By admin | July 10, 2012
By Richard Allen
On Saturday night in Daytona, Tony Stewart scored his third win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. That statistic is noteworthy in that the three time champion typically does not have so many wins at this point on the schedule.
Of Stewartâ€™s 47 career victories at NASCARâ€™s highest level, only 13 had come on or before the mid-summer Daytona event. That means almost three-quarters of this driverâ€™s wins have come after this time of year. If he has already won three times up to now, the competition could be in for a rough second half of the 2012 season.
Last year, Stewart didnâ€™t really step on the gas pedal until just after barely qualifying for the Chase for the Championship. He had no wins up to that point but suddenly came to life and took home five trophies in the final ten races on his way to earning the Sprint Cup title.
The trying times for his competition could very well begin this weekend. Stewart has amassed a total of three wins and 14 top-5 finishes at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which is the next stop for the top series.
At the end of his 2011 championship campaign, Stewart and his Stewart-Haas Racing organization made the somewhat unusual move of parting ways with the crew chief who had led them to a title. Steve Addington came from Penske Racing to take the chair on top of the #14 pit box in place of Darian Grubb.
So far, that move appears to be working. Even though there have been a few ups and downs this season with six finishes outside the top-20, the three wins will provide all important bonus points at the time of the ten race championship playoff.
Itâ€™s early July and Tony Stewart has already won three races. That could prove to be a scary thing for the competition throughout the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
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