I have never made it a secret that I do not like watching races at Talladega. I watch it through my fingers worried about “the big one” and fretting about my driver’s position (the closer you are to the middle of the field the more likely you are to get caught up in said “big one”). However after watching the flip during Friday’s Arca race and Eric McClure slam (and I mean SLAM) into the wall during the Nationwide race- I was even more unsettled as I settled in to watch the delayed start of the race at Talladega on Sunday.
Here is this week’s list of recommended NASCAR reads that I liked and thought you might enjoy:
Nationwide’s Eric McClure, his family, starting over a year after tornado- Dustin Long for Sports Illustrated
Kevin Harvick Gives Update on Josh Jones, Better Known As Twitters @Mother_Function- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Tony Stewart Wins Denny Hamlin’s Charity Race- Hank Kurz, Jr For AP/YahooNews!
Paul Menard Crewman Goes After Hendrick Team Member After Pit Road Incident- Bob Pockrass for Sporting News
Stewart Not Happy With NASCAR, Pit Crew at Richmond- Jon Gunn for Sporting News
Hendrick Motorsports Still Searching For Elusive 200th Win- Dustin Long for Athlon Sports.
Scott Speed Interview (12 Questions)- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
The Daly Planet: Day Two: The TV Bait And Switch- The Daly Planet Editor
Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
So at work the other day I was putting in a vacation request for NASCAR Sprint Cup Champions Week in LV. When I put in any sort of leave- it automatically emails my boss (whom for the purpose of this post I shall refer to as Bossman) so he can approve it if need be. It’s an easy process that basically has me choosing things from a series of pull down menus then typing in a description of the absence. In the description box I put: “Champions Week LV” (nothing mentioning NASCAR specifically). When checking my work after I had submitted it- I realized that I had made a mistake when selecting absence type and put it on the calendar as sick leave instead of vacation leave- so I immediately went back in to fix my mistake. After I fixed it I checked my email and saw that Bossman had forwarded me the original absence request email and all it said from him was “Um, sick?”
I had to smile because obviously I had made a mistake and he caught it. I emailed him back and said I fixed it and his next email cracked me up: “cough, nascar, cough, not feeling well, cough Tony Stewart”
Bossman, of course, was kidding with me since I had already fixed my mistake in our absence recording system…but it also says a lot that he figured it was NASCAR related (as most of my vacations are) and remembered who my favorite driver is (his office is not in the same building as mine so it would be easy for him not to know).
Even Bossman knows NASCAR is a sickness!
Wow…what a bizarre race Richmond ended up being! I guess the three major issues ended up being clashing crew members in the pits (between Menard and Johnson who were pitted side-by-side), Carl being black flagged for jumping the restart, and that last debris caution. And I have opinions on ALL of it of course. The problem is where to start.
So Tony didn’t have such a great qualifying effort and started the race from 22nd position. Despite what Tony said about the pit crew issues during the race? I think having a crappy pit box may have been part of his pit road issues. Not that there weren’t other issues- I am sure there were. But the crappy pit box that comes with a mediocre qualifying run can damper your race on/off of pit road. However, I think it speaks volumes about the car and the team (and of course our smokin’ driver Tony) that the car seemed to be able to slowly work up the field despite the pit road issues- whatever they may have been.
A Softer Side Of Smoke- Charlie Leffler for The Mechanicsville Local
Kyle Petty Not Concerned About Direction Of Victory Junction Gang Camp After Removal of Wife Patti- Bob Pockrass for Sporting News
Jimmie Johnson Repeats As ‘America’s Most Influential Athlete”- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
NASCAR Needs More Wrecks and Here’s How It Can Do It- Jeff Owens for SportingNews.com
Birds Of A Feather- Joe Menzer for NASCAR.com
12 Questions with Martin Truex Jr- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:
The expression says it all:
I just wanted to point out some Tony Stewart related contests and raffles that are going on right now:
Fish Like A Winner (aka Chevy Outdoors): Winner gets a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup, a trip to a FLW fishing event AND a trip to fish with Tony Stewart at his place. Must enter by August 31st, 2012.
Race To Charlotte (from Office Depot Racing): Winner gets two tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on May 27th, $750 for travel expenses,$50 Office Depot gift card, and an autographed 1:24 #14 Office Depot Chevy Diecast Car. Must enter by May 3rd 2012.
Raffles (all benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation).
The Customize Your Chevy Sweepstakes- you win the Chevy of your choice (including options) up to $50,000 (including a stipend to help pay for taxes). Price of ticket: $100.00 (Maximum number of tickets to be sold: 3000). Drawing on October 1st, 2012
2012 Brickyard Package- you win Four (4) tickets to a fully catered Indianapolis Motor Speedway Suite for Friday (July 27), Saturday (July 28) and Sunday (July 29); Two (2) Infield Parking Passes for each day – Friday (July 27), Saturday (July 28) and Sunday (July 29); Hotel accommodations at the Indianapolis Omni Severin – four (4) nights from Thursday (July 26) through Sunday (July 29) with checkout on Monday, July 30; From the IMS Suite, credentials will be available (shared among all suite guests) to explore the IMS Garage Area (must be 18 years of age or older); and Official IMS-logo hat, polo shirt & t-shirt combined with Official Tony Stewart #14 hat – none of the items are autographed. Transportation is NOT included in the Grand Prize Package. Price of Raffle ticket: (1 for $25, 2 for $40, 3 for $50) (Maximum number of tickets to be sold: 2100) Drawing on July 2nd, 2012.
Short and sweet this week…just like me (ok…I am short but not usually sweet).
Time and Place (One Week Later Jimmie Johnson Is Still Not Pleased With Ryan Newman)- David Caraviello for NASCAR.com
Kyle Busch Interview: A Closer At Joe Gibbs Racing’s Rowdy Driver- Jeff Gluck for SBNation
Carl Edwards Responds To Memior- Terry Blount for ESPN
SBNation Video: MSNBC Anchor Thinks NASCAR Cars Go 500 MPH- by Jeff Gluck for SBNation
Your gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture: