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Stewart To Drive No. 14 Mobil 1/Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet at Indy

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 18, 2016) – Tony Stewart’s 2016 NASCAR swan song has already given motorsports fans the indelible memory of a last-corner pass at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in June that preceded one of the more emotional victory lane celebrations of the season. 

It was a victory that likely earned the 49-time winner a place in NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs and, given recent success and his historic prowess in Chase races, the three-time champion will likely add to his career highlight reel this summer and fall.

Stewart Has Wicked Good Run at New Hampshire

Tony Stewart had a wicked good run Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wheeling his No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a second-place finish in the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Stewart’s third top-five result this season and his 15th top-five in 34 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Stewart made the most of three restarts that took place during the race’s final 33 laps, driving from ninth to second and finishing 1.982 seconds behind race winner Matt Kenseth.

Haas Automation To Sponsor No. 14 Chevrolet At New Hampshire

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, (July 12, 2016) – Gene Haas has a present for fellow Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) co-owner Tony Stewart this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

The gray-and-red paint scheme of Haas Automation, the largest CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine tool builder in North America, will adorn the three-time champion’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Tony Stewart Fifth At Kentucky

Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Driver Makes 600th Sprint Cup Start
Date: July 9, 2016
Event: Kentucky 400 (Round 18 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (1.5-mile oval)
Start/Finish: 22nd/5th (Running, completed 267/267 laps)
Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
 
Tony Stewart could not have said goodbye to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta in a much better way than he did Saturday night when he drove the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
 

In his final year as a NASCAR driver and on the night he made his 600th career Cup start, the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team asked the three-time champion to use every bit of his driving talent to stretch fuel mileage on the final green-flag stint.

 

The strategy enabled Stewart to move from 12th place with 60 laps to go to fifth place on the final lap.

 

“I’d love to know how much fuel we have left in our car,” laughed Stewart as he talked with crew chief Mike Bugarewicz about the closing laps.

 

The fifth-place finish keeps Stewart 30th in the driver standings, but he now owns a 31-point lead over 31st-place Brian Scott. If Stewart can remain in the top-30 through the 26th race of the season, he will secure his spot in the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff by virtue of his June victory at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.

 

Stewart started 22nd Saturday after rain cancelled qualifying on Friday and NASCAR set the starting order based on points. New pavement made racing treacherous in the early going with several drivers hitting the wall, and it limited the side-by-side racing normally witnessed at Kentucky. Seven cautions in the first 100 laps slowed the field. Despite the carnage, Stewart used a pair of two-tire stops and good driving in the early going to climb as high as ninth as he dodged several accidents on the 1.5-mile oval.

 

“I’m just doing everything I can to survive,” Stewart told the crew during the middle of the race, referring to all the accidents on the track.

 

Stewart fell to midpack after a four-tire stop in the middle of the race and could never catch the cautions that would enable him to do a two-tire stop and regain track position. He raced in 12th with 60 laps remaining, knowing if he saved fuel he could make it to the end of the race while many of the leaders ahead of him needed to pit.

 

Stewart slowed earlier in the corners to conserve fuel, and he hoped the race would run caution free. He fell to 14th with 40 laps to go and remained there until the final 10 laps when the leaders began peeling off the track to pit. Stewart moved to eighth with six to go and seventh with three to go before claiming fifth on the final lap.

 

Kentucky and Darlington (S.C.) Raceway are the only tracks remaining on Stewart’s winless list. Until Saturday night, Stewart had not enjoyed much success at the Kentucky track, which is about 90 minutes from his Columbus, Indiana, home. In five starts, he had only led one lap at the track and had not posted a top-10 finish.

 

That did not stop the Kentucky crowd from giving Stewart the largest cheer during driver introductions – especially when former University of Kentucky basketball stars Jack Givens and Kyle Macy and legendary coach Joe B. Hall presented Stewart with a No. 14 Kentucky basketball jersey.

 

After the race, Stewart said the Kentucky repave will pay dividends when the Sprint Cup Series returns next year.

 

“Like every other repave, as they get laps and more races on this track it will get to where they can come off the hardness of the tire, and it will be better for everybody. This is as bad as it’s going to get. It will get better from here.”

 

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, led the four-car SHR contingent Saturday night.

 

Busch started from the rear of the field after crashing his primary racecar in practice Friday afternoon. Using his backup car, Busch methodically worked his way to the front and led once for 10 laps en route to his sixth top-five and 15th top-10 finish this season and first top-five and fourth top-10 in six career Sprint Cup starts at Kentucky.

 

Kevin Harvick, driving the No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished ninth. He led five times for a race-high 128 laps but had to make a late-race fuel stop. It was Harvick’s 14th top-10 this season and fourth top-10 in six career Sprint Cup starts at Kentucky.

 

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 17th.

 

Brad Keselowski won the Kentucky 400 to score his fourth victory of the season, his third at Kentucky and the 21st of his career.

 

Carl Edwards finished .175 of a second behind Keselowski in the runner-up spot, while Ryan Newman, Busch and Stewart rounded out the top-five. Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth, Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. comprised the remainder of the top-10.

 

There were 11 caution periods for 53 laps, with eight drivers failing to finish the 267-lap race. The 11 cautions tied the track record, set last year.

 

With round 18 of 36 complete, Harvick leads SHR and the series in the championship standings. He is first with 599 points, four ahead of second-place Keselowski. Busch remained in third with 583 points, 16 behind leader Harvick.

 

Harvick earned a spot in the Chase via his win March 13 at Phoenix International Raceway, and Busch secured his position via his win June 6 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Patrick is 24th with 327 points, 110 ahead of 31st-place Scott. Like Stewart, if Patrick can win a race and finish among the top-30 in points following the 26th race of the season, she will earn a Chase berth.

 

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the New Hampshire 301 on Sunday, July 17, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. NBCSN will broadcast the race starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

 
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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 40-car field for Saturday night’s 267-lap event around the 1.5-mile oval was set by current 2016 owner points, per the NASCAR rulebook.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will start first. Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet for SHR, will start third. Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 22nd. Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 27th.

Kentucky Race Important to Stewart in Many Ways

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, (July 5, 2016) – Believe it or not, No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart circled Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on his calendar way before the 2016 NASCAR season began. Just short of the Daytona 500 or maybe the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday night’s race on the newly repaved 1.5-mile oval is as important as any this year to Stewart, who’s in his final season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

Kentucky Speedway is about 80 miles from his home in Columbus, Indiana, and a good contingent of Hoosiers will head to the Bluegrass State this weekend for one of the final opportunities in the area to watch the three-time champion race in NASCAR. It’s also his final chance to win at one of the only two tracks where he has yet to record a Sprint Cup victory.

Tony Stewart 26th in Final Daytona Appearance

After 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup races over 18 years of competition that led to four Cup victories, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet driver Tony Stewart said his final goodbye to Daytona International Speedway Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. 

In his swan song on the famed 2.5-mile oval, the three-time champion finished 26th in his Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) entry after looking like he might win his second consecutive race of the season. Stewart avoided early trouble then battled in the top-five as the race wound down, but with 10 to go the No. 14 slammed into the wall, ending his chances for victory. 

A Week After Victory, It’s Time for One Final Race at Daytona

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, (June 28, 2016) – After 18 years of full-time racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, three-time champion Tony Stewart makes his final appearance at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway when he’ll drive the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.

Saturday night’s race comes just six days after Stewart’s last-corner pass Sunday afternoon at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway to capture his 49th career victory that broke an 84-race winless drought. The victory was a big step toward securing a berth for his No. 14 team in NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs.

Tony Stewart Victorious at Sonoma

Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Driver Leads Final 22 Laps, Inches Closer to Chase Contention 

Date: June 26, 2016

Event:  Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: Sonoma Raceway (1.99-mile road course)

Start/Finish: 10th/1st (Running, completed 110 of 110 laps)

Winner: Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet)

To the victor go the spoils.

After winning Sunday’s Save Mart 350k at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, that adage is one Tony Stewart intends to fulfill to the tune of a berth in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Championship.

Driving the No. 14 Code 3 Associates/ Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Stewart took the lead with 22 laps to go and sparred with Denny Hamlin on the last lap to score his 49th career Sprint Cup Series win, his third at Sonoma and his first since winning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on June 2, 2013. This was also Stewart’s eighth Sprint Cup win on a road course, as he has five victories at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

“All of these wins are meaningful – it doesn’t matter where you get them,” said Stewart, now a three-time winner at Sonoma (2001, 2005 and 2016). “We ran close to those guys up front all day. It’s pretty ironic that the last win we got was in a Code 3 Associates car, and I’m proud to do it again. I’m really proud for all of our sponsors – Mobil 1, Bass Pro Shops and everybody.

“I’m excited for Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) to get his first win and proud that I could get him a win before the end of the year,” Stewart added. “I’m excited for this team. My guys have been through this whole disastrous roller coaster the last three or four years and never backed down. They’ve never quit on me. There have been days I quit on myself, and they are the guys that send you text messages and call you when you get home like, ‘Hey, this isn’t over.’ I’m proud for them, and it meant more for me to get it for them than for myself.”

Stewart missed the first eight races of the season after injuring his back in a Jan. 31 all-terrain vehicle accident, but NASCAR granted him a medical waiver that made Stewart eligible for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. To compete for the series championship, Stewart had to win at least one race and secure a position within the top-30 of the championship standings by the 26th race of the season Sept. 10 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. With the victory at Sonoma, Stewart checks one box on his way toward eligibility and seems likely to satisfy the other requirement, as he is only nine points behind 30th-place Brian Scott.

Stewart was fast throughout the race weekend, posting top-10 lap times in both practices Friday, then qualifying 10th on Saturday. It marked his third consecutive top-10 qualifying effort.

Once the green flag waved, Stewart wasted no time in showing his road-racing skills as he drove from 10th to seventh in the opening laps and executed a daring three-wide pass in the turn 11 hairpin.

Stewart held his ground through the first round of pit stops, but he restarted 15th after the lap-38 caution that saw him pit while others stayed on the track or had quicker pit stops.

“We are tight on the right-handers and loose on the left-handers,” Stewart told the crew, who made adjustments to correct the issues during the pit stop.

The No. 14 struggled in race traffic on the restart, and Stewart was only able to make it to 14th by the time he pitted again on lap 70 of the 110-lap race. With 40 laps remaining, the crew told Stewart to “go get them for now” but warned that if the race went caution-free, they might need Stewart to save fuel.

Stewart couldn’t gain much ground, so the team pitted once more with 25 to go. Although he dropped to 32nd, the team gambled that a caution in the final laps would enable Stewart to take advantage of track position and fresher tires. As it turns out, that’s just what happened one lap later when NASCAR threw the yellow for a spring rubber in turn seven.

The caution brought most of the field to pit lane on lap 88, allowing Stewart to move to fourth. As the laps wound down the tension increased for drivers that wrestled their 3,300-pound cars on the 11-turn track in 90-degree temperatures, resting only during three brief cautions in the first 100 laps.

“I can’t ask for any better position that what I am in,” Stewart said before restarting the race in the lead with 20 laps remaining. “I’m going to take what I can get out of this.”

During the final laps, Stewart put on a display of what has made him a power on the NASCAR road courses, holding off hard charges by both Martin Truex Jr. and Hamlin, trading the lead with the latter just once before coming to the checkered flag.

“This place has meant a lot to me,” said Stewart, who has openly acknowledged Sonoma as his favorite track. “If I don’t win another one, it’s cool to win the last one here. If it doesn’t happen again, it’s cool. I’ll be all right if this is the last place I win one. I’m going for more – just for the record. I’m not saying I’m laying down. I’m just saying if that’s the only one I get this year, then I’ll be content. I think you’ve known me long enough, you guys know that I don’t lay down for anything. All you’ve got to do is just give me that little bit of hope, and I’ll run with it.”

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished sixth. It was his 13th top-10 this season and his seventh top-10 in 16 career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma.

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 10th. It was Busch’s 14th top-10 this season and his eighth top-10 in 16 career Sprint Cup starts at Sonoma.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 19th.

Hamlin finished .625 of a second behind Stewart in the runner-up spot, while Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Truex rounded out the top-five. Harvick, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were four caution periods for 10 laps, with three drivers failing to finish the 110-lap race.

With round 16 of 36 complete, Harvick leads SHR and the series in the championship standings. He is first with 562 points, 35 ahead of teammate Busch. This marks the fifth straight week SHR drivers have been 1-2 in the championship standings.

Patrick is 24th with 288 points, 89 ahead of 31st-place Regan Smith. Like Stewart, if Patrick can win a race and finish among the top-30 in points following the 26th race of the season, she will earn a Chase berth. Harvick earned a Chase spot via his win March 13 at Phoenix International Raceway, and Busch secured his position via his win June 6 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, 

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As Communication Improves, So Do the Results

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, (June 21, 2016) – If there is any doubt Tony Stewart still has the desire and ability to win a race in his final year of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, then look no further than the June 12 race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where the three-time champion posted the fourth-best average running position of 5.2 over 400 miles before finishing seventh.

The Michigan finish, combined with running up front at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway the previous weekend, as well as consecutive top-six qualifying efforts in the last two races, have many asking if there is a rejuvenated Tony Stewart heading to Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway this weekend to drive the Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in Sunday’s Save Mart 350.

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