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Potential Top-10 Derailed in Richmond

Coming off a sixth-place finish last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Tony Stewart was poised to earn his second straight top-10 finish in the rain-postponed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Instead, after positioning his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS in and around the top-10 for all but the last 40 laps of the 400-lap contest around the .75-mile oval, Stewart was left with a disappointing 41st-place finish after tangling with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on lap 360. 

Qualifying for the Richmond 400

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway by setting the third-fastest lap in qualifying for the Richmond 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night. Busch turned a lap of 21.326 seconds at 126.606 mph on the .75-mile oval in the final round of knockout qualifying.

“I think we surprised ourselves a little bit, which is a nice gift,” said Busch, who won at Richmond in September 2005. “The Haas Automation Chevy was on the tight side all three runs. Heck, I ran an extra lap, which was a fourth lap, and that was our 12th timed lap in qualifying here at Richmond. It got us all the way to third. So, a nice pleasant surprise. We need to work on the front to gain grip in race trim as well and go from there. All in all, I’m really pleased with this Friday practice and qualifying.”

Where It All Began

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (April 22, 2015) – Finding success in the ultra-competitive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is hard. Sustaining success is even harder, but it’s something Tony Stewart has done since his rookie year in 1999. For 17 years Stewart has been a fixture in Sprint Cup, amassing three championships, 48 point-paying wins, 182 top-fives and 298 top-10s with 12,767 laps led spread out among 562 starts.

In his rookie season, Stewart quickly advanced from young up-and-comer to NASCAR superstar. It began with a pole in just his eighth career Sprint Cup start in April at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. It grew with a win in the non-points Winston Open in May at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. A near-win in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where Stewart led 118 of 300 laps before a thirsty fuel cell left him 10th, let everyone know that a trip to victory lane in a point-paying race was only a matter of time.

Stewart Snares Sixth at Bristol

The tenaciousness that earned Tony Stewart three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 48 career victories was on display Sunday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. 

Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished a strong sixth in the rain-delayed Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer. It was Stewart’s best finish this season and his 10th top-10 in 31 career Sprint Cup starts at Bristol.

“It was a decent run for us,” Stewart said. “I’m proud of Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and all these guys. We have just been battling and battling. Really proud of them.”

Qualifying for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway by setting the fourth-fastest lap in qualifying for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up To Cancer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday. Harvick turned a lap of 14.966 seconds at 128.211 mph on the .533-mile oval in the final round of knockout qualifying.

“We just got really loose on entry into the corner,” said Harvick, who won at Bristol in March 2005. “We carried that through all three sessions. It was just kind of really had to guard against it all three runs. All in all, the Jimmy John’s/Budweiser team did a great job and it’s still a solid starting spot. We have a lot to work on, but a good starting spot for us.”

More Feast, Less Famine

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 15, 2015) – In his 30 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway dating back to 1999, Tony Stewart has endured a feast-or-famine existence at the half-mile, high-banked oval in eastern Tennessee. 

The feasting has come in the form of a pole, a win, four top-threes, seven top-fives, nine top-10s and a total of 1,355 laps led. The famine has been nine finishes outside the top-25, oftentimes after a dominant run was derailed.

With the aptly-named Food City 500 next up for Stewart and his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, he’s looking to restock the cupboards.

Stewart Finishes 24th at Texas

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 24th in the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Stewart appeared poised for a solid run early in the 334-lap race around the 1.5-mile oval, working his way up to eighth from his 11th-place starting spot within the first 15 laps. A lack of forward drive was the only issue reported by the three-time Sprint Cup champion during the early stages of the race, and he was running lap times comparable to his nearest competitors.

Stewart-Haas Racing - 2015 Texas I Qualifying

Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) drivers Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick qualified 1-2 for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It marked the third time SHR drivers swept the front row for a Sprint Cup race. The last time SHR drivers qualified 1-2 was just two races ago when Busch and Harvick took the front row at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California last month. 

Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for SHR, turned a lap of 27.857 seconds at 193.847 mph on the 1.5-mile oval in the final round of knockout qualifying. It was his 18th career Sprint Cup pole, his second of the season and his first at Texas. It was also the 25th Sprint Cup pole for SHR since its inception in 2009 and the organization’s third of the season. Busch won the pole award at Fontana and Harvick won the pole at Phoenix International Raceway.  

Grip It and Rip It

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 8, 2015) – Tony Stewart has spent the majority of his life behind the wheel of a racecar and has competed in racing’s biggest and most prestigious events, from the Copper World Classic to the Indianapolis 500 to the Daytona 500. Having performed in such storied races, Stewart can appreciate the task at hand for the athletes this weekend who will vie for one of the most prestigious titles in all of sports – Masters Champion. 

Golf’s elite take to the lush greens of Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club where they will demonstrate precision, strength and mental dexterity – qualities shared by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers such as Stewart, who will compete nearly a thousand miles to the west at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. While Stewart’s irons consist of the parts and pieces that make up his No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), he’ll still employ the grip-it-and-rip-it methodology of his golfing counterparts who carry their irons in a bag.

The Best Laid Plans…

Tony Stewart hovered in and around the top-10 throughout much of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. But when a late-race bid for track position didn’t work out as planned, Stewart finished 20th.

The result was not indicative of the effort. Stewart qualified sixth on Friday in his No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), and then Saturday saw two solid practice sessions that had Stewart and his racecar dialed in for 500 laps around Martinsville’s .526-mile oval on Sunday.

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