Sunday, February 12, 2023

8th Annual Mudpie 500 Zoomies Event

Meows from Mudpie!

WOOHOO today I'm reporting
from behind the wheel of a moving race car!!!

(And the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion's car at that...just sayin'.)

It's no secret that Mommy is serious about her NASCAR. The Daytona 500 is next Sunday and she is ecstatic, although this year's race will be quite bittersweet as it will be our favorite driver's last. Kevin Harvick is retiring at the end of the season. Even though Kevin has earned his retirement, Mommy is heartbroken, and race season will likely never be the same at our house.

Since she always calls my zoomies the "running of the Mudpie 500" I decided to start hosting an annual giveaway to celebrate this national holiday in our house and to make it fun for me and my friends too!

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment predicting the winning driver by midnight eastern on Sunday, February 19th. Don't forget to leave your email address too! We'll be giving away a $10 PetSmart gift card so my pals of all species can purr-ticipate!

In the event that more than one of you pick the winning driver, we will draw a name from a hat. If no one picks the winning driver, we will move on to second place, etc., until a winner is chosen.

Here are your driver choices:

#1 - Ross Chastain
#2 - Austin Cindric (W)
#3 - Austin Dillon (W)
#4 - Kevin Harvick (W)
#5 - Kyle Larson
#6 - Brad Keselowski
#7 - Corey LaJoie
#8 - Kyle Busch
#9 - Chase Elliott
#10 - Aric Almirola
#11 - Denny Hamlin (W)
#12 - Ryan Blaney
#13 - Chandler Smith (i) (N)
#14 - Chase Briscoe
#15 - Riley Herbst (i)
#16 - A. J. Allmendinger
#17 - Chris Buescher
#19 - Martin Truex Jr.
#20 - Christopher Bell
#21 - Harrison Burton
#22 - Joey Logano (W)
#23 - Bubba Wallace
#24 - William Byron
#31 - Justin Haley
#34 - Michael McDowell (W)
#36 - Zane Smith (i) (N)
#38 - Todd Gilliland
#41 - Ryan Preece
#42 - Noah Gragson (R)
#43 - Erik Jones
#45 - Tyler Reddick
#47 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#48 - Alex Bowman
#50 - Conor Daly (N)
#51 - Cody Ware
#54 - Ty Gibbs (R)
#62 - Austin Hill (i) (N)
#67 - Travis Pastrana (N)
#77 - Ty Dillon
#78 - B. J. McLeod
#84 - Jimmie Johnson (W) (N)
#99 - Daniel Suárez

Here's the thing about the Daytona 500: it's a total crap shoot so you don't need to know a thing about racing in order to predict a winner. It's known as a "restrictor plate race" which limits speed and increases safety, to provide an equal level of competition. The cars all run in crazy scary packs and winning is more a matter of luck than anything.

Back in 2007 our driver Kevin Harvick won the race. My grandpa's boss at the time stood to win $1,000 if Mark Martin won, and Martin was leading until the last turn of the last lap when Kevin came from 7th place to win by fractions of a second. It was a thrilling finish, but grandpa never told his boss that Kevin was our driver! Check it out:

Good luck, have fun, and may the best man Kevin Harvick win!!!


Erin the Cat Princess said...

I'll pick 13, Mr Smith. That said, if we win, please pass on to a shelter. Have a wonderful and paws ON the wheel please, Sunday!

Mickey's Musings said...

Good luck to your driver!!
Purrs, Julie

The J-Cats said...

Well, naturally We will pick YOUR favourite driver, Kevin Harvick.

The Florida Furkids said...

We're going to pick #23 since we think Bubba is a cool name.

The Island Cats said...

I'll go with #8 Kyle Busch.

meowmeowmans said...

Totally guessing here, but we'll go with Bubba Wallace #23!

pilch92 said...

I love this contest. I always go with #17 , but #51 is standing out because his last name is the name of my town so I will go with him.

Lynn and Precious said...

Mudpie, I don't know who to pick. I just hope you are the winning driver. Then with a hundred million dollars in the pot, you can buy anything you every want. Precious

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Oh, we remember that you're such a great fan of this happening, Mudpie and we wish you good Luck with the winner. We don't know any of these drivers, we only know Max Verstappen, because he comes from were we live😺Great picture, you look COOL and fast😸Double Pawkisses for a Happy Sunday🐾😽💞

Brian's Home Blog said...

This is always a fun event, I pick Ryan Blaney!

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

I used to watch a lot of car racing when I was in high school...but all those drivers are no longer racing, as I do not recognize any of that long list of names, LOL!! So I will go with your Mom's favorite racer, Kevin Harvick. Go!!

Meanwhile zoom on, Mudpie!

Lone Star Cats said...

I'm going wif #67 becuz, well, he's got an awesome first name.

M Dawson said...

I can't grab a number but I can share for you online. Good luck!

Marvelous Marv said...

Hi Mudpie! We have watched the Daytona 500 forever! Our Peep is a race car fan! I, Marv, love you in Car $4! Was it fun to drive? Keep being awesome! Purrs Marvelous Marv

Katie Isabella said...

I think #8...Kyle Busch! And Seeing YOU in #4 just knocked me off my perch! Um...consider looking out the windshield! XX