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Texas Motor Speedway 2015 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

Well here is the latest tidbits that have been bouncing around my head like a lugnut on a green flag pit stop this week:

1. In case you missed it- The bricks and mortar Tony Stewart Store in Indianapolis (5644 W. 74th St, Indianapolis, IN 46278) will be closing its doors on December 18th, 2015- so if you are in the area you might want to visit one last time and stock up on some goodies while you are there.  The online store (TonyStewartStore.com) will still be operational for your Tony Stewart, TSR, Eldora and Smoke Racing merchandising needs. They will be relocating the warehouse and offices sometime early next year. They have also mentioned that they may have weekends when they will open their new warehouse location during special races (Indy 500, Brickyard 400, Christmas etc) next year,  so if you don’t “like” the Tony Stewart Official Store yet on facebook you might want to give them a like so you can stay up-to-date (they also post all their sales there and pictures of Tony and stuff so it’s a good FaceBook page to make sure you LIKE).

2. Don’t forget that The Tony Stewart Foundation is doing it’s annual Toy drive: You can donate online ($1, $5, $10, or $20). Or if you want to contribute a specific toy you can bring (or send) the toy to: Tony Stewart Foundation, 2015 Toy Drive, 5644 West 74th Street, Indianapolis IN 46278.

3. Tony Stewart has a “legit pig in a blanket” and how adorable is that: (more…)

Tony drives through the garage at Texas Motor Speedway. November 2015 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook page/HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

Tony Qualified: 22nd, but started 42nd because he missed driver intros.

Tony Finished: 42nd

Points: 663 (27th in the points standings)

Tony had a short-lived day at Texas unfortunately.  He had qualified 22nd, but ended up missing driver introductions because he had been fighting a migraine all morning and had to go to the back. So Tony technically started 42nd. But it didn’t take long and he was moving that Bass Pro Chevy through the field well. It was actually good to see- because when he started at the back I was like arg…again?! He was well into the top 30 when the first caution came out – the one for Joey Logano’s spin.  By the competition caution at lap 25 he had broken into the top 20. For the rest of his time on the track he ran between 15th and 19th until he spun and took a ride through the still quite wet grass. Unfortunately this tore the splitter completely off the car, it disconnected the radiator and there was other fairly terminal damage and the team decided to just hang it up for the day at lap 52. His 42nd place finish added a new stat to his stat record: Tony’s first finish outside the top-35 in 27 career Sprint Cup starts at Texas. It was a pity because he seemed to have a good car that was able to move around on the track and pass people.

Other than Tony’s short lived day- it was a tiresome day at Texas don’t you think? I know that Goodyear was blaming lack of practice on things like rubs, teams pushing the envelop with air pressures but it was a lot of different drivers experiencing some problems. I left my notes at home but these are just the drivers that I remember: Joey Logano, Dale Jr, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Trevor Bayne, and at least one other person I can’t think of (but it’s making my brain tired to try to think of it- lol tired? Get it?). A couple of the issues seemed like the tire was inflated but the tread came off- which to me seems like a compound issue.

Race winner was Jimmie Johnson- and I can’t tell you how many times on my facebook and twitter feeds yesterday I saw this (or a similar sentiment): It’s not often you will hear me cheering for Jimmie to win but I was!  I was too- but I will usually take up the team chevy driver who is closest to the lead when Tony is out of it.  As a matter of fact I cheered so loudly that I scared poor Abbie who jumped off the couch where she was dozing next to me and hid. Anyway because Jimmie Johnson is no longer chase eligible- Jeff Gordon is still the only driver locked into the final four.

Well onto Phoenix.

The Gratuitous Tony Stewart:

Tony Stewart  in the garage at Texas Motor Speedway (photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

 

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TQTS: Texas Comfort

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(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“You have to be comfortable or you’re not going to go fast. The more comfortable I am, the faster we go. This track – the grooves have moved around, especially in the last couple of years. We’ve seen the track get wider and it’s made it to where you can move around on the racetrack and where you can run the top side or the bottom side. It’s nice from a driver’s perspective to be able to have that flexibility behind the steering wheel, knowing that if your car’s not driving exactly the way you want it to, you can move around the racetrack and find a spot the car likes better.” — Tony Stewart, November 2015 Texas Release

Gratuitous  Tony Stewart Picture:

(Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

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Tony Stewart at Texas Motor Speedway April 2015. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook/HHP/Alan Marler)

 

1a. So Matt Kenseth was suspended for two races and put on probation for 6 months (a decision that was upheld by the appeals board I might add but the final appeal is still underway).  As I mentioned I really think that Matt deserved no more than a slap on the wrist because Joey had it coming to him. But suspending Matt for what I can only assume is actions detrimental to stock car racing- is just NASCAR showing how inconsistent they are with their “penalties.” What am I talking about? Well Danica Patrick and David Gilliland have been taking turns turning each other all season (actually according to this article their issues have been going on since 2013) and Danica is docked points and fined (nothing for Gilliland). Why was she not suspended? Oh because Gilliland wasn’t in the running for a championship?  And what about the whole Carl Edwards/Brad Keselowski deal from several years ago (2009/2010 here is a video I found on youtube of some of the instances I am thinking about). NASCAR did nothing in these instances.  NASCAR and certain media members make it seem like retaliation never happens ever in this sport. I call foul on their “this is unprecedented” mindset.  So what Matt was laps down when he made contact- I really don’t see why that matters? I still ascertain that Joey Logano KNEW Matt Kenseth wasn’t the happiest of campers with him after Kansas.  Matt chose not to retaliate at Dega which was actually a smart move- that I might have had issues with because that would have been dangerous on so many levels. I still say that this is a veteran driver standing up for himself- saying look you aren’t going to push me around on the track.  It’s very much you get raced how you race others. That’s how it’s always been.

1b. Part of the issue though is this “Chase Elimination format” (which for my regular readers you all know I am already not a fan of). Ricky Craven- whom I almost never agree with- has some interesting things to say about this in regards to this format breeding this mind set (somewhat). I could argue that Joey Logano purposely performed a pit maneuver on Matt Kenseth. Joey was already locked in- Matt Kenseth was fighting for the championship at that moment. Why was Joey not suspended? The penalties do not fit the “crime.” (more…)

(Photo Source: Zimbio/Jonathan Moore/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 13th, but started 43rd

Tony Finished: 10th

Points: 661 (26th in the points standings)

Wow what a great race for Tony Stewart. I will gladly take that 10th place finish especially after having started in the back.  Tony Stewart qualified 13th at Martinsville but crashed during practice on Saturday and had to go to a backup car which is never a good thing.  What made me sightly disheartened is when I heard that the team had built that car specifically for Martinsvile and that they didn’t think that the backup car would be as good.  After hearing that my mind was pretty much relegated to the fact that likely it would be another race where Tony struggled in the mid-rear of the field and would end up a lap down early on. It’s so easy to get a lap down on the short tracks like Martinsville and Bristol.  That is what I expected anyway. Thankfully it was NOT what happened. (more…)

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook October 2014/CIA photo)

“Even on the bad days, it can be fun. And when you have a good day, it’s great. The grandfather clock you get for winning is one of the cooler trophies in our sport. Normally, 20-year-old kids don’t get too excited about grandfather clocks, but you realize it’s more than that at Martinsville. There’s a lot of pride and lot of history with this sport at Martinsville. One thing about Martinsville is there is no lack of excitement. I don’t care how flawlessly your day goes, you’re going to bump into somebody at some point, even on a perfect day. You put 43 cars on this half-mile track and it’s always going to be exciting. You will never have a race there where you don’t have some sort of drama during the day. I think every driver will say they will have some drama at some point. When you have 43 drivers with 43 dramatic moments, that’s a lot of action going on.” – Tony Stewart, Martinsville Fall 2015 Release

 

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

(Photo Source: Martinsville March 2015 Tony Stewart Facebook Page/HHP/Rusty Jarrett)

 

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Loose Lugnuts 15

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Unfortunately it seems that the Lugnuts are rolling around a bit (a lot) slower than normal this week…I don’t know why but I have a feeling it was because I covered too much stuff in my race post that would have normally been good fodder for a Loose Lugnuts post. Anyway- at least the lugnuts are somewhat rolling:

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Store/HHP/Rusty Jarrett)

1. By now everyone has seen Tony Stewart’s Halloween costume pretty much everywhere you look…and probably many of the memes that have been streaming in with it. This is my favorite meme thus far:

Via @nascarasm

But what I really want to know about the whole deal? Is did he do his own makeup/false eyelashes? Oh I chortle at the visual.

2. My favorite NASCAR related thing that I have seen this week actually comes from Jeff Gordon.  The story and videos of Loraine- Jeff Gordon fan whom he met at a fanclub (Jeff Gordon Experience) event at Sonoma raceway.  She had him sign the tags to her much beloved 2003 Jeff Gordon Monte Carlo at the event where she told him the car had caught fire and burned up.  Jeff Gordon brought her to a dealership and gifted her his personal JG Monte Carlo- it only has 124 miles on the car.  Here is the video of Jeff presenting Loraine with the car- but you should check out the whole story on the Jeff Gordon website because it has pictures of Loraine’s burned up car right on the side of highway 580 in Northern California:

Is that not an awesome thing of Jeff Gordon to do? Since I live in Cali I will keep my eyes on the road for Loraine- although if I were her- I would only take that sucker out on special occasions! (more…)

25 October 2015: Tony Stewart during the Camping World.com 500 at Talladega Super Speedway in Talladega, Al. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

Tony Qualified: 12th, but started 41st

Tony Finished: 25th, but on the lead lap despite an accident (see photo above for damage)

Points: 627 (26th in the points standings)

My process for writing these post-race wrap ups (unless I actually attended the race) is that I watch the race, I take notes in a notebook, and either later that night or the next morning I write out (long hand because I am old school and that’s how I do my first round of edits) my post and then I type it up sometime Sunday night or Monday during my lunch. Rarely do I sit after the race is over and write my post out directly after the race- but that is exactly what I did yesterday because I had some “writing” points that I wanted to make sure that I covered.  So as a warning, I might not talk directly about Tony’s run as specifically as I normally do- but if you want to check out the official team post-race release you can find that here, in case I don’t have enough of that kind of coverage for you.  Just remember at the time I scribbled this all out it was directly after the race: (more…)