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Michigan Scenery Often Calms Three-Time Champion After Race

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Aug. 22, 2016) – Some people battle insomnia by counting sheep at night while others try counting to 10 to curb their emotion in the heat of an argument. No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS driver Tony Stewart has a unique way to alleviate any frustration he encounters racing on the ultra-fast Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

“As weird is this is going to sound,” Stewart said with a laugh, “that helicopter ride out of the Michigan track to the airport is the one time all season when my head is glued to the window looking out, trying to count how many deer I see on the ride from the racetrack to the airport.”

Broken Wheel Hub Befalls Stewart at Bristol

After enduring a rain delay that turned the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race into a day race on Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart had to endure a broken wheel hub that left him 29 laps down and in 30th-place when the checkered flag dropped.

Stewart and the other drivers who made up the 40-car field were only able to complete 48 laps on Saturday night before rain forced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series officials to postpone the race to Sunday with a scheduled 1 p.m. EDT start. Rain continued, however, pushing the start to just past 4:30 p.m.

Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

 

Date: Aug. 19, 2016

Event: Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Round 23 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval)

Pole Winner: Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing (14.602 seconds at 131.407 mph)

SHR Lineup: Kurt Busch (14th, 14.883 seconds at 128.926 mph)

                            Kevin Harvick (24th, 15.057 seconds at 127.436 mph)

                            Tony Stewart (27th, 15.010 seconds at 127.835 mph)

                            Danica Patrick (29th, 15.032 seconds at 127.648 mph)

 

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway by setting the 14th-fastest lap in qualifying for Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. Busch turned a lap of 14.883 seconds at 128.926 mph on the .533-mile oval in the second round of knockout qualifying.

 

Qualifying consisted of three rounds. The first was 20 minutes, with every driver on the track vying to set the fastest lap. The 24 fastest drivers from the first round advanced to the second, 10-minute round and the fastest 12 drivers from that session advanced to the final, five-minute round where they battled for the pole. Positions 1-12 were set by speeds in the final round. Positions 13-24 were set by speeds in the second round. The remaining 40-car field was set by speeds posted by those who did not advance past the first round.

 

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet SS, qualified 24th with a time of 15.057 seconds at 127.436 mph.

 

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 27th with a time of 15.010 seconds at 127.835 mph.

 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 29th with a time of 15.032 seconds at 127.648 mph.

 

Carl Edwards led the final round of knockout qualifying by taking the pole with a lap of 14.602 seconds at 131.407 mph. It was his 21st career Sprint Cup pole, his second straight at Bristol and his fourth at the Tennessee track. It was also Edward’s fifth Sprint Cup pole this season.

 

Denny Hamlin will start on the outside of row one after clocking in at 14.625 seconds with a speed of 131.200 mph. Hamlin also set a new track record in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 14.573 seconds at 131.668 mph, breaking his own mark of 14.602 seconds at 131.407 mph set on Aug. 21, 2015.

 

The 10 other drivers who made it to the final round of qualifying were Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Chris Buescher. All are listed in the order they will start the race.

 

The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race gets underway at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday with live coverage provided by NBCSN. 

 

-SHR-

Tony Stewart Fifth in Watkins Glen Finale

Tony Stewart did the racing equivalent of the microphone drop Sunday as he walked off the stage at Watkins Glen International with a fifth-place finish in his 16th and final race at the New York road course.

The No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet driver for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) used the perfect fuel strategy and survived some wild racing in the closing laps of the Cheez-It 355k at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355k at The Glen

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Saturday at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International by setting the third-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355k at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Stewart turned a lap of 69.902 seconds at 126.177 mph on the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course in the final qualifying round.

Qualifying consisted of two rounds. The first was 25 minutes, with every driver on the track vying to set the fastest lap. The fastest 12 drivers from that session advanced to the final, 10-minute round of qualifying where they battled for the pole. Positions 1-12 were set by speeds in the final round. The remaining 40-car field was set by speeds posted by those who did not advance past the first round.

Ready for The Glen’s Repave

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, (Aug. 2, 2016) – No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart has done just about everything there is to do in motorsports. He’s won three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, raced in nearly every open-wheel series in America, and has presided as a championship team owner and as a top-notch track owner. This weekend at Watkins (N.Y.) Glen International, he’ll face something he’s never encountered in 40 plus years of racing.

“I’ve never been to a road course that has been repaved,” Stewart said. “So it’s a first time for me.

Stewart is referring to the $12 million offseason repaving project of the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen road course unveiled to some drivers at a Goodyear tire test last week. In addition to the resurfacing of the racetrack, workers also poured new concrete on pit road, completed electrical work, installed concrete rumble strips in the turns, and finished grading and grassing along the track’s perimeter.

Tony Stewart Fifth At Pocono

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished fifth in Monday’s rain-delayed and rain-shortened Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway – an event that was neither easy nor quick.

After rain cancelled all activity for Sunday’s planned race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned Monday to an even bleaker weather forecast with heavy rain invading the Pennsylvania mountains. But the race ran with the 40 drivers battling drizzle, wind and fog before heavy rainstorms arrived in the afternoon to finally end racing.

Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400

Date: July 29, 2016

Event: Qualifying for the Pennsylvania 400 (Round 21 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)

Pole Winner: Martin Truex Jr. (50.211 seconds at 179.244 mph)

SHR Lineup: Tony Stewart (6th, 50.450 seconds at 178.394 mph)

                  Kurt Busch (15th, 50.795 seconds at 177.183 mph)

                  Kevin Harvick (17th, 50.851 seconds at 176.988 mph)

                  Danica Patrick (26th, 51.310 seconds at 175.404 mph)

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway by setting the sixth-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Stewart turned a lap of 50.450 seconds at 178.394 mph on the 2.5-mile triangle in the final qualifying round.

Qualifying consisted of three rounds. The first was 20 minutes, with every driver on the track vying to set the fastest lap. The 24 fastest drivers from the first round advanced to the second, 10-minute round and the fastest 12 drivers from that session advanced to the final, five-minute round where they battled for the pole. Positions 1-12 were set by speeds in the final round. Positions 13-24 were set by speeds in the second round. The remaining 40-car field was set by speeds posted by those who did not advance past the first round.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 15th with a time of 50.795 seconds at 177.183 mph.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, qualified 17th with a time of 50.851 seconds at 176.988 mph.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, qualified 26th with a time of 51.310 seconds at 175.404 mph.

Martin Truex Jr. led the final round of knockout qualifying by taking the pole with a lap of 50.211 seconds at 179.244 mph. It was his 10th career Sprint Cup pole, his first at Pocono and his third of the season.

Carl Edwards will start on the outside of row one after clocking in at 50.315 seconds at 178.873 mph.

The 10 other drivers who made it to the final round of qualifying were Paul Menard, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. All are listed in the order they’ll start the race.

The Pennsylvania 400 gets underway at 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday with live coverage provided by NBCSN.  

-SHR-

Mike Bugarewicz: One of the Keys to Tony Stewart’s Success

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 26, 2016) – Many factors contribute to Tony Stewart’s recent success. Excellent engines, cars, crew, fast pit stops and historic driving talent have propelled the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to be the third-highest scoring team in the last five races and have turned it into a real contender to win NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs as the regular season continues with Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Perhaps the leading factor in the three-time champion’s recent resurgence is the rookie crew chief with the really difficult-to-pronounce last name. Pennsylvanian Mike Bugarewicz (Bug-ARE-avich) was an unknown to most NASCAR fans at the beginning of the season, when SHR announced he would lead the No. 14 team in Stewart’s final season in NASCAR, then prepare for the arrival of Clint Bowyer in 2017.

Tony Stewart 11th in His Final Brickyard 400

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), hoped for better than an 11th-place finish Sunday afternoon in his 18th and final Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But as dusk set, Stewart walked out of the racetrack he’s revered since childhood smiling like he’d won the race. 

The three-day race weekend in his home state of Indiana was a celebration of the Columbus native’s career, capped by a post-race lap around the 2.5-mile track driving side-by-side with Jeff Gordon.

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