I have to say that I worried that we wouldn’t get the entire race in Fontana in. While I live in California- (granted I live much much farther north than Fontana) it rained on and off all day. So YEY that the race didn’t seem to be too affected by the rain.
Tony qualified 16th for the race today and early on he struggled- sometimes finding himself as low as 24th position. However, during the last half of the race, the team seemed to recover some of the handling that Tony was looking for and he was trekking off towards the front of the field- at one time he was as high as 5th. Unfortunately for Tony he seemed to fall off a bit towards the end of the race.
I will admit right here that I missed somethings during the race because I kept having to run out to do laundry so that I get it all done before I leave for Vegas on Wednesday. I missed Juan Pablo Montoya’s engine blowing. I also missed Ryan Newman’s engine blowing and only knew about that thanks to Twitter when I peeked in at my account. I admit when they were talking about Jeff Gordon also having possible engine issues I worried that Tony too would fall pray to the mysterious engine gremlins that seemed to be plaguing some of the Team Chevy drivers. Luckily that was not the case though and he was able to finsih 9th at Autoclub Speedway. He now has a total of 235 points and raising his standings in the points to 17th. Unfortantely teammate Ryan Newman’s engine failure caused him to finish 36th in the race which dropped him two places in the standings to 36th.
Race winner Jimmie Johnson (Jimmie also won the only race I have seen in person at Autoclub! My thoughts are you don’t want Jimmie in the lead at Autoclub because he is going to be hard to get around!) beat out second place Kevin Harvick in an exciting duel. The two actually ended up racing each other a lot both at the beginning of the race and then again at the end- giving fans an exciting finish to the day.
Notes about Race 2:
- I have to say I really REALLY liked Dale Jr.’s orange AMP JUICE paint scheme. REALLY!
- Speaking of Dale Jr. – I have to send out my congratulations to Andy (prize pack 1) and Lindi (prize pack 2) who won the Dale Jr. Prize packages we gave away (thanks also to AMP and Conye PR who provided the prize packs).
- What was with all the speeding penalties this race? I guess it was even worse in the Nationwide race.
- I am looking forward to Vegas…be sure to stay tuned to my twitter updates to see what Misty and I are up to while in Vegas.