Tony Stewart — #14
- Team: Stewart Haas Racing / Chevy
- Wins In 2013: 1
- Last Year Chase Result: N/A* — Broken Leg
- Tony’s 2013 In A Nutshell: Days of Thunder (1990)
Harry Hogge: He didn’t slam into you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you. He rubbed you. And rubbin’, son, is racin’.
Well the start to his season didn’t go as planned. After a year off due to a new Rascal sponsor.. Err – I mean a broken leg in Iowa. Sorry. Tony didn’t come out of the gates quite as he expected. That can’t feel good after missing the 2nd half of the season last year. Sitting around wishing, waiting, excited to get out back on the track and then going out and blowing a damn engine. And on top of that. Smoke is an owner. Not just the driver. When you are the driver, you probably don’t worry as much about a blown engine. But when you’re the owner. I’m sure you have a few phone calls to make right? I mean shoot. And it’s not like Smoke is the owner of just any team. He is the owner of what could be either most exciting team in all of NASCAR, or the most destructive team. That’s a lot of pressure Smoke. And the doctor’s don’t want you putting quite that much pressure on that leg just yet. (See what I did there?)
Why Tony Stewart will win the Chase in 2014:
Smoke said it himself. Blowing an the day of a race is one thing. But blowing your engine a week before during qualifying? Why would he worry about that? It’s a pretty good point. The main reason you absolutely have to include Smoke into the list of odds on favorites to win it all in 2014 – he is has to be one of the most competitive drivers in the sport. There’s no way he took kindly to watching the year go on without him, watching other drivers jump in his #14 Bass Pro Chevrolet and fail to even sniff a checkered flag. Smoke is going to come out like a bat out of hell, faster and more hungry than ever. Like Robert Duvall told Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder, “rubbin’, son, is racin’.” And who knows that better than Smoke? The main reason I believe Smoke is going to take it home this year is the fact that he is indeed the owner of his race team. His very talented race team. He cant be the hot head of past. Yes it won’t be as fun. But Smoke is not getting any younger, and the fact of the matter is – the crash in Iowa last year had to remind him that at any moment his career could be over. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it will slow him down at all. It won’t Ricky Bobby scare him at all to get back in the car. And it sure won’t intimidate him when he’s chasing down Jimmie, or Kevin, or Kyle – whomever for the win. Uncle Tony has 3 championships under his belt. It sure would make him happy to catch up to Jeff Gordon. And you better believe he is sick and tired of hearing about ol’ 6 time. Bump. Nudge. Rub. Slam. Whatever it is, I’d had one eye on the road and the other in the rearview mirror looking for this guy once the green flag drops in Daytona.