Stewart-Haas Racing, a preseason powerhouse on paper, is struggling in real time, Kevin Harvick’s Phoenix victory notwithstanding.
Harvick stands 14th in points. Tony Stewart is 27th. Kurt Busch is 28th. And Danica Patrick is 33rd. Harvick’s win is the only top-10 finish for the organization thus far. This past Sunday in Las Vegas, Patrick’s 21st-place finish was the best of the four.
Hellooooo, Bristol, where SHR has some solid history, starting with Busch who in the past has won at BMS driving for both Roush Fenway Racing and Team Penske; from 2002-04 he won four out of six BMS races.
Busch has five victories overall at Bristol while Harvick and Stewart have one apiece. Busch’s win total has him tied for third all-time with his brother Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and none other than NASCAR Hall of Fame member David Pearson.
Patrick will likely hit a milestone at Bristol, starting her 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. In three starts at Bristol, Patrick has an average finish of 27.7.