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Race 18: Kentucky- which I call the Flippant track

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

Tony had a run that has been typical of his runs this season.  His run at Kentucky could only be described as okayish.  These “okayish” runs really need to stop and turn into GREAT runs…winning runs.  Okayish runs leads to being only okayish in the points.  But anyway I digress.

Tony started the race 9th because rain washed out qualifying about a third of the way into the qualifying session. On track during the race Tony could be seen anywhere from 26th to 2nd but seemed to spend a majority of the racing hanging out about 14th spot (funny since that is his number).  I seemed to notice that he seemed to do best towards the latter part of the runs and that is typically when he would work his way up further into the field.

Tony Stewart drives the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet during testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images North America)

I will say this…I loved the Office Depot Foundation Back-To-School paint scheme. I loved the rulers lining the bottom and the pencils around the windows on the greenhouse.  Tony’s 12th place finish did move him up to 11th in the points standings and is now only 3 points out of the 10th position but is still winless (COME ON WIN NUMBER 40) this season.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands in the garage during a rain delay prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

Race winner was Kyle Busch- who actually deserved to win- as he had a pretty awesome run.

Notes on Kentucky:

  1. The big news from Kentucky, aside from their flippant attitude about driver safety, is that there were fans who had paid tickets that were turned away because of lack of parking at the facility.  This would PISS me off.  Horrendous to hear about the horrid traffic…but you sit me in traffic for 3-5 hours and when I finally get there turn me away because there is no room to park? I would be freaking LIVID.  I really think Kentucky is not ready for a cup race…this date should go back to a track that can handle this kind of traffic. (you can read some fan comments about Kentucky in THIS sbnation article). Misty thinks a second date at Las Vegas- maybe for a night race would be better. I say that sounds good to me.  Or bring back an Auto club date or an Atlanta date…but I am all for night racing in Vegas.
  2. I actually watched Tony Stewart’s  DirecTV Hot Pass channel for parts of the race- because I could and I forgot how sleepy Bob Jeffery’s, his spotter, voice makes me.  I guess that is a good thing that he is calm and collected. Because I could never be a spotter- even if I weren’t afraid of heights….I am way too excite-able during a race. You should have heard the string of profanities I let go when Tony ended up in the tires at Infineon.  Heck during this race, I may have proclaimed SHIT!  NOW WE ARE A LAP DOWN…while sitting across the room from my 16 month old nephew. Oh well- at least the older one was in the other room because he is a little sponge right now and if he hears it? He says it.  But at least Aunty knows she didn’t teach him his first curse word.
  3. One thing I LOVED about the race coverage for Kentucky?  The incar shot from behind Tony so that you could see him sitting in the car, and his dashboard- kind of from his perspective but up a bit higher? I assume the camera was mounted on the roll bar somewhere? Well where ever it was mounted- that is an AWESOME shot.  LOVE IT. Thank you for that view.
  4. I wish I could find a better picture of Tony’s helmet that he wore for the Office Depot foundation paint scheme. It looks awesome. This was the best picture I could find:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images North America)

Next week: Sunday at Louden New Hampshire.

Bonus Tony Picture:

I think his expression is priceless.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

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