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March 29, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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June 3, 2013 | By Dan Gelston, Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - With one big move, Tony Stewart put Juan Pablo Montoya and a sluggish season behind him. After a mundane start, Stewart is back in Victory Lane - and in the thick of Chase contention. Stewart's daring outside pass on Montoya with three laps left was enough to win Sunday at Dover International Speedway and snap a 30-race winless streak. "Our guys at our shop have been digging," Stewart said. "None of these guys get down. We have been down, but they haven't gotten down.
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October 2, 2011 | By Pete Schnatz, For The Inquirer
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.
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June 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Tony Stewart opened his remarks in Michigan on Friday with a few words about Jason Leffler, who died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. Moments later, he offered a brief plea amid growing safety questions about Leffler's death at the dirt-track race. "What happened this week wasn't because somebody didn't do something right with the race track. It was an accident. Just like if you go out and there's a car crash.
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June 6, 2013 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
NEAR THE END of Tony Stewart's post-win news conference Sunday at Dover, he responded to a question with an intense rant. Stewart was annoyed with reports that he was considering replacing crew chief Steve Addington. As NASCAR fans know, Stewart was off to the worst start of his Sprint Cup career. The three-time Cup titlist was 20th in points entering the race. In such situations, race teams often consider changing crew chiefs, much as baseball managers are replaced when a team with high expectations falters.
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October 2, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
NASCAR WILL BE losing another star driver after next season. Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, 44, confirmed yesterday he'll retire after the 2016 season. As expected, Clint Bowyer will take Stewart's place in the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017. Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup series titlist, is completing his final season this year. Gordon, also 44, will make his final racing appearance Sunday at Dover International Speedway, weather permitting, in light of the approach of Hurrican Joaquin.
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November 22, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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June 20, 2013
Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif. When: Sunday, 3 p.m. TV/Radio: TNT/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.99-mile, 12-turn track Distance: 110 laps/ 219 miles/350 kilometers Forecast: mostly cloudy, high 70s Last year's winner: Clint Bowyer Last year's pole: Marcos Ambrose, 95.262 mph (track record) Track facts: Bowyer dominated last year's race, leading the most laps (71), including the last 39. Tony Stewart was runner-up; Kurt Busch was third.
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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.
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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.
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September 16, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
RYAN NEWMAN is angry at Tony Stewart. Matt Kenseth is annoyed with Brad Keselowski, again. Kevin Harvick posted a video on Twitter of an enraged bull charging into a grandstand, saying the bull reflects his mood entering the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Tempers are dialed in: Gentlemen, start your Chase. After Stewart wrecked Newman's car with 37 laps remaining in Saturday night's Richmond race, Newman said his former boss has anger issues and is bipolar. The wreck knocked Newman, who previously drove for Stewart's team, from the 16-driver Chase group.
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July 29, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FIRST STOP, Indianapolis; next, Pocono. Jeff Gordon never expected these two races would be on his summer itinerary. The winner of 93 career Sprint Cup series races (third all-time) thought he had retired after last season. But when concussion-like symptoms sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gordon was summoned from the Hendrick Motorsports bullpen. With only a few days preparation, Gordon drove Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet to a 13th-place finish in last Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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February 19, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, Correspondent
WHAT DO Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick have in common? With the retirement of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart's latest injury, the forty-ish five are the senior statesmen as the NASCAR Sprint Cup series glides into a year of transition. Gordon, 44, is now a Fox Sports racing analyst. Stewart, also 44, is recuperating from a fractured vertebra suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident Jan. 31 in California. "Seniors" Biffle (46)
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October 2, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
NASCAR WILL BE losing another star driver after next season. Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, 44, confirmed yesterday he'll retire after the 2016 season. As expected, Clint Bowyer will take Stewart's place in the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017. Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup series titlist, is completing his final season this year. Gordon, also 44, will make his final racing appearance Sunday at Dover International Speedway, weather permitting, in light of the approach of Hurrican Joaquin.
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July 31, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
KYLE BUSCH has won three consecutive Sprint Cup races. In four of the last five races, Busch has parked his No. 18 Toyota in victory lane. This is an astounding streak under normal conditions. It's even more amazing, given that Busch missed the season's first 11 events, while recuperating from injuries suffered in a crash at Daytona in February. Busch is tied with Jimmie Johnson for most wins this season (four each). Johnson has run all 20 Cup races, while Busch has been in only nine.
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March 20, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
FOUR RACES into the Sprint Cup season and Tony Stewart's best finish is 30th. What? Are we talking about Tony "Smoke" Stewart, a three-time Cup series champion, one of the most skilled race-car drivers in the world finishing races back in the pack with also-rans? Regrettably, we are. Meanwhile, his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick is winning races (two) and extending his remarkable streak of top-two finishes to seven in a row over two seasons. (The last driver with seven consecutive top-two finishes was Richard Petty, in 1975.)
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October 17, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
IS THE POSTRACE craziness at Charlotte over yet? "Bad" Brad Keselowski slams his car into Matt Kenseth's after Saturday night's race . . . Keselowski tries to spin Denny Hamlin's car . . . Tony Stewart backs his car into Keselowski's . . . the mild-mannered Kenseth jumps Keselowski where the team haulers are parked. There were so many incidents, maybe I missed one. Afterward, Hamlin said Keselowski "is acting like a dumb ass instead of a champion. " The outbursts attracted attention from many media outlets that normally ignore NASCAR.
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September 29, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
DOVER, Del. - A grand jury clearing Tony Stewart of any criminal intent in the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. last month is a relief to Stewart and his NASCAR racing colleagues. Ward died when he was hit by Stewart's car during a caution period in a race last month at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park. "I know 100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent an accident," Stewart told the Associated Press on Thursday in his first interview since the grand jury's decision was announced Wednesday.
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September 12, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
JAMES HARDEN and the U.S. sprinted into the championship game of the Basketball World Cup, riding a huge third quarter to a 96-68 victory over Lithuania last night in Barcelona, Spain. Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans' quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout. The Americans will travel to Madrid to face France or Serbia on Sunday as they try to repeat as world champions for the first time.
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September 5, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
SATURDAY NIGHT racing at Richmond with two spots in the Chase open: Drivers, start sweating. Fourteen drivers are in the Chase: the 13 winners and Matt Kenseth, the highest-ranking driver without a victory. Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle, both winless, are next in points. If Newman doesn't win, he only has to finish 18th or better; or finish 19th and with at least one lap led; or 20th and the most laps led. If there is a repeat winner (or if Kenseth or Newman wins), Biffle is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 22nd or better; or 23rd with at least one lap led; or 24th and the most laps led. If there is a new winner that is not Kenseth or Newman, Biffle needs to outscore Newman by 19 points and stay ahead of Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson.
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