Well here it is- the annual Vegas Racecation Diary with pictures! Sorry for the delay- I had some fairly major issues with my laptop…but those have all been ironed out. Thank you for your patience and I hope that you like the pictures Misty and I have to share with you from the great time we had at the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. Also- stay tune next week we will be announcing a contest for some cool Tony Stewart prizes.
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…)
“We’ve been doing business with Rush Truck Centers for years. It’s an established relationship that has a much higher profile thanks to Rush Truck Centers becoming a primary sponsor with our team. Rush Truck Centers keeps our trucks and transporters up and running, and you could argue those are the most important parts of our race team. Without them, our cars never get to the racetrack.” —Tony Stewart, Auto Club pre race team release
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Tony Qualified: 17th
Tony Finished: 39th
Points: 32 points, currently 36th in the standings
What is that saying? If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all or something like that? I feel that could definitely be used in the case of Tony Stewart’s season. He has yet to finish a race on the lead lap. That ugly stat makes this Smoke fan sad. (more…)
“I think just learning the way the car is going to respond every week with the rules in place and finding the combination that works the best. We’re basically starting from scratch. There are some things that you take away from what we did last year, but anytime you have significant rules changes like the ones we have this year, that’s the No. 1 obstacle – trying to figure out what our Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy likes and dislikes so it gives you a direction in which to work.” –Tony Stewart, Pre-Phoneix Team Release
*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart
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If you are looking for the annual Vegas Racecation diary post with pictures that I usually do- it’s coming…but will be delayed a bit. I am having issues with my laptop (let’s just say it’s under a year old and I just performed a system restore to factory and IT STILL ISN’T WORKING). I will get the post up as soon as I can- I promise! (Also-another hint: don’t buy a Lenovo unless you want a $700 boat anchor- I am going back to Toshibas- at least they work for a couple years before they die).
Until then- enjoy this picture of Tony Stewart, his father Nelson Stewart, and Jeff Gordon (oh and Misty and myself up in the peanut gallery):
And if you would like to read my Good, Bad, & Ugly article from the Kobalt 400 you can read that here: The Good, Bad, & Ugly: Kobalt 400
Tony Qualified: didn’t, was placed 39th in the starting order, actually started 43rd
Tony Finished: 30th
Points: 16 points, 35th in the standings.
“I can tell you that every time I get in my Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy, I’m doing it because I want to win, whether it’s the first race on the schedule or the last. Sometimes there are circumstances that prevent you from being able to do that, but I look at this weekend’s race no different than I do a race 20 weeks from now. We’re going out there to try to win, just like every other race.” — Tony Stewart, Pre-Atlanta Stewart-Haas Racing Team Release
*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart
Read other TQMS posts.