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Stewart’s Ups and Downs Continue

Tony Stewart had high hopes that a trip to his favorite track might cure what has been ailing his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team, and that looked to be the case with only three laps remaining in the Toyota Owners 400 Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. But rather than celebrating his first top-five of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Stewart dropped from fifth to 18th during the green-white-checkered finish at the .75-mile oval and wound up in a post-race confrontation with fellow driver Kurt Busch.

It was a rough ending to a night that started in a similar fashion. The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS was quite a handful during the first third of the 400-lap race. Stewart had battled a tight-handling issue in the middle of the turns all day Friday, and the problem persisted well into Saturday’s race. Mired in the 27th position during a caution on lap 159, crew chief Steve Addington elected to bring the car in for four tires and fuel while most of the field stayed on the track. The fresh tires were the catalyst needed to spur the No. 14 Chevy as Stewart started making steady progress through the field, cracking the top-15 for the first time on lap 218 and running as high as 10th during the next 100 laps around the track. 

 

Toyota Owners 400 Qualifying

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway by qualifying 15th for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night. Newman turned a lap of 20.868 seconds at 129.385 mph around the .75-mile oval.

“The track picks up a good bit,” said Newman, who won at Richmond in September 2003. “It’s kind of tough to gauge that speed when you are the first of a couple of cars out. But I’m proud of the guys on the Outback Chevrolet. They did a good job working through some adjustments today and I feel like we have a better handle on our race package than we do on our qualifying package.”

 

Blueprint for a Jumpstart

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 24, 2013) – Give Tony Stewart a pen and a sketchpad and assign him the task of designing the perfect asphalt track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the blueprint would look a little something like this:

•D-shaped oval

•Short track, approximately .75-mile in length

•Wide, sweeping turns with approximately 14 degrees of banking in each corner

•Seating capacity of 90,000 and up

Sound familiar? It should. Those are the specifications for Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, and come Saturday night, it is home to Round No. 9 on the marathon-like Sprint Cup schedule.

 

Stewart’s Cold Streak Continues in Cold Kansas

In what seemed like a case of déjà vu, Tony Stewart fought an ill-handling racecar to finish 21st in the STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at a cold, blustery Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Just a week earlier at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Stewart fought an ill-handling racecar to finish – you guessed it – 21st. 

The last two races and this entire season have been surreal for Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He has only one top-10 finish in the eight races run thus far and five finishes outside of the top-20. It’s left Stewart an uncharacteristic 21st in the championship standings, 130 points out of first and 59 out of 10th.

 

STP 400 Qualifying

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Code 3 Associates Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., by qualifying ninth for the STP 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Newman turned a lap of 28.388 seconds at 190.221 mph around the 1.5-mile oval, the only Chevy driver to qualify in the top-10. 

“We take our cars to the limit, and it was a good run for our Code 3 Associates Chevrolet,” said Newman, who won at Kansas in 2003. “Matt (Borland, crew chief) and the guys did a good job off the truck and the car was really good. Even though we’re not on the pole, I’m much happier with that lap than I’ve been on a lot of the intermediate tracks we’ve qualified on this year.” 

 

Sprint Cars Seed Sprint Cup Success

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 17, 2013) – Tony Stewart’s success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is well known. Three Sprint Cup championships. Forty-seven Sprint Cup victories. Fourteen Sprint Cup poles. One hundred and seventy four top-fives and 283 top-10s in 507 career Sprint Cup starts, with a total of 12,538 laps led.

Now in his 40s, Stewart’s ability to maintain that level of success comes from an old-school mentality that appears new school in an age of specialization. 

In an era where NASCAR drivers race in NASCAR, IZOD IndyCar Series drivers race in IndyCar, sports-car drivers race in sports cars, Stewart races nearly everything, everywhere. After wheeling his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing around the tracks that dot the 38-race Sprint Cup schedule, Stewart is prone to jump in his jet and find a race at Somewhere Speedway, U.S.A. and wheel a high-horsepower winged Sprint Car around dirt bullrings from upstate New York to inland California and everywhere in between.

 

Long Night in Texas for Stewart

A long race was made even longer when an ill-handling racecar plagued Tony Stewart throughout the NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

With a car that was loose on entry into the track’s 24-degree banked corners, tight in the middle and then loose off, Stewart had to manhandle his No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS every lap around the 1.5-mile oval. No matter what changes were made to the chassis, it never seemed enough to overcome the car’s evil ways. It all led to a 21st -place finish in the nearly three-and-a-half hour race. 

 

NRA 500 Qualifying

Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth by qualifying 13th for the NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night. Stewart turned a lap of 27.888 seconds at 193.632 mph around the 1.5-mile oval.

“We picked up a second there (from practice), and that’s a lot of speed to pick up here at Texas,” said Stewart, who is a two-time Sprint Cup winner at Texas (November 2006 and November 2011). “Man, these cars are fast around here today. I told Steve Addington (crew chief) I would like to rerun that lap because I think this Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevy could go quicker, but I just really don’t want to do it today (laughs).”

 

A Wildcat in Boomtown

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 9, 2013) – In 22 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tony Stewart has scored a pole, two wins, six top-fives, 12 top-10s and led 727 laps. The 1.5-mile oval has been a stout venue for Stewart, who first ran at the Texas track in 1997 as a member of the IZOD IndyCar Series.

In short, Texas has been a boomtown for Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing. That Stewart is sponsored by Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand, makes his return to the oil-rich state of Texas even more appropriate.

 

Stewart 17th at Martinsville

Tony Stewart was looking for a boost in the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. After a potential top-five finish slipped away in the series’ last race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., a strong run in the series’ next stop at Martinsville would allow Stewart and Co. to hit the reset button on its still-young season.

But after rallying his No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th.

 

STP Gas Booster 500 Qualifying

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent in time trials Friday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway by qualifying 10th for the STP Gas Booster 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Newman turned a lap of 19.330 seconds at 97.962 mph around the .526-mile oval. 

“We were a little loose on corner entry, but overall, I was pretty happy with the job the guys did getting this Quicken Loans Chevrolet ready for qualifying,” said Newman, who is the defending winner of the STP Gas Booster 500. 

 

The Art of Racing in a Cuisinart

KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (April 2, 2013) – An extremely powerful 800-watt motor that pulses, stirs, mixes, purees and chops. It can even slice, shred and process a variety of ingredients – all in record time. It’s big, it’s powerful and it’s easy.

Those are just a few attributes of a Cuisinart food processor that actually has several applications. The general idea, though, is to be able to throw together several ingredients and create one fabulous meal. 

 

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