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Stewart-Haas Racing Needs To Quell Early Slump


Prior to the 2014 Daytona 500 fans and media alike were talking about the potential of Stewart-Hass Racing this season. Adding Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick to a team that already had Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart had some comparing them to Hendrick Motorsports. Unfortunately for Stewart-Haas Racing, the hype might have been a bit premature.

Three races into the season the four drivers have one top-10 finish combined. Here is a more in-depth look at how each driver has performed thus far this season.

Driver
Daytona
Phoenix
Las Vegas
Current Point Standings
Tony Stewart35th16th33rd27th
Danica Patrick40th36th21st33rd
Kevin Harvick13th1st41st14th
Kurt Busch21st39th26th28th

Although it’s only three races into the season, it’s never too early to be concerned. With the exception of Harvick, the rest of the team hasn’t even looked competitive this season. Stewart who is still recovering from a broken leg, most likely isn’t 100 percent. That being said, I am willing to bet that he doesn’t think that’s an excuse for how he is running. Patrick has had some troubling avoiding other people’s wrecks so far this season. Even though she isn’t necessarily causing the wrecks, the fact that she is running towards the back of the field is why she is being pulled into them. Busch has been in the middle this season. He had two races where he looked decent but finished middle of the pack.

Harvick is anchoring this team thus far. If it wasn’t for some hub issues in Las Vegas, Harvick most likely would have finished in the top-10.

The Food City 500 is going to be a pretty big race for this team. After this race the circuit will have run a super speedway, intermediate and short track. Another poor showing for Stewart-Haas Racing will only dig them a bigger hole and raise more questions. Momentum is a funny thing because it can be equally as strong whether it’s positive or negative.

The one good thing for Stewart-Haas Racing is the new championship format. A victory in the coming weeks by Stewart, Busch or Patrick will almost guarantee them a spot in the chase. That is of course assuming that they finish the season inside of the top-30 in points.

With the exception of Patrick, every driver for Stewart-Haas Racing has won at Bristol. Busch will go into the race Sunday tied with Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon for the most wins there among active drivers (five). Given some past Bristol success maybe this weekend will be the jump-start that the team needs.

Christopher Olmstead is a Co-Editor of BeyondTheFlag.com on the FanSided Network. Follow him on Twitter @WhooYouKnowIt “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

 

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