Tony Stewart Puts in Stellar, Consistent Performance at Michiganby Kyle Pokrefky June 12, 2016 0 comments
BROOKLYN, Mich. — Tony Stewart may not have won the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, but he’s completely okay with that.
The three-time Sprint Cup champion recorded a seventh-place result at the two-mile superspeedway on Sunday, making for his second top-10 finish of the season.
The driver/owner of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevrolet showcased plenty of speed throughout the entirety of the race. The lowest position the one-time Michigan winner ran in all day was the 16th position – a low that came towards the mid-point of the race.
Speaking after climbing out of his No. 14 car, Stewart stated that he was extremely pleased with his crew with for their efforts throughout the entire weekend.
“Not only today, but just the whole weekend,” Stewart said. “I am tickled to death with these guys. That is the kind of weekend I’ve been looking for all year out of this group. Today is proof that we can do it.
“I would rather have this than win a race and run 15th/20th the next week. From start to finish all weekend it’s been solid and that is what we are looking for right now. I’m tickled to death.”
Stewart said that his Michigan result should serve as a good springboard going forward into the run up to the Chase.
Long known for picking up momentum into the summer months, Stewart heads next to Sonoma Raceway and then onwards to Daytona International Speedway – tracks he respectively has two and four wins at.
“We weren’t looking for the win today,” Stewart said. “What this team needed today and this weekend was just a solid weekend from Friday to Sunday. That’s the most proud I’ve been of this team all year.
“A weekend like this is what you can build on now to get top-fives and then try to contend for wins.”
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