It’s hard to believe Stewart was 0 for 26 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup regular season, but believe it!
Now, Stewart is 2 for 2 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning the last two races (Chicagoland and New Hampshire) all within a week of each other.
Stewart took the lead with just two laps to go in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now Stewart has become a ‘favorite’ to win this year’s championship, in hopes of dethroning five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson.
As this race was a mere image of last week’s fuel mileage race, Stewart took the lead from Clint Bowyer, as the driver of the No. 33 once again experienced bad luck and ran out of gas.
“It’s eight long weeks to go,” Stewart said. “It’s way too early to be counting chickens right now.
“We got rid of some dead weight earlier this week,” he said in victory lane. “Sometimes you have to make adjustments in your life. These guys have never quit, never given up, and we’ve got a shot at this thing.”
Surprisingly enough, Stewart ran out of fuel late in this race last year, which allowed Bowyer to take over and win at New Hampshire.
“I saw him slow down down the back,” Stewart said. “I thought, ‘Oh, no, you’re kidding me.’ That’s not the way you want to win it, for sure. I feel bad for him. It’s fun racing him. It’s hard to lose them that way.”
The talk after the race seemed to be about Stewart’s reference to getting rid of some ‘dead weight’. Even though Stewart refused to elaborate, crew chief Darian Grubb, said there had not been any team personnel changes and that he had no information about Stewart’s reference.
Following Stewart in Sunday’s running of the Sylvania 300 were; Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers.
By winning Sunday, Stewart took control of the points lead from Kevin Harvick, as we head into Dover next weekend.
“It’s huge,” said Stewart. “When you talk about momentum, that race car doesn’t know anything about momentum. It doesn’t know stats. It doesn’t know anything other than what you put in it. Momentum deals with people.
“It’s not just these two weeks of the Chase; it’s the two weeks before it. We haven’t finished outside the top seven in the last 4 weeks (P3 in Atlanta, P7 in Richmond, P1 in Chicago, P1 in Loudon).”
|16||9||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||29|
|17||12||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||27|
|34||42||71||Andy Lally *||Ford||10|