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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 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

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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; 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

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