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