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Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers

Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers during the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Raceway (Photo Credit: The Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page/Tommy Grassmann/CIA Stock Photo Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc.)

I had no idea how this race would play out. The qualifying on it’s own wasn’t the best considering that the #14 team’s performance over the last several weeks showed marked improvement. At Michigan however Tony qualified the #14 Bass Pro Chevrolet 26th. It was a bit disappointing considering that the 14 team’s performance over the last several weeks showed marked improvement. But then on the first practice on Saturday morning Tony finished 6th on the speed charts. And then later during last practice- they finished 31st on the speed charts. Down and up and back down again. And while I honestly don’t usually pay too much attention to practice speeds this yo-yo of performance left me wondering what the heck the race would be like.

During the first lap of the race there was a caution, then the race went green again and again there was a caution. By this time Tony had already moved up into the top 20 but I thought it was possibly due to attrition because of the cautions. Then the race went green for awhile and Tony was able to steadily march forward into the top 15, then the top 10. Yeah this definitely wasn’t attrition at work- Tony had himself a competitive car that he could pass with.  Another good sign was that while listening to his radio he didn’t say too much about the car’s handling. At one time during an early pit stop he did ask for a little more air pressure with one of the rear tires but that was really all he said for a majority of the race. (more…)

Tony Stewart and his Dad

Tony Stewart and his Dad, Michigan 2013 (Photo Credit: TonyStewart.Com Media Gallery)

“Probably the first 10 years of my life in racing, we raced together with our go-karts. I would say probably our greatest memory is the first Grand Nationals that we went to in Iowa together. We won out there, and I think it was about four o’clock in the morning when we finally finished. I was 12 years old, so it was way past my bedtime, but it was the first time I had seen that much excitement in my father’s face. I guess he realized more at the time what we had accomplished than what I realized had happened.” Tony Stewart, Pre-Michigan Team Release

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#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

The 14 Mobil 1 Chevy

The 14 Mobil 1 Chevy at Pocono 2014 (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

Pocono and it’s quirky triangular shape- I have always had a love/hate relationship with watching races at Pocono. I still call it “the evil little triangle” why I call it little- I don’t know- it’s actually quite a large and oddly shaped track.  Tony’s runs have been either really good there or really bad there. I was kind of dreading it this season figuring that with the way things have been going for team 14 this season it was going to be one of those bad tracks.

The 14 in her garage stall (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

However the Tony qualified 12th! I was kind of hopeful. He seemed to do alright during practices- again this had me even more hopeful. (more…)

Tony’s not panicking yet:

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart during pre-race ceremonies at the Party In The Pococos Race 2013 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“Especially with the new rules package this year, I don’t think anybody is in panic mode. We’re still learning these cars and going to tracks for the first time in the season. Six or eight weeks before Richmond, then you start panicking if you don’t have that win. I think it’s still too early to panic, at least for us.” Tony Stewart, Pocono Pre-race Team Release 2014

Side note…this is the first paragraph of the team release for Pocono that I pulled my quote from:

Brussels sprouts rarely make an appearance on anyone’s list of favorite foods. And why would they? They’re a leafy, green vegetable that, depending on how they’re prepared, can have a questionable texture and bitter taste. Yet, they’re packed with nutrients, including anticancer properties, earning them “it’s good for you” status from generations of moms.– Tony Stewart Pocono 400 pre-race team release

I don’t know what it says about me- but I like Brussels sprouts (and no I am not a mom).

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#GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

I love that Crown Royal, NASCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway have joined forces over the last several years to name the Brickyard 400 race after a hero. The Brickyard 400 will be called:

The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard!

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 03: 2014 CMT Music Awards – Crown Royal Lounge at Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Crown Royal)

 

Okay- well technically the full name of the race is Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com but that is too much of a mouthful to me so I say The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard it is. (more…)

The 14 Crew services the #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy

The 14 Crew services the #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

First off I like seeing that the NASCAR race at Dover fully embraces the name of the race: The Autism Speaks 400. It’s not just a race sponsor- many drivers ran special Autism awareness puzzle piece decals on their cars for the race, and Denny Hamlin even ran a special FEDEX Autism awareness paint scheme! I love to see that, but what I loved seeing the most? They had special suite seating for families with autistic children, complete with special toys and a place to get away from the overstimulation that a race track can bring. LOVE THIS! This was the best picture I could find of Denny’s special paint scheme- it’s hard to tell from this picture but the entirely of the blue on the car is comprised of puzzle pieces with names on them- very cool: (more…)

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, speaks with Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, during qualifying for the NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America)

What is this? Two posts in one day? Yes! I am all up in a dander today after I read this FOXSports article and lucky you- this is where I vent about what gets my dander up when it comes to NASCAR. So hold on a second and let me climb up on my soapbox. First off this how the article was promoted on the NASCAR on FOX Facebook page:

Tony Stewart ripped the media on Friday for questioning his plans to race sprint cars again – and that’s not all the three-time NASCAR champ had to say. STORY: foxs.pt/1o7za3j

First off- I heard pretty much the entire presser after the fact (I wish I could figure out how to post it here- if I find a transcript I will) with my own ears and he didn’t sound like he was “ripping” anyone to me. I have heard him get snippy with questions in the media center (both on PressPass and in person) and I would be hard pressed to call Tony’s comments “snippy” let alone “ripping”. I have no idea who thought that was a “ripping” because they do not know the definition of being ripped, whether it be by Tony Stewart or anyone else for that matter. (more…)

Tony feels great after sprint car test

I promise that TQMS will NOT end up being a rehash of the man’s tweets…but there was nothing that stuck with me for quoting from the team release or any other media that I could pull up.

I actually posted the first tweet on my facebook page and said “I could see him grinning from here…” Apparently I was right.

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