Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobile 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, is waved around by Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger/AARP Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America)
I think that the Pure Michigan 400 should be retitled the Kabluey 400. I can not believe that Tony went down not one but two cylinders over the course of the race. Since Stewart-Haas runs Hendrick engines and Jeff Gordon suffered the same devastating issue (not one but TWO cylinders over the course of the race) there is OBVIOUSLY something going on with what is a normal very strong power plant in those cars. Jimmie (also an HMS driver) also went through 2 engines- changing one out before the race and having that terrible luck of the engine blowing 5 laps before he could claim victory over Michigan for the first time. Tony Stewart’s first DNF in 42 races dropped him down to 9th in the points. Race winner Greg Biffle is now also points leader Greg Biffle.
I have to say that I am GLAD Brad Keselowski didn’t win even though he came oh so close. Why? Because I don’t want him to have an advantage over Tony Stewart when the chase starts.
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobile 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 17, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)
There are two little “items” from the race that I feel the need to discuss- neither of them really have to do with Tony Stewart per say:
A. During the race- in “the heat of battle” ESPN played some “snippets” of radio conversation showing that Jeff Gordon was none to pleased with some moves on the track by Dale Earnhardt Jr. I didn’t really see which move upset Jeff- but since I have many Twitter followers that are Jeff Gordon fans and many that are Dale Earnhardt Jr fans- I did see a lot of bantering back and forth between fans of the respective drivers (who just happen to be TEAMMATES I might add). While having an opinion about what happened, sticking up for your driver, etc, is a natural reaction (believe you me- I do it myself ALL THE TIME)- we have to remember that:
- These incidents are in “heat of the moment” situations…for both driver and that driver’s fan.
- Being rude or mean to each other or the driver(s) involved on social media whether it be Facebook or Twitter- it UNCALLED for.
- Think before you TWEET (or Facebook).
B. It seems a BIG freaking deal is being made by the fact that Jimmie Johnson walked off after blowing his engine with 5 laps to go without talking to the media about it. Really? We are going to make a big deal of that? Just seeing the video of him stalking off (helmet still ON) right past the 48 transporter and right to his motor coach shows perfectly well the emotion he was feeling. That video was worth a thousand words- the man was PISSED. Do we really need to hear it from his MOUTH when the actions were very well documented? If he wanted to talk that would be one thing…but anyone watching the race saw him get out of the car and take off. I mean he didn’t even stop to take his helmet off. He was mad. I don’t blame him for being mad. He was another casualty of the HMS engine issue but at the time? He was 5 laps from winning a race HE HAD NEVER WON BEFORE. I don’t really need to hear him say he was mad when I can see it. Jimmie is not usually a hot-head as some drivers are and have been labeled. He usually is very generous and gracious with his time with the media. He happened to have a REALLY bad day. Leave the man be.
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobile 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, hugs Grand Marshal Kid Rock during driver introductions prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images North America)
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