Tony Stewart Excels With More Responsibilities

Cory HartleyCorrespondent INovember 10, 2009

FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Tony Stewart (L), driver of the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet, talks with Juan Pablo Montoya (R), driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on October 10, 2009 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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       Tony Stewart became an owner of his own NASCAR team during the offseason this year with himself and Ryan Newman as drivers in a two car operation. Stewart moved into this position after a highlighted career at Joe Gibbs Racing during which he won two championships. When the season is over we can look back and say Tony has handled the extra responsilbilty of ownership as well as anybody.

       Starting off the season no one could have known how well Tony would do, but I dont think anyone could have seen him doing this well. Through his first eleven races he had eight top tens and then won the Allstar race. This seemed to solidify that he was a major contender for the sprint cup title. After the Allstar race Tony went on to have 10 top fives with four wins and 15 top tens. The results so far is outstanding given that he was an upstart team with new crew members and team mates. 

       This catapulted him into the chase for the sprint cup title. Not only did he make it into the chase but so did his team mate Ryan Newman. Having both teams in the chase is pretty good not only for him as a owner but for their current sponsers and any future sponsers that may join after the year is over. With alot of companys looking to downsize their involvement in NASCAR there will be more sponsers looking to ride with winners and front runners. This could further help Stewart as he looks for more sponsers next year for both his cars.

      With two races left in the year Stewart stands to finish in the top five in points and his team mate Newman should finish in the top ten. This is a very good showing for an upstart team. Mabey its Stewart's ability to handle so many things at once but Stewart-Haas Racing looks to be a strong contender for years to come.