But with the last year or so with all that has gone on with Smoke I was wondering what my fellow Stewart fans have been thinking.
As someone who loves Tony Stewart as a racecar driver and loves seeing him race it has been sad seeing what has happened to him. His fall from grace if you will.
First with the broken leg. Idk about you guys. But I had a positive outlook on that. "He'll be back next year." "Harvick and Kurt Busch will help Smoke out." I hated that he had such a bad injury. But at least it wasn't career ending.
Then with the hiring of Chad Johnston. Chad had done good with Truex so I thought that with Tony that he should be able to do amazing things.
Up until the Kevin Ward accident this season has been a nightmare. Tony has really only had one chance to win this year and he blew that by speeding. I got to go to Auto Club this year so it was fun seeing him come back for a top five. But to have only two top fives and six top tens 27 races into the season is something I didn't expect.
I have to be honest I haven't watched NASCAR too much this year. It isn't sparking my interest as it did before. Not just because of Smoke. But I'm not a big fan of the Penske duo and they seem to taking charge right now.
I came to the conclusion after I saw Tony's interview after the wreck at Pocono that he doesn't care as much as he has in the past. I guess I can get that. He has zero the prove to anyone. He is the most talented racecar driver that I have ever watched. He just got back from a big injury. He probably just missed racing. Not even being competitive. But racing. And that is a little hard to accept.
Now to the Kevin Ward thing. I remember finding out about it. I had went to a club and saw a text from a friend of mine asking if I was okay. I asked why? He explained to me what happened and showed me the video.
Not once for a second did I believe Tony would kill another human being. But I am 22 and this kid was 20. I felt so bad for him and his family. Being a father now I get what Kevin Ward Sr is going through. If my boy died before I did idk what I'd do. That is just an awful way to go. I do think Kevin put himself in harm's way. But it is still awful.
And for Tony I just can't imagine what he's been going through. Having to live with that the rest of his life. He got turned into a villain by so many so quick. Some calling him a murder.
I am glad that as the facts have came out that people have seemed to change their tune and see this for what it was: a tragic accident.
I have only watched Atlanta since he has been back. That reception he got at the intros was cool btw. And I am glad he got support from drivers. But I feel at this point Tony is just racing to remove his mind from all of this. I don't think he is worried about winning. Which is probably why his pit crew is on the 4 now.
I don't have high hopes for the rest of this year. But in the grand scheme of his career the performance aspect of this can be written.
But I do hope his legal issues and person issues are rectified. I hate that this is going to a grand jury. I believe he will be proven innocent. But this is just going to drag on for a long time. Though I think most knew that there was no way that something was not going to happen to him. At the end of the day he was involved in someone's death.
Hopefully next season this is all behind Tony. Hopefully he gets a new crew chief that he figure out why Harvick is so fast and a three time champion isn't. And then Tony will make a great comeback. I believe he is still a great driver. Winning that sprint car race the first time back in one since that injury, the way he drove in the opening laps at Atlanta. He can still do it. Kinda a bummer that he is third in line at his own team at the moment though.
Too bad he can probably race sprint cars again. Not to get psychological here. But Tony's an interesting case. He is great at one thing and he loves it more than life. And I am just saying this from years of watching him and reading about him. But outside of racing and business and charity he seems to be a bit of a screw up. Almost like a man child. 43 with no wife or kids. That is why he races Sprint cars. Instead of having that to go to he has a racecar to go to.
I might just be a romantic. But I hope he finds some kind of happiness outside of racing. It is a little sad that racing is the only thing that he really has that defines who he is. I've heard stories of how much #### he's taped. And while that is impressive, I'm sure his personal life is the reason he has raced so many sprint car races and has indirectly caused his broken leg issue and now this.
These are real dark times when you think about. Hopefully there will be some light soon. I'm with ya Tony all the way. Even if I'm not watching right now.
NW: 7, 31, 3, 11, 60, 88, 12
Trucks: 9, 88, 3, 7, 17, 31
IRL: 10, 11, 12, 26, 3, 38, 27
RIP Dan Wheldon
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