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Report: Tony Stewart to sit out Bristol; Jeff Burton in for second straight weekend

Report: Tony Stewart to sit out Bristol; Jeff Burton in for second straight weekend

According to Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s Dave Moody, Tony Stewart will miss his third straight Sprint Cup Series race in a row following the August 9th tragedy at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park that resulted in the death of 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr.    Hearing @JeffBurton will be back aboard the #14 @StewartHaasRcng Chevrolet this weekend @BMSupdates in place of @TonyStewart — Dave Moody (@DGodfatherMoody) August 19, 2014   Moody added on SiriusXM Speedway with Dave Moody on SiriusXM Radio today that fans should ... Read More »

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

Voices from the Cheap Seats: NASCAR Only Goes Halfway with New Rule

Last week, I put out there that, while tragic, the death of Kevin Ward, Jr. was totally avoidable on two separate fronts. First, don’t do insanely stupid things like Ward did; and second, a sanctioning body could have had a rule that makes enraged drivers think twice about doing insanely stupid things when it is not obvious to themselves. I even gave said body a template to work with… “… unless threatened by fire or other perceived life threatening circumstances, ... Read More »

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

Couch Potato Tuesday: ESPN Makes A Few Michigan Mistakes

All three NASCAR national series took to the track last weekend, just a mere state border – and then some – away from each other. The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series battled at Michigan International Speedway while the Nationwide Series took its second trip to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately, having everything in one region of the United States didn’t eliminate the problems that have plagued NASCAR broadcasts throughout the season. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Fuel strategy played ... Read More »

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

Four Burning Questions in Michigan: Stewart’s Absence and High Speed Perils

Racing is a dangerous sport. That is something that will never change for as long as cars are competitively raced against each other on circuit tracks. But over the years, we seem to have lost sight of this fact. When drivers crash into walls at over 200 mph and jump out of the car without a scratch, we delude ourselves into believing that these heroes we watch on a weekly basis are invincible. Unfortunately, tragic accidents are still a near inevitability in ... Read More »

Happiness Is… Napping, the Fight for the Chase & Cheese and Beer

Happiness Is… Napping, the Fight for the Chase & Cheese and Beer

Ugh. Yep, that’s the best opener that Happiness Is could deliver to start the column. The tenor of the past week has been deflating.  The Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward, Jr. incident has loomed large over auto racing, finding itself a continual headline in the news outlets.  Even Yahoo had coverage of Ward’s funeral on its homepage Thursday. What is to be made of all of this stuff? Too difficult to tell, and the one person that could bring any clarity – ... Read More »

Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

Cracking the Case: NASCAR Star Involvement in Racing’s Proving Grounds an Extremely Tricky Situation

On a Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., a packed house of fans watched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch race twice in one night. David Ragan was also in the field for the CRA Super Series race and has been known to dabble quite a bit with his Super Late Model. This trend is a somewhat frequent occurrence when it fits in the schedule for the drivers of the top divisions; however, given recent events in the last couple ... Read More »

Tony Stewart Sitting Out at Michigan, Jeff Burton to Drive No. 14

Tony Stewart Sitting Out at Michigan, Jeff Burton to Drive No. 14

Tony Stewart will again be absent when the Sprint Cup Series takes the green flag this Sunday. Stewart-Haas Racing has announced that Stewart, who was involved in a fatal sprint car accident in upstate New York state last weekend, will not compete in Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Sprint Cup Series veteran Jeff Burton will pilot the No. 14 Mobil1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in Sunday’s race. Michigan will make the second race in row that Stewart has ... Read More »

Kevin Ward, Sr. Goes On Record, Calls Out Stewart

Recently, Kevin Ward, Sr., the father of Kevin Ward, Jr., gave his first interview since his son’s fatal crash to the Syracuse Post-Standard. At the time of the initial crash, he was sitting in the grandstands at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with his wife, Pamela and saw his son crash into the wall.  Once that occurred, he hopped onto an ATV and raced to the Hot Pit so that he could assess the damage to the car with his race team ... Read More »

Voice of Vito: Sprint Car Tragedy Brings Media’s Worst to The Surface

Voice of Vito: Sprint Car Tragedy Brings Media’s Worst to The Surface

It’s been four days since the world learned of the tragic accident that took place on Saturday evening that claimed the life of 20-year old sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr., and may questions still remain surrounding the accident from how it started, to what amateur video may reveal, and how this could have happened – or been prevented. The response and attention to the story since then has been nothing less than shameful. We’ve all seen the video by ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Making Michigan Work For You

Fantasy Insider: Making Michigan Work For You

To be perfectly honest this week, who to pick or not pick on my NASCAR fantasy team hasn’t been at the forefront of my mind. In fact, it’s been pretty far back there, following the aftermath of the accident between Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward, Jr. Saturday. It’s expected that the investigation will take another week or two, and while it is difficult to speculate as to the outcome for many reasons, I will just go on my gut feeling ... Read More »