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Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:23 am

Too bad he ran out of gas I was going to win next time good luck Tony and RYAN

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Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:34 am

That new low-gas diet needs some does that #### lead foot of his.

Disappointing as all get out but all ya can do is laugh, I guess. At least we know the car was fast, he got up into the top-ten in spite of having the fender knocked in when he and Blaney got together. I love Dave Blaney and it wasn't his fault anyway so I'm not gonna throw him under the bus like I'm sure other folks will, but it's too bad to see guys' days ruined on pit road. It's also pretty dangerous with all the crew guys out there.

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Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:43 am

"Disappointing" is right :!: They rolled the dice on fuel and came up snake-eyes. :( The speeding penalty didn't help either.

Found this on NASCAR.COM this morning:

Stewart, team devastated by Texas fuel shortage

After early crash, in a position to win until speeding penalty changed everything

By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM
April 10, 2011 2:28 AM, EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tony Stewart's crew chief, Darian Grubb, succinctly summed up the emotion surrounding his Stewart-Haas Racing crew Saturday night in the aftermath of the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The garage was dark and the mood around Stewart's hauler was blacker as his men digested taking the white flag in third and finishing 12th, when the No. 14 ran out of fuel on the last lap of the 1.5-mile track.

"It kinda sucked," Grubb said outside his transporter, which the crew had almost finished loading less than half an hour after the checkered flag.

Grubb chuckled as he said it, but considering he had just come out of a debrief session with his owner/driver, in which they assessed a potential winning strategy blown apart by a pit road speeding penalty; and then running out of fuel on the verge of saving the night -- that Grubb would even speak was commendable.

"Highs and lows," Grubb said with a shake of his head as he recalled the race's final sequence, in which Stewart led twice for 12 laps in the final 90 circuits. "We basically had to take the hands that were dealt to us and try to be the ones that could make it [on fuel].

"And we could have. I think we had a 15-second lead and we might have been able to pedal it and save some fuel."

Stewart and Kurt Busch got in a position where they were slightly off-sequence with the rest of the lead group, which included dominant winner Matt Kenseth, runner-up Clint Bowyer and third-place Carl Edwards.

Busch made his penultimate stop on Lap 271 and Stewart came to pit road at Lap 276, with 58 to go. But Stewart broke the speed limit entering the service alley for what he planned as his final stop.

"More times than not, the fastest car ends up winning, and I thought that happened [Saturday night]," Kenseth said of Stewart's gambit. "I was real worried about Tony's deal -- of course, I worry about everything."

Kenseth could have saved his sweat.

"Instead, we got that [speeding] penalty and we just had to go, go, go instead of saving everything we could get," Grubb said. "I absolutely knew we were gonna be that close [to running out], and there absolutely was no way that he could save any fuel. After we got that penalty we just had to go and try to get every position we could get, and just hope for the best."

Even with coasting across the line, after losing nine positions on the last lap, Stewart finished 12th and unofficially moved up to 10th in the Sprint Cup drivers' points.

"You know, it took almost the whole race to crack the top 10, so to be in the position we were in there at the end, I guess is a good thing," Stewart said several hours after the race in a team release. "But when you're in that position and you can't capitalize, it's pretty frustrating. Speeding on pit road didn't exactly help the cause, either."

But it left Grubb and his men -- not to mention Stewart -- wondering what could have been after a gutsy comeback from a lap down, in which Stewart ran in the top 15 for the entire second half of the race.

"We know exactly what zone we got caught in for speeding," Grubb said, but dismissed the thought that Stewart might have been 'playing' the speed zones trying to gain an advantage. "You can't play with that zone -- we were speeding."

Stewart had cycled through that pit sequence just outside the top 10, but he immediately had to hit pit road for a pass-through penalty, and when he did that -- after apologizing to his crew on the radio and admitting that he had sped -- he fell well back in the field.

But "quit" wasn't in the cards for Stewart-Haas on this night -- although Stewart did decline to come out of his hauler to speak with the media.

"We had a crashed race car after our first pit stop and the guys didn't give up -- we came in and worked on it two or three times," Grubb said. "We got stuck in the pits between [A.J. Allmendinger] and [Marcos Ambrose] and it was just really a hard day -- but we kept fighting.

"We ended up staying out one time, trying to get into our fuel window and ended up going a lap down with that run, but the [free pass] came and that was awesome for us -- that put us in sequence to do what we needed to do to try to win the race; and it just ended up not working out for us."

But Grubb said the Texas race was a microcosm of what his SHR team was all about. Stewart led the points after the third race of the season, but had slipped back to 11th after Martinsville.

"We will absolutely go to Talladega [next week] with our heads up," Grubb said. "We've been doing it for a couple weeks now, and we'll keep doing it and keep fighting and trying to get better."

Re: too bad

Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:04 pm

I watched the race after work. He had a winning stratergy but he used his right foot too much. Ugh at least he moved up in points.

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Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:41 pm

Didn't matter whether he used his right foot or not,they needed a caution desperately to catch the two leaders.Don't know what it is about the Roush cars,but they always seem to run good there.Least yet another differant winner and Kenseth needed it as bad as we do right now.

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Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:28 pm

This is getting old. Tony's head doesn't seem to be in the game lately. Too many mistakes by a guy who really doesn't make that many.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:08 am

The speeding penality can be put solely on Tony. The fuel issue was most likely Darian's call when to make the last pit stop. Then there is the question if the fuel man got the car completely full during that stop.

My point is that it is a "team" sport.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:25 am

osoblu wrote:This is getting old. Tony's head doesn't seem to be in the game lately. Too many mistakes by a guy who really doesn't make that many.

he needs to leave JZ somewhere else. i say it is her distracting him.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:45 pm

Things are alot differant when you run your own teams and Tony owns dirt teams as well,maybe he has alot on his plate right now and i agree,it is a team sport and pit row speed can get anyone as well. Dale Earnhardt went through alot of bussiness deals at one time,a couple years there,he wasn't himself,course his Dega wreck didn't help either.Who knows,long as Tony makes the chase and is ready by then,it doesn't really matter to me.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:47 pm

Maybe I'm naive but I think he just got in there too hot. Anybody coulda done it. When he's in the car, he's focused on racing and that's it, or at least that's how I see it.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:55 pm

Too bad I missed the darn race. Got home late Saturday night and tried to find the race Sunday so I can record it only to learn the race had already been run AND Tony sped on pit row AND ran out of gas. Maybe it's a good thing I missed it afterall.

Next time we have a SAT. night race, I wish someone would post it here for those of us who are prematurely getting dementia. What's up Peanuts? You remind us of daily savings time but forget to remind us of a Saturday night race??? Jeesh!!

I guess I could be a grown up and look ahead and post all the Saturday races and bi's in my calendar.

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Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:13 pm

Could always go to the website and click on the appropriate link for Sprint Cup, Nationwide, & Camping World for the next race and time and or practice as well as broadcasting network.

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Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:35 pm

Smoke14TS wrote:Maybe I'm naive but I think he just got in there too hot. Anybody coulda done it. When he's in the car, he's focused on racing and that's it, or at least that's how I see it.

Nope,you aren't naive,Jimmy Johnson did the same thing last weekend and i'm sure it'll happen again to someone else.I'm kinda on the fence about Tony being focused,since i really don't know Tony that well to say,i'll leave it as an assumption.Then again Smoke14TS,yah know what they say about #### u ming.ha! ha! Harvick already has two wins and i believe Tony will also before long.Dale Jr. i'd be happy for just a win,100 and counting.Dam!
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