Monthly Archives: October 2016

Goody’s 500 at Martinsville

(photo source: Zelevansky/Getty Images North America) Start: 6th Finish: 26th, 4 laps down Points: 2156 (14th in points) Tony’s weekend started out with awesome practices and a solid qualifying effort but unfortunately it didn’t end up so swell. After the first caution when a majority of the field pitted and Tony’s team did not he ended up falling back in the field to fresher tires.  The car sustained damage when Ryan Blaney came across the nose of Tony’s car as well. Between battling a car that wouldn’t turn and the loss of track position he was unable to make up any ground and eventually ended up loosing laps to the leader and finishing 26th. Tony was discouraged. The team was discouraged. The [...]

The Talladega Chase Race and Why Certain Drivers/Teams Stay In the Back

(photo source: Smith/Getty Images North America) Start: 21st Finish: 32nd Points: 2141 (14th in points) For Talladega- the race on Sunday was fairly uneventful and that was a good thing.  The big one never came- just a few medium to small sized incidents that did little damage- unlike the big melee during the truck race the day before with 34 laps to go. (Source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook) Tony dropped to the back of the pack after the drop of the green flag and stayed there for the entire race. When – by chance of caution he was in packs of cars he again would drop back until he was in a smaller group of people whom he trusted.  The plan [...]

Sunday’s Talladega Race Marks 70th, Final Superspeedway Restrictor-Plate Start

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Oct. 18, 2016) – Tony Stewart might not be the biggest fan of restrictor-plate racing in NASCAR, but there are few drivers like Stewart who can say they’ve led almost 1,000 laps or logged more than 30,000 miles in their careers on the 200-mph, high-banked tracks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. In Sunday’s Alabama 500 at the 2.66-mile Talladega track, the three-time champion will drive the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Delvac Chevrolet in the 70th and final superspeedway restrictor-plate start of his 18-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Out of championship contention with only five races left in his final season Stewart and his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) crew will hold [...]

Stewart 16th in Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Driver Enjoys Good Day as Competitor and Team Owner Date: Oct. 16, 2016 Event: Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 31 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval) Start/Finish: 14th/16th (Running, completed 267 of 267 laps) Point Standing: 13th with 2,131points Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet)  Tony Stewart didn’t earn his 50th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, but he still walked away from the 1.5-mile oval victorious. In his traditional role as driver, Stewart piloted his No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish at Kansas. And in his dual role as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) [...]

Hollywood Casino 400 Race Report

Date:  Oct. 16, 2016 Event:  Hollywood Casino 400 (Round 31 of 36) Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location:  Kansas Speedway in Kansas City (1.5-mile oval) Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet) SHR Finish: Kevin Harvick (Started 11th, Finished 1st / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps) Kurt Busch (Started 15th, Finished 13th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps) Tony Stewart (Started 14th, Finished 16th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps) Danica Patrick (Started 19th, Finished 18th / Running, completed 267 of 267 laps) SHR Points: Kevin Harvick (2nd with 1 win, Advances to Round of 8) Kurt Busch (6th with 3,062 points; 17 points ahead of 9th in Round of 12) Tony Stewart (13th with 2,131 points) [...]

Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas

(photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook) Start: 14th Finish: 16th Points: 2131 (13th in points) The race in Kansas started out with a good omen for driver Tony Stewart: he was driving the number 14 car, was housed in garage number 14 in the garage area at Kansas and ended up qualifying 14th.  That’s a whole lot of 14 right? (photo source: Tony Stewart Facebook) At the drop of the green flag Tony started flying up the field and cracked the top ten within 10 laps.  He reported that the balance was pretty much the same as it had been in practice and it was pretty good. The team did a great first pit stop and no penalties left him in the top ten. [...]

Furry Friends Improve Reading

Cosmo, a little white Havanese and certified therapy dog, joins children at the Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School (Oakland Park, FL) as part of the Pack Reader Program provided through TSF Grant Partner Canine Assisted Therapy. CAT is best known for providing therapy teams visiting hospitals and nursing homes but this fabulous nonprofit also reaches a younger audience with its educational outreach. Therapy dog Cosmo has been volunteering his time for the past 7 years at schools and libraries in the area. He is an excellent listener and provides a non-judgmental and calming presence in the classroom. Children are developing a love for reading and increasing their self-confidence all thanks to Cosmo's hard work! Way to go Cosmo and [...]

The Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover

(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook) Started: 15 Finished: 13th Points: 13th (2074 points) When Sunday came I found myself in a quandary. I wanted  to watch the race as I usually do on race day but a big part of me didn’t want to watch the race at Dover. Why? It was the stress of it being the last race before the cut to the round of 12.  I understand that NASCAR things that these elimination rounds are exciting to watch but I find this chase format to be exponentially more nerve racking than any other chase format. Especially when at the start of the race your driver is ranked 15th out of the 16 chasers and only the top [...]

Citizen Soldier 400 Race Report

Date:  Oct. 2, 2016 Event:  Citizen Soldier 400 (Round 29 of 36) Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location:  Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval) Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota) SHR Finish: Tony Stewart (Started 15th, Finished 13th / Running, completed 399 of 400 laps) Kurt Busch (Started 11th, Finished 15th / Running, completed 398 of 400 laps) Danica Patrick (Started 24th, Finished 28th / Running, completed 393 of 400 laps) Kevin Harvick (Started 6th, Finished 37th / Running, completed 354 of 400 laps) SHR Points: Kevin Harvick (3,000 points – Advances to Round of 12 in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) Kurt Busch (3,000 points – Advances to Round of 12 in Chase [...]

Tony Stewart 13th at Dover

Nature’s Bakery/Mobil 1 Driver Eliminated From Chase Contention Date: Oct. 2, 2016 Event: Citizen Soldier 400 (Round 29 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile oval) Start/Finish: 15th/13th (Running, completed 399 of 400 laps) Point Standing: 13th(2,074 points; 11 points out of top-12 in Round of 16) Winner: Martin Truex Jr.of Racing Furniture Row Racing (Toyota) No. 14 Nature’s Bakery/Mobil 1 Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart finished 13th in Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, but the strong run wasn’t enough to keep the three-time champion in contention for NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup. “We gave it 110 percent today,” said Stewart, who told the team on the radio that missing the Chase shouldn’t change the way it [...]