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(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page/HHP/Rusty Jarrett)

This week in The Quotable Tony Stewart, Tony describes his two Kansas wins:

The first of your two Kansas wins came in 2006 and it came in a fuel-mileage race. How’d you do it?

“It was a battle between the driver and the crew chief. The crew chief is yelling at you every lap to save fuel, but you’re not slowing down enough and he knows it because he’s looking at the stopwatch. When you’ve got guys behind you, you know you don’t want to give those spots up in case they happen to make it on fuel. So, I tried to save as much fuel as I could and still hold guys off. We were able to take the chance because we had nothing to lose. Not being in the Chase that year gave us that opportunity to take the chance and go ahead and run for it.”

But Jeff Gordon was catching you toward the end of the race in the second win in 2009. How did you hold him off?

“We just kind of ran our pace. When somebody starts running you down, it’s easy to over-drive your car trying to maintain a gap, and you end up making it worse on yourself. So even though I saw Jeff getting bigger in the mirror, I didn’t want to burn the tires off in case we got a caution and we got a green-white-checkered (finish), so we just ran hard enough to not abuse the tires. It’s like he could get so close and then he couldn’t get any closer. When he got up there, he got tight and he had to run pretty hard to get by Greg Biffle, and then to run us down. By then, he pretty much got the good of his tires and we got the luxury to kind of, on that restart, run our own pace and take care of it and make sure we made it last the whole way.”

Tony Stewart — Kansas October 2015 Team Release

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(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)


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(photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

So I guess this would be the unlucky version of the Loose Lugnuts post since it’s number 13. Run and hide people! Run and hide and don’t forget to cover your lugnuts (sorry today is the Great Shakeout here in Cali- which means we all do your standard duck and cover earthquake drill- so if you are looking for me tomorrow around then check under my desk).  Anyway- onto the the things that have being ricocheting around my brain like loose lugnuts during a green flag pit stop:

1. Speaking of unlucky- I guess we might as well lead with the fact that Charlotte wasn’t really that lucky for team 14. Not only did we finish laps down but we were dinged with two penalties that have us losing 15 minutes of practice time (and we seem to need all we can get lately) AND losing our pit stall selection that is usually based on qualifying. Seems the infractions were due to failing pre-qualifying inspection too many times and failing pre-race templates too many times. Sigh- so we already have been having a tough year and now we can’t practice for 15 minutes and we get the pit stall that went over the fence last. This season man…this season.

2. While on the subject of Tony Stewart- have you seen this awesome Mobil 1 GridTV Video detailing the progression of his career:


(photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Garry Eller)

Qualified: 36th

Finished: 26th, 3 laps down

Points: 599 (25th in the points standings)

I find it ironic that last weekend’s elimination race at Dover went off without a hitch despite a dire forecast due to hurricane Joaquin yet the Saturday night race at Charlotte ended up being delayed until Sunday morning because of rain. And did it look like it rained hard on Saturday. Kudos to those at the track who stuck it out as long as they could- I saw a lot of people tweeting and facebooking from their drenched location- most seeming to take shelter in their cars.  I will hand it to NASCAR- they didn’t hesitate to postpone the race- and I was glad for it. It was postponed nearly as soon as I tuned into the television to see if it would start. So yey for not being tied to the television for hours while they would try to convince me that track drying would be getting underway any time now. I gladly went grocery shopping instead.  (more…)

(Photo source: Zimbio.com/Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

I usually cut one quote from the race release that I like and share it for the week’s Quotable Tony Stewart- but this week- the release is so short I will just share the whole thing:

What does it take to be successful at Charlotte?

“It always seems like it’s a battle of trying to get your car to cut through the center of the corner and keep the forward drive in it. It seems like it’s a sacrifice of one or the other, but the two ends of the track are different. It seems like you can carry a lot more speed through (turns) one and two, and (turns) three and four are a little more thread-the-needle-type corners. Sometimes there isn’t a big difference between the fall and spring races at Charlotte. They’re spread out so far and they’re at the beginning of summer and the end of summer, so a lot of times they can be very similar.”

How important is it for you to win races and compete for a championship in what’s going to be your last year in Sprint Cup?

“It’s very important. I still want to win races and I can’t think of a better way to go out than to go out on top by winning races and winning a championship. We’re going to continue to put all of our effort toward that and I can promise you next year is not a ‘coast-and-collect’ year. It’s just the opposite because I don’t have to worry about making anybody mad next year and having to deal with it in 2017. We’ve just got to put something on the back of the car that reminds them that I’m not driving it anymore. I can rough everybody up next year, if that’s what it takes to accomplish my goals, and sit there and just smile and laugh about it at Homestead.”

So there’s no “mailing it in” next season?

“No. This added year is not just a ‘ride-it-out’ year. We are going to do everything we can to win races and win another championship. I’m looking forward to that.”

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:  (more…)

What’s been rolling around my brain like loose lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pitstop:

(photo source: Zimbio.Com/Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

1. I am looking for your stories about being a Smoke fan in your own words to publish here on BadGroove. Why you are fan, what drew you to being a smoke fan,  your experiences as a fan, an experience meeting Tony, etc. I can’t pay you for your content- this site makes NO money- but what I can offer you is that I will attribute the article to you and pump the heck out of it on all my social media channels. Please feel free to email me (badgruv@netzero.com) or facebook message me with any questions.  Here is one example.  I would really REALLY like to get more stories like these to feature on BadGroove throughout the next year.

2. Last week I brought you part 1 of the Ralph Shaheen interview with Tony Stewart  for Speed Sport News- here is part 2.  It’s a great interview.

3. Add this one to the completely stupid headlines circular bin: The interview last week during pre-race with Jeff Burton, which yesterday NBCSports tweeted out with the headline: Tony Stewart Hasn’t Lost His Passion For Racing, like that was breaking news or something.  While the interview is good- that is just an asinine headline NBC Sports not to mention a sensationalist tweet. Thanks for that (insert eyeroll here). (more…)

October 3, 2015: at the Dover International Speedway, in Dover, DE . (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Tony Qualified: Qualifying was rained out so starting position was based on points so Tony started 25th

Tony Finished: 26th (four laps down)

Points: 581 (25th in points standings)

We were lucky they got a race in at all at Dover but Joaquin must have been a race fan because he turned and went out to sea (but not before sending record amounts of rain to the Carolinas).  Unfortunately Dover wasn’t so lucky as to not get any rain- and qualifying was rained out as was most of the practices.  Before the race? Cup cars had seen only 40 minutes of practice all weekend long. (more…)

In light of Tony’s “retirement” announcement, I have decided to open up BadGroove to Tony Stewart fans who want to tell their stories about Tony. It can be anything- your thoughts on his retirement, what he’s meant to you, a specific experience you had meeting Tony, anything really that YOU want to say in your own words.  You can also share your own pictures of Tony if you have some (you MUST be the photographer). This, our first submission, is from Smoke fan Judy Seigworth (@jseigworth). Judy you might remember also shared her Smoke Show experience with us earlier this year.  Thank you Judy for sharing your love of Smoke with us and taking time to write this piece! — Amy

Judy and Nelson Stewart at the Smoke Show, 2015 (Photo Credit: Judy Seigworth)

As a fan of anything involving cars and as a race fan, I have seen drivers come and go.  Many make an impact on the sport of racing but only a small group makes a lasting impact on the sport of racing.  Tony Stewart’s name will be added to that list.  He has won championships in all forms of racing that he has participated in full time, done it his way and left his mark on this sport.  Some marks have been made on other cars and drivers too but that persona is just part of why we love him.  But he has brought a lot to this sport and given it character.  He has impressive numbers as a driver and owner of wins and championships.

It was announced officially, Tony Stewart is retiring from driving a Cup car in NASCAR after the 2016 season.  He co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing with Gene Haas and moving into the next phase of that ownership was always in Tony’s plans.    However Tony is a race and as a racer he will always race.  If you have your doubts of that look no further than Tony’s dad Nelson Stewart.  Nelson still loads up and goes racing all over the country when he wants at the age of 79.  Anyone that knows them both will tell you the acorn didn’t fall very far from the tree with those two.  After having met both of them, in some ways I say it is still attached.  I am not talking emotionally dependency but Tony is almost a carbon copy of his dad in personality, drive and determination.  I wouldn’t be surprised one day to see them both roll up to a track somewhere and unload and race, once 2016 season is over. (more…)

Daytona Feb 2015. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

“Dover is probably the track where we have struggled the most, which certainly made the 2013 win that much sweeter. It was the one track that we always had to look at and say, “This is one that we have to figure out and do better if we’re going to have a shot at this.” We have to survive there. What we did there that year helped us out for our next two races at Dover but, even with the win, we have some work to do.” Tony Stewart 2015 Dover Team Release

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Daytona, Feb 2015 (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook)


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