Friday, June 30, 2006

Who is the Real "Road Course King?"

Mechanical problems and temper over a pit lane speeding penalty kept us from seeing Tony Stewart at his road-course best last Sunday, at Sears Point (Infineon) but, that’s okay, now. The Daytona road course hosted its first IROC race in 28 years and Smoke dominated. He dominated over such road course aces as 2005 Rolex Grand Am champion Max “The Axe” Angelino, and “Mad” Max Papas, the 2003 Rolex Grand Am champion.

The IROC race was a true test of driving skill, as the cars are all identical, with identical set-ups, leaving the ability to win to the skill of the driver. Stewart drove deeper into the turns than anyone else, accelerated faster out of the turns faster, than anyone else, and showed off his skill and experience at restarts, driving away from the field. He won after being in race cars the entire day, practicing the number 33 KHI car for Friday’s NBS race, and the number 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car for Saturday’s Cup race at the Daytona superspeedway. He must have been tired, but that didn’t seem to hamper him for the physically demanding road race.
It was Stewart’s second win in this year’s IROC series, putting him ahead in points by a mere 15 points over second place Matt Kenseth in the four race series. Way to go, Smoke!

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