I was looking forward to Richmond because I was SURE that Tony would have a great run! It is, afterall, his favorite track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit (he said this many times last week during his media). However that would NOT be the case.
Tony qualified 18th for the race. That didn’t worry me though, as Tony isn’t usually the best of qualifiers. However as soon as the green flag dropped on Saturday night- Tony slowly began dropping positions in the race because his car wasn’t handling well. By lap 10 he was reporting the car was loose off and tight in the center. Thanks to a blistering pace set by Kyle Busch early on and a long green flag runs- Tony was a lap down by lap 86- not even a quarter into the race. It was going to be a long night.
Tony and Darian worked on the radio, making adjustments throughout the evening but they just couldn’t seem to get the car handling well enough for Tony to be able to move through the field. Darian did keep Tony out during one caution that allowed him get a lap back but it was all for naught as he was still fighting the handling on his car and fell back off the lead lap again. Tony did seem a little better towards the end of the race- As he began to move back up the field slightly to a hard fought 23rd place finish. The race winner was Kyle Busch who edged out Jeff Gordon on the third Green-White-Checker of the evening. Teammate Ryan Newman finished 8th. Tony is now 15th in the points, 307 points behind points leader Kevin Harvick.
- The best thing about the race? When, over texts exchanged with Misty during the race, I was obsessing that Tony was going to take another hits in the points standings, she texted me with “Remember what I say: You can’t keep Stewart down.” It made me feel better- but I still worry.
- I am really enjoying the NASCAR trackpass scanner. The only issue I have it means I have to sit in front of the tv with my laptop on and plugged into my ear. I am sure I look the site. TV on, laptop on my lap, one ear bud in one ear bud out…and my cell phone within arms reach so that I can watch the race, listen to Tony’s scanner and text Misty!
- I am also ready for the races to move on from Fox to the next station.
This week we will be racing on Saturday Night again (weather permitting of course) at Darlington! Go Tony!