I know I usually just throw up a list of articles I have read and then carry on when it comes to the #NASCAR reading list but today I have some words I must share about last night’s Espy’s. Tony Stewart was nominated for two of ESPN’s Espy Awards (Best Championship Performance and Best Driver). He won Best Driver (Yey! He has won Best Driver every year following a championship win- so whoohoo for keeping the streak alive there!). He did NOT win Best Championship performance, which I think is RIDICULOUS. Seriously? The #14 team went into the chase wondering if they should even BE there. They turned around and won HALF of the chase races- something that has NEVER been done before- and it still came down to a seat of your pants race at Homestead-Miami- where basically Tony HAD TO WIN the race to win the championship. HAD TO WIN. Then there was the race…where he had to come up through the field not ONCE but TWICE. A race where his car sustained damage early on and STILL THEY WON- because that is PURE WILL right there. And I know Tony would tell you right now- it wasn’t just him- but the WHOLE TEAM that made that happen. Some of you might be saying I am biased and yeah I probably am (hell I KNOW I am). But I don’t care which TWO drivers it had come down to- it would still have been spectacular if the situation was the same. It greatly helped that it was Tony and Carl because the two bantered back and forth in the media about it. So to quote one my twitter friends- it’s “EMBARRASSING” that they didn’t win. While Tony gets DRIVER of the year all to himself- I think the Championship Performance of the year would have been one that the entire 14 TEAM could have held up together- as they totally deserved that. (And Yes I voted. And YES I encouraged my Tony fans on twitter and facebook to join me in voting).
Ok so I am off my Espy’s soapbox! Now onto the reading list which includes a link from my brother who does not follow NASCAR as closely but wanted me to share a link with you.
Allmendinger’s NASCAR Career Is Effectively Over- TC for NASCARInsiders.com
The Science and Smoke Behind NASCAR’s MOBIL 1 Motor Oil- Karla Sanchez for MotorTrend.com
The NASCAR drug policy- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com
Long Road Ahead For Allmendinger?- David Newton for ESPN.com
Very UGLY Incident Involving Tyler Walker at Williams Grove- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
Monday Morning Tear Down: Frustrated Dale Earnhardt Jr. Says Daytona Rules Need Some Work- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com
12 Questions with Brad Keselowski- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com
And the one my brother emailed me to share with his concise commentary of WTF: Woman Watched NASCAR With Deceased Man For Over A Year- Nick Bromberg for Yahoo! Sports
As always a Tony picture for your viewing pleasure:
(Photo Credit: Taken from TonyStewart.com's gallery of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. Click to be taken to the source.)