Contest: Pepsi’s Max it Now Sweepstakes

When I started Q4G I had no idea I would get to meet and interview some of my favorite drivers….. and now you get your chance!  Pepsi is giving fans a chance to meet and interview Jeff Gordon – plus win prizes along the way.

The Max It Now contest will be driven online through social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.  Starting July 7th there will be a series of challenges where fans can win #24 prizes, gift cards and more, all the while earning points towards the big prize.

The Grand Prize winner will win a trip to the October 28th race at Martinsville Speedway to be the VIP Pepsi MAX correspondent, interview Jeff Gordon, take a hot lap on the track.  The winner will be posting blogs and photos on behalf of Pepsi MAX, and getting featured on NASCAR.com.

The more challenges you participate in the more points you earn….. so you can put your Twitter and Facebook addiction to good use.

You need to register before July 7th at PepsiMaxItNow.com

Q4G Twitter Contest – win NOW!

But…… you don’t have to wait until then to win – you can be a winner now!  Pepsi has provided Queers4Gears with a Jeff Gordon Prize Pack and we are giving it away via Twitter.

I try my hardest to make you laugh with my tweets – now is your chance to Make Queers4Gears Laugh!   You mission is to take a picture or short video of yourself or friends enjoying a Pepsi Max.  Tweet that pic or video to me with the hashtag #MakeQ4GLaugh and #PepsiMax in your tweet.  Be sure to include both hashtags so I can find them.

You have until July 7th to make me laugh…… get creative and keep it PG-13 please!  I will select the winner on July 7th when Pepsi kicks off their Max It NowContest.   I am not going to make any more complicated than that – no rules or guidelines… just make me laugh and somehow incorperate a Pepsi Max Bottle.

Here is what the winner of the Make Queers4Gears Laugh Twitter Contest will win:  a limited edition gift set of Jeff Gordon pint-sized Pepsi Max bottles packed in a collectable alunimum case, a #24 grill tool kit, a #24 Keg Grill, a cooler shaped like the #24 Impala, a Pepsi Max #24 Hat and T-shirt, Wal-Mart Gift Cards and a Pepsi Max Race Jacket.

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“In the Red”, by Jade Gurss, A Must Read for any NASCAR Fan

A book review by Adam Lovelace, stay tuned to Queers4Gears.com for an interview with Jade Gurss.

Jade Gurss is the owner of fingerprint, inc, a sports publicity company. Jade provided publicity and media relations for Anheuser-Busch and their sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s number 8 Budweiser NASCAR team from 1999 through the 2007 season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is the author of “In the Red”. “In the Red” follows Dale Earnhardt Jr. throughout the 2001 Daytona 500, a race in which his father would lose his life on the last turn of the last lap of the race, and the rest of the 2001 season.

“In the Red” begins with Jade Gurss telling the reader about Dale Jr.’s appearance at the 2001 Winston Cup Preview (Winston being the title sponsor of the series at that time) in which Jr. tells of a dream he had about winning the Daytona 500. Dale Jr. is asked about where his father is in the dream and the answer gave me goosebumps then and gives me goosebumps to this day every time I hear the story.

JadeGurssThe 2001 season saw Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. team up for the the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona just weeks before the Daytona 500. Father and son finished 2nd in their class and 4th overall. Jade takes us through the Rolex and gives the reader insight into the relationship between Earnhardt and Dale Jr. in a way that most fans never get to see from the usually private Earnhardt family. “In the Red” takes you behind the scenes of the Earnhardt family and the tragedy they went through in 2001.

From the 2001 preview, to the Rolex, to the Daytona 500, to the dark weeks that followed, “In the Red” will take you on a week to week, up and down, roller coaster ride of emotions through the entire 2001 season. Whether you are an Earnhardt fan or not, whether you are even a race fan or not, “In the Red” is a very compelling read and a must for any racing fan.

Jade Gurss is also author of “Driver #8” which chronicled Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s rookie season, as well as co-author of “DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles”

Follow Jade Gurss:
@JadeGurss, @InTheRed2001 on Twitter
“In the Red” on Facebook
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Follow Adam Lovelace:
@aclovelace on Twitter

Preview: The Rutledge Wood Interview

I had a chance to spend some time with Rutledge Wood this morning at Phoenix International Raceway.  NASCAR fans already know Rutledge from Speed TV – and now the rest of America is getting to discover Rut through “Top Gear” on the History Channel.

Rutledge and I talked about the difference in Top Gear fans and NASCAR fans – he shared how illegal videos uploaded to YouTube helped his score the job on TG – I ask him about his fashionable line of new Tshirts and sooo much more!

You will have to listen to the Out of the Tunnel Podcast coming up this week to hear the entire 18 minute interview…. but in the meantime – here’s a preview.

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Not That You Asked, Adam’s 2012 Wishes

Queers4Gears contributor Adam Lovelace lays out his best wishes for the 2012 racing season:

  • A safe season for all racing series first and foremost!
  • Huge, major sponsors for Queers4gears.com so we can go to every single race!
  • I wish you all would listen every week to the Q4G Out of the Tunnel podcast. In fact, listen now right here: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr wins races and the championship even. Hey, I can wish big.
  • I hope Danica Patrick out performs and shuts up the haters. I hope she wins races.
  • I wish for less haters everywhere, not just racing.
  • I hope the Busch brothers get another big helping of humble. They need it. I’m not hating, just wishing.
  • I hope Queers4gears founder, Michael, starts being stalked by Kasey Kahne.
  • I wish Indycar would race on more ovals, or that the road courses were more competitive. Either one.
  • Every ARCA race televised! The ones they do televise are generally NOT the best ARCA races to watch. You are missing some good racing not seeing the short tracks. SPEED is a channel; they should show more racing of all types.
  • I want to listen to Sirius NASCAR online. It is 2012. I listen in the car for about 20 mins on the way to work and 20 mins on the way home. You know what lots of folks have access to during the day? Computers and mobile devices! I could listen all day. In fact, I pay extra to listen online, but one of the few channels I can’t get online? You guessed it.
  • Speaking of Sirius NASCAR, how about live qualifying and practice? Why not?
  • While I’m at it, how about some kind of app available to ALL smartphones? Again, it’s 2012. Keep up.
  • I wish the following would be banned from all tracks: the word boogity, all politicians of any persuasion, confederate flags (let’s move on), and Lee Greenwood songs.
  • I wish the Daytona 500 was still the day before a holiday. It was much better that way.
  • No rainouts, for any series.
  • More Friday/Saturday night races.
  • Autoclub Speedway should be reconfigured. While that’s being done Bruton Smith should remember what he did in Vegas and bring that to Kentucky Speedway. I think it greatly improved the racing.
  • I wish for all races to end two or three wide at the finish line.
  • I wish for all championships to be decided on the last lap of the last race of the season.
  • I wish for more first time winners. I love seeing drivers and teams get their first win.
  • I wish for more sell out races for all series.
  • I hope this two-car tandem racing in NASCAR is coming to an end. I’ll take the pack racing anyday.
  • Side by side commercials all the time. I love that feature and I see more commercials that way. Seems like wise marketing to me!
  • And, a shameless plug for myself, I wish someone from the racing world would call me. Offer me a job. I have many skills you need.
  • I hope you all have a wonderful new year and enjoy the 2012 racing season!!

The State of the Website

Gentleman who like Gentleman, and Ladies who like Ladies – the State of Queers4Gears is strong!

2011 was a banner year for Q4G.  We welcomed new contributors Ross Bynum (Indy), Cody Globig (V8 & F1) and Carla Page (NASCAR).  They share our love for racing and making people laugh….making them a perfect addition to the crew.  Troy Germain and Michael Myers pumped out the weekly podcast: “The Queers4Gears Radio Hour” – and while it wasn’t on the radio and sometimes didn’t last an hour – we appreciate you listening each week.

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Queers4Gears was profiled in two newspapers in 2011:  The Santa Rosa Press Democrat and The Las Vegas Review Journal.

One of the year’s highlights was when YOU – our readers and twitter followers donated to support Q4G founder Michael Myers in the Las Vegas AIDS Walk.  Q4G readers donated $1545.00 and that amount was matched by Penn and Teller!  Thanks to you – over $3000.00 was donated by Queers4Gears to AFAN (Aid for AIDS of Nevada.)

Site traffic made a dramatic jump this year.  Q4G moved to a new server host – and during the transition a technician asked if we still wanted the site blocked from the bots.  We were not aware that the “bots” used by search engines to index material for your searches was being blocked from Q4G until late this year.

Once we invited the bots in…. traffic jumped from an average of 3,500 unique visitors per month to over 12,000!

In 2012 – we are adding a new podcast, Michael Myers and Hannah Rickards will be covering action off of the track this season in “Out of the Tunnel.”

Keep your eyes open for weekly recurring race commentary that we hope will keep you laughing.

See ya at the track……………

The Q4G Radio Hour – Season 1 / Show 32

On this week’s show we welcome new Q4G F1 and V8 Contributor Cody Globig and talk about the upcoming F1 and V8 races in the US.  Jeff Gluck from SB Nation called in to talk about the story he broke reporting the Chad Knaus instructed Jimmie Johnson to wreck the rear of the #48 if they won the race.  We also have an interview with Truck Series driver Jen Jo Cobb and Troy and I make our Martinsville picks…. listen here:

 

Interview: Dana Wilson – Wife of Shane Wilson and NASCAR Twitter Celebrity

Recently, Dana Wilson took a little time to answer some questions for Queers4Gears.  Wife of Shane Wilson (crew chief for the RCR 33), her friendliness, wit, and charm have made her one of the most popular NASCAR personalities on Twitter.  The most fan-friendly of the NASCAR spouses, you can find her on Twitter at@MrsCrewChief.  Many thanks to Dana for her time and her humor!

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Carla Page:   Thanks so much for taking a little time to talk with Q4G, Dana. Obvious question first. Tell us a little bit about how you and Shane met. Was it love at first sight?

Dana Wilson:  Thank you for asking me!
I was the Public Relations Coordinator at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and I had to interview Shane for the cover story of the program for the (then) NASCAR Winston West Series race. He was only my second interview- the first was Brendan Gaughan- Shane’s driver at the time. I had no clue what I was doing, made a total fool of myself (at least it felt that way). Then to top it all off, I had been told the wrong last name for Shane, and throughout the story I referred to him as Shane Hall. He never corrected me. It became particularly funny later after we’d been dating for several months, when they called him Shane Hall in a Dallas Star article written after they won their 4th race in a row at Texas Motor Speedway in the Truck Series. Why is it funny? My maiden name is Hall. The guys picked on Shane forever.

I wouldn’t call it love at first sight, but there is something about Shane. You can’t help but like him. It took us both awhile before we would even admit we were dating. I remember finally asking him, “What exactly are we? Dating? Boyfriend and girlfriend? What?” He paused and then said, “We’re together, but I don’t want you to move in with me.” Haha, I still laugh about that. I of course said, “I don’t want to live with you!” Six months later I moved in. About a year later, he proposed.

CP:   Were you a fan of racing before you and Shane became a couple?

DW:  I’ve always loved anything that goes fast- cars, boats, motorcycles, horses, planes, anything… but I wasn’t a NASCAR fan specifically. In fact, I used to make fun of people that “drive in circles” for a living. Even now when people ask me if I’m a NASCAR fan, I tell them, “I’m a Shane fan.”

CP:   What is it like for you to now be a NASCAR personality with your own fans?

DW:  I have to admit, I laughed at first when I read that question. I hope that doesn’t come across the wrong way, but I can’t help but think, “You’re kidding, right? Me?” Sort of how when you asked me for the interview, I asked, “Why would you want to talk to me?” I just don’t think of myself that way. I’m a person that’s never met a stranger. I love people. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories. I’m assuming the fans you’re referring to are on twitter, so my answer is that I don’t think of them as my fans. They’re just my buddies on twitter, and I enjoy interacting with them very much. I will say this though- the outpouring after New Hampshire last year was amazing. It really did help to know people care. I feel like the fans give that to each other on Twitter as well, not just to the people in the industry. It’s a beautiful thing.

CP:   How hard is it to stay out of the NASCAR drama that inevitably pops up on Twitter? How difficult is it to not react when people say unpleasant things about Shane’s choices as a crew chief?

DW:  Sometimes I really have to bite my tongue, and that can be difficult since I am pretty vocal and honest. First and foremost though, I would never want to say anything that could inadvertently hurt Shane somehow. (Or our wallet for that matter, have you seen some of those fines from people spouting off?!) I also care what people think of me, maybe more than I should. But, I try to remember that I’m there for fun, for camaraderie… so I try very hard to just not engage.

Earlier this summer, people started saying ugly things about Shane, which eventually led me to take a break from Twitter for about a month. I don’t think I will ever get used to people thinking it’s acceptable to be downright vicious, simply because you’re not looking the person in the face. It’s very, very hurtful. And honestly, what people have said to us is nothing compared to what some of our racing friends have to tolerate. However, I understand that fans are very passionate about their drivers and passion is what the sport is about. When all else fails, I focus on the fact that the hateful ones are equally as uninformed as they are mean, they really have no clue. I also have some outstanding “followers” that have intervened on my behalf, giving me both reprieve and a hearty chuckle.
CP:   You’ve talked a little bit on Twitter about enjoying your alone time. What is your favorite thing to do by yourself?

DW:  Quality alone time, I have a lot of it! Especially with all these rain delays lately. Shane usually leaves on Thursdays, and I have a bit of a ritual for that night. Whatever book I’m reading at the time takes me out on a date to my favorite Italian restaurant. I get a corner booth, read my book, sip some red wine, eat my penne with broccoli. As Shane would say, it’s “civilized.” I also love trail riding the horses, or just loving on them, brushing them. I can’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t love them. Oh, and I Twitter. A lot.

CP:   You’ve also talked about barrel racing. How did you get involved in barrel racing? What is your favorite thing about the sport?

DW:  I’ve always loved horses and the western lifestyle; I wanted to be Annie Oakley when I was a kid. In high school, I got to know a woman named Marjie, who lived not far down the road from my parent’s house. I worked for her in exchange for riding lessons, and we became friends. It didn’t take long for us to realize I wouldn’t be showing horses in walk/trot classes (aka SLOW). I began helping her exercise her barrel horses, and going to barrel races to help her (she raced multiple horses and put shows on). I never raced back then though. I fell in love with how much spirit the barrel horses have, how much they want to do their jobs. All through college, and then my four years in Las Vegas, I did anything I could just to be able to ride. At the end of 2003, Shane got his first cup crew chief job (at Penske) and we were moving from Las Vegas to North Carolina. I said to him, “Here’s the deal. If you get to have your dream, so do I.” He was all for it. It took about a year of looking, but 10 years after I met her, Marjie helped me find my first horse, Cody. Five years later, I got my grey horse Dashy, who I eventually won my first race on. On July 4th, I bought a year old colt I named Rio. He’s the first horse I’ll try to train myself, break to ride, the whole she-bang. That story should be interesting for Twitter followers, haha! But what do I love MOST about barrel racing? Even more than the adrenaline\speed, I love the relationship with the horse. I’ve come out the alleyway after a run with tears of happiness streaming down my face, and not because we won. Because of what we accomplished together, because the horse chose to give me all they had and we did it together. Aside from Shane, my horses make me the best version of myself.

CP:   Are there any other sports you’re involved in, or would like to get involved in?

DW:  As far as what I actually participate in… I’ve competed in triathlons. I enjoy working out and staying fit. I love to shoot, my favorite is sporting clays. I compete on the Remington Ladies team, but our main goal is to mentor and get more women involved in shooting. I also love being on the water. I can wakeboard, but I like slalom skiing better. (Higher speed, ya know.) I grew up skiing and snowboarding, but haven’t gone in a long time.  [Sidenote from DW: Also, I can’t believe I forgot, probably because I don’t practice regularly, but I have a blackbelt in Taekwondo.]

CP:   If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? What about Shane?

DW:  I wish I didn’t worry so much. I swear I could make a career of it. As for Shane? Hm. I wish he would talk more! It’s like pulling teeth, getting him to talk. And seeing as how I have so much quality alone time, it would be terrific if he could chat it up a bit! But then….I’d have to stop talking, so maybe that wouldn’t work after all.

CP:   When Shane is home, what do you do to unwind and relax?

DW:  We always try to have dinner together, and TVs and phones aren’t allowed. We sit down at the table, and I try to get him to talk, haha. Seriously though, the dinner table is where some of our best quiet time together happens. We also take the dogs up to feed the horses in the evening, let them run, have a couple cold ones, dream big.

CP:   Did you attend college? What did you study?

DW:  Michigan State University. BS in Hospitality Business (Hotel, Restaurant and Casino Management), minors in Spanish and German.

CP:   Now for a slightly more fun question. Your love of animals is well known. So, if you could be any animal, what animal would you be?

DW:  Being any one of our animals would suffice, haha. They have the life. Otherwise, a lioness.

CP:   What do you consider your favorite kind of music? Your guilty pleasure?

DW:  The music depends on the mood. I listen to almost everything except the really angry rap. I like Classic Rock, Country, bubble gum pop (did I really just say that?), alternative. Love Mumford & Sons. I also have a lot of music in other languages.  [Sidenote from DW via Twitter:  I studied piano for 12 years, so I also enjoy classical or anything acoustic.]

Guilty pleasure… definitely my “antioxidants”! I love Hershey’s dark chocolate chips (the big bag from the baking aisle) and red wine.

CP:   What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

DW:  I wish Shane wouldn’t make so much noise and wake me up this early. If Shane isn’t there… I wish Shane were here to feed the dogs & cats so they would be quiet and let me sleep. (I enjoy sleeping immensely.)

CP:   When you look ahead to the future, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DW: Sitting with Shane on the back porch of the house we will build eventually, overlooking the 18 acres we bought, horses grazing in the fields. My dream come true.

 

 

 

A Big Weekend for Race Fans!

The long dark winter has come to an end and it is time to go racing!

Here is the breakdown:

Friday catch the Qualifying for the Toyota All-Star Shootout from the Irwindale Speedawy on Speed at 10pm EST

Logo-ToyotaAllStarShowdownSaturday is gonna be busy!  At 3pm EST watch the start of Rolex 24 hours of Daytona on Speed.  They won’t cover the entire race;  part one is 7 hours ending at 10pm.  But don’t change the channel;  at 10pm EST SPEED will show the Toyota All-Star Shootout.

Sunday SPEED continues their coverage of the Rolex 24 hours ofDaytona starting at 7:00am EST until the end of the race at 3:00pm.  In total SPEED will air 15 of the 24 hours of racing……NICE.

Sunday afternoon after the race stay tuned to SPEED.  At 5:00pm EST SPEED will show NASCAR drivers turning right and left without being in control!  A full two hours of the Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge from Lake Placid!   This event was held a few weeks ago but I won’t spoil it for you by saying who won….. be sure to watch.

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Finally – Episode Three of MADHOUSE on The History Channel at 10pm EST – wind up the race filled weekend with some Short-Track Madness!

OH – and I almost forgot,  NASCAR Nowreturns to ESPN2 on Monday from their off-season hiatus.  More Boris Said on TV can only be a good thing!