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The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard

Posted by Amy in General | NASCAR

I didn’t watch much of the pre-race show, I admit. I did watch some of it. But I am wondering if they mentioned WHY the Brickyard 400 was called Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard? I know I mentioned it when the name was announced but it seemed to me that it wasn’t mentioned at during the parts of pre-race that I watched. Just a quick FYI from my original post, John Wayne Walding is a highly decorated Green Beret from Texas who lost the lower part of his leg during a firefight in overseas in 2008 (for more information about John Wayne Walding see my original post) Any way- I wanted to take a couple minutes before we talk about Tony Stewart’s run and share some photos of John Wayne Walding (for the record- that is a cool name) experience at The Brickyard on Sunday:

Green Beret John Wayne Walding enjoying his experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the race that bares his name in July 2014. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Crown Royal)

As part of his VIP race experience provided by Crown Royal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, John Wayne Walding waves the green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Crown Royal)

Race namesake, John Wayne Walding hands Jeff Gordon the trophy during the Victory Lane celebration crowning him as the 2014 winner on July 27 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Crown Royal)

Brickyard 400 namesake Green Beret John Wayne Walding at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed yard of bricks on July 27th, 2014. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images for Crown Royal)

Pretty awesome for your first NASCAR race huh? To get to go to Indianapolis alone would be an amazing race…but to have it named after you would be cool. And i have always wanted to wave the green flag even if only for Qualifying. It was a great way to honor John Wayne’s service and sacrifice for us!

Well now onto the race and Tony’s run. I have to say that I am giving up trying to figure out what kind of run he’s going to have based on his starting position and the track that they are running at and what my “gut” tells me. Because my gut- is usually wrong. If you need proof just look at my fantasy NASCAR season. When I sit there and really try to pick my drivers for the race like I did all spring long…I end up finishing dead last. When I pick drivers based on silly things like how many times I have used them already or what paint scheme they are using for a particular race and how I feel about that paint scheme- I have high scoring races.

Servicing the 14 at Indy

The pit crew of owner/driver Tony Stewart services his #14 Mobile 1 Chevy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Anyway- it seemed that no matter what the crew did to work on the car it didn’t really help the handling and in fact seemed to deteriorate as the race went on. Add to that coming in for a flat (at least that is why twitter told me Tony came in…I heard him say he was bringing it in for four tires on the Mobile Ap while ESPN was at commercial and when ESPN came back from commercial they didn’t even say that he had come in- that was nice ESPN since it’s kind of your job to let us know what happens during break)!

Tony walks the garage area

Tony walks the garage area at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 2014. (photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Tony got his lost lap back thanks to being a lucky dog and managed to finish 17th and is still 19th in points.

Race winner was Jeff Gordon. He got his 90th win and his 5th Brickyard which makes him tied for the most Indianapolis wins with Michael Schumacher.

Notes About The Brickyard:

1.So Stewart-Haas Racing not only had a bad day over all in Indy- but then they get back to North Carolina and their (empty) SHR parked plane gets hit by a Joe Gibbs Racing plane on the tarmac at Concord Regional Airport. No one was hurt as a result.

2. Have you read the texts between Dale Jr and his mom regarding the Brickyard- they are awesome!

3. One of the worst kept secrets in the garage since the creation of SHR in 2009 was that Carl Edwards would be leaving the Roush Fenway at the end of this season. That was made official at the Brickyard.  Carl is still mum on where he will be going next but the new Roush line up will be: Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne.

4. Here is a video shot from Tony Stewart’s pit box by actor Chris Pratt that gives an awesome once in a life time view that most of us Tony fans can only dream of.

The Gratuitous Tony Stewart pictures:

Tony Oohs

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

Tony and Nelson check the monitors

Tony Stewart and father Nelson Stewart check the monitors in the garage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 2014. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Facebook)

Next week we are racing at Pocono. #KeepDiggingTony

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