Category: Indianapolis

Jul 30 2008

Tony Stewart Shoving USAC Official

Not sure what happened at this [tag]USAC[/tag] race in Indy, but Tony was pretty upset about something. Of course, it doesn’t take much to get Tony upset, but the USAC officials should’ve ejected him right there, I would not take that from anyone, those officials have got more important stuff on their minds like safety and making sure the race is run fairly. If I was Nascar, I would be talking to him about it as well, being that he will be a car owner next year as well as a driver, he needs to know the lines not to cross right now, such as putting your hands on a low paid official, any official, in any way shape or form is not allowed.

Maybe a good punishment would be to park his driver as pushing and getting violent with any official should end your day.

Added: Just saw this on the Nascar section at AOL Fanhouse, Stewart has been fined $10,000 for the incident and Tony Stewart Racing was placed on probation for the rest of the USAC season.

Tony Stewart was fined $10,000 Monday for what the U.S. Auto Club deemed unsportsmanlike conduct during a midget race last week at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Tony Stewart Racing also was placed on probation for the remainder of the USAC season.

Stewart reportedly knocked a radio headset off the head of one USAC official and shoved another following a ruling Thursday involving Stewart’s car, driven by Tracy Hines. Stewart Fined $10,000 for Conduct

Jul 30 2008

Brickyard: Second Slowest Race in 15 Years

Yes, I’m talking about last weeks race at the brickyard, the one where they threw a caution every 10 or 12 laps because the tires were blowing out. I believe one Nascar story said the longest run was 13 laps. 13 laps! It was like watching some of the sprint car races, where you have race after race until you get to the final feature, only this was Nascar and the drivers did not change any.

I never did get to see what Tony Stewart thought of the tires, I need to go check out Nascar.com I guess and see if he ran his mouth about it.

“It’s obvious that we didn’t go there with the right car-slash-tire combination,” Pemberton conceded.

Can you say duh huh.

“The race didn’t come off like we had hoped, the fans didn’t get what they exactly wanted and we’ll do everything in our power — it won’t happen again, I can tell you that much.”

I have no doubt that they won’t let this happen again as it was easily the most boring race I have ever watched, in recent memory at least, I may be able to come up with another if I think about it very hard. Nascar did say they are working on a new testing policy, one in which they will allow more testing dates and the freedom to choose which tracks they test at. They did not test at Indy this year as the crew chiefs did not select it when polled where they would like to test.

Oh, and here is how they finished:

1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 195/10 160 Running 509,236
2 9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 175/5 160 Running 366,700
3 23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 170/5 160 Running 331,516
4 6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley 165/5 160 Running 290,745
5 5 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 160/5 160 Running 275,111
6 8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 150/0 160 Running 206,850
7 4 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser / LifeLock 146/0 160 Running 225,491
8 12 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 142/0 160 Running 196,225
9 32 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 143/5 160 Running 233,783
10 26 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 139/5 160 Running 178,775
11 2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 130/0 160 Running 210,383
12 11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 132/5 160 Running 180,950
13 3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 124/0 160 Running 207,975
14 16 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 121/0 160 Running 170,000
15 19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 123/5 160 Running 180,700
16 27 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Totino’s Pizza Rolls 115/0 160 Running 195,536
17 22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 112/0 160 Running 184,689
18 15 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 109/0 160 Running 154,375
19 40 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 106/0 160 Running 169,875
20 20 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 103/0 160 Running 175,183
21 38 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 100/0 160 Running 195,400
22 24 147 Marcos Ambrose Ford Little Debbie 97/0 160 Running 148,825
23 14 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 94/0 160 Running 197,461
24 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Cub Cadet 96/5 160 Running 182,408
25 35 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 93/5 160 Running 166,133
26 31 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 85/0 160 Running 162,725
27 43 45 Terry Labonte Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 82/0 160 Running 161,083
28 39 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 79/0 160 Running 153,825
29 36 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 76/0 160 Running 142,225
30 33 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 73/0 160 Running 145,200
31 42 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 75/5 160 Running 152,600
32 21 70 Jason Leffler Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 67/0 160 Running 140,700
33 29 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Johns Manville / Menards 64/0 160 Running 163,558
34 30 00 Michael McDowell Toyota Champion Mortgage 66/5 160 Running 150,097
35 41 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 63/5 160 Running 140,300
36 28 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Hitachi Power Tools 60/5 160 Running 168,214
37 18 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 52/0 148 Running 186,661
38 10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 49/0 144 Running 187,241
39 13 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack 46/0 124 Accident 167,408
40 7 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 43/0 119 Running 139,425
41 37 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 40/0 118 Running 147,300
42 17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 42/5 93 Engine 147,600
43 34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 34/0 91 Running 139,494

Jul 29 2007

Tony Stewart Wins at the Brickyard, Again

Tony Stewart wins at the Brickyard
Tony Stewart wins the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, running strong all day long, coming from the back in the beginning, and running up front or leading the rest of the way. This is his second win at Indy, his first came in 2005, which was also the last time he won the championship, and, as a matter of fact, 6 of the lat 9 winners at Indianapolis Motor speedway have gone on to win the cup that year. On the Nascar.com site, they said this makes Tony the favorite to win, while I don’t agree with that, it does certainly help him and get him going as this is also his second win in a row, and also the last time he won at Indy, he won the following race in Pocono.

There was some excitement at the end there, as he and Kevin Harvick battled for the lead, giving each other rubber donuts and scrapes on the side of each others cars. Kevin Harvick even gave him a passing shot after he won, don’t worry folks, no feud here, just two drivers who really like each other and really like racing each other.

But he found peace at the Brickyard with his electric 2005 breakthrough victory, and this time made it look easy. Stewart led a race-high 66 of the 160 laps, but was passed by 2003 winner Kevin Harvick on a restart with 20 to go.

He never panicked as he chased down Harvick, even taunting his friend over the radio. “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty,” he called. “Come get you some of this.”

The two-time series champion closed onto Harvick’s bumper and made at least two attempts to pass, only to be rebuffed as Harvick held tight. Stewart finally powered alongside of him with 10 to go, but Harvick wouldn’t relent and the two Chevrolets touched as they drag-raced around the historic 2.5-mile oval.

“I just went down there on the restart and got real, real tight for some reason,” Stewart said. “Kevin got by us and I knew after 15 laps I could get around him. So I was just trying to be patient, got a good run on him off of [Turn] 1 and got by him.

“That’s a hard guy to race there. He’s a clean guy. That’s one of my best friends.” Source: Calm, cool Stewart puts out the ‘kitty’ at Indianapolis

I was pretty sure they were good friends, but this year, it’s just hard to tell who Tony is going to get mad at race in and race out, so you never know. Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked like he was going to solidify his position in 12th, but his engine blew and the competition ended up getting closer.

Here is how they finished:
1 14 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 195/10 160 Running
2 2 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 170/0 160 Running
3 21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 165/0 160 Running
4 18 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 165/5 160 Running
5 1 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Maxwell House 160/5 160 Running
6 13 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 150/0 160 Running
7 20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Reese’s / Elvis 151/5 160 Running
8 7 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 142/0 160 Running
9 27 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 138/0 160 Running
10 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 134/0 160 Running
11 6 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 130/0 160 Running
12 33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 127/0 160 Running
13 26 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 124/0 160 Running
14 40 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters / Lucas Oil 121/0 160 Running
15 8 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 123/5 160 Running
16 30 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 115/0 160 Running
17 38 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 112/0 160 Running
18 35 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 109/0 160 Running
19 29 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Totino’s Pizza Rolls 106/0 160 Running
20 28 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Johns Manville 103/0 160 Running
21 25 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 100/0 160 Running
22 10 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 97/0 159 Running
23 32 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 94/0 159 Running
24 37 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 91/0 159 Running
25 36 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 88/0 159 Running
26 12 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 85/0 158 Running
27 42 7 Robby Gordon Ford Johns Manville / Menards 82/0 157 Running
28 17 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 79/0 155 Running
29 16 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 76/0 154 Running
30 43 55 Terry Labonte Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 73/0 150 Running
31 22 33 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn 70/0 145 Running
32 41 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 67/0 141 Off Track
33 15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 64/0 138 Off Track
34 4 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 66/5 136 Out of Race
35 9 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 58/0 132 Off Track
36 23 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 55/0 120 Off Track
37 39 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink 52/0 100 Off Track
38 34 00 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King / The Simpsons Movie 49/0 92 Out of Race
39 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 46/0 60 Out of Race
40 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 43/0 39 Out of Race
41 11 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 40/0 39 Out of Race
42 3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 37/0 20 Out of Race
43 24 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 34/0 13 Out of Race

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