I have said it before and I will say it again…I do NOT like watching races at Talladega, at least not on TV. Well there was that one time that Tony Stewart won (you remember I am sure..it was when Regan Smith passed him below the yellow line to try to pass Tony for the win – boy howdy did I jump off that couch screaming HE PASSED HIM BELOW THE LINE HE PASSED HIM BELOW THE LINE...I am sure the entire state of California and possibly parts of Nevada, Arizona and Oregon could hear me…poor Roxy ran off and hid) but other than that I do not like it. I do not like spending 188 long tedious laps waiting for “the big one” and I definitely do not like it when Tony Stewart spends most of the day (I would say 90 percent) a lap or two or three down. That is for damn sure. But that is what happened on Hallowdega or Tallaween..depending on who you are…I personally like Tallaween better than Hallowdega…but whatever- I am off point here.
The point is I don’t like Talladega and I don’t like when Tony is down lap(s). Needless to say this race was NOT a good one for myself or other Tony fans!!! Tony went down laps early in the race (two laps down to be exact). However, in typical ESPN fashion, it happened during a commercial break so all us Stewart fans got was a brief mention of it when they came back to the race and then nothing more was said about Tony. It was like a giant sink hole swallowed him…or maybe a giant pumpkin since it was Halloween after all. The racing at ‘Dega was your typical restrictor plate race where the two car breakaway draft would pull away for awhile…only to be rundown by a different two car breakaway draft. There were something like 80 lead changes in the 188 laps. Not a record apparently, but close. Did you know that after Tony went in for that fateful pitstop that he thought there was something wrong with the car? I didn’t either because I wasn’t listening to his scanner.
Anyway- Tony ran around the track two to three laps down for a majority of the race. Then he got a couple wave arounds and the next thing you know…Tony is in lucky dog position at the right time and poof…Tony Stewart is on the lead lap…now if only he can hook up with someone and do a two-car breakaway draft to the front he will be right in the freaking mix. Tony works his way up…16th the last time I saw him…but apparently he got as high as 11th. Oh so close. Then there is the white flag? Maybe he can salvage the race and get a top 10 at least?? But no…there is a wreck. AJ Allmendinger goes flying through the air…Tony ends up in it some how…and the whole side of his car is demolished. He limped around the last lap to finish 31st. And the balloon that was a championship dream? Popped right there, raining down all over the infield. Tony is now 7th in the points standings and 317 points behind the leader Jimmie Johnson. It’s pretty much near impossible for Tony to make up that deficit in the remaining three races of the season. Of course this doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t try like all gang busters to do it. Race winner was actually Clint Bowyer.
Notes About Dega:
- The most exciting part of the race was the whole who won? Was it Clint or Kevin? I loved that Clint decided it was him and started to do burn outs while Kevin sat there waiting to find out who indeed was the winner.
- What on earth happened to Jeff Gordon after that breakaway push to the front with teammate Jimmie Johnson? He said he was blowing up, fell back, and never did blow up. He came in like 9th or something. Wow.
Next Race: Texas