3-Time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart – Wins at Sonoma
Sonoma California June 26, 2016
Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 will become a favorite for many race fans regardless of series or generation. Tony Stewart breaks his 84 race winless streak with a win at Sonoma. Marking his 49th Career win!
Also known as “Smoke”, Tony won at least 1 race each season from the start of his career until 2013. The dry spell of 2014 and 2015 came after several tragedies and emotional comebacks in Tony’s life. He missed the first 8 races of the 2016 season after suffering a broken back in an all-terrain vehicle accident a couple of weeks before his final season was to begin in February at the Daytona 500. A race he was never able to win in his Cup career.
His father, Nelson Stewart, was still wiping away tears while watching his only son celebrate in Victory Lane. “It’s been a tough three years not just for him but everyone that’s close to him,” his father said. “I don’t know what to say. We all needed that bad. He really needed that bad.”
Since 2013 the specifications for Nascar set-ups have changed many times. Tony said many times that these set-ups didn’t mesh with his style of driving and he was struggling to find the right way to drive them from his perspective. But over the past few weeks, Tony and his Crew Chief Michael Bugarewicz have been improving the set up to fit Smoke’s style. Continue reading →
Some of my observations from around the social media networks. Comments I made, events I shared. Stories with some laughter and some concern. Some news stories that created annoyance with politics or moments of joy with a few good news stories too.
April 15th Heather Sullivan NBC12 Apr 15, 2016 at 5:42am ·
TEACHERS discouraging students from pursuing a teaching career because the pay is low. What do you think about this? We’re talking about it on air in minutes.
They’re telling the truth, what’s wrong with that? If you don’t like it, I suggest you start complaining to local, state and federal governments about teacher pay, the constant cuts to education, and the mishandling of educational budgets. Continue reading →
Tony Stewart Returns To Cup Racing – Atlanta Press Conference
Tony Stewart Is Free And Clear
Answering the Questions put forth by Detractors
September 25, 2014 – Updated Sept 26, 2014
Ontario County N.Y. District Attorney Michael Tantillo released a statement on Wednesday September 24th, 2014 to announce the Grand Jury’s decision concerning the tragic death of Kevin Ward, Jr. and Tony Stewart’s part in the accident.
The following is a Transcript of news conference with the Ontario County DA Michael Tantillo:
“The grand jury has today completed its investigation. During the course of the grand jury presentation, approximately two dozen witnesses testified. These included a number of race car drivers, racetrack employees and volunteers, two accident reconstructionists, medical personnel and a number of police officers. In addition, of the grand jury reviewed a number of photographs and video recordings as well as other documentary evidence. After listening to and questioning all of the witnesses and reviewing all of the evidence, the grand jury has determined there is no basis to charge Tony Stewart with any crimes. This case was therefore no-billed by the grand jury. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.”
I’ve made no secret that I’m a Tony Stewart fan. I have been since he stepped onto the stage in NASCAR, which happened back in the late 90s. I care about him, I defend him, and I have a biased opinion. But yes I’ve called him out when he’s done something on the track that he shouldn’t. I’m biased, not blind.
So when I first heard the news that the Grand Jury had cleared him of any criminal intent, and that the case was closed through no-billed, I immediately tweeted my joy. Continue reading →
3-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart, returned to the track this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway!
As a fan I’m elated. It takes a lot of courage to come out of safety of your home, no matter how big and beautiful it is; and walk into the lions den. Image having to face the reporters, especially the ones that don’t know you. Have no idea about racing and what’s involved. Ready to pounce with ignorant and meaningless questions. Especially when you’re still hurting and grieving over the loss of a young life.
In the lime light everyone, people who know him well, people who are professional acquaintances, even his biggest fans all commented that this was not our Tony. This is not the fun loving, quick witted, “most soft spoken bad ass” in Nascar. Continue reading →
Tragedy comes in many forms. Things that happen to us, things we’re involved in and choices others make that turn us into the victim, but no one else notices.
I’m a spiritual person, a minister of my faith. On my path, we believe in reincarnation, karma, and that we’re all connected and interconnected throughout the Divine Universe! We are ALL part of the greater Divine consciousness, because we are made from that same star-dust that created the multiverse we live in.
Because of this view I don’t believe in the random tragedies or that all events we go through are accidents, nor are they preordained. Rather they are things we, let me rephrase – our greater inner spirit – has chosen to be involved in on a much higher level than our physical selves. In some cases I believe some of these events are extremely and extraordinarily selfless acts of sacrifices given for the betterment of a community, a nation or maybe even the world.
Before I go any further, let me once again, publicly offer my deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Ward family. This article will not and does not disparage anyone, through judgement or inference about what happened on that tragic night in August. In fact, I believe from my ministerial perspective, there’s a greater Divine act occurring and both Kevin and Tony have made a huge selfless sacrifice for others in the world of racing. Please let me explain.
It might sound strange to some to think of the tragic event that occurred between Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. as selfless sacrifice. I’d respond with give the thought a chance. There’s history in that kind of thinking. It’s not the first time such an event has changed the world. Continue reading →
Last night at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York, the evening started like any other Saturday night race on dirt. Drivers lined up, the Four Wide salute to fans was given, pictures were taken and shared all over social media.
On lap14 of the final segment of the nights racing event Kevin Ward Jr., a 20-year-old competitor and Tony Stewart, 3-Time Nascar Champion were fighting for the same line on the track. The final segment consisted of 25laps on the 1/2mile dirt track.
Coming around turn 2 Tony’s #14 car on the inside of the corner, and Kevin’s #13 Sprint Car on the outside got into each other. Kevin ran up the track and hit the wall, not unusual and not a bad wreck. (read more from Jeff Gluck’s USAToday report). Continue reading →
3-Time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart – The People’s Champion!
My Racing Musings
We’re not professional reporters or sports commentators/critics. But both my Man and I are authors and we tend to write our thoughts and musings out on paper (well on the screen).
I haven’t decided how much racing and specifically my NASCAR musings I’m going to put here on Springwolf’s Creations. But we’ll see what happens.
My passionate distraction began when I was rather young, 12 to be exact. My first favorite driver was Darrell Waltrip in his rookie year, 1973. So when I say I’m a long time fan, and it has been a LONG time!
Back then I also watched Indy racing with some big names like A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Johnny Rutherford and Wally Dallenbach, Sr. to name a few. I simply loved any kind of car racing!
Today my passion revolves around 3-Time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart (Smoke), driver of the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy. He began his cup career in 1999, his first cup win was at our local track, Richmond and that’s also his favorite track. And he was the 1999 Rookie of the Year.
While I’m still a huge fan of Smoke, he retired from the Nascar series in 2016. It has been hard to find a new driver to fill his shoes, at least for me. I’ve lost my favorite driver and settled on cheering for the drivers of his team Stewart-Haas Racing. But it’s really not the same. ::sigh::
My significant other’s favorite driver is a DaleJr fan, so we’re also part of JrNation! And our son’s favorite driver is RocketMan Ryan Newman. And of course we have our up and coming favorites too. Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott in particular.
Because of Smoke, we’ve also become very interested in Dirt Racing. I’m still learning about how all that works, but I’m getting there. It’s exciting to watch to say the least! And now that my favorite guy has bought the All Star Circuit of Champions, I’m sure that’s going to expand and grow by leaps and bounds.
Here begins my personal perspectives, thoughts and random musings of racing in general and NASCAR specifically. Its races, drivers, their personalities, triumphs and shenanigans.