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Potential NASCAR stories for 2010: Tony Stewart wins the Daytona 500

By admin | January 3, 2010

Tony Stewart would like nothing better than to park his #14 Chevy in victory lane at Daytona.

By Richard Allen

Tony Stewart has never been known as an early season front runner. Aside from a win in Atlanta in 2002 he has scarcely visited victory lane in the first third of any season. So, needless to say, he has never won the season opening Daytona 500.

Typically, Stewart does his best when the heat of summer causes tracks to turn slippery and he can put to full use his extensive dirt track skills.

This year, his frustration in NASCAR’s biggest race will come to an end.

Stewart, perhaps more than any other driver, has a deep appreciation for the history of racing which is why he seems even more frustrated than most at his inability to win the sport’s major event.

However, after his decision just over a year ago to leave Joe Gibbs Racing and put himself in a position to utilize the best equipment in NASCAR by joining his Stewart-Haas Racing team with Hendrick Motorsports, he will have all he needs to win.

Last year, Stewart was strong in each of the restrictor plate races, but particularly those held in Daytona. He was involved in accidents which kept him from victory in Talladega. In his first ever run for SHR he managed an 8th place result in the 2009 Daytona 500. After a last lap tangle with Kyle Busch, Stewart won the July race at the ‘World Center of Racing’. In that race he led a commanding 86 laps.

After putting a full year under his belt with his new team, Stewart should be poised to put together a great season in 2010. As a matter of fact, if anyone is to challenge Jimmie Johnson’s tightly held grip on the Sprint Cup trophy it may well be Stewart.

I predict that he will get his season off to a great start in 2010 by winning the Daytona 500 for the first time in his career.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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6 Responses to “Potential NASCAR stories for 2010: Tony Stewart wins the Daytona 500”

  1. Marybeth Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Here is my prediction for the Daytona 500. Mark Martin wins the Daytona 500 again (but this time he wont get robbed of it). Mark goes on to win the Coke 600, Brickyard 400 and the championship.

  2. Marybeth Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Tony will finish 2nd right behind Mark. Because they are such good buddies.

  3. Josie Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Looking at the races on the circuit..the restrictor plate races are a crapshoot…I am a big TS fan..and as much as I would love to see him win the Daytona opener…I just won’t bet the farm on it…should I actually own a farm! But thanks for the dream……

  4. Michael Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    All green in 2010!!!! Roll on junebug!!!

  5. Joe in Pittsburgh Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I think we’ll have more of the same ole same ole–Jimmie Johnson edges Stewart for another win…etc.

  6. LB Says:
    January 4th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I believe Stewart will be teased by Daytona for years to come just like Dale Earnhardt was. This will continue to be a thorn in Stewart’s side and he will begin to hate going there due to the media’s constantly asking him when he is going to win the big one. This truly works on a driver’s psyche until he dreads running that race. That, in turn, makes it that much more difficult to win it. It also kills his confidence in that race. I believe these factors are working on Stewart even as we speak.