I didn’t watch much of the pre-race show, I admit. I did watch some of it. But I am wondering if they mentioned WHY the Brickyard 400 was called Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard? I know I mentioned it when the name was announced but it seemed to me that it wasn’t mentioned at during the parts of pre-race that I watched. Just a quick FYI from my original post, John Wayne Walding is a highly decorated Green Beret from Texas who lost the lower part of his leg during a firefight in overseas in 2008 (for more information about John Wayne Walding see my original post) Any way- I wanted to take a couple minutes before we talk about Tony Stewart’s run and share some photos of John Wayne Walding (for the record- that is a cool name) experience at The Brickyard on Sunday:
Pretty awesome for your first NASCAR race huh? To get to go to Indianapolis alone would be an amazing race…but to have it named after you would be cool. And i have always wanted to wave the green flag even if only for Qualifying. It was a great way to honor John Wayne’s service and sacrifice for us!
Well now onto the race and Tony’s run. I have to say that I am giving up trying to figure out what kind of run he’s going to have based on his starting position and the track that they are running at and what my “gut” tells me. Because my gut- is usually wrong. If you need proof just look at my fantasy NASCAR season. When I sit there and really try to pick my drivers for the race like I did all spring long…I end up finishing dead last. When I pick drivers based on silly things like how many times I have used them already or what paint scheme they are using for a particular race and how I feel about that paint scheme- I have high scoring races.
Anyway- it seemed that no matter what the crew did to work on the car it didn’t really help the handling and in fact seemed to deteriorate as the race went on. Add to that coming in for a flat (at least that is why twitter told me Tony came in…I heard him say he was bringing it in for four tires on the Mobile Ap while ESPN was at commercial and when ESPN came back from commercial they didn’t even say that he had come in- that was nice ESPN since it’s kind of your job to let us know what happens during break)!
Tony got his lost lap back thanks to being a lucky dog and managed to finish 17th and is still 19th in points.
Race winner was Jeff Gordon. He got his 90th win and his 5th Brickyard which makes him tied for the most Indianapolis wins with Michael Schumacher.
Notes About The Brickyard:
1.So Stewart-Haas Racing not only had a bad day over all in Indy- but then they get back to North Carolina and their (empty) SHR parked plane gets hit by a Joe Gibbs Racing plane on the tarmac at Concord Regional Airport. No one was hurt as a result.
2. Have you read the texts between Dale Jr and his mom regarding the Brickyard- they are awesome!
3. One of the worst kept secrets in the garage since the creation of SHR in 2009 was that Carl Edwards would be leaving the Roush Fenway at the end of this season. That was made official at the Brickyard. Carl is still mum on where he will be going next but the new Roush line up will be: Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne.
4. Here is a video shot from Tony Stewart’s pit box by actor Chris Pratt that gives an awesome once in a life time view that most of us Tony fans can only dream of.
The Gratuitous Tony Stewart:
Next week we are racing at Pocono. #KeepDiggingTony