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Like a Duck to Water

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 1, 2015) – There may be no place on Earth where Tony Stewart is more comfortable than behind the wheel of a racecar. Racing is the thing he’s been doing quite well since he was seven years old. And though Stewart cut his teeth on the open-wheel tracks which hosted sprint cars and midgets, it’s the massive tracks dotting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar that have helped make Stewart a household name that transcends motorsports.

A 48-time race winner in NASCAR’s premiere division, Stewart has won at every type of track the Sprint Cup Series visits. And it’s on some of motorsports’ most renowned stages where Stewart’s star has shown brightest, perhaps no more so than Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, site of Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.

Stewart Earns 12th in Sonoma

Tony Stewart showed strength Sunday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, wheeling his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS from his seventh-place starting spot to as high as second in the Save Mart 350k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race before ultimately finishing 12th. 

Stewart and crew chief Chad Johnston went into the 110-lap race around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course with a deliberate, two-stop strategy which nearly delivered a top-five finish.

Save Mart 350k Qualifying

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Saturday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway by setting the second-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Save Mart 350k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch turned a lap of 74.551 seconds at 96.095 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course in the final qualifying round.

“It’s a nice package that (crew chief) Tony Gibson gave me, and all the guys back at the shop,” said Busch, who won at Sonoma in 2011. “Thanks to them for building this special car for a road-course race. There was a little apprehension coming in because we didn’t have testing sessions or any kind of shakedown sessions. And so, to be outside pole with the Haas Automation Chevy, that’s awesome. That’s what we wanted. And now we’ve got all kinds of strategy plays to figure out to get into race mode. So, we did our job. We’re on the front row.”

A Solstice

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (June 24, 2015) – The start of NASCAR’s “Summer Swing” has always coincided with the first race following the annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway during Memorial Day weekend. The actual start of summer occurs sometime later and is more commonly referenced to as the Summer Solstice. A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice a year when the sun reaches its highest and lowest points. With the solstice serving as the first day of summer, the season officially commenced June 21. 

For Tony Stewart, summertime has historically equated to summer fun with 23 of his 48 career Sprint Cup wins having been scored in June, July and August. That’s seven wins in June, nine in July and seven in August. Driving the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, Stewart goes into the 16th point-paying race of the year aiming to sync the seasonal transition with the evolution of his 2015 season. 

Rain Reigns at Michigan

For the second straight week it was a matter of what you see isn’t necessarily what you get for Tony Stewart.

Despite racing his way into the top-10, the driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) had to settle for a 28th-place finish in the Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Sunday when NASCAR was forced to call the event after just 138 laps due to persistent rain that stopped the race on three separate occasions.

Drivers took the green flag under threatening skies and made it to lap 11 before caution was displayed for the first rain shower of the afternoon. After dropping back a handful of spots at the start due to a loose-handling racecar, Stewart made some adjustments to the Chevy’s track bar and reported to the team that the car’s handling had finally started coming to him right before the caution.

Michigan 400 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Michigan International Speedway by setting the second-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Harvick turned a lap of 35.712 seconds at 201.613 mph on the 2-mile oval in the final qualifying round.

“I don’t know that I got everything out of it, but all the rounds were within seven-hundredths of each other,” said Harvick, who won at Michigan in August 2010. “The guys were doing a great job and Kasey (Kahne, pole winner) just got a little bit better lap there than we did.”

Go Fish

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (June 10, 2015) – Go Fish. It’s a classic childhood card game requiring its participants to collect as many piles of cards as possible to determine a winner. 

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), prefers the more literal sense of the phrase “go fish”. Together with Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor retailer, Stewart is encouraging fans to go fish as he readies for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Stewart Finishes 21st at Pocono

Looks can be deceiving, and that certainly was the case for Tony Stewart in the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

A 21st-place finish masked the actual performance of Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He raced as high as fourth, but an ill-timed caution thwarted his effort.

“I put us in a hole to start the weekend,” said Stewart, referring to his crash on Friday in practice that forced him to a backup racecar. “This whole Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops team dug in, worked hard all weekend and never gave up. I’m really proud of everybody and hate the finish doesn’t reflect that effort.”

Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 Qualifying

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway by winning the pole for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. It was the 26th Sprint Cup pole for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s fourth this season. 

Busch turned a lap of 50.676 seconds at 177.599 mph in the third and final round of knockout qualifying on the 2.5-mile triangle to score his 19th career Sprint Cup pole, his second at Pocono and his third of the season – matching the second-highest pole total of his career. He had three poles in 2011 and his highest season total was six in 2006. 

The Yin to His Yang

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Success breeds nepotism. It’s one of the reasons favorite racetracks garner all of the attention. 

For example, Tony Stewart scored his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway during his rookie season in 1999. It’s a victory that preceded two additional Richmond wins, both during the track’s fall races in 2001 and 2002. As such, it’s been well documented that, as far as beloved racetracks go, Richmond tops the list for Stewart. 

Favorite racetracks always make for a good story – much more so than perhaps a racetrack to which a driver is just plain well-suited. Without much rhyme or reason, some drivers and tracks work well, going together like peas and carrots, fric and frac or yin and yang. It just works.


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