Stewart likens NASCAR to pro wrestling

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  1. #1 MuscleCarHeart, Apr 25, 2007
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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two-time champion Tony Stewart likened NASCAR to professional wrestling and accused it of using bogus caution flags to shape races in biting comments made on his weekly radio show.

    Stewart's appearance on his Tuesday night show was his first since skipping a post-race press conference in Phoenix. He dominated Saturday night's race but lost after a late exchange of leads with winner Jeff Gordon. Stewart said he refused interviews to avoid bashing NASCAR after officials threw four cautions for debris on the track.

    "It's like playing God," he said on his Sirius Satellite Radio program. "They can almost dictate the race instead of the drivers doing it. It's happened too many times this year."

    Stewart, who said he was fighting a fever and left the two-hour show early, went on to say fans are complaining about debris cautions and NASCAR isn't listening.

    "I guess NASCAR thinks 'Hey, wrestling worked, and it was for the most part staged, so I guess it's going to work in racing, too,"' he said. "I can't understand how long the fans are going to let NASCAR treat them like they're stupid before the fans finally turn on NASCAR.

    "I don't know that they've run a fair race all year."

    "I guess NASCAR thinks 'Hey, wrestling worked, and it was for the most part staged, so I guess it's going to work in racing, too.' I can't understand how long the fans are going to let NASCAR treat them like they're stupid before the fans finally turn on NASCAR. I don't know that they've run a fair race all year."

    — Tony Stewart

    NASCAR officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

    Stewart led a race-high 132 laps at Phoenix but lost the lead while pitting under the final caution, which came for an accident. He used an impressive three-wide pass to re-claim the lead, only to swap it right back to Gordon, who drove away to victory.

    Stewart called it the only legitimate caution of the day.

    "To me, it's not all about the money, it's about the integrity of the sport," he said on his radio program. "When I feel our own sanctioning body isn't taking care of that, it's hard to support them and feel proud about being a driver in the Nextel Cup Series when they're throwing debris cautions."

    He has had a frustrating start to the season, dominating several races but failing to find his way to Victory Lane. He was the class of the field at Daytona and Bristol, only to lose those races because of a wreck and mechanical failure.

    He also lost a race in Atlanta when a debris caution came out while he was leading with 25 laps to go and the field pitted. Jimmie Johnson passed him for the victory with three laps to go.

    Stewart was so frustrated after wrecking in Texas two weeks ago - an accident caused by hard racing with Juan Pablo Montoya and criticized because Stewart ultimately wrecked Dale Earnhardt Jr. - he threatened retirement.

    The 35-year-old Stewart had calmed by the time he hosted last week's radio show, when he said he talked of retiring out of frustration.
  2. he's right on the money with those comments. im glad someone is willing to speak out.
  3. Had it been anyone else,say one of the Busch boys,I dont think this would be such a big deal.
  4. I'm starting respect JPM's middle finger to the camera now
  5. They've been doing this for years, it's about time someone brought it up.
  6. #6 MuscleCarHeart, Apr 27, 2007
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    Oh, now Stewart's backtracking. Afraid the NASCAR "can't say anything detrimental about us or the truth will come out" police will screw him over somehow.
  7. What do you expect from a dictatorship with obligations to corporate sponsors? The France family should separate the governing body from the business side. Can't see them giving up any power though.
  9. Ever since Nextel Cup started, NASCAR is getting really retarded.
  10. NASCAR is a joke, its sad that this makes loads and loads of money while a much better series like ALMS struggles
  11. I agreed on the yellow flag for debris on the track, it's a question of safety, but sometimes the debries are not in the racing lines and should'nt be a yellow flag for that.
  12. makes one wonder if half of the fine was from the comments on the radio show,even though it was not stated in the official release.
  13. the fine is a joke, seriously its like me getting fined 100 bucks
  14. The fine was for not talking to the media after the saturday night race.
  15. Or for that matter ALMS is the only really go racing series thats around now.
  16. Sadly, NASCAR is the only thing they can relate to. All they know is Ford, Dodge, and Chevy.....well, now Toyota's in there too . They are glittering jewels of colossal ignorance. Most of them have never even heard of the ALMS. I was at Daytona in 2002 for the Paul Revere 250 (Grand-Am night race) before that series became NASCAR-ized. Of course, the following day they were running the Pepsi 400 and all the NASCAR fans were there to see their heroes qualify. Once the NASCAR qualifying was over, they brought out the Grand-Am SRP's and GT cars. Seriously, I listened to some of the DUMBEST comments said in the history of the world when the sportscars took center stage. Full grown men (with beer in hand) saying "Why are those guys runnin' on the inside of the track"? (The infield section of the course). Others were caught saying "what the hell is a Judd"? Seriously, no one there knew what a Riley & Scott was, a Dallara Judd, Porsche 911 GT1, Ferrari 360GT, Mosler MT900R, or Saleen S7R was. IT WAS SAD. I had to restrain myself from bursting into laughter.
    If people only KNEW about series like the ALMS and loved what REAL racing is then they wouldn't be struggling.
  17. Yeah.. I get what you mean. That said, I went to several racing events (A1GP, F1, Megane Trophy, Alfa 147 Challenge, Euro Stock Cars (mondeo & focus) etc.) and the average racing "fan" doesn't really know shit in general. For this reason I hate being in grandstands and try to get places in the infield somehow.. Not because the view is all that much better (yeah, for photography it probably is), but so I won't have to stand between a gazillion dumbos.

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