Instead of a my usual post-race article- I was inspired by the facebook status of one of my friends, to write Tony a letter. If you want to read the team race report you can find it here.
I could tell before a single word came out of your mouth in your post-race interview that you were disappointed with your results at Michigan. You finished 9th and remained 10th in the standings- hanging onto the last chase position by your fingernails. Your words after the race equaled the frustration you carried on your person and in your countenance. At one point you even exclaimed that you were “wasting” a chase spot.
Your frustration is well founded. It’s been a challenging season to say the least. If it could go wrong it has. Everything from uncommon pit road errors (commitment cone violation and removing equipment from pit road) to getting caught up in other people’s crashes has led to a yo-yo of season that is currently in that stage where the yo-yo is spinning at the end of the string- waiting to be pulled back up.
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands by his car in the garage during practice in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
I think that you know that it’s not a matter of if the yo-yo will come back, but when. It can, however, seem like an eternity while it dangles precariously at the end of the string before rebounding. And while your yo-yo of a season sits there spinning, it is important that you know that this fan acknowledges and understands your frustration. You see, we fans ride along vicariously with you. We feel your elation and pride during the good times in our heart and soul and we are just as crushed by the defeats and disappointments.
That being said, you are still 10th in points. Despite the frustrations you feel- there is a reason for that. Something is working enough that you have earned that points position- it’s not wasted. Don’t lose hope. I have no doubt that you and the #14 will be in Victory Lane soon, but until that time, just know that I continue to stand behind you and the entire #14 crew. As one of my Facebook friends said in her post-race status update– Keep Digging Tony (and crew)!