4th-place finish at Bristol shows driver is back following damage hiatus
By: NASCAR Wire Support on March twenty, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Tony Stewart completed 4th at Bristol final weekend, which may demonstrate that he’;s ready to compete in the Sprint Cup Series right after 3 lackluster races to start off the season.
Getting away from your job, no matter your occupation, for 15 weeks can make it really tough to get back in the swing of items on your return.
When your job takes place to be that of a complete-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, returning to the racetrack soon after an extended absence can be even more hard. In the case of 3-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, who also had to tack on a 3-month offseason to his 15 missed races before obtaining back into his No. 14 Chevrolet SS, the very first 3 races of 2014 didn’;t go exactly as he had hoped.
In the 4th race at Bristol Motor Speedway, even so, Stewart was all smiles following finishing 4th. For the very first time because breaking his leg in a sprint-vehicle accident in early August last 12 months, he was back to his normal techniques — finishing near the front of the field.
“It was one thing I needed, for confident,” Stewart mentioned. “If you come out of Bristol with a leading 5, you’;ve had a excellent day. Certainly, for Chad [Johnston, crew chief] and I to work with each other for the first time and 4 races into the season be in a position to get a leading 5 at Bristol — that’;s quite large for us. So it’;s undoubtedly a phase in the right direction.”
This Sunday in the Car Club 400 (3 p.m. ET on Fox) at Auto Club Speedway, Stewart hopes to carry on that trend and possibly end the day by celebrating in victory lane.
A victory this weekend in California would do a number of things for Stewart: one. It would much more than very likely secure his spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 2. It would extend his stretch of 15 consecutive seasons in the series with a win and 3. It would serve recognize to his fellow rivals that he’;s back and gunning for a 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship trophy.
In addition to his 2 wins at ACS, the Columbus, Ind., driver has 6 leading 5s, twelve best 10s and an typical finish of 13.9 in 22 commences. More than the final 7 ACS races, Stewart completed in the top 10 5 occasions.
Stewart’;s return to competitors and how he would fare was not the only issue on his mind when the 2014 season began. He had to also fear about the growing pains linked with doing work with a new crew chief and discovering that appropriate stability in the driver-crew chief partnership that would breed accomplishment.
Johnston, who sat atop Martin Truex Jr.’;s war wagon for the previous 3 seasons, came more than during the offseason to serve as Stewart’;s new crew chief, replacing Steve Addington.
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