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(photo source: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook)

Started: 15

Finished: 13th

Points: 13th (2074 points)

When Sunday came I found myself in a quandary. I wanted  to watch the race as I usually do on race day but a big part of me didn’t want to watch the race at Dover. Why? It was the stress of it being the last race before the cut to the round of 12.  I understand that NASCAR things that these elimination rounds are exciting to watch but I find this chase format to be exponentially more nerve racking than any other chase format. Especially when at the start of the race your driver is ranked 15th out of the 16 chasers and only the top 12 advance to the next round of the NASCAR playoffs known only as The Chase.  Oh and did I mention it’s Dover? The high banked concrete track can be unforgiving and Miles the Monster (the track mascot that adorns the trophy) looked hungry. (more…)

Team 14 works on the 14 during a pit stop at Dover

Team 14 works on the 14 during a pit stop at Dover. (Photo Credit: Stewart-Haas Racing Facebook page- click picture for original)

I wasn’t home for Chase Race 3- I was still off in Vegas where I went for the truck race (post about that coming tomorrow hopefully) and to visit Misty (and her adorable little doxie puppy).  I had forgotten how fun it is to watch a race with her. We were actually having lunch during the last part of the race and were “watching” using twitter and the NASCAR Mobile 13 ap.  She was in a roar because Jeff Gordon (her driver) was right there in the thick of it all…I remember that feeling. So while she monitor twitter, I sat there with the mobile ap open reading out intervals to her. I know what she was thinking. Please don’t let my driver fall any further back. Please let my driver pick up one more, two more, three more positions. I have been there. In 2011 I thought I was going to need to carry a bottle of Maalox with me for the Chase. I remember sitting on the deck of the media center in Phoenix watching each lap pass by one after the other.

Mark Martin gets ready in Dover

Mark Martin, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, adjusts his equipment in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 27, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images North America)

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