Michigan II: Stewart - NASCAR spotlight

Stewart has something to prove at track where 'hot streak' began DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 16, 2005) -- He's the hottest driver on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series today, but Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) has something he'd like to...

Stewart has something to prove at track where 'hot streak' began

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 16, 2005) -- He's the hottest driver on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series today, but Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) has something he'd like to clear up.

The last time the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series visited Michigan International Speedway, in June, Stewart finished second to Greg Biffle (No. 16 National Guard Ford) and admitted frustration about not being able to race for the win.

Fueled by that experience, Stewart left Michigan and recorded decisive wins at Infineon Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, New Hampshire International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen International.

Stewart's second-place finish at Michigan in June was the first in a string of five consecutive top-five finishes. He finished seventh at Pocono in July before rebounding with his memorable win at Indianapolis. Stewart has won five of the last seven races, and posted top-10 finishes in his last eight races.

Now, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns to Michigan for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 and Stewart has all the confidence he needs to overcome his June disappointment.

"That's where this run really started," Stewart said. "It's just one of those tracks in a string of tracks where we started running well. I can't think of a better place to go back to a second time after the run we had there in the spring."

Stewart's varied racing background has served up plenty of winning streaks through the years, but none quite like the present.

"I've had zones where I've finished in the top three when I was in Midgets and Sprint Cars where I could go week-in and week-out and not fall out of the top three," Stewart said. "But to win five out of the last seven and be in the top 10 for the last eight weeks is a pretty good record. I'm extremely proud of it."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle