Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy Happy Hour

We are kicking off Happy Hour with a Tennessee favorite, Jack Daniels. You can make many concoctions out of Jack but my favorite is the classic way with Coke. That is until we discovered Red Bull Cola last year at the fall Atlanta race and fell in love. It is perfect when mixed with Jack. Enjoy this drink (in moderation people!!) while following along with Happy Hour here. Please note, Happy Hour starts at 12:20 and the television coverage starts at 1:00 on Speed. I normally wouldn't condone drinking Jack and Red Bull before nightfall but it is Bristol baby!

Jack and Red Bull (also known as The Hilljack)
Take a high ball with ice

Fill it 1/3 of Jack Daniels
Top with Red Bull Cola


Cheers!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

NASCAR Drivers in Television take II

As we mentioned here, it seems like NASCAR drivers are making more appearances on prime time and daytime television. Jeff Burton appeared on General Hospital this Wednesday and you can view a clip of it here
The drunk guy is talking about going to Atlanta Motor Speedway to work. Wouldn't it have made more sense to run this episode prior to the Atlanta race? Just saying...

A few drivers have lined up TV appearances since our original NASCAR drivers in Television blog.

Clint Bowyer will make a guest appearance on The Biggest Loser this Tuesday, March 24th (NBC)
Michael Waltrip will appear on My Name is Earl on April 30th (NBC)
Brian Vickers dined at Hells Kitchen as we mentioned here but we can't locate the airing date (FOX)

What show would you like to see your favorite driver appear on and why?

Bristol Ford City 500 Cheat Sheet / Lineup

1st #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet, Carquest / Kellogg's

2nd #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet, U.S. Army

3rd #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet, Lowe's

4th #16 Greg Biffle Ford, 3M

5th #9 Kasey Kahne Dodge, Budweiser

6th #00 David Reutimann Toyota, Aaron's Dream Machine

7th #43 Reed Sorenson Dodge, Paralyzed Veterans of America

8th #66 Dave Blaney Toyota, Hyde Park Storage Suites

9th #26 Jamie McMurray Ford, Crown Royal

10th #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, DuPont

11th #82 Scott Speed Toyota, Red Bull

12th #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet, Target

13th #47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota, Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox

14th #71 David GillilandChevroletCapital Window

15th #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet, Office Depot / Old Spice

16th #64 Todd Bodine Toyota, Fred's Hometown Discount Store

17th #28 Travis Kvapil Ford, Golden Corral

18th #8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet, Champion Apparel

19th #18 Kyle Busch Toyota, Snickers

20th #1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet, Bass Pro Shops / Tracker

21st #55Michael Waltrip Toyota, NAPA (backup car, moves to the back)

22nd #19 Elliott Sadler Dodge, Best Buy

23rd #20 Joey Logano Toyota, The Home Depot

24th #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota, FedEx Express

25th #77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge, Mobil 1

26th #44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge, Charter Comm.

27th #83 Brian Vickers Toyota, Red Bull 123.37215.553-0.297

28th #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota, NEMCO Motorsports

29th #12 David Stremme Dodge, Penske Racing

30th #29Kevin Harvick Chevrolet, Shell / Pennzoil

31st #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet, BB&T

32nd #2 Kurt Busch Dodge, Miller Lite

33rd #17 Matt Kenseth Ford, Dewalt

34th #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, National Guard / Amp Energy

35th #7 Robby Gordon Toyota, SPOT

36th #96 Bobby Labonte Ford, Academy Sports + Outdoors

37th #07 Casey Mears Chevrolet, Jack Daniel's

38th #99 Carl Edwards Ford, Aflac

39th #34 John Andretti Chevrolet, WindowWorld.com

40th #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet, Caterpillar

41st #6 David Ragan Ford, UPS

42nd #98 Paul Menard Ford, Johns Manville / Menards

43rd #09Sterling Marlin Dodge, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming


Did not make it:

#36 Scott Riggs Toyota, Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting :(

#41 Jeremy Mayfield ToyotaToyota, All Sport

Greg Biffle...Ouchie!

Greg Biffle will not compete in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after suffering a rib injury from a boating accident earlier in the week.Biffle, a Sprint Cup Series regular, said he slipped and fell while attempting to jump from the dock to the boat. He said the slip resulted in his right side striking the edge of the boat. Biffle was boating with friends near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As a precaution, Biffle opted not to drive in the 300-lap race at Bristol, with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth taking his place. Biffle and Kenseth have agreed to swap Nationwide races, with Biffle substituting for Kenseth in the No.16 Ford in an upcoming event this season.

Biffle, who is currently 10th in Sprint Cup points, is expected to compete in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol.

Greg!!! I dont want to be a mom here, but please can you go boating in December so you don't hurt yourself during the regular season!! Our thoughts are with you!

Tony Bootcamp

AP Photo Ed Reinke

Tony Stewart and NHRA's Tony Schumacher got a taste of Army training yesterday when they took a visit to the U.S. Army's Close Combat Tactical Trainer Facility in Ft. Knox, Ky.

The two Tony's did had a day filled of events and imagine this....Stewart took a liking to a Humvee simulator. He chased members of Schumacher's NHRA team across a simulated desert training center, a chase that included a game of chicken. "We didn't have a head-on collision, which I think was all driver skill there," Stewart said. "I think we got a little tired of stationary objects so we were going for the advanced training."

Schumacher, who was afraid of heights, challenged Stewart to join him at the top of the base's 50-foot rappelling tower. Both drivers had to get properly outfitted with helmets and rope harnesses...which proved to be a little snug. Stewart grimaced while cinching up the rope and couldn't help but laugh when someone suggest he "suck it in." His reply? "I try to do that every day when I get in the car,". I guess it doesn't help much having Burger King as a sponsor this year instead of Subway! Schumacher said the teamwork shown by the soldiers helped him overcome his fear of heights.

Check out the photo gallery here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nascar Sandistas

Nascar Comix decided to have a little fun with our page today. They included us in one of the fantastic comic strips about Nascar. We are the "failed blog" called Nascar Sandistas. Go check the site out, he pokes a little fun at just about everyone. My favorite was the one on Miss Sprint Cup.

Tommy Baldwin Racing joines forces with Gary Bechtel

Obviously when you write a blog that is about NASCAR, you have to be even keeled...not to really favor this driver or dog that one...(I know that all you Kryle lovers would disagree, ha ha.) Having said that, we just cant get enough warm and fuzzy news out of Tommy Baldwin Racing. This is just something that is so fun to write about and really captures why we love the sport!

The latest news from their camp is that former NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series owner, Gary Bechtel joins forces with Tommy Baldwin to become a co-owner of Tommy Baldwin Racing. You can read about the details here

Stay tuned for more information developing on this great story! TBR is still seeking sponsorship for more information please contact Everest Marketing at (704) 688-0765 .

Also, if you are on facebook...please join Tommy Baldwin Racing fan page

Race Team Motivation comes from all kinds...meet Carl Foley

Some teams have all the luck. See below for some Thursday morning inspiration that may motivate you throughout the day...seems to have worked for the Martin Truex's Bass Pro team who is only 52 points out of the top 12 as we head to Bristol. This was in the Bass Pro hauler before the Daytona 500. Thanks to our friend at Bass Pro for this, who has the cutest son on the planet as well as amazing tactics to get this team going!



If you aren't familiar with Matt Foley, check it out here

A Fast Lap with Slugger Labbe

Today, our Fast Lap features NASCAR Crew Chief Richard Slugger Labbe. Be sure to check his weekly Sirius Nascar Radio show, Monday Mornings at 10:00am!

Photo Courtesy of viewimages

Q. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
A. Sorry, battery's dead and I can't find the charger!! RATS

Q. What was the last movie you saw in a movie theater?
A. Journey to the center of the earth

Q. What are your favorite TV shows, or something you must have in your DVR/Tivo recorder to watch when you return home from the track?
A. The Office and My Name is Earl

Q. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
A. Boston Red Sox and Carolina Panthers

Q. What is one personal item you can not live without?
A. My Motor Home!!

Q. What are your favorite places to visit?
A. My House

Q. What is your favorite clothing brand?
A. Does it look like that really matters to me!!

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

Q. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
A. Standing by the fire pit and enjoying the finer things in life!

Q. What is your favorite cuisine?
A. Whatever [Tommy] Baldwin cooks on the bus on race weekends!!!!

Next week we will feature up-and-coming racer Sutherlin Marlin (Daughter of Sterling Marlin)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Denny kicking it Southside in April

We received an email today asking how we got the opportunities to meet and hang out with our NASCAR peeps. We could give plenty of advice but the best way for an outsider looking in is to get involved with charitable events sponsored by drivers.

Here is one for yall's calender. If you will be in town for the Richmond race on April 30th, Denny Hamlin is hosting The Short Track Showdown at Southside Speedway. This will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation and last year they raised $50,000. Also, attending will be Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Joey Lagano and spotter Curtis Markham in a 175 lap Limited Late Model race.

"I was thrilled with what we were able to do last year -- it was a great event for a great cause and this year it is our hope to double that donation," Hamlin said. "It means a lot that Tony, Kyle, Joey and Curtis are committed to helping me raise money for my foundation and I know we all want to put on a great show for the fans."

The Denny Hamlin Foundation was created in 2008 to aid in raising awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment, as well support other not for profit corporations that focus on aiding children with debilitating illnesses.

Online ticket sales are exclusively at www.dennyhamlinfoundation.org. All proceeds from ticket sales, the silent auction and raffles will benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation.
For more information, click here

SNEAK PREVIEW: New Kevin Harvick Commercial

Our friends at MATTER, Edelman Sports & Entertainment on behalf of Shell sent us the following Kevin Harvick Shell Nitrogen Enriched commercial. You can view it here before it airs for the first time during qualifying at Bristol on Friday March 20th.

video

It’s not quite the showdown you’d see in a good Western, but Kevin’s dueling skills are certainly put to the test as he and one of the Shell Passionate Experts have it out at the pump. Speaking of Kevin and showdowns, I feel the need to post the Sprint All Stars poster. I thought this was pretty genius of NASCAR & Speed since the "headline fight" is none other than Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards...and how could anyone forget this?

Laps around the world's fastest half-mile to benefit a great charity

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a lap around the world's fastest half-mile? If you are going to Bristol, you can participate in the Richard Petty Driving Experience this Friday, March 20th from 7pm-11pm and help out a great cause!

For $149 per person, you will dress in a firesuit and take 3 ride-along laps around one of NASCAR's most popular tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway. 50% of the proceeds will benefit the Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Ride-Alongs should pre-register at 1-800-BE-PETTY.

Speedway Children's Charities provide funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Their vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patricks Day!


We are sporting our green, kissing the Irish and getting ready to drink plenty of green beer tonight. We thought we would give you a few facts of St. Patricks Day.

Blue, not green, is the color originally associated with St Patrick. In the United States, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day but in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky. Did you know that many NASCAR drivers consider the color green unlucky as well?

The first St Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States.

Until the 1970’s, all pubs were CLOSED in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day!! In 1995 the Irish government used St. Patrick's Day to drive tourism to Ireland. Irish Car Bomb anyone?

St. Patrick's given name was Maewyn Succat and he was born around 385 AD in Britain, not Ireland. At age 16 he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. I guess we should be thanking the Pirates!

There are about 10,000 regular 3 leaf clovers for every lucky 4 leaf clover.

34 million Americans have Irish ancestry (including all 3 of us). That is almost 9 times the population of Ireland, which has 4.1 million.

St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the Pagans that he converted to Christianity. I hate snakes.

The best St. Patricks day toast we found: May you be in heaven one half hour before the devil knows you're dead.

CHEERS!

The Holy Grail of Motorsports

For the first time in more than 13 years, Bristol has not sold out. Although not shocking due to the economy, it is a little crazy being that Bristol is the most coveted tickets to come across and tickets start at only $93. One of the funnier things I have seen is the disclaimer on ticketmaster.com for Bristol tickets. It says: If you are afraid of heights, it is not advised to purchase tickets in Wallace Tower (Sections WO-A thru WO-S). That's very nice of ticketmaster to look out for people that have a fear of heights.

The Ford City 500's Grand Marshall will be Virginia Tech Football Coach, Frank Beamer with Bobby Allison being the honorary starter. Country Music star Ashton Shepherd will perform the National Anthem who will also be performing a pre-race show. The green flag drops at 2:16 pm. Click here for the entire schedule and click here for the entrant list.

Here are the Bristol driver apperances:

Thursday March 19th
Eric McClure, David Green and more will be at the Ford City Family Race Night in Knoxville. Click here for scheduled appearances.

Friday March 20th
Justin Allgaier will sign autographs from 1030am-11am at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on the front stretch of Bristol Motor Speedway.
Justin Allgaier is scheduled to visit the Verizon Wireless store on Clear Creek Road from 7pm-8pm
Stephen Leicht will sign autographs from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the NASCAR merchandise trailer located in the north display and souvenir area outside turn 3 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Ford City Race Night Appearances
Kevin Harvick 6pm-7pm *Autograph sticker required. 300 Autograph stickers will be given out at Harvick's line beginning at 5pm
Eric McClure 6pm-8pm
Jason Keller 6:30pm-7:30pm
Marcos Ambrose 6pm-8pm
Jason Leffler 6pm-8pm
Morgan Shepherd 6pm-8pm
Burney Lamar 6pm-8pm
Scott Lagasse Jr. 7:30pm-8:30pm
Kevin Hamlin 7pm-9pm
Scott Riggs 6pm-8pm
David Green 6pm-8pm

On the Food City Stage worth watching:
7:00pm Wii Boxing Tournament featuring: Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Elliott Sadler & A.J. Allmendinger
7:45pm - 8:30pm Rock Band featuring Kevin & Delana Harvick, Tony Stewart, plus one lucky fan from the audience.

Sunday March 22nd
David Stremme will sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer at 9:30am on the front stretch of Bristol Motor Speedway.
David Ragan will sign autographs at the UPS souvenir hauler from 10:10am-10:30am
Kurt Busch will sign autographs at 10:45am at the Miller Lite souvenir hauler located in the display area at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sam Hornish will sign autographs from 1030am-11am at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on the front stretch of Bristol Motor Speedway.
Casey Mears will sign autographs at 10:45am at the Jack Daniel’s Experience located in the campground area outside Turn 1 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Monday, March 16, 2009

Saturday Night Special is truly Special

This Saturday night, many celebrities including football coaches, football players, TV/radio personalities and more will run the heat races as part of the Scotts Saturday Night Special.

The celebrity line up includes:
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech football coach (who will also serve as the grand marshal of the Food City 500)
Terry Bowden, University of North Alabama football coach
David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles kicker
Mike Compton, Local High School football coach (who won 2 Super Bowls with the New England Patriots)
Bill Jordan, Owner and founder of Realtree Camouflage
Riki Rachtman, of MTV's Charm School and Daisy of Love
Andy Petree, Former car owner
Ray Evernham, Former car owner
Brad Daugherty, Retired all-star player with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Greg Anderson, Pro Stock driver
Ron Capps, Funny Car driver
Doug Herbert, Top Fuel Dragster

These celebrities will run 15-lap (or 10-minute) heats to help determine the starting spots of their pro driver teammates, who then will run 35 laps. This field includes legends Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Harry Gant, Cale Yarborough and Jack Ingram.

Towards their charities, the winning team is guaranteed $25,000, in addition second place will receive $10,000 and the remaining teams will get $5,000. Pairings will be announced at a later time.

The Saturday Night Special will take place after the completion of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 Nationwide Series race and the 100-lap UARA late model event. Admission for the Saturday Night Special is included in the price of the Scotts Turf Builder 300 earlier in the day. Tickets may be purchased online through www.bristoltix.com or by calling the BMS ticket office at (423) 989-6900.

Shalom and Amen. RIP Hal Marchman


Hal Marchman who was delivered the invocation for the Daytona 500 for almost 50 years died on Sunday in Daytona Beach. He was a friend and spiritual guide to many people in NASCAR and was instrumental in starting Stewart Marchman Center here in Daytona, which is a treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse. Daytona Beach News Journal has a lovely write up which can be found here. Photo from newsjournalonline.com

Runway Monday

What we are drooling over.....