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Mark Martin at NHMS

Mark Martin, driver of the #14 Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at NHMS on September 20, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire.(Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images North America)

There are only eight more races of the 2013 NASCAR season now- eight. Usually at this point in the season I am starting to dread the end of the season- but I find myself looking ahead to 2014 so much that I don’t have that usual foreboding dread about the season ending.  The reasoning behind this is two fold I am certain. The big fold being I want to see (a healed, healthy, raring to go) Tony Stewart back at the helm of the #14 Chevy SS and leading the way for the new Stewart-Haas stable.  I excited about the team dynamic for Stewart-Haas Racing next season- I have made no secret of that.  Tony Stewart, Kevin Havick and Kurt Busch…I think that has potential to be HUGE because while I am a Tony Stewart fan- I see nothing but talent in both Kevin and Kurt and think that having them work together has AWESOME written all over it (and yes I know that I am in the minority here but I do think Kurt Busch has HUGE amounts of talent).

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Tony Stewart quietly ruminates in the garage at Loudon, NH (Photo Credit: From the Official Mobil 1 facebook page)

Qualified: 16th

Finished: 26th

Race Winner: Brian Vickers

Points After Loudon: 13th- five points out of tenth, and 178 out of first. We are still currently in wild card position though!

My Mood After Loudon: How could I be anything but heartbroken over that one?!

There is absolutely nothing worse than watching your driver work his way into the top 10, then the top 5, then second, then lead, then back to second, then back to fourth and then run out of gas on the last freaking lap of the race- and drop all the way from fourth to twenty freaking sixth.  Well okay- there are probably a lot of things worse than that but it is pretty damn disheartening to say the least. (more…)