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.