Tony Stewart finished 23rd in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire and is still looking for his first top-15 of the 2016 Chase.
Chase contenders continue to dominate at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, this time taking 13 of the top 15 spots. Kyle Larson headed the list with Tony Stewart posting the 15th fastest lap.
Tony Stewart posted only the 19th fastest single lap on the speed chart for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Saturday morning’s practice. His fastest lap was 131.040 mph.
All three of the Stewart-Haas Racing Chase contenders advanced to round two of qualification for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire. None of them moved to the next level.
Tony Stewart posted the third-slowest time among the Chase contenders in the first practice session for the Bad Boy 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a speed of 135.006 mph. The only two Chase drivers slower than him were Chris Buescher and Austin Dillon—who crashed near the end of that session.
Tony Stewart almost cracked the top 15 last week at Chicagoland Speedway, but settled for a 16th instead. That was the fifth straight race in which he failed to crack the top 15.
Free Passes on lap 193 and 264 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 gave Tony Stewart a fresh start. He changed tires on the final caution and made up one position on the lead lap drivers to finish 16th at Chicagoland Speedway. He slipped one position in the points’ standings and is currently listed 12th—one point ahead of Austin Dillon and teammate Kevin Harvick. The other Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch is two points ahead.
Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were called to NASCAR’s trailer before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 weekend began at Chicagoland Speedway. Stewart and Newman stood side-by-side to answer reporters’ questions, told them they had put the episode behind them, and "now let us go race and worry about Chicago," Stewart said.
Tony Stewart got nudged out of the groove by Ryan Newman on lap 364 of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. When he expressed his displeasure by running the No. 31 down the track, the two hooked together and crashed.
Tony Stewart wrecked Brian Scott on lap 205 of the Bojangles' Southern 500 and was told to report to NASCAR’s hauler after the race. He later developed an overheating problem and retired from his final race at Darlington Raceway in 35th.
Tony Stewart posted the fastest single lap in the Saturday morning practice for the Pure Michigan 400. His top speed of 202.122 mph was the first time this week cars went over 202 in a timed session.
Tony Stewart finished seventh this June in the FireKeepers Casino 400 after starting third. That was his first top-10 finish in the five most recent races on this track type.
Tony Stewart has earned five top-fives in the last seven races this season, but he will have to come a long way to back that up Saturday night in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. With a lap of 127.835 mph, he will roll off the grid 27th.
Tony Stewart has made only three starts in the last six Bristol Motor Speedway races, but they have been good enough to give him the best three-year average. He has a 9.67 in those three starts in a field filled by dark horses.