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First I have to preface this by saying I was not watching the Brickyard here at home. I watched it with Misty at HER house with her family as we celebrated her birthday the day before. 

Tony qualified 15th after pulling an early number in the qualifying draw.

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the  Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, looks on from the grid before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, looks on from the grid before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Reports on the TV said that he wasn’t happy with the car throughout practices and his numbers seemed to reflect this. He raced hard and the pitstops for the race were flawless as they continually adjusted on the #14 chevy impala driven by Stewart.  

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the  Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25: Tony Stewart, driver of the Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Darian made a gutsy call for two tires at the end of the race. I admit I was definitely skeptical with that call.  But that two tire call got Tony the track position he needed to finish 5th! YEY! Tony remains 9th in series points. Kevin Harvick remains the series leader. Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray won the 17th running of the Brickyard 400.

“Feels almost like a win to be honest. When we finished Happy Hour yesterday, I was in a doom-and-gloom mood. It’s just been a hot three days and I’ve been dehydrated because I’ve been sick. I’m proud of how good I feel right now, to be honest. That’s due to the Clarian Medical Center here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They’ve worked with me the last two nights trying to get me feeling better and because of that, it got us where we are today.” Stewart, after the brickyard, – credit Team Release.

NOTES ABOUT THE BRICKYARD:

  • I am absolutely loving the Burger King commericals with Tony working at the Burger King. HILARIOUS. Some great stuff there. You can see the extended version at clockedinwithtony.com.
  • I have to admit that I thought we were going to be in for one long Brickyard 400 when there was a huge crash on Lap 1. But there actually weren’t that many cautions thankfully!

BFTP (Bonus Funny Tony Picture)-feel free to leave your humorous captions in the comments:

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 24: Crew member Shane Church, crew chief Darian Grubb, and Tony Stewart, driver of the  Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet have some fun in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 24: Crew member Shane Church, crew chief Darian Grubb, and Tony Stewart, driver of the Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet have some fun in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

You may have tuned in to get my views on the Brickyard. Well you will have to wait just a little longer. I took off to Vegas to help Misty celebrate her birthday…and will be driving the 500 miles back home today…then it’s back to the grind tomorrow.  But I will get you my Indy report as soon as possible.