Tony Stewart speaks to media

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Vote for Brittany Force!

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Vote for your Favorite Driver, Brittany Force, NOW!

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Also, check out this hilarious video her team put together.

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Thoughts from a listener of The Balance

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I don’t usually type listener remarks…..but I am taking exception to this…

I received this email…it shows the passion our listeners have  regarding Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart is known to be a hot head. He’s got out of his car on many occasions. Maybe not on a dirt course? I’ve watched the video multiple times and it sickens me. Sad! Yes, I realize Ward got out of car, but why did Stewart pick up speed coming out of the corner on a YELLOW and hit him? And why did Stewart originally thought it was okay to race at Watkins Glen this afternoon with the caption as “business as usual”? Ugh!

Again, you should never get out of your car during a race with a hot head and extremely frustrated! I think the rules need to be changed as a result of this incident.

Note: I’m confident  Stewart didn’t mean to kill him, but he did. Things need to change as a result of this. Please, please don’t allow this type of incident happen again. Extremely tragic and avoidable!

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Tragedy in New York

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Kevin Ward

I wont be posting the video we talk about in this blog out of respect for The Kevin Ward Family.

I love this quote from Jay Busbee a writer for Yahoo Sports

“After Saturday night, Tony Stewart’s future as a driver is in serious question. But no matter whether Stewart ever drives again, he’s not the most important part of this story. Kevin Ward Jr. is, and always will be.”

Well here is what we do know! NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York, authorities said early Sunday. Kevin Ward Jr., 20, died from injuries suffered in the incident, which occurred Saturday night at the Empire Super Sprints series event at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The track is about a two-hour drive from Watkins Glen International race track, where Stewart had been scheduled to race in a NASCAR event Sunday.

Ok so lets look at both sides.

  • Kevin Ward JR exits his Sprint Car after hitting the outside wall during lap 14 of a 25-lap race, Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero said.
  • Ward is walking toward oncoming race traffic pointing and yelling.
  • Track was on a yellow flag.
  • One car swerves to avoid Ward on the track.
  • Stewart’s car passes close to Ward, and it appears that it’s right rear tire hits him.
  • An ambulance took Ward to a hospital, but he died before arrival.

The questions of the day are

  • Did Tony Stewart intentionally hit Ward?
  • Should the rules be changed so drivers are prohibited to exit car if their life is not in immediate danger?
  • Did Tony Stewart make the right decision to not race in NASCAR race at Watkins Glen?
  • Was this a criminal act on Tony’s part?

Stewart has made no secret of his passion for dirt-track racing and he drives on dirt tracks as often as possible — even to the detriment of his own health. He suffered a badly broken leg in a race a little over a year ago and was involved in a big crash at the same Canandaigua Motorsports Park track last year.

A witness who is a sprint-car driver and friend of Ward’s described what happened to Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News:

“Tony pinched him into the front-stretch wall, a racing thing,” Graves said. “The right rear tire went down, he spun on the exit of (Turn) 2. They threw the caution and everything was toned down. Kevin got out of his car. … He was throwing his arms up all over the place at Tony for most of the corner.

“I know Tony could see him. I know how you can see out of these cars. When Tony got close to him, he hit the throttle. When you hit a throttle on a sprint car, the car sets sideways. It set sideways, the right rear tire hit Kevin, Kevin was sucked underneath and was stuck under it for a second or two and then it threw him about 50 yards.”

Ward is from Port Leyden, N.Y., and, he started racing go-karts when he was 4. He drove the No. 13 car for five years in the Empire Super Sprints circuit and won two 360 Winged Sprint races last year.

“Business as usual”??? Maybe one of the dumbest things ever said in the history of sports.

You can get away with that kind of macho trick in a NASCAR sled, but not in a short-coupled, high power-to-weight “Outlaw” sprint car. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it, even on the checkered flag lap when the driver’s fired up and whacks the gas. The car does an embarrassing 360 loop-the-loop right in front of the main grandstand.

First ol’ Smoke ran the guy into the wall, then he wanted to “teach him a lesson”. Some lesson. And for what? To be Big Dog on a local racetrack? In a race with a winner’s purse of $1500? Nothing to gain, everything to lose if you can’t control your attitude.

The best spin I can put on this: If Stewart can’t handle the differences in driving technique between a NASCAR stocker and an Outlaw sprinter, he shouldn’t be in the cockpit of either one. But what I’m seeing looks more like a case of “I really just meant to scare him, Your Honor!”

What are your thoughts ? We want to hear your comments!

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Pics from Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Guardian of The Brickyard

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Chris Pratt, star of the new Guardians of the Galaxy is at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today to lead the cars around driving the Chevy pace car. Pratt is new to NASCAR but stated he is looking forward to leading the cars around the track. Pratt told a room of reporters that he is looking forward to being signed by NASCAR after his laps leading the 37 cars around the track today for the Brickyard 400. He was amazed at how smooth his ride was around the track going what he said was a slow 120 mph.

Chris Pratt who is also a star of the show Parks and Recreation set in a fictional city in Indiana has been to the Hoosier state once before. Parks and Recreation filmed a show at Lucas Oil Stadium with several members of the Indianapolis Colts and he was on the field playing catch with Andrew Luck.
On a professional note for Pratt, he is looking forward to playing the hero character like his character, the Star Lord of the new movie Guardians of the Galaxy. He stated that the film has just confirmed their 2nd movie in the series. The Guardians of the Galaxy premieres this Friday, August 1st.
Be sure to watch to see if Christ Pratt makes the turnoff in the pace car today or keep the car on the track and prove his driving skills to NASCAR.

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Pacer NBA Playoffs 2014

Josh Elmore
(2 Dollar Bill Josh)

Remember back at the ALL STAR BREAK

The  Indiana Pacers were a league best 33-7?

All the talk around the NBA was how the Indiana Pacers were the best team in the league,and how they would finally eliminate the Miami Heat and reach the 2014 NBA finals.

Then came the trade deadline and Larry legendary Bird just couldn’t help himself but to make a trade. He sent former all star Danny Granger to Philly for Evan Turner. On paper it seems like a great trade. But on the court it just isn’t working since the trade The Pacers are 24-21.

Any talk of the Indiana Pacers beating the Heat now seems like a joke. The chemistry,the trust,the togetherness of the Indiana Pacers just isn’t there anymore. I mean they are the number 1 seed and have gotten beaten soundly twice by the number 8 seed Atlanta Hawks.

I think its time For Frank Vogel the head coach, Roy Hibbert the all star center to go. Its just not working anymore.

Now Pacer fans will say I am overreacting. But its been almost 2 full months since the trade deadline and its clear the Pacers cant get back to where they were and its sad.

Pacers fans when we get knocked out by the Hawks make sure to thank Larry legendary Awful Bird for his stupid trade idea and for ruining what would have been a championship season here in Indiana.

Catch more Pacer, and NBA Playoff Talk Saturday April 26th on

The Balance we GO LIVE at 9:00 AM 

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Autism Awareness Night with the Tribe

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April is Autism Awareness Month. Saturday night was Autism Awareness night at Victory Field.
The Indianapolis Indians may have lost the game against the Louisville Bats but the won the hearts of their fans and the Autism Community.

By partnering with Damar Services to both raise awareness of Autism and highlight groups working to create autism-friendly environments on Autism Awareness Night at Victory Field on Saturday, April 19.

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The Tribe wore special jerseys with the autism awareness puzzle piece logos embroidered on each sleeve. Fans had the opportunity to bid on these one-of-a-kind jerseys worn by their favorite Indians players and coaches, with proceeds benefiting autism parent training and Parent Night Out programs.”

The Balance was proud to be covering this game. We would love to join forces and do our part in Autism Awareness Month. Unaware about what it means to be autistic, what sorts of challenges and difficulties it poses. What sort of joys and happiness it can bring. How vast the autism spectrum is, and how each autistic individual, each autism family’s journey is unique to them.

I was touched by the Young Kids with Autism who threw the first pitch. Thanks to The Indianapolis Indians that young man will have a memory that will last a life time.

Be sure to catch the Hot Corner This Thursday Evening at 7:00 EST, and we will break down The Tribe and all the Action in The International League in the MLB and MiLB

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Boston still strong one year later

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