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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 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.
The track was cool and had a lot of grip, but the conditions were not a good indication of what drivers will challenge on Sunday. Still, racers all faced the same conditions and Stewart’s speed is a positive for his handicap. Aug 27 - 9:32 AM

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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.

Because of injuries and tragedy, one has to go to the 2014 Auto Club 400 to find another top-10 on this track type. That was a fifth-place finish, which came on the heels of another fifth the previous fall at Michigan. Stewart struggled last week at Bristol, but he has run strong since that seventh-place result on this week’s track. He should be regarded as a potential top-10 finisher in the Pure Michigan 400.
Aug 25 - 2:31 PM

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.

Stewart finished fourth at Bristol Motor Speedway in spring 2014 after starting 37th. He was sixth the next spring after starting 21st, so he can get another top-10. A top-five will realistically be a stretch.
Aug 19 - 6:23 PM

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.

Stewart will make his final start on this track, so he gets to go out on a high note. That is good news because two-thirds of the way through Bristol practice 1, he was well outside the top 20 on the speed chart.
Aug 19 - 11:11 AM

Tony Stewart has scored the ninth-best average finish in 2016. After missing eight races at the start of the season, he came on strong seven weeks into his 14 attempts and has finished 11th or better in all but one race.

Stewart seemed like a long shot to make the Chase in his final season until he used some strategy to get track position at Sonoma Raceway. He won that event and has run strong every week since. If not for a slight mental error and accident at Daytona International Speedway, he would be practically perfect Michigan International Speedway.
Aug 11 - 4:40 PM

Tony Stewart finished fifth in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, giving him the sweep of the top five after winning this June’s Toyota / Save Mart 350.

Stewart was one of this week’s favorites and he lived up to his potential. And significantly cheaper than Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, or Brad Keselowski, he was an overall better fantasy value. This was Stewart’s fourth top-five in the past five races.
Aug 7 - 6:32 PM

Tony Stewart finished fifth in the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway, which was the third time in the past five races that he finished among the top five. One of the previous strong runs came on the flat track of New Hampshire and that made him a driver to watch this week.

Better still, Stewart was the latest winner of a road course race. His victory at Sonoma Raceway practically locked him into the Chase and put him on a positive course. He could easily sweep Victory Lane this year on the twisty tracks and will be immensely popular for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen.
Aug 1 - 5:30 PM

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

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