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Stewart Scores Top-15 at Dover

Tony Stewart turned in a solid performance in Sunday’s AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway by finishing 14th  in his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). It was his 12th top-15 result of the 2014 season.

Stewart started the race from 15th in the 43-car field and noted early on in the race that while the car was handling tight in the center of the turns, it was better upon exit. The Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops machine had decent balance around the 1-mile, concrete oval, and it allowed Stewart to make steady progress, as he climbed to 12th place within the first 50 laps. 

 

AAA 400 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway by winning the pole for the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. It was the 21st Sprint Cup pole for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s eighth this season.

Harvick turned a lap of 22.095 seconds at162.933 mph on the 1-mile, concrete-oval to score his 13th career Sprint Cup pole, his series-high seventh of the season and his first at Dover. Prior to this year, the most poles Harvick ever won in a single season were two in 2005.

 

Rocky Run for Stewart in Granite State

Tony Stewart endured an uncharacteristic outing Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, finishing 30th in the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), experienced an off weekend at the 1.058-mile oval. He qualified 28th on Friday, endured a spin in final practice on Saturday and struggled with an ill-handling racecar throughout Sunday. 

 

Sylvania 300 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon by setting the third-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Harvick turned a lap of 27.193 seconds at 140.065 mph on the 1.058-mile oval in the final qualifying round.

“Those were huge improvements for our Budweiser team from what we had in practice, and I feel like it gave us a good direction for race trim,” said Harvick, who won at New Hampshire in September 2006. “I’m just real proud of everybody on our Budweiser team and I’m proud to be driving the Designate a Driver car this weekend. It sends a great message to everybody to drink responsibly. Have a good time, but have a plan to drink responsibly as you go out.”

 

Stewart Earns Top-20 at Chicagoland

Tony Stewart’s 18th-place finish in the MyAFibStory.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, was far from the result usually earned by the driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).

In his12 previous Sprint Cup starts at Chicagoland, Stewart secured a series-best average finish of 8.5. On only two occasions had Stewart finished outside the top-10 at the 1.5-mile oval (2001 and 2006).

 

MyAFibStory.com 400 Qualifying

Rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session for the MyAFibStory.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. As a result, the 43-car field for Sunday’s 267-lap event around the 1.5-mile oval was set by taking the fastest lap each driver posted during Friday’s practice session, per the NASCAR rulebook.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will start 12th. Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for SHR, will start 14th. Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 18th. Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 22nd.

 

Solid Run for Stewart at Richmond

Tony Stewart had a silent but strong run in the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raceSaturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) started 19thand worked his way into the top-10 by lap 310 of the 400-lap race. But a pit road miscue during a caution period on lap 331 derailed Stewart’s top-10 effort. A missing lugnut on the left-rear tire meant that Stewart had to return to pit road on the following lap to have the lugnut installed. Instead of restarting among the top-10, Stewart restarted in 15th.

With plenty of traffic in front of him and too many laps behind him, Stewart had little time to make up the lost ground with only 64 laps remaining. He held steady in 15th, earning his 11th top-15 finish of the season.

 

Federated Auto Parts 400 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway by setting the fourth-fastest lap in qualifying for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Harvick turned a lap of21.453 seconds at 125.857 mph on the .75-mile oval.

“It doesn’t drive very well, but it drives – I guess as good as anybody’s,” said Harvick, who has three Sprint Cup wins at Richmond (September 2006, September 2011 and April 2013). “The Budweiser team has done a great job and we just have to put it all together.”

 

Stewart’s Strong Start Ends Early at Atlanta

Tony Stewart had a strong start Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, but it was an early, 41st-place finish for the driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).

A flat right-front tire on lap 171 around the 1.54-mile oval sent Stewart into the turn-two wall. The right side of the No. 14 machine scraped along the SAFER Barrier and then moments later, the tire shredded, ripping apart sheetmetal and suspension components.

 

Oral-B USA 500 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway by winning the pole for Sunday’s Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was the 20th Sprint Cup pole for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s seventh this season.

Harvick turned a lap of 29.118 seconds at 190.398 mph on the 1.54-mile oval to score his 12th career Sprint Cup pole, his sixth of the season and his first at Atlanta. It was also Harvick’s second consecutive pole, as he claimed the top spot in qualifying last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Prior to this year, the most poles Harvick ever won in a single season were two in 2005.

 

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