Playing Catchup: Chase Race 5 (Charlotte) and Chase Race 6 (Martinsville)Posted by in General
So wow…I have really slipped up haven’t I? Technially I am behind three race recaps because I didn’t write anything yet about Fontana, Charlotte or Martinsville. I was at Fontana in person..and am still working on that…but let me get a quick Charlotte and Martinsville recap out of the way so I don’t feel so behind:
Chase Race 5 (Charlotte) The race at Charlotte was THE night race of the Chase. Tony Stewart qualified 29th for the race. On the second lap of the race, he was forced to check up to avoid a spin (Ryan Newman) and ended up getting hit by another car in the right rear corner of the car. Between damage and an ill-handling car (likely due to damage I would guess), and a couple of pit stops where Tony got blocked when trying to enter his pitstall, it would end up being a bad night. The 14 car wound up finishing 21st, dropping Stewart from 5th to 6th in the points (-177 points out of the lead). Race winner was Jamie McMurray.
Chase Race 6 (Martinsville) Eek….what a not so good ending to a race where Tony seemed to have a fairly solid car. Qualifying went extremely well as Tony qualified 6th (YEY!). In general I like shorter tracks because to me often the racing is closer and more intense. Tony quickly started falling back, suffering from the effects of an ill-handling car. After the crew worked on adjusting the car he seemed to be happier with the handling and seemed to advance in the standings. Then there was the speeding penalty. Stewart was caught speeding on pit road and had to go to the end of the lead lap. BAH! However- Tony seemed to be able to move through the field pretty well. I started to get excited. He really seemed to be doing well. Then there were more pit stops and something happened where he lost a lot of ground on one of the stops (turns out, according to the team release that there was a lugnut issue on one of the tires). It took awhile but Tony seemed to battle back into the top ten…and then a tire let go. (sigh). Stewart finished the race 24th, two laps down. He dropped to 7th in the standings now 236 points out of the lead. The race winner was Denny Hamlin.
Next week: Talladega is on Halloween….um…that is just bad mojo!!!
Check out my post over at Racing in America for my sentiments on the whole Kasey Kahne / RPM debacle.
Did you hear that sigh of relief? That was me- I feel way better having gotten that all out! Shwew. I will not let myself get so behind again!
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