If you are like me? You missed it completely as in I had NO IDEA this was going to be on today. Thankfully though one of my facebook friends posted a link to it:
It’s definitely worth watching!
I will say this about the race at Louden. It was pretty action packed to watch. The racing seemed good early! Bravo.
Tony did well towards the beginning of the race. He qualified 3rd (awesome!) and lead for awhile until a four time pit stop put him a back in the field when Darian called for four tires for the #14 Office Depot car when many teams took two for track position.
Tony didn’t give up though and the car fought its way through the field over the course of the race slowly worked his way back towards the front of the race. He took the lead again at lap 248 of the 300 mile race and started to run away with the lead.
Crew Chief Darian Grubb chose not to pit the #14 Chevy and he dominated the last section of the race until running out of gas at lap 299. Second place Clint Bowyer took the lead and won the first race of the chase.
That right there was the most disheartening thing a Tony Stewart fan could see. Stewart barely coasting over the finish line to maintain his position on the lead lap as Bowyer begins his celebratory burnout.
Stewart finished 24th and is currently 11th (I cringe just typing that) in the points standings.
Notes about Louden
Next Race: Dover! Go Tony Go!
Ok…as you probably know- the Chase starts this weekend at New Hampshire. The Chase, for those who are not into NASCAR, is the last ten races of the season and is much like playoffs. From this point forward the top 12 in the series points are the only drivers eligible to win the championship cup. The series points leader at the end of the last ten races will be crowned the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and of course I am hoping it is Tony- how totally cool and awesome would that be?
NASCAR “seeds” the top 12 drivers with 10 bonus points per win in the regular (first 26 races) season. With this seeding Tony is currently 6th in points. Denny Hamlin is first in points. Over at the Racing In America blog I have talked about how I think the points system needs to changed. I don’t think the chase needs to be changed- just the points system. I don’t think that there needs to be a seeding. I think that at the beginning of the chase – the entire top 12 should start on equal ground.
That being said, I have decided to try to keep track of my points system in compared to the current NASCAR points system. So after each of the races- I will do my usual post race report and at the bottom I will give you the standings of the top 12 drivers in the current NASCAR points system, the Badgroove/NASCAR Hybrid Cup points system which will retain the current points awarded at the end of the race by NASCAR but will eliminate the seeding bonuses that the drivers started out with only, and the Badgroove Cup points system, in which the chase drivers will be scored based on their finish…highest placing chase driver will get 12 points, second highest driver will get 11 points, etc. If one of the chase drivers wins the race he will get 5 extra points. I actually got this idea from a comment over at the RIA blog on my post about the need for change in the points system.
I hope I didn’t just totally confuse everyone. I consider this a fun experiment. I hope you will agree!
A great Rutledge at Large piece featuring Elliott Sadler and Habitat for Humanity as well as Tony Stewart and the National Backpack Program.
Well I don’t have much to day about the race from Saturday evening. Tony qualified 15th for the race at Richmond. His car seemed to start off really strong as he managed to work his way up to third at one point. Then he just started falling back further and further. Unfortunately I was not listening to his radio communications and I am unsure as to why he had this drop…I assume it was poor handling that they were chasing.
Tony finished 16th, one lap down to race winner Denny Hamlin. However- it doesn’t really matter because Richmond was the last race of the “regular” season for NASCAR. Now it get’s stressful for us fans. Now it’s the playoffs.
Tony is seeded 6th in the Chase fifty points behind chase leader Denny Hamlin.
Notes About Richmond:
The Chase begins Sunday September 19th at Louden, NH. GO TONY GO!
Want to congratulate Tony on his Atlanta victory? Or wish him luck at Richmond? Tony is scheduled to do an appearance at the Office Depot store in Glen Allen Virginia on Thursday September 9th 2010. Stewart will greet fans and sign autographs starting at 4:45pm local time at the Office Depot located at 9700 West Broad Street (at W. Broad & Stillman Pkwy) in Glen Allen. Wristbands are required, with distribution limited to the first 350 customers (one per person). Wristbands will be available at Office Depot when it opens at 9:00am on the day of the event. Fans with a wristband must be in line no later than 5:15pm local time to receive an autograph. As always, there is one autograph per wristband.
So how excited was I that Tony won? Very! WHOO HOO!
Tony and Darian seemed to both be in a good mood before they took even one green flag lap- judging by their radio banter. Darian said something about buying Tony a little pool if he brought back a trophy. Of course I am envisioning Tony sitting in a kiddie pool but that is probably because I have small nephews who love their kiddie pool on a hot day.
As I was watching, when Tony took the lead the first time I thought to myself…YEY five points! Then he kept leading and leading. There would be some swapping back and forth here and there with Denny or Carl but then I was thinking Hey- we might get 5 more points for leading the MOST laps here. It really wasn’t until the last 10 laps or so that I starting thinking…DAMN we have been DOMINATE ALL NIGHT and that is when I start worrying about something going WRONG!
It seemed that the 14 pit crew was ON IT all night (ok they had ONE bad stop- but it wasn’t even THAT bad). Tony’s only complaint pit-wise was that he was having trouble seeing his stall- but they figured that out- and between Darian counting him down into his pitstall and his dad Nelson waving a flashlight at him he was able to find it much easier on subsequent stops.
It warmed my heart to see the #14 car sooo dominate Sunday night. I loved it and hope that there is only more of that on the horizon!!
Anyway Congrats to Tony Stewart and Office Depot and all the other sponsors for their win at Atlanta
Tony is now 4th in the series standings and locked into the chase (shwew).
So since Tony won- there are a couple ways you too can win:
Win a Sunoco Checkered Flag autographed by race winner Tony Stewart here from SpeedTV.
You can bid on the Old Spice towel Tony used in Victory Lane here (proceeds to benefit The Tony Stewart Foundation).
You can win one of 14 Office Depot Racing autographed hats here at Office Depot Racing’s 14 for 14 Contest.
I celebrated Tony’s win yesterday with a trip to Office Depot- it’s one of my favorite stores anyway. BUT they didn’t have what I was looking for in stock yet but they told me it’s coming September 12th so I will be back I promise.
Tony Stewart will be at the Office Depot located at 2625 Piedmont Road (Buckhead Crossing Shopping Center) in Atlanta, GA on September 2nd. He will be doing a donation of 4000 book backs as part of the the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program- these book bags will be filled with school supplies and given to children and local children’s organizations in an effort to help children start their school year off right.
In addition to doing the presention of the book bags, Tony Stewart will be signing 350 autographs for fans starting at 4:45 local time. Wristbands are required for the autograph session and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Piedmont Road Office Depot store in Atlanta, GA beginning at 8:00 a.m. local time on the day of the event only (Thursday, September 2). Fans with a wristband must be in line no later than 5:15 p.m. local time to receive an autograph. There will also be an #14 Office Depot show car at the event.
These are great events- and very fun. I urge you to attend if you are in the Atlanta area.