Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

Jamie and her Goldendoodle, Penny, were requested in the pediatrics unit, and they arrived to find a teenage boy propped up on pillows, surrounded by family. Jamie and Penny put on their best show for the family. Penny knocked down bowling pins, bounced a basketball through a hoop, and even sat up on her hind legs to autograph a Dogs On Call trading card! After much applause from the family, Jamie stepped over to the boy and asked “Would you like to pet Penny?” There was a long pause as the family looked on, waiting for his response. Slowly, and carefully, he nodded. As if she understood, Penny walked over to the side of the [...]

For Little Annie Jo

Annie Jo Gets A New Wheelchair Ramp! Annie Jo was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bone Disease, at birth.  Brittle Bone Disease causes the bones to break and fracture easily, and this is something that she will have to endure throughout her life.  Although faced with many obstacles, this 2 1/2 year old is full of joy.  Her family says, “to know her is to love her”.  Her smile is contagious, and she’s smiling extra big today!  Wheelchairs 4 Kids is honored to have been able to help Annie Jo and her family get the new wheelchair ramp for their home. Living in a rural community, word traveled fast about the need for a wheelchair ramp [...]

TSF – Helping Children through Animals

Photo credit: The Center for Human-Animal Interaction RICHMOND, VA., (March 30, 2016) – When 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart established his named charitable foundation in 2003, even “Smoke” couldn’t predict the far-reaching impact the TSF Grants Program would make repeatedly for organizations serving critically ill children. For this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway, Tony Stewart will be participating as an owner rather than a driver due to his January 31 back injury which has him sidelined for the start of the 2016 season. But, Tony is wearing more than his “owner’s hat” this weekend as he also is proud to recognize an outstanding Tony Stewart Foundation (TSF) Grant Partner located in [...]

Five Straight: Eldora Again Named Favorite Track in Speed Sport Poll

Historic Kings Royal Sprint Car Race Also Voted “Favorite Race" ROSSBURG, Ohio (March 30, 2016) – For the fifth consecutive year, Eldora Speedway has been voted “My Favorite Track,” by the readers of SPEED SPORT Magazine and www.SPEEDSPORT.com. The magazine, which has been America’s trusted motorsports authority since 1934, has conducted the poll for the past five years.  Eldora has won the coveted title each year. Located just 60 miles northwest of Dayton, Ohio in historic Darke County, the half-mile clay oval, owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart, received 23 percent of the My Favorite Track vote to top the list. The track was founded by the late Earl Baltes in 1954. In addition, the Kings Royal [...]

Loose OffWeek Lugnuts

(Photo Source: Zimbio.com/Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)So these are the things that have been pinging around in my brain like (pastel) lugnuts during a green flag pit stop: 1. Penalties, penalties, penalties: As expected there were penalties out of Auto Club:  Kyle Busch got penalized ($10,000 and on probation through April 27th) for not reporting to the media center for post race media after the Xfinity race on Saturday.  He did NOT get fined for his remarks regarding NASCAR on the radio however.  Nor should he in my opinion. Although NASCAR was very forthcoming at the beginning of the semester by letting drivers and fans alike know that disparaging remarks against NASCAR or the sport would not be tolerated- they were not said to the media- [...]

Brian Vickers – Thomasville, North Carolina Native Grew Up 60 Miles from Martinsville

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 24, 2016) – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway is where a young Brian Vickers fell in love with NASCAR. Just 60 miles from his boyhood home in Thomasville, North Carolina, the Vickers family often made the trip to Martinsville – the only track that’s been on the NASCAR circuit since it began in 1948. The 32 year old, who now lives in Miami, said he still gets a special feeling each time he walks into the historic track. Vickers will get another chance April 3 when he will drive the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS in Sunday’s STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the flat, half-mile track in Southern Virginia. The [...]

Auto Club 400

(Photo source: Stewart-Haas Racing Facebook) Replacement Driver: Brian Vickers Started: 24th Finished: 13th First I want to start off by stating that I think that this downforce package that the cars are running this season has really upped the racing quality.  The races seem to be more action filled meaning that cars seem to be able to get close to each and swap positions and leads back and forth a lot. They seem to be able to recover from penalties like starting at the end of the longest line because previously starting at the back would always mean your day was over. Now it doesn’t necessarily mean that if you have the machine and the driver to back it up. And [...]

Schatz Sweeps Outlaws’ FVP Western Spring Shootout

TSR Bad Boy /Chevrolet Performance Team Gaining Momentum in California Dates:              Friday-Saturday, March 18-19, 2016 Series:             World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Location:  Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track Winners: Friday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Saturday –Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing TSR Results:   Friday - Started 3rd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps Saturday – Started 6th, Finished 1st/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (4th with 1,447 points, 81 behind leader Brad Sweet) Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz became the first World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series competitor to reach four A-Feature triumphs this season after sweeping Friday and Saturday night’s FVP Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton [...]

Brian Vickers 13th at Auto Club Speedway

Driver Battles Back From Two Laps Down in Early Going Date: March 20, 2016 Event: Auto Club 400 (Round 5 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California (2-mile oval) Start/Finish: 24th/13th (Running, completed 205 of 205 laps) Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports in overtime (Chevrolet) Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 13th in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Vickers battled back from two laps down in the early going to post the No. 14’s best finish of the 2016 season. “It was a hard-fought race,” said the Thomasville, North Carolina native. “This was [...]

Accelerating Change

#WholeySmoke! Everyone knows Tony Stewart is a true racer with a winning history whatever he drives. Since age 7, he has driven competitively…and raked up quite a lot of trophies, achievements and accolades along the way. At Las Vegas & Phoenix these last couple of weeks, you have seen Tony the Owner – arguing with officials, offering expertise from the pit box and sharing pride in both SHR victory and teams finishing strong. So who, exactly, is Tony Stewart the philanthropist? And, why should you care about his foundation? The Tony Stewart Foundation “Accelerates Change” for outstanding charities serving children, animals and injured [...]