With qualifying rained out Tony started the race with his first practice speed which meant he started 22nd at Chicagoland. Unfortunately the car’s handling would prove to be an issue throughout the race. It started too tight and through the first part of the race- large swings to adjust the car during pitstops made the worse and then it was far too loose. At one point Chad Johnston called for them to put a spring rubber in during one of the cautions, and that is when the handling really went away on the car.
At one point the #14 Mobil 1 Chevy was even a lap down- but the team never quit and eventually got their lap back by being the lucky dog. Tony finished 18th (and on the lead lap so yey!). He is still 26th in the points standings.
Race winner was Brad Keselowski, which automatically puts him into the next round of the chase. There are two more races left in the challenger round. The top three in the chase points are: Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, and Joey Logano. Kevin Harvick is currently fourth in the Chase standings and Kurt Busch is currently sitting in ninth for the chase standings.
1. I thought that the yellow roof numbers, splitters and name banner at the top of the windshield would be cool. I decided I don’t like them. Why? I don’t know. Part of it may be the actual color of the banners. I have an idea. I think that to make the chase cars stand out let’s make the rest of the field race primer gray paint schemes with just their numbers and car logos the same. I mean I assume that the yellow is to make the actual sprint contenders stand out- and it does- but I honestly find it distracting and on some of the cars- it is downright ugly. So this is my idea to combat the ugly yellow on the normal paint schemes.
2. Was I the only one who thought OH THAT’S GONNA BE AWKWARD when Danica and Ricky collided on track on Sunday? Oh to be a fly on the wall anywhere near the vicinity of that discussion!
3. Did you notice that Dale Jr.’s trademark skeleton hand gloves were teal and not black? I did (except I thought they were green and could not figure out why). Well it is in support of Sherry Pollex and Ovarian Cancer. The gloves will worn each weekend in September and then auctioned off- the proceeds will be donated to the charity of Sherry’s choice. Here is an article all about them.
Sorry this post stinks- but I am exhausted beyond explanation. I blame it on solar flares and vaccinations, what other explanation could there be?
The Gratuitous Tony Stewart pictures have the man greeting his people:
Next week we are racing in New Hampsha again.