Monthly Archives: November 2016

Tony Stewart 22nd in Homestead Finale

Three-Time Champion Calls it A Career After 49 Victories, 618 Races Date: Nov. 20, 2016 Event: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Finale (Round 36 of 36) Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Start/Finish: 11th/22nd (Running, completed 266 of 268 laps) Point Standing: 15th with 2,211 points Winner: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports in overtime (Chevrolet) Champion: Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet) The curtain came down to loud applause early Sunday evening at Homestead-Miami Speedway when Tony Stewart walked off the NASCAR stage for the final time as a Sprint Cup Series driver, ending a career that included three championships and 49 victories. Stewart drove his No. 14 Always a Racer/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) [...]

Smoke In My Eyes: Thank you Tony (#ThanksSmoke)

(For those not aware- a little over a year ago I undertook a project here on BadGroove that we lovingly called Project Smoke In My Eyes.  The concept started out as a way for fans to submit their own stories about Tony Stewart and ended up being put into a book that is currently on it’s way to Tony for delivery sometime in December.  The book is pages of fans stories about Tony Stewart. While I was compiling the submissions I worked on creating my own submission for the book.  I went through several versions and finally at the end of my own self-imposed deadline came up with the following. It appears as the last entry in the Smoke In My [...]

Can-Am 500 in Phoenix

(photo source: Zimbio.com/Sarah Crabill/Getty Images North America) Start: 25th Finish: 15th Points: 2192 (15th in points) (photo source: zimbio.com/Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America) Dear Phoenix- it had been too long. I hadn’t been at your track since November of 2014 and I forgot why I love you so much. Last year I forsake you to attend my first race in Homestead-Miami because Jeff Gordon was retiring and since it’s so close to the Phoenix race there was no way I could attend both.  This year- I thought I would miss you. I had decided in the shadow of my driver Tony Stewart retiring to attend my first and his last Brickyard 400 at IMS. I assumed that I would again forgo [...]

Tony Stewart Talks About His Racing Plans for 2017

foxsports Sep 28, 2016 at 5:00p ET Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart said Wednesday that he will compete in “40 to 50” races next year, most on dirt and at least some driving for other car owners. Stewart said he gave the 40 to 50 race schedule to Jimmy Carr, who serves as the crew chief for Stewart’s sprint car program. Stewart said Carr pinned him down so he could figure how much equipment he’d need next year. “It may be more than we’re going to do,” Stewart said of his tentative 2017 schedule. “But if we don’t have enough stuff, it will be hard to do what we want to do. If we do too much [...]

Sick Dogs Could Be Key to Unlocking Mysteries of Immunotherapy

People and dogs share some cancer-causing genetic mutations. Now the government is funding an effort to learn from that. Novel cancer drugs that harness an individual’s own immune system to fight cancer are showing incredible promise in some patients, but researchers don’t fully understand why these immunotherapies work for some people and not others. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health say they need animal models that imitate the human immune system to study the effects of these drugs. This week an advisory committee at the National Cancer Institute at NIH said it will start a new program in 2017 to study experimental immunotherapies in dogs with cancer. The National Cancer Institute has been performing clinical trials in dogs since [...]

AAA 500 in Texas- where everything is truly bigger…including the Bobbleheads

(photo source: Zimbio.com/Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America) Start: 23rd Finish: 31st, 5 laps down Points: 2166 (14th in points) Ahh you have heard the saying everything is bigger in Texas right? Well that is also true of the NASCAR race- because was was suppose to be an afternoon race stretched into a HUGE rain delay…and then a rain shortened race.  When it started to rain right after the drivers got in and all buckled up there was a lengthy (six hour) rain delay. Way to stick it out Texas race fans by the way. Rain delay coverage was the usual…I don’t know if they talked about it during the coverage- because I actually left the house for a bit when it was [...]

Donny Schatz Continues WoO Dynasty

TSR Driver Races Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance Sprint CarTo Eighth World of Outlaws Championship To Cap His 20th SeasonINDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 1, 2016) – It was only fitting that Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz was the last one standing during the 2016 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series “Night of Champions” banquet Sunday evening. One night after racing to his 25th WoO victory of the season, he received his eighth series championship trophy following remarks from those who witnessed up close his historic 20th consecutive season of competition with “The Greatest Show on Dirt”.“I appreciate everyone’s kind words,” Schatz said. “It’s very overwhelming. Twenty times I’ve stood on this stage as a World of Outlaw. I would never have guessed that [...]

Feeling Stressed? Try a Therapy Dog

There are lots of reasons you might be stressed out this time of year: the holidays, post-election angst, and for students, soon it will be finals. One Utah group is trying to relieve some of that stress. And to do it, they're using dogs. At the school of social work on the University of Utah campus, streams of students are passing through the lobby. Three of them stop when they see a big, curly haired puppy with a jingle bell collar. "This is Harper. She’s a year and a half golden doodle," says Jeannine Thalman. Thalman is Harper’s owner and a dog handler with Therapy Animals of Utah. They’re on campus this week to try to help lower the stress [...]