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Talladega.  It ALWAYS makes me nervous.  The pre-race show did NOTHING to quell my nerves about Dega either.  There is always talk about “The Big One” looming- and endless (or so it seems) loops of stock cars flying at unnatural angles into fences (Carl Edwards) and upside down (Ryan Newman).  So the fact that there is always the chance that there is going to be a big, NASTY wreck at some point looming in the back of my mind. As a matter of fact- I had been watching parts of Race Day on Speed before the race (when I say this I mean it was on in one room as I went about my morning chores so I caught snippets here and there) and I just happen to catch Tony Stewart talking to Rutledge Wood. He (Tony not Rutledge) said something that I wanted to talk about here- because I disagreed with it, but I can’t find the interview online and because of the end of race carnage my thought about Tony’s Rutledge interview flew out of my head because the only thing I could think of is “I don’t like seeing the undercarriage of a stock car…anyone’s race car really- but especially not my driver’s undercarriage” and pretty much that is all I can really bring from the race now.  Well that and I don’t care who’s fault Tony says it is- I watched it several times and I still blame Michael Waltrip/Casey Mears.

Not  A Pleasant Sight:

Tony's Undercarriage

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, flips in the air after an incident with the field in the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 7, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)

In my opinion the race was typical restictor plate racing: boring except for the last 10 laps or so and then you worry about all hell breaking loose, which it obviously did.  After all the last lap melee that took out several cars, NASCAR determined that Tony finished 22nd. Which dropped him down to 7th in the points. Technically we aren’t OUT of the Championship fight…but it’s not looking promising.

NOTES ABOUT DEGA:

  1. Jamie McMurray led the most laps. What surprised me was that he didn’t cause the big one. He seemed like a moving chicane out there going from groove to groove and then back again. I believe it was Jeff Gordon who called him a moving Chicane out there.
  2. I don’t know what was going on with DirecTV yesterday. None of my hotpass channels worked AT ALL- they said searching for signal (771). Then in the middle of the race it lost ESPN all together and put up a message about it being an issue with the sun. I would have been more incline to believe the Sun nonsense if other channels had been affected but other channels seem to be fine (well except for the hot pass channels). Maybe the Sun just doesn’t like my NASCAR.

Not sure WHAT is going on here but it’s kind of a humorous picture. What do you think is going on? (Shared from TonyStewart.com- click the picture to be taken to the original).