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Tony Stewart

Team: Stewart Haas Racing-14
Age / DOB:  (45) / 5/20/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 170

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Tony Stewart posted the slowest time of the 15 drivers who practiced for Saturday night’s All-star race. His top speed of 188.627 mph was nearly a half second slower than the leader’s 192.027.
Stewart has done well since returning to the seat of the No. 14, but there is still a little dust that needs to be shaken off this driver. This exhibition race is a good opportunity to evaluate Smoke. May 21 - 11:23 AM

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Danica Patrick apparently blew the engine on the No. 10 in the opening minutes of practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. She oiled down the track and collected teammate Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray. Stewart took two hard hits during the incident, which is significant because he returned from injury only three weeks ago.

Stewart walked to the ambulance under his own power and did not seem noticeably injured, but players need to keep an eye on him for signs that he might lose a tenth of a second or because of the incident. If Stewart or McMurray do not change their engines, they should not have to go to the back of the pack after qualification.
May 13 - 11:27 AM

Last year was not what Tony Stewart expected on any track and the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses were no exception. He finished 42nd last fall with an accident at Texas Motor Speedway and scored only one top-25 after May’s Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 2016 season was supposed to be his opportunity to contend for a championship in his last fulltime season, but now he needs to gain more than 70 points to climb into the top 30 as well as score a victory. Given the performance of the team, the points will not be a problem, but unless he wins on a wild card track like Daytona this July or Sonoma Raceway/Watkins Glen International in the summer, he still faces a significant obstacle.
May 5 - 9:16 PM

Officially Tony Stewart finished sixth after starting 14th in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but Ty Dillon ran all of the practice, qualified the car, and ran most of the race. Stewart will be credited with the finish in the points and all fantasy games, however, since he started the No. 14 Chevrolet.

Notably, the only mistake made by this team all afternoon was by Stewart in the pits. He was too fast exiting during a green flag stop, which cost the No. 14 a lap to the leaders. He was given the Free Pass on the first caution of the day, made the driver change to Dillon, and allowed the part time driver plenty of time to make up for lost time.
May 1 - 6:37 PM

NASCAR will now require teams to tighten all five lug nuts according to a memo sent to teams on Monday. Teams that fail to tighten all of their lugnuts could face a mandatory minimum suspension of four races for the crew chief, tire changer, and tire carrier.

The new rule comes a week after Tony Stewart was fined $35,000 for harshly criticizing NASCAR for not requiring the teams to tighten the lugnuts. That spotlight on the issue may have played a role in the timing of the new rule, but it is just as likely that the series wants to insure all wheels stay on the car entering Talladega SuperSpeedway. The slightest bobbles on that track can affect more than half the field.
Apr 25 - 5:45 PM

Tony Stewart returned to NASCAR with a vengeance. He posted the quickest 10-lap average of 120.327 mph during his eighth through 17th laps in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Only six drivers made runs of 10 or more laps in a rain-shortened session, but Stewart beat out two dark horse contenders in Casey Mears and Kasey Kahne. He should be watched during Saturday’s practice to see if he can sustain this speed.
Apr 22 - 2:34 PM

On the same day that Tony Stewart announced he would climb back behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet, he was fined $35,000 for apparently criticizing NASCAR in reference to loose wheels.

NASCAR has stopped policing the lug nut rule in an apparent belief that it polices itself by creating problems for the drivers that cause them to pit multiple times. As an owner, Stewart has not been particularly affected by loose wheels in 2016, but apparently took issue with the policy.
Apr 21 - 11:33 PM

Tony Stewart will return to competition this week at Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 according the NBC Sports. In addition, NASCAR has given him a waiver that says he will be Chase eligible so long as he meets the requirements of being in the top 30 in points and earning a win.

Stewart was not a very good fantasy value at the end of the year and there is no reason to believe that he will be better after his lengthy rehabilitation. Evaluate him for a race or two before deciding to commit your resources.
Apr 21 - 12:58 PM

Tony Stewart was evaluated today by doctors, who checked on the injury he sustained in a Jan. 31 all-terrain vehicle accident where the driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra.

Satisfied with the amount of healing that has taken place, doctors implemented a rehabilitation regimen that will hasten Stewart’s recovery. Future evaluations will be necessary before a timetable is known for Stewart’s return to racing. A full recovery is expected for the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, as is a return to the No. 14 Chevrolet this season. Plans for an interim driver have not been finalized.-Stewart-Haas Racing
Mar 9 - 8:21 PM

Stewart-Haas Racing will make the switch from Chevrolets to Fords in 2017, according to a report by NBC’s Nate Ryan.

It is unlikely that this will make much of a change in their overall performance, but Chevrolet fans will have to decide whether to back the drivers or the manufacturer. Expect Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Danica Patrick to be just a little distracted this week as they field questions from the media, but once they put their helmet on, they will be as strong as their historic Atlanta record.
Feb 24 - 11:30 AM

Tony Stewart will receive the same exemption from NASCAR’s rule that drivers must attempt the full season in order to be Chase eligible as Kyle Busch did last year, according to the Sporting News. He will miss an indeterminate number of races after injuring his back in an off-road accident in California.

Stewart is going to need to pick up his pace if he wants to earn enough points to be inside the top 30 or even win a race, so the exemption may be moot. As of now, Stewart cannot be considered a strong fantasy value.
Feb 10 - 12:23 PM

Tony Stewart sustained a fracture to his L1 vertebra, according to a press release from the Stewart-Haas Racing team. The injury was sustained in an all-terrain accident last Sunday.

The injury will keep Stewart out of the car for the beginning of the year—a season that will be his last fulltime at the Cup level. No replacement has been named, but fantasy owners will want to closely evaluate any driver that climbs into the No. 14.
Feb 4 - 2:46 PM

NBS Sports has learned three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized after injuring his back in a non-racing accident Sunday afternoon, his Stewart-Haas Racing team said in a statement Tuesday.

The team said Stewart, who is entering the final season of his NASCAR career, was transported to a hospital following the accident and currently is being evaluated. Per the SHR release, Stewart is awake and alert and able to move all extremities. Another update isn’t expected until Thursday afternoon. A team spokesman said Stewart was injured in an all-terrain vehicle on the West Coast.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 3:42 PM

It seems that Tony Stewart cannot avoid drama on the dirt tracks. Last week he was heckled by an off-duty police officer at the annual Chili Bowl, but Stewart refused to comment on the incident according to Sporting News. This follows his breaking a leg in 2013 in a dirt track race and an incident the following year led to the death of a young sprint car racer.

Always the ambassador for dirt track racing, one of Stewart’s brief comments was, "If anybody wants to know what happened, they should have been there to see for themselves."
Jan 22 - 1:22 PM

Lawsuits have become an awful part of Tony Stewart’s 2015 racing season. The latest has been filed by him against his insurance company in response to their contention that they are not liable for damages filed by the parents of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. after the young racer was killed in an accident at Canandaigua Speedway in New York.

The courts will sort this out, but Stewart has been embattled all season and is undoubtedly embittered as well, which contributed to his desire to make 2016 his final season.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 06:58:00 PM