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I thought the race in New Hampshire was a snooze fest on TV.  I don’t know if it was that way in person or not.  Denny Hamlin lead a majority of the laps…a HUGE HONKIN’ majority – and by quite a large lead. Basically no one could catch him.  Unfortunately when a race is dominated so greatly like that I tend to find them a tad boring.

Tony Stewart in his car during practice at New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

Tony qualified 3rd!  A stellar effort. I was THRILLED.  WhooHoo!  He lead thirty somthing (38 sticks in my head but I am not sure) laps. Thrilled. He fell back a little having to shove the break down when someone came across his nose during pit stops- but he still came out third. Still thrilled.  The race went down hill from there. They were chasing the car handling and Tony fell further and further back. He even dropped out of the top 10 a couple times. He was always able to get back into the top ten but still…they were NOT the car they were at the beginning of the race. Tony was disappointed- and voiced his dissatisfaction on the radio after the race telling the team “Disappointed guys- all the way around.” Don’t worry Tony- I was disappointed too.

Tony Stewart drives the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevy during practice at New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

Tony was able to actually finish the race 7th.  This caused him to drop down to 4th in the Sprint Cup Championship standings.

Tony Stewart speaks with Greg Zipadelli, Director of Competition for Stewart-Haas Racing in the garage area at New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure for BadGroove.com)

Notes:

  1. All of the cautions at New Hampshire were for debris- except for the competition caution at lap 40.  Those don’t help for the excitement level that is for certain. Sometimes races are boring. I am sure that happens with other sports too. Sometimes there is just a dude.
  2. I decided to try out RACE BUDDY for the first time ever today during the race…while watching the National Broadcast. I decided not to do that again. Race Buddy was actually about a lap behind the TV and was driving me bonkers so I turned off my laptop and used DirecTV Hotpass instead. But I do think it would be great to use if I wasn’t able to watch the race- like say…during a rain- postponed race at work or something.
  3. Last season- there was a large contingent of Tony Stewart fans (before the 2011 Chase that is) who wanted Stewart’s then crew chief Darian Grubb replaced. I know this because I was often subscribed to their FaceBook groups (come on Facebook- make it so that people can ASK you to join not just auto join you into their groups).  They got their wish despite the fact that Tony won the 2011 Championship.  I often wonder if they regret getting their wish?
  4. A special thanks to Glenn Bure for providing our pictures from the race at New Hampshire!

Next week: DOVER!

My Favorite shot of Glenn’s from New Hampshire:

Tony Stewart’s Helmet sits on the top of the car in the garage area at New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Glenn Bure)

Here is the nearly weekly reading list- with a Tony Stewart video excerpt from InsideNASCAR. Enjoy.

Tony Stewart Carries Clout, Swagger Like Dale Earnhardt Did- Nate Ryan USA Today

NASCAR Reinstates AJ Allmendinger- David Newton ESPN

NASCAR New Hampshire: Tony Stewart Just Looking To Continue Progress With Solid Run- Bob Pockrass Sporting News

Family Matters Get Awkward When It Comes To Business- Amanda Vincent Auto Racing Daily

Stewart Keeps Owner Issues Off Track- Dave Caraviello NASCAR.COM

Denny Hamlin Seems Focused, Relaxed Now- Larry McReynolds FoxSports

Overheard: What Fans Say To Tony Stewart At An Autograph Session- Jeff Gluck SBNation

Gratuitious Tony Stewart Video:

 

Tony Stewart and the 14 team made a great effort at the race in Chicago. The qualifying went not so good again- which Tony qualifying 28th. However, he was able to bring the car up the field in dramatic fashion twice. Tony was knocking on the door of the top ten (He was 11ths).  Tony was brought down pit road for 4 tires and fuel- when in the middle of the pit stop crew chief Steve Addington called an audible thus changing the stop to a two tire stop and sending Tony back out into the field under caution. Tony was then forced to come back after feeling a vibration and the team changed the other two tires- then sending Stewart to be the back of the lead lap- ironically in position he started in: 28th.

Tony Stewart and Steve Addington on the grid at Chicagoland Speedway in Jolliet, IL. (photo credit: Found on Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page- click for the original)

He worked his way through the field AGAIN though and was able to break into the top ten this time.  Addington and Tony even kept the car out awhile during one round of pit stops just to get a bonus point for leading a lap.  Tony ended up finishing the race 6th and is currently 3rd in the championship standings 8 point behind race winner and current points leader Brad Keselowski.

Tony Stewart is presented with his plaque on the Chicagoland walk of fame for his 2011 win. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Facebook Page- click for the original)

NOTES About Chicagoland:

  1. The first race of the Chase (NASCAR’s Playoffs) and the scary thing is the big news for Tony Stewart fans is the Tushy Grab Seen Around The World? My Facebook feed this morning is filled with Tony’s good luck grab. I can’t believe it even made cnn.  Serious Stewart fans know that this is his pre-race ritual.
  2. Fascinated to read in an article that when Tony Stewart won the Chicago race last year he left Chicago with 2047 points. This season he came in sixth and leaves Chicago with 2048 points – thanks no doubt to the seeding bonus his 3 wins got him (the article here- the part about the points is at the bottom)
  3. I usually love Tony’s helmets- but I wasn’t a big fan of the one he ran at Chicago this last weekend. (see picture tweeted by Stewart-Haas Racing here). Although I did like the spark plug with wings.
  4. HotPass needs to reconsider their audio. They only play SOME of the driver audio- I want to hear EVERYTHING! There were times I know that Tony’s spotter at Chicago HAD to be talking to him- yet hot pass wasn’t playing the audio at all. Grr.
  5. What? Say it isn’t so but sounds like Jeff Gordon shaved the infamous stache!

Next race: Chase Race 2: New Hampshire

As a Tony Stewart fan, I went into the 2011 Sprint Cup chase extremely pessimistic.  After all, Tony Stewart went into the chase saying he thought the team was wasting a chase berth with the way they had been performing.  Of course we all know what happened; Tony Stewart went on a tear- won FIVE of the ten Chase races (something that had NEVER been done before)  including the season closer at Homestead-Miami, thus winning the Chase by TIEBREAKER.  It was both exhilarating and stressful to be a Tony Stewart fan towards the end of the 2011 chase.  I was AT the Phoenix race and spent most of the race perched on the patio of the media center- watching the race through my fingers.  I don’t even remember much about the Homestead race- except that I was so stoked that I promised my family that if Tony won the championship I would treat them to dinner at the Outback. Guess you all know what I had for dinner that night.  What made the chase so great last year- especially during Homestead was that it was so CLOSE- and to win it Tony Stewart HAD TO WIN THE RACE- a second place wouldn’t cut it.

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 12: (L – R) Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Clint Boyer, Denny Hamlin, Kaey Kahne and Tony Stewart pose in front of “The Bean” as part of NASCAR Chase Media Day and NASCAR Contenders Live on September 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. They are the twelve drivers competing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. (Photo Credit: David Banks/Getty Images North America)

This year however, I feel EXCITEMENT going into the chase because this year NASCAR’s Chase for the 2012 Sprint Series Cup could be brought home by ANY of the 12 drivers. I personally do not count ANYONE out.  Sure Tony’s the reigning champion and I would LOVE to see him become a FOUR time champion. Denny Hamlin goes in to the Chase seeded first and his crew chief Darian Grubb no doubt feels he has a point to prove. But I can’t count out Jimmie Johnson- he’s won five and is looking hard for 6. With FOUR of the 12 cars being Hendrick Motorsports cars that means mathematically (and I am NOT good at math people) there is a 1/3 chance that winner could be a Hendrick car- and Junior has been looking strong and CONSISTENT all season. And Jeff Gordon has been driving like a maniac (in a good way) these last few races.  And Kasey’s had some bad luck but pretty much had that first Wild Card spot in the bag in Richmond. Kenseth no doubt would like to leave the 17 team with a Championship before jumping over to Joe Gibbs Racing next season.  Harvick is tenacious and they didn’t give him the nickname THE CLOSER for anything.  Then we have dark horses like Greg Biffle, Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer who have also been RIGHT there all season long.  And I would NEVER ever ever count out Brad Keselowski. In my mind- right before we go into the first race of the Chase it is ANYONE’s trophy right now.

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 12: Front row L-R The Next 9 drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Cameron Hayley, Dylan Kwasniewski, Daniel Suarez, Sergio Pena, Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace and Corey LaJoie, back row Eleven of the NASCAR Chase drivers L-R Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. at a party as part of NASCAR Chase Media Day and NASCAR Contenders Live on September 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo Credit: David Banks/Getty Images North America)

As a NASCAR fan, the fact that it is anyone’s championship right now is EXCITING. Of course I still want Tony Stewart to win it!

CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 12: Tony Stewart (C) speaks with young drivers who are from the Next 9 at a party as part of NASCAR Chase Media Day and NASCAR Contenders Live on September 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo Credit: David Banks/Getty Images North America)

Who do YOU think will win it all?

My nearly weekly list (only nearly because occasionally I don’t do one for whatever reason- my last excuse reason- things have been kind of crazy) of NASCAR related articles out there in the interwebz that I think you should read.

Before I get to the list though- let me know if you like the new “freshened” BadGroove layout. I personally LOVE it (I was getting tired of the all the red but still loved the basic idea of the design so Karah-Leigh fixed it up nice for me). Now on to the stories of the week:

2012 NASCAR Chase Media Day: Drivers Gather In Downtown Chicago- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Tony Stewart Knows His Prognostication Limitations- Joe Menzer for NASCAR.COM

Happy Hour: Who’s To Blame For Kyle Busch’s Downfall- Jay Busbee for Yahoo!Sports

Jeff Gordon Working On His ‘Stache, Crew Chief Alan Gustafson Shaves His Head- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Have Family Support- Fox Sport Photo album

Johanna Long Interview: Please Don’t Compare Me To Danica Patrick- Jeff Gluck for SBNation.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr Says He Feels Like A Championship Contender Heading Into Chase- Bob Pockrass for SportingNews.com

Gordon Rejuvenated Going Into Chase- Andrew Seligam for SI.com

 

And of course the gratuitous Tony Stewart Picture:

Tony Stewart Poses With The 2012 Sprint Cup Chase Class

Tony Poses with the 2012 Chase Class at Richmond. (Photo Credit: Official Tony Stewart Facebook Page)

 

 

I don’t know about you but knowing that Tony Stewart is running the WE DO PRINTING paint scheme on the #14 Office Depot/ Mobil 1 Chevy this weekend at Chicago just like he did last year, when he WON the opening race of the 2011 Chase excites me! I can only hope that the WE DO PRINTING paint scheme will bring the same results as it did last season! #GoTonyGo!

We Do Printing! Tony won Chicago last year in this paint scheme. Can he do it again? (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography, INC)

Also- to help you DO PRINTING better – just visit OfficeDepotRacing.com to score a 20% off coupon for same day printing services (coupon is good through September 29th).

We Do Printing Same Day (Photo Credit: Action Sports Photography, INC)

Okay- so I set my dvr to record CBS This Morning because when I caught wind yesterday that they would be airing Dale Jr Writes A Letter To Himself at 16 I was extremely curious and wanted to watch it. Not even because it was JR- but just because the idea of writing to yourself at 16 fascinates the heck out of me. I couldn’t help myself this morning and during a brief lull at work I started checking the CBS This Morning webpage because I wanted to watch it (now you know- I am impatient sometimes). I found it on their website and have to say…WOW. I highly suggest you watch- even if you aren’t a JR fan…because it’s telling and makes me wonder what I would tell myself at that age:

I am still wondering what I would say. Do you know what you would say?