I think they need to rename Kentucky Speedway Kautiontucky Speedway. Okay, I admit I can’t take total credit for that- Misty thought of something similar towards the end of the race and posted it on her Facebook. It made me chuckle. Considering that the surface was new at Kentucky , there had been a lot of rain, limited practice, and that the tire compounds were hard- the amount of cautions probably couldn’t be prevented.
Towards the middle of the race the team opted for a four-tire pit stop to do some adjustments- unfortunately during this stop there was also a miscue as Tony didn’t realize the team was stopping for four tires and nearly left when they dropped him off the jack the first time. Tony came back out in the 24th I think at this point according to my notes. However thanks to his driving and other pits stops and cautions Tony was able to work his way up to 12th by the 60 laps to go mark. It was after his last pit stop that the team began urging Tony to save fuel and he even dropped down to 14th at this point.
I think I was holding my breath for the last 15 laps or so as I hoped against hope that Tony wouldn’t run out of fuel- and luckily for us he didn’t- and ended up with a top 5 finish.
Race winner was Brad Keselowski again- who know has 4 wins this season.
The race at Kentucky speed way was was an awesome points day that saw Tony Stewart and team 14 widening the gap between 30th and 31st place- which is exactly what we want to see (that gap,by the way, is now 31 points). And it earned him a new statistic- Tony now has a top 5 finish at ever track of the current circuit of tracks! Another stat to add to an already impressive stat-filled career.
Stewart-Haas Racing team mate Kurt Busch finished 4th after starting at the rear of the field for being forced into a back up car after a practice crash, while Kevin Harvick finished in 9th and Danica finished in 17th.
The Gratuitous Tony Stewart Pictures:
All smiles at Kentucky: