Jeff Meyer · Friday August 9, 2013
Ain’t karma a bitch!?
Less than two weeks after Frontstretch.com’s very own Mike Neff asked Tony Stewart what was deemed to be the ‘Dumbest Question You Can Ask a NASCAR Driver’ by our own staff, Stewart is indeed focusing more on ownership and less on driving. Well, that and healing.
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Stewart has a badly broken right leg that has already required two surgeries and will not be getting in a race car of any kind for a while, let alone attempting to “…beat your (Mike Neff’s) ass!”
Some sources have reported to BSNews (a subsidiary of, but not necessarily owned by, FS.com), that a Tony Stewart action figure, which normal sits defiantly on Neff’s desk at Frontstretch.com headquarters, is in fact missing a right leg just below the knee.
Emails, phone calls and queries over the top of the cubicle to Neff have gone unanswered but the fact remains that Stewart is indeed “hanging up this silly driving habit” for awhile.
In related news, straight from the “well no sh*t!” file on Jayski …
Stewart’s consecutive start streak to end: When #14-Tony Stewart misses this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen, his consecutive race start streak will end at 521. He has never missed a race since making his Cup debut for Joe Gibbs at Daytona in February of 1999. He was third on the current list, behind #24-Jeff Gordon (710) and #31-Jeff Burton (613).
Zipadelli talks about Stewart: Greg Zipadelli, Competition Director, Stewart-Haas Racing discussed #14-Tony Stewart’s condition with the media Wednesday morning. A few notes:
• There currently is no timeline for Stewart’s recovery or return. They will know more after the second surgery is completed;
• The team will “absolutely” need a substitute driver for at least the next 2-3 races;
• They are talking to candidates to fill in, but don’t have a timeline for an announcement; possibly in the next day or so;
• Zipadelli says that as many races as Tony runs the team is lucky that this is the first time they are having to deal with this issue;
• Stewart Haas will evaluate what races Stewart competes in going forward, but there will not necessarily be any changes.
• Stewart’s sponsors: “They’re all disappointed and we understand that.”
Personally, I find the last two quite amusing. It’s not like Stewart has a boss to answer to. I mean, Gene Haas? Seriously? Ask ten NASCAR fans if they even know if Haas is out of prison and I’d bet nine of them wouldn’t have a clue. I know I’m not totally for sure. I think he is but the reality of it is, he’s just a guy that pays to have his name associated with a race team, much like Felix Sabates.
As for the sponsors, what did you think was gonna happen? They’d be overjoyed? I wouldn’t be too worried though. If anyone in the marketing department at Bass Pro Shops has half a brain, I can see some good, if not down-right funny, commercials of Tony fishing coming to fruition in the near future. Maybe even feature Mike Neff in the other end of the boat, asking Tony a stupid question.
That’s what I would do. Just sayin.
Speaking of karma, I started out this years fantasy team with Tony Stewart on my roster. I figured him for a solid pick but his results were quite disappointing. Even so, I left him in the lineup the whole first segment, partly because I know what he is capable of but mostly because, once I set my roster, I’m too damn lazy to go and change it. At the start of the second segment, I dropped Stewart and replaced him with (dang I hate to admit this!) Kurt Busch.
Sure as shootin’, what does Tony do? Starts to actually remember how to drive! For the reasons I’ve already discussed, I never re-added him and have been a bit miffed at his success as of late. Guess I won’t have to worry about that for awhile!
Here’s to hoping Kurt (and Kyle too. Yes that’s right, I have both Busch’ on my team, shocking isn’t it?) can keep drivin’ them wheels off!
Stay off the wall, (good karma usually uses the low line anyway!)
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