September 19th 2007 6:57 am
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Wow! The Loudon race certainly proved my point about sports writers making way too much out of Jimmie Johnson's bonus points going into the Chase. Jimmie had a 60 point lead over Clint Bowyer going into the race. That lead was cut to 15 after the race. So much for bonus points.
Personally, I think the whole points system is stupid. Yeah, yeah, yeah- NASCAR says the points system gives the smaller teams an opportunity to compete for a championship. If NASCAR truly believes that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I'd like to sell them.
I've watched track and swimming events at the Olympics and seen competitors consistently be the last one to move on to the next heat then win it all in the finals. The IOC doesn't award the gold medal to the most consistent runner or swimmer; they give it to the athlete who rans or swam the fastest in the finals. So what if he or she kept finishing 3rd in the quals.
NASCAR wants to put a premium on winning races. There's a real simple way to do that. Award the Championship to the driver who wins the most races during the season. That way, you know that every driver on that track is out there for the win. Tony himself said that if he had been in the Chase last year, he wouldn't have gambled on fuel mileage at Kansas.
The sportswriters are at it again. This time they're hyping the arrival IRL and F1 drivers Sam Hornish, Jr., Dario Franchitti, and Jacques Villeneuve in NASCAR. They all comment that these drivers are following in the footsteps of Juan Pablo Montoya like Juan Pablo was the FIRST driver to leave the IRL or F1 for NASCAR. Excuse me- Tony made the move from IRL to NASCAR in 1998 (after winning an IRL championship thank you very much).
Now a few words for Tony. I was looking at the pictures from New Hampshire that are posted on Tony Stewart.com, and pardon me for saying so, but Zippy is getting more than a little pudgy. Maybe you should introduce him to your friend Jared.
Second, what's with the long hair? At least it looks better on you than it does on Jeff Gordon, but that's really not saying much. And your hair has way more curl in it than my mommy's.
September 3rd 2007 12:49 pm
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Ok, this is for all you reporter types out in NASCAR-land. You're making waayyy to much out of the bonus points each driver in the Chase will get when the points are reset after next week's race. So Jimmie Johnson will have a 10 point lead over Jeff Gordon and a 20 point lead over Tony. Folks, that's no big deal. That's nothing more than a couple of positions on the racetrack and leading a lap. Look at it this way. Let's say that things stay the way they are, and the Chase starts with Jimme still holding a 20 point lead over Tony. Now, Loudon is a track where Tony does well, so he wins the race. Jimmie finishes 2nd. Tony gets 190 points, Jimmie gets 170. There you go. One race and that 20 point lead is history. Bonus points ARE NOT the big deal that you guys are making them out to be.
Speaking of Jimmie Johnson-
My last birthday, I got a card in the mail from one of the pet store chains for a free toy for my birthday. I chose one of the blue loofah dogs that are so popular at this particular chain(they don't come in Home Depot orange). Mommy christened it my "Chad Knaus voodoo dog," and I immediately set upon destroying it(I'm wanted for "stuffycide" in several counties, and Allie is a serial stuffy killer). Finally, right before the race at Sonoma, I burried it in my crate. Mind you I'm not saying that's why Chad got suspended, but it is an interesting coincidence. Well, it seems that as long as "Chad" was buried, Jimmie did ok. Not great, not good, just ok. Well, last week, mommy was cleaning out my crate, and she unburied it (Bad mommy!) Now I have to find another place to bury it. Allie has been gnawing the hair off its head, and I couldn't help but notice that it seemed like Chad's hair was getting even thinner. Who knows???
The really big news this week is that Joe Gibbs Racing will be driving Toyotas mext year. I'm not really sure how I feel about that. I know that a lot of people have very strong opinions about Toyota being in NASCAR. I think that Tony's in a tough situation right now because he has a long term contract with GM and Chevrolet with regard to his Tony Stewart Racing teams. I guess we'll all find out on Wednesday what all the ramifications of this will be.
August 24th 2007 8:25 pm
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Yeah, yeah, yeah---
I know that this forum is dedicated to NASCAR racing and my favorite driver, the beloved Tony Stewart, but I have to take this opportunity to brag on the hometown kids.
For those of you not keeping up with the Little League World Series, Lubbock's own Western All-Stars will be playing for the United States Championship tomorrow afternoon (3:30ET on ABC).
If you're a baseball fan (or even if you're not), you should really tune in to watch these kids play. Mommy says that it is so much more enjoyable to watch them play rather than some of the overpaid, steroid enhanced players you usually see on television.
Another bright spot is that because of the LLWS, Brent Musburger won't be anywhere near Bristol Saturday night (woohoo!!!). I'm sorry, but what that man knows about racing wouldn't even fit on the head of a pin (see there, I did talk about racing after all).
Tony and the Lubbock Western All-Stars (Southwest Region Champs) ROCK!!!!
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