March 29, 2003 |
Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart's car was impounded yesterday because it didn't meet specifications, a punishment never before handed out by NASCAR. Stewart was forced to use his backup car at the opening practice for tomorrow's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He qualified 22d in the 43-car field, with Bobby Labonte on the pole. The Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection because it didn't meet the exact specifications for "the area around the back of the car, back window to back deck," NASCAR president Mike Helton said.
October 2, 2011 |
DOVER, Del. - A month ago, Tony Stewart showed up at Atlanta Motor Speedway angry at the world. His Stewart-Haas Racing team was struggling to find a way to make the No. 14 Chevrolet competitive, and Stewart's patience was wearing thin. A berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup was on the line, but the 13-year veteran openly fretted that even if he made it into NASCAR's top 12, he'd more than likely be a pretender than a contender. Then something happened - and to this day Stewart can't or won't put his finger on exactly what changed his fortunes - to transform his Impala into the class of the field.
November 22, 2005 |
Drenched with soda and beer after claiming his second Nextel Cup championship in four seasons, Tony Stewart was asked to make a statement when he entered the media center late Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Let's get this thing over with as quick as possible," he said with a devilish grin. "I've got a lot of beer to drink with my crew. " What, you were expecting NASCAR's bad boy-turned-choirboy to say he was headed to Disney World? Presumably, he left a wake-up call because the party was to continue yesterday with a flight to New York for television appearances, including a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman that is scheduled to air on Friday.
May 16, 2013 |
MID-MAY, 11 races into the lengthy Sprint Cup season, is an ideal time to assess the surprises and disappointments thus far. Topping the surprises list is Matt Kenseth. In his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth has won three of the first 11 races. That Kenseth (27 career Cup wins) is off to a blazing start with JGR isn't a total shock. However, getting up to speed with a new team sometimes takes a while. Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff have immediately clicked, winning the season's third race together at Las Vegas.
June 21, 2012
THIS WEEK'S RACE Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. When: Sunday, 3 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.99-mile, 12-turn road course Race distance: 110 laps/350 kilometers (219 miles) Race forecast: sunny, mid-70s Last year's winner: Kurt Busch Last year's pole winner: Joey Logano, 93.256 mph Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon, 94.325 mph (June 2005) Track facts: Kurt Busch led four times for 76 laps, including the last 23, to win last year's race.
June 30, 2012
NASCAR fans will be able to check out the No. 14 Chevrolet Impala driven by three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the opening of the All Seasons Car Wash and Lube at 6722 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. Customers will be able to take photos with the car, check under the Impala's hood, hear the engine roar, and test their skills with an arcade-style NASCAR driving simulator. Mayor Nutter and Roxborough politicians, including Fourth District City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, are expected to attend.
July 12, 2012
THIS WEEK'S RACE Lenox Industrial Tools 301 New Hampshire Motors Speedway Loudon, N.H. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.058-mile oval Race distance: 301 laps/318.458 miles Race forecast: partly cloudy, high 80s Last year's winner: Ryan Newman Last year's pole winner: Newman, 135.232 mph (track record) Track facts: Newman led six times for 119 laps (including the final 72)
September 11, 2006 |
As the laps wound down in Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Kyle Busch looked like a lock to pick up his fourth career Nextel Cup victory. Then Kevin Harvick stole the show - and the win - by willing his No. 29 Chevrolet to the front with less than two miles to go. But that wasn't the biggest shock of the night at Richmond International Raceway. When the race to determine the Chase for the Nextel Cup participants had ended, so had Tony Stewart's bid to repeat as champion.
September 30, 2010
Price Chopper 400 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan. When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV/Radio: ESPN/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 400 miles/267 laps Forecast: Sunny, 60 degrees 2009 winner: Tony Stewart 2009 polesitter: Mark Martin, 175.758 mph Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, 180.856 mph (Oct. 8, 2005) Track facts: Richard Childress Racing lost an appeal yesterday to overturn the 150-point penalty incurred by driver Clint Bowyer for violations cited after the New Hampshire race, the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
September 26, 2011 |
LOUDON, N.H. - Tony Stewart made it 2-for-2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, pulling ahead when Clint Bowyer ran out of gas with two laps left to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday. Stewart is on a roll when the season matters most, following last week's Chase opening victory at Chicagoland Speedway with another strong performance at New Hampshire. Both of his victories this season have come in the Chase and have propelled him to the top of the points standings.