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I adore this picture. Tony is his car at Pocono, 2014 (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Going into turn one, you drive it in kind of deep and then try to float the car through the corner. It’s very flat when you go down the backstretch and into the tunnel turn. Then the short chute into turn three – it’s a big, long corner and it’s important to get through that turn well because you have a straightaway that’s three-quarters of a mile long after that. You need to come off the corner quickly so that you aren’t bogged down when you start down that long straightaway. Each corner has its challenges, and each one tends to present a different set of circumstances with each lap you make.” — Tony Stewart, Pocono Race Advance

 

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First off if you are looking for my usual Dover post race post it is here.  This is a post is a post of just gratuitous Tony pictures. Ahh the “Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures” it’s something I have have done it for years- I just tack on an extra picture or two of my favorite driver to the end of many of my posts even if the post is already chocked full of Tony pictures.

Dover however gets it’s very own Gratuitous Tony stand alone post. Why? Because I am lucky enough to have a photographer (Jessica Bure) who was at Dover and willing to share her Tony pictures with us.  She does this whenever her and her husband get to shoot at a track and I am thankful that they are willing to send us their pictures.  Enjoy: (more…)

Tony at Dover 2014 (Photo Source: TonyStewart.Com)

“Dover is a track that is kind of a two-phase deal. It’s easy to get your car too tight in the center (of the corner) trying to get it to drive up off the corner nice, and it seems like if you get it to rotate through the corner, then it’s way loose off. Those are the two things you really battle there. It’s the sacrifice of where do you want to be a little bit off to accomplish having a balanced car.” — Tony Stewart, Dover Race Advance Team Release

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I adore this picture of Tony in his “office” at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 2015. (photo source: TonyStewart.Com

Lieu is one of those words I have trouble spelling for some reason. So technically this post is being written after the TQTS post but will show up on the page below it only because that is the order I like the posts in.  I am weird like that.  Right before the long weekend I caught whatever respiratory funk is going around here and just didn’t get my post done in any sort of reasonable time because I was too busy blowing my nose and being overall miserable only to get better by Tuesday just in time for work. then of course the day job was pretty busy as well which is odd since this is a slower time of year for me usually. (more…)

This is from a while ago (March 2015) but I have had it in my back pocket for one of those days when the race release quotes that I normally pull the “Quotable Tony’s” from didn’t have a specific quote that I liked (there are always two or three that I am just eh over finding a quote that speaks to me)- so enjoy this Tony video from Mobil 1: The Grid I know I certainly did:


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Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 15, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Photo Source: Zombio/ Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)

I am sad to admit that the All-Star race just wasn’t that exciting this year. I can’t put my finger on exactly why. It seemed that for me ever since they stopped having the pit crew competitions in advance of the All-Star race that the quality of the whole racing product as a whole has gone down hill for this event. Five segments was too many. I vote for longer segments with not as many- really it seemed just as we started racing it was time for the competition caution.

What I did like? The qualifying that included a full four tire pit stop- it put pressure on the crew AND drive to perform at their very best. THAT I like. Almost so much I wish they qualified like that for EVERY race.  It puts emphasis on the team aspect of the sport by including the crew members performance in the qualifying. There is just something I like about that- it made qualifying entertaining to watch for me. (more…)

Sorry but I am going to give you an earworm: Hey now, you’re on all-star, get your game on, go PLAY RACE:

Tony Stewart during driver introductions at the 2014 Sprint All-Star race (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

“It’s an event for the fans and that’s something that’s very important to us, but there’s a lot of bragging rights, too. Charlotte is an area where 95 percent of the Cup teams are based, so when you go there, you want to run well. You’re able to have guys come from the shop that don’t get a chance to travel. They don’t get a chance to come to the racetrack very often and see the fruits of their labor, so for them to come to the All-Star Race and see their cars run, especially when you have a good night, it really pumps up your organization. You do it for your fans, but at the same time, you do it for your organization and your team. That’s why the All-Star Race is important.”– Tony Stewart, All-Star Race Pre Race Release

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9 May 2015: Tony Stewart during the SpongeBob 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook/ HHP/Rusty Jarrett )

Tony Qualified: 16th

Tony Finished: 39th (9 laps down according to the official team release- but I only counted 8 laps down so I obviously missed something)

Points: 179 points (30th in the championship standings)

I am not going to sit here and hash out exactly what happened over the course of the race like I usually do. Why? Because it can be stated in two sentences: Tony was having handling issues and then there was the poorly called should I pit or should I not call at the rain delay. Tony got rear-ended coming into a caution by a rookie who apparently couldn’t figure out which pedal was his brake pedal. What more can I say about Saturday’s race for Tony? Not a lot.

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