On a Run -- Tony Stewart Targets Third Straight Road-Course Win DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2005) -- His current pace is as torrid as the bright orange of his uniform, and now Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) has another race track --...
On a Run -- Tony Stewart Targets Third Straight Road-Course Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 9, 2005) -- His current pace is as torrid as the bright orange of his uniform, and now Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet) has another race track -- and performance milestone -- to conquer.
Fresh off last Sunday's victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stewart dives into another challenge this week at Watkins Glen International. The Glen's 2.45-mile road course dips and snakes amidst spectacular upstate New York scenery, contrasting considerably with Indy's 2.5-mile oval.
But Stewart's mission remains: Continue winning.
If momentum multiplies, he has a nice equation: Four wins in his last six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, and top-10 finishes in his last seven races. During that span, Stewart has jumped from sixth place in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings to first, arriving at the Glen as the new standings leader.
His Indy win, combined with a tough day by Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), puts Stewart at the top for the first time in 2005. He leads Johnson by 75 points and third-place Greg Biffle (No. 16 National Guard Ford) by 111 points.
Stewart also has some road-course accomplishments to consider. He won the series' other road-course event this season, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and a win Sunday would give him the season sweep. He's also the defending champion of Sunday's SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen; a win would make him the victor in the series' last three road-course events.
"I always look forward to the road courses just because it's a weekend of something different from what we've done the past five or 10 weekends," Stewart said. "We go to a road course just like we do any track. We go there to win."
He'll have no shortage of opportunity. Aside from his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car, Stewart plans to compete in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200 at the Glen. He'll drive the No. 33 Old Spice Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., and on Friday, he'll compete in the Grand American Road Racing's Rolex Sports Car Series event -- the CompUSA 200 at The Glen. Stewart will team with British sports car driver Andy Wallace to drive the No. 20 Citgo Pontiac Crawford.
"Road racing isn't something I have to get acclimated to because running them feels pretty natural to me," Stewart said. "I enjoy the road courses, and as we get ready to go to places like Watkins Glen I really look forward to it."