Michigan II: Tony Stewart race report

STEWART EARNS POINTS IN 3M PERFORMANCE 400 Home Depot Driver's 12th-Place Finish Bumps Him to Sixth in Points Tony Stewart had an unspectacular but solid outing in Sunday's 3M Performance 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan ...

STEWART EARNS POINTS IN 3M PERFORMANCE 400
Home Depot Driver's 12th-Place Finish Bumps Him to Sixth in Points

Tony Stewart had an unspectacular but solid outing in Sunday's 3M Performance 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

The driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) finished 12th in the 200-lap race, bumping him up one spot to sixth in the championship point standings. He now has a healthy 162-point advantage over 13th-place Clint Bowyer, the first driver on the outside looking in at the 12-driver Chase for the Championship with only three races remaining before the final, 10-race Chase begins.

"We just couldn't get our car to handle today," said Stewart after making his 20th career Sprint Cup start at the 2-mile oval. "I had about one run where I felt like I could move around on the track a little bit. But other than that, we were either way too loose or too tight. To come out of here with 12th isn't that bad, all things considered."

Stewart's JGR teammates -- Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin -- finished second and 39th, respectively. Busch's runner-up effort clinched his spot in the Chase, while engine troubles late in the race thwarted a probable top-10 result for Hamlin

Busch remains the lead JGR driver in the championship point race. He continues to be the series' point leader, but his lead has been trimmed to 222 markers over second-place Carl Edwards, who won the 3M Performance 400. While Stewart rose to sixth in points, Hamlin dropped three spots to 12th. Stewart is 558 points behind Busch and Hamlin sits 694 points arrears Busch.

The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Aug. 23 Sharpie 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing