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Race 7: Martinsville

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

Could this chase and last year’s chase be any more different?  Last year the chase nearly killed me. The stress and the excitement with the way it ended up being down to the wire between Carl and Tony- that was nerve-wracking, crazy making, fun and exciting.  This chase is killing me in a completely different way.  The way the 14 team is struggling week after week with nothing seeming to click, with the car not handling right and the crew working hard every pit stop but to have it not help.  It’s gone from disheartening to heartbreaking.

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

Martinsville unfortunately was no exception.  I had hope- Tony seemed to qualify fairly well- 7th!  That was ALMOST cause for celebration right there.  Unfortunately though, through the race it was like someone had tied a really big boat anchor to his car and he dropped further and further back through the field.  I actually stopped listening to the scanner and just watched the national broadcast on TV.  I shot laser beams out my eyes every time someone would wander in and say “Oh how’s Tony doing?”

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia.
(Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

On the other hand I was also heartbroken for Jeff Gordon. He seemed like he actually had the car to beat. Yeah Jimmie’s car was good but there was this one run- where Jeff (and Tony) pitted and a bunch of other cars didn’t. Jeff came out 17th I think with Tony not far behind him. Within LAPS Jeff was back in the top 10 and not much longer he was in the top 5 again…and Tony on the other hand was stagnant where he came out. So Jeff had quite the car- he just got held up on the restart (The broadcasters said JR held him up but honestly they weren’t actually showing that portion of the track so I didn’t see) and then kind of got stuck in traffic.  Race winner was Jimmie Johnson.  Tony finished 27th (2 laps down) and is now in 10th place in the standings 71 points out of the lead.

 

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