No More Media Bashing?

Tony Stewart has long been known as a "Media Basher". But like the old adage of "If you can't beat ‘em, join ‘em" says, Stewart has joined the group that just won't leave him be.

Starting next January, Stewart will host "Tony Stewart Live", a weekly two-hour radio broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio's new 24/7 NASCAR channel. His co-host will be Matt Yocum, pit reporter for FOX and NBC broadcasts. Sirius has announced that preview episodes may begin to air as early as this October. The show will include Stewart speaking about the broad spectrum of motorsports topics, as well as speaking with guests on the show and taking calls from listeners.

So, why did Stewart decide to join the media with a two hour show of his own? Maybe it's because of his success at the Sirius Satellite sponsored race at Watkins Glen. Seems logical, doesn't it?

Maybe it's more a case of him now having an official outlet for his outspoken personality. After all, he's never been shy about voicing his opinions related to racing, either as a NASCAR driver, Indy driver, midget car driver, or any of the other series he's been a part of.

Maybe he just has even more to say about the sport now that he's more than "just" a driver. He's also a team owner, with Tony Stewart Motorsports fielding a World of Outlaws team that won the series championship in 2001, a USAC team that fields entries in the Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown divisions, and a USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series team. He's also a track owner, having purchased Eldora Speedway, a half-mile clay oval track.

The past year and a half has seen a change in Stewart's personality. He's seemed more relaxed, and less confrontational with the media than he has been in the past. Could it be that he knew this was coming, and wanted to lay the groundwork for the perception of a "nicer" Tony Stewart? Or is it a mere coincidence that he started being friendlier to the media a short time before joining them?

In any case, his knowledge of the sport will now be available to the public, giving listeners an insider's perspective to the sport.

Published on May 22, 2006 in