Saturday, January 9, 2010

Your chance to sit in the Sprint Tower for Daytona Race Weeks

My uncle will not be using two of his four seats this year. I realize these are last years tickets I will post updated photos of this year's ASAP. I dont really want to split them up per race because we end up getting stuck with them. If you are a race fan and like GREAT seats these are for you. We are selling them for face value. See below!




Courtside, ringside, behind the home base so to speak seats. I have two tickets each to the NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Truck Race), Gatorade Duel, Camping World 300, and Daytona 500 for sale. Some of the tickets are pictured above for authenticity of course. Face Value is all that I am asking...$660 a seat for all four races...blame NASCAR baby, not me! Contact me at darlynn.nangano@gmail.com for more infomation

Snowmen in Florida


So, in the winter storm of 2010, my Mother and I decided to build a snonwman (or as my friend in NY called it, a sleetman). I am very proud of our snowman! It's a florida first:
Then I decided to pay a visit to Juan Pablo Montoya's Twitter account @jpmontoya to see how he was handling the weather in Daytona Beach and saw he did the same thing...:.....and from Daytona International Speedways twitter @DISupdates, the Chip Ganassi Racing teams snowmen (including Juans)


And after this blog was posted, @JenCook on twitter sent us her snowman from the speedway! Keep them coming people.


#3 & 3rd times a charm for the Earnhardt family

Although one of our claim to fame is NASCAR gossip, we really don't like to hang around the water cooler of said favorite sport. But then, you come around a story that somehow slid past us for the past...uh.....year or so and bam, you realize you aren't so much in the loop!! Thanks to Answer This: Tall Glass of Milk (thank god your back), we found out Kelley Earnhardt got remarried during the off season. I must say, congrats to you girl you deserve happiness!

Here is the original story but you can also click here for photos and videos of her new hubby.

NASCAR fans got their first off season gossip shocker yesterday when 27-year-old Charlotte singer-songwriter Travis Powell, who's been dating Kelley Earnhardt for a few months, changed his relationship status on Facebook to "engaged." While there's been no public confirmation, Kelley was sporting a ring on that special finger at this morning's JR Motorsports press conference. The marriage would be the third for the eldest daughter of the late Dale Earnhardt, who himself was married three times.

Congrats to them.

Dale Earhnardt Jr. - Amy Reimann Meanwhile, Kelley's chronically bachelor-statused Dale Earnhardt Jr. shows no signs of acquainting himself with an altar, despite allegedly heading into his second off season with the same woman. Like most who have gone before her, his current female companion has gone publicly unacknowledged and has still managed to earn disapproval of his fans, primarily due to her questionable marital status.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dega, TMS & the BCS Championship Game

While lurking on the internet today and came accross a story on jayski.com about tonight's BCS National Championship game. If you have been following the Fashionistas blog for a while, you are well aware as to how big of college football fans Darlynn and I are. I'm a die hard Florida Gator & bleed orange and blue so tonight's game is going to be a little hard for me needless to say. For SEC purposes only, I am going to bite the bullet and cheer for Bama (I just shuddered) but I will not have it in me to say "Roll Tide". Darlynn is a life long Seminole fan and although you may suspect otherwise, we get along really well during football season. We even watch the FL/FSU game together...sometimes...

Now, you ask what does the story on Jayski have to do with NASCAR? A lot actually. Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage have quite a "friendly" bet going on over the outcome of tonights big game (ABC 8:00pm for those of you who don't already know). Up for grabs?? A weekend's worth of bragging rights as the winning track's flag flies over the loser's track and a catered meal for the victorious track (Dega is supplying Dreamland Ribs while Texas is offering a shipment of Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse beef brisket). And here's the kicker.....the losing track president will have to wear a golf shirt and hat of the winning team.

In case you were curious Elliot Sadler is pulling for Bama according to his twitter account @Elliot_Sadler: Headed to charlotte got some meetings today. Def gonna watch game tonight. Staying with SEC. Roll tide

I think instead of a golf shirt, the "loser" would look much better in a Halftime Designs Bamatini or Longhorntini shirt!! What do you think? I would be more than happy to send one their way (or maybe one for their wives)!! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Preseason Thunder Fan Fest is right around the corner!

Greetings from Antarctica....err...Daytona Beach! Only one month ago we were breaking record heat waves, we are now breaking record cold chills and bundled up like Eskimos fighting each other for firewood. As the locals are trying to keep warm in weather we aren't quite accustom to, Daytona International Speedway is gearing up for 2010 Preseason Thunder Fan Fest which kicks off a week from Friday.

Fan Fest is the preseason kick off for the 2010 NASCAR season and it is hard to believe that we are already upon this event. We will be there with our bells on...and most likely scarves, gloves & Ugg boots (last year, Rutledge Wood complimented me on mine). Activities for the event include Interactive fan forums, Autograph sessions, Show cars, Music, Online auction, Blood drive & more.

For those of you planning on going or just curious to see what Fan Fest is all about, you can read more about the event by clicking here. The schedule for the driver appearance is listed below. Budweiser Bistro, here we come! Before you partake in the adult beverages, please stop by the Blood drive area and donate some of your plasma.

Friday, January 15th (starting @ 6:00pm):
2009 Daytona 5oo champion Matt Kenseth
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Jeff Gordon
Ryan Newman
Mark Martin
Jeff Burton
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Travis Kvapil
AJ Allmendinger

Saturday, January 16th
(Noon - 4:00pm)
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Martin Truex Jr.
David Reutimann
Morgan Shepard
Michael Annett
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Colin Braun
(4:00 - 8:00pm)
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Todd Bodine
Sam Hornish Jr.

Tickets are available for $15 can be purchased through DIS website, www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Please keep in mind, autograph sessions are limited to 250 people per driver in advance. The only drivers with advance reservations for the driver autograph sessions will be Earnhardt Jr., Newman, Kenseth, Busch, Gordon, Harvick and Martin. The remainder of the driver autograph sessions will be done by a first-come basis.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Michael Waltrip is celebrated in Daytona

from press release

On Sunday, Feb. 14, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip will begin his 25th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the sport’s biggest race – the Daytona 500. And to mark that special occasion, Daytona International Speedway and Waltrip, who captured the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003, are joining forces with a special Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer.

The package, available for $129, includes:
· A ticket to the 52nd annual Daytona 500
· Question and answer session with Waltrip on the morning of the Daytona 500
· Celebration party with Waltrip, featuring cakes, beverages and other giveaway items
· Autographed commemorative event ticket
· And each race fan that purchases a Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer ticket will be entered to win a chance to become an honorary pit crew member during the 2010 Daytona 500.

Waltrip said he hopes it’s a special day for all of the fans as well as his NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. “The Daytona 500 is the greatest race in the world, my favorite race, and the race that defines my career,” Waltrip said. “I’m humbled that the speedway is honoring my 25th season with a commemorative ticket package. I very much look forward to meeting the fans race morning and then going after my third 500 win that afternoon.” Track officials said the offer will give fans a chance at a rare opportunity to talk with a two-time race winner the morning of the race. “Michael Waltrip is part of an exclusive club of Daytona 500 champions,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Beginning his 25th year with NASCAR’s biggest race is certainly going to be a special moment and this ticket package is going to deliver a unique and memorable experience to race fans.” The Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer is available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/mwr or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(1-4-2010)


Taste of the 24 - great food & fast cars

Calling all race fans and foodies! There’s an event taking place on January 30th in Daytona Beach that the Fashionistas are definitely attending and we think you’ll want to be part of – Taste of the 24. It’s a delicious blend of food from 24 of the Daytona Beach area's finest restaurants and access to the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona with Sprint FANZONE access! This outrageously fun evening will offer music, non-stop entertainment, delicious food, cigar bar, live jazz, beer and wine from around the world, and a chance to win a Rolex watch!

The event will be located in 24 private Corporate Suites at Daytona International Speedway – high atop the Superstretch grandstands. The price is unbeatable with what is offered in this package. We hope to see you there!

Adult Taste of the 24 Ticket Price: $75.00

Adult Taste of the 24 Ticket and Rolex Giveaway Price: $95.00

Purchase your tickets Click Here!

For further information about this premier racing and tasting event, please contact Kent Ryan (386.506.4425; ryank@daytonastate.edu) or Virginia Dolby (386.506.3195; dolbyv@daytonastate.edu).

Monday, January 4, 2010

For NASCAR History Buffs-NASCAR Exhibit planned in time for the Daytona Speedweeks

If you are like us, we are very interested on how it all started. Its hard to believe that steps away from my home in Ormond Beach is the Birthplace of Speed.

If you are coming to Daytona for the races, when you have some downtime (and you will, trust me)-check out The Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens as they present SPEED: Images from the Private Collections of International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR January 28 through March 1, 2010.

The exhibition will feature rare racing still and motion photography on loan from the International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR. Also shown will be select objects, dating back to the pre-war beach races, which are currently held in NASCAR Archives.

Many exhibition images were produced by photographer Richard LeSesne, who documented the Daytona Beach area for 4 decades (43 years). He died in 1946 at age 66. His studio, located on Beach Street, and later on Palmetto Ave, produced aerials, postcards, and racing images for the city, chronicling the beach racing era. NASCAR Founder William C. “Big Bill” France, Sr. purchased much of the LeSesne collection in October 1951.

Also included in the SPEED EXHIBITION will be a number of NASCAR’s photos from the 1950’s and 60’s, taken by contract photographer T. Taylor Warren. Warren began shooting for NASCAR and select tracks in 1952 and continued until his death. T. Taylor preserved in history, through his lens, NASCAR’s first superspeedway (Darlington), and the organization’s progression from the dirt bullrings to the professional level of racing today. Warren died in 2008 at age 83.

The over 50 still photographic works selected for SPEED have been on private display in corporate headquarters in the Speedplex on International Speedway Blvd since 1996.

With the recent NASCAR and ISC corporate headquarters move, Speedway officials desired to share the artistic contents of the older space with the community through the Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens (OMAM).

In addition, SPEED EXHIBITION DATES TO REMEMBER include;

Feb. 5th – First Friday Art Walk and Days of Thunder movie on the Casements lawn. Rated PG 13. This 1990 movie filmed largely in Daytona Beach stared Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Robert Duvall. FREE

Feb. 8,9,&10 – 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. SPEED Exhibiton Curatorial Walks with Eddie Roche and Laura Valantine at OMAM. FREE

Feb. 11 – 6:00– 8:00 p.m. OMAM Heritage Club Member Reception with Special Guest Betty Jane France by invitation for GOLD LEVEL MUSEUM MEMBERS.

The Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens is open Mon. – Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. There is a $2.00 suggested donation.

For more information on these events, call 386-676-3347, contact bsaunders@ormondartmuseum.org or visit us on the web at www.ormondartmuseum.org.

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson to become parents!

Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra will become first time parents this summer. The four time consecutive cup winner will have his hands full this season while attempting for a 5-peat! A spokesperson for the California couple confirmed that they are due in July.

This wonderful news follows Johnson winning the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, the first race car driver to win this prestigious award in its 78 year history.

Congrats Jimmie and Chandra! My only question....if they are having a baby boy, will they name him Chase?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Shannon Spake a Mommy to Two!

The New Year is still a celebration for ESPN pit reporter Shannon Spake & husband Jerry McSorley who became proud parents to identical twin boys, Liam Jerome McSorley (4lb 8oz) and Brady James McSorley (4lb 5oz), born on New Years Day 2010!! We had a opportunity to meet Shannon and do a Fast Lap interview with her in Daytona for the July 09 races. She was expecting then but had not announced it at that time. Congrats to Shannon & Jerry and a very Happy New Year to you both!