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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 finished 11th in his final Crown Royal 400; Jeff Gordon finished 15th, which was "better than last year," according to the driver after the end of the race.
Gordon came out of retirement to help the No. 88 team and finished in the same range as most of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2016 efforts. Stewart ran well enough to finish in the top 10 most of the race, but was hit with a speeding penalty late. Both ran respectably well in what will most likely be their last trip to the Brickyard in a race car. Jul 24 - 8:55 PM

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Tony Stewart qualified third for his final Brickyard 400. This will be the fourth consecutive Indianapolis Motor Speedway race for which he starts on one of the first three rows. Stewart’s lap of 184.328 mph was 0.058 seconds slower than pole sitter Kyle Busch.

Stewart faded in race trim in his last two starts to finish 17th from fifth in 2014 and 28th from fourth last year. He has momentum on his side this year, however, and expects to run as well as he did in 2013 when he advanced one position to finish fourth. That was his fifth consecutive top-10 at the time. Fantasy owners would not want to bet against him this week.
Jul 23 - 2:50 PM

Tony Stewart scored a second consecutive top-five for the first time in 2016. His second-place finish in the New Hampshire 301 came on the heels of a fifth in the Quaker State 400.

Stewart might have four consecutive top-fives if not for a mistake at Daytona International Speedway three weeks ago. He has more momentum than any other driver in the field and should easily maintain a very important 30th-place position in the points’ standings.
Jul 17 - 4:54 PM

Last week Tony Stewart nearly blew his position in the top 30 in points by crashing late in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. This week, he finished fifth in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway to give himself a cushion over 31st in the standings.

Stewart was running 14th before drivers began pitting, but even that solid top-15 would have been a good points day over Brian Scott who crashed and David Ragan who finished two laps off the pace. As the summer heats up, Stewart will continue to run strong.
Jul 9 - 11:30 PM

Kentucky Speedway and Darlington (S.C.) Raceway are the only tracks remaining on Tony Stewart’s very short winless list. He’s said winning at every track on the circuit would be an incredible feat.

"Winning a race at Kentucky and winning the Southern 500 in Darlington, that would absolutely cap off everything that – if we win at Darlington and Kentucky – would cover every track we currently have on the schedule," Stewart said. "No matter what happens in the championship, I could say that was perfect." There’s even an historic importance to Saturday night’s Kentucky race. It marks Stewart’s 600th Sprint Cup start – the 24th-most in the sport’s history. As importantly, the race is another chance for Stewart to rack up points to clinch a berth in NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs.-True Speed Communication
Jul 7 - 12:31 PM

Tony Stewart lost the lead to Denny Hamlin on the final lap of the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway when he was out-braked on the back side of the track. He put pressure on the No. 11, caused Hamlin to overdrive into the turn 11, and nudge his Toyota out of the way for the victory.

This was huge, not only for Stewart but all of the drivers on the cusp of being in the top 16 in the points’ standings.
Jun 26 - 6:13 PM

Tony Stewart was credited with a sixth-place finish in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, but Ty Dillon was racing at the checkered flag. This week, he started third in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and remained with the leaders all day before finishing seventh.

This was easily Smoke’s best run of the year with a season-best qualification of third and his top-10 result. Not much has been expected of him from a fantasy perspective, but now those hopes will be raised. It is too soon to form a bandwagon, however.
Jun 12 - 6:42 PM

For the second consecutive week, Tony Stewart advance to the final round of qualification. Last week he had a season-best effort of sixth in time trials. This week, he rolls off from the inside of the second row in third for the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart hopes and expects a better finishing result at Michigan than he had at Pocono Raceway. Last week, he sustained crash damage and lost nearly 30 laps in route to a 34th-place finish.
Jun 10 - 5:54 PM

NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29th.

Tony Stewart's #14 Chevrolet team received a P2 penalty for violations of Sections 20.4 b; 20.4.2 a; 12.1; 12.5.3.3.2 d. Crew chief (Mike Bugarewicz) has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.
Jun 1 - 9:35 PM

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

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