As a Tony Stewart fan I will tell you that the Atlanta race was extremely frustrating and I almost nearly gave up on it to take a nap. Tony seemed to nearly immediate fall backwards in the field. Ryan Newman seemed to be doing ok at first but he too seemed to start to go backwards instead of forward. And then…when that caution came out because Marcus Ambrose’s gasman (who was suspended for the duration of the race) decided to chase a tire half way to the track…causing NASCAR to throw a yellow flag. Well I knew that would screw Tony who had just pitted. Little did I know just how much it would screw him. And then Tony seemed to fall back even farther and farther and I admit that part of me wanted to say “Urg screw it…I am gonna go take a nap” (I didn’t feel well nor did I sleep well and I did take a nap later after the race). But as much as I wanted to recharge my battery, I stayed with the race and watched the whole thing and I was so glad I did because I got to see TEAM OFFICE DEPOT at its best- they fought back long and hard and Tony got his two laps back (one the hard way and one lucky dog) even after having a problem with the fueling choreography on one of their pitstops. It was good strong team work that got Tony to move up to another 8th place finish, moving him up two places in the points to 6th. Congrats to Kurt Busch for winning the Kobalt Tools 500.
Other notes on Atlanta:
- I don’t remember who crashed…but someone crashed right in front of Joey Logano and he did a remarkable job getting through the crash-way to go for the rookie.
- Also speaking of Joey Logano- I don’t remember if it was Jeff Hammond or Darrel Waltrip who coined the phrase “The Whole Logano” in reference to a car who has severely scraped the right side of their car along the wall so badly you can’t even read the numbers on their car. That made me chuckle. I know he’s a rookie and really green…but you have to admit it’s funny.
- What was with the butt bumping by the Stewart-Haas teammates? First Ryan Newman tags Kyle Busch so hard in the rear end he damages his bumper. Then Tony Stewart appears to do the same thing to Joey Logano. Darrel said he thought Tony was trying to bump draft Logano but that didn’t make sense to me. Did Logano check up or did Tony want to give him a push so that Logano knew he was there? Not sure. Probably only Tony knows for sure.
- Way to go Jeff Gordon for finishing a strong second- even with a problematic clutch.
Next Week: Is an off week for NASCAR. Next Race is March 22nd at my favorite track to watch on tv…BRISTOL.