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Chase Race 1: Chicago- Save Fuel For The Burn Out

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

Okay- seriously it was all I could do not to use WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER as the title of this post.  Now that it’s out of my system (kind of) I can move on with the post.

Monday morning, while I was getting ready for work,  I nearly forgot to put on my pink checker flag socks. I wear them every race day.  I was up earlier than normal after a fairly crappy night of (lack of) sleep and more worried about getting my car to its service appointment by 7:30 and wasn’t thinking about it being race day. Thus, I nearly forgot to wear my socks.  Fear not- I remembered at the last minute that I was about to put on the wrong socks and grabbed the right pair.  Then as I was slipping them on I thought to myself- I should snap a picture of my checker flag socks and post them on my blog…but then common sense took over and I decided no one would want to see my socks. So consider yourself lucky that you aren’t looking at a pink sock emblazoned with checkered flags encasing my foot right now.  You are welcome.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 19, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images North America)

On Sunday, I was woeful that the race was rained out. I mentioned that fact on Sunday. I was looking forward to some racing action.  Since I didn’t want to take a chance of missing the race on Monday like I did during the last rain delayed race, I decided to set up the laptop to be on the T1 and try NASCAR.COM’s Race Buddy on that because I knew it would be too much to expect my work desktop to handle Race Buddy and all my work related applications that I need open.  I was quite impressed with Race Buddy. It was pretty easy to figure out and there were no commercials.  I am guessing Tony was one of their featured drivers because he was the in-race reporter? Either way- I basically turned on Tony’s in-car camera view and just stuck with that from before the start of the race until victory lane.  All I can say is I am a Race Buddy fan now.

So watching the race only through Tony’s in-car cameras and listening only to his race audio was an interesting experience.  I watched people mill around the car before the race through the in-car cameras, I watched invocation through the in-car camera, I even watched Tony buckle himself into his car- which is quite the rigamarole let me tell you.  I have actually watched him strap into his car before during practice at Vegas once but from the upper fan deck…from the in-car it was a whole new experience.

During the race I was working and watching so I would take little snippet of notes and these snippets themselves are humorous because why I wrote them down is mostly long gone now.  For instance I felt the need to write down “Lap 87- Darian Grubb -Awesome Job Buddy – P9 Keep Digging” which I think is pretty much a direct quote from Darian.  Apparently at some point I felt the need to write ““Clear-Clear High” is soothing.”  I have other funny little comments like “Possibly two tires or fuel only…two tires haul ass haul ass”- with that one I am not sure if Darian said “Haul Ass Haul Ass” during the pit stop or if that was my own commentary.   I am completely sure that during that last pit stop when Darian called Tony in for fuel only- my note says “Fuel only- Get it full Get it full Get it full” that those are my thoughts there- not me parroting Darian.

My notes from the race (Photo Credit: me)

My favorite radio communication of the whole race though? Came right after Tony crossed the finish line as the winner.  There was the usual celebratory chatter between Tony and Darian when Bob (The Spotter) comes on and says “SAVE FUEL FOR THE BURNOUT” – Tony just chuckled and said something the effect that he didn’t think he’d have enough anyway (and he didn’t).

(Caption for photo below: And right over at the entry to pit road Ryan is where I ran out of gas.”)

Ryan Newman (L), driver of the #39 U.S. Army Medicine Chevrolet, congratulates Tony Stewart (R), driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 19, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)

By the way, I think the Geico 400 trophy is awesome- but does it come with a toasted english muffin with butter and jam?:

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 19, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)

Notes About Chicago:

  1. Tony is not only second in the points standings, but retains his streak of winning at least once every season. Shwew for not seeing that streak end.
  2. While sitting at work and listening to Tony (and crew’s) race radio I had two OH SHIT moments…the first one was when Bob (The Spotter) said “You gotta right front flat right here!” Apparently I wasn’t the only one because a few seconds later Darian came on the radio and said “You scared the crap out of of me- I thought you were talking about us!”  Obviously I did too. Bob was just taking about a car that was slow on the apron in front of Tony.  The second one came when Tony, who was leading,  was pacing himself to save gas and Darian was feeding him interval times between him and second place.  Darian said “two FLAT” and I panicked for a second thinking we had two flat tires. I was like WTH!  But apparently there was no need to panic after all.
  3. In case you missed my post last week about the Office Depot Foundation sackpack donation Tony assisted with here is a link- it’s worth it just to see the “Tony Stewart The Driver meets Tony Stewart The Cat” picture if nothing else (it’s the last picture in the post).
  4. Also in case you missed it is a great NASCAR.COM article on Tony’s jackman Mike Casto.
  5. So I recommend Race Buddy.  However, I forgot to mention that a couple weeks ago we SIRIUS/XM users who don’t pay extra for the NASCAR channel (90) got a whole weekend of it for free.  While if I had the station I would probably listen to it…I didn’t think it was worth paying extra for.   There were commercials (on most of the music stations I listen to there are no commercials) first off – so why would I pay extra for commercials? Secondly- I only have SiriusXM in my car- so to catch anything substantial I would have to drive around to listen. Not to mention that Talk Radio is just not my bag…I prefer something I can screech sing along to.
  6. Was I the only one who had a craving for Mexican food after the race? Apparently not:

Tony and Darian pose in sombreros in victory lane. I can only assume for sponsor El Monterey? Ariba! (Blatently stolen from twitter).

Next Race: Louden, NH. Oh and #KeepDiggingTony

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