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Tony Stewart Needs Less Fighting and More Performance

By admin | April 29, 2013

 Tony Stewart fired his helmet at Matt Kenseth’s car last year in Bristol.

By Richard Allen

Tony Stewart has traditionally been a slow starter throughout his NASCAR career. However, the 2013 season is easily among his worst. Over the course of the first quarter of the season, the three-time Sprint Cup champion has managed no wins, no top-5s and only one top-10.

To put Stewart’s early season statistics in perspective, severely underfunded drivers Michael McDowell and J.J. Yeley along with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate and rookie Danica Patrick have the same number of top-10s.

Currently, Stewart ranks a very disappointing 21st in the Sprint Cup standings.

But while his performance statistics have been down, Stewart is among the sport’s leaders in seeking confrontation and being ‘bleeped’ during post-race interviews. From afar, it appears as if the frustration levels are rising as the finishes continue to drop lower.

As has been well documented, Stewart went after and got into a physical altercation with Joey Logano after the Sprint Cup race in Fontana, Calif. The driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet did not like the blocking maneuver Logano used after a late race restart and showed his displeasure on pit road with a punch.

Granted, Stewart was running near the front of the field in that race before the block. However, he fell all the way back to 22nd at the finish. One block did not cause that dramatic of a drop off.

In Richmond, Stewart found himself near the top of the leader board again as the checkered flag neared. However, a bump from Kurt Busch moved him out of the groove and out of the top-10. He went on to finish 18th on the three-quarter mile short track.

On the cool down lap of that race, Stewart and Busch engaged in a bumping match with their two cars which then turned into an exchange of heated words in the garage area. This time, no punches were thrown but it was yet another confrontation for ‘Smoke’.

But the reality is, the running order prior to the final restart of that race had been jumbled due to varying pit strategies. Stewart had not perform particularly well for most of the night and did not finish very far below where he had run throughout much of the race.

It has been well known that Stewart has many ‘irons in the fire’. Not only does he drive for Stewart-Haas Racing, but he is a part owner and the face of the company. He races sprint cars or some other type of machine every time he gets a chance. And, he owns and operates several dirt tracks, including the Eldora Speedway which will host a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event late this year. That’s a lot of stuff for one person to be involved in, even if he does have managers who do most of the work.

Considering he has had more run-ins with other drivers than he has had top-10 finishes, it might be time for Tony Stewart to redirect his focus. If that doesn’t happen soon, winning races and making the Chase for the Sprint Cup are going to be out of the question for 2013.

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9 Responses to “Tony Stewart Needs Less Fighting and More Performance”

  1. kb Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Rich you are a gentleman in speaking of Stewarts bad behavior..he deserves a smack. But I digress…We all laughed at Tony right away saying “sorry” to a Hendrick car and driver..anybody else..tough luck. LOL.

  2. Carl Watson Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 1:57 am

    While I agree with all of your points, I would mention that he had pretty much all of these same diversions in 2011. A year which saw him win the championship and a bunch of wins in the chase, albeit after just barely qualifying for it.

    His ownership of these tracks and his participation comes from, as most know, a genuine love and a desire to support that kind of regional, grass roots racing. To give back as they say, because I doubt he’s getting rich off Eldora.

    However, as you explain, he has a LOT of irons in that fire, more than I even realized because I only knew of just the one track, not tracks plural, and it wasn’t many years ago when his cup responsibilities were just those of driver. Over time, year after year, I would think all of this must be taking a toll and very grinding on a person?

    But who knows, this wouldn’t be the first time Stewart seemed to have more disputes with people than good finishes, and then suddenly he and the team click off a bunch of wins. lol

  3. Chris Fiegler Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Do you think that Danica Patrick joining Stewart-Haas Racing is the Reason that Tony Stewart is Stinking this Season?

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Rich, even if I was a Smoke Booster Still, I would like to see more Suspensions for Unsportsman or womanlike conduct because frankly, I am feeling some of these acts hurt ticket sales,Rich.

  5. Richard Allen Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    For the record, I am not advocating suspensions for Stewart’s behavior. I’m just saying his focus seems to be in the wrong place.

  6. John Cooke Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Do as I say, not as I do!! Come on Tony, you’re better than that!

  7. Russ Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I(s he really better than that? You know the old saying, “a leopard never changes his spots”.

  8. Offkilter Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Smoke reminds me of a chihuahua… They hair up and run at the object that they are mad at but when its time throw down, he pulls up short and starts to yip yip yip. Sometimes if he’s REALLY pissed, he runs in circles yip yip yipping. Come to think of it, that sounds like the other handful of hotheads.

  9. Tyler West Says:
    April 30th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Man, this guy sucks!! If he had the name Bush people would be crawling his butt over his behavior. I can’t stand this overrated loser. He gets pissed every time he can’t close the deal and cries foul. He’s a big ole bitch and needs to shut up. Maybe he should have kept Grubb around. Serves this jerk right!! Can’t wait for someone to punch his lights out. Screw Stewart!!!

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