LONG POND, Pa. – Tony Stewart is suddenly in the thick of the Chase race.
Stewart is coming off his first win of the season at Dover and his second straight top-10 finish, results that have thrust the three-time Cup champion into the No. 1 wild-card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
For an added boost, Stewart was one of the few drivers who participated last month in an open Pocono test in the Gen-6 race car. With practice and qualifying washed out Friday, Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington have additional resources on hand to help master the 2½-mile triangle track.
Stewart's last win at Pocono in 2009 was his first as a car owner at Stewart-Haas Racing, and he finished fifth and third at the two Pocono races last season.