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Qualifying Pit Stop for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store, Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc.)

So I have to admit- I was not as enthralled with the All-Star Race this year as I have been in years past.  Why? I can’t be 100 percent sure why-but likely it’s a combination of things.  I think a big part of it has to do with the fact that they never seem to stick to a format (would it kill them to reverse the field again maybe in the second to last segment- that year was fun).  Plus I REALLY miss the Pit Crew Challenge. ALOT.  That was always my FAVORITE event of the All-Star Week celebrations- the pit crews getting to show their stuff and shine in the light for awhile….NASCAR is a team sport and unfortunately they can be a little overlooked sometimes I think. .  Plus I readily admit that a teeny tiny part of me is jealous and would LOVE to be in the Charlotte area touring race shops and such instead of working. One of these years it will happen… (more…)

Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart lead the field

Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart lead the field to another restart at Kansas (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Sigh. That is really all I have after the night race in Kansas is a long forlorn sigh.  What does team 14 have to do to catch a freaking break this season. The weekend started with a really STRONG qualifying showing from Stewart-Haas Racing. All four cars qualified in the top 10 (Kevin had the pole, Kurt qualified 6th, Tony qualified 8th, and Danica 9th).  I am not sure- but I think that might be a first right there, but regardless it was a strong qualifying showing and even had the pre-race show talking heads yabbering about how Stewart-Haas was doing so well (which cracked me up because all we have been hearing previously from them was about how something is missing at SHR) and was the team to beat. Make up your mind guys…seriously. (more…)

Tony waves during driver intros

Tony Stewart waves to the crowd during driver introductions at Kansas Speedway in 2013. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

 

“But in this series where we have races that are 400, 500 miles long, the guys with experience know when to push. They know when it matters. It’s like that every week because our races are so long. There are times you have to be patient and do the opposite of what you want to do. You let guys go because you know it’s the wrong part of the race to be fighting for a position. There’s nothing that replaces seat time, and guys that have experience at this level know how to put together an entire race, not just a segment.” Tony Stewart, The 2014 Kansas Race Preview Team Release

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

#14in14 #GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

Tony Stewart’s pit crew rushes around the #14 Bass Pro Chevy (photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

I am not a fan of racing at super speedways- much the way some people aren’t fans of road courses.  There usually isn’t a lot of mixing it up on super speedways- because it’s just too dangerous to press your luck.  I like my races to have at least a little more balance between skill and luck (honstly I like my races to be heavier in the skill than the luck and not vice versa). Races at Talladega are much more luck than skill in my opinion- luck in that IF you can stay out of someone else’s mess then you might have a chance succeed. (more…)

Tony speaks with Ryan Newman at Talladega 2013

Tony Stewart speaks with Ryan Newman at Talladega 2013 (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

“It’s trial and error, but at the same time, it’s like pulling a pin on a grenade. You know through that process that if one guy makes a mistake, your car’s torn up. It’s just a delicate balance of how hard you go, how many things you try, and how much time you spend doing it.” Tony Stewart- pre-spring Talladega team release

 

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TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

#14in14 #GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

The 14 Crew services the Rush Truck Centers Chevy

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and others pit during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

First off- I am going to start with the end of the race: Was that not an exciting finish to the race? It’s too bad that not all races can be that exciting: with four cars bumping and banging and digging hard for the win during those final laps.  I am sure more people would watch the races if they were hearing NASCAR fans talking about THAT at the water cooler on Monday.  Those last several laps even had me forgetting, if just for a moment, how dismal of a race my driver was having.  Of course it didn’t help that my driver’s race was so crappy that during the last 150 laps or so- he hardly said a word on the radio. A quiet Tony? Is usually a pissed off Tony.

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Okay- the square pupils in this picture freak me out a tad...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart poses for a stylized portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Getty Images North America)

“When things are tough, the pressure and the burden is more on you knowing that you’re responsible for everything versus just being the guy driving the car. It’s hard, but it’s also what makes it more gratifying when things go right, and that’s what we’re getting to enjoy right now.”Tony Stewart, Spring Richmond 2014 Pre-Race Release.

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*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart

#14in14 #GoTonyGo #StandWithSmoke

(Sorry for the delay in the race report- my laptop’s processor decided to die on me so I am having to update this at work during my break and lunches. I suppose I could use my Kindle- but I find typing on it awkward- like I am trying to text on a giant phone with tiny hands or something. My new laptop should be here around Friday- thank goodness.  Wish me luck figuring out Windows 8).

The 14 crew hard at work at The Lady In Black

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

I really wanted to Tony to win this race- Darlington is one of two tracks that Tony hasn’t won at- so I REALLY wanted him to win at it (the other is Kentucky- if you are wondering). Of course technically I want Tony Stewart to win every race. I am competitive like that and live vicariously through my driver. Unfortunately it was not to be. He qualified 23rd- definitely could have been worse- but it also definitely could have been better.  I chalked it up to a bad couple of qual runs and hoped race day would be better.

Chad Johnston and Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, speaks with his crew chief Chad Johnston during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

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