Top 10 Again?

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Tony Stewart comes into Michigan International Speedway having logged three top-10 finishes in his last four races. The driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series had a top-10 run in the making last Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) before transmission trouble less than 50 laps short of the finish dropped him off the lead lap and into a 27th place finish.

Michigan provides the perfect venue for Stewart to rebound, as the 2002 series champion has enjoyed some past success at the 2-mile oval. In June of 2002 he scored his fifth career Nextel Cup victory, and he followed that triumph with another win in 2001 when he visited Michigan's victory lane in an IROC car.

While Stewart is still winless in 2004, there is little worry that career win number 18 is right around the corner. History has shown that as the temperatures rise, so too does Stewart’s season. Four of his 17 career wins have come in June, with only three coming before June in a Nextel Cup career that dates back to 1999.

With two second-place finishes already this season, Stewart is ready to win. Using a chassis that has led 23.7 percent of the 3,012 laps available in its 10 career starts, Stewart looks to deliver his first win of the year in Sunday's DHL 400 at Michigan.

"You need to have an aerodynamic car, but you've got to have the horsepower to pull it, too," Stewart said about the Michigan layout. "You can't have one and not the other and expect to go to Michigan and win the race."

Qualifying for the DHL 400 will take place on Friday afternoon with Sunday's race getting the green flag at 1 p.m. (ET)

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