Taking the Checker: Daytona

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Tony Stewart tied Brad Keselowski for most wins of the 2012 season en route to his third win of the year last Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in his No.14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevy. Stewart also broke a tie on Saturday night with Buck Baker for 12th on the All-time win list in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with win No.47 of his 14-year career.

Stewart got himself yet another restrictor plate win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The restrictor plate tracks like Talladega and Daytona have been a strong suit for Stewart. Since 2005, Stewart has won a total of 5 races at Talladega and Daytona for two different teams. His former Sprint Cup team Joe Gibbs Racing and the team in which he is a part owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart has taken home two other wins this season. The first at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the second win at Auto Club Speedway.

In the previous 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup events, Stewart has scored 8 wins. That’s nearly one-third of the races that have taken place! To go along with those 8 wins, he got his third championship last year when he initially tied Carl Edwards but because Stewart had more wins, Stewart received the championship and Edwards got second. Stewart is arguably on a hot streak but every hot streak ends at some point. The question is, when does Stewart’s end and how abruptly will it end? It’s no secret that Tony Stewart does really well in the summer months so the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers could be in trouble. It looks like we will probably just have to wait and see what happens with Stewart and the No.14 Stewart-Haas Racing team.

By Tyson Lautenschlager

 

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