But he's really not alone.He has a top-notch pit crew to perform a four-tire stop and add fuel, and a great crew chief in Steve Addington to make needed adjustments to the race car.He also has Bob Jeffrey, otherwise known as the Eye In The Sky.Jeffrey is Stewart's spotter. He stands high above the track from more than a half-a-mile away, able to see what Stewart can't in front of him. Quite simply, Jeffrey's job is one of the most invaluable at the track during race weekends.
It's Jeffrey's reassuring voice in Stewart's ear from Friday's first practice through Sunday's checkered flag, helping him tiptoe through traffic and, oftentimes, sensing trouble before it happens. When the fur starts to fly, it's Jeffrey's voice the three-time champion trusts in all things. Prior to spotting for Stewart, Jeffrey spent three seasons as spotter for Matt Kenseth and, prior to that, spent more than 10 years as spotter for Dale Jarrett. He's also spotted in Nationwide Series events for Bobby Labonte, David Green, Dale Earnhardt, and Kevin Harvick.While Jeffrey has many years of experience calling races from atop the spotter's stand, he has even more experience at recognizing what the car should look like when it zips past him at 190 mph. Jeffrey keeps a very close eye on the car's outward appearance, and for a very good reason.
"Just as much as Tony relies on me to make sure he's got room to race, he relies on me to see what's going on with the car," explained Jeffrey, whose hometown is Bristol, Tenn. "I can see the right side, where the pit crew can't, and I can see if there are pieces missing or falling off, damage to the fenders or wells, things like that."Of course, race cars don't perform as well if pieces are missing. In his role as a spotter, Jeffrey is an extra pair of eyes dedicated to the No. 14, a caddie or copilot for Stewart. Four eyes are always better than two, especially if the extra set is looking at potential hazards that might be hard to see at a place like Bristol or Dover.
Behind every good man there is a woman,....... behind every GREAT race car driver there is an equally GREAT spotter. Robert( AKA Bob) Jeffrey is that man for Tony. IMO he does a superb job for Tony. They are quite a team and work so well together, a perfect match. They make listening to the scanner not only informative but also hilarious. They are so much better than the announcers. I usually hit the mute button on the TV and listen to them on the scanner. Another unsung hero on Tony's team. They allow him to be who he is and inspire him to untold heights.
"Take this as your warning: I gave you guys 14 weeks without me. I'll be back and ready at Daytona to kick your #### again," Smoke