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Unhappy Hour

Posted on: February 14, 2009 1:50 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2009 1:50 pm


Daytona Beach, Fla - Rather sleeping in for tomorrow's Daytona 500, Stewart-Haas Racing will endure a sleepless night.

Saturday's "Happy Hour" practice crash between Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart wrecked both teammates' cars and forced them to the rear of the 500 field in back-ups.

A right rear tire blew on Newman's U.S. Army Chevrolet causing him to spin into the oncoming path of Stewart.

Stewart quickly blasted tire supplier Goodyear adding another chapter to the already contentious relationship between the fiery driver and manufacturer.

"We have looked at the remains of the tire," said Goodyear's racing manager Stu Grant. "We know it had 12 laps [of use in the practice session]. The tire had no evidence of high wear, no evidence of any kind of blistering or any kind of abuse. The evidence indicates a classic case of a clear puncture on the right rear."

Stewart's comments were similar to his pointed remarks after last spring's Atlanta race when he blamed Goodyear for bringing a bad tire compound to the race weekend.

"Tony is a passionate racecar driver and extremely frustrated right now with the condition of his race cars," Grant said. "It's unfortunate circumstances, but his frustrations are why we're hearing those comments."



Category: Auto Racing

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2009 7:57 am

Unhappy Hour

Tony welcome to the world of ownership.  His cost are skyrocketing.  I heard he has paid over 18K alone just for the reinspection of Ryan's cars and he has more inspection cost awaiting him with the two new cars.  That and the number of engines and chassis he is having to buy from HMS and he might not even break even, even if he were to win and Ryan came in second, (ok so that's a stretch), but the point is that Tony is down a lot of money this weekend and he's not even started on the season.  I think Tony will find out that running a cup team and an outlaw team is just a little different.

Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2009 6:56 am

Unhappy Hour

Tony is a excellent driver and very opionated, yet anymore he seems to want to cry about things.  He cried when he was a just driver and as an owner maybe can justify crying more and louder.  Tony, I'm an Indiana guy, you are a great race car driver, cowboy up, quit boohooing and drive the wheels off the cars and win like you and Ryan can do and have done in the past.  Believe it or not I am a big fan.  My real complaint is with the new tier system with selecting teams for fantasy racing.

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