10. $450.00 for new shorts and driver’s suit, by Michael McDowell. (Uniforms and Work Clothes)
10. Jeff Burton called Michael McDowell and invited him to dinner.
10. A Roush Fenway internal memo titled “How To Get Into And Stay In The Top 35” in Michael Waltrip’s back pocket.
10. (Upon the removal of Tony’s shirt): “Gasp! Oh my gawd! We’re definitely gonna need more wax!” – All in attendance
Author’s note: Ladies and Gentlemen, as you read today’s Top 10, dated March 12th, 2008, you may feel a slight sensation of deja vu. Do not be alarmed! You are not stuck in some twisted NASCAR version of the movie Groundhog Day. But then again, maybe we are! It is very hard to tell with such things. Believe it or not, what you are about to read was originally published March 13th, 2007! Why, you may ask, are we bringing it up again? Well, it seems Tony Stewart went on the same tire tirade last year at this very time! Perhaps it is time for Tony to get a new publicist; or maybe, this is a sign that “the more things change, the more they remain the same,” especially in NASCAR.
Since Carl Edwards has already won two races this year, NASCAR fans have been treated to his celebratory backflip twice. While Carl’s backflip is arguably the most entertaining victory celebration in motorsports, other drivers have been looking for a post-victory schtick of their own. With this week’s top 10 list, Kurt Smith is here to help.
10. The race starts three hours later than East Coast fans are used to, so fans can actually be roaring drunk long before the green flag drops.
10. (Someone from the No. 48 team): “…but all we gotta do is be in at least 12th by race 26 — right?”
10. Tony Stewart: “Don’t worry, Kurt. I can fix it! My dad is a TV repairman, and he has an AWESOME set of tools.”
10. “We certainly are proud we’ve been able to attract new fans virtually every year NASCAR has been in existence. But we’re also proud of those fans who have been with us for many decades.”