I have been trying to decide what to write about today. I didn’t get a chance to write about the Phoenix race. It was crazy busy last week at work and at home. Monday after the Phoenix race I couldn’t move the left shoulder and my neck. It hurt to even type things. By the time things settled down, it was Thursday. I would like to congratulate Denny Hamlin on his win at Phoenix.
Now on to Vegas. I didn’t watch the watch. I was out taking care of some things on a personal level and to be frank when your husband offers to hang out with the kids to let me have some “me” time, I jump at the chance. I did follow things on Twitter. By the time I got home from my “me” time, the race was at halfway. At more importantly, I got to see the #14 cross the finish line and take the checkered flag. I was wondering if it was going to happen with all the late cautions. I know Amy over at Bad Groove was on edge. But Tony held off long enough to get the victory. This is the first win for Tony at Vegas. He now only needs wins at Kentucky and Darlington to have at least one win at all the Cup tracks on the circuit. This was also the first win for Tony’s new crew chief Steve Addington.
I was hope they would get their win before Hamlin and Grubb, but it wasn’t the case. Some still think Tony made a mistake in firing Grubb. I know the last thing we remember about last season was Tony’s incredible run in the Chase, so I can understand people’s viewpoints on this. But you have to remember Tony struggled throughout the summer and was thisclose to being out of the Chase. All I have to say to those who are skeptical about Tony’s decision…how do you like him now????
- The 6 race suspension for Chad Knaus and Ron Malec was upheld today by the National Stock Car Appeals Panel. Mr. Hendrick did not agree with the decision from today. He is going to make one last appeal to John Middlebrook who is the chief appellate officer of the National Stock Car Appeals Panel. Until he is able to hear arguments, Chad will be at Bristol this weekend.
- My indoctrination of my sons into NASCAR. I have been trying to get both my sons to sit and watch racing with me. Both my sons like Tony Stewart…because, well, their mamma’s favorite driver is Tony. I bought my youngest his first Tony Stewart car last weekend. He hasn’t stopped playing with it since. I also bought him an old #22 Kurt Busch hauler too. He loves putting Tony’s car in the #22 hauler. Hey…I will do what it takes to get them into NASCAR. I even told them they could choose their favorite driver. They seem to like the M&M car for the obvious reasons, but this momma is working hard to keep them cheering for Tony.
- I got a new tattoo today. This isn’t my first tattoo. I got one back in 2000 in honor of my 30th birthday. I was planning to get one in honor of turning 40, but didn’t get around to things until today. I debated back and forth on what to get…I mean after all this thing was going to be a permanent part of me. I was going to get a checkered flag with just my nickname “Trixie”, but I decided on the following.