Ahhh!!!!!! That is all I can really say about the race at Phoenix except that the night after the race I actually DREAMED about the race (more on that later).
The thing with this Phoenix race is that it starts in the afternoon and ends in the evening- so it goes from BRIGHT sun to DARK night…and what is interesting is that they say that those who do well during the light hours do not necessarily do so hot after the sun goes down behind the bleachers and that is exactly what happened to Tony Stewart.
I can see you in there Tony! Tony sports the Office Depot Grow Greener car at PIR. Not bad considering it was taken through a fence. (April 2010. Photo Credit: ME)
I don’t know exactly what happened. Tony led for awhile (YEY at least we got 5 points for that) and even when he wasn’t leading his car seemed to be a top ten car. Then I could have sworn I heard the announcer say something about contact between Gordon and Stewart and then he seemed to start dropping like someone had tied a 50 lb boat anchor to that fancy new spoiler. I can not for the life of me however find ANYTHING on the national broadcast about the contact (nor on the team race report release)….so now I wonder if I didn’t dream that up. In other words? The sun went down and for some reason Tony was struggling for the rest of the night. Was it handling problems due to contact? Was it handling problems due to a wrong set up? Did Digger actual succeed in tying previously mentioned boat anchor to Tony’s car when no one was looking? Did the #14 Office Depot Chevy suck too many bugs into the grill (seriously people the bugs? They were a freaking problem). The reason I do not know- but Tony finished the race 23rd. I am sure he HAD to be frustrated with that finish because I know I was and I wasn’t the one sweltering in the heat in that car and firesuit. That finish dropped Tony to 9th in the points, 204 points behind the leader Jimmie Johnson.
However, one could not say it was a bad evening. Why? Teammate Ryan Newman got his first win under the Stewart-Haas banner! I was extremely excited for Ryan and the number 39 team. And I was excited that he won in the Tornados car because I actually find that paint scheme to be pretty. I like the orange and yellow against the black. Plus Tornados are yummy. Anyway…cogratulations to team Tornado!!
Notes About Phoenix:
- So the dream…I dreamed that Chad Knaus was really pissed off about the 4 tire call at the last pit stop. Like lividly pissed. To the point he was telling media that anyone who took two tires were idiots. I think this is the reason I dreamed that is that we were directly across from the 48 pitbox- pretty much at eye level with Knaus. I couldn’t even see Tony’s pit from where I was…but it didn’t stop me from watching the 48 guys each and every pit stop. They fascinate me (pitstops…not the 48 guys). Anyway don’t believe me? Here is proof:
Chad Knaus watches his 48 crew in action. (PIR April 2010. Photo Credit: ME)
- My DVR cut off the end of the National broadcast so I couldn’t even really revel in Ryan Newman’s win when I got home. Bah. Dumb DVR. At least I remembered to DVR SpeedTV’s Victory Lane just in case. Arg. Dumb DVR.
- Tony Stewart’s firesuit was still the traditional Office Depot Red even though his car was white and green. Now I am guessing it’s a bit expensive to make a new firesuit for the paint scheme….but it was just funny looking and if you look above at the picture of Tony in his car you can see he kinda sticks out in there because you can actually see him in there.
- Some Pictures:
Ryan Newman during the parade lap. (April 2010 PIR. Photo Credit: ME)
Tony Stewart parade lap. Told you he wore his regular red firesuit. (April 2010. PIR. Photo Credit: ME)
So that’s the race summary.
This weekend we are in TEXAS where everything is bigger….including Tony Stewart’s starts (number 400!).