Jeff Burton stepped in to substitute for Tony Stewart at this past weekend’s race The Pure Michigan 400. He was starting to pull up through the field after qualifying the 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet 27th. It was a brand spanking new car and unfortunately it seems that at some point during the beginning of the race the tailpipe had cracked and caught the heat shields of the car on fire. Jeff Burton radioed in and stated that he smelled smoke in the cockpit- and it smelled electrical. Around lap 75 or so he brought the car in for a regular pit stop and a quick look from the 14 pit crew. While they smelled the odor they were unable to figure out what was causing it. Jeff Burton returned to the track only to be called back in a lap later. After another look Chad Johnston decided to take the 14 back to the garage to fix it right. The crew worked really hard to get the 14 car back out on the track- albeit 24 laps down. I love that never quit spirit! Jeff Burton continued to pilot the car for the rest of the race and brought it home to a 37th place finish. The 14 car is now 23rd in owner points. (more…)
It was another bad luck race for Tony Stewart and Team 14 at the
evil little tricky triangle track known as Pocono. It started with Tony Stewart qualifying the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 16th for the race in Long Pond, PA.
The race start time was moved up slightly because of possible weather in the area in the afternoon. I was actually kind of impressed- previously NASCAR has been resistant to moving race start times to outrun weather. I liked that the were being a little more proactive.
Just in time to celebrate Jeff Gordon’s record-breaking 5th Brickyard 400 win- go on a tour of the 100-Acre Hendrick Motorsports compound in North Carolina! Jeff Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson gives 2009 Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg and YOU a tour on this episode of Garage Tours! Enjoy:
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:
(This is part 2 of our two part annual Sonoma “Race-cation” post! Check out Part 1: Friday & Saturday here— Amy)
Sunday would prove to be one of our busiest and most interesting race days that we have experienced to date. Thanks to NASCAR we had earned a VIP race experience and what an experience it was.
Our race day started as another bright and even earlier day. We wanted to be absolutely certain we were at Sonoma Raceway in plenty of time so we left quite early knowing that highway 37 towards Sonoma is two lane for much of it (one in each direction) and can back up quite quickly and we wanting to leave nothing to chance. Because we left so early we encountered virtually no traffic except the usual getting into the raceway traffic so by the time we were parked and waiting for the shuttle to the paddock/media center we realized we were there well before we needed to be. So what do an early Misty and Amy do at a race track early? They take a quick walk down the length of the garage and then out to the area behind the pit stalls before they are too crowded.
Today’s TQMS is one of my favorite Tony vs The media moments- right here on video coming out of the man himself:
And here is an early gratuitous Tony Stewart picture because do I need a reason? I didn’t think so:
*TQMS= The Quotable Mr. Stewart. Click here for previous TQMS posts.
Jeff Gordon met with fans to promote the upcoming Auto Club 400 and surprised them with free Krispy Kreme doughnuts emblazoned with his No. 24
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