Needless to say the race in Kentucky ended up being a cluster of a race for Tony and the 14 crew. I honestly don’t know how many laps down they ended up but it seems like somebody gave the electrical or ignition gremlins water or fed them after midnight or something*. The most frustrating part? Was that the car seemed quite strong after the damn problems were fixed.
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, pits during the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)
Honestly when Tony is running poorly and is laps and laps down, when I have no hope that some shifty pit stategy shenanigans might get him a lap back or two, I stop paying attention and then I feel guilty for that. I listen to the race and throw a “Go Driver X Go” with Driver X being whomever is still in my good graces at the time. This week it was Jeff Gordon (still on the high from sitting in on Misty’s interview with him…have you read it?). But how disheartening was it to watch after an awesome race at Sonoma where Tony jumped up to 5th in points to watch him sink back down to 9th in points- four full positions. I mean I had to look up how many laps down he was (36 laps down- which I guess is better than a DNF but not by much).
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 29, 2012. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)
Notes About Kentucky:
- Dear Team 14: Seriously, stop feeding the gremlins* or giving them baths or whatever you all are doing!
Next Race: Daytona Night Race on Saturday
*If you seriously have no idea what I am talking about when I mention gremlins, feeding them after midnight and giving them baths you need to STOP and read this wiki entry then go queue up GREMLINS on the Netflix or whatever you use for your movies and educate yourself.