Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fashionistas Feasting Frugally

It's the final Saturday of Bikeweek in Daytona. Forget trying to go out to dinner unless you want to wait until Monday to get a table. We wanted to have a nice girls night but we knew that would be impossible. We decided to have a Fashionista style Saturday dinner, but cooking it ourselves instead of going out.

What was on our menu this evening?
2 Bottles of cabernet
Baked Brie
Homemade Caesar Salad (dressing recipe courtesy of Beth Baldwin)
Filet Mignon
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Mushrooms
Strawberries and Cream (Tastefully Simple)

Our dinner turned out fab and if we had gone out to dinner to Stonewood Grill and Tavern, our bill would have been a whopping $160 after tip between the 2 of us. Want to know what we spent? $58!!! I love being frugal. See we can survive the economy and not give up our luxuries!

On NASCAR related news, Martin Truex Jr. was hospitalized tonight after practice for Kidney Stones. Word has it that they passed and he will be ok to drive tomorrow. Hopefully that is the only thing that passes him in Atlanta. :)

Happy Happy Hour!

Zing Zang has the best Bloody Mary mix you will ever purchase. All three of us used to be bartenders and consider ourselves Bloody Mary connoisseurs. I refused to buy a premade mix until I tried Zing Zang. Most grocery stores carry it so do yourself a treat and pick up a bottle next time you are shopping. Enjoy this cocktail while following along with Happy Hour here!

The best thing about Bloody Marys is that you can put anything you like in them. I personally like to put a pickle in mine. Darlynn likes shrimp in is like an alcoholics shrimp cocktail.

Fashionista Bloody Mary
Grey Goose or Kettle One
Zing Zang
Celery Stalk and whatever else your heart desires

Place a celery stalk in a highball glass fill with ice. Combine 1/2 vodka and 1/2 mix.


Atlanta Kobalt Tools 500 cheat sheet / lineup

We are a little late posting this, thanks to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. This is the first time I haven't made it to an Atlanta race in the last 6 races. Last year I woke up to snow at the track!

Mark Martin, who was fastest in practice 1, won his first pole since Richmond in May 2001. This is a good thing for Mark being he is currently 34th in points. Will he finally break his loosing streak or will he blow another engine?

So far this year has been all about the engine problems. Last year it was all about the tires. Tony Stewart had his famous rant about Goodyear by calling them the most pathetic racing tire he has ever been on in his entire racing career and that they can’t build a tire worth a crap. Hopefully Goodyear got it together because last years Atlanta race was ridiculous.

Kolbalt Tools 500 lineup

1. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet, Kellogg's / Carquest (fastest in practice 1)

2. #2 Kurt Busch Dodge, Miller Lite

3. #26 Jamie McMurray Ford, Irwin Industrial Tools

4. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet, Target

5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford, 3M

6. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota, FedEx Ground

7. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, Lowe's / Kobalt Tools

8. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota, NEMCO Motorsports

9. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota, M&M's

10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet, Reese's

11. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet, Office Depot / Old Spice

12. #39Ryan Newman Chevrolet, Haas Automation

13. #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge, Budweiser

14. #19 Elliott Sadler Dodge, Best Buy

15. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet, Caterpillar

16. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, National Guard Youth Challenge / DuPont

17. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota, Red Bull

18. #00 David Reutimann Toyota, Aaron's Dream Machine

19. #7 Robby Gordon Toyota, Jim Beam

20. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, Amp Energy / National Guard

21. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet, BB&T

22. #28 Travis Kvapil Ford, Golden Corral

23. #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet, Bass Pro Shops / Tracker

24. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota, NAPA

25. #07 Casey Mears Chevrolet, DirecTV

26. #82 Scott Speed Toyota, Red Bull

27. #66 Dave Blaney Toyota, Prism Motorsports

28. #12 David Stremme Dodge, Penske Racing

29. #99 Carl Edwards Ford, Aflac

30. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford, Dewalt

31. #71 David Gilliland Chevrolet, Capital Window

32. #43 Reed Sorenson Dodge, Super 8

33. #98 Paul Menard Ford, Pittsburgh Paints / Menards

34. #47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota, Kingsford / Clorox / Little Debbie

35. #21 Bill Elliott Ford, Motorcraft

36. #77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge, Mobil

37. #8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet, Cub Cadet

38. #44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge, Charter Comm.

39. #6 David Ragan Ford, UPS

40. #96 Bobby Labonte Ford,

41. #34 John Andretti Chevrolet,

42. #20 Joey Logano Toyota, The Home Depot

43. #09 Mike Bliss Dodge, Phoenix Racing

The 4 drivers who didn’t make it in were all Toyotas:

#35 Todd Bodine Toyota

#36 Scott Riggs Toyota, Red Bank Outfitters

#41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota, All Sport

#64 Geoff Bodine Toyota, Gunselman Motorsports

In case you missed Tony’s Goodyear ranting:

Camera Ready

We will premiere a new feature on our blog this week, which will soon be initiating on our "in the works" website. Do you have a picture of you and your favorite driver? Send it to us and we will post it on our page! Send us a caption and link back to your blog if you have one! Email all pictures to and stay tuned to see your cute mug on our site! Oh some legal mumbo sending us your picture electronically you are giving us permission to post it!

We expect your pictures to be THIS fabulous!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tommy Baldwin Racing gives small businesses the chance to get involved with NASCAR

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your businesses name appear on a NASCAR Sprint Cup car? Now is your chance! Tommy Baldwin Racing announces a unique and rewarding opportunity to help small businesses gain national attention. This is a fantastic way to promote your business on a very well respected, up and coming race team. Check out their press release below.

Mooresville, N.C. (March 5, 2009) – With the recession affecting many Americans and small businesses throughout the United States, Tommy Baldwin Racing has developed a creative way where small businesses and Americans can show their support for one another.

For a nominal fee of $8,000, small businesses throughout the United States will get the opportunity to place their company logo on the c-post of the No. 36 Red Bank Outfitters Toyota. Along with the sponsorship, the company will receive two VIP credentials that will grant them access into the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage and pit road during practice and the race.

Additionally, a link from their website will give businesses the chance to place coupons on the website that offer struggling Americans discounts on services, goods and other common needs. The monetary values of the coupons are intended to steer consumers to participating small businesses that provide quality merchandise and services to hard-working Americans.

“This program shows how small business can support one another during some tough economic times,” said Baldwin, owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing. “With a small investment these businesses can show their support of TBR and give Americans some relief with discounts on services and merchandise while driving traffic to their businesses.”

To become part of this program, or for more information, contact Everest Marketing Group at (704) 688-0765.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Fast Lap with Michael Annett

If you had the opportunity to ask your favorite driver a question about their life, what would you want to know? What music they were listening to? What their favorite food was? Or maybe their favorite clothing designer?

We are starting a brand new feature (which we hope to publish weekly) called A Fast Lap. We are asking drivers, crew chiefs and NASCAR media personalities 10 questions to get an insight on their personal lives.

We are kicking off with Michael Annett.
Q. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
A. I actually don’t have an iPod, but lately I’ve been listening to Brad Paisley, Sunny Ledfurd, and Kenny Chesney.

Q. What was the last movie you saw in a movie theatre?
A. Marley and Me

Q. What are your favorite TV shows, or something you must have in your DVR/Tivo?
A. House, Two and a Half Men, and Nitro Circus

Q. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
A. Dallas Cowboys, Iowa Hawkeyes and the Carolina Hurricanes

Q. What is one personal item you can not live without?
A. My dog Paisley

Q. What are your favorite places to visit?
A. My favorite track to visit is Phoenix. As for vacation spots, my favorites are Vail, Colorado and the Ozarks.

Q. What is your favorite clothing brand?
A. Express

Q. What is your favorite book or publication?
A. Maxim and NASCAR Illustrated

Q. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
A. Going to the lake

Q. What is your favorite cuisine?
A. Chinese

Become a fan of Michaels Facebook Page here.

Stay tuned next week for A Fast Lap with Regan Smith!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Whats in the water in Atlanta??

As we head to Atlanta for this week, I wonder why this race doesnt get more notoriety? Acording to its Speedway's website, their city hosts the second highest number of hometown drivers, next to California. This really surprised me! There seems to be a brand new batch of up and coming drivers and a crop of them are coming from the Dirty South. Reed Sorrenson and David Ragan call Atlanta their home. Even Joey Lagano who was born in Connecicut, moved to Georgia (not for racing mind you, but to further his sister's figure skating career!) and began to race in the Southern racing divisions. If any of these boys need some inspiration, they should look to Mr. Atlanta himself, Mr. Bill Elliott. Awesome Bill has spent three decades shaping the future for these boys. He will be using provisional points to race this weekend in his hometown. Atlanta may not have the hype of a Daytona or a Talladega but Atlanta holds its own if nothing more than to see some of these drivers on the track that started their career.
In case you were looking for a inexpensive way to see this weekends race in person check out Kobalt Tools Buy 1 Ticket Get 1 Free: According to the Atlanta Motor Speedway, when you make a purchase of $25 or more at Lowe's, customers get a FREE ticket with the purchase of a regular ticket to Sunday's race. Tickets are good for seats in the Petty Grandstand, up to a $95 value.(While supplies last.)

If dating Dale Jr is the best thing you can put on your resume....mazel tov!!

Dale Jr's ex to compete in America's Next Top Model newest season.
photo courtesy of

No, no it isn't me; Kortnie Coles a 24 year old "non profit" organizer from Houston TX will be one of the contestants on the America's Next Top Model. This "Cycle 12" premires tonight on the CW network. True Dale Jr fans may remember her as one of the 17,000 supermodels that he has dated in the past. Its frightening when you google both their names the angst and uproar that is out there still over this pairing. Good luck to her and all the contestants on tonights show, sigh.

Greg Biffle Interview from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Greg Biffle NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Interview – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
The following is a transcript of the Q&A with Greg Biffle following his victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway provided by Nationwide Insurance, title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Greg Biffle had an interesting afternoon in Las Vegas during the third 2009 Nationwide series race, the Sam’s Town 300. First he had a cold, was caught speeding before running out of gas and then fought for the lead with two laps to go against Carl Edwards.

Greg Biffle: You know he was uh he had a pretty good run on me coming off turn two and uh I tried to keep him behind me but he snuck inside me about half way down the backstretch and so then I just figured I’d run the top down the three and four because I knew um my car would run across the top but I felt like I could beat him being on the top side so I arced a way out and kept it flat and then uh pulled down a little on his door in the middle of the corner. There not a lot of run when you’re too wide anyway but he got loose underneath me and then I moved up to the edge of the black because I wasn’t sure if he was gonna get in the side of me. Uh I don’t know how loose he was uh I just heard him coming out of the gas.

Biffle cruised through the final lap to grab his 19th career Nationwide series victory. Edwards says that he did not cut Biffle any slack just because they were teammates.

Carl Edwards: For a win we all race really hard, uh Greg would race me extremely hard and I did the same with him and you know you just want to race as hard as you and try not to cause a problem because you know right now we’re 1 and 2 and we coulda been backed in the wall and that woulda been really bad so uh I guess in a way you race your teammate maybe a little bit differently more than that you’re able to swallow it if he beats you a little more you know what I mean it’s not that you don’t race him differently it’s just that you can accept it if he beats you.
It was a wild race with 12 cautions and two red flags from multi-car may legs. Top drivers spun also spun wrecking all by themselves.

Brian Vickers talks about why so many drivers lost control of their Nationwide series machines.

Brian Vickers: These cars you’re sitting your trying to run wide open uh around this track uh with these car with no power no horse power not a ton of down force and uh you know it’s all about momentum. You know and you gotta keep it free, gotta keep it on the right rear and you gotta keep it turning’ to run wide open and uh I think everyone was just pushing’ that to the limit and uh a couple guys didn’t hold on to it and and you saw a lot of crashes.

Brendan Gaughan is one point ahead of Bush while this is Biffle’s first Nationwide series victory since California in 2006.

Biffle: You know you race 15, 20, 18 races a year. It’s hard to catch up to those guys that you know. Whether they run 15 to 18 races, if they’re better than you it makes it difficult to close in on them, you know and there have been some teams that have been a little bit better than us. You know we’re starting to close that gap a little bit.

The Nationwide Series will take a couple weeks off before heading to Bristol, TN.

To see the video race review of the Las Vegas race, go to and click On Your Side Race Review. To hear the audio, go to and click On Your Side Race Review and follow to "Listen to post-race interview."

Finally, a valid reason to drink A LOT of wine

From the The Greg Biffle Foundation:
During March through June of 2009 Benny Parsons's Rendezvous Ridge Vineyard will be donating $5.00 from the price of every bottle of wine sold at their Tasting Room and on their website to The Greg Biffle Foundation.

Benny Parsons and Greg were great friends and Greg participates in many events honoring Benny’s life. The Parsons are long-time animal lovers and big supporters of animal welfare efforts in their community. The Vineyard wanted to find some way to thank Greg and help animals in need and came up with the idea of donating a portion of proceeds to the Foundation.

Located in Western North Carolina between Boone and Wilkesboro in the foothills of both the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brushy Mountains, Rendezvous Ridge Vineyard offers several wine varieties in their Tasting Room and via their webpage. Wines range in price from $14.99 - $24.99. Please consider supporting this Vineyard and The Greg Biffle Foundation with your purchase today! Click here for the link to their on-line store.

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. Financial support for the foundation comes from a variety of sources including individual contributions, NASCAR Pets Calendars, and the sale of various racing and other sports memorabilia. Since its creation, The Greg Biffle Foundation has awarded grants to humane societies and animal shelters from coast to coast. Representing the best interests of the animals and using the full potential of each participant's involvement is the purpose for the Greg Biffle Foundation. Greg and Nicole have three dogs – Foster and his daughter Gracie, a pair of Boxers who are very familiar to race fans across the country. Foster even graced the front of a Milk Bones box in 2004. The latest addition is Savannah, who was rescued from a Georgia shelter.

Kasey Kahne and Direks Bentley team up again

The Kasey Kahne Foundation is presenting Sound Check 9 benefit concert featuring Dierks Bentley tomorrow night at Wild Bill’s in Duluth Georgia.

“I’ve been friends with Dierks for a while now and I’m excited that we are putting together an event to benefit charity” – Kasey Kahne

Well Kasey, we are excited you and Dierks are teaming up again! Anytime you can go to one venue and look at Kasey Kahne and Dierks Bentley…great music, cute boys, well need I say more? We saw Dierks concert after the Budweiser Shootout and it was a fantastic show.

Tickets are available through and all Ticketmaster outlets. General Admission is $32 the day of the show ($27 if you get them in advance). Reserved seating is $50 and for $150, you get a VIP Meet and Greet with Kasey and Dierks and one reserved seat.

The show starts at 8:00pm and doors open at 6:30.

Other driver appearances throughout the weekend are up at There aren't many posted yet so check the souvenir haulers for autograph schedules.

Too early to predict the chase? Maybe, maybe not.

Approaching the 4th race of the 2009 season with 32 to go, I decided to crunch a few numbers being I was named the statistical one of the group. I wanted to see where the standings were going into last years Atlanta spring race. Amazingly enough, 7 of the 12 drivers this time last year made it into the 2008 chase. Jimmie Johnson, the 2008 (& 2007, 2006) Sprint Cup winner was not in that category.

Pre-Atlanta 2008, the top 12 went as follows in point standings (their final standings are side noted & everyone that didn't make it in is red)
1. Kyle Busch (finished the season 10th)
2. Ryan Newman (finished the season 17th)
3. Kasey Kahne (finished the season 14th)
4. Kevin Harvick (finished the season 4th)
5. Greg Biffle (finished the season 3rd)
6. Jeff Burton (finished the season 6th)
7. Carl Edwards (finished the season 2nd)
8. Martin Truex Jr (finished the season 15th)
9. Elliot Sadler (finished the season 24th)
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr (finished the season 12th)
11. Tony Stewart (finished the season 9th)
12. Kurt Busch (finished the season 18th)

The 5 drivers out of the top 12 going into Atlanta 08, who made it into the chase were:
Jimmie Johnson was 14th (finished season 1st)
Jeff Gordon was 23rd (finished season 7th)
Clint Bowyer was 24th (finished season 5th)
Denny Hamlin was 20th (finished season 8th)
Matt Kenseth was 16th (finished season 11th)

Cick here for the 2009 current standings.

Who outside of the current top 12 would you want to see in the 2009 Chase For the Sprint Cup? I am going to go ahead and state the obvious, there are a lot of dark horses in the current top 12. We would love your input!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sorry ma'am we are out of chicken McNuggets.

We all love chicken McNuggets but do you love them enough to call 911? According to WPBF-TV, 27 year old Latreasa Goodman from Fort Pierce FL, called 911 3 times to report an emergency after McDonald's had run out of Chicken McNuggets. I was on facebook chatting with my friend Nicole and she asked me if I had heard about this. I thought she was leading into a joke. MSNBC is not a joke!

Want to know what she said to the 911 operator? "This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one. This is an emergency."

I know this isn't exaclty NASCAR related, nor is it anything negative for McDonalds, who has been a sponsor for years. I just felt the need to share this with our readers. I can't stop laughing....We are borrowing this photo from our friends at Lol NASCAR. Do yourself a favor and check out their site here. I promise, you will get a few laughs.

Reed Sorrenson and Kasey Kahne support Safe Teen Driving

Allstate and Richard Petty Motorsports have joined forces to promote Allstate's Parent-Teen Driving Contract. One of this years first stops will be tomorrow, when Peachtree City, GA native Reed Sorrenson and his mother Becky (pictured below last year at Darlington) will host the Allstate Teen Safe Driving Pit Stop at Campbell High School in Smyrna, GA. The Allstate interactive Parent-Teen Driving Contract can be downloaded at The idea of this agreement is for parents and teens to get together and go over guidelines that will lessen distractions on the road

During the race weekend, Reed and his pit crew will wear a specially designed wrist band with the message "GA-198" to honor the 198 teenagers in Georgia who lost their lives in car crashes in 2007.

This is the third year of the Teen Safe Driving Pit Stop program sponsored by Allstate, the official insurance sponsor of RPM. The interactive, racing-themed initiative visits high schools in Sprint Cup Series race markets and features RPM drivers talking to parents and teens about ways to promote teen safe driving, including adoption of Allstate's interactive Parent-Teen Driving Contract, available at

The contract is the centerpiece of Allstate's national teen driving campaign and enables parents to discuss safe-driving practices with their teens. It includes 'agreements' and 'consequences' for eight categories, including: speeding and tickets; time of day; crashes; number of passengers; drinking and driving; seatbelts; cell phones / music / other distractions and grades.

With Sorrenson, Kasey Kahne will headline the Pit Stop events this year. They will stop by select high schools prior to the Cup Series races in those markets to lead discussions about the risks associated with teen driving and to answer questions from parents and students. Joining them will be SPEED TV's John Roberts, who will serve as the emcee. Beginning in March, events are currently scheduled in Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., Birmingham, Ala., and Philadelphia, Pa.

For Sale: 2br/2ba, new appliances, Speedway in backyard...

How would you like that to be the view from your living room?

For a mere $399,999-$799,999, you can have it! The Tara Place Condominiums are a 9 story complex attached to the front stretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway. They currently house the AMS corporate offices and 46 private condominiums. Most condos have theater seating (perfect for entertaining on race day!!) and come fully furnished. Not too shabby huh? Now, why cant I be a multi-millioniare? I would buy the whole place for us to take over this weekend!

Any serious takers can check out they have several units available!

Who needs a Vegas race recap, when you have this?

I was looking for a creative spin to close Vegas and move on to Atlanta. Thanks to DW and Fox beating the Vegas references to death, and every source and their uncle, or should I say brother not finding a more creative angle than hometown boy blah sibling on the front row blah blah blah blah. Then I find this jem! Stockcartoons creator Mike Smith from the Las Vegas Sun produced what inevitably sums up the entire weekend in Sin City. Enjoy!

Sponsors like Red Bank Outfitters gives hope to bad economy, sponsorship woes

From the Red Bank site, image by

Red Bank Outfitters remained a sponsor for the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing car driven by Scott Riggs through the Vegas race, and they look to be on board for Atlanta. This is just another great story given this stupid economy that there are people and businesses that can come together and produce some positive results. Scott Riggs and the #36 Toyota is currently 41st in the 2009 Sprint Cup point standings.

According their website, Red Bank offers many opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast, including KOSC, Kids Outdoor Sports Camp which will be held this summer.

We applaud Red Bank for their sponsorship! Businesses like these who have stepped up to the plate with sponsorship dollars during these difficult times should be supported wholeheartedly. Sure you can drink your Coke and fill your car with Sunoco while talking on your Sprint phone but its the mom and pop businesses like Red Bank who do the right thing and should be rewarded by the support of the NASCAR fanbase. They need to see the direct benefit of being a sponsor, and the benefits of branding their business with this sport. We hope you as the reader and the NASCAR nation as a whole does their part by supporting them!

Click here for Scott Riggs and Tommy Baldwin Racing news and updates.


The Entry List for this Sundays Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted on and can be found here. Qualifying will take place Friday March 6 at 6:45 pm. You can follow along at Speed Network,, PRN Radio or Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

There are 13 drivers on the go or go home list including Tony Stewart and Bill Elliot, one of whom can use past champion provisional if needed.

The schedule for this weekend can be viewed here.

We are currently working on the Drivers appearances throughout Atlanta and will have it posted as soon as possible.

Our question today is do you think the defending Atlanta Spring winner and last weekends Shelby 427 winner, Kyle Busch can make two in a row?

We wish everyone best of the luck to them in HOTlanta!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Carl Edwards Record Label helps provide pre-race entertainment for Atlanta Kobalt 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced three performers -- Richie McDonald, Craig Campbell and Chris Hatfield -- for the Aflac Pre-Race Show prior to the running of the Kobalt Tools 500 on Sunday, March 8.

McDonald, the former lead singer for platinum-selling band Lonestar, will sing the National Anthem, while Campbell and Hatfield will perform mini-concerts as part of the Aflac Pre-Race Show.

McDonald gained national attention with Lonestar whose crossover hit "Amazed" reached number one on both the country charts and the Billboard Hot 100, the first song to do so since 1983. In 2007, the Texas native opted to leave Lonestar and pursue a solo career.

Hatfield newly signed with Carl Edwards' record label, Back40 Records, recently opened for Gavin DeGraw at a NASCAR fan event in New York City.

In addition to McDonald, Campbell and Hatfield, singer Megan Peeler will perform the National Anthem prior to Saturday's American Commercial Lines 200 and the duo The Two Timers will sing the Anthem before Friday's Georgia Power Qualifying Night.

Runway Monday

Starting this week, every Monday we will post a fashionista pick of the week and a cost conscious version.

What we are drooling over: Burberry Women's Check Ballet Flats (click here)

Being cost conscious:
Jessica Simpson "Bethine" Flat (click here)

Third time was not a charm for Roush Racing

You know those bad days when it seems like a black cloud is hovering and wont let you go? Well, Jack Roush could probably write a book on that after the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It started on lap 6 with a fan favorite Matt Kenseth who won the season-opening Daytona 500 and last week's race at Fontana. Tonight his engine blew up and killed his chance of making history by winning the first 3 races of the year, which no driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has ever done.

Moving onto lap 72, where David Ragan also blew an engine.

On to the the final lap while running in the 4th position, the defending champion of the race Carl Edwards also blew his engine.

What is going on with the engines here?!

Edwards wound up 17th, Ragan finished 41st and Kenseth in 42nd. Almost sounds like the results of my fantasy team after tonight's race.

The Cat in the Hats saving grace? 2 of his 5 drivers finished in the top 10. Greg Biffle crossed the checkered flag in 7th and Jamie McMurray in 9th.

Pole winner Kyle Busch became the first driver in history to win the race from the pole position. Yet is he still considered a winner from the pole position when he had to go to the back of the pack since he changed his engine prior to the race? Again, what's with the engines?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scott Speed and Michael Annett win Cook Off in Vegas

Michael Annett and Scott Speed teamed to win the Fourth Annual Raybestos® Rookie Cooking Challenge Thursday afternoon at ESPN Zone Las Vegas. Annett and Speed prepared a tasty dish of elbow macaroni with meat sauce, garlic onion and mozzarella cheese.

Other drivers competing in the event were Max Papis, Scott Lagasse Jr., John Wes Townley and Justin Allgaier. The event was judged by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

“That was a lot of fun,” Annett said. “We love doing anything we can for kids
and something fun like that just makes it even better.”

Annett drives the No. 15 Pilot Travel Centers Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series while Speed begins his rookie year in Sprint Cup in the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota

All drivers who participated in the cooking competition were assisted by members of the ESPN Zone Culinary Team, led by chef Chris Gagen. Once the meals were prepared, each child from the Boys and Girls Clubs sampled the dishes and their applause determined the overall winner. Following the contest, drivers and kids played games in ESPN Zone’s interactive Sports Arena.

Raybestos brand Brakes has been the title sponsor of NASCAR’s rookie program since 1998.

Three things I love? Macaroni, the Boys and Girls Club and Michael Annett! These off track charity events and unique ideas continue to cultivate positive branding for the sport and raise money and awareness to many great causes.

While we are on the subject of food, one of the newer NASCAR cookbooks on the shelves is Pit Stop in a Southern Kitchen written by Martha Earnhardt and Carol Gordon Bickford. That's June Bug's grandma and Jeff's mom to me and you.

Speaking of things that are yummy...