Tony Stewart – NASCAR Bad Boy Or Just a Jerk?

Some people have suggested that NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is simply misunderstood. Others have outright excused his behaviors. And still others have admirably referred to him as ‘NASCAR’s bad boy’. Finally, some have suggested that there’s nothing admirable about his behavior. He’s simply acting like a jerk. Count me as one of the latter.

I judge people by their behaviors and actions. In this case, Stewart’s actions include his on track antics, his off-track incidents, and his reactions to questions about these behaviors. After careful review, I believe there’s only one conclusion a reasonable person can reach: He acts like a complete jerk.

Stewart appears to believe that he’s the only one who gets bad luck, frustrated, cut-off, wrecked, bumped, and so on. Other drivers in similar circumstances regularly appear at post race interviews with their frustrations written all over their faces, but they generally handle their interviews with dignity and class.

Stewart comes across in his interviews as a petulant child who is in bad need of a spanking. You can imagine him as the bratty neighborhood kid whose parents always backed down and let him have his way after he threw a fit.

As evidence of Stewart’s boorish behavior, allow me to enter the following items into the record. There are so many incidents and such limited space, so I’ll just touch on a few highlights.

In 2000 at Watkins Glen, Stewart blocked and bumped Jeff Gordon, putting Gordon a lap down after Gordon sought repairs for the incident. After the race, Stewart got in to a shoving match with Gordon where threats and obscenities were exchanged.

In 2001, Stewart and Gordon were at it again. Gordon did a bump and run on Stewart at Bristol. After the race, Stewart spun Gordon out on pit road. NASCAR fined Stewart and put him on probation.

In 2001 at Daytona, Stewart was black flagged by a NASCAR official, but ignored it and kept racing. He later confronted a NASCAR official over the incident and incurred further action by NASCAR. He also got in to trouble for knocking a tape recorder out of a reporter’s hand, after the reporter asked about the incident.

In 2001 at Talladega, Stewart confronted the same NASCAR official after Stewart refused to wear the mandated head and neck restraint.

In 2002 after a disappointing finish at the Brickyard 400, Stewart punched a photographer and was put on probation for the rest of the year.

In 2004 at the Tropicana 400, Stewart knocked Kasey Kahne in to the wall and wrecked him. Kahne was leading at the time. Kahne’s owner Ray Everham said of Stewart after the race “…he should have his backside beat. That’s the problem with him. Nobody has ever grabbed him and given him a good beating.”

In 2005 at Watkins Glen, Stewart was fined and put on probation again for ramming Brian Vickers car after the Busch race.

In 2005 at Phoenix, Stewart came in second after a string of cautions. After the race, Stewart suggested the cautions were a fraud and that professional wrestling was more legitimate than NASCAR.

In 2006 at Daytona, Stewart was complaining to the media about how reckless driving by other drivers was going to get someone killed. During the race, Stewart was involved in altercations with Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch. But he topped it off by getting in to it with Matt Kenseth. Stewart cut across the nose of Kenseth’s car, forcing Kenseth down in to the grass where he lost control and went back up in to the wall. Amazingly, after the race Stewart said “Kyle Busch, he’s the one guy who’s probably going to get someone hurt out there.” Then, Stewart had this to say about Kenseth: “He started the whole thing and I finished it”.

In 2006 at the All Star Race, Stewart got in to it again with Kenseth ending with both of them wrecked.

In 2006 at the Pennsylvania 500, Stewart retaliated against Clint Bowyer after Bowyer accidentally collided with the side of Stewart’s car. Stewart waved his hand then smashed in to Bowyer’s car, who then smashed in to Carl Edwards. NASCAR immediately held Stewart for one lap for reckless driving.

In 2006 at Martinsville, Stewart got in to a shouting match with Greg Biffle after he thought Biffle blocked him.

In 2006, Stewart sought counseling for anger issues.

In 2007 at Daytona, Stewart ran in to the back of his teammate Denny Hamlin and then blamed Hamlin for not getting out of the way.

In 2008 at Daytona, Stewart and Kurt Busch exchanged bumps during a shootout race. Busch bumped Stewart again on pit road. During a conference with NASCAR officials, it was reported that Stewart actually punched Busch.

I could go on and on about incident after incident where Stewart was rude, sarcastic, offensive and so on. He’s said incredibly childish things in post race interviews and on his radio show. He’s complained and whined and spouted off. But it seems to me that Ray Everham said it best. To paraphrase: this guy needs a good butt kickin’ to get his mind right.

The Best Qualities of a Land Cruiser Prado

The world is embracing new technologies and with that car manufacturing companies like Toyota are keenly observing new ways of manufacturing; they are building new plants and spending loads of cash on research and development to find new ways of building the best automobiles that would be on top in the industry and investing for the future demands. In addition these companies are employing highly competent and multi-skilled personnel to help in realizing their objectives for the century.

A Land Cruiser Prado is manufactured by Toyota Company from Japan, which makes their vehicles to meet their customer’s needs and expectations, some of the specifications are not found in other regions but they have made it possible for you as a buyer to get adequate information through dealers who are based in every continent of this globe. Information about this vehicle can be found through the company website and also auto shows and magazines. The Land cruisers are modeled to fulfill the roadworthy requirements as their put customer’s safety and security first.

Having a car as great as a Land cruiser Prado is an exciting adventure to the owner and the reason why they are on high demands is because of their high qualities that make the stand out as the best sports utility vehicle. I hereby outline why Prado’s have the best qualities among the Sports utility vehicles.

• Toyota has adopted new advanced technology and innovation in producing the best quality vehicles for instance the 2010 Land Cruiser Prado is restructured to exude masculinity and its features shows a sense of control and authority on the road.

• Prado is manufactured with great creativity and comfort that brings excitement to its occupants. It is also spacious for the driver and the other occupants giving them enough freedom to relax and very magnificent.

• It is designed to suit the current fashion status of its owners and it has a contemporary look that suits the modern class and age.

• A Land Cruiser Prado exudes a sense of prestige, luxury, affluence and poshness. As a result of these qualities, its demand is so high in the market.

• In the Sports utility vehicles category, a Prado gives the other SUV’s like Land Rover Freelander2,Audi Q5 and BMW X3 the competition that they deserve, Its exterior features include fog lamps, headlamp cleaners, Four Wheel drive system that can pass through the terrains, Roof rack, mudguards just to names a few.

A Land Cruiser Prado is a fashion statement and any owner is proud to possess it because its qualities match its performance on the road.

Wonderful Divine Saint Vadalur Vallalar and Some of His Miracles

Words will fail to enumerate the greatness of the Divine Saint, the great Vadalur Vallalar.

Given below are some of his miracles.

Tholuvore Velayudam mudaliar was his ardent disciple. He has written Vallalar’s biography in a lucid style. This is an authenticated one also. Velayudam mudaliar was working in Madras Presidency college as a Tamil Pundit.

He composed 66 verses in which he briefed the greatness of Vallalar.

How he became the disciple of this great saint is an interesting episode. Once he took one hundred verses composed by him with puns and that too in the old Tamil style to Vallalar. In order to test Vallalar, he told him that these verses were in an age old palm leaves. In one of the leaves it was found that those were sung by the great Sangam age Tamil poets.”

Sangam age was supposed to be the oldest period of Tamils and the Tamil poetic words could not be easily understood.

Vallalar went through the leaves. Then he immediately retorted to Mudaliyar, “These are all not at all of Sangam period poets. One novice who does not know even the basic fundamentals of Tamil grammar has written these verses. There are so many mistakes which nobody could count.”

Mudaliyar trembled and fell down at his feet and from that minute onwards he became an ardent devotee of Vallalar and spent his time with him till his last moments.

Hundreds of miracles were performed by the great saint. Once one of his disciples by name Sahanmugam Pillai was in search of him in the night as he was not found in his room. He went outside and had seen his various parts of body in different places. On seeing this Shanmugam screamed that something disastrous happened to his Guru. But Vallalar assembled his body and appeared before him as usual. He cautioned him not to search like this during nights.

Thiruvorriyur is a famous shrine. Vallalar used to go to the temple to worship the Goddess. There was a naked man in the Car Street. He used to see the men and women who are walking through that street and comment, “here goes a dog; This is Cow. This is a donkey.” Vallalar who used to go through a different route normally, once has chosen car street route. The naked man immediately declared, “Ah! here comes a MAN”and with both of his hands he covered his body in a way of showing great respect. That naked man must be a Yogi. On seeing Vallalar, he left the place and everybody started talking that he was so far waiting to have the holy view of the great saint.

Vallalar life is full of incidents. He was a great alchemist. Whatever he touches that would become gold. But very rarely he showed his mysterious powers to others..

He was praised by Theosophists. Velayudam mudaliyar has given a beautiful statement to the author of ‘Hints on Esoteric Theosophy about Vallalar. When this statement was published in the magazine. ‘The Theosophist’ July 1882 issue, Madam H.P.Blavatsky has given a glorious tribute and emphasized that her prophesy has been fulfilled.

We may need whole of our lifetime to study Vallalar and understand him.