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Race 7: Texas 1 (Or The Curse of The Green Car)

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

When I saw Tony’s paint scheme he would be running at the race at Texas Motor Speedway, I knew it was going to be a tough road to hoe.  Why? Because this was his paint scheme last weekend:


The Mobil 1 paint scheme with a very green twist- the hood is green to promote their synthetic oil used to help the fuel economy of your car. Also- Green = Bad Luck for Tony. (Photo Credit: Stewart-Haas Racing Twitter Account)

Tony does NOT do well in cars where a good part of the primary paint scheme is green. In this case. That hood? She be pretty damn green (there was also green on the rear bumper). Then I heard that the chasis he was running at Texas was the same one he won at Vegas in. Oh heck it won’t be that bad right? I thought to myself breathing a sigh of relief and falling prey to the serenity that was the green hood.

Then? He hit the wall in practice- necessitating the bring out of the back up car.  The luck of the green car started early this race as in before the actual race even started. I don’t know if it was because he was qualifying a “greenish” (pun totally intended) race car- but even qualifying did NOT go well and Tony ended up qualifying for the race 29th. The Curse Of The Green Car apparently haunts not only practice, but qualifying as well.

Casey Mears, driver of the #13 GEICO Ford, and Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit:Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

My only thought was what fresh hell could the race have in store for us fan, considering Tony was piloting a car that was doomed by the color of the hood? For the first half of the race Tony struggled for certain but at least he was able to stay on the lead lap.  Judging by the changes they were making on the car- Tony was definitely fighting an ill handling car. It seemed after every pit stop the Stewart-Haas Racing twitter account (@stewarthaasrcng) was detailing some sort of chasis or pressure adjustment (or both). Tony was even quoted by the Stewart-Haas Racing Twitter account as stating “I’m going to have the steering box melted off this thing before I’m done.”

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

Fighting such an ill-handling (and cursedly hued) car caused Tony to eventual lose a lap to race leaders. He would, unfortunately never have time to make up the lap and instead would end up falling even further back by going two laps down.  Tony would end up finishing a meger 24th, two laps down. This caused him to fall to 7th in the points standings.  Not a good run by any means but I hold solace in the fact that Tony is the only driver so far this season to have won TWO races. #GoTonyGo!!

Notes About Texas:

  1. There were only TWO whole cautions that entire Texas race….and they were both for debris on the track. That is a record at Texas!
  2. Valli mentioned that she was was sick of the all Clint Bowyer commercials on a while back on The Fast And The Fabulous (talking about the trackpass and the 5-Hour Energy commercials). But I have to take that just a little bit further and say that the 5-Hour Energy Commercial? Nothing like saying Look at me…I am Clint Bowyer and I have lots of toys. I don’t think that is the message they are going for. I think they are going for the Look at me I am Clint Bowyer and I have a busy schedule so I drink 5-Hour Energy but I so don’t get that from the commercial. And THAT is why I don’t like the commercial. There definitely needs to be more Tony Stewart commercials. I am just saying.
  3. Towards the end of the race- even the witty folks behind the Stewart-Haas Racing twitter account were poking fun at Tony (who not so politely mentioned his displeasure for cars with green paint schemes during the race).  They had several good ones but this one is one of my favorites: Green flag pit stops underway. Stewart pits on Lap 230 for 4 tires, fuel, chassis adjustment and a coat of non-green paint.

Gratuitous Tony Picture:

I think it looks like Greg Zipadelli is saying “Look Tony I know you don’t like to run cars with green in the paint scheme, but you just have to get over it.”

Greg Zipadelli and Tony Stewart in the garage at Texas Motor Speedway. (Photo blantently stolen from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook page).

Next weekend we are racing at Kansas.

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