(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 Eyes book- the only thing behind it being The End- But Really Just The Beginning.—- AMY)
This is what seems like my one millionth attempt at writing my own entry for “Smoke In My Eyes.” My most recent previous attempt was pages and pages of me waxing on poetically but as I edited it, I realized that while it said a lot- it wasn’t actually what I wanted to say.
Mostly what I want to say is thank you Tony.
Thank you for making motorsports interesting to me again. I spent several years after the split of the CART series only paying attention to the big races like the Daytona 500, Indy 500 and a couple of NHRA events. While I had been a big fan of CART when the split happened, I was a teenager and I had let my interests wander instead of trying to keep track of different drivers in different series. What I saw in you as a driver drew me back to motorsports just after your rookie year in NASCAR. It was your fire and your passion, you honesty and your penchant for saying exactly how you felt that not just drew me in but made me the stalwart and loyal fan I am today.