This Sunday’s race, the Samsung Mobile 500, will be held at Texas Motor Speedway. For one owner/driver, this will be his 400th Sprint Cup start. He didn’t even realize it was until he was informed, but doesn’t feel like it’s much of a milestone seeing as how other drivers have more than 1,000 starts.
Tony Stewart, two-time champion in the series, has 37 successful wins, which ties him with Bobby Isaac on the all-time series list for 18th spot. Stewart has more than 200 top 10’s and almost 150 top 5’s in his 399 starts. Hopefully, this Sunday, he can add another victory to his list.
Stewart is a very successful driver and has been since he joined NASCAR in 1999 when he won Rookie of the Year. He went on to win two championships in 2002 and 2005. From his start in 1999 to 2008, he drove the Number 20 Home Depot car for Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2009, he joined as part owner for Stewart-Haas Racing where he is also a driver alongside his teammate and second driver of the team, Ryan Newman.
Newman won last week’s race in Phoenix, which was the first victory of his with team Stewart-Haas Racing as well as his first win in 77 races since Daytona 500 in 2008. This Sunday, Tony Stewart will be interested in adding another victory to his list as well as his team rather than worrying about his 400th career start.
In the Nationwide Series, Kyle Busch, the Nationwide champion from 2009, is working on hitting his very own milestone. He is one race away, this week’s race in Texas, from having five consecutive wins. He already has 32 victories in the Nationwide Series and he is hoping to add one to it this Saturday. With this victory on Saturday if achieved, Busch will join Dale Earnhardt and Jack Ingram in having five consecutive wins at a single track in the Nationwide Series.
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