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If you ain't first, you're last

get the shirt: “if you ain’t first, you’re last”

This blog isn’t about fashion but sometimes it comes up and relates to racing.

A few years ago I wrote about Scott Speed working with Muze Clothing to create a t-shirt that would benefit The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Southwest Chapter. Well, the “Muffin Man” t-shirt is still available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds going to the same foundation.

And now I’m working with Muze to promote some of their newest t-shirts that will be of supreme interest to racing fans. First, let’s go over what Muze Clothing is all about:

Born out of an appreciation and dedication to classic movie lines, Muze is a lifestyle brand where movie quotes and fashion collide to bring you your new favorite shirt.

So the guys at Muze have created these two shirts: “If You Ain’t First You’re Last” one of the classic lines from the movie “Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby” and “Rubbin’s Racin’” from “Days of Thunder.”

Rubbins Racin T-Shirt If you ain't first, you're last

photos from the ‘racing dreams’ premiere

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  Producer Dwayne Johnson attends the premiere of 'Racing Dreams' during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)I didn’t attend the premiere of “Racing Dreams”, the movie I told you all to go see ASAP, but there are photos from the event in Charlotte in May and the film’s debut at the Tribeca Film Festival last year where it won Best Documentary Film. I know this is late but better late than never I always say. Plus it’s another opportunity for me to remind you guys to figure out a way to see this awesome film.

And I’ll be honest about the fact that I also enjoy getting to look at photos of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who was a producer on the film. I think I’m going to add meeting him to my list of things to do before I die. I’m serious. Have you seen his arms? Holy… Okay, I’m stopping. If you’re an AJ Allmendinger fan you’ll enjoy these pics too, he’s wearing a suit! And there’s bonus Kasey Kahne.

Go see “Racing Dreams”! And if the film isn’t showing in your area why not tell your local theater they should carry it.


NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  (L-R) Producer Dwayne Johnson, racer Annabeth Barnes, racer Brandon Warren, racer Joshua Hobson and producer Dany Garcia attend the premiere of 'Racing Dreams' during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

(L-R) Producer Dwayne Johnson, racer Annabeth Barnes, racer Brandon Warren, racer Joshua Hobson and producer Dany Garcia attend the premiere of ‘Racing Dreams’ during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

go see ‘racing dreams’ right now

Racing Dreams movie posterSo this is the easiest movie review I’ve ever had to write. Why? Because the documentary film “Racing Dreams” is so wonderful. I absolutely loved it. “Racing Dreams” follows three young aspiring NASCAR drivers as they compete for the championship in the World Karting Association’s National Series.

There’s 13-year-old Brandon, 12-year-old Josh and 11-year-old Annabeth, all of whom tugged at my heart for completely different reasons. Their stories are the kind you hear about now from NASCAR’s top drivers when they talk about what they did growing up and what their family sacrificed so they could attempt to compete at NASCAR’s highest level.

So many things happen in this film and I really don’t want to give any of it away because I want you to experience it for yourself. I hate reviews that basically say everything, then you’re anticipating it and then it doesn’t have the same effect as if you went in clean. But I have to say that one moment that involved Josh, the extremely poised kid who already has post-race pressers nailed, made me cry but in a totally good way.

And speaking of emotions, they run the gamut in this film. It’s funny, heartwarming and just plain engaging. I want to know more about these kids and what happens next for them. It definitely leaves you wanting more.

If you’re a fan of racing, in any form, you have to see this film. “Racing Dreams” was chosen as best documentary at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (the film festival created by Robert De Niro). It was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Marshall Curry and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock).

The movie opens TODAY, Friday May 21st. Check the “Racing Dreams” website for theaters showing the film in your area. The trailer for the film is below.

sponsors should get focused on kvapil, not busch

Kyle Busch celebrates winning the Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks, his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the season (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen / Getty Images)I must admit that I fell asleep watching the Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks. I accidentally took two Tylenol PMs instead of the regular Tylenol. Woopsie!

Anywhoo… I know I didn’t miss much. I was awake to see Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s chance at a win evaporate and that pretty much took the wind out of my sails. I woke up at the end managed to make out Kyle Bush’s figure in the winner’s circle. I rolled over and went back to sleep again.

So here’s something I’ve been thinking about, when I saw Kyle’s Combos paint scheme I was reminded of the conversation I had with Washington Post writer and author Liz Clarke. She felt that the constant changing of a guys paint scheme made it harder for people to care about the driver. I think she’s so right on and putting my feelings about Kyle aside I actually feel bad for him that he doesn’t have a consistent “brand” or “look” each weekend.

It’s annoying for his fans (all two of them) that they don’t have a particular color scheme to look for on the track. It’s frustrating. They need to pick a sponsor and stick with ‘em, M&M’s and that’s it! Or Hot Shot could sponsor him again, I think it’d be hilarious but so totally perfect for his persona. :)

Another reason this whole musical chairs o’ sponsors is bothersome to me is that there’s a guy like Travis Kvapil out there with all the talent in the world and some great runs to prove it and he’s got nothing on his car, while Kyle has been hawking a different product almost every week. Travis finished 11th on Sunday. Uhm, hello sponsors!?!!!

In other news…

– I’m proud to report that my older sister sat down and watched DALE: The Movie. This is huge because for the longest time my sister has been flabbergasted over my love for NASCAR. She loves me and supports me in everything that I’ve done but to her this whole NASCAR thing has been perplexing, although it’s not out of the ordinary for me. My sister and I have always been very different in terms of our interests. She was a star athlete in high school and college, while I was just an awesome spectator. She was the homecoming queen and I was not. She’s into R&B and hip hop and I’m into alternative and indie rock music.

Anyway, my point is that my sister watched the movie about Dale Earnhardt and now has a much better understanding of and appreciation for racing. It made my day to hear that she wanted to understand what I have been putting so much of my energy into for sometime now. So thank you, Mika! I love you. :)


Denny Hamlin celebrates his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin celebrates his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Dover International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

A 10-car crash brought out the first caution of the Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. The race red-flagged for 16 minutes and 13 seconds to clean up the track. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

A 10-car crash brought out the first caution of the Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. The race red-flagged for 16 minutes and 13 seconds to clean up the track. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

go speed racer go

If you haven’t already you’ve gotta check out the trailer for the movie “Speed Racer.” It’s based on the popular cartoon series of the same name. It looks awesome, which is to be expected when it’s been directed by the Wachowski brothers. They’re the dudes behind “The Matrix” film series.

It’s set to come out on May 9th, 2008.