Stewart’s best finish has been 16th to go along with a 32nd-place showing. Kurt Busch has finished 21st and 39th and Danica Patrick has started with 40th- and 36th-place finishes.
With NASCAR’s new Chase rule where a win assures a driver a spot in the championship chase, points will not be as crucial as in past years.
By comparison the Hendrick Motorsports team of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne has recorded six top-10 finishes. The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of drivers, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth has three top-10 finishes through the first two races of the year.
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