Tony Stewart ‘proud’ of team’s effort at Dover

By James Jackson

May 6, 2018

When the checkered flag flew Sunday, Stewart-Haas Racing had three of its four drivers finish inside the top five at Dover International Speedway—a first for the organization in its 10-year history.

Kevin Harvick won his fourth race of the year and fifth for the organization in 2018; Clint Bowyer finished second and Kurt Busch finished fifth.

“I think it’s days like today that build the momentum in the organization,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner of the team. “It’s another milestone for us to have three cars in the top five today. We’re proud of everybody.”

Bowyer led 40 laps enroute to his runner-up finish and Harvick led a race-high 201 laps. SHR collectively led 241 laps.

“We’ll high five each other at the shop tomorrow, but at the same time, we’re digging for the next week and trying to get ready for Kansas now and trying to do the same thing again next weekend,” Stewart said.

When asked about if this was the trajectory he expected with his team switched to Ford in 2017, Stewart said you don’t set a benchmark on where the team should be.

“I think from the ownership side, this is—days like today are what you dream of,” he said to The Racing Experts.

“To have three in the top five and to have the start to the season that we’ve had, the partnership with Ford has been amazing so far, and the support that we’ve been given and their dedication to what they want the results to be.”

The next track on the circuit, Kansas Speedway, is the site of two of Harvick’s 41 career wins, the only Kansas Cup Series winner from the SHR stable.


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