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Driver Finishes Fourth, Owner Wins at Indy

Tony Stewart the driver finished fourth in the 20th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart the owner won.

Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, started fifth and finished fourth to earn his seventh top-five and 11th top-10 in 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. It was also his fifth top-five and seventh top-10 this season.

 

Qualifying for the 20th Annual Brickyard 400

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans/Smurfs 2 Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by capturing the pole for the 20th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday.

Newman turned a lap of 47.992 seconds at 187.531 mph on the 2.5-mile oval, breaking the previous Sprint Cup track qualifying record of 48.311 seconds at 186.293 mph set by Casey Mears on Aug. 7, 2004. This is Newman’s 50thcareer pole, his first of the season and his first at Indianapolis. Newman is the ninth driver in Sprint Cup history to earn at least 50 poles.

 

‘Brick’-a-Brac

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 25, 2013) – Racecar drivers collect numerous mementos during the course of their respective careers, from helmets and firesuits to chunks of asphalt and steering wheels, and when they reach the end of their careers – rocking chairs. But of all the knickknacks drivers pick up as they rise from upstart rookie to cagey veteran, ones from the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway are perhaps the most coveted.

That the speedway recently celebrated its centennial era has much to do with drivers’ reverence for the 2.5-mile oval. It’s been hosting automobile races since 1909, and not just any race, but the Indianapolis 500. And because of its archaic – at least in racing terms – lineage, parts of Indy’s surface, namely the frontstretch, remained clad in bricks until 1961 when asphalt was spread across all but a three-foot strip at the track’s start/finish line. Hence, it’s nickname – the Brickyard – and why so many drivers’ bric-a-brac collections contain an old brick from the Wabash Clay Company, the Veedersburg, Ind.-based company that supplied nearly all those “Culver Blocks” on which legends tread.

 

Fuel Hampers Stewart’s Run at New Hampshire

Tony Stewart was poised to earn another strong result Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon when the driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS lined up in second place for a green-white-checkered finish in the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. 

Even if Stewart, already a three-time Sprint Cup race winner at New Hampshire (July 2000, July 2005 and September 2011), couldn’t beat race-leader Brian Vickers for the victory, he appeared ready to hold off third-place Kyle Busch.

 

Camping World RV Sales 301 Qualifying

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 WIX Filters Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon by qualifying 16th for the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Newman turned a lap of 28.245 seconds at 134.849 mph on the 1.058-mile oval.

“That was a pretty good effort,” said Newman, who has three Sprint Cup wins at New Hampshire (September 2002, September 2005 and July 2011). “The second lap was better than the first. The car was a lot better than we practiced, I can tell you that. We spent first practice working on qualifying runs, so the guys will change our WIX Filters Chevrolet over to race trim tonight and we’ll work on race runs in tomorrow’s practice sessions.”

 

Back In Black

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Tony Stewart is back in black. The No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS he drives for Stewart-Haas Racing is all black for this weekend’s Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

It’s a fitting paint scheme since Stewart is often lights out in Loudon. And the mood of Stewart’s competitors typically darkens whenever the three-time Sprint Cup champion walks into the Granite State’s garage area.

 

Stewart Second in Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

Tony Stewart drove his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet SS to a strong second-place finish in the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Stewart came into the event as the four-time and defending race winner. A fifth Coke Zero 400 win would’ve tied Stewart with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson. Stewart came up .107 of a second short to race winner Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish.

 

Qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway by qualifying 11th for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night. Patrick turned a lap of 46.649 seconds at 192.930 mph around the 2.5-mile oval. 

“It wasn’t the pole, but it gives us a decent starting spot,” said Patrick, who finished eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500 after starting from the pole. “We found some ways to get the GoDaddy Chevy better in practice yesterday and that should help us in the race.” 

 

The Mighty Ducks 2.0

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 3, 2013) – “Have you ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It’s beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever see a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I’m proud to be a Duck, and I’d be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who’s a Duck?” 

Emilio Estevez’s character Gordon Bombay delivered that speech in the popular 1992 sports comedy “The Mighty Ducks” in an attempt to encourage his team of young players to exercise a little teamwork, similar in style to a flock of ducks working in tandem to achieve a common goal. The result was a victory in the state championship match against the film’s antagonist team, the Hawks. The message was the modern equivalent of Greek philosopher Aristotle’s famous missive that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

 

Stewart Finishes 20th at Kentucky

Tony Stewart started 25th and finished 20th in the Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. 

While it wasn’t a finish to be remembered, Stewart had to work all day for it after waiting all night, as the race was postponed from Saturday night due to rain.

His No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) was either too loose or too tight during the 267-lap race around the incredibly bumpy 1.5-mile oval. Nonetheless, Stewart climbed as high as fourth by lap 84 thanks to tenacious driving and savvy pit calls by crew chief Steve Addington. 

 

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