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#SmokeWillRise adorns the area over the driver door on the #14 Mobil 1 Chevy driven by Austin Dillon in Stewart’s absence at Michigan. (Photo credit: Tony Stewart Facebook page- Click pic to be taken to the original)

I am not surprised that a Ford won at Michigan- it seems that a Ford almost ALWAYS wins at Michigan- before Logano the previous winner of the last two races at Michigan was Ford driver Greg Biffle- see what I mean.

What I am surprised with about the Michigan race? Austin Dillon’s performance in the 14 car!  I know I know- I am biased, BUT I wasn’t sure about Austin Dillon as a choice to run MI.  After all he has little cup car experience.  When Stewart-Haas Racing tweeted out the picture of the yellow rookie stripe on the back of the 14 car I cringed and thought to myself quietly- “this could get ugly” and I fretted a bit.  But then I started seeing practice times. They weren’t that bad all things considered, so I had a little hope.  But then I saw qualifying and was all “eh…that wasn’t so great. Damn rookie.” Yeah I said it…deal with it. Then I saw the results of final practice and was duly impressed. Hmm maybe I misjudged Austin Dillon’s chances (and talents) after all. (more…)

The 14 crew services Tony’s car during a pitstop for the Quicken Loans 400 (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook Page- Click picture to be taken to the original)

Qualified: 14th (after wrecking a car within minutes during first practice and moving to a backup car).

Finished: 5th

Race Winner: Greg Biffle

Points After Pocono: 10th in the points standings! Tony is now 121 points out of first place in the standings!  We are 2 points ahead of 11th currently so we do not need the wild card.  However Tony does have 1 win for the wild card berth should he need it.

My Mood After Pocono: Happy as an uncooked clam in his shell. (more…)

I am terrible for losing things. Ask anyone who knows me well and they can detail stories of me losing everything from concert tickets, to driving instructions, to misplacing valuables like my watch, my camera, and jewelry.  So I can really  feel for the woman who lost her wedding ring somewhere at Michigan International Raceway.  It all started with applying her sunscreen that morning.  Andrea Wieland slipped her wedding ring into her camera case as she applied her sunscreen the morning of the Pure Michigan 400 August 21st.  She then proceeded to walk the garage area taking in the sights.  When she looked for her ring- it was gone- fallen somewhere in the garage area at Michigan Speedway.  Andrea and her friend Cheryl Ruse did their best to retrace their steps and look for the ring.  However- Michigan Speedway is a 1400  acre property- talk about trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Andrea Wieland's wedding ring that was lost and found at Michigan (Photo Credit: Andrea Wieland)

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Wow…that was an interesting albeit short race on Sunday.  Well at least it seemed short to me. I don’t know why – since they ran the full race. Maybe it was the lack of cautions?

Tony was a Hot Pass driver this week.  I don’t know if HOT PASS was listening to me or snoozing on the job but I did get to hear Tony complain that his car was “Looser than shit!” on the radio. Despite seeming to wrestle an ill-handling car for most of the race- overall Tony seemed pretty good- he was in the Top 10 most of the day. After the last caution, crew cheif Darian Grubb called on Stewart to save gas- which he did- however about 100 feet from the start finish line Tony ran out of gas but was still able to coast across the finishline in a very respectable 7th place. Tony retained the points lead- leading second place (in both the race and the points) Gordon by 47 points.  Tony’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Ryan Newman also struggles with an ill-handling car all day- at one point actually replacing a spring during a pitstop. Ryan Newman is currently fifth in the points 225 points behind his teammate.

Notes About Michigan:

  • Ok- seriously I didn’t see that it was that big of a deal that Kyle smashed the guitar/trophy.  It is his trophy. It was done in a “rock n roll” kinda spirit. Can we please move on now?
  • Also I am kinda finding the whole Kyle vs Jr and Jr. Nation thing a guilty pleasure to witness. It is slightly humorous. I don’t know why I am finding it humorous to watch the two slug insults back and forth but I am.
  • Wow two races in a row where fuel mileage played a heavy hand.  I don’t see how people can not think it’s exciting. This time we had not only our race leader run out of gas well before the start finish line, but the second place car run out of gas too (Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle). It’s all part of the strategy component of it all.