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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)

texas flashback: vince vaughn is just kinda tall

– This is kinda old but I had to post these photos (there’s one below too). Vince Vaughn attended the race at Texas to promote Actor Vince Vaughn talks with Jimmie Johnson prior to the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)his new movie “Fred Claus.” He is a hot, hot man and I like him a lot. I don’t like mincing words when it comes to the awesomeness that is Vince Vaughn — he had me at “Swingers.” And ya know it did cross my mind that my name starts with a V and well it’d be really cool if we got married ’cause we’d have the same intials. But anyway… you really didn’t need to know that.

– Even though it’s coming from Kurt Busch, it’s nice to know that one of the drivers agrees with me on the lameness that is only the top 10 chasers getting the royal treatment — and not the top 12 as it should be — in New York this year:

“All the Chase drivers want to finish at least in the top 10 in the points,” Kurt said. “The way they have it this year is that there are 12 drivers in the Chase, but only the top 10 get to drive their show cars around Manhattan and take to the stage at the NASCAR Awards Banquet. It’s a case of team pride and wanting to be able to do all you can for your sponsors. To tell you the truth, as hard as all the teams work toward making the Chase, it’s kind of sad that two teams get left out like that. I really don’t understand that, but I guess you just have to accept it and go on.”

– Are you on Facebook? If you are you should check out the page I made and become a fan of “The Fast and The Fabulous.” I’ll be your best friend.


Everything’s bigger in Texas, except these guys, they really are that tall.

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki (left) talks with actor Vince Vaughn at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)

this is me desperately trying to keep the chase interesting

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, congratulates Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 LoweGeoffrey Miller over at AOL Fanhouse doesn’t seem to think that Jeff Gordon will be able to get past Jimmie Johnson for the Championship this weekend at Homestead:

After Johnson’s late-race domination at Phoenix — a race in which he led the final 24 laps — Johnson leads Gordon’s No. 24 team by 86 points. The basic math on that is that Gordon must win and lead the most laps at Homestead and Johnson has to finish 18 or worse.

In other words, it’s not going to happen.

While I could care less if Jimmie or Jeff wins the Championship, I still can’t let go of the hope that Jeff could still pull out the win in the end. I never give up until it’s all said and done. Why? Because I don’t want it to be boring — and if no one else is going to keep it interesting for me I’ll do it myself. Yes, the chances are slim but I’d rather cling to slim ones instead of none at all. It’s already boring as hell to see Jimmie win four-in-a-row. While it’s a very cool thing to accomplish, it doesn’t happen every day, but as a non-Jimmie fan it’s annoying.

Then factor in the fact that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going into this final race of the season winless and you have a very irked Valli.

In other news…

During the coverage of the race at Phoenix Dr. Jerry Punch noted that at the Championship banquet in New York this year only the top 10 of the 12 drivers will be on stage. Ok. Whose incredibly lame idea was that? If I was one of the two drivers in the bottom I would feel totally gypped. That’s like the Olympics committee saying “oh, wait, we’ve only got room on the podium for the first place winner.”

(Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)