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  • Why all the angst at Tony Stewart?

    I see a post on the 'new and maybe improved' IRL board about one of the IRL's favorite sons (and most talented drivers EVER) Tony Stewart.

    I notice a lot of negativity towards Tony. Lots of jokes about his weight and his hair. I guess since he isn't built like a jockey, its not good enough for some of our new fans over there?

    I see a lot of "who cares about Tony" sentiment. Why? Is he too big a name? Is he too popular? Does he have too big a fanbase? Is he too American?

    I don't remember Tony ever wronging the Indy Car set. He still lives here. He owns open-wheel race teams in various series. He still hangs out at the Speedway in May, when he gets a off-day from his NASCAR responsibilities. Racing at IMS is and always will be a big deal for him (and not some PR bullcrap written on a napkin for some of our new stars to recite). Can you really blame him for choosing NASCAR? I think he may have made the right decision, don't you think?

    Its just a blessing that Tony actually got a shot at Indy, in the Indy 500, back when the IRL was still trying to be what the IRL was created for. If he never races at Indy in May again, at least he and others have those memories. And, those multiple race wins in the summer at IMS aren't too bad either.

    Tell me what I am missing with all the negative comments toward Tony. It couldn't be the fact, that many of those folks making those comments, probably weren't around the IRL when Tony was, could it?
    IRL 2009: "Cars you can't see, driven by drivers you have never heard of, on a network you don't get"

    "I'd hire your grandmother, if she brought a budget"- Bankrupt Indy Car team owner Tyler Tadevic, to Curt Cavin in December, on the tough standards he looks for when "hiring" driver talent.

  • #2
    I've got no problem with Tony. He seems to be doing exactly what he wants to do. He's milking the Nascar gravy train for every dollar he can and at the same time, re-investing it into his real passion, dirt track racing. He also gives of himself to charitable organizations to the hilt.

    Oh, and he's got a nice fishing lake on his property he can retire to.

    Good on him.
    Trump, he's one of the nicest, most decent human beings possibly ever to walk the planet..

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    • #3
      Somebody wrote that he and Jeffy traded their souls for money...let's see,,,they are professional race car drivers...they signed the best contracts they could...seems reasonable to me...

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      • #4
        Tony is a tremendous, versatile driver...granted, but he just seems to rub people the wrong way wherever he goes, and nobody has forgotten or forgiven him.

        He has been rude to the press, rough with other drivers (in both NASCAR and IRL), and sometimes acts out like a real bully. That has been consistent his whole career, thus the continued ill will...

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        • #5
          I like Tony Stewart, I think he's a cool dude and probably the top 1 or 2 best driver in NASCAR. He should win almost every race (except for those won by JG, JJ, & KH), but it's set up as such a lottery .
          "Each day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this one day for it, and it alone, is life"
          ~ Sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa, "Salutation to the Dawn"


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Turn13
            I like Tony Stewart, I think he's a cool dude and probably the top 1 or 2 best driver in NASCAR. He should win almost every race (except for those won by JG, JJ, & KH), but it's set up as such a lottery .
            I'm not sure I follow you here.

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            • #7
              ...no angst from me, I like Tony. However I don't cling to the notion that he'll ever race at IMS in May again.
              ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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              • #8
                I get really tired of posters making up wishful thinking threads about any driver, but especially Stewart. He's busy, people. Has a full time job.

                Besides, the IRL is poorly run, is more dangerous than NASCAR, and the pay is a joke. NASCAR takes all the skill Tony can bring to bear in a car, and I think he demands that challenge. Running a every-once-in-a-while schedule on street and road courses with a few ovals mixed in isn't going to make him change his mind.

                It's really annoying to continually see threads about this, and they have two types of replies; "Tony hates NASCAR and his heart is in OWR" and "Who cares what Tony does, he abandoned OWR".

                Actually, he's a NASCAR driver, and a damn good one. He isn't going to quit so he can run in the freekin' IRL.

                I think anyone that mentions his name in the IndyCar forum should be kicked out and set on fire. Enough, already.

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                • #9
                  What r's said.
                  "It was actually fun, because you're back fully driving again in these trucks. Ninety percent of the tracks we go to in the IRL, you're flat-out. I was having to lift off the corners some here." - Buddy Rice

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                  • #10
                    "Besides, the IRL is poorly run, is more dangerous than NASCAR, and the pay is a joke."

                    Yes it is...

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                    • #11
                      But, it doesn't have fenders, it's faster, more exciting, has more history, isn't as much of a crapshoot as to the winner, and I like it better.
                      "Each day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this one day for it, and it alone, is life"
                      ~ Sanskrit poem attributed to Kalidasa, "Salutation to the Dawn"


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Turn13
                        But, it doesn't have fenders, it's faster, more exciting, has more history, isn't as much of a crapshoot as to the winner, and I like it better.

                        1.No fenders - correct

                        2. Faster - Sometimes

                        3. More exciting - some times

                        4. History - NASCAR has been around much longer than the IRL

                        5. Crapshoot - you lost me

                        6. You like it - preference

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                        • #13
                          What rrrr, RW and Howard said. Let's don't forget all the Sam/Dario/Robbycoming back and the Harvick/Jr etc. want to race Indycars.

                          Yes, Harvick said that, but he also said he had to check with his wife. Isn't that like a guy saying, "sure I'd love to hang out with you guys all night chasing women, let me ask my wife if it's ok with her?"
                          Some people will do nearly anything in order to be able to not do anything.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hdolan
                            "and the pay is a joke."

                            Yes it is...
                            Not if you are Cheep Ganassi, Mikey Andretti , or Bobby Rahal For them the IRL pays quite nicely I would imagine...
                            Natural Born Cynic

                            What irks me (maybe its too soon for the truth), DW was a 16-oval WIN specialist, yet the vast majority those boohooing for him, hardcarders & fans, alike are the same ones trying to kill anything with more than 9 deg banking & 4 corners, where Dan ultimately made his home...

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