket to next July’s Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

In 2008, 29 tracks participated in the national drive event. Daytona International Speedway generated 380 donors and 351 units of blood while the NASCAR Foundation’s overall drive collected 4,261 pints of blood, potentially saving more than 12,000 lives.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment in advance at www.nascar.com/foundation.

Elliot Sadler to become a Daddy!!

This just in!

Elliot Sadler and his wife Amanda Prince are expecting!! Elliot announced today on NASCAR Sirius Radio that they will be the future parents of NASCARs baby boom.

The couple was married in January, 2009 and famously missed their honeymoon. Have you seen their Today Show worthy first dance?




We are very happy for Elliot and Amanda and I know they are going to have one beautiful baby!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Atlanta Notes from the Track

photo credit NASCAR

Martin Truex, Jr. Takes the Pole


For the second time this year Martin Truex, Jr. will sit in position #1 for tonight's race in Atlanta. A good morale boost for him and the entire #1 team who has been diligent, tho not terribly lucky for most of the season.

With only 11 races to go before Martin goes to MWR for the 2010 season, we hope both sides and all sponsors, current and future are paying attention to this great feather in Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's and the #1's team's hat....it takes a village to get a fast car, you know. To see the entire lineup, please see here.

Bobby Labonte upseats Gilliand at TRG

A roller coaster of emotions for B-Lab who was taken out of the Yates Racing sequence on Monday. Come mid-week, an announcement was made by TRG, the year's contender for the Little Team That Could: for the next seven races, Bobby Labonte will drive for the #71 car replacing David Gilliland.

The conductor of this train, crew chief Slugger Labbe suggested to owner Kevin Buckler that they take this dismissal to their team's advantage. Labonte's provisional status will take a little pressure off the team. But, dont worry about David Gilliland- Gilliland will race the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford at Atlanta for Bill Elliot, who is under the weather. Joe Gibbs will pick him up for Charlotte, Texas and Homestead and one additional race for owner/driver Robby Gordon.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is most social

NASCAR fans can get up-to-the-minute updates on action leading up to the Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend by following Atlanta Motor Speedway on Facebook and Twitter.

AMS goes Country for Pre-Race Entertainment, National Anthem

Diamond Rio will headline a Pre-Race Party concert prior to tonight's race. Giving fans up-close access to NASCAR Sprint Cup driver introductions, a limited number of stage-front passes are available for $49. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a performance by Jason Michael Carroll. A race 500 ticket is also required for admission to the party area. Diamond Rio will also perform the National Anthem.

County vocal group SHeDAISY performed the National Anthem prior to Atlanta Motor Speedway's Nationwide race, the Degree V12 300 on Saturday night.

To purchase Pre-Race Party Passes or ticket to the Pep Boys Auto 500, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (77) 946-3917 or (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.