Tony Stewart is back at Watkins Glen in desperate need of a win, and the weatherman is cooperating.

The forecast for Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen is sunny with temperatures in the mid-80s. That means Stewart will be in his element.

The last of Stewart's NASCAR-record five wins at Watkins Glen International was in the rain-delayed 2009 race on a hot, steamy Monday. He muscled an ill-handling car in the early going, then held off road race ace Marcos Ambrose over the final 21 laps for his seventh triumph on a road course, second all-time to Jeff Gordon's nine.

A year ago, Stewart missed Watkins Glen after a sprint car accident in Iowa broke his leg just days before the race at a track he'd dominated for a decade.