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Strong Start for Stewart at Brickyard

The 22nd annual Jeff Kyle Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway started strong for native son Tony Stewart, and it stayed strong for much of the 164-lap race around the 2.5-mile oval. But after qualifying fourth on Saturday and running as high as second in the race on Sunday, a bid to stay out on race-worn tires with less than 40 laps remaining upended Stewart’s strategy and left him with a 28th-place finish.

It was a bitter outcome on what was shaping up to be a welcome homecoming for Stewart, who grew up 45 minutes away from the track in the towns of Columbus and Rushville, Indiana.

Qualifying for the 22nd Annual Jeff Kyle Brickyard 400

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by setting the fourth-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s 22nd annual Jeff Kyle Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Stewart turned a lap of 49.228 seconds at 182.823 mph on the 2.5-mile oval in the final round of qualifying to earn his best starting spot this season.

“I’m excited about being in the top two rows for Sunday,” said Stewart, a two-time Brickyard 400 winner (2005 and 2007) and former Brickyard 400 pole winner (2002) who hails from nearby Columbus, Indiana. “It’s the way you want to start the weekend, for sure. To have two good runs in qualifying and get a decent starting spot – that’s definitely what we were looking for today." 

Hoosier Returns to Home Track

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 21, 2015) – Many years have passed since Tony Stewart was a youngster growing up in Indiana, working his way up auto racing’s hierarchical ladder and dreaming of the day he would race across the famed yard of bricks that make up the start-finish line at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

More than 30 years later, it’s a dream that has been realized many times over – first in 1996 as an IndyCar Series rookie competing in the Indianapolis 500, then as a NASCAR superstar celebrating Brickyard 400 wins in 2005 and 2007. Stewart’s Indianapolis exploits helped make him a racing champion and played a large part transforming him into a household name. 

Stewart Grinds Out Top-20 at New Hampshire

Tony Stewart put forth a workmanlike performance Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to finish 20th in the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Stewart started the 301-lap race around the 1.058-mile oval from 25th in the 43-car field. His No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS was good off the track’s long, flat corners, but it struggled through the center of the corners. 

New Hampshire 301 Qualifying

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon by setting the sixth-fastest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch turned a lap of 28.298 seconds at 134.596 mph on the 1.058-mile oval in the final qualifying round.

“It was a good qualifying session. We advanced to each of the rounds and to make adjustments, we did exactly what we needed to do,” said Busch, who is a three-time Sprint Cup winner at New Hampshire (July 2004, September 2004 and June 2008). “That last run, we had the Haas Automation Chevrolet right on the edge with the front tires and the rear tires. I’d hoped to pick up a little bit on that second lap, but we lost six-hundredths of a second. If we could’ve gained those six hundredths, we’d be starting fourth. It’s tight.”

It’s Good To Be Good

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 13, 2015) – Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), knows all too well the importance of luck in racing. He has seen his luck turn seemingly sure things into misfortune and promise into vindication. After 17 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Stewart has seen it all.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon has placed Stewart at both ends of luck’s spectrum – from losing a race in September 2010 that he had thoroughly dominated until his fuel cell ran dry on the final lap, to winning the very same race a year later by leading the final two laps after the previous leader ran out fuel. These two examples give credence to the notion that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

No Turn Was No Go for Stewart Saturday Night

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 33rd in the Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. A tight-handling racecar that would not turn in the corners proved to be more than the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion could overcome.

The Kentucky 400 served as the debut for an updated rules package which reduced aerodynamic downforce. However, a planned open test session on Wednesday was scuttled by rain and postponed to Thursday only for rain to cancel it again. That left teams with just a pair of practice sessions on Friday to acclimate themselves to the new package, which consisted of a 3.5-inch rear spoiler, a 25-inch radiator pan and a splitter overhang 1.75 inches less than before.      

Qualifying for the Kentucky 400

Rain canceled Friday’s qualifying session for the Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. As a result, the 43-car field for Saturday night’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. 

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will start 13th. Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 15thTony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 22nd. Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 23rd

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 7, 2015) – Northern Kentucky is, in all likelihood, not the setting William Shakespeare had in mind when penning his classic, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Intent aside, this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta is replete with Shakespearean implications.  

At the heart of the wildly popular “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the illusion of a dualistic world, which has served a healthy dose of frustration for those attempting to analyze the meaning behind Shakespeare’s words. 

Plan Almost Comes Together for Stewart at Daytona

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished 14th in the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Persistent showers dampened the 2.5-mile superspeedway, pushing the race into the night by more than three hours. When the race finally did start at almost midnight, Stewart and Co. took a conservative approach to the annual Fourth of July contest.

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