"I raced mad all day."
Whether Tony Stewart was referring to his beaten-up race car or how he muscled his way to the lead with 2 laps to go, I'm not sure. But one thing that is sure is how he dazzled fans everywhere with the way he charged right past Jimmie Johnson and stole the victory.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, 5 cautions happened within the first 100 laps. All 5 were caused by wrecks, as drivers were racing as if there was no tommorow. Brian Vickers was involved in each of the first three crashes. It soon became relevant that Jeff Gordon was the man to beat, because despite having received damage in the first crash, he was the fastest on the track. By Lap 235, he was on the point and held that status for much of the remainder of the event.
13 cautions and a couple new pit strategies later, Jimmie Johnson had swiped the lead from Gordon and was side-by-side with Tony Stewart on a restart with 3 laps to go, as the result of a spin by Brian Vickers. The outside lane hadn't been productive all day long (except when everyone had new sticker tires), and Stewart was stuck there beside Johnson. I expected Stewart -and the entire outside lane, for that matter- to fall back. I suspected a shootout between Gordon (restarting 3rd) and JJ. The complete opposite came true, as "Smoke" held his own on the right of Johnson, swiping the lead coming out of turn 4 with 2 to go, never to look back.
The championship picture is now totally different, as Carl Edwards holds a 8-point lead over Stewart with 3 races left. Kevin Harvick, in 3rd, is now 21 back, with Brad Keselowski only 6 behind him. Personally, I think this championship is Carl's to lose, as he runs well at Texas, dominates at Phoenix, and pulls of top 3 finishes year after year at Homestead. But it's never over 'till it's over, and I doubt that Stewart's championship bid is over.
I did extremely well in my NASCAR Fantasy Live teams, winning all three. And not by a close margin, either. Add all three margins of victory up and you'll come up with a whopping 223 points. I scored 354.5 points in one, 388.5 in another, and 365.5 in the last. For those of you who do play that game, you know how many points that is. A lot.
Now, here's an update of my Chase picks. BTW, a plus sign and number by the driver's name means that that certain driver is however many positions up in the real standings from where I predicted him to be in mine. A minus sign means the same thing, just that the driver is worse than I expected him to be. A zero in parentheses means the driver is right where I predicted him to be. Remember, these will change weekly:
Wow. I'm pretty bad at that. LOL, I'm waaaaay off.
(Sorry for posting this so short and in poor grammar and stuff, but my grandparents from Kansas will be here any minute now and I have to finish up.) Anyways, post your thoughts, opinions, and anything else in the comments below!!!