Chase Race 1: Louden, NH (or the race of the Axle problem)Posted by in General
Well folks, here we are- the CHASE is on. Who will win? Well you all know I want Tony to win of course and Ryan Newman to be a very close second. I also want the chase to be close this year- I want it to come down to at least Phoenix- but Homestead would be better. I want it close and fast and fun!
I wish I had caught qualifying or happened to actually dvr it. Tony qualified 2nd- which is a totally awesome qualifying effort for him. I was totally stoked when I saw that he had qualified that well.
I had forgotten how stressful it can be to watch a chase race….Where is my driver? Who’s in front of my driver? Who’s behind my driver. Wait is that my driver blowing up…no just Kasey Kahne, I can relax. It’s stressful. I can say this…Tony’s car seemed pretty good for the most part. He led some laps. The pit crew seemed to struggle a little bit- but we are talking tenths of a second differences between his pit stops and those of the then leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
Then something went wrong- a loose axle cap. The team came in the next round of pit stops and fixed it but of course it ate up a bunch of spots. Luckily though, they didn’t get a lap down and thanks to Tony driving past people and a two tire stop Tony was able to make his way up to 14th position before the end of the race (under a yellow/checker because of an accident by AJ Allmendinger at the start finish line).
Overall the race could have went a lot better- however it could have been a lot worse…
After CHASE RACE ONE Tony Stewart is in 6th position in the chase, 74 points behind Chase leader Mark Martin, who won the race at Louden. Stewart-Haas teammate Ryan Newman finished seventh at the race and climbed to 7th in the chase standings.
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