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(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Start: 14th

Finish: 16th

Points: 2131 (13th in points)

The race in Kansas started out with a good omen for driver Tony Stewart: he was driving the number 14 car, was housed in garage number 14 in the garage area at Kansas and ended up qualifying 14th.  That’s a whole lot of 14 right?

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

At the drop of the green flag Tony started flying up the field and cracked the top ten within 10 laps.  He reported that the balance was pretty much the same as it had been in practice and it was pretty good. The team did a great first pit stop and no penalties left him in the top ten. By lap 59 he had moved up into 6th place by passing Joey Logano when Tony exclaimed that it was “fun out here.”

Not that I could hear him well. I couldn’t. The static on Tony’s radio from the NASCAR Mobile ap was so terrible it actually hurt my ears to listen and there were times that I would take it out. It would have periods of being better, less staticy but then it would get bad again.  So I missed about half of what went on on the radio. About the time he passed Joey Logano he wanted his spotter to let whom I assume is Joey’s spotter that “he’ll play nice if he does.” Like I said that is what it sounded like anyway because I had a heck of time hearing.

Unfortunately after the laps started to tick away the handling on the Code 3 Associates Chevy went away too and Tony slowly started dropping back as the handing went away.  The team would work on the car during the pitstops but it just didn’t seem to make too big of a difference and I was beginning to think he was going to be lucky to get a top 20 finish but after the last major pit stop of the day- it seemed to turn a corner and Tony was able to gain a few positions and finished the race 16th.   His teammate Kevin Harvick had a great day however and was able to bring home the checkers for his friend/owner Tony Stewart.  This locked Kevin Harvick into advancing into the round of 8 with Jimmie Johnson.

Oh and Tony had another awesome helmet on for the Kansas Weekend:


(photo source: Tony Stewart facebook)

While in Kansas Code 3 Associates founder Nan Stuart presented Tony with a plaque commemorating their partnership and sponsorship:

(photo credit: Code 3 Associates facebook)

Here is a great article about Tony Stewart that came out of the Kansas Race weekend by Darron Cummings for the Kansas City Star: Tony Stewart bidding farewell to NASCAR, but he’s not finished racing.

Also- I hope Alex Bowman (who was driving the 88 for Dale Earnhardt Jr) is feeling better. After the race Dale tweeted out a picture of poor Alex in the infield care center hooked up to an IV- apparently he was suffering from a bug all day yet still drove his heart out:

@DaleJr: The Showman @AlexBRacing did good today. Top 10 with a stomach bug. @nationwide88 guys gave him a great car. (Image Source: Dale Earnhardt Jr Twitter)

Next week…I will be watching through my fingers because it’s Talladega!

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:

There is just something about this picture that I love:

(Photo Source: Zimbio.com/Jason Hanna/Getty Images North America)


#SmokeAlwaysRises #AlwaysRac14g

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook)

Started: 15

Finished: 13th

Points: 13th (2074 points)

When Sunday came I found myself in a quandary. I wanted  to watch the race as I usually do on race day but a big part of me didn’t want to watch the race at Dover. Why? It was the stress of it being the last race before the cut to the round of 12.  I understand that NASCAR things that these elimination rounds are exciting to watch but I find this chase format to be exponentially more nerve racking than any other chase format. Especially when at the start of the race your driver is ranked 15th out of the 16 chasers and only the top 12 advance to the next round of the NASCAR playoffs known only as The Chase.  Oh and did I mention it’s Dover? The high banked concrete track can be unforgiving and Miles the Monster (the track mascot that adorns the trophy) looked hungry. (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official facebook)

It’s just been that kind of week for this little blogger. The kind of week where life gets in the way of the blogging part of things. And it doesn’t help that the Chase is here. So I decided instead of stressing about doing my post race report- now four days late I will skip it and point you in the direction of the official team release about the race if you are here looking for my usual post race rap ups and get right to a “Loose Lugnuts” type post.

1. Most of us Smoke fans are thinking about the chase- and how Dover is critical for Tony Stewart if he’s to continue on in this year’s chase for the Sprint Cup his last as a Sprint Cup driver. Of course we want him to transfer into the next round (which I think should be called the survival round since it includes Talladega) but as most of us know he’s below the points cut off right now- so he will have to have a most excellent weekend at Dover to put him above the cut off. It could happen. But it might not.  It’s important, I think,  to consider that it’s not over even if he doesn’t make that cut.  He made the chase this year- which he hasn’t done since 2012. Which happy day for us going to Vegas means he will be there taking part in all the activities.   He has three championships in this series alone.  He will still have 7 races after Dover to race and to attempt to get wins at regardless if he is in the next round of the Chase or not.  It’s nothing he shouldn’t be proud of as a driver and it’s nothing we shouldn’t be proud of as his fans.

2. Speaking of Dover- Tony will be running a very special Nature’s Bakery Brownie paint scheme. I have heard people who love the paint scheme and people who not pleased with the asthetics of the car. Personally? I like it and think it looks like a Brownie (which considering it’s the Nature’s Bakery Brownie car is a good thing). Here’s the paint scheme (via Stewart-Haas Racing Facebook):

 By the way- has anyone tasted the Nature’s Bakery Brownie? I can’t find them here…and I am curious. I like the Raspberry Fig Bar the best of what I have tried but I admit I am curious about the brownie.

3. I think it’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s fault Tony did’t do so hot in the Bad Boy Buggies 300 this last weekend. Why? Because they presented this monument(al) rock dedicated to Tony on their property prior to his last race there. If he had one they would have had to have it redone: (more…)

(photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page)

Started: 14th

Finished: 33rd

Seeded: NASCAR seeded him 11th, but his team release has him seeded 12th.

Weird Observation: Am I the only one who noticed that Tony wore a Code 3 Associates firesuit during practice but a Mobil 1 Firesuit during the actual race?

Richmond International Raceway has the distinction of being Tony Stewart’s favorite track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. Afterall he did win his first ever Sprint Cup race there, so what’s not to love.  Since he qualified his #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevy 14th at his favorite track- I was hoping it would be a good omen for Tony and his team.  Plus I figured since he also won in the Code 3 Associates paint scheme in June at Sonoma that it couldn’t hurt that omen right? Well I was obviously wrong. (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Facebook)

Started: 17th (Set by points due to rain cancelling qualifying on Friday)

Finished: 35th (DNF)

Points: 426 points (27th in the standings, locking into the chase)

I love the Southern 500,especially the cars with all the throwback paint schemes. I loved Tony’s Coke paint scheme the best- but there were so many awesome paint scheme it was hard for me to choose a second favorite…but I finally decided it was Greg Biffle’s Alan Kulwicki Hooters paint scheme on his number 16- and how awesome was it that Hooters came back to sponsor a car during the race. How awesome was it though that Tony’s throwback Coke paint scheme won the vote for best paint scheme?? That is awesome. (more…)

Here is what has been rolling around my head this week like lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pitstop:

Mock Darlington Program (photo source: Tony Stewart FB Page)

1. Don’t you just love the mock Southern 500 throwback program with Tony on the cover  that Stewart-Haas Racing threw together?  I think it’s awesome. First off Darlington should seriously consider having several driver covers available at the race and sell them to be honest. I figure that probably is a little costly though .  Stewart-Haas Racing should at least consider making this into a poster or even a magazine cover sized print because I know I would totally buy it.

2. While we are on the topic of the throwback theme of the Southern 500 (which I love by the way).  There is a cool story on Lionel Racing’s SplashNGo blog that is the story behind Tony Stewart’s throwback Coca-Cola paint scheme- it includes a video with Bobby Allison, whom as you know was there during the reveal. It’s a great and relevant read (and watch) coming into the Bojangles Southern 500 weekend. I absolutely adore all the throwback paint schemes and stuff that they do for the Southern 500 and I truly do love this paint scheme the most. Do you have a favorite that’s not the Coca-Cola car? If I had to pick I think it would be Greg Biffle’s Hooters car.

3. Speaking of all the cool throwback paint schemes, my goodness have you seen the throwback pit crew uniforms for the Coca-Cola car tony will be drying ? I seriously wonder how the crew feels about these new uniforms…especially those pants?

Southern 500 team uniforms (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook)

I don’t know why but I really want to see the Mike Bugarewicz wearing that on the pit box on Sunday.  Oh please someone get me a picture if he truly does… (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page)

Started: 15th

Finished: 21st, 2 laps down.

Points: 26th (420 points, which is 93 points ahead of 31st place Regan Smith which I am being told means we are locked into the top 30 meaning we are locked into the chase. Oh and we are 2 points behind 25th place Aric Almirola).

I have to start off by saying it says something about the quality of the national broadcast coverage when someone who was watching the race asks me on Facebook what happened to Tony and why did he finish 21st, two laps down.  I watched the national broadcast so I know her pain- he was rarely mentioned during the broadcast even when he was on the lead lap but it wasn’t really mentioned when he went a lap down and it definitely wasn’t mentioned when he lost his second lap.  The only reason I really knew what was happening was because I was using the Scanner part of the NASCAR Mobile ap and watching twitter while I was watching the race and honestly the radio – especially Tony’s part was staticy and kind of hard to decipher at times. You’d think they would have mentioned a bit more about Tony considering he was in the top ten during the first practice and topped the chart during the second practice – not to mention finished 7th in the June race at Michigan. It was disappointing. (more…)

(photo source: zimbio.com/Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America)

Started: 27th

Finished: 30th (29 laps down)

Points: 400 (6 points behind 26th place Aric Almirola, 85 points ahead of 31st)

Intro Song: Better Man by Pearl Jam, which is apropos in my eyes.

Tony stated it best after qualifying when he said “It’s going to be a long (expletive) day tomorrow.” Unfortunately I don’t think he was talking about the weather delays- which were so plentiful it seemed to me that the race at Bristol was interrupting the rain instead of the other way around.  The race on Saturday night was delayed by rain but did start on Saturday night only to be stopped after 48 laps because of rain.  It was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon but was again delayed by several hours by,  yep- you guessed it, rain.  But they finally got the cars rolling on track because luckily for us all it doesn’t take long to dry Bristol between the banking and the fact that it’s short and concrete. But it was delayed again later in the race for “weather” to the point where it was red flagged again- but no for very long and then they were able to get going again and NASCAR was able to get the full 500 lap event in thankfully.  And thank goodness because you diehard and likely still waterlogged fans were able to get your full money’s worth from your tickets despite being a little…moist. (more…)