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Tony Stewart and 2010 Office Depot Foundation Teddy B Caring Bear

christmas gift ideas for racing fans

Teddy B. Caring and Tony StewartChristmas is fast approaching and I thought I’d share with you some ideas I had for great gifts for NASCAR fans.

– Let’s start things off with two Tony Stewart-related gifts. First is the 2011 calendar I gave you guys a preview of last month that features exclusive photos of Tony. I love calendars, I think they make great presents because they last all year with something new to stare at (and daydream about) each month. The second gift is the 2010 “Teddy B. Caring Bear” from the Office Depot Foundation. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the bear will go to children and families in need around the world. Teddy B. Caring was made by Gund (so you know he’s well made), costs only $9.99 and can be found at Office Depot stores.

“Working with the Office Depot Foundation on its National Backpack Program is one of the most important and rewarding things I do,” Stewart said. “It’s amazing to see the look on a child’s face when they receive a new backpack and are able to head back to school with an extra boost of confidence. Every child deserves that, and I would like to encourage everyone to consider giving a Teddy B. Caring bear as a gift this holiday season in support of the great work the Office Depot Foundation does all year long.”

for sale: a shirtless carl edwards

I get back from Chicago and what happens? I get sick! Ugh. I have a cold but I’m getting better, I think the worst is over.

In other news…

Jimmie Johnson won the ESPY for Best Driver. The show doesn’t air until this Sunday, July 20 at 9pm EST on ESPN and ESPN HD. Apparently word has it that Justin Timberlake killed as the show’s host, and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick appeared to be really, really short when standing next to really, really tall people. Who knew?

– Hendrick Motorsports driver Landon Cassill and I have something in common, ESPN The Magazine - Carl Edwards Coverwe’re both still trying to get comfortable with being in the NASCAR garage. On how he feels he’s grown since his first Nationwide series start last year, the 19-year-old had this to say: “I feel like I have a higher level of confidence than I did a year ago. I know my way around the garage a lot better, and I know NASCAR race procedures so much better. Just to have that seat time is pretty important, and, obviously, I’ll be better next year than I was this year, too.”

– Did you know you can buy prints of ESPN The Magazine covers? They’ll even frame ‘em too! Yea! I know, I’m all over it. There are 6 NASCAR driver covers and 3 of the six are of course Dale Earnhardt Jr. but I’d be inclined to pick up the Carl Edwards cover too (see left) for obvious reasons. Ahem.

– Here’s the “no duh” headline of the week, from “Keselowski enjoys racing, competing for wins.” Please show me the driver that hates racing and has no desire to compete for wins.

nascar gifts: dale jr. in my pocket

calendars_dalejr.jpgCalendars make excellent Christmas gifts. For years my mom would buy me a new Ansel Adams wall calendar, but now it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. At work I have a big one for the wall and then a desk version.

So imagine my delight when I went to to check out what’s new for 2008. First is the 2008 Up Close and Personal Dale Earnhardt Jr. wall calendar. It’s photos of Junior away from the track. Brilliant! And then I noticed there’s also a 2008 Dale Jr. Pocket Planner — that’s so going on my Christmas list.

calendars_kkahne.jpgIf you’d rather have Jeff Gordon in your pocket they’ve got one for him too, along with other drivers like Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson.

Kasey Kahne has an “off the track” calendar, the cover features him on a motorcycle. I guess ya gotta play up that bad boy image somehow since he’ll be pushing Budweiser next year.

nascar gifts: how to marry a race car driver

The GirlFinally I am able to write my review of Liz Allison’s latest book “The Girl’s Guide to Winning a NASCAR Driver: Secrets to Grabbing His Attention and Stealing His Heart.”

When I heard that this book was coming out I referred to it as The Holy Grail. I now know that that was a bit much. This book is great and I love the fact that Mrs. Allison wrote it at all, but it’s not an exact how-to guide. It does a great job of separating the “good” girls from the “bad” (aka helmet lickers, groupies, etc.) It’s the perfect book for young women like me who wouldn’t mind it in the least if they could go out on a date with their fave NASCAR driver but aren’t busy hunting them down like prey at every race.

While the book does give some practical do’s and don’ts when it comes to meeting a driver, it also provides the story behind how some of NASCAR’s most famous married couples met. This was hands down my favorite part of the book. I could read a book of just stories of how ANYBODY met their significant other really. I think that if I read more of those then it’ll help me figure out where I should go to meet the man of my dreams. But I digress, back to the book.

There are quizzes that can tell you if you could handle dating a NASCAR guy (I totally passed) and which currently single driver is the right kind of guy for you.

With Christmas right around the corner this is yet another great gift for that special female in your life. If you’re getting this for your wife I dunno what message you’re trying to send.

Just kidding, but really you could get it for anyone. There is practical information in this book for fans in general on the type of manners you should have when meeting the drivers, whether you want to jump their bones or otherwise.

nascar gifts: for the dale jr. fan that has everything

jms_brick.jpgThe holidays are quickly approaching and I have no clue what I’m getting anybody at this point. I think my friend Jamie has already bought my gift and a few for her relatives. Every year I say I’m going to start earlier but I never do. Anyway, If you have a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan on your list then you should think about buying them a brick with their name on it.

Now at first blush that sounds kinda dopey but these personalized bricks will be placed outside of Junior’s JR Nation retail store. Elvis fans have Graceland and Dale Jr. fans have JR Nation. So if you want to make sure that Dale knows that you support him — or that your sister has the hots for him — check out his website for details on how to be a part of his “Circle of Fans.”

Bricks allow fans to leave their mark on JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2007) – Just in time for the holiday season JR Motorsports is offering race fans a chance to leave a lasting impression on the headquarters for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the JR Motorsports Circle of Fans.

jms_brick-paver-300.jpgThe Circle of Fans is located outside the entrance to JR Nation, the first-ever retail store exclusive to Earnhardt Jr. and his JR Motorsports brand and home of the “Dale Jr. Fan Experience.” A total of 1,788 4×8-inch bricks make up this special area in front of JR Nation and each brick is customizable with up to two lines of copy with 17 characters on each line.

jms_street_stock.jpg The bricks are $159.95 each and come with a limited edition 1:24-scale diecast replica of the JR Motorsports No. 17 street stock car — the very first race car fielded by Earnhardt Jr.’s team in 2002. Replica bricks are also available for an additional $39.95 each.

“We’ve had so many visitors at JR Nation who’ve wanted to leave a message for Dale Jr., so we thought the Circle of Fans would provide the perfect opportunity for fans to leave a lasting mark here at JR Motorsports,” said Shannon Reel, JR Nation store manager. “With this special program fans can create their own customized message.

“With the holidays upon us, these personalized bricks make great gifts for the Dale Jr. fan who has everything.”

The bricks are available for purchase in-store at JR Nation and order forms are also up on

A portion of each purchase benefits the Exchange-SCAN of Iredell County, which fights child abuse through education and awareness training, health and daycare providers, parental aide programs, parental support groups and home-based intervention programs.

For more information on the Circle of Fans, please visit

(All photos courtesy of JR Motorsports)