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Race 11: Dover

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

Miles the Monster, mascot to the concrete mile track in Dover, made sure that Tony Stewart, his crew, and his stalwart fans were left disappointed, disheartened, and bewildered at the team’s luck after Sunday’s race (not to mention generally pissed off- but that’s a post for another day).  Saturday’s qualifying session was rained out and forced the race line up to go by the practice speeds , a new rule in 2011, for the first time this year.  Unfortunately this put the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet  deep in the field- starting 27th.

The Mobil 1/Office Depot Car on track at Dover. (Photo Courtesy of Glen Bure, for BadGroove)

Right off the bat Tony found out his “cautiously optimistic” hopes about his car would be dashed when he found the car to be so ill-handling that at one point during the race he described it like trying to drive a skateboard. Couple that with a major fueling malfunction on a pit stop just past the 100 lap mark (as in the car didn’t get ANY fuel because the new gas can failed to connect to the car’s fuel hookup).  Stewart soon found himself flailing around at four laps down while still battling handling on a car that didn’t seem to to like the rubber on the track.  It was enough to put anyone in a bad mood!  While spending most of his time in 33rd and 34th position he was able to bring it home in 29th place- yet still a miserable six laps down from race winner Matt Kenseth (who won his second race of the season).  Tony dropped three positions in the Chase points standings down to 10th.

Tony and Crew in the pits. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

NOTES ABOUT DOVER:

  • You can be pretty sure that Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch  aren’t going anywhere near each other anytime soon considering they are both on PROBATION.  Both drivers are in the top five in the championship points and neither driver is going to risk further action by the sanctioning body that might cost them points.  So all that pre-race “feud” hype was just that- HYPE.
  • I am still not clear why Kevin Harvick was fined and put on probation in the first place. Those of you who have read me a long time know I love Kyle – but it was his actions that put people at risk- not Kevin’s.
  • Is it a coincidence that while I was scrawling out this entry in my notebook (yeah I do it old school) that the shuffle mix on my iPod decided to play Adam Sandler’s “Piece Of Shit Car?” Okay it probably was coincidence but I think even Tony Stewart would admit that it was pretty apropos.
  • Also in the apropos category- did you happen to notice the one commercial during the national broadcast for the race? It was for the fall race at Dover (I think) and had a bunch of drivers talking about Dover and at the end Tony says “Ouch!”  Ouch indeed my man, ouch indeed!
  • The Tony Stewart fan in me has a little rant she needs to get out now: Ok, seriously what we have to do to get Tony and the crew some freaking GOOD luck this season?  Do NOT make me dig out the $2.00 bill that I’ve had since I was a kid and hunt Tony down to give it to him.  Sigh.

What’s a guy gotta do to get a little luck on his side:

Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)

Does that face not look like it could use some GOOD luck?

Special thanks to Glen Bure who sent me these Tony Stewart pictures from Dover specifically for BadGroove’s use- ENJOY them- I certainly do!

Tony heading to the Driver's Meeting. (Photo Courtesy of Glen Bure for BadGroove)

Tony at Driver Intros...I wonder what he's saying? (Photo Courtesy of Glen Bure for BadGroove)

Tony standing on PitRoad before the race at Dover. (Photo Courtesy of Glen Bure for BadGroove)

Tony and Darian stand on pit road. (Photo Courtesy of Glen Bure for BadGroove).

Next Race is the non-points All-Star race this Saturday night (and don’t forget The Pit Crew Challenge that I LOVE).  The next points race is the endurance race at Charlotte Motor Speedway – The Coca-Cola 600.

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  • Charity says:

    It would seem to me that all of my favorite drivers are having crappy luck this season. Usually that only happens when I get to watch every week. Now I am starting to think I need to be able to watch so they’ll win! LOL

    I think the reason Harvick was fined was because he got out of his car and tried to punch Kyle. If he’d stayed in his car, he might not have gotten the fine and probation. I do think it odd that they gave both drivers the precise same punishment though.

    As far as the hype – I knew that was coming. Hype = publicity = people watching = sponsors get face time. Of course, that can backfire as fans of Harvick probably aren’t going to buy M&M’s and fans of Busch probably aren’t going to buy Budweiser while they’re feuding. Heaven knows I avoid Lowe’s like the plague in hopes Jimmie won’t win a sixth championship. ;)



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