The Tricky Triangle

Disclaimer…I am apologizing to all of these out there who have math phobias for my usage of math lingo in this post.  Sometimes my geekiness just can’t help itself.  I hope I have done my math teachers proud by the use of this math terminology!

A usual NASCAR race occurs on an oval track which gives us four turns of action.  But there are on a few occasions where NASCAR takes their show to the not so oval tracks.  This weekend the Cup drivers will tackle Pocono Raceway aka The Tricky Triangle in Long Pond Pennsylvania for the Party in the Poconos 400 sponsored by Walmart.

To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about this track.  The only thing I know it is in the shape of a triangle, albeit a rounded triangle.  I still shudder and get chills every time I think about triangles.  I think this all goes back to one of junior high math classes where I had to memorize the Pythagorean Theorem (note…I still can recite it word for word…the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides).  Hopefully the drivers and crew chiefs won’t have to use that kind of math to get around the 2.5 mile triangle this weekend.

I can see how the track is called the Tricky Triangle.  None of the sides are the same length or in math lingo a scalene triangle.  So no chance of using that pesky Pythagorean Theorem I mentioned earlier because you need a right angle in the triangle to use this theorem.  Can you imagine if one of the turns was a right angle?  Any way, here are the specs for the triangle the drivers will have to contend with this weekend.

  • Frontstretch = 3,740 feet
  • Long Pond Straight = 3,055 feet
  • Short Chute = 1,780 feet
  • Turn 1 = 14 degrees of banking
  • Turn 2 = 8 degrees of banking
  • Turn 3 – 6 degrees of banking

There is much in the way of banking like there is say at Daytona or Talladega.  This is a flat race track which requires the drives to contend with very different corners and straightaways.  Currently, there is one driver who seems to have mastered the domain of Pocono Speedway.  Jeff Gordon has the most wins with 6.  His last win coming last year at the Pennsylvania 500.  He has also lead the most career laps at Pocono with 965.  So if you have a fantasy league, I would definitely put Jeff Gordon on the team this week.  Another driver who has some success at Pocono is Denny Hamlin with three wins.  He swept both races back in 2006.  If Denny is looking to bounce back from last week’s race, this would be the one race to do it.

I will be watching Tony Stewart this week.  After his win last week at Dover, and his top-10 finish at Charlotte, he is riding some momentum into Pocono this weekend.  Tony’s win at Pocono was in 2009 at the first race in Pocono.  I have been following Tony’s career for several years and this is the time of the year he gets things started.  I am hoping he take this momentum to Victory Lane and get his second win of the season!

If you are headed out to Pocono this weekend have a great time!  If you are thinking about taking in the race, but don’t want to spend too much of that budget, you can still purchase concourse level tickets for just $25!  That’s right…$25!  These tickets normally would sell for $55, $50, $45.  That’s quite a deal when you think about it!  It basically means you can get two tickets for the price of one.  If I had that kind of savings, it would mean I could buy another Tony Stewart souvenir for my already overflowing souvenir collection!  You can buy these great tickets online at http://www.walmart.com/cp/1091705 or Pocono Raceway

When I started researching things about Pocono Raceway I wasn’t sure what I was going to find.  I wasn’t familiar with the track and to be honest it usually isn’t one of the races I have circled on my calendar to watch.  It’s not because there isn’t exciting racing, it’s usually the fact that I am on vacation during this time and don’t get a chance to watch the race. You need to check out the Pocono Green Initiatives!  The one program I like is the NASCAR Clean Air Tree Planting Program.  Ten trees are planted for every green flag of NASCAR race at Pocono.  Ten trees per race that’s twenty trees a year!  Pocono is definitely leading the way in conservation in NASCAR!

Some final thoughts…

  • I was so EXCITED about Tony’s win last weekend!  I didn’t catch much of the race.  It was just difficult to watch when you are feeling like death warmed over.  I did, however catch the last several laps!  I hope my neighbors can forgive me for the yelling and screaming I did.  If not, WHO CARES!!!
  • With this win, Tony would be in the Chase as one of the wild cards.  He is currently 16th (up four spots) and has one win.  The only other driver with one win not in the top 12 is David Ragan.  He is sitting in 27th place.  So if the regular season ended today, the wild cards would be Jeff Gordon (sitting at 11th spot) and Tony Stewart!  But the regular season doesn’t end after Dover so there is still a lot of racing left.
  • I believe NASCAR made the right call with Jimmie Johnson.  From the video I saw, it seemed Jimmie was ahead of Juan in the restart zone, he continued to be ahead of him and the field after the green flag flew.  I just thought it was one of those good restarts Jimmie usually gets, but in the case not so much.  Whether or not Juan held back or not, that is not for me to say.  Sometimes restarts are about gamesmanship.  Perhaps this was one of those where Jimmie got outplayed.  Either way it cost him the race win.
  • I am somewhat superstitious when it comes to sports.  I have been known to sit in the exact same spot, where the same clothes and I have even go so far as to have the same type of food and beverage to help give my driver good mojo.  I know this may seem a little odd for those who don’t follow sports, but hey, you don’t mess with the mojo!  So with that being said, I am going to post a gratuitous picture of Tony to give him so good mojo for this weekend!  The same one I posted last weekend!

2011 championship

Party in the Poconos 400

Have you voted yet for which Pace Car will lead the field to the green at Party in the Poconos 400 on June 9, 2013 at Pocono Speedway?  If you haven’t, you ONLY have from today until Monday, May 27 to cast your vote!  Once May 28 is here, the decision is final! So drive on by and cast you vote and make your voice heard…zoom on over to Walmarturl.com/fandriven400.  You can vote once a day every day until May 27!  Here are your three choices!  Get busy for Fans of Design 1 & 2 because Design 3 is leading the competition!  I like all three designs, but I have to admit I am lovin’ Design 3!

pace car 1 pace car 2 pace car 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are in the Charlotte area this weekend and want to attend the Coca Cola 600, but budget is a little tight!  No problem…you can take advantage of the $99 Family Four Pack!  With this specially priced pack, you get 4 race tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 Cokes!  That’s not bad! Can’t make it to Charlotte this weekend?  You can still take advantage of this FANTASTIC bargain at other races throughout the season…Dover (June 2), Pocono (June 9), Michigan (June 16) and one of my favorite races Daytona (July 6)!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Party in the Poconos 400–the journey continues…

Pardon me for the lack of posts lately, I have been dealing with spotty internet access and starting a new job.

There was some exciting racing back in Talladega and I had lots of items to discuss on that topic, but I just don’t want to rehash all the news coming out of that race weekend.  You can check out a great post over at Bad Groove!  I will post something later on Darlington.

Right now, my attention is turned to the Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Speedway on June 9!  This race is just around the corner everyone!  If you have your tickets and hotel reservations set TERRIFIC!  If you are still thinking about going, you are in luck, you can still take advantage of a great bargain…$25 tickets.  You heard me…$25 tickets!  So head on over to Walmart.com/NASCAR and take advantage of this ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY THE BEST DEAL AROUND!

Don’t forget if you can’t make it to Pocono Speedway, you can take advantage of the Family Four PackThat’s 4 tickets, 4 Cokes, and 4 Hotdogs for ONLY $99!  In fact you and three of your buddies can head to Charlotte this weekend to watch the All-Star Race for just $99! If you don’t take advantage of this special, you might miss some exciting racing!  I mean, NO POINTS, $1 million dollars, what more can you want?  Or if you can’t make the All-Star Race, you can take advantage of this Four Pack for the Coke 600!

Without further ado, let’s get to the winner of the concession stand item vote.  After  4,638 votes were cast, the winning flavor of pierogie is the LOADED BAKED POTATO SKIN PIEROGIE!  This flavor ran away with 2,619 votes.

Now that we have the name of the race, favorite pierogie, we move on to the final stage of voting for you fans–the Pace Car Design!  Just like before, you can vote for your favorite Pace Car Design at Walmarturl.com/fandriven400Voting opened on May 7 and will continue through May 27.  From the looks of the designs, this may be a tough decision for you guys out there.  Besides, how can one choose between different designs on a Chevy Camaro?  Either way, you can be part of the action by choosing the Pace Car Design.  Here are your choices…

pace car 1 pace car 2 pace car 3

Party in the Poconos 400

Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart is a little over a month away (June 9).  If have already made plans to head to the race, FANTASTIC!  If you have not made plans, but not sure if you can afford it, you are in luck!  Walmart in partnership with Pocono Speedway to offer 16,000 concourse level tickets for just $25!  That’s what I said $25!!!  Tickers at this low price are still available and can be purchased online at Walmart.

You can still cast you vote for the pierogie you want to see served at the race.  You can choose from the following three pierogie flavors:

  1. Hot Honey Buffalo Wing
  2. Loaded Potato Skin
  3. Sweet Cinnamon

pierogi

Right now, Loaded Potato Skin has a commanding lead.  So if you are fans of the other two pierogies, you better get to voting!  Remember just like with the name of the race, you can vote once a day, every day until May 7.  You can vote online via the Walmart Facebook Page at walmarturl.com/FanDriven 400.  Make your voice heard!

There is a third stage of voting you will get to participate in as fans.  Beginning May 8th through May 27th, you will get to choose between three designs for the pace car.  So be on the lookout for your chance to decide the design!

Beginning June 5, Walmarts in the Long Pond area will be hosting NASCAR fan events.  These events will feature real stock racing car and simulator displays, FREEsamples from suppliers, driver appearances and more!  Man, that sounds exciting!  Plus while you are participating in these exciting events, you can pick up some of those tailgating items you may have left behind!

So make your summer plans to join other race faces at Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart on June 9, 2013!  You don’t want to miss out on all the action!

Have a great day!

And The Winner Is…

After weeks of campaigning and voting, we have a winner for the Pocono 400!  CONGRATULATIONS TO SHAWN MCMILLAN for his winning submission of “Party in the Poconos 400”!  He took the lead in the voting and never looked back!  Thanks for all those who participated in the voting!  And I am sure Shawn is thankful for your votes as well.  But this is just only the beginning, there is another campaign being waged!  You, the fan, can choose what type of pierogi that will be served at The Party!

I will be the first to admit, I have no idea what a piergoi is or even eaten one.  So being the person I am, I consulted my ever faithful friend, the internet.  Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know what a pierogi is.

Pierogis are dumplings of unleavened dough, first boiled, then baked or fried usually in butter with onions, and traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit.  There are of central and eastern European provenance, and are usually semicircular, but are rectangular or triangular in some cuisines.

With that being said, here are your choices you can choose from in the pierogi contest! I have also included a picture of them in case you want to know what they look like.

  • Hot Honey Buffalo Wing–friend then shaken in a honey-hot sauce, served with blue cheese dressing
  • Loaded Potato Skin–fried and topped with cheese and bacon, served with sour cream
  • Sweet Cinnamon Sugar–fried and topped with whipped cream

pierogi

Wow!!  These all sound DELICIOUS!  I personally like the Loaded Potato Skin!  For one thing, it has bacon on it!  I mean BACON!!!  And as well all know, bacon makes EVERYTHING better!  The other two sound yummy too!  Either way, you need to get voting!  And just like with the race name, you get to decide the winner!  Just head on over to Walmart Race Driven 400 Facebook Page and make your voice heard!  Once again, you can vote once a day, every day until May 6!  Right now, Loaded Potato Skin has jumped out in the lead!  So if you like Hot Honey Buffalo Wing or Sweet Cinnamon Sugar, you better get voting!

Want to go to the Party, but lacking the necessary funds?  Don’t worry, you can get a ticket for only $25!  Yep, that’s it!  But you need to hurry, there are only a limited number of these specially priced tickets (courtesy of the folks at Walmart) available.  Tickets can be purchased online at Walmart.com!

 

 

California or Bust

Sorry for the lateness of the post.  I have been dealing with some life stuff and just now getting back on track.

I wish I could post more about the race at AutoClub Speedway, but I can’t.  In fact, the rare occasion I take time away from NASCAR, I miss all the action.  I saw Denny’s crash and it was painful to watch.  As we know now, Denny injured his back (compression fracture) and will be out at least 6 weeks.  That’s minimum 5 races since the drivers are off this weekend due to Easter.  Mark Martin has been tagged to substitute for Denny. I can’t even begin to know the kind of pain Denny is in right now.  But once you injured your back, it dogs you the rest of your life.  I just watched the replay and that was some fun racing in last few laps.  Denny and Joey are racing for the win and then boom, there comes Kyle Busch on the outside lane and took the win from both of them.  You know Kyle was watching it all go down with Joey and Denny and he just wanted for the right moment.  Congratulations to Kyle!

As many of you might or might not know, I am a Tony Stewart fan.  l love his attitude and his approach to racing.  Sometimes it can be difficult to be a Tony fan.  Despite the highs and lows, I still am a fan.  Sunday was no different.  I didn’t get to see the race live, but thanks to Speed I was able to DVR the race.  I fast-forwarded it to the Joey Lagano and Tony incident.  On the With 12 laps to go and on the last restart, Tony started third with a chance to win the race.  He was behind Joey on the restart. Tony made a move and Joey went down to black Tony.  From the replay, I couldn’t tell Joey did anything wrong.  It looked like racing to me.  I am no blind to know Tony has been known to block to prevent other drivers from passing him.  The only thing that I can think of that made Tony upset with Joey was early on in the restart.  But from the recliner it was hard to tell.  Whatever it was Tony was angry with Joey and made no bones about after the race.  Tony is old school.  He went down to confront Joey and fisticuffs commenced.  All I could think of when I saw the replay was when AJ Foyt got into with on Arie Luyendyk at TMS after an Indy race.  All I know is Tony will not forget what happened at AutoClub.

Got plans for the summer?  If not, you might want to head to the Poconos for the Fan Driven 400 (name to be determined by the fans) at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2013.  Most tracks have 4 turns, but not the track at Pocono.  There are only 3 turns.  Yep, 3 turns people!   Thanks to the folks at Walmart, you can get $25 tickets for this race!  That’s what I just said $25 DOLLARS!  But you’ve got to get your rear in gear and get tickets.  There are only a limited amount at this price!  Tickets can be purchased online at Walmart or at Pocono Raceway!

As I mentioned above the Fan Driven 400 is not the name of the race.  You, the fan, get to decide the name.  You have until April 8 to vote for your favorite for the Fan Driven 400.  So zoom on over to walmarturl.com/FanDriven and cast your vote.  Reminder, you can vote once a day, every day until April 8.  I like the three finalists.  They submitted some creative ideas but what about the names that almost made the finals?

  • “Deer Please Don’t Run on the Track 400”!  If you live in Texas, this could happen to you quite a bit, especially during deer season.
  • “Light Beer in Plastic Cups 400”  Hello…there could have been so many tie-ins with this name.  I mean there are already beer sponsors and all we would have need was those red Solo cups.  And of course, you would have to bring in Toby Keith. It’s all about marketing people!
  • “I hope Brad wins! 400”  Ok…I guess.  How funny would that have been if Carl Edwards would have won?
  • “What Turn 4? 400”  I wonder how close this name was to making the final 3?  No offense to one of the finalists, but this one should have made the finalists list.  I mean have you seen Pocono.  Where is Turn 4?  There isn’t one.  How fun would this have been?
  • “The P-Town Funk Race”.  P-Town Funk sounds like some band from the 1970s.  I love me some funk music!  Bring me some of the P-Town Funk people!  Bring it!!

Can’t make it to Pocono?  You can take advantage of the Walmart Family Track Pack!  You can get a 4 tickets, 4 Cokes, and 4 hot dogs for ONLY $99!.  That’s quite a deal people!  This means I could take my family of four to select races throughout the year!  One of the races is the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte on May 18!  So how do you take advantage of this special deal?  Head on over to walmart.com/NASCAR to purchase your Family Track Pack!

lug nut

I was trying to do some organizing and purging of stuff this past weekend and came across my favorite sports souvenir–a lugnut.  The last time I was at Texas Motor Speedway, I found it laying on the ground.  I can’t recall whose pit area I found it, but let me tell ya, I wasn’t going to let it just lie there for some other NASCAR fan to collect.  It was a nice pretty yellow at one point, but now not so much.  Either way, I love my souvenir.  In fact it is better than the Tony Stewart tire I have in my storage unit.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter!  I don’t have much planned this weekend.  I usually just take time to think about the importance of this weekend.  One of thing I do every single year during Easter is watch the 1956 movie “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston.  It was one of the movies my mom and I would watch every single year together.  I lost my mom in 2011 due to leukemia.  She fought the good fight, but this type of leukemia was brutal.  This will be the second year I will not be able to watch this movie with her.  But I know she will be with me on Saturday as I sit down to watch!  I love you and miss you everyday mom!

The Bullring and Pocono

I have to say I love short track racing. This year it will be a little different new car and somewhat a “new” track.  Remember, Bristol was revamped last year prior to the fall race.

Bristol…where you can seat 160,000 fans, house 43 cars into a track that is 0.533 miles. How can you not expect action in this bull ring?  If you hear the phrase three wide at Bristol, someone is going to get be the odd man out.

So who is the best bet for Bristol?  Of course I always pick Tony to win, but if I had to lay some cash down, I would pick Kyle Busch.  He is sitting on the pole for this weekend’s race.  He laid a lap of 14.813 (129.535) yesterday which broke the previous record held by Ryan Newman (14.908 set in 2003).  In fact, 8 others (including Tony Stewart) laid down a qualifying lap under 15 seconds.  Joey Lagano who qualified 10th had a qualifying time of 15.005.  It safe to say the Gen-6 seems to be fast on this half-mile track.  Of course, that may change once all 43 cars are out on the track.  Still, despite these fast times, I would still place my hard-earned dollars on Kyle Busch to win the race.  He has won the 4 times in the last 8 races.  In total he has 12 wins at the track–5 in Cup, 4 in Nationwide, and 3 in Trucks.  This man knows how to get around Bristol!  Oh by the way, he is racing in the Nationwide race today! And he was atop the leaderboard in the last Cup practice of the day!

race driven

VOTE IS STILL OPEN! HAVE YOU VOTED??? Head on over to walmarturl.com/FanDriven and vote for the name you think should be given to the Pocono 400!  Here are the three names up for consideration for the Pocono 400.

  1. Race More. Live Better 400–submitted by Carrie Conway Wilson
  2. Pocono for the People 400–submitted by Diane Martin Carroll
  3. Party in the Poconos 400–submitted by Shawn McMillan

Looks like Party in the Poconos 400 has taken the early lead, followed by Race More. Live Better 400 and in third, Pocono for the People 400.  If you want your favorite to win, you need to race on over and VOTE!

You can vote once day, every day until April 8 to vote for your favorite!  Also just a reminder you can attend the Pocono race on June 9, 2012 for JUST $25!  That’s a FABULOUS deal!  You better get on these tickets fast, because there are only a limited amount available at the price!  You can purchase your tickets on-line at Walmart or Pocono Raceway.

Headed to Auto Club Speedway next weekend and don’t have a lot of cash to spend?  You and three other people can attend the race for just a cool $99!  That’s right, you can purchase a Walmart Family Track Pack which includes 4 tickets to the Cup race, 4 hot dogs, and 4 Coke Sodas.  So head on over and take advantage of this deal at Walmart!  This isn’t the only race of the season you can get a Walmart Family Track Pack.  So if you don’t live in and around Auto Club Speedway, you can still take advantage of this special ticket deal!

Other tidbits…

  • Head on over to Bad Groove and read about her adventures in Vegas!  I am glad some of what happened in Vegas escaped Vegas.  I have to live vicariously through her and her friend Misty’s adventures!  Very good read! Thanks for sharing!
  • I don’t know if you have seen it or not, but if have, the Jeff Gordon test drive was interesting.  I saw it all over Facebook.  If not check it out.  I am sure you can find on You Tube or Facebook, or somewhere.
  • Jeremy Clements has been reinstated by NASCAR after serving a two-race suspension for disparaging remarks he made several weeks ago.  He seems remorseful for his racial slur he made during the Daytona race weekend.  He is back on track this weekend.

Attention this is has nothing to do with NASCAR, but wanted to share!  I am headed to the Bon Jovi concert tomorrow night in Raiderland!  I have been a fan of them since I can remember!  I have always wanted to see them in concert.  But for whatever reason have not had the finances or do not live close to a concert venue…until now!  My hubby made a comment a couple of years ago about Bon Jovi.  He told me if they were to ever come to Lubbock he would get me tickets and go with me!  Well, right after I bought tickets for the George Strait concert, it was announced Bon Jovi was coming to Raiderland!  OMG!  So, my hubby had to eat his words so to speak.  I did manage to get tickets to the concert, but he is not going with me.  Instead one of my fellow Bon Jovi buddies is going with me!  Thanks hubby for sitting with our two boys and letting me have a girls night out with Bon Jovi!