Martinsville- what can I say except Tony Stewart lucked into a 7th place finish by attrition thanks to that big wreck at the end there that took out several of the front runners.
Hey Texas- three time Sprint cup champion Tony Stewart is coming your way tomorrow to do an Office Depot Grand (re)Opening event celebrating the remodeling of 13 area Office Depot locations.
Tony will be signing autographs at Office Depot in Houston Texas (address: Office Depot
10311 Highway 45 North (NW Corner of I-45 North and West Rd) Houston, Texas 77037) at 4:30 local time TOMORROW (March 28th, 2012).
You will need a wristband for the event- wristbands will be given away on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8:00 am local time. One wristband per person, one autograph per wristband!
Have a great time. The show car will be there!
Shock Ruling: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus Win Final Appeal- Dustin Long for USA Today
Team 48 Wins Appeal of Daytona Penalties- The AP for FoxSports
Ryan Newman: I’ve Changed How I Race The Competition- By Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
The infamous pre-race interview with Tony Stewart from Bristol where he was…um distracted by some shenanigans (I wanted to embed it but that option is not available so i thought I would share it anyway). http://www.nascar.com/video/post-race/highlights/120318/cup-bri-high-stewart-prerace/index.html
Bristol Driver Intro Songs List- by Jeff Gluck for SBNATION.com
Tony Stewart Dominates off the line for his first career Vegas win- Jay Busbee for Yahoo!Sports
For the love of pete will someone please teach Denny Hamlin how to Dougie:
Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:
After what was an extremely hectic race weekend from Vegas (I know I still haven’t posted about it- don’t worry I will-but I want to get Bristol out of the way before I get too far behind), I was looking forward to watching the racing action at Bristol from home. I love me some Bristol and it was a blustery and stormy day here on the central coast.
It just so happens that Tony Stewart was one of the hot pass drivers this race (his first time this year that I can remember) so I decided to watch on his DirecTv Hot Pass channel. I knew he hadn’t qualified too well (23rd) and that he didn’t seem to be all that spectacular in practice so I figured it would be one of those days where I was hoping he didn’t get a lap down too early (so easy to go a lap down at short tracks like Bristol and Martinsville).
(Side note: The photographer in me LOVES the above picture…LOVES it).
I happened to catch Tony’s (comical) pre-race interview and one of the questions was about how he and Steve were clicking this early in the season. He said that they seemed to be getting along quite well and the only issue Tony could even think of was that Steve is soft spoken and sometimes hard to hear on the radio- I have always heard that it is LOUD at Bristol and teams have trouble hearing each other’s radio communications anyway- so I thought that this might be an issue. I was wrong.
Tony started the race by thanking the team for busting butt to make all the changes they made on the race car (uh-oh said my gut that means that the car WAS crap out of the box and what they had was probably hit-or-miss). He also told his spotter to reign him in if he felt Tony was getting easily frustrated. I wonder how one reigns in their own boss? (Spotter’s jobs fascinate me but that is a story for a different day). It also didn’t sound to me like they were having any issue hearing each other during the race from what I could tell from the Hot Pass.
I will say this though…yes this is Tony’s third crew chief in however many years he’s been doing this in NASCAR but it means it’s my third crew chief too…and it was different listening to Steve Addington on the radio. Thanks to my lack of Sprint Cup Mobile on my phone now, this was my first time really listening to their radio communications and my ears (and brain) were use to Darian’s voice and now I have to get use to Steve Addington’s voice. I do like the way he calls Tony into and out of the pit box though…it reminds me more of Zipadelli.
My favorite part of the race was seeing Tony battle Brad Keselowski to stay on the lead lap. It was an epic battle and you could tell that Tony was driving his ass off to keep Keselowski behind him. He eventually succumbed to Bad Brad but thankfully a caution soon after gained Tony a “Lucky Dog” and he got back on the lead lap. Between attrition and a better handling car Tony had worked his way up to 9th and was battling for 8th. Tony ended up getting hit by Brendan Gaughan in the #33 and damaging the rear of his car fairly severely.
Another favorite part of the race (thanks to Hot Pass) was this gem between Tony and his spotter Bob Jeffrey (@eyeinthesky14):
Tony: WHO THE F@(K JUST HIT ME?
My second favorite thing was MY witty tweet after Tony got wrecked…that no one seemed to catch:
Ok so I spelled Gaughan wrong but it was STILL damn funny if I don’t say so myself. Seriously people- I am not usually this witty so soak it up while you can.
Anyway, as my tweet above mentions, Tony ended up having to take two pitstops under the caution to fix damage on the car and was able to not only stay on the lead lap BUT finish a fairly respectable 14th (he would have been 15th but Junior cut a tire on the last lap…perhaps karma was paying him back for cutting Jeff Gordon’s tire early in the race). Tony is currently 7th in the points standings.
NOTES ABOUT BRISTOL:
- I really HATE knowing that the drivers are getting introduced to a song of their choosing and introducing themselves and we don’t get to see it happening on the TV. In case you are wondering- Tony Stewart picked a different song this time. One of my favorite Toby Keith songs actually- How Do Yo Like Me Now? so YEY Tony for picking something non-Kid Rockish. Other songs of note: Brian Vickers- Back In The Saddle Again by Aerosmith (so fitting don’t you think?), Jimmie Johnson- Jimi Thing by Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Gordon- Theme to Flash Gordon by Queen, Kevin Harvick- Save Water, Drink Beer by Chris Young, and Dale Jr picked my second favorite Pantera song by choosing Walk.
- The “shit for luck” up there in the title is NOT something I called the race- that was taking words out of Tony’s mouth. He said on his radio after the race something to the effect of that he was pleased with their performance at Bristol despite having “shit for luck”.
Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
Next race: AUTOCLUB in CALI…and yes I WILL BE THERE.
Ok California Smoke fans…this one is for you! Three time cup champion Tony Stewart will be doing an autograph appearance at the Office Depot in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday March 22nd at 3:45 pm local time! Wristbands are required and 300 will be given away starting at 8:00 at the Office Depot in Rancho Cucamonga!
The address for the appearance is:
8160 Day Creek Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91739
ALSO- after the autograph appearance Tony will be participating in a Q&A Session from the Office Depot in Rancho Cucamonga (5:15pm local time)! Fans can submit questions outside in a dropbox near the showcar before the session and watch the Q&A live at Office Depot! The coolest thing is that if like me, you can’t attend you can still watch the Q&A Live on OfficeDepotRacing.com!!!!
It’s Time To Bring Back “The Six”- Marty Smith for ESPN.COM (I LOVE almost anything Marty Smith does…seriously!)
New Crew Chief, Stewart Clicking Fast- Jeff Hammond for FoxSports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Frustrated With Mark Martin, Finish in Vegas- Bob Pockrass for Sporting News
Tony Stewart A Calming Influence?- Eddie Gossage for ESPN Dallas
Tony Stewart Composed, Confident- Terry Blount for ESPN.COM
At Bristol Dale Earnhardt Jr Says He Was Foolish In Last Week’s NASCAR Race- Jeff Gluck for Sbnation.com
Your Gratuitous Tony Stewart Photos:
The Future’s So Bright- He’s Gotta Wear Shades
They Call Him Smoke For A Reason
(that one is because while yes I was at the track and saw him win…I missed his burn out!!! (WHOT? How could that possibly happen?? I will explain soon…I am almost done with that post).
I just got back home to the central coast of California from my race weekend in Vegas. I have A LOT to share with you (I took hundreds of pictures spread between two cameras. I know I will like only about 5 of the pictures but I haven’t even had time to take my cameras out of the bag yet). I know Misty has some stuff to share too.
I wanted to get this out there first! One of the first things we did for the site was interview Tony Stewart before his Office Depot appearance on Thursday March 8th in Las Vegas. Now Misty and I had this interview planned for awhile, and we had been batting question ideas for Tony back and forth one day when Misty came up with the idea…why don’t we try videoing our interview. I LOVED the idea. I am always up for trying something new.
Fair warning- I hate the way my voice sounds…but doesn’t everyone? And yes I KNOW I SAID UM a lot – it’s been pointed out to me several times after the interview (like it even had to be…I am my own worse critic and noticed it right away). So…just ignore that. I mean he is a three time Sprint Cup Champion after all and I may have been a wee tiny bit nervous! So without further ado enjoy our video interview:
Special thanks to Misty for filming it with her steady hand!
Oh EFI how you disappoint this Stewart fan. Tony was within striking distance of the lead- and hanging out mostly right around 6th for most of the day. Only to get quite the surprise when he switched his car off to save gas as requested by his new crew chief Steve Addington.
However the car would not switch back on. It was sad to see him sink further and further behind the field as he tried to refire the car multiple times. Unfortunately he had to be pushed back to the pits to have assistance to get the car fired back up.
URG. He went from possibly in the hunt to 2 laps down in a flash. Unfortunately he finished 22nd, 2 laps down. He is now in 15th in the standings (but technically he is really in a four way tie for 12th with Brad Keselowski, Jeff Burton, and Paul Menard).
Notes on Phoenix:
- It didn’t take TIDE long to create a commercial based on their involvement in the cleanup efforts after the Daytona Jet Dryer Explosion did it:
My major thing is that it would flash across the screen and for a split second I would think MOLY! What just happened at PIR…but then I would realize…it’s that Tide commercial again. You have to admit that was rather quick that they were able to take the footage from the wreck at Daytona (remember that happened on Monday night!) and make it into a commercial!
-Am I the only one who misses the dog-leg portion of Phoenix Raceway? I also hate that the drivers seem to cut across the apron now…it honestly looks like they are cheating and if they wanted the drivers to drive on that part – they need to re paint the yellow line.
- I totally admit that I was REALLY hoping that Tony Stewart/Steve Addington would get a win before the Denny Hamlin/Darian Grubb pairing did. It’s because I am fiercely competitive when it comes to my driver…sigh.
Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
Next Race: Las Vegas Motor Speedway! I’ll Be THERE