But his owner wanted to see Carl Edwards do a backflip.

Oh, yeah, they’re reporting it as the parrot making too much noise during the race, and the guy shooting it with a BB gun.  But we Tony Stewart fans – me and the dead parrot – know what it was really about.

Tony was racing for his first win as an owner/driver.  And he did it, scraping by on fumes as a fuel gamble paid off by six seconds.

And the parrot couldn’t help crowing about it.  Not a wise move on the bird’s part, being cooped up in a cage and all.  Makes it hard to escape.

Late-breaking news: I have it on good authority that the parrot is not dead – he’s resting.