Archive for July 25, 2016


Kannapolis, North Carolina – Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) the championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will expand into the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2017.

The organization will field a full-time, single-car team in the XFINITY Series with a driver and sponsor lineup to be announced prior to the conclusion of the 2016 season. The XFINITY Series team will be run from SHR’s headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

“In order to maintain the competitiveness that has earned SHR two championships since our debut in 2009, we needed an outlet to develop drivers and team personnel for the Sprint Cup Series,” said Greg Zipadelli, vice president of competition, SHR. “People make the difference between winning and losing. An XFINITY Series team gives us added depth that will allow us to promote from within whenever necessary.”

SHR won its first Sprint Cup championship in 2011 with Tony Stewart and earned its second title in 2014 with Kevin Harvick. Since its inception in 2009, SHR has won 33 point-paying races, two non-point races and 28 poles.

“An XFINITY Series team has always been something we would consider when the time was right, and that time is now,” said Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Staying successful in this sport means staying ahead of the curve, and having an XFINITY Series team provides an in-house driver development program and a new channel for personnel to make a positive impact with our race team.”

“This is a natural progression of SHR’s growth and one that allows us to be more self-sufficient,” Haas said. “If you look at all the teams that are successful in Sprint Cup, they have a direct connection to the XFINITY Series where drivers, engineers, mechanics and pit crew members are developed. We’re an established team with a strong infrastructure that is ready for this endeavor.”

About StewartHaas Racing

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The team fields four entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart, the No. 10 Chevrolet for Danica Patrick, the No. 4 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 Chevrolet for Kurt Busch. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with approximately 280 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at, on Facebook at, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng and on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

Kyle Busch about to leave the pits on his to a record-setting Brickyard 400 weekend performance - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image ©2016 Walt Kuhn

Kyle Busch about to leave the pits on his way to a record-setting Brickyard 400 weekend performance – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image – ©2016 Walt Kuhn

INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, July 24, 2016 – The 400-mile NASCAR summer classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway turned out to be a record 425-miler, but the winner was never really in doubt.

Kyle Busch survived four late restarts in the last 18 laps in his No. 18 Skittles Toyota to triumph for the second consecutive year at Indianapolis, winning the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard by 2.126 seconds over Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth. He led a record 149 of 170 laps after starting from the pole.

Busch is the second driver to win back-to-back NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis, joining Jimmie Johnson (2008-09). Five men won back-to-back Indianapolis 500s, most recently Helio Castroneves in 2001-02.

Busch began the weekend with a win from the pole in the XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250, making him the first driver in NASCAR history to sweep the poles and races in both national series in one weekend.

“A great weekend for us, and such a special weekend, to be able to win a Brickyard 400, and to have that opportunity come our way last year and to be able to back it up this weekend was special in its own right,” said Busch, who is second in the Sprint Cup Series points standings. “To sweep the weekend, that’s something that doesn’t come along very often. I can’t say enough about the whole group of guys and the people that are around us.”

Car owner Joe Gibbs was able to add to his trophy case with his fifth Brickyard win since 2000. After the 1-2 Toyota finish followed Jimmie Johnson, who came from a lap down to rally for third in the No. 48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevrolet. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin finished fourth in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota and Kyle Larson took fifth in the No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet.

Tony Stewart finished 11th in his final Brickyard start in the No. 14 Mobil 1/Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet, while Jeff Gordon finished 13th in his relief effort for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet. Once the race was completed, the Hoosiers took one more pace lap around the track, perhaps for the last time together.

Tony Stewart an Jeff Gordon take one last lap at the storied Brickyard - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image by Jim Haines

Fellow Hoosiers Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon take one last lap together, crossing the Bricks at the storied Brickyard – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Image by Jim Haines

“I knew when we got the checkered, I just didn’t want to come in quite yet,” said Stewart, a two-time Brickyard 400 winner. “I wanted to run one more lap, and Jeff was around us before that last green run, and I told my spotter to go get his spotter and say ‘after this thing’s over we need to go a lap around here together, because most likely is the last time we’ll both get to do that.’ I couldn’t think of a better guy to share that with than Jeff.”

Once the lap was complete, the drivers pulled onto pit road together and embraced upon getting out of their cars.

“Well, Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years. But he and I have become really good friends.” Gordon said. “And to see what he’s done and how tough he is as a competitor; I’ve always known what a great guy and what a great race car driver he is, and now I know more about who Tony Stewart really is.”