I have to say that so far I am admittedly impressed with Stewart-Haas this season. Yes I know that we are only two races into the season and all but all four cars seem strong so far for the most part. Oh and no I haven’t forgotten that they switched manufacturers in the off season. To me this makes their showing early in the season even more impressive. While it was regrettable that Kevin Harvick dominated, and I mean DOMINATED the majority of the race from the pole only to be foiled by his own hand (or foot in this case) with a pit road speeding penalty after a late race caution when many drivers took the wave around, it’s Harvick’s performance that you can judge the team by. He has been a strong teammate since joining Stewart-Haas Racing and while I know that it can make for a boring race when one car is so dominate the way Harvick’s was- it’s a pretty damn good indicator to me that the move from Chevy to Ford is not the learning curve or difficult transition that many thought it would be. This has always been the little team that could since it’s inception in 2009 and look at them charge up that hill. (more…)
Replacement Driver: Ty Dillon
I think I was more excited for the pre-race for this race than the actual race itself since it was announced that an interview of Tony Stewart by Jeff Gordon would be shown. Let’s just say this was the first pre-race I have actually watched in over a year. Here is the interview in case you might have missed it: (more…)
Tony Qualified: didn’t, was placed 39th in the starting order, actually started 43rd
Tony Finished: 30th
Points: 16 points, 35th in the standings.
Was it just me or was the constant talking about who where so-and-so driver was in the chase standings if it started right then irritating as all get out. That is all good and fine- but here is a little news flash for you (and by you I mean TV booth broadcasters) THE CHASE DOES NOT START UNTIL AFTER RICHMOND. I have a feeling that next Saturday night is going to be rifled with it. (more…)
I have decided that I do NOT like Sunday night races AT ALL… they totally discombobulate me- even more than Saturday night races. NASCAR- please no more Sunday night races.
Tony and the Office Depot/Old Spice crew had what I call a yo-yo day. They were up, they were down, they were up, they were down. They were definitely back on the upswing when the race did end…but just ran out of time to get any more positions. It could have been better. But it could have been far far worse. At one point in the race I was just rooting for finishing on the lead lap- so I can’t be too disappointed. I hope these little pit road issues they are having will iron themselves out before the chase starts and it’s go time. I would really hate to see the championship lost on things like missing lugnuts.
Also- I wanted to talk a little bit about the whole Bobby Labonte situation. I REALLY like Bobby Labonte. He is high on my list of favorite drivers. As a matter of fact he was on my fantasy team by choice…unlike The Davids (Reut and Ragan) who I picked mostly because I needed two more drivers and couldn’t “afford” any more of my favorites. I was really disappointed when he was replaced by Darnell for 7 of the next 12 races or whatever in the 96 car…(so I guess now Darnell is my driver because as I understand my fantasy league rules its by car number not driver). However I have to tell you that I was so glad to see him doing so well in the 71 car today. I know it wasn’t a perfect day for them- but what a way to put a really crummy situation behind you. He ran stronger today than I have seen him run in a long time. I may have even said at one point during the race “Neener Neener Neener on you Bobby naysayers.” (of course the only other person in the room at the time was my 17 month old nephew who was much too busy playing with his tool bench to care what I was talking about).
Notes About Atlanta:
- I am sick of the Danica talk. Really. Can we just stop it for now? If she jumps to NASCAR she jumps. It would probably be good for the sport in the fans department. Would she be good? That I can’t tell you. But she has won only ONE IRL race in her career…so…I am skeptical.
- I tell you Denny’s car was hard for me to pick out today. And was his sponsor the Farm Beauru?
- Speaking of Denny, I guess his Lexus got stolen right out of his driveway a couple of weeks ago. That has to SUCK. I remember seeing something on Speed (I think it was speed) about that Lexus…it was a really nice car. Unfortunately now it’s probably stripped and god knows what else.
- I thought Diamond Rio did a great job with the National Anthem during the prerace. It was one of the best so far. (The worst hands down was Vegas).
Next weekend is the LAST race before the Chase (our version of the playoffs) starts: Richmond on SATURDAY night.