June 03, 2006

Former "Iron Man" Ricky Rudd will help injured Stewart keep current streak alive: "It was a real, real tough call,'' Rudd said, smiling. "Do I cut grass for six hours a day this weekend or do I go out to Dover and drive a race car? It wasn't a real hard decision about what I wanted to do.''

posted by wingnut4life to auto racing at 10:09 AM - 19 comments

Please, no "Is it a sport?" arguments. I don't care who you are, it hurts to drive with a broken shoulder. I've done it before, and shit, the shifting shucks!

posted by wingnut4life at 10:11 AM on June 03, 2006

The article doesn't mention any streak. What's that about?

posted by gspm at 11:30 AM on June 03, 2006

stewart being out and rudd driving is going to hurt tony in the standings.no way will ricky finish in the top 10. the longer that stewart is out the better. time for a jeff gordon comeback

posted by ptluigi at 11:37 AM on June 03, 2006

Stewart has a 260-race starting streak. It's nothing like Rudd's streak (789), but it's a start. no way will ricky finish in the top 10. Rudd has 26 top tens, 14 top fives, and four wins at DIS. Since 2000, he has four top tens there, and that was racing for the Wood Brothers. With a deep-pocketed team like Joe Gibbs Racing behind him, you'd be a fool to count Ricky out.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:54 AM on June 03, 2006

All Tony has to do is start the car and run 1 lap to get the points. It isn't going to hurt Tony at all in the standings as long as Ricky can get good finishes. Even if they get a lap behind on the driver change, they can make that up with the "Lucky Dog" on the next caution flag.

posted by dbt302 at 01:58 PM on June 03, 2006

no way will ricky finish in the top ten In this car there is a good chance he could win this thing.

posted by CB900 at 02:39 PM on June 03, 2006

no way will ricky finish in the top ten Rudd qualified 10th, and even though Tony will have to start at the back because he didn't qualify the car, Rudd is good enough to get the car back into the top 10 by the end of the race.

posted by Folkways at 06:51 PM on June 03, 2006

aint gonna happen, mark my words, the guys retired, cmon

posted by ptluigi at 08:16 PM on June 03, 2006


posted by kckurtbusch at 01:03 AM on June 04, 2006

The guy maybe retired but he still knows how to wheel a car around the track. Even if he doesn't make the top 10 watch how many cars he finishes ahead of. I guess that all those drivers behind him should retire, since an old, retired dog like Ricky beat them.

posted by TAZ29 at 09:31 AM on June 04, 2006

i dont get it who gets the points Ricky earns, Tony or Ricky?

posted by buffalo will never win at 03:27 PM on June 04, 2006

no way will ricky finish in the top ten Rudd finishes 25th.

i dont get it who gets the points Ricky earns, Tony or Ricky? Stewart gets the points, I believe -- "Stewart needs only to start the race to receive the points that are awarded for the car's finish."

posted by wingnut4life at 06:18 PM on June 04, 2006

Well I was quite disapointed Rudd didn't have a better showing. With that car though, Im not sure a healthy Stewart would have done any better.

posted by Folkways at 07:24 PM on June 04, 2006

well, like i said in the above post. he didnt make the top 10. he finished 25th out of 43 cars. not too bad actually.

posted by ptluigi at 05:55 AM on June 05, 2006

43 cars did not finish.and 25th is a not so good of a day actually. ptluigi.But good call, I said top 20 a few posts ago.

posted by kckurtbusch at 09:25 PM on June 05, 2006

thanx kckurtbusch, i was trying not to rub it in the faces of the guys above. this weeks race is in pocano so it ought to be a good one. don't care much for the road coarses. and i bet that stewart's back in the #20 car

posted by ptluigi at 05:40 AM on June 06, 2006

Saying, he finished 25th out of 43 cars is correct kc. Although I do agree that finishing 25th is not a good showing for the #20 team.

posted by Folkways at 08:46 AM on June 06, 2006

From the sounds Tony's team is making, this could be a several-weeks long situation. I think they'll keep switching at least through Infineon. The road course would be harder on Stewart's shoulder than the traditional oval or tri-oval. After Infineon (6.25.06), the next road course isn't until Watkins Glen in August. If Stewart takes it easy the next few weeks, he's still in a decent points position (and better off physically) by the time the circuit heads back to Daytona for the Pepsi 400 (7.01.06).

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:05 PM on June 06, 2006

good point, T_B_H, he's still in grat shape as far as the point standings and you know he'll come back with a vengeance

posted by ptluigi at 07:39 AM on June 07, 2006

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