So Dover is one of those tracks that I don’t have feelings for one way or the other. I don’t look at the schedule and think to myself YEY DOVER or AW HELL DOVER. However I will admit that I might have been thinking something along the lines of Oh please let Tony get at least a top ten…a win would be all kinds of AWESOME but please please pretty please at least a top ten before the race on Sunday -all the way through the pre-race tv coverage.
So Tony qualified 16th for Sunday’s race and right off the bat he seemed pretty pleased with his car- telling crew chief Darian Grubb with less that ten laps under his belt that the car seemed pretty good from the get-go. He was passing people and was soon in the top ten. Ahh maybe my good thoughts were working after all. Listening in on the radio communications Tony seemed pretty pleased with the car’s handling except that he was a tick tight in the center of the turn (center third as he put it).
Pit stops seemed clean and well executed- a good job all around for the #14 team. Unfortunately a trackbar adjustment on the third pit stop and changing track conditions made the car’s handling go to pieces and the #14 began to fall back in the field and was soon the last car on the lead lap. It was not looking good. I sat there just waiting for the leader to catch and pass him. Luckily a caution came out and Darian and crew went back on some of the adjustments. Tony was able to claw his way back up through the field and was also helped by a two tire pit stop with about 41 laps to go. Tony finished 9th and moved up four spots in the points standings and is now only 37 points behind 12th place (currently held by Martin Truex Jr). Race winner was Kyle Busch.
- After the race in Dover Tony headed out to Nashville, TN to help with the GAC Telethon benefiting the flood victims.
- It was great to hear Tony and Darian working well together on the radio. I loved that they were maintaining a fairly positive attitude even after the handling on the car went catywhompus on them. YEY. The pit crew seemed to be spot on with their timing as well.
- Speaking of the pit crew…it’s the ALL-STAR race this weekend…and what do I love about that? It means that Wednesday is the Pit Crew Challenge. I LOVE THE PIT CREW CHALLENGE! LOVE IT!!! It’s on Wednesday night on SPEED at 9 PM eastern time. Cheer on the 14 crew!!
- Also on Wednesday for those of you with facebook accounts you will want to check out the ARMORALL Facebook page for a NEW Off Track With Tony Stewart. This episode – entitled the ROOKIE is actually a comedic web episode that was filmed at Stewart-Haas racing…I can not WAIT for that either.
- And for those of you with Twitter feeds…did you know Stewart-Haas Racing has an official twitter account? It’s @StewartHaasRcng. Follow them for race day updates as well as updates throughout the week. You might also want to follow my feed at @badgroove.
- Speaking of twitter…if you are tweeting about Tony…try using the #goTONYgo hashtags….I am using them until he wins. Hopefully it won’t be long!
All-Star Race is this Saturday. The Showdown starts at 6pm eastern and the All-Star race at 9:00pm Both are on SPEED this time.