For the past decade or more I’ve been an avid following of Smoke. His style of driving, personality and especially his courage as a business owner - like myself -has strengthened my dedication as a fan. I don’t follow a lot of different sports – primarily NASCAR and a bit of the IndyCar Series. Unfortunately being in Utah there are few opportunities to actually attend a racing event without 6 or more hours of travel. I did certainly enjoy attending the June 2016 race at Sonoma that Tony won!! As Tony said jokingly when we met, “There are people that live in Utah?” It’s sure enjoyable to follow Tony – especially through his Twitter posts – but also through [...]
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Harvick To Pilot No. 41 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang in NASCAR XFINITY Series Hunt Brothers Pizza Will Serve as an Associate Sponsor of Harvick’s No. 4 Ford Fusion in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Cole Custer’s No. 00 Ford Mustang in XFINITY Series Hunt Brothers Pizza is the Official Pizza of Stewart-Haas Racing KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (Jan. 5, 2017) – Hunt Brothers Pizza, the No. 1 made-to-order pizza brand in convenience stores across the United States, is expanding its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to include a four-race sponsorship of Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Hunt Brothers Pizza has been involved with SHR since 2014, serving as an associate sponsor of Harvick and the No. 4 Monster Energy [...]
ROSSBURG, Ohio (December 19) – Eldora Speedway’s 63rd season of racing will be feted Saturday, January 21, 2017 when the top drivers from the DIRTcar UMP Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Eldora Stocks and Sunoco American Late Model Series are honored in the legendary Eldora Ballroom. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with ceremonies beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be a big night for Ohio drivers, as each champion hails from the Buckeye State. Jon Henry (DIRTcar UMP Late Model), Jeff Koz (DIRTcar UMP Modified) and Rob Trent (Eldora Stocks) will receive their Eldora championship accolades as they reigned over the balance of the top-15 drivers from the cumulative points chase. Rusty Schlenk will accept the Sunoco ALMS [...]
The Tony Stewart Foundation announced its TSF Grant Partners for 2016 awarding $408,000 to 56 outstanding organizations serving children, animals and drivers injured in the sport of racing. "Competition was fierce for the 2016 grant cycle,” stated Pam Boas, treasurer of the Board of Directors. “We continue to be in awe of the outstanding programs and services being provided by dedicated staff and volunteers to make life just a bit better for these kids and animals.” Learn more about the 2016 TSF Grant Partners by clicking Grant Accelerator, Tony’s Crew or Board Grants under the Grant tab.
Congress passed sweeping legislation Wednesday that boosts funding for medical research, eases the development and approval of experimental treatments and reforms federal policy on mental health care. The 94 to 5 Senate vote Wednesday followed a 392 to 26 House vote last week. The bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, now heads to the desk of President Obama, who praised the bill Wednesday and said he would sign it. The bill provides for $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health; of that, $1.8 billion is reserved for the “cancer moonshot” launched by Vice President Biden to accelerate research in that field. Another $1.6 billion is earmarked for brain diseases including Alzheimer’s. Also included are [...]
Tony’s award at the Myer’s Brothers luncheon: Terry Dolan(left), Manager of Chevrolet Racing, and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Chevrolet, pose with the Chevrolet Cross Flags Award during the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon at The Wynn on December 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/NASCAR via Getty Images For someone who doesn’t like to fly – I have logged more air miles in the last 13 months than I have in my entire life up to that point. Just within the last 13 months I have flown to Homestead Miami for Jeff Gordon’s last race, to Indianapolis Indiana for Tony’s last Brickyard. I flew to Phoenix for Tony’s last Phoenix race, and I flew [...]
ROSSBURG, Ohio (December 2, 2016) – Tickets and campsites for Eldora Speedway’s 2017 Major Events will go on public sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. All Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and World 100 ticket orders can be placed online at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, by phone at (937) 338-3815 or in person at the speedway office. “We want to remind fans to take advantage of the proven TicketForce-powered design for easy and quick purchasing,” said Tess Clark, ticket manager and the granddaughter of Eldora founders Earl and Berniece Baltes. “Our online ticketing has been available for several years and is extremely user-friendly. We know that some fans prefer to call in, so we will have a full staff of agents in-house and [...]
“Freaky Fast” Gourmet Sandwich Chain Signs Multiyear Extension of Partnership with Driver Kevin Harvick and No. 4 Team KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2016) – Jimmy John’s, the “freaky fast” gourmet sandwich chain since 1983, has extended its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing in a multiyear agreement to continue as a primary sponsor of driver Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team in the NASCAR Premier Series. Jimmy John’s will be the primary sponsor of Harvick and the No. 4 team for 16 races in 2017, highlighted by the season-opening Daytona 500. For the remaining 22 races on the Premier Series schedule, Jimmy John’s will serve as a major associate sponsor of the No. 4 entry. “We are fortunate to partner [...]
Three-Time Champion Calls it A Career After 49 Victories, 618 Races Date: Nov. 20, 2016 Event: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Finale (Round 36 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Start/Finish: 11th/22nd (Running, completed 266 of 268 laps) Point Standing: 15th with 2,211 points Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports in overtime (Chevrolet) Champion: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet) The curtain came down to loud applause early Sunday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway when Tony Stewart walked off the NASCAR stage for the final time as a Sprint Cup Series driver, ending a career that included three championships and 49 victories. Stewart drove his No. 14 Always a Racer/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) [...]
(For those not aware- a little over a year ago I undertook a project here on BadGroove that we lovingly called Project Smoke In My Eyes. The concept started out as a way for fans to submit their own stories about Tony Stewart and ended up being put into a book that is currently on it’s way to Tony for delivery sometime in December. The book is pages of fans stories about Tony Stewart. While I was compiling the submissions I worked on creating my own submission for the book. I went through several versions and finally at the end of my own self-imposed deadline came up with the following. It appears as the last entry in the Smoke In My [...]