Vic­tory for Ste­wart, as an owner

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

DAY­TONA BEACH, FLA. — Tony Ste­wart hopped off Clint Bowyer’s pit box and wan­dered over to an­other one of Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing’s pit ar­eas with about 80 laps left in Sun­day’s Day­tona 500.

That’s the lux­ury of be­ing a co-owner of a four-car team. Chances are, even at this crash-laden race, you’ll have at least one car left in con­tention, and Ste­wart had Kurt Busch, who earned the cov­eted ti­tle for the first time for him­self, and for Ste­wart.

“If I knew that’s all I had to do to get it done, I would’ve re­tired a long time ago,” Ste­wart quipped af­ter­ward.

Ste­wart ran this race 17 times and his best fin­ish was sec­ond in 2004. Even if it’s purely as an owner af­ter his re­tire­ment as a driver af­ter last sea­son, Ste­wart will take it.

“I mean, when you’ve grown up all your life as a race car driver you want to win it as a driver,” Ste­wart said. “For ev­ery driver, there’s a point where you step out of the car and you do some­thing dif­fer­ent. To have an op­por­tu­nity to come back this year as an owner and still have the op­por­tu­nity to be where we’re at right now, I mean, that’s a pretty ex­cit­ing feel­ing.

“It’s what any­body that does any­thing with a race team, es­pe­cially own­ers, that’s what you strive for. You strive to win races and you strive to win cham­pi­onships. But first and fore­most, you want to win the big­gest one of the year. That’s out of the box here at Day­tona.”


Kurt Busch is con­grat­u­lated in Vic­tory Lane by team owner Tony Ste­wart on Sun­day.

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