History Heartwarming / NASCAR

19th Aug '16 6:01:57 AM Yoshiman400
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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career. It was his 93rd and ultimately final Sprint Cup Series win [[note]]as a full time driver, as he has considered occasional starts under special circumstances[[/note]], and would eventually finish third in the final standings, a fine way to bow out.

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* Jeff Gordon's final 2015 win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career. It was his 93rd and ultimately final Sprint Cup Series win [[note]]as a full time driver, as he will consider and has considered occasional made starts under special circumstances[[/note]], and would eventually finish third in the final standings, a fine way to bow out.


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* Justin Marks' maiden Xfinity Series win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016 may seem like just another tale of a road course ace dominating a road course race. But between making his first start in the series since becoming a new father, how well known it was that he also wanted to be a regular NASCAR driver and had problems succeeding on ovals, ''and'' enduring some of the worst rain ever seen in a NASCAR road course race, it's easy to see why he was so choked up after his victory and how much winning anywhere in NASCAR means to the lesser drivers.
15th Jul '16 11:01:27 PM Yoshiman400
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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career. It was his 93rd and ultimately final Sprint Cup Series win, and would eventually finish third in the final standings, a fine way to bow out.

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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career. It was his 93rd and ultimately final Sprint Cup Series win, win [[note]]as a full time driver, as he has considered occasional starts under special circumstances[[/note]], and would eventually finish third in the final standings, a fine way to bow out.
15th Jul '16 6:08:50 AM Yoshiman400
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* When Tony Stewart announced he would retire from the Sprint Cup Series after the 2016 and suffered a back injury in the offseason, many thought that Smoke was put out for good. But after some promising runs after getting back into the car, he finally had a chance to smell victory at Sonoma. When Denny Hamlin bumped him out of the lead halfway on the final lap, everyone knew Stewart wouldn't let that slide and intimidated Denny into overdriving the hairpin at the end of the lap before giving him a hip check to steal back the win, ensuring to everyone that just like Gordon the year before, Smoke wouldn't go down without a fight. Denny's response to Stewart's move? Walking over to Stewart's car on his victory lap and telling him ''how proud he was'' that Stewart still had it.

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* When Tony Stewart announced he would retire from the Sprint Cup Series after the 2016 season and suffered a back injury in the 2015-16 offseason, many thought that Smoke was put out for good. But after some promising runs after getting back into the car, he finally had a chance to smell victory at Sonoma. When Denny Hamlin bumped him out of the lead halfway on the final lap, everyone knew Stewart wouldn't let that slide and intimidated Denny into overdriving the hairpin at the end of the lap before giving him a hip check to steal back the win, ensuring to everyone that just like Gordon the year before, Smoke wouldn't go down without a fight. Denny's response to Stewart's move? Walking over to Stewart's car on his victory lap and telling him ''how proud he was'' that Stewart still had it.
15th Jul '16 6:08:17 AM Yoshiman400
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* When Tony Stewart announced he would retire from the Sprint Cup Series after the 2016 and suffered a back injury in the offseason, many thought that Smoke was put out for good. But after some promising runs after getting back into the car, he finally had a chance to smell victory at Sonoma. When Denny Hamlin bumped him out of the lead halfway on the final lap, everyone knew Stewart wouldn't let that slide and intimidated Denny into overdriving the hairpin at the end of the lap before giving him a hip check to steal back the win, ensuring to everyone that just like Gordon the year before, Smoke wouldn't go down without a fight. Denny's response to Stewart's move? Walking over to Stewart's car on his victory lap and telling him ''how proud he was'' that Stewart still had it.
9th Apr '16 7:23:44 PM JamesShade
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* Former owner Brandon Davis noted that, during the breakup of his team Swan Racing in April 2014, he was told that it would be cheaper for him to simply close up shop straight away and leave everyone there without a job. Davis refused to do this and started working on solutions to get all his soon-to-be-former employees new jobs. He was ultimately able to do this for the team's new entry for 2014, the #26, with a lot of help from co-owner Anthony Marlowe, who bought out Davis' stake and then resold it to Ron Devine over at BK Racing, with Marlowe joining that team's ownership group and the 26 becoming a third team alongside BK's #23 and #83. This allowed all the personnel working on the car, including the pit crew and driver Cole Whitt, to leap over to BK as well. Davis was a bit less successful with the team's original effort, the #30 - while [=XXXtreme=] Motorsport was willing to acquire the pit crew (and owner points) off the 30, they decided to fold them into the team's pre-existing entry, the #44, and continue on with J.J. Yeley, thus leaving Parker Kligerman stranded without a job.[[note]]it was initially claimed that Davis was still looking for a solution to get Kligerman back on track, but due to Kligerman's TraumaCongaLine of crashes and parts failures in the first eight races, nothing came to pass aside from some fill-in practice duty at Stewart-Haas during Kurt Busch's attempt at the Indy-Charlotte Double. Kligerman subsequently explored some options in UsefulNotes/IndyCar before taking on an extended guest analyst stint (and later, a full-time job) on NBCSN's ''NASCAR America''[[/note]] Even so, considering how team collapses in NASCAR normally go, this was a still a pretty nice moment for the crew.

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* Former owner Brandon Davis noted that, during the breakup of his team Swan Racing in April 2014, he was told that it would be cheaper for him to simply close up shop straight away and leave everyone there without a job. Davis refused to do this and started working on solutions to get all his soon-to-be-former employees new jobs. He was ultimately able to do this for the team's new entry for 2014, the #26, with a lot of help from co-owner Anthony Marlowe, who bought out Davis' stake and then resold it to Ron Devine over at BK Racing, with Marlowe joining that team's ownership group and the 26 becoming a third team alongside BK's #23 and #83. This allowed all the personnel working on the car, including the pit crew and driver Cole Whitt, to leap over to BK as well. Davis was a bit less successful with the team's original effort, the #30 - while [=XXXtreme=] Motorsport was willing to acquire the pit crew (and owner points) off the 30, they decided to fold them into the team's pre-existing entry, the #44, and continue on with J.J. Yeley, thus leaving Parker Kligerman stranded without a job.[[note]]it was initially claimed that Davis was still looking for a solution to get Kligerman back on track, but due to Kligerman's TraumaCongaLine of crashes and parts failures in the first eight races, nothing came to pass aside from some fill-in practice duty at Stewart-Haas during Kurt Busch's attempt at the Indy-Charlotte Double. Kligerman subsequently explored some options in UsefulNotes/IndyCar before taking and then took on an extended guest analyst stint (and later, a full-time job) on NBCSN's ''NASCAR America''[[/note]] America''; in 2016, he picked up a ride in the Truck Series[[/note]] Even so, considering how team collapses in NASCAR normally go, this was a still a pretty nice moment for the crew.
25th Dec '15 7:21:24 PM JamesShade
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* Former owner Brandon Davis noted that, during the breakup of his team Swan Racing in April 2014, he was told that it would be cheaper for him to simply close up shop straight away and leave everyone there without a job. Davis refused to do this and started working on solutions to get all his soon-to-be-former employees new jobs. He was ultimately able to do this for the team's new entry for 2014, the #26, with a lot of help from co-owner Anthony Marlowe, who bought out Davis' stake and then resold it to Ron Devine over at BK Racing, with Marlowe joining that team's ownership group and the 26 becoming a third team alongside BK's #23 and #83. This allowed all the personnel working on the car, including the pit crew and driver Cole Whitt, to leap over to BK as well. Davis was a bit less successful with the team's original effort, the #30 - while [=XXXtreme=] Motorsport was willing to acquire the pit crew (and owner points) off the 30, they decided to fold them into the team's pre-existing entry, the #44, and continue on with J.J. Yeley, thus leaving Parker Kligerman stranded without a job.[[note]]it was initially claimed that Davis was still looking for a solution to get Kligerman back on track, but due to Kligerman's TraumaCongaLine of crashes and parts failures in the first eight races, nothing came to pass aside from some fill-in practice duty at Stewart-Haas during Kurt Busch's attempt at the Indy-Charlotte Double. Kligerman is himself now exploring options in UsefulNotes/IndyCar in between his stints as an analyst on ''NASCAR America''[[/note]] Even so, considering how team collapses in NASCAR normally go, this was a still a pretty nice moment for the crew.

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* Former owner Brandon Davis noted that, during the breakup of his team Swan Racing in April 2014, he was told that it would be cheaper for him to simply close up shop straight away and leave everyone there without a job. Davis refused to do this and started working on solutions to get all his soon-to-be-former employees new jobs. He was ultimately able to do this for the team's new entry for 2014, the #26, with a lot of help from co-owner Anthony Marlowe, who bought out Davis' stake and then resold it to Ron Devine over at BK Racing, with Marlowe joining that team's ownership group and the 26 becoming a third team alongside BK's #23 and #83. This allowed all the personnel working on the car, including the pit crew and driver Cole Whitt, to leap over to BK as well. Davis was a bit less successful with the team's original effort, the #30 - while [=XXXtreme=] Motorsport was willing to acquire the pit crew (and owner points) off the 30, they decided to fold them into the team's pre-existing entry, the #44, and continue on with J.J. Yeley, thus leaving Parker Kligerman stranded without a job.[[note]]it was initially claimed that Davis was still looking for a solution to get Kligerman back on track, but due to Kligerman's TraumaCongaLine of crashes and parts failures in the first eight races, nothing came to pass aside from some fill-in practice duty at Stewart-Haas during Kurt Busch's attempt at the Indy-Charlotte Double. Kligerman is himself now exploring subsequently explored some options in UsefulNotes/IndyCar in between his stints as before taking on an extended guest analyst stint (and later, a full-time job) on NBCSN's ''NASCAR America''[[/note]] Even so, considering how team collapses in NASCAR normally go, this was a still a pretty nice moment for the crew.
22nd Nov '15 6:12:58 PM Yoshiman400
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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career.

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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career. It was his 93rd and ultimately final Sprint Cup Series win, and would eventually finish third in the final standings, a fine way to bow out.
5th Nov '15 5:58:04 AM Yoshiman400
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* To say Tony Stewart had a very rough 2014 as a driver would be a complete understatement, having to endure the statistically worst season of his career and his only winless season to date, and to ''then'' go through the Kevin Ward tragedy. But good things come to those who wait, in this case, winning the Sprint Cup championship as the co-owner of Kevin Harvick's car. It took all 36 races, but Smoke has finally risen.

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* To say Tony Stewart had a very rough 2014 as a driver would be a complete understatement, having to endure the statistically worst season of his career and his only winless season to date, and to ''then'' go through the Kevin Ward tragedy. But good things come to those who wait, in this case, winning the Sprint Cup championship as the co-owner of Kevin Harvick's car. It took all 36 races, but Smoke has had finally risen.



* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at 2015 Pocono Indycar 500.]]

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* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter latter's crash at 2015 Pocono Indycar IndyCar 500.]]]]
* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career.
24th Aug '15 10:19:57 AM ernie_2492
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* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500.]]

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* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at 2015 Pocono Indycar 500.]]
24th Aug '15 10:19:21 AM ernie_2492
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** [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500]]

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** * [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500]]500.]]
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