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I usually like watching the races at Martinsville. This race, however, didn’t do it for me. It didn’t seem to have any real action to me. Sure there was passing here and there. Maybe it was the television coverage, or perhaps it was because the race was the Brad Keselowski show since he led the entire except for the first five laps and that spell of laps that Chase Elliot was the leader. Brad and the Penske Fords seem healthy so far this year.

Clint Bowyer managing to finish in the top ten even though he had not one but two pit road speeding penalties was a solid day- think how relevant he could have been if he didn’t have to come back from the penalties twice during the race. I am sure he would have been a solid contender. And I was pleased that all four SHR cars made it into the top ten by the end of the race. But top ten finishes do not get you in the Chase, wins do.

Let’s see what happens on Texas next week, but I think I am not much of a fan of this package.

Crew getting things done during a pit stop at Bristol. (Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Official Store Facebook/HHP photo/Alan Marler)

Tony Qualified: 21st

Tony Finished: 6th

Points: 145 points (28th place in the standings)

I honestly came into the race weekend thinking I wouldn’t even get to see a race- that at best I would be stuck at work on Monday morning trying to pay attention to my NASCAR while working using a combination of Twitter, SiriusXM Online and the NASCAR Mobile ap. As a matter of fact- I was so sure that the race wouldn’t even get started that I actually ran to the store- only to check my phone as I was walking into Target to find that the green had flown and the race was on. Figures, I told myself as I rushed around Target picking up this, that and the laundry detergent. At least I have SiriusXM with the NASCAR so I could listen to the race on the way home and not miss much, that is what I told myself anyway.  I didn’t have to worry about it though- I checked my phone again as I was leaving Target only to find that the race had been red flagged and I had plenty of time to get home. (more…)