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:
The car seemed to be handling pretty good. Tony had worked his way into the top ten for awhile. Until on Lap 20:
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:
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?!):
Well onward to New Hampsha…hopefully the lostah will be smoked this year….
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