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Race 21: Pocono 2

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

These last few races have had Tony Stewart scratching and clawing to make gains in position and Pocono’s race on Sunday was no different.  After qualifying 28th for the race, Stewart was able to claw his way up to 16th and was heading (albeit slowly) in the right direction when a devastating flat left front tire around lap 92 caused Stewart to have to put and put him a lap down the 2.5 mile track and back down in 28th position.  What is worse than being in 28th position I ask you? Being in 28th position and a lap down when the rain comes is my answer.

The #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet of Tony Stewart sits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)

For awhile it looked like Joey Logano might get his second (rain shortened) race win of his career as mother nature poured down upon Pocono Raceway.  But- the race was not over as, soon the jet dryers were on the triangular track’s surface.  The sun even peeked out a couple times to help drying efforts.

Tony Stewart in the rains at Pocono (photo credit: Glenn Bure for Badgroove)

When the red flag was lifted for yellow- the best news all day was that Tony Stewart was the lucky dog.  The bad news is he was still in 28th place.  However, between Darian Grubb’s call for four tires when most took two and Tony’s tireless efforts- he was able to claw his way all the way up to 11th by the time the checker flag flew.  Tony retained his 9th place position in the points.

Tony Stewart in the garage area at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove)

Of course the big story of the race was Brad Keselowski- who after suffering a horrendous crash during a test session at Road Atlanta causing him a broken ankle among other injuries, overcame his injuries to win the race at Pocono.  Great news for Brad. Bad news for Tony Stewart, as he now must stay IN the top ten, or get a win to make the Chase.  This fan will be holding her breath. Maybe I should invest in maalox or something.

NOTES ABOUT POCONO:

AWWWW Alert:  Something I wanted to share with you- in case you missed it. Tony playing cars with Gavin Grubb (son of crew chief Darian Grubb) before the start of the race:

Tony Stewart plays cars with Gavin Grubb, son of crew chief Darian Grubb before the start of the race at Pocono. (Photo Credit: Copyright, CIA Stock Photography, Inc via Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Also- Tony tickling Gavin’s neck during pre-race ceremonies:

Tony tickles Gavin Grubb during pre-race at Pocono Raceway (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove)

I know that is what he is doing because I do that to my nephews all the time.

Gratuitious Tony Picture 1:

Tony Stewart during driver intros at Pocono Raceway (I love the reflection in his sunglasses). (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove)

The post race action between Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch was fun. I wanted to see Jimmie get a little more physical with Kurt…but I had to settle for watching Jimmie’s crew hold him back from Kurt.

Speaking of Jimmie Johnson- did you all  catch “mini-chad” on Jimmie’s pitboard for the race? They had it on the national broadcast. It cracked me up- because I had been following the exploits of  “mini-chad” through out the week via Jimmie’s twitter account. Humor!

Public Service Announcement/Plea: I have someone who greatly desires a “mini-chad” (as seen here on Jimmie’s twitter) or a “half-chad”  (he’s taller than mini-chad but only half the man)- so if you can get me one…HUGE brownie points and accolades to you.

ESPN seemed to be having some major technical issues during the beginning of the race broadcast…it was kind of funny. Someone would say something and it would cut them off midsentence play a commercial then come back to them.  So we missed half of what was said. Oh well.

Special thanks to Glenn Bure for providing some of his pictures from the race at Pocono just for BadGroove- Glenn Rocks!!

Gratuitous Tony Picture 2:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images North America)

Next race:  Watkins Glen!

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