Tony Stewart’s February In Review:
Hi and welcome to this new feature Tony Stewart’s Month in Review, I’m Karen Norris and I’ll attempt to write this little feature for you.
2/8/08 – A little controversy in Bud Shootout practice: Some contact with the 2 car of Kurt Busch. Leading to more contact with Kurt as Kurt “hit” Tony’s car several times on the way to pit road. Result, Kurt and Tony in the “Oval Office”; and more unconfirmed reports of some more contact while in the “Oval Office”. Both drivers had to report back to the “Oval office” the morning of the 9th to make sure things were “OK”.
2/9/08 – Bud Shootout resulted in a nice 2nd place finish behind JR who took the win.
As everyone knows qualifying for the Daytona 500 is an entity unto it’s self. They ran Qual laps on Sunday 2/10/08 in which Tony laid down the 12th fastest lap which put him starting 6th in the 2nd Duel to be run on the 14th. The front row was set Jimmie Johnson took the pole and Michael Waltrip rebounded from last year’s controversy to start on the outside pole.
2/12/08 – Nascar announces that the only punishment to be levied on Tony and Kurt for the Bud Shootout incident is 6 weeks of probation. (I guess Brian France meant it when he said before the season started that they wanted let some of the personality back in Nascar.)
2/14/08 – Gatorade Dual #2 Tony runs 2nd after moving to the back do to the engine change to his JGR teammate Denny Hamlin who is credited with the 1st Toyota cup win (thought it wasn’t in a point race) what’s this mean Tony states the 500 from the 6th position.
2/15/08 – Tony gets the Nationwide pole.
2/16/08 – Tony wins the Nationwide race with his JGR team mate Kyle Busch in tow; Tony’s first win for Toyota in Nascar.
2/17/08 – After the JGR teams showing strong in the 500, it was Ryan Newman with a push from his teammate Kurt Busch that was able to push past Tony on the last lap of the 500 for the win. Tony was able to come home in a disappointing 3rd place.
Now on to California; Yes sunny California, NOT. Qualifying and most practices were rained out. So were both the races for the most part. The Nationwide race was rained out on Saturday and rescheduled for Sunday, but that didn’t work as the Cup race did get started but was finally red flagged at lap 87 because the track had been so saturated with water that they couldn’t get the “weepers” under control. What’s that mean? It means that as water was coming up from under the track. At any rate Tony started the Cup race in 6th based on 2007 points on Sunday and finished the race Monday with a 7th place finish. Not bad considering that he hit the front tire changer on a lap 40 pit stop. (The crew member was OK.) Tony followed up that top 10 Cup finish with a dominating win in the Nationwide race. Yes that’s 2 nationwide wins in a row!
We’ll cover what happens at Vegas in next month’s entry.