So I got to work this morning totally intent on watching the Stewart-Haas Racing presser from Daytona. I mean the information has been pretty much leaked by media throughout the week that Brian Vickers would be driving Tony Stewart’s 14 car during Speedweeks. But then just as I was settling into my office with the NASCAR PressPass playing in the background on my computer, I got distracted from the presser by Tony Stewart on Periscope. As a matter of fact, I missed the first part of Tony’s periscope because when they transferred stuff to my new phone at Sprint something happened and my Periscope lost it’s connection to my twitter account so I had to figure out how to get them both synced back up.
That said- all things considering Tony looked and sounded good as he walked on the treadmill and chatted with his fans on periscope today. Sounds like right now his doctors want him doing one of two things: Walking on the treadmill or lying flat on his back (not uncommon from what I know of back injuries- my dad’s suffered from three separate ones including two surgeries). He mentioned getting a Tens unit to help with the pain/spasms but he hasn’t tried it yet. He also said this will still be his last year in NASCAR for those who were hoping he would delay his retirement (I didn’t think he would- he has already signed Bowyer so they have the 4 car field they need). Speaking of the injury he shared that he has two rods and six screws in his back in addition to the hardware he still carries in his leg. He is hoping it will ALL be removed at the end of the year in one go. Seriously though- Tony looked good and was walking quite well on his treadmill so GO TONY! And he hopes that he gets invited back to the dunes because he was having a blast until he got hurt.
As mentioned- Brian Vickers has indeed been announced as Tony’s replacement driver but so far only for Daytona speedweeks. That was what was confirmed via the press conference.