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Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:31 pm

From earlier today... Tony is not happy with the media... or Jenna Fryer

Here is the link http://siriusxmsports.posterous.com/tony-stewart-with-the-media-is-not-impressed

Sorry, don't know how to load an MP3 file on the board. :(

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:29 pm

You can't post audio files directly (only YouTube videos) so you did it right by just posting the link.

I saw that interview on ESPN2 after practice. LMAO! In some ways, Tony hasn't changed. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:42 pm

I seen it too & though oh boy, Tony's on a roll now.
He also used a choice word that NASCAR doesn't like. I think other drivers has gotten fined or something for the word He$$ word. Maybe I'm wrong. Sure would be a mad shame for him to get docked points for that word & mouthing off to reporters like he done & then not finish 10th in points.

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:52 pm

Oops, Tony owes our cuss jar $20. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:08 pm

If I remember correctly, Tony isn't a big fan of Jenna anyway. She and a few others, ESPECIALLY some of the pit road reporters, have a REAL KNACK for coming up with some class AAA IDIOTIC questions. Its a shame they don't get fined for asking STUPID questions. They'd think ALOT more before asking some of this stuff................ jmo, :shock:

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:18 pm

What word did he say I've heard clips of the intreview and didn't hear a cuss word? Was it on tv?

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:22 pm

Way to go Smoke... I too get tired of hearing them ask the same dumb questions week after week...

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:46 pm

so what happened?

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:49 am

he never has been remember when he got fined for having a physical dispute with one years ago?

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:17 am

Schmoopy1000 wrote:so what happened?

Tony got a little testy with the media after practice, including with Jenna Fryer, who later wrote this article:

Stewart and Earnhardt heading into final qualifier

By JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP)—When Michael McDowell pulled in front of Tony Stewart during Friday’s practice session at Richmond International Raceway, it ruined Stewart’s mock qualifying run, maybe his mood, too.

Two-time NASCAR champion Stewart, who finished the practice session 30th on the speed chart, had words with McDowell before heading toward his team debrief. In between was his weekly media briefing, and the temperamental Stewart was just a little testy about his prospects for making the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

“The pressure is all the media standing here, we’re doing the same thing we always do every week,” Stewart snapped.

For a guy trying to downplay being under pressure, Stewart sure seemed stressed.

But that’s to be expected heading into Saturday night’s race, the final chance for 14 drivers to lock down the final four spots in the 12-driver field. Under a new wild-card format this season, NASCAR will give the final two Chase berths to drivers ranked outside the top 10 who have the most wins.

Stewart is ranked 10th in points, and should he finish 18th or higher Saturday night, he’ll be just fine. He’ll start 22nd in the race.

But he’s got Brad Keselowski closing quickly on him in the standings, and should Stewart fall outside the top 10, he’ll miss the Chase for the second time since its inception in 2004. The only other time Stewart failed to qualify for the Chase was 2006, the year after his second championship, when he failed to deliver at Richmond with the chance to defend his title.

Where did he finish that night? He was 18th.

So here he is again, his season on the line and his temper running slightly hot.

He wasn’t the only one on edge, either.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. goes into Saturday night ranked ninth in points and needs to only finish 20th or higher to ensure his spot in the Chase. But he’s not been running well for almost three months and the pressure is on NASCAR’s most popular driver to make it back to the Chase for the first time since 2008.

“Whatever happens is going to happen. That is just what you are going to have to live with at the end of the night,” said Earnhardt, who qualified 27th. “We work really hard all year long and I feel good about our program, but it will be disappointing to miss an opportunity to race for the championship if we don’t get in (Saturday) night.”

Earnhardt, by the way, ran 19th at Richmond in May and he has just one top-10 finish over the last 11 races. He’s also stuck in a 118-race losing streak dating to that Chase season.

Getting back into the title hunt could help ease the criticism often directed at Earnhardt, but if his program doesn’t improve, his presence in the Chase won’t be significant.

“My main concern is for us to be more competitive as a team,” Earnhardt said. “It is really frustrating to make the Chase and then not be as competitive as you want to be during those races. That is really all I am thinking about. That is really where my concern lies, where my worry is and what my mind is on.

“Trying to be a better race team, man, because if we are going to be in the Chase you want to put up a good account for yourself. You don’t want to be a guy just taking up a spot in there.”

Across the garage, the one guy who really is under the gun seemed rather relaxed.

Denny Hamlin goes into Saturday night ranked 12th in points and holding tight onto the second wild-card slot. He’s got one win in his pocket and has several different scenarios to get into the Chase. A win would guarantee it, but a good run should be enough.

It doesn’t hurt that Hamlin, who qualified 28th, is the two-time defending race winner, that Richmond is his favorite race track, and that he’s been up on the wheel since a bad day at Michigan three weeks ago dropped him to 14th in the standings. It’s been an abysmal season for Hamlin, who won eight races last year and nearly halted Jimmie Johnson’s run of five consecutive titles.

He’s since had a heart-to-heart talk with crew chief Mike Ford, and his performance the last two races have shown a renewed effort.

So he left the pressure and the stress to the others, and Hamlin came home with only one goal on his mind.

“Winning is everything and we come here with the mindset that we need to win, so we want to do that,” Hamlin said. “These last two years we won this race going into the Chase, it really gave us a lot of good momentum … and it seemed like we had two good Chases in a row because of that.

“I’d like to end the regular season on a good note and not limp in on the last leg.”

Hamlin rarely limps around Richmond, where he has an average finish of 7.45 and has led 1,188 laps in his 11 career starts. His statistics, experience and comfort level gave him the laid-back attitude that Earnhardt and Stewart lacked Friday.

“When I come here, it’s just a different attitude, mentality for the whole race team,” Hamlin said. “I’m fine. I think it’s probably easier on us than it is for the guys that have certain scenarios that have to happen for them to make it. Really, I’m racing this race as if it’s just a normal season race like I have the last few years—no different.”

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:10 am

I saw it and loved it. At least Marty asked a legit question right away before Tony REALLY unleashed on her. hahahahahaha, She knows how he is, what's her problem? Ask a good question Jenna and he will appreciate it and answer it civily and you won't look like a rookie journalist. I was so busy looking at his expression, I didn't hear a cuss word...lol

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:38 am

She probably doesn't like him & likes to report on negative feelings from drivers just to make a story since she's not smart enough to be a writer.

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:57 am

Most of the media are not Tony fans. Jenna is pretty respected among her peers but I don't think she is a good writer. They blasts Tony on twitter all the time (Ryan McGee, Jeff Gluck Nate Ryan, Jenna Fryer, David Carveillo), but most drivers don't like the media too and agree with Tony. It was very funny to hear!
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Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:49 pm

This is NOT going to be a popular opinion but I read Jenna's article and think she was more than fair with Tony and actually enjoyed the read. She seemed to be accurate and it wasn't too biased. I don't think I could have written such a piece after basically being spanked by Mr. Stewart himself. I hate when he does that. So pick on the media as a whole, but to single out journalists who are trying to make a living is BS. I don't think he showed class at all. And I think I CAN say that because he's probably my favorite driver of all time. Plus, I would like him to find a female journalist that he actually gives Kudos to so he doesn't appear so mysoginistic.

Re: Tony Not Impressed with media

Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:51 pm

tlmerk wrote:This is NOT going to be a popular opinion but I read Jenna's article and think she was more than fair with Tony and actually enjoyed the read. She seemed to be accurate and it wasn't too biased. I don't think I could have written such a piece after basically being spanked by Mr. Stewart himself. I hate when he does that. So pick on the media as a whole, but to single out journalists who are trying to make a living is BS. I don't think he showed class at all. And I think I CAN say that because he's probably my favorite driver of all time. Plus, I would like him to find a female journalist that he actually gives Kudos to so he doesn't appear so mysoginistic.


He seems to like Shannon Spake pretty well.
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