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The 14 in the tech inspection tent at Sonoma 2014. (Photo Credit: Amy K Marbach)

“Sonoma is one of those tracks where you just don’t get a break. There’s really nowhere in the lap where you get a chance to relax and catch your breath. It’s a very busy lap around Sonoma.” — Tony Stewart

It maybe an off weekend- but Tony Stewart shares about his father and racing go-kart:

Tony Stewart, his father Nelson Stewart, and Jeff Gordon talk during practice for the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas 2015. Extra brownie points if you remember WHY I like this picture so much!! (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook/ Rusty Jarrett)

 

Father’s Day weekend actually falls on the off-week this year. Do you have any particular racing memories of you and your dad?

“Probably the first 10 years of my life in racing, we raced together with our go-karts. I would say probably our greatest memory is the first Grand Nationals that we went to in Iowa together. We won out there, and I think it was about 4 o’clock in the morning when we finally finished. I was 12 years old, so it was way past my bedtime, but it was the first time I had seen that much excitement in my father’s face. I guess he realized more at the time what we had accomplished than what I realized had happened.” — Tony Stewart, Michigan Press Release

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Today Tony Stewart tells us how he got into fishing and why Bass Pro Shops is more than just a logo on the car kind of sponsor:

June 6, 2015: Tony Stewart at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond PA. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP/Harold Hinson)

“I spend more time fishing than I do the hunting. I had only been fishing a few times until I had a roommate that really turned me on to trout fishing. Now it’s literally something I do whenever I have the chance. We have a pretty big pond back in Indiana that we keep stocked, and while we mostly put back what we catch, we do have to keep some. We have to do that in order to maintain the conservation aspects to manage the population. But it’s something I enjoy and it’s an example of how the Bass Pro Shops sponsorship is more than just logos on the car for us. We – and by that I mean a lot of the people at Stewart-Haas Racing – are their customers.” — Tony Stewart, Michigan Race Release

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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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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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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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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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I am only a little bummed that one of the questions in this week’s press release wasn’t “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” But then again I would want to see Tony’s face when he was asked that.

Tony at Kansas in 2014. (Photo Source: Tony Stewart facebook)

“When somebody starts running you down, it’s easy to over-drive your car trying to maintain a gap, and you end up making it worse on yourself. So even though I saw Jeff getting bigger in the mirror, I didn’t want to burn the tires off in case we got a caution and we got a green-white-checkered (finish), so we just ran hard enough to not abuse the tires. It’s like he could get so close and then he couldn’t get any closer. When he got up there, he got tight and he had to run pretty hard to get by Greg Biffle, and then to run us down. By then, he pretty much got the good of his tires and we got the luxury to kind of, on that restart, run our own pace and take care of it and make sure we made it last the whole way.” — Tony Stewart, Kansas Race Advance Release

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