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(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

Started: 34th

Finished: 34th

Points: 94 points, 37th in the standings and 60 points from 30th position

Quote Of The Race:“$*^3! *(#^$! *$&$#!!!!!!” — me after Tony’s trackbar gave way.

Miles the monster got his fill of cars on Sunday didn’t he?  Unfortunately the Monster Mile was NOT  kind to Tony Stewart this weekend.  When I tuned into practice on my phone at work- just to check how things were going the first thing I see is that Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray all crashed during an incident on track.

(photo source: Zimbio.com/Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Then I was seeing the words I don’t like to see- that both Tony and Jamie hit walls with no SAFER barrier.  Really??  I do not understand why there are surfaces with no SAFER barrier around the track…I have been saying this a long time- but especially after Kyle Busch broke his leg in Daytona- all inside and outside walls no matter the probability of impact should have SAFER barriers. Anyway- Tony was okay but his car was not and he needed to go to a backup car. The crew was able to get the backup car out onto the track during that first practice but only long enough to make a couple laps. Then the rest of the day- including qualifying was washed away and Tony’s starting position was based on his practice speed which put him 34th in the starting grid.

Sunday started off well for Team 14. At the drop of the green Tony was on the move- and even passed two cars at one time as noted by Bob Jeffrey his spotter.  By the competition caution on lap 40 Tony had already worked his way into 21st position.  At the competition caution he was complaining that he was tight from the center third off and the team started making changes.  The team kept working and Tony kept driving hard and gaining positions.  A small incident of contact with Aric Almirola on lap 130 lead the team to worry that they might have tire damage since the lettering was rubbed off the tire and the national broadcast showed that during the contact- Tony’s car lifted slightly in the front when the contact was made. It left Aric Almirola with a significant tire rub. I wonder if this contact didn’t some how break or weaken the trackbar when the jolt of the contact was made and cause the issue that Tony would suffer later in the race (and yes I know the part that broke was in the rear of the car).  Despite the crew chief and spotter concerns- the tire held until the next round of pit stops. (more…)

Since I usually just pull a quote out of the race release for the week I thought I would share this video of Tony talking about Dover instead courtesy of his Facebook page:

Enjoy!

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More Quotable Tony Stewart Entries.

The practice hokey pokey is what Misty calls this. (photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Well looks like the lugnuts are pinging around that pitbox I call a brain again:

1. Did you hear? BadGroove is having a contest and you can enter to win some Tony Stewart swag. Pay special attention to the part about how you can earn a bonus entry on Saturday.

2. So it sounds like the new lugnut rule is in action- Crew Chief of the #18 Adam Stevens and the front tire changer Josh Leslie have been suspended through May 18th for a lugnut violation. Additionally Stevens has been fined $20,000.  This according to a tweet from Dustin Long.  I hate to say it but it’s been pretty obvious that the teams can’t police themselves when it comes to lugnuts so I expect to see more of these fines in the future. It’s a safety issue. You wouldn’t drive your passenger car down the freeway at 65 MPH (or higher- come on you know you don’t go the speed limit) missing lugnuts, explain to me why it’s safe for a stock car going 150 plus MPH (depending on the track) to do that on a race track? It’s common sense.

3.It was great to see the 14 lead a few (ok 12) laps on Saturday.  I hope to see that Code 3 Associates Chevy in victory lane this weekend. I can’t be the only one right? Speaking of Code 3 Associates did you know that they in conjunction with Adam’s Flea and Tick Pest control are offering you a sweepstakes where you can win a VIP race experience including the chance to meet Tony Stewart? Enter today! (more…)

(Photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Started: 16th

Finished: 12th

Points: 87 points, 37th in the standings and 59 points from 30th position

Quote Of The Race: “You still mad at me bud?” — Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz after the conclusion of the race- addressing driver Tony Stewart’s radio silence during the later half of the race. (By the way- for those curious- Tony’s response was that he wasn’t mad at his crew chief but frustrated at the situation with the vibration/slowdown of the car during the later half of the race).

If I could give a random name to the race run by Tony Stewart and crew this past Saturday at Kansas I would call it “The Lemonade Race.”  No I wasn’t drinking lemonade on Saturday night.  I call it that because the race was a good example of taking the lemons dealt to you and turning them into lemonade.  (more…)

(photo source: Zimbio.com/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Started: 14th

Finished: 6th

Points: 57, 71 points from 30th (38th in the standings)

Quote of the race: “I don’t know how in the world I missed getting in that.” — Ty Dillon on the team radio after narrowly escaping a 21 car accident with 28 laps to go.

Racing at Talladega always makes me antsy. I am not a big fan of wrecks- especially the kind where cars can go flying every which way. I remember one Talladega…was it 2009? 2010? Some where around there were Ryan Newman ended up upside down in the grass. That was terrible. Knowing my driver is out there driving with a fairly significant back injury that is healing? That is crazy making for me.  So when I read that the plan was to have Tony start the race and then get out during the first caution so that Ty Dillon could take over the reigns? That made me much happier and at ease with the idea of Tony being out there in that car at that track. A track infamous for the “big one.” (more…)

I figured since Tony is back- it’s time to bring back the Quotable Tony Stewart! This week I picked a quote from the team release about communication with Mike Bugarewicz his new crew chief for the 2016 season.

(Photo Source: Zimbio.com/ Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)

“I’ve been to seven of the eight races that I’ve missed. Being on the radio with him and being on the pit box and communicating with him, it really shortened that learning curve up. I don’t think we really missed anything. I feel like we got off to a really good start together. I don’t think there is a communication gap that we have to worry about.”  – Tony Stewart, Talladega Team Release (more…)

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Are you all ready for Talladega? I admit I always fret about Talladega even more than I do about races at Daytona. So this is what has been rolling around in my head like lugnuts during a green flag pitstop:

1. Just a reminder first- Tony will only be taking a few laps at Talladega and then use replacement driver Ty Dillon. The risk of aggravating his back injury in those crazy crashes is just too great. As much as I love seeing Tony back in the car I can’t even express how much of relief that is to me as I have made no secret about how I feel about Talladega and the danger it presents to drivers. It seems this whole relief driver points going to Tony Stewart thing is causing quite a stir – I guess that just shows it’s been a really really long time since a driver has utilized a relief driver in a race.  NASCAR isn’t changing any rule by allowing Tony Stewart to retain the points from his relief driver Ty Dillon. It has been this way since well before the current chase format.  It’s the whole point of a relief driver- that the driver who is sick or injured “tap out” of the race so as to not be a danger to himself or other while another driver takes over.  The whole point of Tony even starting Talladega I would assume is for the points- or else they would likely just have him sit out because that track is dangerous and the likelihood of being caught up in an accident is great- and Tony is still healing from his sand rail accident.

2. This isn’t NASCAR or even racing related. This is human being related and needs to be watched: (more…)

(Photo Source: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Started: 18th

Finished: 19th

Points: 22, 101 points from 30th

Quote of the race: “Line them up and I’ll run 800 laps right now and not have a problem. There will be a bunch of these guys falling out of the seat if they had to run 800 more laps, but I will not be one of them.” — Tony on the radio after the race, when asked by his crew chief how he was feeling. LOVE IT!

(Photo Source: Mobil 1 facebook)

I have had the chorus from the Welcome Back Kotter theme song stuck in my head since Thursday morning when Tony made the announcement that he would be piloting the #14 Mobil 1 Chevy  for the first time this season.  That of course later turned to Bill Engvall’s “Here’s Your Sign” routine- except I was stating in my head it was “here’s your fine.” But I already wrote all about the fine and my views on the subject haven’t changed so you can read that in the Welcome Back Tony, Here’s Your Fine post I made. That is all I will say about that whole debacle in this post. Anyway- what better track for Tony to make his “comeback” race at than Richmond. It’s his favorite track after all.

So on Friday I was quite distracted on Friday at work trying to pay attention to practice and qualifying (that was rained out) because I wanted to know how Tony’s first day back in his office was going. Apparently his biggest issue was that he wasn’t use to the new digital dash board they are running in the cars now which I found out via video embedded in a tweet, yet he was obviously still in good humor about it. So it wasn’t that big of an issue. Later on Sunday during the national broadcast they actually talked about what kind of adjustments they can make to the digital dash because how and what the driver sees is customizable and they have to also take into account where the driver sits, and what kind of steering wheel he uses. I found that all fascinating. So the qualifying on Friday had been rained out as I mentioned which meant that cars would be lined up on the grid according to practice speeds- putting Tony 18th on Sunday. There were changes to the Saturday schedule because of the weather issues and that meant the sprint cup teams ended up with one practice on Saturday. (more…)