The Texas Preview

2009 Daytona 500 085 

Well folks it pains me to write this article, but I think that it is time.! After last weeks finishes of both of the Stewart-Haas Racings cars, #14 and #39, it would appear that they may have their “growing pains” under control.  The Stewart-Haas #14 Office Depot/Old Spice had a very good run at Daytona, but the next few races weren’t so hot!!  A 26th place finish at Las Vegas and a  17th place finish at Bristol were less than sterling for his team.  However, Tony’s finish at Martinsville,a 3rd place,  might just be a needed boost to the team right in the nick of time to mount a springtime charge! 

The Texas Motor Speedway is a high speed horsepower race track.  Since Stewart-Haas Racing gets their race engines from Hendrick Motorsports, they (Stewart-Haas Racing) might fare very well there.  Stewart seems to run very well overall at Texas and could be there at the end challenging for a win!   

The #14 Stewart-Haas Chevy presently sits in 7th place in the early stages of the season.  That position is far higher than where this reporter thought that the team would be at this stage of the season!!  Even though this wasn’t a true start-up team, it has been largely restructured under Stewart’s leadership.  Stewart brought into his organization many new and talented faces.  When that kind of overhaul and change occurs, it ususually takes time to become cohesive and gel into a championship caliber organization!  However, for Stewart-Haas Racing, it has happened in a very short  time.  It would appear that Tony Stewart is a good student, as well as a good race car driver.  He worked 10 years for the master who knew how to get the most out of the people in his organization, that would be none other than the president of JGR– Joe Gibbs!!  Gibbs has always said that “YOU WIN WITH PEOPLE”!!!!  Maybe Tony has learned a very valuable lesson from his mentor and former boss!!

Having stated my case, this reporter is picking the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Stewart-Haas Chevy to win the Sunday Samsung 500 at Texas!!!