Swan Racing Announces Restructuring, No. 26 & No. 30 "Sold" Off
posted by Thomas Bowles
Wednesday April 23, 2014
After a week of uncertainty, Swan Racing’s two teams will show up at Richmond Friday night after a combination of mergers and acquisitions have kept the two teams up and running. The moves, announced in a press release Wednesday will keep rookie Cole Whitt behind the wheel of the No. 26 while J.J. Yeley moves into the No. 30, replacing Parker Kligerman effective immediately.
The solution for Whitt was rather simple: Swan co-owner Anthony Marlowe merged his portion of ownership into a deal with BK Racing. That team will now expand to three cars, with Whitt running full-time (for now) alongside fellow rookies Alex Bowman (No. 23) and Ryan Truex (No. 83). The move will also keep former Swan employees working full-time, rehired by BK as enough money was gathered up to keep the No. 26 up and running. Whitt, who has a best run of 18th this season (Fontana) will remain competing with his crew essentially intact.
“I respect Brandon Davis and everything he has done for the Swan Racing Company,” said Marlowe in the release. “Looking forward, my mission is to ensure Cole Whitt races in every NASCAR Sprint Cup event this season. My friend Ron Devine and the BK Ownership group really stepped up to enable me to keep the No. 26 on the track. Cole and Randy [Cox, crew chief] are off to an auspicious start in 2014 for a new Cup Team and we are gearing up for Richmond. In addition to the No. 26 team’s performance so far this year, the new ‘win and you’re in’ system and qualifying rules were motivating and positive factors in my continued investment in NASCAR.”
As for Swan’s No. 30, the equipment has been sold to Johnathan Cohen and his Xxxtreme Motorsports operation. That team, which has yet to make a race this season with J.J. Yeley will now run that No. 30 with their own Chevys before switching to the new Swan equipment (plus their old number, 44) beginning at Talladega. It’s an opportunity for them to gain speed and perhaps run a full race. Xxxtreme, with patchwork funding has yet to run more than 66 laps in any Cup event, start-and-parking in every race it’s made since making a go at NASCAR’s top level in mid-2012.
“We’ve had a lot of adversity in our organization,” Cohen tweeted after the purchase. “But today, made a big step in the right direction.”
Co-owner Brandon Davis, who had been MIA before Tuesday’s public announcement praised both Marlowe and Cohen in helping keep the equipment, former employees, and one of his two drivers afloat while Swan searches for funding to keep racing.
“Anthony and Jonathan are both young and ambitious NASCAR enthusiasts,” he said in a statement, later reiterating those points on SIRIUS XM Radio. “It is important to keep them in the sport for the long term. I am very relieved to know that the Nos. 26 and 30 teams will be in good hands and will continue to compete the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me.”
So what happens to Swan’s other rookie, Parker Kligerman? Davis has retained Kligerman’s contract, and while the team has officially suspended operations he’s actively searching for funding to get the No. 30 back on track. Should it happen, it’ll be a one-car program with Kligerman at the wheel despite an ugly start that left the first-year driver 38th in series points.
“We are encouraged by the response we have received from interested parties,” Davis said of Kligerman. “Parker continues to be one of the most talented young drivers in NASCAR. He brought this racing team one of its strongest results in his first race with us [18th at Texas], and we are certain of his success in the future.”
The driver, in his response left the door open to run for other programs. Swan, which has partnered with celebrities like the NFL’s Bill Romanowski and rapper 50 Cent may be able to parlay those connections into funding that gets Kligerman into another car in the meantime.
“Although it’s unfortunate we are having to scale back, I look forward to the future and the exciting things that I’m confident we will accomplish at Swan Racing or with another team,” said Kligerman. “I value the relationship that I’ve had with Brandon Davis and am very grateful for him giving me an opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Whether I continue to race with Brandon and Swan Racing or end up with another team, I will always give it my all on and off track to be the best I can be.”
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Daniel Suarez to Make Nationwide Debut for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Tuesday morning that NASCAR Toyota Series and K&N Pro Series East driver Daniel Suarez will make his Nationwide Series debut in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Sponsorship will be provided by Silent Circle, a global service that allows for the sending of encrypted communications and Telcel, a Mexican telecommunications company.
Suarez is thrilled to have the opportunity to race for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to make my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut,” Suarez said in a press release. “I want to thank Telcel and Silent Circle for believing in me and making this a reality. I can’t wait for Friday night in Richmond.”
JGR President J.D. Gibbs is very excited to have an up and coming talent such as Suarez in the fold.
“Daniel is certainly someone that has proven to have a lot of talent and we are thrilled this was able to come together and allow him to make his debut at Richmond,” Gibbs said. “I think it’s exciting when you look at the young talent our sport has right now and we certainly feel that Daniel is going to be part of the future for NASCAR.”
For Suarez, the 2014 season has been very successful so far. He started tke K&N Pro Series East season with two wins in three days in New Smyrna Beach, FL and Daytona Beach, FL (as part of the UNOH Battle at the Beach). Despite a crash at Bristol, Suarez still ranks second in points behind Ben Rhodes. In the Toyota Series, Suarez came from behind to win the season opening Toyota 120 at Phoenix International Raceway in front of all the Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams. Another win in Chiapas and a second-place finish at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez’s oval gives him a nine point lead over Antonio Perez.
This will be a very busy weekend for Suarez. With the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown moving to South Boston Speedway this year, the K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100 will be held immediately after the conclusion of the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250. In addition, the Toyota Series will have their fourth race of the season at the Autodromo de Monterrey in Suarez’s hometown on Sunday.
Gene Haas' Formula One License Application Accepted By FIA
posted by Phil Allaway
Friday April 11, 2014
This morning, the FIA announced that the license application submitted by Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas had officially been accepted. As a result, provided that everything comes together financially and technically, Haas’ new Formula One team will have a spot on the grid at the start of the 2015 season.
Upon receiving the news this morning, Haas released the following statement.
“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA,” Haas wrote. “It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One.”
“Now, the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition.”
Haas’ team would be the 12th team on the Formula One grid for the 2015 season if all the current teams return. Much like the failed USF1 team that Peter Windsor was involved with, the team would partially be based in North Carolina with an additional European base.
Stewart-Haas Racing is setting up a press conference for Monday to further discuss the move. We’ll have more information here at Frontstretch as soon as it becomes available.
Speeds Approach 220 MPH At Michigan Test
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday April 10, 2014
On Wednesday, Goodyear held the second and final day of their tire test at Michigan International Speedway. The overall goal of the test was so teams could come up with a solution that would encourage better racing on the two-mile, D-shaped oval, while at the same time allowing for a compound that would not blister.
Much of the headlines from the test seemed to stem from high speeds reported. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tweeted a computer readout that stated he reached 215.2 mph. Clint Bowyer went a little bit faster at 217 mph, which Bowyer later described as “whites-in-your-eyes fast.” Greg Biffle told ESPN’s Shannon Spake on NASCAR Now that he reached 220 mph and a 204 mph average.
Despite the high speeds, the drivers who tested Tuesday and Wednesday believe that there will be better racing this year in the Irish Hills. Michigan winters are a bit harsher than in most locales on the Sprint Cup calendar. As a result, there is more weathering from year to year.
Earnhardt Jr. appeared to be quite happy with the track.
“I enjoy racing here,” the two-time Michigan winner said. “It’s a fun track. The asphalt is really aging well and it’s just going to keep getting better and better over the next couple of years.”
As is the norm for Goodyear tire tests, no official speeds were announced. However, Earnhardt Jr. stated in the Media Center that while he was going anywhere from 212-215 mph at the end of the frontstretch, he was only dropping down to 180 or so in the turns.
Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman echoed Earnhardt Jr.’s sentiment when asked about the track surface. They expect the track to support multiple grooves for racing when the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series return in June.
As for track management, they definitely appear to like the high speeds. Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis spent part of Wednesday retweeting top speed posts. However, Curtis understands that going fast is not the only thing that matters.
“The drivers are posting 200 mph. That’s awesome,” Curtis said. “The fans get very, very excited about that. But at the end of the day, on Sunday when the green flag drops, the numbers ‘two zero zero’ they’re not anywhere in the fans’ minds. It’s lead changes, it’s the competition…”
Since the track was repaved prior to the 2012 season, the number of lead changes at Michigan International Speedway has been relatively flat with the years before the repave. However, the number of cautions are up as well, which can skew the lead change numbers a little. Complaints have come more from a rock hard tire compound, made by Goodyear for safety reasons which has made passing more difficult and actual “wear” (which leads to speed dropoff) hard to come by.
Sherwin-Williams To Sponsor No. 51 Cup Car At Darlington
posted by Phil Allaway
Thursday April 10, 2014
On Wednesday, HScott Motorsports announced that Sherwin-Williams will serve as the primary sponsor of Justin Allgaier’s No. 51 Chevrolet this weekend at Darlington Raceway. The No. 51 will primarily be advertising the automotive finishes division, in addition to the AWX Performance Plus Waterborne Refinish System the company makes.
Allgaier is very happy to have Sherwin-Williams onboard.
“I’m thrilled to have Sherwin-Williams on the car at Darlington,” Allgaier said in the press release. “They are a big supporter of HScott Motorsports and NASCAR. I can’t wait drive the No. 51 with the Sherwin-Williams colors on it at one of my favorite tracks.”
Sherwin-Williams has a fairly extensive history in NASCAR. They currently serve as the “Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR.” Prior to that, the company served as a primary sponsor for a number of cars in what is now the Nationwide Series.
As for Allgaier, Saturday will more than likely be his first career Sprint Cup start at the historic oval. However, in five Nationwide Series starts, Allgaier already has two top-5 and three top-10 finishes. His average result is an excellent 9.8.
Bass Pro Shops Primary Sponsor For Austin Dillon In Two Cup Races
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Announced Tuesday in a ceremony and car unveiling at their Concord, NC location, Bass Pro Shops and Richard Childress Racing made it official that the national outdoor sports retail giant will be the primary sponsor of Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet SS for two races during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season at Talladega (May 4th) and Daytona (July 5th).
Bass Pro Shops has been associated with Dillon’s career dating back to 2010, when they sponsored his No. 3 Chevy Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and also followed Dillon to the Nationwide Series as a sponsor for his No. 3 Chevy Camaro for RCR. The two won a pair of NASCAR championships together, and the retailer has also served as an associate sponsor for Dillon’s car in the NSCS this season.
During the announcement, Bass Pro Shops noted that the retailer has been involved in the sport of NASCAR since 1998, when they became an associate sponsor of RCR’s No. 3 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by legend Dale Earnhardt.
Now, the sponsor is back on the Cup level, paired with the No. 3 once again and hoping to elevate the program to Victory Lane. Already, Dillon has one pole to start the season at Daytona, where he posted a ninth-place finish, his best result to date during this rookie campaign. 21st at Texas last weekend, he’s currently 11th in the Sprint Cup championship standings.
For the Bojangles’ Southern 500 this weekend at Darlington, Dillon will have Dow Chemical on board as the primary sponsor for the No. 3 car.
Ruud To Sponsor Buescher, No. 99 RAB Racing Toyota
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday April 9, 2014
RAB Racing announced that Ruud, heating and cooling brand, will be on board the No. 99 Toyota Camry as primary sponsor this weekend at Darlington for the VFW Sport Clips Help-A-Hero 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The brand joins Rheem as a primary sponsor of the car during the 2014 Nationwide Series campaign. Ruud will also sponsor the No. 99 of James Buescher in several other races this season, according to a team statement.
Buescher, the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, is driving full-time for RAB Racing and making the transition from the Truck Series to the NNS this year. The No. 99 team was recently penalized by NASCAR at Bristol for a P3 penalty (illegal weight added to the car improperly, which was lost during the race), which led to crew chief Chris Rice being fined $10,000 and placed on probation until December 31st. Car chief John Guerra was also placed on probation by the sanctioning body for the incident.
Sitting ninth in points thus far in 2014, Buescher’s best finish this season has been 12th at Phoenix. The 24-year-old, Plano, Texas native has one career win and 14 top-10 finishes in the NNS since his first start in 2008.
Five Sprint Cup Teams Test At MIS For Goodyear
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday April 9, 2014
After a long winter in Michigan, five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams visited Michigan International Speedway for a Goodyear Tire Test taking place both Tuesday and Wednesday this week. To prepare for the test, MIS reported having to use the track’s jet dryers to clear and melt snow and ice from the two-mile track.
Due to the snow melt, frost, and rain on Monday night, MIS had to delay the tire test for most of the day because of weepers around the track’s surface. The track crew worked throughout the afternoon to dry up the moisture so that testing could get safely underway. Finally, Greg Biffle took his No. 16 3M Ford Fusion to the asphalt at MIS around 4:00 PM ET as the first driver on track.
In addition to Biffle, Goodyear has scheduled drivers Clint Bowyer; Trevor Bayne; Ryan Newman; and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to take part in the tire test, which is open to fans from 9 AM to 5 PM today.
Michigan International Speedway is in for a busy summer in the Irish Hills as the track plays host to the Quicken Loans 400 on June 15th, then the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17th.
Logano's Four Tires Triumph Over Jeff Gordon's Two At Texas
posted by Justin Tucker
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Joey Logano would overcome Mother Nature and a green-white-checkered restart with four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon to win the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano, with his trip to Victory Lane Monday afternoon also became the seventh different Sprint Cup driver to win in 2014 in as many races.
Logano, who led a race-high 108 laps on the afternoon, appeared to be on his way to a dominating victory until two laps to go. That’s when Kurt Busch blew a left-rear tire on his No. 41 Chevrolet, spraying debris all over the track.
“When you got like 40-something laps after the last pit stop, you got a pretty sizable lead, really all you’re thinking is, ‘Where is the white flag? Where is the white flag?’” Logano said after the race. “Then, you go into turn one, you see the [No.] 41 up against the wall. You’re like, Please no caution, please no caution. Boom, it comes out. You got to be kidding me. You get so mad you can barely control yourself.”
This incident, the third for Busch on the day would set up a decisive yellow-flag pit stop before the final restart. Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 team then rolled the dice, jumping from sixth to first with only two tires while Logano and his Penske teammate Brad Keselowski would take four. Keselowski, who was second coming in would then get caught speeding while exiting pit road, eliminating him from contention. The Penske Racing driver, after leading 85 laps in his own right dropped to a disappointing 15th on the afternoon.
“That last caution was a shame,” Keselowski said, who lost a chance to become the series’ first two-time winner. “I was just trying to get a little too much on pit road, wanted to get us out front to be able to win the race and tried a little too hard.”
That left Logano dealing with Gordon and Brian Vickers directly in front on the restart. As the cars accelerated, he wasted no time dispatching Vickers for second and set his sights on the bumper of Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet. On the white-flag lap, Logano was able to take advantage of his four fresh tires to get underneath Gordon, clearing him by the exit of Turn 1.
“I mean, coming in sixth, you’re in that position that you can gamble,” said Gordon, who did earn a consolation prize — becoming the Sprint Cup points leader for the first time since the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 (see below). “You’re not going to win it with four tires, you’re not going to win it with none. I knew it was going to be hard to hold those guys off.”
After clearing Gordon, Logano was able to cruise to his fourth career Sprint Cup Series win, his second with Penske in a little over a season with the team. The driver’s confidence is high, stemming from crew chief Todd Gordon whom the 23-year-old was quick to praise after the race.
“He (Todd Gordon) made a last-minute decision to put fuel in it, gave me better balance for what I needed and the guys made the ‘money stop,’” Logano said of the ending. “I was the first guy out with four tires on.”
Behind Logano and Gordon in the top 5 were Kyle Busch in third, followed by Vickers fourth and rookie sensation Kyle Larson in fifth, the only rookie to run inside the top 20. Greg Biffle was sixth, Matt Kenseth seventh, while Clint Bowyer earned his second top-10 result in eighth. Paul Menard earned his fourth top 10 in five races, running ninth while pole sitter Tony Stewart rounded out the top 10.
Monday’s race started in bizarre fashion, under a rare, green-yellow flag condition for ten laps to ensure that the 1.5-mile quad-oval was dry and fit for racing. Jet dryers were still on the track during this period to help the process. Unfortunately, the air from the dryers managed to get inside the wheel wells and affect the hood and roof flaps of several cars. Keselowski’s Ford actually ended up with a damaged hood hinge, resulting in four pit stops during this period for repairs. Many additional cars came down pit road to fix the flaps as well. NASCAR allowed the cars affected to make their stops without penalty, provided that they not add fuel or change tires in the process.
Then, shortly after going green Dale Earnhardt, Jr.‘s day ended prematurely after just 14 laps when he misjudged his positioning and clipped the grass in Texas’ quad-oval. The miscue resulted in the car digging in, popping a wheelie and shooting the No. 88 Chevrolet straight into a SAFER-less wall, resulting in a fiery crash. Not only did that ruin Earnhardt’s day, but it also impacted the race of Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson. Johnson wound up with windshield damage and a bent left-front corner of his No. 48 Chevrolet. Losing multiple laps for repairs, Johnson ended up 25th on the day while Earnhardt Jr. was scored dead last (43rd).
“You can’t run through there they way they have these cars on the ground,” Earnhardt said of the incident. “Just a mistake on my part. I just didn’t know I was that close to the grass, and made a mistake.”
Kevin Harvick had another fast race car, one capable of going up and taking the lead away from teammate Stewart on Lap 25. However, Harvick’s run of bad luck continued after blowing an engine just a couple of laps later. Harvick ended up 42nd, sitting just 31 points inside the top 30 needed to make the Chase after his win at Phoenix.
A look at the Duck Commander 500 by the numbers. There were 18 lead changes among nine drivers, while seven cautions for 49 laps slowed the pace to 134.191 MPH.
Next weekend, the Sprint Cup Series heads to legendary Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. The Green flag is scheduled for 6:45 PM ET on Saturday night.
Keselowski - Busch Feud And Other Martinsville Sidebars To Follow
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Monday March 31, 2014
Keselowski, Busch Feud
Two former Penske Racing teammates didn’t play the part Sunday, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch starting a feud that almost kept the latter from Victory Lane. It all started during the competition caution, on Lap 43 when the two cars made contact on pit road. Keselowski claims Busch turned into him, breaking the front suspension on the Miller Lite Ford in an accident that also included Kasey Kahne.
“I started to check up and I just barely got in the back of him and Kurt (Busch) just accelerated and drove through us, absolutely drove through us,” Keselowski said inside the garage. “I tell you what, I’m about tired of his recklessness.”
So Keselowski went back on-track, found Busch’s No. 41 car and promptly slammed into its right side. Trying to flatten tires, it seemed the endeavor ultimately failed but still fired up Busch to the point he started ranting inside the car.
“Welp, guess we’re going to get in a fight afterwards,” Busch said. “I’m going to **** that dude’s ****ing face!”
After that, Busch got focused, starting a drive that would end with him in Victory Lane. Keselowski, meanwhile ran 38th and still remained frustrated after the race.
“Tell him come here. I’m right here,” he said when told Busch was OK with fighting. “He knows where I’m at. Leave Victory Lane and we’ll go.”
“He does awesome things for charity and he’s probably the most talented race car driver, but he’s also one of the dumbest, so put those three together.”
Busch’s response, initially was to downplay the incident. But when pressed in the media center, post-race he finally broke down a bit. Calling the contact by a damaged Keselowski a “punk-ass move,” Busch said he’d be enacting revenge at a time of his choosing.
At press time, Keselowski had calmed down a bit, claiming he wasn’t trying to wreck Busch on Twitter and that the rivalry would not continue into Texas. No penalties from NASCAR, by the way occurred during the race or are expected for either side.
Crafton Claims Rain-Delayed Kroger 250 Victory
Due to Saturday’s complete washout, the Camping World Truck Series held their second race of the season immediately after the Sprint Cup Series’ STP 500 wrapped up. With a 5:30 PM start time, some feared the race would be called early due to darkness. Ultimately, that was not a concern.
In a quick event, Matt Crafton took the lead from local favorite Timothy Peters on Lap 209. From there, Crafton held off the rest of the pack through two green-white-checkered restarts to claim his first career Martinsville grandfather clock.
In the scrum on the final restart, Darrell Wallace, Jr. rose up to second, while rookie Ben Kennedy was third. Johnny Sauter finished fourth while using the front end of his Toyota Tundra in a manner similar to a battering ram. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-5 finishers.
For more on Sunday’s Camping World Truck Series race, please check out Kelly Crandall’s Tracking the Trucks race recap at Frontstretch.
Tires Fail To Adhere to Track
Goodyear tire engineers stated Sunday that it takes a track temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in order for their tires to lay down a proper groove in the turns. On Sunday, the track temperature never reached that point during the race. As a result, tire wear was very high on Sunday. Rubber chunks would shear off, early during green-flag runs and gather just outside the racing groove.
Drivers would ask for new tires every 20 laps or so. If there was a caution, nearly the entire field would come in for fresh rubber. There were examples of
“The track conditions today were extremely challenging with the marbles,” said Kenseth, who recovered to run sixth while Stewart wasn’t so lucky (17th). “They just wouldn’t clean them up — I don’t know why. If you had warm tires and you got pushed up in there then you were going to lose 15 spots sometimes — it was that bad.”
If the story sounds familiar to readers, it should. Last Fall, track temperatures struggled to reach 80 degrees through much of the race. However, the tire issues that resulted were not quite as severe.
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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!)
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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.
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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!
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