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Stewart Rallies to 11th at Kentucky

Tony Stewart used all 267 laps in Saturday night’s Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta to rally his way to a solid 11th-place finish.

Despite qualifying 13th, Stewart had to relinquish that spot when his team was forced to change the transmission of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet SS prior to the race. NASCAR rules dictate that if such a change is made, the driver must start the race at the rear of the field. While Stewart was credited with a 13th-place starting spot, his real-world starting spot was 42nd.

When the green flag waved, Stewart began making immediate progress. After just 10 laps around the bumpy, 1.5-mile oval, he was 27th

 

Kentucky 400 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta by setting the fifth-fastest lap in qualifying for the Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night. Harvick turned a lap of 29.016 seconds at 186.104 mph on the 1.5-mile oval.

“We kind of battled, and I think everybody has battled because this is just a tough racetrack to get a hold of,” said Harvick, who has one top-10 finish in three Sprint Cup starts at Kentucky. “We didn’t have a great first run, but we made it better every run and wound up with a top-five start. That’s a great improvement for our Budweiser team.” 

 

White Flag, Next Time By

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (June 25, 2014) – Leading during the closing laps of a race can be both a thrilling and anxiety-inducing experience. Drivers go through their mental checklists, making sure to hit their marks, and doing what they can to protect the lead while the team relays such pertinent information as “white flag, next time by” and “checkered flag, this time”. It’s all music to the ears of the potential victor. 

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has heard that music often. Forty-eight times, in fact, in the elite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a career that now spans 16 years.

Stewart’s proficiency at closing the deal is evidenced by this fact: he has owned the lead when taking the white flag for all but two of his 48 career wins. 

 

Stewart Finishes 19th at Sonoma

After starting 21st and falling to 25th after lap one of the 110-lap SaveMart 350k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, Tony Stewart quickly regrouped. With the opening-lap jousting over as the field became more strung out, Stewart set his sights on expertly navigating the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course in California’s wine country.

Stewart wheeled his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS to 14th just past the race’s halfway mark and continued to climb as the race neared its end. With less than 25 laps to go, Stewart was sixth, and thanks to a lap-72 pit stop, was one of only a few drivers who could make it to the finish without pitting.

 

SaveMart 350k Qualifying

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Saturday at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway by qualifying fifth for the SaveMart 350k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Busch turned a lap of 74.856 seconds at 95.704 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course.

“It was a good lap for the Haas Automation Chevrolet,” said Busch, who won at Sonoma in 2011. “We prepared well for this race with a couple of test sessions and executed a good practice run yesterday. The lap time we ran put us P1 in the first practice. We knew we needed to gain a little more and today we got beat by a couple of guys that laid down really good laps.”

 

Control

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (June 18, 2014) – “This is a story about control, my control. Control of what I say, control of what I do.”

That’s the opening monologue for the title track on pop icon Janet Jackson’s third album, “Control.” The independence-claiming anthem was released in 1986 and served as the vehicle for Jackson’s not-so subtle missive that she was taking charge of her life and career. 

Although it was nearly 30 years ago when “Control” hit the airwaves, it’s possible Jackson was channeling her inner Tony Stewart.

Control is an instrument Stewart has successfully applied throughout his racing career, parlaying it into three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 48 career wins. And come Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, Stewart seeks to control his chance to earn a fourth series title by winning his first race of the season, his third at Sonoma and his eighth on a road course.

 

Stewart Battles Back to 11th at Michigan

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 11th in the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

While it wasn’t a win, it was another week of marked improvement. The team has advanced from 22nd in points to 16th in the span of four races.

 

Quicken Loans 400 Qualifying

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn by winning the pole for the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Harvick turned a lap of 35.198 seconds at 204.557 mph around the 2-mile oval to set a new track record.

Harvick’s pole speed, the fastest qualifying lap ever at a non-restrictor plate track, broke the previous Sprint Cup track qualifying record of 35.303 seconds at 203.949 mph set by Joey Logano on Aug. 16, 2013.

 

Nature vs. Nurture

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (June 11, 2014) – Tony Stewart knew from a very young age he wanted to drive racecars. Whether it was an innate yearning or an interest fostered through the support of his parents is a classic nature versus nurture debate best left to the humanities experts. All that mattered is a young Stewart enjoyed the thrill of competition and felt the need for speed.  

That thirst for speed will be quenched this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, site of the Quicken Loans 400. In his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, Stewart will turn laps around the 2-mile oval in excess of 200 mph.

 

Stewart Finishes 13th at Pocono

Tony Stewart looked to be the driver to beat in the Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, leading early and often. A pit road speeding penalty proved too costly to overcome for the driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), but despite the setback, he was able to rally for a 13th-place finish at the aptly named “Tricky Triangle. 

“It was 100 percent driver error,” said Stewart, a two-time Sprint Cup winner at Pocono (June 2003 and June 2009). “I don’t know how I got through the (dashboard) lights like I did, but I got to where I blew through all the lights and didn’t have any on the (tachometer) so I had no clue that I was over it. I gave my guys grief last week with a sixth-place run when I thought we should have run in the top-three. Then I threw it away this week. We had an awesome Mobil 1 Chevy all day, all from Friday through Sunday, so it was a great race. The driver just screwed it up this week.”

 

Pocono 400 Qualifying

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway by setting the second-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch turned a lap of 29.612 seconds at 181.408 mph around the 2.5-mile triangle.

 “We came here with a new approach and to try to get out front to settle into the race track a little better,” said Busch, a two-time Sprint Cup winner at Pocono (July 2005 and August 2007). “And this track can lead into finding some comfort with how smooth it is from the repave. I was really surprised that we had the speed for the pole today with our Haas Automation Chevy on just our first attempt at trying something a little different. So, it’s great to cash in.”

 

“It’s Good For You”

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (June 4, 2014) – Brussels sprouts rarely make an appearance on anyone’s list of favorite foods. And why would they? They’re a leafy, green vegetable that, depending on how they’re prepared, can have a questionable texture and bitter taste. Yet, they’re packed with nutrients, including anticancer properties, earning them “it’s good for you” status from generations of moms.

Like Brussels sprouts, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway rarely ranks at the top of a driver’s list of favorite tracks. However, it is a venue that has an “it’s good for you” effect for a handful of drivers who have mastered the track’s distinctive design.

 

Stewart Scores Top-10 at Dover

Tony Stewart finished seventh in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway to nab his fifth top-10 this season and his 17th top-10 in 30 career Sprint Cup starts at Dover.

Stewart came into the 400-lap race around the 1-mile, concrete oval as the defending winner, as he beat Juan Pablo Montoya by .788 of a second to score his 48th career Sprint Cup victory in last year’s race. That was also the most recent win for Stewart, and it came in his No. 14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).

 
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