Stewart picks up third top-ten of 2015
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Tony Stewart stands in the garage area at Daytona International Speedway.

By Dominic Aragon
November 2, 2015

Tony Stewart’s tenth place finish Sunday at Martinsville Speedway marked the driver’s first top-ten finish in the last 12 races.

Stewart, who ran in a backup car and started from the rear, ran as high as seventh place, earning a driver rating of 80.5.

Stewart’s top-ten also marked the driver’s 17th top-ten finish at the track in 33 starts. The three-time champion also picked up his 300th career top-ten finish in the Sprint Cup Series, becoming the 12th driver in NASCAR history to achieve the mark.

He talked about his race post-race with Team Chevy, giving credit to his team’s work on the backup car.

“Getting hung on the outside is just the kiss of death here,” Stewart said. “We have struggled here the last three races that we have run here. We did something in happy hour with this second car that, to be honest, it was actually something I had a little input on.

“I’m not very smart and it wasn’t because of me for sure, but it was [crew chief] Chad [Johnston] and I everybody working together and trying to find a solution that might fix our problem.

“We kind of made the change and stuck with it and knew that we weren’t exactly where we wanted to be in happy hour, but felt like in the race it was going to be better and it was.”

The finish moved Stewart up one position to 26th overall in driver standings with three races left in the season. Stewart sits three points behind 25th Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and four points behind 24th Danica Patrick.

2015 will mark the lowest amount of top-ten finishes Stewart will earn across his entire Sprint Cup career.

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