Tony Qualified: 7th
Tony Finished: 42nd
Points: 2 points, 38th in the standings.
Well our driver is now 0-17 when it comes to his record at Daytona. This weekend just wasn’t his weekend. He had been staying competitively in the top ten of the race since the drop of the green. After the first caution flag of the race- he discussed the car’s handling with crew chief Chad Johnston that while the car was a little tight he didn’t think they should make any changes yet on the car.
The car got away from Tony on lap 46 and he ended up slapping the outside wall and then getting run into by a car that couldn’t avoid him. The damage to the 14 was extensive but the team worked hard in the garage area to fix the damage and get the car out just in case they could make up some positions. I liked the fact that I could hear the guys on the radio while fixing the car.
Tony did make it back onto the track but was 64 laps down so after there were less than 64 laps left in the race Chad Johnston made the call (Tony told him it was his call right over the radio) to bring the car in since they wouldn’t be able to advance their position at all.
It was a tough day but I was encouraged because before the accident anyway- the car seemed competitive- something that the team seemed to lack last season. So I leave Daytona with a positive note- hopefully the competitive edge will hold out throughout the season. I REALLY want to see Tony in Victory Lane and soon!
Race winner was Joey Logano.
Notes about the race:
1. Have I mentioned that I am writing a weekly column over at BeyondTheFlag.com this season? It’s called The Good, Bad, & Ugly and goes over the good, bad and ugly of NASCAR for the week. My Daytona article is up now. Check them out.
2. I don’t usually watch the Xfinity series races much…but I just happened to catch the last 2/3rds of the race at Daytona and was horrified during Kyle Busch’s crash. I am still ticked off that there was no safer barrier. Yes they put tires up for the Sprint Cup race to cushion that wall but at the expense of Kyle’s leg! Why did it take a driver getting hurt? That is so not cool- you would think that tracks would do everything in their power to make sure that your driver’s are safe. I still can’t believe it. I am glad to know that Atlanta is doing something to help the walls.
Quote Tweet Of The (post) Race: @Tony Stewart: After a disappointing day for me at the 500, this little boy was happy his dad came home after 2 1/2 weeks.
The Gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:
Next Week’s Race: HotLanta- except it’s likely to be really cold!
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