Four races into the 2009 Sprint Cup season, Stewart Haas Racing owner Tony Stewart has to be pretty pleased with his results.
The Old spice/Office Depot driver has finished on the lead lap in all four races, posting three top 10 finishes. In the one race he didn’t finish in the top 10, he was running in the top 5 most of the day, before a problem caused him to finish 26th.
He sits sixth in points, comfortably in a guaranteed starting spot for each race. Not that he really needed to worry, considering that he has a few championship provisionals to fall back on.
Following the third race of the season, Stewart was quoted as saying:
I think from the physical pieces and parts standpoint, we knew we had what we needed. It was just a matter of how long was it going to take for the package to gel. I think we’re all pleasantly surprised at how quick that’s come.
Now that Stewart has established that he is consistently competitive, the focus must be on improving his teammate, Ryan Newman’s performance.
Newman has yet to finish on the lead lap this season. His best finish came in the Kobalt Tools 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he finished 22nd.
Newman sits 32nd in points, 48 points out of 36th place, where he would have to qualify based on time. Not that qualifying on time would really be a problem considering that Newman has 43 poles to his credit.
While it is still early in the season, Stewart’s got to be pleased with his team’s performance thus far.