BUSCH: Tony Stewart Bristol Preview

TONY STEWART AND SHELL TEAM PREPARED FOR CHALLENGE OF BRISTOL HIGH BANKS BRISTOL, TN - Tony Stewart and the Shell Pontiac team thrive on challenge. The upcoming Moore’s Snacks 250 at famed Bristol Motor Speedway will offer Stewart and...

TONY STEWART AND SHELL TEAM PREPARED FOR CHALLENGE OF BRISTOL HIGH BANKS BRISTOL, TN - Tony Stewart and the Shell Pontiac team thrive on challenge. The upcoming Moore’s Snacks 250 at famed Bristol Motor Speedway will offer Stewart and the Shell team an opportunity to prove they are up to the task. The 36 degree banking, steepest of all the tracks on the BGN schedule, as well as the unique concrete surface, dictate patience as the key ingredient to success at Bristol. “Bristol is definitely one of the most challenging tracks on the series stated Stewart. “Tire conservation is critical, but more importantly, you have to race smart and stay out of trouble to finish the race. The track is very fast. We will be racing at laps in the 16-second range. On a half-mile track, things happen in a split second. You can get caught up in a wreck, end up in the wall and your day is over before you even realize it happened. Patience is one of the most important tools a driver can utilize at Bristol.”

“I have raced twice at Bristol but this will be my first time there with the Shell team,” Stewart said. “We don’t have as much experience on short tracks as we do on long tracks but the communication that has developed between myself, Bryant (Frazier, crew chief) and the crew will be a definite advantage in getting the right setups. Qualifying will be our first priority. If you don’t start up front, it is a tough place to make up track position and work your way through the field. My goal for this weekend is to keep the tires under the car and the fenders straight for 250 laps to give Shell a strong finish.” The Moore’s Snacks 250 is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). ESPN will provide live television coverage for the event and PRN Radio will broadcast the race live to over 200 affiliate stations nationwide.

STEWART NASCAR BGN STATS:

YEAR     STARTS     POLES     WINS     TOP 5     TOP 10     WINNINGS  
1996       9          0         0        0          0       $45,140
1997       5              0                0        1          2        48,625
1998           4          1         0        1          1        53,535

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart