NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Needs to Win New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart is Running Out of Time and New Hampshire Might Help

Tony Stewart is 20th place in the standings for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With only eight races left, his only hope to get into Championship contention is to win. It is lucky for Stewart that NASCAR is returning to one of his better tracks; the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a one mile short track, 1.058 miles to be exact. There is 2-7 degrees of banking in the corners and 1 degree in the straight-aways but this is considered to be flat.  The race is 301 laps, or 318.46 miles. The track is unlike others in that it is a true oval. It is very hard to pass at this track so qualifying will be more important than it is at other tracks. 52.6% of the races have been won from a top ten starting position and 73% from a top fifteen starting position.

The well worn out adage that “when summer comes Tony Stewart gets hot” may have some truth to it but this year he better live up to it. Stewart is in 20th place, 30 points out of making the last spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup on points. That is almost one full race. He won’t make it unless he leap frogs the others by winning a race.

Now that we have left Daytona behind we can go back to looking at driver ratings to see how the drivers fare at New Hampshire. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with a great rating of 111 followed by Jeff Gordon 109.2 and of course everyone’s nemesis Jimmie Johnson at 105.8. Putting any one of these three time New Hampshire winners on your fantasy team would be a good plan.

Other drivers to watch would be Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, also three time winners.

This is one tough track and Tony Stewart knows how to get it done.

It’s a big motor deal. With the corners being so tight, you’ve got to put a lot of gear in the car to get it up off the corner. Forward bite is always an issue there too, so it’s hard to get up off the corners.” Stewart added “Then you’ve got long straightaways where you can kind of relax a little bit. Coming into the corners, you use a lot of brake, and it’s hard to not only get the car stopped, but to get it to turn. Then you go through that challenge all over again.

Tony Stewart will have Hendrick power under the hood so he has the “big motor deal” covered. With wins in 2000, 2005, and 2011, he seems to adapt well to winning in different cars and has won on this track in all different types of Sprint Cup cars. Look for Tony Stewart to adapt again and get to victory lane this Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

If you cannot get to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Camping World RV Sales 301 it will be broadcast on TNT starting at 1 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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Top 10 Driver Rating at New Hampshire
Tony Stewart……………………….. 111.0
Jeff Gordon………………………… 109.2
Jimmie Johnson…………………… 105.8
Denny Hamlin………………………. 102.9
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 97.3
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 95.0
Kyle Busch…………………………… 93.1
Ryan Newman……………………….. 92.5
Kasey Kahne………………………… 92.4
Kevin Harvick………………………… 91.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.