tony stewart: Danica's Debut at Daytona - 02/15/10 08:50 AM
Danica Patrick's debut at Daytona was a bumpy one.  But that's what Daytona is really all about, isn't it?  Up until now, I've only watched the Sprint Cup races.  Danica enticed me to watch the Nationwide series and I'm so glad I did.  It was great.  Danica wasn't the only woman in the race, although the news would make it sound like she was.  Unfortunately, Chrissy Wallace's (daughter of Nationwide racer Mike Wallace and niece of legendary racecar driver Rusty Wallace) turn behind the wheel at Daytona was extremely short lived.  She was bumped by #98 Paul Menard and hit the … (14 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: $1 Million 1-2 Punch at Chicagoland Speedway - 07/13/09 12:57 PM
What started out as a pretty boring race ended up in a blaze of rubbin', bumpin' and racin' hard at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, July 11th.  When there were only two cautions thrown after the first 200+ laps of a 267 lap race (and those were for debris only), it appeared that no one was even close competition for Mark Martin.  He kept passing car after car, narrowing the number of cars on the lead lap down to around 14 or 15 by the end.  Jimmie Johnson ran out front for a little bit.  But, it was definitely Mark's race to … (4 comments)

tony stewart: Slip Slidin' Away at Daytona with NASCAR - 07/06/09 11:28 PM
Well, Daytona did not disappoint!  NASCAR's Coca-Cola 400 on July 4th had fireworks that nobody can actually plan for.  You just have to understand that this is what happens with restrictor plate racing.  Tony Stewart, Jimmy Johnson and Denny Hamlin were pretty dominant throughout most of the race.  The first "big one" happened smack dab in the middle of the race at Lap 77.  It appears that Kasey Kahne may have bumped into the back of David Stremme, making his car wiggle right into Jamie MacMurray (#26) and causing a huge pileup and a couple more wrecks.  It managed to take … (16 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR Nation: Yes He Kahne - Recap of Sonoma Spring Cup Race 2009 - 06/21/09 11:45 PM

Holy smokes, folks!  Another great race.  Lots of spinning, lots of rubbin' and lots of smoke.  After a couple of last minute caution flags and shoot-out style restarts, Washington State's very own Kasey Kahne ended a year long winless streak to edge out Tony Stewart for the checkered flag at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway this afternoon.  The Tasmanian Devil himself, Marcos Ambrose, ran a fantastic race and ended up 3rd.  This is why I love the road race format.  You never know what you're going to end up with.  A spinout on a road race doesn't necessarily bring out the caution … (4 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: Mixing it Up at the Monster Mile - Dover 2009 - 06/02/09 01:45 AM
What a difference a week makes!  After last week's long, drawn out race that wouldn't end, the exciting Monster Mile proved to be what fans love to see: short track racing at its best.  There were a few lead changes throughout the race, a couple of wrecks here and there, but the final 3 or 4 laps were what makes you sit on the edge of your seat and yell at the TV.  See, in my house, we have both Jimmie and Tony fans.  My son ADORES Tony Stewart.  So, when Tony took the lead and appeared to have it in … (4 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: Cocoa Cola 600 at Charlotte has FINALLY Finished! - 05/25/09 10:45 PM
Whew!  I knew that the Cocoa Cola 600 was supposed to be the longest race of the year, but this was just too ridiculous.  I needed a nap when it was over.  After two days, six and a half hours, 224 laps completed, TONS of rain/rain delays and an incredibly risky but ultimately smart call by Crew Chief Rodney Childers, David Reutimann won the 50th race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the #00.  In fact, three of the six caution flags were thrown for rain.  This is so NOT the way I like to see a race end.  My driver (Jeff … (4 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: The Whirling Dervishes of Darlington 2009! - 05/11/09 07:16 PM
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Whew!  What a race!  In typical Darlington fashion, these racecars turned into whirling dervishes on the track.  I don't think even one car got away without trading paint with the candy cane striped outer Darlington wall.  In the second night race in a row, there were a record 16 cautions and countless single car spins that managed to avoid being "the big one" (like the two we had at Talladega).  We even got a fireball rolling down the track thanks to Michael Waltrip in the #55.  When he dropped the engine, an oil fire ignited his car … (8 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: Rain Delay & Happy Birthday at Richmond International Raceway 2009 - 05/04/09 07:11 PM
And the win goes to the birthday boy, Kyle Busch.  After a brief rain delay, things got underway at Richmond International Raceway for Saturday's night race in NASCAR Sprint Cup's 10th race of the season.  My man, Jeff Gordon, looked like he was going to have a pretty strong run at another win until little old Shrub came on like gangbusters with about 40 or so laps to go.  Although, Jeff's 8th place finish put him at the top of the leaderboard in the points race again.  Yippee!  Was it just me or was this another pretty boring race even WITH a … (2 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR Nation: Talladega Wrecks 2009 - 04/27/09 09:39 AM
Wow!  What a race!  They don't call it the fastest track for nothing, right?  My race really ended at Lap 7, when Matt Kenseth bumped Jeff Gordon (just a race bump, not a "wanna make you wreck" bump) and sent Jeff slamming into the wall for the first big wreck of the day.  The wreck took out last week's winner, Mark Martin, for the rest of the race.  Some of the others that got caught up in the wreck were Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger, who all eventually made it back on to the track, albeit several laps down.  … (22 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix - April 18, 2009 - 04/19/09 09:03 PM
Congratulations go out to pole sitter and winner: the little jockey, Mark Martin.  He's one of the nicest and most humble men in all of NASCAR.  He SO deserved it.  He was definitely the dominating car at Saturday night's race.  He was the winner at the first NASCAR race I ever attended.  So, it was lovely to see him win and get his 400th Top 10 finish of his career.  That being said, I have to tell you..that was the most painful experience watching a race that I have ever had the displeasure of watching.  As you all know, I am … (4 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR NATION: Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville VA - 03/29/09 05:27 PM
Rubbin's racin'!  Martinsville was everything Bristol wasn't.  Thank goodness!  Jimmie Johnson proved why he is a 3-time champion (in a row, might I add).  The qualifying rainout meant that my boy, Jeff Gordon, was in pole position to start the race.  I was hopeful, too, when he started so strongly.  Then it seemed to be a race between Jeff and Denny Hamlin.  At the closing stretch, it was a battle between Hamlin and eventual winner, Jimmie.  Now, I am not a fan of the spinout to win.  But, I think a little bump and run is A-OK in my book.  Although, … (5 comments)

tony stewart: NASCAR Recap: Atlanta Motor Speedway - 03/08/09 10:53 PM
Again, always a bridesmaid and never a bride.  My man, Jeff Gordon, just couldn't quite make it to victory circle this week.  But, I'm confident that, with the year he's having so far, I will be posting a "Way To Go #24" soon.  I can't wait!  Jeff cemented his place as #1 in points, with a 43 point lead over second place Clint Bowyer.  Congratulations go to Kurt Busch, who very definitely had THE dominating car this week.  An astronomical 11 caution flags were waved today at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race.  With 31 of the 43 drivers finishing one lap … (11 comments)