Tony Stewart fizzles at Texas

rew members for the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart (not pictured) work on the car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
rew members for the #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy/Office Depot Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart (not pictured) work on the car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been on top of the world in 2012. In the first five races of the season, Stewart won two. A feat made even more notable given Stewart’s past history of not winning until later in the season.

Those two wins however, were scattered among several forgettable finishes making for a hot or cold season to date for Stewart.  This past weekend at Texas turned out to be a cold one for Stewart. The trouble started Thursday during the first practice as Stewart and his team and struggled to find speed.

Things got worse for Stewart during Friday’s final practice when Stewart’s Chevy tagged the wall forcing the team to go to a backup. Stewart and the team were hopeful for a good showing despite the early problems and a lackluster qualifying run that left him with a starting spot of 29th. The hope came from the fact that the backup Chevy was the same one Stewart had gone to victory lane with at Texas last November.  The hope quickly faded after the green flag fell Saturday night.  With only a handful of practice laps the No. 14 Chevy continued to struggle. MORE>>>

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