By admin | June 15, 2010
By Richard Allen
Tony Stewartâ€™s 2010 did not get off to the start he would have liked. He had one stretch in which he went six straight races with finishes outside the top-15. Even for this typical slow starter that was disappointing.
However, with all the dependability of an eastern sunrise, Stewart has begun to charge back up through the Sprint Cup standings. Since that streak of poor finishes he has put together four consecutive races of top-15 results, including top-5s in the two most recent events.
â€œI feel like weâ€™re starting to gain on it,â€ Stewart declared during a post race interview at Michigan. â€œYou know, two good runs in a row, two top-5 runs in a row is exactly what this team needs right now.â€
Based on past performance, more good finishes and even some race wins ought to be coming in the near future for Stewart. At the next seven tracks on which the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will compete, Stewart has won a total of sixteen races throughout his career.
Those next seven races consist of Sonoma, Loudon, Daytona, Chicago, Indianapolis, Pocono and Watkins Glen. Stewart should be counted among the favorites in each of these races.
His top-5 result in the Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan moved Stewart to 11th in the Sprint Cup standings, just inside that all important top-12.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to keep plugging away and keep doing what we do,â€ the two time champion added in his Michigan post race interview. â€œIâ€™m not as panicked right now as some of the other guys on that (Chase)bubble. If we keep rifling off top-5s like this we wonâ€™t have to worry about it.â€
Itâ€™s summer time. The tracks are getting hot and slick and Tony Stewart is moving toward the front of the pack. There are some things that can be counted on in life and in racing.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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