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(For those who don’t have the time or the want to read the whole piece before bashing it or stating that I am rumor mongering– the moral of this particular story is this: I am a proud Tony Stewart fan who will not believe the rumor until I hear it from the man himself- and when he does give the word (which he hopefully won’t for a long long time)  I will cross that bridge when I come to it.– Amy)

(Aug. 17, 2015 – Source: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

I am not ready for a NASCAR without Tony Stewart as a driver. I have seen two glimpses of what that is like over the last two years (2013 and 2014) and it’s not for me. I have watched races with someone else piloting the 14 car when Tony shattered his leg in a sprint car accident in 2013 and when he misses races last season after the accident at Canandiagua last season.  The racing just isn’t the same for me when it’s not Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the 14. At least when he left the 20 car he was moving on to bigger and better things and while yes I know that he will still be the owner at SHR he won’t be on track and it just doesn’t have the same pull for me.  The idea of it being permanent- well it makes me feel like I felt when CART split into IRL and CART- there is still racing but…eh. And I suddenly feel how Misty feels when she thinks of NASCAR without Jeff Gordon.


Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 11, 2012 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

This week I am giving you two Tony quotes because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want (within reason):

First is about the throwback paint scheme that I love and please SOMEONE get a picture of Tony’s throwback firesuit for me…PRETTY PLEASE:

“I enjoy anything that’s retro or goes along with the history of the sport. The car we’re running is the original Tracker Boat paint scheme, which is pretty important to Bass Pro Shops’ history. And I’m just as excited about the uniform I get to wear because it’s old-school looking. That’s what’s making this weekend so cool is there are so many throwback paint schemes coming out. It makes a special race weekend even more special.”  – Tony Stewart, Team Release- Darlington Race

And here is quote about the historical significance of Darlington: (more…)

Here is what has been rolling around my brain like loose lugnuts in a pit stall during a green flag pit stop for the week: (more…)

(Special thanks to photographer Jan M. Foster for letting me use her pictures of Tony Stewart from the race at Bristol this past weekend!! Thanks Jan!– Amy)

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Zimbio/ Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 40th via champion’s provisional

Tony Finished:  19th

Points: 466 (26th in points)


April 18, 2015: Tony Stewart during final practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

“Bristol is one of those places where you’ve got to have everything kind of go your way. If you have one hiccup, it’s hard to recover from it. We’ve only won one race there and we’ve kind of been all over the board. It’s been feast or famine for us. It’s like if you have one problem in the first half of the race, it’s hard to recover from it. It makes for a very long day. We’ve had more long days than good days.” Tony Stewart, Bristol Night Race Team Advance 2015

An oldie but a goodie “Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture” from Bristol in March 2012:

Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page



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Here we are with the (almost) weekly list of things rolling around my brain like loose lugnuts in a pit stall after a green flag pit stop:

Tony Stewart, co-owener of Stewart-Haas Racing, speaks with the media after announcing a multiyear deal partnership between Danica Patrick and Nature’s Bakery during a press conference on August 18, 2015 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. 
(Photo Credit: Zimbio/ Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)


Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, drives through the garage area during practice for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Source: Zimbio/Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)

Tony Qualified: 5th

Tony Finished: 21st (one lap down)

Points: 441 (currently 26th place in the chase chase standings)

Quote of The Race: “You’re the dog.” — Chad Johnston, informing Tony he had made it into lucky dog position. For some reason just the way Chad said this struck me as funny during the race.


(Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Foundaton Facebook Page)

With the repave a couple years ago, it’s just lightning fast. And the groove is getting wider and wider so it’s easier to race there. It’s definitely just a fast, fast racetrack. We talk about momentum. Momentum is a huge deal there. You carry so much speed to the turns, and the corners are so long and so round, you have to be very smooth there.” Tony Stewart Michigan Race Advance

Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

(Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Foundation Facebook Page)

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