Tony Interview

Last week in Vegas one of my blogger buddies had the wonderful opportunity to interview Tony Stewart.  Man what a thrill that must have been.  I would have been a nervous wreck, but she did a great job and brought back with her a great interview.  Prior to her interview she put out a call for questions that we might want to ask Tony if we were interviewing him.  Wow..this was a hard request for me, but I wanted to give a least one question for her.  I know Tony is a racer who respects the history of his sport and so I thought this is where I want my question to go.  I mentioned this opportunity to Postman and told him what question I submitted and he thought he would be a good question.  So without further ado…my question and Tony’s answer.

Amy: If you could go back in time, what decade would you be a racer in?

Tony: Oh man. I would say….probably the sixties and seventies. It was a pretty cool era in the sport because there wasn’t all the technology involved. It was really about car owners that sat there with a piece of paper and came up and drew ideas. There weren’t the computers to create the ideas for them. Just racing was a lot simpler then. I mean guys would race Indy and run Daytona. To get to race with someone like AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti and guys like that would be pretty cool.

It sounded like he was intrigued by the questions.  Of course as a die-hard Tony fan, he answer did not surprise me.  AJ Foyt is his racing idol.  I would have loved to have seen Tony race against AJ and Mario.  Wow…what a race that would have been.

If you want to see the entire interview, hop on over to Amy’s Bad Groove.

Thanks Amy for a little more insight to our favorite driver and also for using my question.

Viva Las Vegas

Wanted to share my little car design for Toyota Racing’s contest. You can choose a Toyota driver and “Sponsify” a car design. If you win, your design will be on the track for all the race fans to see. I’m not much of an artist, but I might as well give it shot. If you don’t take a chance, you don’t get a chance win. So if you have a chance, can you stop by and give my car a vote. Here is Viva Las Vegas

You can vote once a day until March 15. Then the Top 10 move on and voting begins again. For those who read The Park know who cool this would be for me.

Vote early and vote often.

Auto Club Speedway

I must admit, I enjoyed the racing at Auto Club Speedway yesterday.  I will also admit racing in California is not my favorite thing to watch on a Sunday.  There have been times where a driver gets out in front and well, runs away with the race.  I like close racing where the leaders trade spots for most of the race.  But yesterday was a pretty good race.   I was concerned the race was going to be delayed or even cancelled with rain storms looming around the track.  After last week’s delay, I really didn’t want another one.  I know some times Mother Nature has her own way of doing things, but please don’t mess with my racing.

While watching the race, Postman asked me, “Is Tony racing today?”  I was beginning to wonder that myself.  There wasn’t much talk about where he was during the race, but that usually doesn’t bother me.  Tony finds his way towards the top spots and yesterday was no different.  Tony qualified 16th and finished with a 9th place finish.  Tony is 23rd in the standings, but this Smoke is not worried.  We have only run two races and there is still quite a bit of racing still left for Tony.  Not all was good for Stewart Haas Racing yesterday.  Ryan Newman started out the day 18th, but finished 36th after a blown engine ended his day.

I was impressed with the way all the Richard Childress cars were racing yesterday.  They struggled quite a bit in 2009, but looked better towards the end of 2009.  I know last year testing was a thing of past and perhaps they did hurt RCR a bit.  Last was also the first year for RCR to have four race teams.  Unfortunately maybe four teams wasn’t meant for RCR.  Sometimes more isn’t always better.  Yesterday was a good day for RCR:  2 (Kevin Harvick), 3 (Jeff Burton), 8 (Clint Bowyer).  I really thought Kevin had Jimmie in the last laps of the race, but alas Jimmie took the victory.

A few more notes…Danica did ok. She is still learning. I didn’t get to see the race on Saturday, but the finish sounded exciting. I was listening via my Sirius radio. Why does racing always sound more exciting via the radio than on television? I have always wanted to find another driver to follow. I guess because in case when Tony decides to call it quits I want to have someone in mind. I have tried over the past few years to find one and well, I haven’t been able to really find one. I have several drivers I like, but haven’t quite jumped into their fan base. I guess I am looking for someone like Tony. However, the more I watch Greg Biffle, the more I think I could get on board with Greg Biffle. You can’t convince me to be a Dale Jr. fan so don’t try. However, if you think there is someone else I could cheer for along with Tony give me a buzz.

And finally….I have to give a shout out to another Tony fan and fellow blogger Amy over at Amy’s Bad Groove. She is headed out to Vegas this week to attend the NASCAR festivities. I am excited for her because she always delivers some of the best reporting about her trips that I have seen. I haven’t been able to attend the races at TMS in a few years, but I am hoping to get back there either this November or next year. If you haven’t been to a race, you are missing out on what NASCAR is really about. I have met quite a few people through my passion for NASCAR. I have to tell you we are just like one big happy family. We accept everyone and everyone can root for any driver they want. Sure I am not a fan of Dale Jr., but I am still part of the family. I can be who I am as a race fan and not feel judged. We are loyal and we know how to have a great time. I just wanted to wish you a wonderful time in Vegas this week Amy! Say hi to Tony for me!