Monday, April 2, 2012
Stewart-Haas Racing on a serious roll
By Eddie Gossage
“If you build it, he will come,” is what “The Voice” told Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams.” When Tony Stewart asked me five years ago if I thought he should start his own NASCAR Sprint Cup team, I certainly didn’t profess that kind of confidence in such a risk.
But Stewart wisely listened to his own voice and bought into Haas CNC Racing to form a two-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team called Stewart-Haas Racing. Fast forward to 2012 and the organization has a championship and 16 victories in its fourth season of competition. This just shows you the strength in Stewart. He’s a leader. A motivator. A champion.
Ryan Newman’s slide around the late-race spin Sunday at Martinsville led to Stewart-Haas Racing’s third win this season. The team of Stewart and Newman have won eight of the past 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. They have won half the races!
Clearly Stewart-Haas Racing fits with the super teams of the series with Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. In fact, Rick Hendrick has got to be scratching his head right now, because he’s getting beat by a Hendrick Motorsports satellite team. Stewart-Haas Racing uses engines and technology supplied by Hendrick Motorsports.
So a pat on the back for Stewart and Newman. They’re coming to Texas next and both have success here. Both drivers have won at Texas.
I’ve still got the boxing gloves and boxing robe that adorned Stewart in Victory Lane in November. What I haven’t figured out yet is how he’s supposed to shoot the six shooters with the gloves on.