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Points Race 21: Pocono II (aka The Evil Triangle Redux)

Posted by Amy in General

Well in my Saturday afternoon post (I know I should do those more often- maybe I will) I mentioned finding out pretty much first thing that Tony Stewart would be going to a backup car because he crashed during practice.  This would put him at the back of the 43 car field in the race that should have happened on Sunday. Then it rained out on Sunday. This seems to be the season of rain! So NASCAR finally (and within a reasonable amount of time in my eyes) postponed the race until Monday. The problem with races on Monday- is I have to work. Bah.

I am going to assume though that Tony and Team Old Spice Office Depot did good today all things considered. I know they dealt with a flat tire early in the race- that ended up putting them a lap down.  I also know that thanks to the competition Caution thrown at lap 20 that he was the lucky dog and fought his way back up to be in or near the top ten for most of the day.  Tony Stewart finished in tenth position at Pocono (after starting 43rd- so I say we call it a good day).  Teammate Ryan Newman finished fourteenth. Tony maintains his position in the points as POINTS LEADER (Yey Tony!!).  Ryan Newman dropped two spots in the standings to 9th (still within the chase- barely).

Notes on Pocono (far and few between since I didn’t get to watch the actual race):

  • Congratulations to Denny Hamlin- race winner. It was good to hear that Denny won!
  • Dear Jimmie Johnson: My friend thinks you should sell the “Chad is Rad” shirts that you were sporting during the Rain Delay on Sunday- she would def love one. She says you could have the proceeds go to your foundation…she is sure other HMS fans would buy them too.
  • Between Fox Sports and NASCAR.COM live leaderboards- FoxSports was just a tad faster for me. Just wanted to share that. But I like the layout of the one at NASCAR.COM better.
  • Part of me wants the Tony Stewart Swaggar shirt that says YOUR DRIVER STINKS MINE DOESN’T. Is that weird?

Let’s just call this good and get on with next week’s race- where our favorite drivers will turn left and right at Watkin’s Glen!

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  • RevJim says:

    Smoke actually increased his points lead over Jimmie Johnson by 5 points. Great job for the 14 team getting him into the top ten after so many problems early in the race. He must have passed more cars than anyone else, several times more.

    Update on the Swagger commercial–When Tony was racing in USAC he often had to skip paying for a meal in order to afford gas to get to the next race. Now the turkey leg and the tray of money make more sense in showing that he is better off after using Swagger. I want that Swagger shirt, too.
    Smoke was back in the candy-apple red car. I love that paint job.

  • shrfan says:

    Actually, Newman gained points on 13th place. As long as a driver is in the top 12, the actual position means very little given the points re-set when the Chase starts. So even though the 39 technically “dropped” to 9th, the team bettered their odds of making the Chase by increasing the points spread between them and 13th.



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