Jimmie Johnson wins the Sprint All-Star race.....again
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 19, 2013
Five-time is now four-time when it comes to the Sprint All-Star race. Coming into Saturday night’s race, Johnson was tied with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt for most wins in the annual event with three wins. Johnson bided his time, restarted the last segment in the second spot, dueled Kasey Kahne for two laps to secure the lead and pulled away to a convincing win. Joey Logano started the last segment in the seventh position, took advantage of a slip up by Kyle Busch on the start of the final segment, and ultimately came home in the runner-up spot. Kyle Busch rebounded from his slip up to muscle his way back to third. Kahne started the final segment on the pole but couldn’t hold off Johnson on the first few laps of the restart and ended up fourth. Kurt Busch won two segments, was the first on pit road for the money pit stop, but finished the event in fifth place.
Jimmie Johnson summed up his results in two words, “we’re lucky”. It was tongue in cheek but Johnson was poking fun at the people who continue to accuse the No. 48 of preferential treatment, fixed races, and a blind eye to cheating. Johnson has one of the highest winning percentages in NASCAR history and it comes from natural talent and chemistry with his crew. This race also now ties Johnson with Davey Allison as the only two drivers to win the race in back-to-back years.
Logano and Busch visited with the media after the race to speak about their runs. Logano was understandably upbeat about his second while Busch was quite dejected, having another All-Star race slip out of his grasp. Kahne spoke about the elephant in the room that is the length of the segments in the race during his post race availability on pit road. He noted that the inherent problem with the format is that the car is designed with downforce, on a track that is cool and has a bunch of grip. The only way to make the races exciting after the first couple of laps of racing would be to extend the segments to the
The first 20 lap segment was won by Kurt Busch. Segment two went to his brother Kyle. That segment win allowed Bruton Smith to breathe more easily since he put up a $1,000,000 bonus to anyone who won all four of the segments. Segment three also went to the younger Busch, while the fourth segment win was tallied in brother Kurt’ s account.
Kyle Busch wins the North Carolina Education Lottery 200
posted by Mike Neff
Friday May 17, 2013
‘Rowdy’ Busch was back in his familiar No. 51 truck at his favorite track on the Truck schedule. Busch led 80 laps and thought he should have led more but had a fuel issue on pit road that resulted in him having to battle back through the field. The race was slowed by eight cautions that helped him work his way back through the field. Busch beat Brendan Gaughan to the finish by .488 seconds, while Max Gresham chased them both to the line for his first top three finish of his Truck career. Matt Crafton came home in fourth place after having to battle through a couple of tire mishaps during the event. Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5 for his first finish that high this season.
Busch led the race three times for his 80 laps. Miguel Paludo was second on the laps led board with 33. Gaughan, Gresham and Dillon also scored bonus points for leading laps. There were two cautions in the first 72 laps of the race while 29 of the last 62 laps were completed under the yellow flag.
Jeb Burton started the race on the pole but did not lead a lap. He did however end the race as the Rookie of the Race for his 13th place finish. Matt Crafton leads Burton by 22 points in the season standings after five races this season.
Matt Kenseth Snatches Victory from the Jaws of Defeat at Darlington
posted by Mike Neff
Sunday May 12, 2013
Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for another weekend sweep after winning the Nationwide race at Darlington on Friday night. However, a funny thing happened as they were bringing out the dustpan. Matt Kenseth chased down the dominant car of the night, passed him with relative ease and then strolled away to a 3.165 second victory. Kenseth led the final 13 laps after Busch had held the point for 265 of the 354 laps leading up to Kenseth’s race winning pass. After Kenseth worked around Busch, the No. 18 slid rapidly backwards over the final eight laps to fall from second to sixth place.
Joe Gibbs Racing did manage a 1-2 finish after sweeping the podium in Friday night’s Nationwide tilt. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race back in the car since his vertebrae fracture at California, soldiered through the pain of his arms, neck and shoulders more than his recovered back to wrestle a second place finish away from the Lady in Black. Coming home in third was Jeff Gordon, who turned his 700th career start into a top 3 finish. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5 in the Bojangles Southern 500.
Kurt Busch started the race on the pole and led the first 51 laps before coming to the pits for a green flag stop. After the stops cycled through Busch was back at the point for 18 more laps before his brother began his domination. The race went green for the first 302 laps save a seven lap caution stint from lap 125 to lap 131. The final 65 laps saw four more cautions that flew for accidents involving Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, Josh Wise, David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne.
The race saw four leaders including Jeff Gordon in addition to the Busch brothers and Kenseth. The win is Kenseth’s 27th of his career and breaks a tie between himself and his teammate Kyle Busch. The win is Kenseth’s third this season which is the most among all of the competitors in the Cup series. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the Rookie of the Race. Jeff Gordon’s top 5 finish was his 300th of his career. He joins Richard Petty, David Pearson and Bobby Allison as the only four drivers in the history of the sport to accomplish such a feat.
Busch Dominates at Darlington as JGR Sets Nationwide Series Record
posted by Amy Henderson
Friday May 10, 2013
Kyle Busch dominated the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night en route to his 56th career Nationwide Series victory and fifth series win of 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing in general was the class of the field all night at Darlington Raceway, claiming four of the top 5 finishing spots, with only fourth-place Joey Logano keeping them from sweeping the top four spots. It was a historic night for JGR, as no team has ever before placed four cars in the top 5. Elliott Sadler finished second to Busch and Brian Vickers third, with Logano and Matt Kenseth rounding out the top 5.
Busch led 107 of 147 laps on the way to the win. Sadler was the best among the Nationwide Regulars, finishing second despite an early spin in Turn 2, and gained points on leader Regan Smith, who finished seventh. Kyle Larson continued to impress at the Lady in Black, posting a sixth-place finish in his first Darlington start as he runs for rookie honors. Sam Hornish, Jr., who remained second in points, finished eighth while Kasey Kahne and Justin Allgaier filled the top 10.
Smith now leads Nationwide Series points by 28 over Hornish. Sadler jumps two spots to third on his second-place run as Justin Allgaier fell one place to fourth. Vickers gained three sports and is now fifth, 49 behind Smith. Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, and Kyle Larson round out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs Racing Penalties Reduced Following Appeal
posted by Summer Bedgood
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing had many of their penalties for the No. 20 team reduced during the appeal process on Wednesday.
Driver Matt Kenseth and owner Joe Gibbs had their points penalties reduced from 50 to 12 points.
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension has also been dropped from seven races to one, though he will still be forced to pay the $200,000 fine.
Not all of the penalties were reduced, however. Toyota Racing’s manufacturer points penalty was increased from five points to seven.
All other penalties were dropped, including the suspension of Joe Gibbs’ owners license, the loss of bonus points for the Chase earned at Kansas Speedway, and the loss of eligibility into the Sprint Unlimited garnered from the pole at Kansas Speedway.
JGR has accepted the penalties and will not appeal further.
Following a dominant win at Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago, Kenseth’s car failed post-race inspection when it was found that a connecting rod was 2.7 grams below the minimum weight. Toyota Racing Development accepted the blame for the incident.
The reduction moves Kenseth up to fourth in points, 66 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.
JGR has not announced who will replace Ratcliff this weekend in Darlington.
The appeal was heard by Mark Arute, Dennis McGlynn, and Jack Housby.
NASCAR cannot appeal the revised penalties.
Penske Has Suspensions Reduced On Appeal
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Roger Penske’s team got some relief Tuesday from NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook, as he chose to reduce penalties assessed to that organization at Texas Motor Speedway in early April. Middlebrook, after hearing the evidence from both sides Tuesday chose to reduce all suspensions in the case from six to two weeks, plus NASCAR’s All-Star Race on May 18th. That means the final consequences for both teams are the following:
No. 2 car
No. 22 car
Middlebrook’s official statement was short, simply stating, “After looking at all the facts, data, and interpretations from the rule book, I have decided to uphold the original fines and points penalties. However, I have decided to reduce the suspensions of the seven team members involved from six points races and the All-Star race to two points races and the All-Star Race.” However, it seemed both sides, after presenting their cases were far more pleased with how the case was handled during this portion of the appeal.
“We were able to talk about areas we worked in,” said Roger Penske, referring to the “gray area” of the NASCAR rulebook officials ultimately felt stepped over the line. “I’m very happy with the outcome. This sport has been built on innovation. All of us have tried to innovate in areas not defined in the rulebook. We were in that area.”
In conversations with the parties involved, it was clear the controversy surrounded parts designed to increase the rear-end angle at the back of both cars. In past years, with innovation limited through the Car of Tomorrow templates teams have played around with suspension systems designed to make the rear end of the car easier to “move.” The more the car skews in the corner, the easier it can be to handle and gain extra speed.
However, NASCAR had made rules designed to curb those types of innovations this year and made the determination Penske parts to build the rear suspension were unapproved. Why they had gone undetected in previous inspections was never addressed, along with claims someone else in the garage had alerted officials to possible inappropriate car construction. One thing Penske did admit, though is had this decision been issued by the initial appeals panel, he would not have pressed his luck with Middlebrook.
“All of us,” he said. “Have lost points for certain infractions over the years. The key thing is to have people back at the racetrack operating in full control.”
The end results leave Logano 18th in points, 146 behind championship leader Jimmie Johnson and 43 outside a Chase position. Keselowski is far more stable; fifth in points, he’s 69 behind and 45 ahead of 11th-place Matt Kenseth. Neither of the Penske cars have won a race this season.
“Moved on from last few weeks,” Keselowski tweeted Wednesday morning. “And ready to focus on @TooToughToTame (Darlington Raceway).”
The next round of NASCAR penalty appeals, focusing on Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth will be heard on Wednesday morning.
Connect with Tom!
Penske Racing LOSES Penalty Case, Will Appeal To NSCRC John Middlebrook
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday May 1, 2013
A three-member panel Wednesday unanimously upheld penalties assessed to Penske Racing after pre-race inspection at Texas Motor Speedway. Comprised of Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky, Bowman-Gray President Dale Pinilis and former NASCAR VP Paul Brooks, the trio determined the sanctioning body’s evidence was enough to “convict” Penske to the tune of points lost, suspensions given and $200,000 in fines.
Roger Penske, in response has pledged to send a final appeal to National Stock Car Racing Commissioner John Middlebrook. That hearing will occur Tuesday, May 7th at NASCAR’s Research and Development Center. Here’s a quick list of what penalties are pending (everything but the points deductions will be deferred, pending Middlebrook’s approval until after the final appeal):
No. 2 team
No. 22 team
NASCAR’s representation included Sprint Cup Director John Darby but not Vice President Robin Pemberton, who was whisked away to Florida on jury duty. Owner Roger Penske was in attendance to defend the allegations along with Team Manager Travis Geisler, Tim Cindric, Walt Czarnecki, Joey Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon along with several other key principles.
UPDATE: The National Stock Car Racing Commission issued a brief statement, reviewing the penalties and then explaining the following.
“Upon hearing the testimony and carefully reviewing the facts, it was a unanimous decision by the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR.”
“The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the rule book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Chief Appellate Officer.”
Connect with Tom!
Kyle Busch Wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
posted by Thomas Bowles
Friday April 26, 2013
Who says Joe Gibbs Racing teammates don’t get along? Kyle Busch is certainly receiving gifts, from Denny Hamlin in the form of shiny trophies from winning the latter’s annual charity event. Rowdy was romping through the field again at Richmond Thursday night, taking control at the race’s midpoint and cruising during the latter stages to win the Showdown for the third time in the past six years. In a race that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation, created to help those with cystic fibrosis Busch had his late model hitting on all cyilnders down the stretch. Pulling away from fellow Cup driver David Ragan, in the final segment of the 75-lap race the outcome was simply never in doubt following a 5-minute break for pit stops prior to Lap 47. Ben Rhodes, Ronnie Bassett, Jr., and Garrett Campbell rounded out the top-5 finishers.
Other Cup drivers, including defending race champion Tony Stewart were in the field but never a factor up front. Smoke, actually extending his slumping start to 2013 into this race got wrecked before the halfway point and wound up 28th. Matt Kenseth, still distraught after a midweek penalty virtually negated his win at Kansas was never truly competitive, either; he finished 22nd.
Also on Thursday night, African-American driver Ryan Gifford won the first K&N Pro Series East race of his young career. Surviving a five-lap shootout, following a red flag he cruised home over Brandon Gdovic.
Connect with Tom!
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Penalized As Engine Fails Kansas Post-Race Inspection
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Until the end of time, Matt Kenseth can say he crossed the finish line first at Kansas Sunday. NASCAR Record Books will say the same. But after a harsh series of penalties announced on Wednesday, should they stand that’s about the only thing Kenseth can hang his hat on after a successful weekend turned sour.
According to multiple reports, officials at the NASCAR R & D Center in North Carolina discovered a connecting rod on Kenseth’s engine, brought in for Kansas post-race inspection weighed three grams less than the minimum weight of 525g. The consequences, announced today are crippling for both driver and team. Kenseth, along with car owner Joe Gibbs have been docked 50 driver and owner points, actually reducing their overall totals heading into Kansas even though the No. 20 car won the race. That lost chunk of points drops Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings. More importantly, the win “won’t count” for either bonus points in the Chase or determine postseason eligibility; that means the driver, now in “Wild Card” position is considered to have one win so far this season instead of two.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on these consequences. Crew chief Jason Radcliffe, fined $200,000 based on the infraction has also been suspended for the next six Sprint Cup points events, along with the All-Star Race. Toyota, whose TRD engine department ultimately supplies the JGR powerplants has had five points deducted from its total in the manufacturer’s championship. And finally, Joe Gibbs himself, already docked 50 owner points has had his license suspended by NASCAR, which means he’s ineligible to accrue owner points for the No. 20 until the next six Sprint Cup Series points races are completed.
Gibbs, NASCAR has clarified will still be able to travel to the racetrack despite a suspended license. In a tersely worded statement, the owner says he’ll appeal the ruling, which violated three parts of the series rulebook. The one most pertinent is Section 20-5.5.3(E) which states only magnetic steel connecting rods, with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted. Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4J, which gives officials the right to penalize for parts they claim do not conform to NASCAR rules were also cited in the sport’s official release.
Toyota Racing Development’s Lee White, in a statement released early this afternoon took responsibility for the violation.
During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway,” he stated, “One of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
Kenseth, who has led 482 laps this season, two higher than his total last year has been one of the strongest competitiors on the Sprint Cup track in 2013. His engines have also passed several previous inspections.
Johnny Sauter Penalized For Fuel Cell Infraction At Kansas
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Thorsport Racing, along with former Truck Series point leader Johnny Sauter are reeling this Wednesday after a major penalty involving their No. 98 Toyota. On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the team was fined $10,000, crew chief Joel Shear has been suspended for four races and 25 owner points were taken away as a result of a faulty fuel cell, confiscated during pre-race inspection at Kansas. Driver Sauter was also hit was a loss of 25 points, completely reshaping the championship Chase heading into the next race of the season at Charlotte May 17th.
According to NASCAR officials, the team violated multiple sections of the rulebook. The key ones involve Section 20B-16 and 20B-16.1B, regarding the proper size and functioning of fuel cells. “Once a fuel cell or fuel cell components have been certified,” the rules say, “Modifications of any kind will not be permitted.” The 16.1B portion refers to black safety foam, with a minimum height of eight inches that must be used as a safety mechanism when putting together the fuel cell itself. By violating that rule, NASCAR is insinuating the team modified or enhanced the cell in some way by cutting back / replacing that foam.
Section 12-1, actions detrimental to stock car racing was also listed as a rules violation along with 12-4K, which gives NASCAR Officials the leeway to penalize teams when they feel previously legal equipment was modified, in any manner after being initially inspected.
Thorsport, as of yet has not said whether they plan to appeal. The penalties mean Matt Crafton becomes the new Truck Series point leader, by 13 over Jeb Burton while Sauter gets pushed back into a tie for second place.
Find tons of cheap tickets to 2012 speedway races like Talladega NASCAR schedule, Brickyard 400 at Indy Motor Speedway, Coca Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway tickets plus the full 2012 Monster Jam schedule
Check in with Matt and Jay on their site at CareyandCoffey.com.
|Subscribe to The Frontstretch Newsletter|
Voices From the Heartland · Jeff Meyer · Wednesday July 19, 2006
Say what you want about Tony Stewart, but one thing will never change; he sure keeps you guessing. Guessing which Stewart will show up at any given race, that is.
At Daytona, some will say we saw “Tony the Temper.” After a lengthy dissertation to the media about how rough driving was going to kill someone, Tony proceeded to wheel his car like he was auditioning for an episode of “Cops.” “Tony the Hypocrite” was probably more fitting after that debacle.
At last Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 300, though, we saw perhaps the most glaring example of what can only be called “Stewart the Stupid.”
In case you fell asleep during one of TNT's gazillion commercials and missed it, the story goes something like this; on lap 91, Stewart was leading the race. Ryan Newman, who was 2 laps down after making a pit stop under green, found himself coming on hard and fast behind the 20 car on four fresh skins. Enter “Stewart the Stupid.” Instead of letting Newman go by on the inside, as you would expect any smart thinking, two-time champion who is currently sitting in 7th place in points to do, “Stewart the Stupid” shows up, and is suddenly appalled that the No. 12 would even THINK of passing him!
That's right! Tony decides that this guy Newman, who was, may I remind you, 2 laps down at that moment and sitting in 18th place in the Chase standings, must not pass him at all costs! You see, Newman is a selfish, mean spirited man and all he does is take, take, take! Never mind the fact that Newman will still be 1 lap down if Tony lets him by, AND is in no position to be a threat to even get into the “Chase!”
Now before all you Tony fans come materializing out of the cornfield with torches lit and show up on my doorstep, let me say that, personally, I think Tony is a great driver. He has overcome a lot of shortcomings in the past to mature into a hard driving, two-time NASCAR Champion. However, you must admit that that maturity blew right out the window net last Sunday. If Stewart's exchange with Newman had somehow not led to Stewart hitting the wall, NASCAR surely would have called a debris caution just to check the track for Tony's brains.
I don't care if Stewart doesn't like the way he thinks Newman and a few others drive their race cars. Sunday's stupendous stupidity may cost him dearly. As good as a wheelman he is, the competition to get in the Chase is way too close for anyone to risk making bonehead mistakes like that.
After Sunday’s incident, Stewart now finds himself on the outside of the Top 10 looking in, and no matter what he said after the race, he has NO ONE to blame but his alter ego!
Stay off the wall, and don't pull a Tony! (or try and pass one either!)
NEW YEAR? NEW NEWSLETTER. LOOKING FOR THE INFO YOU NEED ABOUT NASCAR IN 2013 – SENT RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL INBOX?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. The Frontstretch Newsletter gives you more of the daily news, commentary, and racing features from your favorite writers you know and love. Don’t waste another minute – click here to sign up and get all the information you need. We’re here to make sure you stay informed … so make sure you jump on for the ride!
©2000 - 2008 Jeff Meyer and Frontstetch.com. Thanks for visiting the Frontstretch!
Newman had the option to let up, NOT run up into Tony….Tony held his line. Sure this pinched Newman down so that he couldn’t get the proper angle into the corner, but he should have realized that, and let up a bit until they got through the corner….
This shows your ignorance and utter dislike for Tony. Newman is a bone head mule without any personality. All he knows is how to qualify….oh my mistake he has as many poles as Jeff Burton this year. He races every lap like it is the last lap with no regard for anyone. He had the inside line and should have enough talent to judge how deep he should go into the corner. He went too hard and slid into Tony. I admit that Tony could have played safe and let him by but Newman expects a break from everyone else but never gives anyone a break.
Tony will make the chase and would be a strong contender for the championship. He is running strong and if not for bad luck he would have had couple of more wins and handful more Top 5s. Remember he is only 11 points out of Top 10 and that can be easily overcome.
I love how when people diss Tony they always bust out “Don’t get me wrong… Tony’s a great driver”. Psh, write something worth reading.
Tony The Phony is one hell of a race car driver. But his temper is going to cost him in the long run. If he doesn’t hurt someone first.
Tony’s picture should be in the dictionary next to Road Rage
I watched the event in question unfold and I have to agree that if I saw a guy two laps down catch me as quick as Newman caught Stewart, especially knowing I had a pitstop of my own coming, I think the wise move would have been to let him go.
Tony is an amazing talent but he seems to think that he never makes a mistake and is hypercritical of anyone else he wrecks. He shares this annoying flaw with Kevin Harvick.
I’m not saying that Newman is blameless in this situation because I really believe one does not go out and wreck the race leader trying get a lap back, it does tend to make you look like a bit of a clueless idiot, but if your the race leader with 200 or so laps left in a 300 lap race and your car is the class of the field I think it’s up to you protect your stuff and be there at the end.
Tony’s decision to race hard with an obviously much faster Newman into turn 3 had a great deal to do with ending his day. All in all not a brilliant move.
did you WATCH the race or are you writing from the lame AP report? THE tape CLEARLY shows NEWMAN turning right into Tony I replayed it 20 + times to make sure… now who is STUPID??? Tony as the race leader had every right to race Newman, Newman as the 2 lap down car is the one who had not only the duty to try and hold his position but to race the leader cleanly which he did not do. So yeah you are gonna get banged around for the comments…if you are gonna call someone stupid make sure its legit and you have ALL of the facts… review the replays of the incident…. NEWMAN’S wheels CLEARLY turned into Tony… One thing people should know about Tony if they have any NASCAR expierience at all is that he is ALWAYS HONEST and tells it like it is…if he screws up he says so… remember the spin in the middle of the race( I forget now which) he said simply the driver( himself) ran out of talent… SO before you go bashin on Tony I suggest you come to the fight equipped and prepared otherwise your gonna lose…..
It is not necessary or professional to call people stupid. Wrecks happen, that is part of racing. Fault finding is wasted time.
This was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen you write Meyers, and considerng your lame attempts at humor in your top 10’s that’s certainly saying something.
If you would like to point fingers and call someone stupid, look at Newman for Pete’s sake. He WRECKED the leader of the race as a lap car. Not just a lap car, who would have been on the lead lap fighting the leader so hard, but a car that STILL would have been a lap dog, nor would he have put himself in “luck dog” contention. But the leader is the dummy, what the heck kind of alternate universe did you spawn from exactly? Yes he was faster on new tires, but he couldn’t find it in his “smart” self to pass the leader cleanly. He didn’t even TRY not to hit the leader.
So instead of calling Newman out for his consistent rough driving, you call out the leader and call him names. Perhaps if you got a little more oxygen to that brain of yours by occasionally pulling your head out of… well you know. I suppose the entire field should just pull over and let Newman by when he’s fast because if he wrecks them, it makes them a stupid.
Funny I thought it was called racing, I guess all these years I’ve been watching I labored under the delusion that the whole idea was to try to win.
I loved reading Tony’s fans say that, Tony races hard every lap. Well that is what caused the wreck. You have to know when to race and when to give an inch. Tony only gives to drivers he likes, otherwise he is “GET OUTTA MY WAY Tony” and he doesn’t like Newman!
I was unaware that Tony “doesn’t like Newman”. I see you are now a close personal friend of his and you know who he does or doesn’t like?
Thank you soooooooo much for blessing us with your inside knowledge, we all feel so much more enlightened.
Sometimes “Smoke” thinks he is Dale Sr. I can not remember the “3” letting anyone pass.
Maybe we should forget this damn Championship thing and just have each race stand alone. These are race car drivers and they want to win. It’s who they are. Expecting them to back down in a side by side battle, whether they’re two laps down and shouldn’t bother the leader, or whether they’re the leader and shouldn’t risk a wreck…well it’s just asinine. Race the damn cars!
Stwartizmyman summed it up perfectly.
Even the announcers on TNT said it – if you can’t hold your line, you don’t belong on the bottom. Any idiot could see Newman couldn’t hold his line, therefore, he didn’t belong there! Just another excuse to bash Stewart.
stewartizmyman, you’ve obviously never heard the term “Turn into a skid”. You do realize when the back end steps out, that’s called a skid, right? If you keep turning the wheel that direction (in this case, left), you make the skid worse and back into the fence. If you turn into the skid, in this case that would be right (which was in Stewarts direction), you have a chance of saving the car.
And for the record, I think they BOTH should have backed off. Louden isn’t known for alot of safe passing zones, and keeping your car intact from everyone is the first step to winning any race.
Tony is one of the biggest babys in nascar. He seems to allways have an issue with someone. He is always right and never wrong. Wait that sounds alot like another driver I know. (HARVICK)
Rubbing is racing, on that I stand firm. Everyone has the right to race as if it was the last lap. HOWEVER, racing smarter is sometimes better than racing harder. Explain to me how pushing the issue and ending up in the wall, finishing 37th and dropping 4 spots in the chase was the SMART thing to do.
As some of you seemed to have missed in the article, I DO like Tony Stewart, but even when someone I like even more than Tony, my wife for example, does something stupid, I call a spade a spade and let her know about it! (Of course that’s not widely considered a SMART move either…...!)
AND finally…last I looked, that ‘Write for Us’ link is still up there on the left hand side of the page! I urge you to click on it and put me out of a job!
John….Tony is not the God of clean passes either. I recall at Dover when rather than trying to pass the slower car of Jeff Gordon Tony decided to dump him. At least Newman was attempting to make a pass. What goes around comes around.
Tony never takes responsibility when another car is involved. The only time you hear him accept responsibility is when his car is the only one involved. Stewart could have backed out just as easily as Newman could have. As fast as Newman is coming you think he is just supposed to let off because the almighty Tony is up ahead? His spotter told him the #12 was coming fast. He’s been driving long enough to know what to expect. Instead, his hot head started to boil I’m sure when he heard it was Newman coming behind him. Those hot headed folks usually got what they deserve some way or another.
Whoops, the first part was a response to Tubgirl, not John.
You get paid for writing this crap???
Yeah! I get a quarter for each hit the story gets! Life is sweet!
Dude….and to the rest of you Tony haters out there…SUCK IT UP, QUIT YOUR WHIMPERING WHINE. Here is the bottom Line. Newman was two laps down and Stewart was the leader. Yes, Stewart could have just let him go, but Newman could not even keep his car in his line. It was a bonehead move and he should know better. I, as well as every NASCAR and Tony fan, are SICK AND TIRED of hearing how Stewart is a jerk. We are not going to stop liking him because you keep saying it. Face the facts folks…Stewart IS the best driver out there. Just listen to the rest of the guys that drive with him. John, one question for you. Did you say the samething about Dale Sr.? Of course you didn’t. Wake up dude!
“We’re racing everybody the way they race us, and most of the guys get it,” Stewart said. “There’s a couple of them that don’t.”
Here comes a guy (Newman) 18th in the standings, and you (Tony)already think that he is a ‘taker’and know he wont give an inch. You are 7th in points, leading the race with a dominant car. You want to race him like he races you? Not thinking of the big picture at all!
Because a couple of guys “don’t get it”, if you’re “racing everybody (them) like they race us (you)” then obviously YOU ain’t “getting it” either. Kind of the “if you can’t beat em, join em” mentality.
Fortunately it seems to afflict Tony only briefly and occasionally. He should be ok to get in the top ten if he doesn’t have a re-lapse.
And before you all start freaking out about the “quarter a hit”, I was JOKING!
I agree with the first few paragraphs here. Stewart is an idiot. “Preach one thing do another.” Defines his whole career. However, I do slightly disagree with Stewart backing off. He is the leader of the race. Newman needs to be more careful being 2 laps down. He did have a faster car so why didn’t he have patience and position himself to easily make the pass? Wow I’m kind of having Gordon-Kenseth flash backs. A way faster car gets into the back of a slower car that he could have easily past the next lap. Hmm…a growing wreckin’ is racin’ trend rather than rubbin’...
Tony will be ok… Tony in all his forms including “Tony the Stupid” is still “Tony the Champ”.
to those who claim that newman turned right , they saw his wheels turn,,,,,,did it remind you of daytona when stewart turned way down into kenseth? karma is biting tony on the (butt) and i like it. not one time ever have i heard him say that was my fault. great articleâ€¦
Karma,,,,, Sounds to me like somebody did not enjoy NASCAR in 2005… Tony will repeat… even at his worst he is only 11th in the points… can’t wait to watch it when 5 points separate everyone… Jimmy is doing what he does every year… just like the Buffalo Bills, he will choke… Tony is so good his worst is still significantly better than 98% of the rest. Hope your disdain for Nascar “A Whiner” @ cox.net is complete 2 years in a row… Go T-Stew !
I hope that Tony doesn’t make the Chase this year. Between his hypocrisy, temper tantrums, and arrogance, he deserves to be out of the top 10. I knew he didn’t change last year. He’s always been a big-mouthed bully. It’s never his fault…always blames it on the other drivers. He doesn’t give an inch but expects other drivers to just move out of his way. Every time he opens his gigantic mouth, something stupid comes out. His lack of good judgment leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t think Tony will ever mature or show any class.
Melissa, guess you didn’t hear\read what Tony did last Friday to the Petty Family. He has shown class many times but it is people like you who are blinded by your hate for Tony who fail to see it.
P.S. I added a 20 after my name to not get confused with this other Melissa.
I think Tony is a great driver, his biggest problem is his ego and temper. Tie all that in with his desire to win and the result you have is exactly what happened between stewart and newman. Now I dont have any problems with that incident it was just hard racing, both drivers on different agendas. Tony will continue to win races but as far as championships our buddy stewart needs to seriously exercise patience. Speaking of exercise equipment, did he retire it or maybe he sold it on ebay. Go Kurt!!!
Tony the bottom feeder, lol too bad the bottom feeder tires went out maybe he could have stayed on the bottom. He should have pitted 1 lap earlier haha
Wow, Ronnie I never thought i’d see the day a real honest to god Rubberhead fan would show his face, and on top of that lecture another driver of not exercising patience??? You do know your buddy is one of the most hated drivers in nascar right behind his brother “shrub” right?
You know, all I said was they both made boneheaded decisions in turn three at Loudon, New Hampshire on Sunday, July 16, 2006, and I stand by that.
I am tired of fans that can’t accept that their driver is just like the rest of us, a human being, filled with all the same emotions that cause all of us to do stupid things from time to time.
Stewartismyman, grow up, read what I originally posted and accept the fact that if your driver doesn’t race Newman into the corner so hard and lets him go, then Tony probably wins the race instead of finishing 37th.
What I said was Stewart seldom admits any fault for an accident involving another driver, you’ve got to accept the blame in a solo shot. By the way who said I was bashing Tony. I might call what I wrote bashing them both but Stewart was the one with most to lose on Sunday.
As far as watching it 20 times, so what, all you saw was two cars racing hard into turn 3, the guy on the outside pinching down on the guy inside, getting the guy on the inside loose, causing the guy on the inside to correct to his right, getting the guy on the inside into the guy on the outside and wrecking him. There you go, a textbook description of the accident at hand. Both were at fault, deal with it.
I believe Tony will still make the Chase, Newman obviously won’t, but I also believe Tony could have made things a lot easier on himself and his team if he would remembered that “In order to finish first, first you must finish.”.
You must be retarded apparantly you didnâ€™t watch the raceâ€¦ as the  slid up into the 20. like him or not Stewart is the best DRIVER in crapkcar*Edited by The Frontstretch
Y’know, they’re both at fault there.
If the 12 backs off just a bit, he probably makes the pass on the straightaway and all is well.
But the 20 screwed up, too… if he lets the 12 go, 20 wins the race, moves to (probably) 3rd in points after having led the most laps (and considering the 8 finished 43rd with the blown engine).
When Tony was leading, he was being shown as 4th in points, not far back of Jr.
After the past two months of problems for the 20 that they couldn’t help (mostly), this one was one that could have been avoided… just one time, let someone go even if you don’t think they deserve it, and you’re back to 3rd in points instead of outside looking in and no longer able to afford even a flat tire.
And just for the record, the wife and I are huge Tony fans. But we agree, if he’d considered the big picture, the 48 and 17 teams would be in serious trouble.
Tony would have let anyone else go by. Newman wouldn’t have drove it in THAT hard if Tony weren’t there.
The two have a similar driving style as much as I hate to admit it being the Stewart fan that I am. Both should have backed off and probably would have if it would have been anyone else.
being tony stewart does not make him smart. if he knew anything but racing he might know that.
First off, while this is a controversial topic let me remind you of the rules of FS comments â€“ no swearing, and no bashing of other commenters!! Letâ€™s keep it PG around here pleaseâ€¦as you may have noticed, we removed several comments today and will continue to do so if the post merits deletion. Consider yourselves warnedâ€¦this is a professional website with a unique privilege we offer of giving you the ability to comment immediately on our articles. Please donâ€™t do things to make us reconsider!
Also, a word on the title...Jeff's choice of "Stewart the Stupid" was not changed by the editors because that's the way he feels. We're not a website that censors our writers' opinions, or makes it P.C. so that everybody that reads it can get some bland summary of a topic and read something that glosses over the real story without someone taking a stand...love it or hate it, this is an uncensored view of a controversial story, and that's what defines The Frontstretch.
Kinda funny how Tony brings up Mark Martin a lot and says a lot of young drivers can learn from Mark. Who is well known to let faster cars go by him and then race them later in the race when it really matters..People should face facts in their opinions Tony is very hot tempered and is lucky a lot of times to never get someone hurt.Like the thing he did to Matt at the 500..Now that should have sat him down a few races to learn.Or the time he spin Jeff G on pit road.. A lot of innocent people could have been hurt then too..He is a good driver and no matter how much he gives to little kids money cannot take away what you do on a race track…
As for my personal opinion on the issue, while Stewart could have raced smarter in my view it was pretty clear that Newman was the one who hit Stewart to start the whole thing. The two cars may have had contact previous to that, but that early in the race, Newman should have known better to be that aggressive. Bottom line, if he doesnâ€™t drift up the track, thereâ€™s no spin. Thatâ€™s why I hold Newman responsibleâ€¦Tony, unfortunately, is suffering from a spurt of horrible luck that he needs to break free from by Indyâ€¦or else heâ€™s in real trouble.
By the way this is America and it is the freedom of speech that makes it great..So why bash Jeff for giving his opinion or the story he wrote..After all don’t we all want our opinion to matter..and how grade school is it to call people we really don’t know names..Its time we all grow up…
â€œSo why bash Jeff for giving his opinion or the story he wroteâ€
Hey if itâ€™s truly a freedom of speech thing then why canâ€™t I give my opinion that his opinion is dumb? Geez it does go both ways.
I will say it one more time. Did Newman wreck Stewart? Why yes, he did. Was it a particularly smart move on his part? No, it was boneheaded in the extreme. Got that?
As for Stewartâ€™s part in this disaster. Was it a smart move to drive into turn three on old tires and challenge Newman? No, risking a potentially race winning car with more than 2/3 of the race remaining to a guy thatâ€™s just a little bit desperate to jumpstart his season ainâ€™t the brainiest move by longshot either.
It is a driverâ€™s resposiblity to protect his equipment on the track. Hell I learned that racing go-karts. It doesnâ€™t matter if the race is 10 laps or 300, in order to have a good finish, you have run them all. Get it?
You Stewart haters need to check it too. Stewart is a very talented driver, give him that. He is a stand up guy away from racing. His gifts of time and money to charity are things we should all strive to do.
Tony Stewart wears his heart on sleeve, itâ€™s what makes him so likeable, you know where he stands. Itâ€™s also the thing that gets him into trouble as he sometimes acts before he thinks.*Some content edited by The Frontstretch
Sean, You summarized it very good. It was little too harsh on Jeff’s part to call Tony “Stupid” and that is what evoked this massive response. Smoke is one of the most talented driver out there and definitely one with the biggest heart when it comes to charity.
He could have used a little better judgment by letting the bonehead go. Newman is desperate and is already feeling the pressure of likelihood of missing the chase. Tony needs to keep his emotions in check and get some good finishes in the coming weeks. He is very capable of getting few wins but at this time he should mostly focus on getting top 5s and staying out of trouble. Few more bad finishes can seriously jeopardize his situation. “Good Luck Smoke!!!”
First, before anyone jumps down my throat, let me start by saying I am not downing what Tony did by donating $1 million. I think it’s great and I love the way MANY Nascar drivers donate from their foundations. I wish the word would be spread more so that others could see the great things Nascar drivers are doing. But, if we are going to say that this donation makes Tony classy then don’t forget to call Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, RYAN NEWMAN, Ward Burton….and many more classy because they all have foundations that donate to help people and animals. Also, don’t forget that much of the money the drivers donate comes from people like you and I that contribute to their foundations.
Very good point, Kim!
Jeff’s analysis of Tony Stewart’s racing with Newman are insightful. As another commentator I read put it, “Stewart’s heart keeps growing while his brain keeps shrinking.”
I believe the incident between Newman and Tony was entirely Newman’s fault. Jeff, I agree with you on your first paragraph regarding not knowing which Tony will show up. Doesn’t mean I don’t like him, I think he’s really trying hard to control his emotions and doing pretty well at it, he hasn’t punched out any photographers lately. I love to see him interviewed because he’s one of the few left that will speak his mind, however, I did think his remarks at Daytona came back to bite him. As for the subject line, Tony fans need to grow some thicker skin, being an Earnhardt fan I speak from experience. I think it’s all good isn’t it, to have these discussions and reading the varying opinions :)
First of all, if you read the article about this reck on nascar.com it will say that Stewert said that Newman is a good friend. So where does this Stewert don’t like Newman thing come from. Another thing is that Tony said that he didn’t want to let Newman go by because he didn’t want to try to pass him again when his tires had a couple more laps on them because earlier in the race when Stewert was alot faster than Newman, Newman gave Tony a real hard time getting by. So Tony was not going to give it up easy to him, but he was going to make him work for it. I thank that is fair. I mean these people get paid alot of money just for showing up at the track sometimes and they are professionals and they should know better than to go that fast into a turn with someone on the outside of them. I also thank that Tony has changed alot since 2002 and seems alot calmer. Thank about what he used to do when he would get wrecked by someone in a race and for him know to talk all calm and not really saying really mean things about Ryan. He has changed but everyone in Nascar still has there moments, Every driver gets angery and does something they may regret later. Even so, it is not right to call anyone stupid and with the daytona thing, it is easier to turn to deep into a turn than to accidentally to turn right in an all left turn race. I thank they both should have gave a little, but a car two laps down should not have raced the race leader that hard going into and in a turn. I guess Newman needs some more racing experiance and maybe he will learn a little more, I hope. I know if your not a Tony fan and you are a big other driver fan, than you don’t like Tony, but please don’t call him names and put him down because of it.
I think I know what the root of the problem is with Tony the Temperâ€”itâ€™s his sponsor.
Here in overly sunny So. Cal. the mercury has been up around 107 degrees for the past three weeks, and Homie Depot doesnâ€™t turn on the air conditioning for comfort. Employees compalin, customers complainâ€”all fall on deaf ears.
Contrast that with Loweâ€™s comfortable shopping atmosphere and itâ€™s easy to understand why the parking lot at Homie Depot is nearly empty with plenty of up front parking places.
We have two Homie Depots within two miles of each other that resemble ghost towns while our one Loweâ€™s is overflowing with customers.
Perhaps Homie Depot has a â€œTake what we give you and like itâ€ attitude and itâ€™s rubbing off on Tony?
Customers, employees, fans, fellow racersâ€”all the same?
Personally, I prefer employees who arenâ€™t drenched in sweatâ€”and a store that considers my shopping comfort, ergo, I shop elsewhere.
Where have all the profits goneâ€”long time passing?
I wonder if Homie Depot mandates Joe Gibbs Racing work without air conditioning also?
I reckon yâ€™all can show support for Tony by turning your air conditioning off. Just be sure to keep the beer ice cold. Warm beer? Yuck!
Uhhh, would someone help me get off the wall?
There! Another guarter in Jeffâ€™s jar.
Actually, IOU fifty cents Jeff. I read your article twice.
WOw! Just watching the race and I couldn’t help but comment here after what I just saw on the race. Looks like “Stewart the Stupid” returns again. I’m glad after so many consecutive incidents that he FINALLY gets black flagged for this!!! It’s a shame it took so long.
I agree Kim!
When the Pocono race is over, I want the Tony fans to remind me what a swell driver he is.
Although I expect I’ll hear what a bum Carl Edwards is.
The boy sure can drive!
No denyin’ that.
Well, lets see here, I’d say Tony just made his chances for the chase a bit more difficult with both Carl Edwards and Clint Boyer going hunting for the Home Depot 20 for next six weeks. If I were either of them and I was presented a chance to mount and stuff Mr. Stewart into a wall and make it look like “just a racin’ deal” I’d be obliged to take him out of the chase just as he did for me.
Oh, and his comment about the 3? Yeah, Earnhardt would have stuffed Stewart into so many walls by now there’d be a shortage of concrete at Home Depot for the rest of season.
If any Stewart fan dares to call Edwards a bum for his statements or actions on Sunday they’ll just prove how low class they really are. I personally feel that if Stewart had to watch a fight from in between Boyer and Edwards, the punishment would have been about right.
Remember that statement I made about Stewart not taking responsiblity for his actions? Well, it’s worse than that. Now, he’s even proud when his stupidity wipes out others and tells us all about how they need to learn to give and take. Where was his patience on Sunday? God, between the ego and the arrogance lies an idiot.
I want to like Tony but everytime I start to feel he’s OK, He turns around and does and says things that are indefensible. I’m left feeling that someone needs to put the 20 car in the wall hard and keep doing it until Tony grows up.
Tony’s just warming up for a run for ANOTHER title…go smoke!
Recent articles from Jeff Meyer:
BSNews! Bruton’s Plans Extend Beyond Bristol’s Track
Top Ten Reasons Fans Failed To Show Up At Bristol Sunday
BSNews! NASCAR CEO Given "Special" Award Amidst Lavish Fanfare
Fan Coun-ci-What? Just What Is It That NASCAR Wants To Study?
Top Ten Reasons People With No Sense of Humor Write In And Complain About These Lists
Want to know more about Jeff Meyer or view his complete article archives? Then hop on over to his archive and bio page.