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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…)

(Talladega May 2015. Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“It depends on the circumstances. You can’t see the air and you hit different pockets (of air). You hit a pocket where you get a really big tow, or you hit a pocket where it seems they’re getting a tow and pulling you back, and you just have to play the circumstances. You just try getting in different scenarios and try to learn if you get in the middle of the draft, what does it do? Will it give you a push? Will it not give you a push? If you get next to this car, does it suck you up or does it slow you down? It’s trial and error but, at the same time, it’s like pulling a pin on a grenade. You know through that process that if one guy makes a mistake, your car’s torn up. It’s just a delicate balance of how hard you go, how many things you try, and how much time you spend doing it.” – Tony Stewart, Talladega October 2015 Team Release

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

(Talladega May 2015 Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

 

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(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Okay there has to be something lucky about edition number 14 of Loose Lugnuts right (fingers crossed)? Let’s get right to the items of the week that have been pinging around my brain like lugnuts in a pitstall during a green flag pit stop, shall we:

1. A lot of you probably saw this already but there is an article that basically is just a lot of classic Tony commercials throughout his career here. It’s missing my two personal favorites though!! My one favorite was this one (sorry for the crappy quality) for the C0ca-Cola Racing family. It’s OLD.  But it is kind of fun to watch because it features both Tony and Kevin Harvick- WAY before they were teammates.   Then there is this one which is my all time favorite commercial of Tony’s (I think a lot of female fans feel the same way- it’s the longish hair I am convinced of it) plus it has a great companion video: the outtakes from a commercial stewn together but it makes me laugh. What are your favorite Tony Stewart ads?

2. It sounds like Stewart-Haas Racing is trying to get together some special sponsors for Tony Stewart’s last year in NASCAR next year. I think that would be great. I would personally love to see some special paint schemes. What I liked most about this article though was the mention of the fans helping honor Tony.

3. Speaking of honoring Tony, I have been trying to get some of my readers to submit stories about their fandom of Tony. I have had one so far that I published here. If you go to this article and scroll towards the bottom there are some examples that a journalist has collected. Anyone have anything they want to share? Shoot me an email at (badgruv@netzero.com) (more…)

(photo source: Rush Truck Centers Facebook)

Tony Qualified: 17th

Tony Finished: 35th, 6 laps down

Points: 608 points (27th in points standings) (more…)

(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

The Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

(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:

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(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…)