September 11, 2015: during practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway . (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)
There isn’t as much rattling around my brain this week…but I still have a couple lug nuts pinging around the old pit stall that is my brain:
1. The Chase is on and SHR has two cars in championship contention (Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch). Of course I want SHR to win but it’s hard for me to pick between Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. I have been waffling back and forth between the two for whatever reason all week. One moment I am all GO HARVICK and the next I am all GO KURT. I am a Tony Stewart fan and since Tony Stewart is the STEWART in Stewart-Haas racing a championship for either driver would be great overall since Tony isn’t in the Chase this year. Of course I still want Tony Stewart to win all the chase races. I always want that- whether he is in the chase contending for the cup or casually racing around the block on a skateboard (no I have never seen or heard of Tony racing around the block on a skateboard- I am using that as a weird analogy) on his off time. I would love to see Tony go out there and win a race or three. There are still ten races before the end of the season. I say go and be that chase spoiler Tony! You can do it! So Go SHR in the chase but go Tony for the win! That said Busch or Harvick? Why? Help me get behind one of the two SHR Driver Nations.
2. While we are speaking about Stewart-Haas in the NASCAR Chase for the cup. Here is a great chase preview video put together by Mobil 1 The Grid on our Stewart-Haas drivers:
As Tony says at the very end of the video don’t forget to subscribe to the Mobil 1 The Grid Youtube channel for more exclusive motorsports videos for all the Mobil 1 sponsored teams including those revolving around SHR. The also have a pretty cool twitter feed you might want to follow. (more…)
Tony Qualified: 10th (despite Jeff Burton’s claims throughout the national broadcast that he qualified 8th)
Tony Finished: 29th, 4 laps down
Points: 511 (26th in points standings)
Sure we all wanted Tony Stewart to pull off the W in Richmond, probably no more than the man himself wanted to. However there were also 32 other drivers hoping to find that elusive glass slipper that Richmond offers and 11 drivers who were determined to start their Chase off with one more win- one more spot of advantage over their competitors to give them that slight edge on the seedings going into the Chase. What I am saying is this: chances were stacked against our driver from the drop of the green flag- despite a fairly stellar qualifying effort that landed him 10th in the initial starting grid. (more…)
May 1, 2015: Tony Stewart during cup practice at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega AL. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)
Yep- it’s that time for the stuff that has been rolling around in my brain bucket like loose lugnuts in a pitstall after a green flag pitstop:
1. In case you weren’t aware- it’s voting time for Most Popular Driver again! I know every dang year that Dale Jr wins..but it doesn’t stop me from casting my vote for Tony Stewart every day (you can vote once a day). Bookmark it and make it a part of your morning routine like I have.
2. There is a well-put together, touching piece by IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan published in the Player’s Tribune (yes Derek Jeter’s publication) called Why We Race. Any race fan should give it a read.
Tony in the garage area at Darlington, September 2015 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)
Tony Qualified: 17th
Tony Finished: 15th
Points: 466 (24th in points)
The whole theme of the Southern 500 was “throwback”- giving us little glimpses of history back when the Southern 500 was back on Labor Day, including some really great retro paint schemes. Even my Tony quotes leading into the race were about this historical significance of Darlington to motor sports. Well historically Darlington hasn’t been the kindest to Tony Stewart. He has never won in a cup car there. Well that repeated again on Sunday evening. (more…)
(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…)