Smoke, Newman chip in

Smoke, Newman chip in

There are 13 comments on the NASCAR Winston Cup Scene story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Smoke, Newman chip in. In it, NASCAR Winston Cup Scene reports that:

JR Motorsports' No. 5 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series will have multiple drivers for the rest of the season, with Ryan Newman , Scott Wimmer and Tony Stewart joining team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr .

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Atlanta, GA

#1 Mar 18, 2009
Late breaking news Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman closed down a few buffets in North Carolina eating all the food,.

Summerfield, FL

#2 Mar 18, 2009
cocktail----how many bars did you close down??
Mick B

United States

#3 Mar 18, 2009
I wonder why it is that Dale Jr. doesnt race at Tonys racetrack (Eldora Speedway)for the annual benefit race for Victory Junction Camp??? I would like to see if he has anything for the dirt racers. It would be a different world for him there. Tony donates ALL the proceeds to Kyle Pettys Victory Junction Camp. It would all be in good fun.

South Charleston, OH

#4 Mar 18, 2009
I remeber reading something about Jr's contract with DEI not allowing him to race dirt or something. That is supposedly the reason he was AT Eldora in 2006 (the year of the huge rain out), but was not slated to compete. Other theories suggest that he doesn't race well on dirt and would rather sit out than compete as not to embarrass himself.
Guess we will see, since he is no longer under contract with DEI. Gordon and Johnson have both Jr.....grab your goggles and get your non-dirt-racin'-ass to Eldora!

“Jr. Fan For Life”

Since: Feb 09


#5 Mar 18, 2009
cocktail wrote:
Late breaking news Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman closed down a few buffets in North Carolina eating all the food,.
So not funny.

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#6 Mar 19, 2009
As I recall, there was talk that the size of the crowd he would draw would be unsafe for a venue that only seats 20k. They sell the place out now, as far as reserved seats go, but there are thousands of SRO seats. I know that some folks were concerned that the sheer number of people trying to cram into those seats could be a problem, along with the potential for it to get a little, uh, "rowdy". Then again, the kid just may not want to run a late model. To each their own.

Personally, the Prelude is part of the reason we've not returned to Eldora since 2007. It's a wonderful event with noble intentions, but as a lifetime dirt track fan, the atmosphere that day is all wrong for me. Last year was the first time in 33 years that I've not been to a race there. We have no plans to go back this year, either. When Steve Kinser announces his retirement, assuming he announces it beforehand, we'll go back to see him run his final King's Royal, but hubby and I just don't see ourselves going back in the foreseeable future. And that bums me out a little considering how much time I've spent there over my lifetime...

South Charleston, OH

#7 Mar 19, 2009
Jr has been on the "bill" before, just not to race. He had "special duties" in 2006. It was highly publicized. People knew he was going to be secret. IMO, if people want to see Jr, they will show up whether he's racing or not, if it's publicized that he will be there.
Terri, I will agree with you that the atmosphere is different at Eldora during the Prelude. The first time I went to Eldora, it was in 2005 for the Old Spice Sprint Sizzler. The fans were awesome, no rude people, fun crowd and I loved it. Went to the Prelude in 2006 (both the rain out and the re-schedule) and it was much different. I took my 5 yr old son for part of his birthday present. The poor kid had to poop. So we went to the port-a-johns (20 johns in a row, ten people per line per john). Apparently, he "took too long" doing his business. Can you believe that about 30 people clapped for him when he came out? And they were all making comments, being rude. One asked him if I had to pry the turd out in addition to wiping him! I could not believe it. RUDE AS HELL! So, no, we probably won't be going back either.
It's amazing, I've been to Bristol and Martinsville...and people there were as nice as could be. No problems. Dayton....well, people were kind of rude and disrespectful....But that September day at Eldora tops the list. Disappointing.

Wake Forest, NC

#8 Mar 19, 2009
guess i'll be going to the nationwide race this year, we skipped it 2008. Of course it rained on/off so that turned out to be a good thing.

Cookeville, TN

#9 Mar 19, 2009
Jr races at Paduach alot. I've seen him several times. Tony has also raced there. That's the place I first met Tony. Couldn't get close to Jr. Too many handlers around him. Jr acts sorta rude when he's there, even tho he's part owner.

“If you say so...”

Since: Dec 06

South Central Indiana

#10 Mar 19, 2009
That's a horrible story, Nikums!

We've never run into anything like that, but the Prelude (also in 2006) was the only race my hubby ever said, "If you need to go back to the motorhome, I'm walking you out. No ifs, ands, or buts." Of course, this was right after an incident took place a section to our right (some chick clad in Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne gear decided to stand during every single thing that was going on...folks behind her asked her to sit down...she said "I always stand up at Nascar tracks"...she was asked to take a look around and see if it looked like a Nascar track to her...her response? To moon the fans behind her...classy)

Then there was the punk in a Tony shirt who tried to pick a fight with my dad. MY DAD! He's 64 years old, for crying out loud!

And the people in the stands who wouldn't sit down so the folks in the handicapped seating area could see. "We need to see too" was their response. Just general rudeness all the way around.

I've been to a LOT of dirt track races...winged sprints, non-wingers, mods, late models...and while the crowds can be rough, I've never been uncomfortable with the folks around me, except for the Prelude. No crowd I've ever been a part of has been as rude as the one in 2006.

Erie, PA

#11 Mar 19, 2009
AJlovesJR wrote:
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So not funny.
Late breaking news. Cocktail is an ignorant a**.

Charlotte, NC

#12 Mar 19, 2009
Carolyn wrote:
<quoted text>Late breaking news. Cocktail is an ignorant a**.
Did you find your shoes yet Carolyn? If you put your bra on and your shoes I'd say that's improving even walmart requires shoes bras are just a bonus.

Houston, TX

#13 Mar 19, 2009
AJlovesJR wrote:
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So not funny.
so true

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