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and the award for best media kit goes to…

Red Bull Racing!

The only other time I’ve ever talked about media kits was when I wrote about how much I dug the one Red Bull made back in 2007. The material they gave out to the media with all of the most pertinent facts about their teams and drivers was unique and cool, and in 2009 they’ve made it even cooler.

There aren’t that many memorable media kits out there (although the photos of Kurt Busch in hunting gear were interesting), so the competition isn’t that stiff, but even if it was I still think Red Bull would always win hands down. It’s something that catches your attention and even if you weren’t planning on writing something about Brian Vickers or Scott Speed you might stop to rethink it.

I dig design that’s creative, fun and so very contemporary. When you match that with awesome photography you’ve got a winner. The photos of Vickers are particularly fetching if I do say so myself, he should walk around the garage in a suit jacket. It’s a good look.


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(all photos credit: The Fast and the Fabulous)

red bull driver, scott speed, rides fake bull

If you’re a Scott Speed fan then you’re in luck. I have a ton of photos of the guy from the latest Texas Motor Speedway media event. The Red Bull Racing driver was in town to promote next week’s Dickies 500 Sprint Cup race by riding a mechanical bull.

Who needs Formula One racing? I think Speed has found his home in NASCAR.


Former four-time bull riding champion Tuff Hedeman (left) stands with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (right) after he received his "Bull Riding Diploma" following his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

Former four-time bull riding champion Tuff Hedeman (left) stands with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (right) after he received his "Bull Riding Diploma" following his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed limbers up before he tangles with the mechanical bull again in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008.    (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed limbers up before he tangles with the mechanical bull again in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (right) hangs on during his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (right) hangs on during his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

Former four-time bull riding champion Tuff Hedeman (right) gives NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (left) some bull riding tips in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008.  (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

Former four-time bull riding champion Tuff Hedeman (right) gives NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed (left) some bull riding tips in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed takes a break -- and strikes a pose -- after his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008.  (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed takes a break — and strikes a pose — after his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed, "cowboyed up" in his Charlie 1 Horse hat and Panhandle Slim shirt, takes a break after his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008.  (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed, "cowboyed up" in his Charlie 1 Horse hat and Panhandle Slim shirt, takes a break after his maiden ride on a mechanical bull in the Fort Worth Stockyards Tuesday, October 21, 2008. (Photo By Tom Pennington/Getty Images for the Texas Motor Speedway)

can lowe’s change the game in the chase?

Since the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway is this weekend it only made sense to post photos from the Lowe’s testing session that occurred a couple weeks ago.

I’ve been following the presidential election coverage a lot and everybody is looking for a “game-changer” from the debates and in terms of NASCAR I think this weekend’s race might bring just that for the drivers embroiled in the The Chase. At least I hope this race produces a game-changer because I think it’ll be far more interesting if the points lead changes hands again.

Oh and I have something to say about NASCAR’s judgment on the whole Regan Smith/Tony Stewart Talladega finish. So yes they got the call right but they really need to work on being clear on the rules in the first place. This isn’t the first time the rules have been foggy. Even the announcers calling the race heard different things about the rules for the last lap of the race. So the bottom line is they still f’ed up. Thank you.

a change of plans for the coca-cola 600

Ok, so here is the bad news. I’m not going to Charlotte this week for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. There are a few things that contributed to me calling off the trip but the biggest thing is that I’m suddenly moving next week and I couldn’t justify using the money on the trip when I could really use it for the move.

So it sucks that I won’t get to meet people (Penni!) and visit the race shops but I know I’ll have another opportunity to visit the Charlotte area in the future.

But the good news is that I’m moving into my own place again (awesome!) and that I got word that I was approved for credentials to the races at Infineon in June. I’m super-duper relieved that I will be able to go the Toyota/Save Mart 350. It’s going to be fun. Oh and now this whole thing allows me to watch both the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indy 500.

In other news…

– I’m not writing for Examiner.com anymore. There’s no big story except that it just wasn’t the right thing for me. The thing that I love the most about my blog is that it’s mine and I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. If you check this site regularly you know that I don’t have a set schedule and I don’t write everyday. I would love to be able to have something relevant to say everyday but I don’t. Plus I love writing about my experiences at the races or watching the races on TV and not needing to be an expert. I don’t know everything there is to know about NASCAR and I’m not trying to act like I do. I just write about the things that occur to me and that’s what I’m going to keep on doing. So there. Just kidding. I have absolutely no ill will towards the folks at the Examiner. I appreciate being given the opportunity. I think the new design they have is great.

– I’ll be doing another DVD giveaway soon and by soon I mean hopefully this week. I watched the DVD last week and I need sit down and remember all the great things I liked about it. This time I’ll have three copies to give away (unless they tell me I have to give two of ‘em back).

– I finally got to watch the full episode of Cribs that featured Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the western town he built on his property, Whisky River. They’ve been playing it on CMT along with the old segments Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray filmed a long time ago (Casey was still with Gnassi Racing). I loved seeing inside Dale’s house and of course Whisky River. If I was a kid and I was related to him I’d want to hang out at his place like all the time. When I was a kid I loved to make believe and I don’t think it would get any better than having a place like that with an actual working jail you could lock your friends in and then go faux marry someone at the chapel. That’d be so freaking fun.

– The All-Star Race happened and I missed it. Marc from Full Throttle was awesome to give me a great tip on how to watch the race online but I had to miss out on that too ’cause I went out to meet a guy. Plus for some reason I had it in my head that the race was on Sunday and not Saturday. At any rate it’s awesome that Kasey Kahne got the win. Hopefully it’ll light a fire under his team to win a points race.

– I’m stoked that the Red Bull guys had a good weekend. First by winning the Pit Crew Challenge and then by getting A.J. Allmendinger into the All-Star race. It’s all awesome stuff.


The No. 83 Red Bull Toyota pit crew of Brian Vickers pushes their car towards the finish line during the Craftsman 40-Yard Push. The crew won the championship, setting a new speed record along the way. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The No. 83 Red Bull Toyota pit crew of Brian Vickers pushes their car towards the finish line during the Craftsman 40-Yard Push. The crew won the championship, setting a new speed record along the way. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

(L-R): Individual winners Caleb Hurd, gas man for the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, Jamie Frady, catch can man for the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, Dave Smith, rear tire changer for the No. 17 DeWalt Ford, Jason Binger, rear tire carrier for the No. 17 DeWalt Ford, Nick O'Dell, front tire changer for the No. 18 M&M's Toyota, Brad Donaghy, front tire carrier for the No. 18 M&M's Toyota and Eric Wilson, jackman for the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge pose in Victory Lane. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

(L-R): Individual winners Caleb Hurd, gas man for the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, Jamie Frady, catch can man for the No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet, Dave Smith, rear tire changer for the No. 17 DeWalt Ford, Jason Binger, rear tire carrier for the No. 17 DeWalt Ford, Nick O’Dell, front tire changer for the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, Brad Donaghy, front tire carrier for the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota and Eric Wilson, jackman for the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge pose in Victory Lane. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

AJ Allmendinger celebrates winning the Sprint Showdown. Allmendinger's win transferred him into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

AJ Allmendinger celebrates winning the Sprint Showdown. Allmendinger’s win transferred him into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kasey Kahne celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Kahne was voted into the race by a Fan Vote and raced his way to victory from the back of the field. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

I love this photo, the expression on Kasey’s face is priceless.

Kasey Kahne celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Kahne was voted into the race by a Fan Vote and raced his way to victory from the back of the field. (Photo Credit: Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

give a little bit

Charity starts in the blog. Isn’t that what they always say? So here are a couple pieces of information on some worthy causes that you — the motorsports fan — can support.

– The first is from the Wings fo Life Charity Auction that is auctioning off a bunch of autographed goodies from various Red Bull stars:

Only a few more days remain to bid on a two-wheel ride with Travis Pastrana, a day of drifting with Rhys Millen or sitting shotgun with Brian Vickers. All are Red Bull athletes, and all will give the highest bidder the experience of a lifetime.

The first Wings for Life Charity Auction on Ebay ends March 30. Among the items up for bid include a Formula One car and Dakar Rally-winning KTM bike. It doesn’t end there, so visit http://members.ebay.at/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=wingsforlifefoundation.

The Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit organization that promotes research worldwide to find a putative cure for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Paralysis. Visit wingsforlife.com.

– On the NASCAR front, the route for the 14th annual motorcycle ride founded by Kyle Petty was announced yesterday. The event takes place this year on July 13 through the 20th.

Riders, start your engines! The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 14th annual motorcycle ride, to take place July 13-20, 2008. NASCAR driver and Charity Ride founder Kyle Petty will lead a field of more than 250 riders as they wind their way from the Midwest to the Deep South in an effort to raise awareness of and funds for Victory Junction Gang Camp and other children’s charities.

Riders will depart from Traverse City, Mich., on July 13, making overnight stops in Elkhart Lake, Wis.; Lombard, Ill.; Lexington, Ky.; White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Peachtree City, Ga., before reaching Savannah, Ga., their final destination, on July 19.

Since the Charity Ride’s inception in 1995, 5,700 participants have logged more than 7.2 million cumulative motorcycle miles and donated more than $10.5 million to Victory Junction Gang Camp and other charities that support chronically ill children. Petty and his wife, Pattie, founded the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., in 2004. The year-round camp serves children, ages 7 to 15, with a variety of health issues that would typically prevent them from attending camp. The camp operates solely on the donations of corporations, organizations and individuals. The Pettys recently announced the opening of a second Victory Junction Gang Camp in Wyandotte County, Kan.

“Pattie and I are constantly amazed and inspired by the dedication of our riders, sponsors and fans,” said Petty. “These companies and individuals are truly committed to bettering the lives of deserving children and their families. We’re looking forward to another great event – and more incredible results!”

For more information go to: www.kylepettycharityride.com and www.victoryjunction.org

– Don’t forget! NASCAR Day is on Friday, May 16th. Get your pins today!

aj allmendinger: ‘this year sucked’

What follows are audio interviews with A.J. Allmendinger and Brian Vickers of Red Bull Racing. They talk about about how they’re spending the off season and then preparing for the 2008 Cup season. Enjoy!

WARNING: Check your computer’s volume level before playing.

Bull Chat with A.J. Allmendinger:

Bull Chat with Brian Vickers: