NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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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.
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.
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.
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€
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.
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.
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!
Although I expect I’ll hear what a bum Carl Edwards is.
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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