I was able to catch most of the race on Sunday. We got home from our little tour around Texas about 50 laps into the race. I have to say I do like the double file restarts. I don’t know if it made that big of a difference at the 2.5 mile track, but I can’t wait until the boys return to Bristol, Martinsville and Talladega. I have never like the lapped cars sitting in the front of the lead lap cars especially when the leaders are sitting 3 or 4 rows back. It can get quite confusing at times, plus the leaders don’t have to negotiate around cars that don’t have a snowball’s chance to be a factor in the race. Plus the lapped cars can create more issues at the beginning of restarts. But for now I like them.
Now on to the best part of the weekend. Congratulations to Tony Stewart for getting his first win of the season (technically it’s his 2nd one), but as we all know it’s the points races that matter. This is the first win by Stewart Haas Racing and I am sure this is not going to be the last. I didn’t realize it until I read one of my favorite blogs, Tony won his first race at the 14th stop of this year’s season. Coincidence…I think not. Tony earned the pole by virtue of owner’s points due to the rainout of qualifying on Friday. But his luck would be short lived when he crashed in practice and had to go to a backup car. This meant instead of starting first, he would be delegated to the 43rd spot. Of course it didn’t take long before Smoke was leading the race. As it always seems to fall Pocono came down to a little gas mileage. Kudos to Tony’s crew for taking advantage of the money stop and getting Tony out in front of Carl. And here is where Tony and Darian rolled the dice. I was holding my breath hoping and praying that Tony was saving enough gas to get him to the checkered flag. It was sweet to see that #14 cross the finish line in first. It was cool to see Tony’s dad get excited about his son’s victory and how touching to see him congratulate him in Victory Lane. What a great early Father’s Day present.
Other notes from this past weekend
- The boys on to Michigan. If Junior doesn’t pull away with a victory it will mean he has gone a full year without a victory. I guess all the broadcasters will be making note of this fact a little bit more. Oh well…
- I have been listening to the “talk” about Danica Patrick coming over to race in NASCAR. I think she has the skill set, but I don’t if she can take on all that is NASCAR. I don’t know how the fans are over there in IRL, but here in NASCAR we can get a little passionate about a sport. Time will tell.
- Kyle Busch smashing his guitar trophy after the Naitonwide race. My opinion…it’s his trophy, he earned it and he can do what he likes. I like Kyle Busch. He has put a little spice back into NASCAR.
- I guess TNT did okay on the broadcast. I didn’t really pay attention all that much because after touring Texas for a week you have quite a few things to unpack and wash.