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Race 22: Watkins Glen (Or How To “Watch” A Race with No TV)

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

I work Monday- Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm so I was a wee bit disappointed that Watkin’s Glen was rained out.  Now it’s not to say that I wasn’t tempted to call in to watch the race.  Sure I was tempted, but it is our busiest times of the year right now at work plus I kinda like getting paid and “rain delayus to next dayus- aka race related illness” are not considered appropriate uses of sick leave – of that I am almost certain. So I watched the first several laps on TV until 7:30am (remember I am a west coast fan) when I begrudgingly got in my car mumbling the whole time about wanting to watch the race and drove my butt to work where I wouldn’t be able to watch the race.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, leads Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, during Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images North America)

That’s not to say I was completely clueless when it came to the race though. Between Sprint Cup Mobile, Twitter, NASCAR.COM‘s leaderboard and Misty’s occasional texts (she has a TV in her office). Now it’s nothing I recommend doing…I would much rather see the race with my own eyes (not to mention not having to not only do my work but to take customer calls during it- oy! Don’t they know there is a race on?) then have to rely on other methods- it still mostly satisfied my needs to know what was going down at the Glen while I was sitting here working.

Tony seemed to have a fairly strong car- because he was in the top 10 most of the day except after pit stops…which I can’t tell you why mind you (even though I was listening to Tony’s radio on my Sprint Cup Mobile) where he would get knocked way back.  Actually I don’t know if it was because it was the glen or because the building I work in has this industrial feel to it so it is clad in concrete but I didn’t get a lot out of Tony’s radio this race.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, walks on the grid during qualifying for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)

I will say two things about the end of the race:

1. It really SUCKED not having a TV for that last lap crash because best I could tell from the information I was getting from twitter was that there was a heck of a crash that involved the Davids (Ragan and Ruetimann) and then Tony fell on the leaderboard from 7th to 27th.   I saw some of my tweeps (twitter peoples) mention Tony spun or crashed and that was the end of it. I had no idea how bad Tony was involved (in my mind it was all a single crash) or what the heck happened and most importantly if Tony was okay.  (I knew that the David’s were both out of their cars under their own power from twitter- but no one said anything about Tony beyond he too had spun/crashed).  Misty texted me that Tony’s wasn’t bad and he was fine when I texted her to ask if he was okay.

Tony Stewart limps his injured car to the finish line at the end of the race at the Glen, finishing a dismal 27th. (Photo Credit: Kevin M. Boots)

2.  I may have thrown a little fit when Tony dropped from 7th to 27th in the standings right there in my office. Fit included ripping off my rubber 14 bracelet and tossing it across my office. Fit also included a disgruntled text to Misty (after the one verifying Tony was okay) where I said “There goes our chase!” Misty reassured me by telling me that luckily Denny Hamlin was out of the race early, and I credit that with the only reason that Tony did NOT drop out of the top 10. We are still in it (tenth place)…but we are hanging on the edge of the building with just our fingernails.  I very well may develop an ulcer before the beginning of the chase at this race.

Race winner was Marcos Ambrose:

Marcos Ambrose celebrates his win at Watkin's Glen with a burnout. (Photo Credit: Kevin M. Boots)

Notes About Watkins Glen:

1. I couldn’t tell who bumped into Tony that caused him to mow the lawn in the interloop…was it Jeff Burton?  Best I could tell it was either Jeff Burton or Clint Bowyer.   Anyone know?  I have watched it several times now and I still can’t tell…not that it matters I guess but someone it sure looked like someone clipped him unlike what was said during the race broadcast….

2. Kevin Boots shared his Watkin’s Glen photos with me…he took two of the ones I have shared with you in this post. To see the rest of his Watkins Glen photos check out his album here.  You should check them out – he has some great pictures- I love the picture of the Drone! Thanks Kevin!

3. I don’t know that this was mentioned much during the race broadcasts but I loved what the TV panel said on Jeff Gordon’s car at the Glen- whoever thought that up should get a prize…very witty:

TV Panel of Jeff Gordon's car he ran at Watkins Glen (photo credit: Jeff Gordon Facebook Page)

If only we could get Tony to tweet…but I understand his reasons for not.

And…bonus picture begging for an LOL caption.  Don’t you just wish you knew what he was thinking here? If you think you have a funny caption leave it in the comments:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, walks on the grid prior to the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

Next Race: Michigan on Sunday

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