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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-14
Age / DOB:  (44) / 5/20/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 170

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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

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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

Michael Bugarewicz has been promoted from race engineer on the No. 4 team to crew chief for the No. 14 team of Tony Stewart.

The 33-year-old from Lehighton, Pennsylvania, replaces Chad Johnston, who has left SHR to pursue a new opportunity. Bugarewicz joined SHR in 2014 where in his role as race engineer, he helped Kevin Harvick secure his first Sprint Cup championship. Before coming to SHR, Bugarewicz was the race engineer on Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 17 team, where he worked with Matt Kenseth (2011-2012) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2013). Bugarewicz graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (2004) and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering (2005).-True Speed Communication
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 08:33:00 PM

Tony Stewart (#14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS) finished 29th in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Stewart Haas Racing driver started 36th in the lineup and completed 265 laps of the 267-lap event. Stewart, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored three top-10s and closed out the season 28th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 08:24:00 PM

Tony Stewart has taken note of how Jeff Gordon ran in his final full season and that has added a sense of urgency to his 2016 campaign, according to NBC’s Dustin Long. Fantasy owners should expect significant changes to this team during the off-season.

A crew chief change was intimated during media day at Homestead, but the real worry for fantasy owners this week is how he will fare on Sunday. Stewart missed 2013 and finished last in this race last year, so it is difficult to imagine him showing major improvement on Sunday.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 05:15:00 PM

Tony Stewart earned his third top-10 finish of 2015 in the Goody's 500 a Martinsville Speedway. He officially started the race in 13th, but was forced to drop to the back of the field in a backup car after crashing in Saturday’s practice.

The season has not gone as Stewart wanted, but his strong run this week will go a long way to restoring some confidence and making him fantasy relevant in two weeks at Phoenix International Raceway.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 10:32:00 PM

Tony Stewart posted the slowest 10-lap average time in Saturday morning’s practice for the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. His top speed of 94.718 mph was 1.8 mph slower than the leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. His speed put him 34th on the grid among 39 drivers who recorded 10 or more consecutive laps.

Stewart has a great record at Martinsville and is more than capable of using strategy to get into the top 20, but that is going to be his high water mark.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 12:23:00 PM

Tony Stewart has shown signs of speed during practice for the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. His 15-lap average of 182.86 mph placed him seventh on the speed chart.

Speed in preliminaries has not really been a problem with Stewart. Mistakes in the pits, poor strategy decisions, and general bad luck have plagued this team all season and fantasy owners who start him Saturday night do so at their own risk.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 09:47:00 PM

In the past two years, Tony Stewart has missed races late in the season because of sprint car accidents and that has stalled his momentum. One of his accidents occurred in 2013 and caused him to miss the fall Dover International Speedway event, but the last time he was there before that, he scored his third win on this track.

Stewart has not been all that bad at Dover since, however. He finished seventh, 14th, and 16th in his most recent three races. Another top-20 would make him a reasonably good value.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Tony Stewart has "announced that he will retire from the Sprint Cup Series after the 2016 season," according to NBC’s Nate Ryan. He is open to continue racing in support series after that date, but does not have any permanent plans.

Stewart’s results this season have been disappointing and that undoubtedly factored into his decision. With the pressure to perform off his shoulders and coming off last week’s 11th-place finish, he could be a solid value in the final eight races of the season.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:39:00 PM

Tony Stewart finished 11th in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and earned his best finish since he was ninth at Pocono Raceway eight weeks ago.

As with his Pocono finish, he gained a few positions at the end of the race when his competitors began running out of fuel. He has been raising fantasy owners’ expectations with solid qualification runs, but this was notably one of his worst efforts in time trials during the past two months. En route to his 11th-place finish, he earned 16 place-differential points.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 08:38:00 AM

Tony Stewart was third fastest in the first practice session for the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 175.710 mph. He landed between teammates Kurt Busch (175.842) and Kevin Harvick (175.654).

When an organization shows consistent speed across all of their members, that is generally a good sign that the lead drivers will run well. Expect top-five battles from Busch and Harvick. Stewart should be able to challenge for a top-15.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 01:37:00 PM