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NASCAR: It’s Go Time For Tony Stewart

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is starting to go into its summer season race, and with the summer already around the corner it’s usually the time Tony Stewart begins to take over the competition. As the 2013 Cup Series season continues, will Stewart begin to be a competitor again?

With the Cup Series wrapping up a third of the season at Dover International Speedway, the season has not been treating the three time Cup Series champion so well. What should have been a new and fresh start for Stewart in the new sixth generation car has turned into a nightmare with not so consistent results.

The year started off slow for Stewart after getting caught in one of the first wrecks of the year and a 41st place finish at Daytona. Since Daytona Stewart has had a hard time finding consistency and a difficult time making it up to the top 20 in points.

Throughout the first 11 races it’s been a hard battle for Stewart with only two top 10 finishes. During the second race of the year, the three time champ recovered from his performance at Daytona with an eighth place finish at Phoenix. The following week at Las Vegas he captured an 11th place finish, and from there he suffered in the following races but has not been able to recover until the race at the “Lady in black”.

At the race at Darlington, Stewart began to show some signs of recovery when he finished in 15th place. Since then at both Charlotte races for the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 he continued to work his way back up. The Coca-Cola 600 usually begins the summer races on the schedule, and Stewart is heading in the right direction heading forward.

At this time last year Stewart had already captured two wins and was in the top 10 in the point standings, but the 2013 season has been just the opposite. 11 races in Stewart has only been able to capture two top 10s, and following the Coca-Cola 600 he made it into the top 20 in points. Currently sitting in 20th Stewart has the opportunity to make something of this season by winning in a time he is known for dominating the Cup Series.

The summer races have arrived, and beginning at Dover Stewart has a chance to continue improving by trying to find the success he once had at the track known as the Monster Mile.

In 28 starts at Dover Stewart has captured two wins, 10 top five and 15 top 10 finishes. He has an average start of 20.5 as well as a 13.679 average finish.

At the Monster Mile at Dover, Stewart can continue to improve his performances as he has improved on a few within the first 11 races compared to his final average in 2012. At the moment Stewart has average a start of 16 compared to 18.338 in 2012, but the main place Stewart needs to improve on is his average finish where he currently averages a 19.917 compared to 13.617 in 2012.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy