Instead of doing my usual regurgitation and takes on the race from the standpoint of a Tony Stewart fan…I am just simply going to write a letter to Team Tony.
Dear Team Office Depot/Old Spice (and Burger King for two one more races):
You guys were so ON IT at the beginning through the middle of the season. Lately, however, something is just slightly OFF. I obviously don’t know what but we really REALLY need to pull it together. It can’t be the pressure of whether or not you are making the chase because you have been locked in for several weeks. You are not the only team that is off lately (Jimmie/Chad/Team Lowes comes to mind)…but you are my team!
The last two races alone wayward lugnuts have ruined our pitstops and lost us major positions. Now I am not saying it’s just the pit crew. Tony obviously had a mea culpa moment on the track today…and he said it right over the radio. I think that some how we just get frustrated. Mistakes happen- but come on guys we need to recover!!
I know you all know that the next ten races are it. This is GO TIME. We KNOW you have the equipment. We KNOW you have the driver. We KNOW you have the pit crew. Let’s just make them all work together. If something happens…don’t get frustrated- just dig in a little deeper. I know you guys can do it! GO TEAM OFFICE DEPOT/OLD SPICE/BURGER KING.
Let’s Go Fast! Amy
Notes About Richmond:
- I have mentioned here numerous times that I have always been fascinated with pit crews. Kudos to ESPN and ABC for the pit crew cam. I LOVE IT. Just wish they had more of them.
- Speaking of pit crews…one of the parts that has fascinated me is how they can run around the cars out there on pit road with cars just feet behind them, in front of them, all around them, buzzing in and out of pit boxes…nay PEELING OUT of pit boxes trying to get a leg up on competitors. I know that there are safety measures (like mandated helmets and pit road speed limits) but still. Tony’s run in with David Reutimann’s rear tire carrier was a reminder that those guys are in a dangerous job!!! I think that because of the way David’s car was canted in the pitstall that he wasn’t able to see the tireman coming around to the other side.
- Tony gets 50 brownie points for helping Carl Edwards down the stairs after the Chase 2009 class photo/celebration. And to answer @KevinMBoots77‘s question he posed here, unfortunately my brownie points are really worth nothing but my admiration. Although how cool would that be to have Amy’s Badgroove race wear. Hell…let’s get really crazy…what would an Amy’s Badgroove paint scheme look like???
- I am majorly bummed that Kyle Busch did NOT make the chase. However to those who believe his is immature? Did you listen to his post race interview? If not you should (I am sure it will be on youtube some time in the next couple of days). That was mature beyond his years.
And I will end this with: Let the games begin!