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August 13, 2014

Tony Steward and Robin Williams
Mona Lease

What do Tony Stewart and the late Robin Williams have in common?  Tick Tock - Tick Tock - Tick Tock - Tick Tock - ...Fame. Tick Tock - Tick Tock - ...Fortune. Tick Tock - Tick Tock Tick Tock...Fans. Tick Tock - Tick Tock - ...Anger...Depression...aging bodies. Most of us will feel pressure. But, not to their degree. Granted - these are paths they chose and they are/were obviously, very good at them. One man's "feelings" turned inward. Suicide resulted. Another man's turned outward and a racer died. (So it is reported). For all the cheering fans, all of the "more, more, more" from the audience that these guys heard - is it possible that they ever wished they had chosen a less "limelighted" career? Is it possible that they knew their "well" would run dry - no more new material - no more "leader of the pack/"

I'm not saying it is the fans' fault. It's part of the "road" - someone better than you arrives on the scene - funnier, faster, more stamina, etc. And - no matter what is dealt to Tony Stewart - Do you suppose he will always remember the exact moment his car hit Kevin? Anything could have been on that dirt track....or not. Cars were running top speed. Wrecks, "shoving you up against the wall" - it's all part of racing. That's how Jeff Gordon earned the moniker "CryBaby Gordon." Yes, I know one is dirt track and one is not. The point (in my mind) still remains - If Tony Stewart is stripped of racing forever; if he has to forfeit all of his money, sell his cars and the Eldora track...it will never erase from his memory the moment his car hit the driver...or when Tony heard "Kevin's dead." No one forgets. We only learn to live with the memory.

Mona Lease
Greenville


 
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