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Chase Race 5: Charlotte

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

I don’t know if it was just me or what but that race in Charlotte seemed to be the LONGEST race of the season. It just seemed to be the race that would NOT quit.  I find that it’s especially trying to watch race when my driver’s car gets damaged in the first 20 laps of the race.  On lap 16 Tony Stewart damaged the nose of the 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet when cars in front of him checked up during the second restart of the race, causing him to effectively rear end another car (Brad Keselowski I think?) at high speeds. The results were not pretty:

The team took 4 pits stops (all under caution) to fix up the 14. (Picture borrowed from The Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page- click picture to be taken to original).

Tony and crew were able to recover and actually brought the car up through the field pretty well considering all the damage. Tony actually hovered at the lower end of the top ten for a good spell. That is until the race became a dreaded fuel mile race.  It’s really NOT very exciting to me to see only 6 cars on the lead lap. Sigh.  Unfortunately that relegated the 14 car to a 13th place finish dropping him down another spot in the chase standings down to being tied for 8th with Jeff Gordon. Both drivers are 50 points to the rears of points leader Brad Keselowski. (In my head I keep hearing a coworker’s favorite saying which is “It’s not looking good for our hero” no indeed it is not- [insert audible sigh here]). Race winner was Clint Bowyer.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images North America)

Notes About Charlotte:

  1. Of course the big news around the sport is Dale Earnhardt Jr not racing for at least two races to recover from a concussion. His second in roughly six weeks (the first being “undiagnoised” from a wreck at testing in Kansas).  It’s a scary thought that a concussion could go undiagnoised first of all. Secondly- it says something that a CHASE driver had his bell rung hard enough to step out of the car- and hence why I think that Talladega should be removed from the Chase and replaced with a road course.  Needless to say- I hope Dale has a speedy recovery.
  2. I recently gave in and got a smart phone (I went with an iPhone cuz that is just how I roll). I LOVE having my Sprint Cup Mobile back! YEY for it and YEY for the race scanner (once I figured out how to turn it on of course). After not having it all season because it was no longer compatible with non-smartphones I had almost forgotten how much I loved being able to listen to my Tony/Bob/Steve chatter.  There was no remarkable chatter from the Charlotte race- but I did like hearing what the heck was going on.  It’s how I knew Tony made four pits stops under caution to fix the damage.
  3. I am NOT a huge fan of undoing the Top 35 rule.  Why? Because you can be damn sure as a fan I wouldn’t by tickets for a race until I was damn sure my driver made the field.  I can’t imagine other fans feel differently. What if something happened and Dale Jr failed to qualify for the race? Can you IMAGINE how many pissed off fans you would have? I hope NASCAR rethinks that but I doubt they will.
  4. What was with the Ninja Turtle love fest at Charlotte (Both Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon’s cars were adorned with the shelled super turtles.
  5. Here is another picture from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook page that humors me. There is just something about the expressions on Steve, Zippy and Tony’s faces. Anyone got any good captions?

 

Steve Addington (left), Greg Zipadelli (center), Tony Stewart (right) on the grid in Charlotte. (Picture borrowed from the Official Tony Stewart Facebook page- click on picture to be taken to original).

Next race: Kansas

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