the face, but you only need to see how
much the standings changed over the
first five weeks to realize there’s a long
way to go still. Everybody is worrying
way too much about the points and
where everybody is at right now. But we
do have ground to make up. Any time
you’re not leading, you are playing
catch-up. We definitely need to ensure
that what happened at Dover and Kansas
doesn’t recur over the next five weeks.
We cannot afford any mistakes.
In addition to NASCAR racing, I’m
also busy with my other interests. Eldora
Speedway just wrapped up for the season,
and although we still try to figure out ways
to make it better each week, I’m happy
that we had record attendance at some
races. We battled Mother Nature – and
she always wins! – but it was a good year.
Our World of Outlaws teams have
done a good job, too. It looks like we’ll
fall a little short of Jason Meyers in the
WINDY CITY WIN Tony Stewart’s
Chicagoland victory, as well as
getting his Chase off to a perfect
start, ensured that Smoke has scored
at least one victory in every season
of his 13-season NASCAR Cup career.
This third win in Chi-town was
Smoke’s 40th in Cup, lifting him to
third on the win-list of active drivers,
a position he shared
with Mark Martin
However, just six
days later, Stewart
left Martin behind
by scoring win 41!
title race, but it’s no disgrace
falling short to what he’s been
able to accomplish in the
last month or two. We
still took the Knoxville
Nationals, and both
Steve Kinser and Donny
Schatz won a lot of
races. Donny is second
in points right now and
Steve’s third, so it’s been a
good year. We’ve just had
races slip through our fingers
and that cost us.
In USAC, Levi Jones clinched
his second consecutive USAC Traxxas
Silver Crown Series championship to
become only the fifth driver in USAC
history to earn back-to-back Silver Crown
titles. It was our sixth Silver Crown title as
car owners and our second with partner
Curb-Agajanian, so we’re pretty proud.
Obviously, people want to know about
Danica Patrick joining Stewart-Haas
Racing next year, and we’re getting ready
for her arrival. I’m excited about Danica
coming on board – that’s going to be an
excellent addition. But I have five weeks
left in the 2011 championship and that’s
what I’m most focused on right now.
Once the season ends, we’ll focus on the
third annual International Motorsports
Industry Show, which runs Dec. 8-10 at
the Indiana Convention Center. (Get the
details at www.imis-indy.com.) We’re
expecting more than 20,000 hardcore
racers at IMIS this year, and already,
attendee registration is up more than
700 percent year-to-date from last year.
If you get a chance, check out the IMIS
website and all the cool, new events,
exhibits and features we have for this
year. It really is something.
Another of my favorites is the Indy
Karting Classic, which will take place at
Conseco Field House in Indianapolis on
Sunday, Dec. 11, one day after IMIS ends.
Well, that’s about it for right now.
My house is supposed to be finished in
February, so I have a lot to look forward
to at the start of 2012. But for now, it’s
time to try and win a championship for
our team, our employees, our sponsors
and our fans.