Back In Black: How Will Tony Stewart Perform At New Hampshire?

By jamesharris
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

There’s nothing cooler and more menacing than a black car, and for Tony Stewart’s competitors, this is exactly what will be filling their mirrors on Sunday as the no. 14 Chevy cuts its way through the pack from 16th on the grid. Stewart-Haas Racing’s car has been given a sinister look for the Camping World RV Sales 301 at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Currently 10th in the standings with eight races until the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship cutoff, Stewart will be looking to score some good points to perhaps shift Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle from eighth and ninth.

A little bit of long shot in one race? I don’t think so – Stewart has been driving well and his statistics at New Hampshire are enough of a reason for the front-runners to look out for that black no. 14 car. New Hampshire has seen Stewart notch up a pole, three trips down Victory Lane, 10 top-threes, 14 top-fives and 17 top-10s. He has also led 1, 218 laps.

The 42-year-old has also won in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and an IZOD IndyCar Series victory at New Hampshire.

In the modern era of data analytics and the data taken from the last 16 races at New Hampshire, we also know Stewart is the fastest driver early in a run, the fastest on restarts and the fastest in traffic. Starting from 16th on the grid, the stage is set for a great race – it’s going to be hot and the track slick, perfect for some Stewart sideways action.


James Harris is a NASCAR writer for Follow him @gentlemanity and “Like” him Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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