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Firecracker 400: Booms…but no confetti.

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Soggy Parade Lap

Tony Stewart takes a somewhat soggy parade lap at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook page)

Well after being postponed until Sunday- the Firecracker 400 (Presented by Coke Zero) finally started on Sunday.  Tony took to the track in his Ducks Unlimited/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. It was a nice looking car:

Tony Stewart's Ducks Unlimited/Bass Pro Chevy SS

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)

The car seemed to be handling pretty good. Tony had worked his way into the top ten for awhile. Until on Lap 20:

Tony and others go boom in the Big One...version One

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 DeWalt/Wounded Warrior Project Ford, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot Husky Toyota, Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, are involved in an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images North America)

As my dad will tell you- for the previous 10 laps or so I had been saying: Urg…that looks like an accident waiting to happen. That’s not good. It’s gonna happen. And happen it did.  It wiped out several cars.  Including Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Marcos Ambrose and these are only the ones I remember (or can see in the pic). Unfortunately that is the result of restrictor plate racing.  There was another multicar accident later in the race- where Kyle Busch ended up upside down= but if you are going to go upside down- at least Kyle’s roll over was gentle. Jamie MacMurray on the other hand hit hard and I believe it was his car that one point had all four wheels off the ground. That could have been ugly.

If Tony has to wreck out at Daytona…this is what I want to see:

Tony walks to the safety vehicle to catch a lift to Infield Care

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, gets out of his car after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

Him walking away under his own power.  They didn’t show that on TV.  Anyway, Tony’s day was pretty much ruined…although they did come back out later in the race- but considering that Tony only completed 45 laps of the 112 laps the race ended up being (it was shortened by rain) it didn’t do much good. I believe Tony fell four positions in the points and is now 20th because he came in 40th. But hey- 40th was better than 42nd which is what he was originally scored when the accident first happened.And as I have mentioned before- points don’t really matter. Tony has 8 more races to get a win that will hopefully help him into the chase.

Winner was Aric Armirola who was declared a winner after the race was eventually called due to rain at lap 112.

Notes About Daytona:

1. So apparently during a media session on Thursday Brian Vickers mentioned that since SHR runs HMS engines/chasis -it’s really like HMS having an 8 car team.  I didn’t see the media session myself- as I was out running errands during my lunch hour at work – however I did see the tweets about it.  I really don’t see an issue…they are separate teams in my eyes. And by the way, Brian Vickers, for your information I am pretty sure there are more than 8 teams in the field running Hendrick equipment.  Besides I thought that TRD helped all those who run Toyota power plants (I remember something about this when Joe Gibbs Racing made the switch to Toyotas)? And honestly what’s stopping other corporate manufacturers like Ford and Toyota in forming some sort of loose information sharing alliance? Pretty much nothing that I know of.  I don’t know why but this comment by Vickers got my knickers in a knot.

2. Was it just me or was the race called kind of early? It could just be me- I was grumpy because of Tony’s wreck…so it’s not like I thought he could win (although he might have gotten a top 5 if they kept wrecking like they were…I jest I jest…kinda).

3. Speaking of the winner…Aric Almirola…you should see my auto-corrects for that name. Once it was a part of the female anatomy and once it was armadillo. Oh well that is auto-correct for you-always keeping my text messages to Misty interesting.

The Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures (more than usual to make up for the lack of a post due to the fact that Tony only ran 45 laps- not that you’d complain right?!):

Tony Stewart, why so serious?

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet, sits in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)

Tony at Daytona

Tony Stewart walks at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

Tony being a Tony

Tony Stewart at Daytona Speedway. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Well onward to New Hampsha…hopefully the lostah will be smoked this year….

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