Texas: Tony Stewart race report

STEWART SOLDIERS TO SEVENTH IN SAMSUNG 500 AT TEXAS Home Depot Driver Scratches Out Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2008 Sunday's Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth was not a race Tony Stewart enjoyed. But...

STEWART SOLDIERS TO SEVENTH IN SAMSUNG 500 AT TEXAS
Home Depot Driver Scratches Out Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2008

Sunday's Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth was not a race Tony Stewart enjoyed. But after finishing a solid seventh to earn his fifth top-10 of the 2008 season and gaining one spot in the championship point standings to rise to fifth, the driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing had little to complain about.

With a car that was loose on entry into the track's corners, tight in the middle, and loose coming off -- and stayed that way throughout the three-and-a-half hour race no matter what adjustments were made to the chassis -- Stewart persevered and scratched-out a decent finish.

"It seemed like the whole race track had a lot less grip than what we had yesterday (in practice)," said Stewart's crew chief Greg Zipadelli. "The temperature was up. We were a lot tighter in the center and loose in entry and looser on exit. I think track position was important. We started 24th and that just killed us. We were decent, we just could never get any better."

In a nutshell, those words best sum up the No. 20 team's day. Not great. Not bad. But decent. And the kind of day that's necessary when competing for a season-long championship.

The seventh-place finish was Stewart's eighth top-10 result in 13 career Sprint Cup races at Texas, and it puts him just 108 points behind championship point leader Jeff Burton.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Tony Stewart
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing