This season was bound to turn around at some point for Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing and it did just that in the NASCAR Srpint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After weeks of misfortune and lackluster performance by two-time Sprint Cup champion “Ol’ Smoke” Tony Stewart he was able to notch his first solid finish since Phoenix the second race of the 2013 season.
Stewart, the superstar of Stewart-Haas Racing, started the race back in 25th position, close to his average finishing position lately, and was able to actually make his way up through traffic to garner a top 10 finish in seventh. Now make no bones about this finish — it doesn’t completely turn his ailing season around by any means. It is a good sign, however, as Stewart is known to heat up in the stretch of summer races in the NASCAR season.
Other matters are also moving in a positive direction for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart wasn’t the only team driver to finish in the top 10 and in fact was one spot behind Ryan Newman who propelled himself further toward a possible Chase berth. Most of this season, Newman has been running better than the more-veteran member of the team.
Beyond the obvious results of the Stewart-Haas Racing team drivers, the trip to victory lane by Kevin Harvick was in a roundabout way a positive for the team. It has been a tacit fact since the end of last season that Harvick would be moving from Richard Childress Racing over to SHR. If Harvick can come close to winning a championship this year, he will move to his new team with a better record and momentum.