These NASCAR drivers, always popping up in strange places. This is one from a couple weeks back, but it's so bizarre it's worth checking out: Tony Stewart doing runs in a bobsled at Lake Placid, N.Y.
Smoke hooked up with the "Night Train," the bobsled that won gold for the United States in Vancouver last year, and took a run down the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex's combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track. (Smoke is the one in the orange helmet; you can't see it from here, but there are Burger King logos all over it.) Fun fact: that bobsled was developed and produced by former Hendrick Motorsports driver Geoff Bodine.
Now, one of the best parts about writing for a worldwide sports powerhouse like Yahoo! Sports is that whenever there's a subject we can't fake our way through, like Olympic bobsledding, there's always somebody close by to help us. Today, we bring in Maggie Hendricks (no relation to Rick, or Jimi, for that matter) of our esteemed Fourth Place Medal blog to explain what the hell's going on here:
"I'm amused by Stewart's form," Maggie says. "Usually, the guys in the back push off, get in the sled and then keep their heads down. Stewart? Not so much. The little I know about NASCAR tells me that this is not out of character for Stewart."
Yep, that's pretty much par for the course with Stewart. Keep livin' the dream, Smoke.
(Hat tip to Maggie and Night Train's Steven Holcomb's Twitter.)