Texas was all about the numbers. It was Tony Stewart’s 400th start. It was his first pole in five years pretty much (apparently they don’t count poles based on points when qualifying gets rained out. Who knew? Not me.)
So first I want to talk about qualifying. I work on Fridays (most of the time with furloughs you never know) so I don’t often pay attention to qualifying. I will peek in at NASCAR.COM’s live leaderboard sometimes to see if Tony’s gone, where he is but that is it. Last Friday was no different- except I happened to peek in when the driver before Tony was qualifying. When I noticed that I stayed on the live leaderboard to watch Tony. I almost didn’t believe it when I saw him sitting there on the pole when it was all over. I proclaimed quite loudly HELL YEAH TONY and I believed I clapped. Then I got a call so I had to work. But don’t think that I then didn’t peek in at twitter every so often to see if someone had taken the pole from him. I don’t know what Tony and/or Darian and the guys did…but YEE HAW a pole! It will seem crazy but it put me in a great mood the rest of the day that is for sure.
So now on to the race. What do you have against us NASCAR fans mother nature? Sunday was a rainout for the race. Monday I work….but decided to sign up for the scanner on NASCAR.COM’s trackpass so I could listen to Tony’s radio. It actually worked quite well. I had that on in the background and would really only check the nascar.com live leaderboard every once in awhile- like during pitting or whatever. Tony was staying in the top 10 most of the day. I did see him drop to 14th at one point but he seemed to be able to work his way up pretty well. Then my lunch came and I left. I left just as Jeff Gordon took the lead from Tony. But I wasn’t that concerned because I knew Tony was only on two tires and I was pretty sure Jeff had four. I needed to leave so I did my errands and was pulling into the parking lot 45 minutes later when my cell starts ringing. I answer it and my friend says “Um about the race? I am about to break your heart…but first let me start with saying Jeff Gordon crashed and his car is wrecker material. Would you like to ask me who crashed him? Yeah Tony. Except that I went into the breakroom and it looked to me like it might have been Carl’s fault.”
Did you hear someone unleash a curse laden tirade during the red flag? (It would have been about 12:45 PDT). That would have been me. The wreck had him finish the race 32nd. He is tied for 12th in points 307 points behind the points leader Jimmie Johnson.
Teammate Ryan Newman finished 11th and maintains his position of 16th in the points standings.
Notes about Texas:
- The NASCAR.COM Trackpass Scanner is impressing me so far. I am gonna play with it again on my laptop during Talladega…I just may keep it. My only issue is that it is hard to figure out where to go to get it to turn on.
- Speaking of listening to the radio transmissions of the #14 team- I was impressed. They seemed to be doing an awesome job during the pit stops- even Tony pointed that out a couple times.
- I am thinking there is something behind Tony’s superstition with green…and he should really get rid of the GROW GREENER rear on the Office Depot car. Please! Thanks.
- After watching the replay of the wreck a couple times I really REALLY don’t think it was Tony’s fault. I mean yeah I heard him with my ears take responsibility. But I think it was a combination of Biffle pushing Gordon up the track causing Jeff to crowd Tony a bit…and Carl brushing up against his backside. If Carl hadn’t done that I think that Tony probably would have been able to gather himself back up. I may be biased of course…but that is my thought.
- I am really tanking in my fantasy league. Bah! I think my two highest drivers were Dale Jr and Kyle Busch…but the rest of my team tanked too. Oh well.
- I LOVED how Tony calmed Jeff Gordon down after the wreck and then the two walked to what I assume was the waiting ambulance like buds. What I didn’t LOVE was hearing Tony say he was tender the next day during his media at the Indy tire test. I thought it looked like he got a pretty hard hit. ARG!
Next Race: Talladega Baby!