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2-Headed Monster: Who’s Had the Better Career – Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart?

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We all knew it was coming but it still hurt to see it happen. With just eight weeks remaining for Jeff Gordon‘s final season behind the wheel in NASCAR, friend and longtime competitor Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that he’ll join Gordon in watching from afar beginning in 2017. The move, while expected given Stewart’s age …

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Tony Stewart’s Retirement is Reality… But It’s Not All Bad

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Wednesday afternoon brought the announcement many expected would happen a lot sooner than it did. Tony Stewart confirmed the news every major media outlet had been reporting since last weekend: he’s retiring from full-time Sprint Cup competition at the end of the 2016 season. Is anyone really surprised? Sure, it’s disappointing to see yet another …

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Eyes on Xfinity: Taking a Look at Tony Stewart’s Brief Xfinity Series Stint

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The Tony Stewart era in NASCAR is coming to a close. One of the sport’s most intimidating drivers is hanging up his helmet at the end of next season and his illustrious career is one that few can compare to. In January, I had the opportunity to meet Stewart at Media Week in Charlotte. His …

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Happiness Is… Sayonara, Hurricane Joaquin, and Money

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The changing of the calendar comes across as an appropriate thematic concept for what is currently happening in NASCAR. With October letting its presence be known again, it marks the beginning of the sunset of the season as just eight races remain on the Cup schedule. So for all of our collective griping, enjoyment, haranguing, …

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Tony Stewart Retiring After 2016, Clint Bowyer Will Replace

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Wednesday, Tony Stewart made it official: he will retire from NASCAR Sprint Cup competition following the conclusion of the 2016 season. The announcement was made at 1 p.m. during a special press conference held at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop. “It was a choice that was 100% mine,” he said. “I had more people try to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Owners’ Meeting and the Chevy/Toyota Battle

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So maybe saying “I think we’re going to pound them into the ground” didn’t work so well after all, huh? Kevin Harvick was referring to Joe Gibbs Racing heading into week one of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicago, a team whose four cars had won a majority of the last several races …

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Bowles-Eye View: The Price Of NASCAR Legends Lost

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As of Tuesday, eight NASCAR races remain in Jeff Gordon’s illustrious career. Come Wednesday, the number of points-paying Cup events for Tony Stewart will be reduced to a mere 44. Two of the sport’s most famous names, recognizable on the street, in commercials and through Victory Lane will be pulling up rocking chairs to watch …

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5 Points to Ponder: Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and NASCAR’s Road To Recovery

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ONE: Can Harvick recover? For the longest time on Sunday it looked as if Kevin Harvick was going to wheel his Ditech Chevrolet right to Victory Lane and straight into the next round of the Chase. That was until disaster struck with three laps to go, when his car sputtered and ran out of gas. …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? In the midst of a terrible season, small gains are something to hang your hat on, and for three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart, any small gain is worth a small measure of relief. Stewart finished 11th on Sunday, posting his best run since Pocono in August, despite bringing …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2015 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire

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Who’s in the headline – The headlines are crowded after Loudon, but Matt Kenseth gets the bold print. Kevin Harvick tried to stretch fuel but came up two laps short and Brad Keselowski was penalized for jumping a restart, which took him out of contention for the win. Kenseth was the driver who conserved his equipment …

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Sources: Tony Stewart to Retire After 2016

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A little less than a year after one of NASCAR’s biggest drivers, Jeff Gordon, announced he was retiring, it looks like another big named driver will announcing his retirement after the 2016 season. Motorsport.com is reporting that three-time series champion Tony Stewart will end his driving career after the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. …

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Tweet ‘N’ Greet: Tony Stewart Won a Goldfish & He’s Pretty Excited About It

2015 Richmond II CUP Tony Stewart Clint Bowyer CIA

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  Getting ready for @ChicagolndSpdwy quick stop by @GreatClips pic.twitter.com/LHToaJLcqH — Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) September 14, 2015 Kasey Kahne needed a new haircut just before traveling to Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend. Where did he go? Great Clips, of course… is there anywhere else? Everyone loves getting a new haircut every once in a while. …

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