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This week in the Quotable Tony Stewart we are celebrating his partnership with Rush Truck centers and appreciation for truck drivers across America:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs autographs for fans during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California.
(Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

“Oftentimes, I don’t think people realize how critical truck drivers are to our everyday lives. Without them, America’s economy would come to a standstill. Without Gober (No. 14 truck driver), I wouldn’t have my Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Chevy to drive this weekend. So, it feels good to shine the spotlight on them and the great driving they do.” — Tony Stewart- Texas pre-race team release

 

I hope Tony can get a win tomorrow at Texas in the Rush Truck Center #14 Chevrolet!

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Tony Stewart’s #14 Chevy was sponsored by Code 3 Associates (Photo Credit: The Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook Page)

Tony Qualified: 6th

Tony Finished: 20th

Points: 87 points, 32nd in the series standings

I was excited for Martinsville- it’s a favorite track for me to watch on television. I like watching tight quarters racing. It’s what NASCAR racing is to me- rubbing, contact, flared tempers and cars that look like they have been through a 500 miles race.  So I always get excited when it comes time for Martinsville. Always.

Crew at work on the #14 Code 3 Associates Chevy. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/Rusty Jarrett)

It was looking like it was going to be a pretty darn good race for us Stewart fans as well. Tony qualified the car 6th! That in itself was exciting to me. Whoo!  Martinsville is so small that it is easy to get a lap down if you are too far in the back of the field.  So with my fingers crossed for a decent showing at Martinsville I sat down on Sunday and watched 43 drivers take the green flag.

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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet, signs autographs for fans during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 21, 2015 in Fontana, California.
(Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 20th

Tony Finished: 14th

Points: 62 points, 32nd in the standings (that is +4 from last week)

Quote Of The Race: “I am not sure if I calibrated my ass or not today”- Tony Stewart on his radio to crew chief Chad Johnston while talking about the handling of the car.

Ahh Auto Club Speedway (California Speedway? Fontana Speedway? Maybe we should just call you by what Tony’s crew chief Chad Johnton referred to you as and just call you “big gal”) you are a casualty of the West Coast Swing as NASCAR has called it. I use to sneak down to see you when you were in late March early April…but by bunching up the Spring “west coast” dates (sorry Phoenix- you get stuck in there even though you really are not on the coast- or close even) I really am forced to choose and I always choose Vegas.   Don’t get me wrong- I am glad that you sold the grand stands out and everything but I longed to be in them- but as someone with a Monday-Friday 8-5 job I only get so much vacation a year and I can not use it all at once. Sorry Auto Club. (more…)

Tony Stewart and his steed in the garage

Tony Stewart and his steed in the garage at Atlanta MotorSpeedway, 2015. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP photo/Alan Marler)

Tony Qualified: didn’t, was placed 39th in the starting order, actually started 43rd

Tony Finished: 30th

Points: 16 points, 35th in the standings.

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#SmokeAlwaysRises

Tony Stewart during the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour, January 27th, 2015, (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page/Harold Hinson Photography)

As I sit here watching the Superbowl, I really have only one thing on my mind. NASCAR. I really can’t help myself- it’s how I am wired. Sports with balls are really just in my periphery, it’s sports with wheels that catch my attention and of those NASCAR that really catches my attention and my heart.

I will be the first to admit that at the end of last season I was ready for it. Can you blame me? It’s been a shitty two years for my driver on every level, some we can likely barely even comprehend.  Of course that didn’t stop me from getting a tattoo supporting my driver during champions week in Las Vegas. But still- I was ready for it to be done.  And I honestly didn’t even miss it that much (obviously by my lack of posts here during the off-season lamenting about how long the off season seems).

I am not happy about the last two years of my life by any means. It’s given me more drive and desire to get back to the old form that our fans and our sponsors and everybody are use to seeing us in. So I am looking forward to it. This is probably the most prepared I’ve been in awhile for a season to start. — Tony Stewart, CMS Media Tour, 1-27-15

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Hi Santa! It’s me, Amy, your friendly neighborhood diehard Tony Stewart fan. It’s been a long time since I have written you a letter. A really, really long time, but we won’t talk about that! You already know if I have been naughty or nice so I won’t sit here and try to bargain with you regarding that fact. Nor will I wax poetically about whether or not you you exist- clearly you do based on the sole number of presents my three nephews had under their tree last year.  I thought it couldn’t hurt things if I actually sent you my wish list this year.

Anyway Santa, here is a list of  what this Smoke fan wants for Christmas this year. Just to warn you Santa- some of these things are a bit in the future from Christmas- but if it happens I will just know that I was extra-specially good this year: (more…)

I have lots to write still to wrap up the season- but I wanted to congratulate the winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 AND the winner of the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Budweiser Chevy:

Winner winner chicken dinner! Winner of both the Ford EcoBoost 400 and the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship Kevin Harvick hoists the trophy for the cup championship in victory lane in Homestead, Fl on November 16th 2014. (photo credit: 303081Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Harvicks in Victory Lane

The Harvick family celebrate the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship in victory lane at Homestead, FL on November 16th, 2014. (Photo Credit: 303098Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

And my FAVORITE picture of the night- Driver, Owner, Friends, Champions.

The Driver. The Owner. The Friends.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Thanks Kevin Harvick- Stewart-Haas Racing and Tony needed that!!  So did the fans.

If you look up the word champion up on dictionary.com this is what the definition is:

dictionary.com definition of champion.

Do you see that very first definition there? A person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place.  It’s makes sense right? After all if you look at probably the two most popular stick-and/or-ball sports in the United States that is what they use as a Champion.  What Super Bowl team does not have the BEST record for their division going into the big game. Same for the World Series- it’s a series of games between the two teams with the best records in their respective divisions. It’s what NASCAR use to have. (more…)