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Today Tony Stewart tells us how he got into fishing and why Bass Pro Shops is more than just a logo on the car kind of sponsor:

June 6, 2015: Tony Stewart at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond PA. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

“I spend more time fishing than I do the hunting. I had only been fishing a few times until I had a roommate that really turned me on to trout fishing. Now it’s literally something I do whenever I have the chance. We have a pretty big pond back in Indiana that we keep stocked, and while we mostly put back what we catch, we do have to keep some. We have to do that in order to maintain the conservation aspects to manage the population. But it’s something I enjoy and it’s an example of how the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship is more than just logos on the car for us. We – and by that I mean a lot of the people at Stewart-Haas Racing – are their customers.” — Tony Stewart, Michigan Race Release

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6 June 2015: Tony Stewart during Sprint Cup practice at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

Tony Qualified: 28th in back up car

Tony Finished: 21st

Points: 253 points (27th in the championship standings)

Pocono is often called the tricky triangle. I like to call it the evil little triangle, despite the fact that it is 2.5 miles around it.  Why? Because it seems to me when you have a good day at Pocono you have a really good day, but when you have a bad day…it can be really bad. (more…)

29 May 2015 – During Practice for the FedEx 400 at Dover international Speedway in Dover,DE (HHP/Tim Parks)

Tony Qualified: 26th

Tony Finished: 16th

Points: 230 points (28th in the championship standings)

Quote Of The Race: “That’s the hardest I’ve had to work for a 16th-place finish.” — Tony Stewart post race  press release

 

I love the quote of the race for this race- so I put it up at the top of the entry this week instead of at the bottom. Why? Because team 14 worked their kiesters off for that 16th place finish. What DIDN’T Miles the Monster throw out at team 14 during the course of the race? Historically the team has always struggled at Dover. It’s probably one of Tony’s worst tracks if you look back at the stats. (more…)

Tony at Dover 2014 (Photo Source: TonyStewart.Com)

“Dover is a track that is kind of a two-phase deal. It’s easy to get your car too tight in the center (of the corner) trying to get it to drive up off the corner nice, and it seems like if you get it to rotate through the corner, then it’s way loose off. Those are the two things you really battle there. It’s the sacrifice of where do you want to be a little bit off to accomplish having a balanced car.” — Tony Stewart, Dover Race Advance Team Release

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This is from a while ago (March 2015) but I have had it in my back pocket for one of those days when the race release quotes that I normally pull the “Quotable Tony’s” from didn’t have a specific quote that I liked (there are always two or three that I am just eh over finding a quote that speaks to me)- so enjoy this Tony video from Mobil 1: The Grid I know I certainly did:


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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Photo Source: Zombio/ Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)

I am sad to admit that the All-Star race just wasn’t that exciting this year. I can’t put my finger on exactly why. It seemed that for me ever since they stopped having the pit crew competitions in advance of the All-Star race that the quality of the whole racing product as a whole has gone down hill for this event. Five segments was too many. I vote for longer segments with not as many- really it seemed just as we started racing it was time for the competition caution.

What I did like? The qualifying that included a full four tire pit stop- it put pressure on the crew AND drive to perform at their very best. THAT I like. Almost so much I wish they qualified like that for EVERY race.  It puts emphasis on the team aspect of the sport by including the crew members performance in the qualifying. There is just something I like about that- it made qualifying entertaining to watch for me. (more…)

Sorry but I am going to give you an earworm: Hey now, you’re on all-star, get your game on, go PLAY RACE:

Tony Stewart during driver introductions at the 2014 Sprint All-Star race (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

“It’s an event for the fans and that’s something that’s very important to us, but there’s a lot of bragging rights, too. Charlotte is an area where 95 percent of the Cup teams are based, so when you go there, you want to run well. You’re able to have guys come from the shop that don’t get a chance to travel. They don’t get a chance to come to the racetrack very often and see the fruits of their labor, so for them to come to the All-Star Race and see their cars run, especially when you have a good night, it really pumps up your organization. You do it for your fans, but at the same time, you do it for your organization and your team. That’s why the All-Star Race is important.”– Tony Stewart, All-Star Race Pre Race Release

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9 May 2015: Tony Stewart during the SpongeBob 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook/ HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

Tony Qualified: 16th

Tony Finished: 39th (9 laps down according to the official team release- but I only counted 8 laps down so I obviously missed something)

Points: 179 points (30th in the championship standings)

I am not going to sit here and hash out exactly what happened over the course of the race like I usually do. Why? Because it can be stated in two sentences: Tony was having handling issues and then there was the poorly called should I pit or should I not call at the rain delay. Tony got rear-ended coming into a caution by a rookie who apparently couldn’t figure out which pedal was his brake pedal. What more can I say about Saturday’s race for Tony? Not a lot.

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