Monthly Archives: May 2016

It’s The Little Things In The Coca-Cola 600

(photo source: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America) Started: 39th (after qualifying 21st but getting dinged for “unapproved body modification” when pushing the car out to the grid on Sunday afternoon) Finished: 24th Points: 111 points, 35th in the standings and 60 points from 30th position (David Ragan) When you have a race as long as the Coca-Cola 600 (the longest race on the NASCAR circuit) and your driver is having a good day it’s a great and glorious culmination to a day chocked full of racing.  When your driver is struggling, and laps down by the end of the race- it’s just a long-ass day and it’s hard to find good in the day when your driver finishes four [...]

No. 14 Team Boasts Plenty of Pennsylvania Representation This Weekend at Pocono

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (May 31, 2016) – Few people are likely to list the state of Pennsylvania among the top producers of NASCAR talent, but on Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the Keystone State is well represented with three crew members. The three Pennsylvanians who work on Stewart’s Chevrolet say this weekend’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is one of the most important of the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. Each began racing in the area and could think of nothing better than to win in front of the homefolks Sunday afternoon at the “Tricky Triangle.” Pocono Raceway hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup race in August 1974 and [...]

152 mph Hands Free at Indy

Conquer Paralysis Now – a global project of the Sam Schmidt Foundation – is an outstanding TSF Grant Partner. This Memorial Day weekend marks the 100th running of the famed Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On May 23rd, Sam had two huge thrills – his race team claimed the pole through driver James Hinchcliffe and then Sam completed his own four laps of the famed oval without touching the steering wheel. Learn more about Sam and the truly amazing research & development underway to “help cure paralysis”.   By: David Malsher, US Editor, 2016-05-23 Yesterday Sam Schmidt saw James Hinchcliffe claim his team’s second Indy 500 pole. But no less significant were Sam’s own four laps of IMS, resetting the [...]

Big Outlaw Weekend Ahead for Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance Team

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2016) – Throughout his career with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz has found a way to shine when the lights are the brightest. The seven-time and reigning WoO champion has racked up marquee wins over the last 20 years at the best dirt-track facilities in the world, and he’ll look to continue that tradition during a weekend when racing takes center stage in the sporting world. Schatz and his TSR Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance team will compete in both North Carolina and Indiana over the Memorial Day weekend looking to maintain momentum they built with a pair of wins in the TSR No. 15 Bad [...]

The 600 Loose Lugnuts

Coke 600 2015 (photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook) Here is what’s been pinging around my brain this week like lugnuts during a green flag pitstop. 1. While I always love the day of racing that is presented on the last Sunday in May- us Smoke fans have something extra special to look forward to- a Kenny Wallace interview with Tony Stewart on NASCAR RaceDay on FS1 prior to the CocaCola 600.  If you don’t watch RaceDay (I plan on watching the Indy 500 myself so I might miss it) you might want to set your DVRs to record it! 2. Also if you are interested in The Smoke Show at Texas Motor Speedway- the date has been released as Wednesday [...]

No. 14 Chevrolet Honors Fallen Serviceman Paul D. Karpowich As Mobil 1 Driver Makes Final Coca-Cola 600 Start

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (May 24, 2016) – Tony Stewart on Sunday enters his final Coca-Cola 600 – the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule – as a two-time winner at Charlotte (N.C) Motor Speedway but yet to visit victory lane in the 600. That hasn’t escaped the three-time champion’s attention. “Any time you win a race at Charlotte, it’s big,” Stewart said. “It’s a speedway with a lot of history and, obviously, the Coca-Cola 600 is a huge event. I’m a big fan of shorter races nowadays, but the 600 is truly a special event with it being on Memorial Day weekend and the history of the 600, back to when it was known as the World 600. There’s just [...]

What A Show! Loney Wins UMP Modifieds; Woodard and Conover Split Eldora Stock Races

Large Crowd Enjoys Fantastic Racing and Largest Fireworks Show in Eldora History on Beautiful Spring Evening ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 21, 2016) – Nathon Loney won the UMP Modified race, while Earnie Woodard and Jordan Conover split the Eldora Stock Car events on an evening that saw some fantastic racing on Aaron’s Family Fireworks Night at Eldora Speedway. Cars were three and four wide for most of the night that kept the large crowd on their feet at the historic half-mile clay oval. Woodard, from Georgetown, Kentucky, moved past early leader Jeremey Creech with six laps to go and went on the win the first A-Feature of the Eldora Stock cars. Despite a late restart with two laps to [...]

Tony Stewart 20th in Final Sprint All-Star Race

Accident Ends Bass Pro Shops/Track Boats Chevrolet SS Driver’s Night Date: May 21, 2016 Event: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (non-points race) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Start/Finish: 17th/20th (Accident, completed 70 of 113 laps) Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford) Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 20th in his 18th and final NASCAR Sprint All-Star race after hard contact ended his night Saturday at Charlotte (N.C) Motor Speedway. Stewart’s bid to win his second All-Star race ended on lap 20 in the second 50-lap segment when Chase Elliott, in traffic, slowed on the track in turn four to enter the pits. The field attempted to [...]

Schatz Scores Two Wins in Three Outlaws Starts

TSR Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance Team Breaks Through in Pennsylvania, New York Dates: Thursday, May 19, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016 Sunday, May 22, 2016 Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Locations: Thursday – Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania Friday – Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Sunday -Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway Winners: Thursday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Friday – Lance Dewease of Don Kreitz Racing Sunday – Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing TSR Results: Thursday – Started 1st, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps Friday – Started 6th, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps Sunday – Started 9th, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (2nd with [...]

All-Star Disappointment…

(photo source: Laberge/Getty Images North America) Oh that All-Star race. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Thanks to an uncooperative mother nature and a dog that gets me up at the crack of dawn ever morning I was able to watch the entire Sprint Showdown live.  Originally scheduled to run Friday evening the Showdown was postponed along with all other ontrack activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday.  I usually miss at least a couple of the Showdown segments being on the west coast because of work – so it was actually a nice treat to get get to watch the entire showdown start-to-finish.  In my opinion [...]