Weekend At The Races

So this weekend the NHRA rolled into Firebird International Raceway.

Once again we were taken care of by Don Schumacher Racing,
who not only have amazing hospitality,
but really do seem to enjoy being fantastic hosts.

They take an already fun situation and really raise the bar.
Love it!

Courtesy of the fine folks at TheFlip.com
I was armed with a flipcam ultraHD
so I could get you the goods from behind the scenes.

I decided it might be fun to have you meet some of my favorite drivers.
So on Saturday we made you a little movie.
You’ll see how cool and fun these guys and girls are.
Check it out:

Aren’t they cool? There were a couple more I was planning on getting for you, but fun, racing and socializing all got me distracted…

Anyway, here are the stars of this little video, (in order of appearance) and I’ve linked their websites so that you can go check them out.

Matt Hagan
Antron Brown
Cory (Mac) McClenathan
Bob Tasca III
Ashley Force Hood
Tony Pedregon

Fast Jack Beckman

Ron Capps

Dave Grubnic

Robert Hight

Melanie Troxel

Tim Wilkerson

NHRA races are really fast, exciting, and so loud you can “feel the noise”.
Here is another clip I got with the FlipCam UltraHD.
It shows John Force and Cruz Pedregon racing their Nitro Funny Cars.

Each run starts out with a burnout.
Now I’m sure there’s some technical thing going on,
getting traction for the tires or something,
but it always looks like big old macho man posturing,
pre race psyching the opponent out .
Its brilliant!
I looove it!

Tomorrow I’ll have some more fun stuff to show you,
and who knows,
maybe a giveaway too.

Actually, we will do a giveaway.
See you tomorrow!



Test It & Tune It!

Last weekend was so much fun!
NHRA Test & Tune was in town.
At Firebird Raceway.
The season is nearly ready to begin…

Test & Tune is where the teams get to bring their cars out and check out new set ups etc.
Last year tons of teams came to Phoenix.
This year more went to Florida the week before, so the turn out was slim.
Yet fun!

There weren’t too many folks out and about this time.

We had a “Tweet up” going on.
Thats where a bunch of friends on twitter all get together.
The Nitro Twitter Gang flew in from all over.
They came in from Chicago, New Jersey, St Louis, Memphis, Sacramento
-many different places, for the 3 day event.

Here are some of us.
I had somewhat misleadingly led everyone to believe that if they flew out of the snow
the weather here would be gorgeous.

The 1st day was rained out.

Day 2?
Brain bendingly cold. Who knew?
I should have been running the bleachers.
But I didn’t.

It was extra fun too, because the photographers who got me started in this whole NHRA business were there.
And they are fun.
So we hung out and had some laughs.

Day 3 the sun came out.

Drag Strip Girl shirt and the ever funny, ever high energy, wiley John Force.
He’s such a character!

His 25th anniversary car looked awesome!

John Force Racing had three cars there this time.
Mike Neff is tuning John’s car this year instead of driving.

Bob Tasca was there as was Tim Wilkerson.
It was quite the Ford-fest.

Brandon Bernstein was there in his new blue Copart car.
Odd not seeing him in red.

John’s daughter Ashley Force Hood
brought the girl power for the weekend.

Ashley is one of the most glamorous, fabulous female pro athletes around.

and she’s fierce!
This is her starting her first burnout of the day on Sunday.
Last year I wrote a blog post about the Western Swing, and asked readers who they wanted to win Funny Car.
The response was overwhelming!
From all around the world.
Who knew?
Sometimes over 100 hits per hour.
53% wanted Ashley to win.

Last year we saw the debut of the Al Anabi cars. They weren’t here this time, but we were all excited to see Cruz Pedregon’s new car.

Well, I was.

The Cruzer is often controversial (love that), makes for great TV (love that)
and you never know what he’s going to say next (love that!)

This is an old picture of him.

The car looks cool.
Red cars go fast.

I have that exact same hoodie! I wear it on shoots.

NHRA is so fan friendly.
Drivers were coming over to say hi to that cute little boy.
That’s John Force in the green suit.
He had just been high fiving him.
Little kids remember things like that.

I went up to the top end with my photographer friends
while they were snapping the shoots deploying.

Wickedly cool.
Oddly quiet.
Especially after the high decibels at the starting line.

Had to tweet about it.

@NitroJohn meet at Wilkie’s in 10? Roger that buddy…

I hope we have more Nitro Twitter Gang Tweet Ups.
Really cool folks, and tons of fun.
You should join us next time…

I’m so ready for the season to begin!

all pictures courtesy of Gary Nastase and John Amorosano. Apart from that one of Cruz…

Smoke It!!!

So check this out!
This one is for the Nascar fans.
The Tony Stewart Nascar fans.
About a billion of whom follow me on facebook and twitter.

How would you like to park your booty in Tony’s chair?
(unfortunately, he won’t be in said chair at the time)

This contest is from my friends the RacingFashionistas
Check out their fabulous blog.
My re-posting skills are somewhat lacking,
but here’s their post.

(It just got sweeter too, as their buddy Tony decided to autograph each chair!!!)

We like to run contests every now and then for our readers and we have the exclusive opportunity to give you a chance to win one of two limited edition No. 14 Tony Stewart NASCARĀ® High-Back Leather Bonded Chairs from Office Depot. The Chair features an actual autographed signature as well as an embroidered signature from Tony Stewart.

All you have to do is send us a photo of your desk or office decked out in Tony Stewart fan gear. We want to make sure that one of these fab chairs will accentuate your place of business. The two top fan photos will receive a chair! We will run this contest starting today through February 12th. Both winners will be announced prior to the running of the 52nd annual Daytona 500. You can email the photos of your office/desk to info@racingfashionistas.com

And a little more about the chair….The luxurious red and black bonded leather upholstery chair is cushioned for all-day comfort. It features a padded armrest to help alleviate shoulder strain, gearshift styled gas lift knob, a cushioned seat offering exceptional comfort and lumbar support and sleek racing wheel casters with durable base and scuff resistant foot pads. The chair also features an autographed signature from Tony Stewart, as well as an embroidered autograph. It is priced at $229.99.

Now I personally know several gorgeous ladies who would give their right arm for one of these chairs!
If you’re a Tony fan enter this contest quick!
If not, please re-post, reTweet, facebook and/or email this one out to all your Nascar friends.

I can’t wait for the season to begin…..