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(For those who don’t have the time or the want to read the whole piece before bashing it or stating that I am rumor mongering– the moral of this particular story is this: I am a proud Tony Stewart fan who will not believe the rumor until I hear it from the man himself- and when he does give the word (which he hopefully won’t for a long long time)  I will cross that bridge when I come to it.– Amy)

(Aug. 17, 2015 – Source: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

I am not ready for a NASCAR without Tony Stewart as a driver. I have seen two glimpses of what that is like over the last two years (2013 and 2014) and it’s not for me. I have watched races with someone else piloting the 14 car when Tony shattered his leg in a sprint car accident in 2013 and when he misses races last season after the accident at Canandiagua last season.  The racing just isn’t the same for me when it’s not Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the 14. At least when he left the 20 car he was moving on to bigger and better things and while yes I know that he will still be the owner at SHR he won’t be on track and it just doesn’t have the same pull for me.  The idea of it being permanent- well it makes me feel like I felt when CART split into IRL and CART- there is still racing but…eh. And I suddenly feel how Misty feels when she thinks of NASCAR without Jeff Gordon.

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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Source: Zimbio/Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 5th

Tony Finished: 21st (one lap down)

Points: 441 (currently 26th place in the chase chase standings)

Quote of The Race: “You’re the dog.” — Chad Johnston, informing Tony he had made it into lucky dog position. For some reason just the way Chad said this struck me as funny during the race.

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(A special thank you for Jessica Bure for providing most of the photos for this post! You rock! — Amy)

The #14 Rush Truck Centers Chevy at Pocono Raceway, July 2015. (Photo Credit: Jessica Bure for BadGroove.com)

Tony Qualified: 5th

Tony Finished: 9th

Points: 417 (currently 25th place in the chase chase standings)

Tony’s sums up the race in two sentences: “We struggled the first part of the race with our Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, but we got better the last third (of the race).  I felt really good about the car at the end of the race, and that’s been our weakness all year.” (more…)

2014 Getty Images (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“Well, all three corners are very different from each other. You have turn one that has a lot of banking in it for a flat track. Turn two is a very short duration and flat corner and then turn three is a very, very, long sweeping flat corner. There’s a lot going on, but every corner on the track is totally different from each other. It’s a big challenge for the crew chiefs to not only try to find a balance, but to also figure out what to do when they’re making changes. They have to figure out the corner they’re trying to fix without messing up the other two corners.” – Tony Stewart 2015 Windows 10 400 at Pocono Team Release

 

GO TONY!

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(Why do I have the lyrics “I’m coming home, I’m coming home, tell the world I’m coming home” stuck in my head  after writing the title of this? Anyway this is going to be one of those post-race articles that do not follow my usual post race template because I have some stuff rolling around in my beady little brain that needs out and the standard post-race report is not the optimum format for that.  However- if you are looking for less opinion or blather (egads I hope you all don’t think I blather too much) and more this is what happened for Tony during the race: check out the post-race team release for all that good stuff.)

Dear Tony Stewart-

I can only imagine how frustrating and disappointing Sunday’s “Crown Royal Presents The Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard” results were to you- even more so since you were at your home town track less than an hour from where you hang your hat so to speak.  Trust us fans when we tell you how excited we were for you. Seeing you fast in practice and superfast in qualifying, made us all grin and strut just a little taller- even the ones who weren’t actually there. It made us all want to do that same fist pump you did when you got out of the car:

25 July 2015 – Tony Stewart during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Gregg Ellman)

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17 July 2015–Tony Stewart during practice for the 5-Hour 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.(Photo credit: HHP Photo/Alan Marler)

Tony Qualified: 25th

Tony Finished: 20th

Points: 366 points, 26th in the points standings.

Quote of the Race: When Tony asked for something to drink at the next pitstop, Crew Chief Chad Johnston replied with,  ”You want a beer?”  to which Tony replied “Whatever’s handy.” Tony Stewart.

I find that the winner of the race New Hampshire gets probably the oddest trophy of the circuit…a live (and usually rather large) lobster.  I know that the first time Kyle Busch won Samantha released it back into the ocean…I wonder if they did it with this one? That thing looked bigger than baby Brexton!!  But I am getting a head of myself now aren’t I?  (more…)

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…)