DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Tony Stewart needs a tremendous rally at
Dover to keep his perfect Chase season alive.
Stewart's Number 14 Chevrolet has not performed like the car
that romped to victories in the first two races in the Chase for
the Sprint Cup championship. He was horrible at practice and that
carried over into Saturday's qualifying, where he turned a lap of
156.760 mph and will start the third Chase race 27 spots behind
polesitter Martin Truex Junior.
Stewart's two wins have only given him a seven-point cushion
over Kevin Harvick entering Sunday's race. With four Chase drivers
starting in the top six at the concrete mile, this could be the
race where the standings get rattled.
Stewart had little explanation for his struggles, other than
saying his car was tight.
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