Stewart Looks For Glen History

Road courses and Tony Stewart seem to go together and the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is hoping for a seventh career road racing win in Sunday's Centurion Boats at The Glen.

Of Stewart’s 32 career Sprint Cup victories, six have come at road courses with four trips to victory lane at Watkins Glen International.

But Stewart's last win came 35 races ago at The Glen, and he’s in the midst of the longest winless streak of his Sprint Cup career.

However Stewart is not worried about the drought.

“It’s not like we’re not running well, because we are," Stewart said. "We’ve just had some circumstances that haven’t gone our way. You’ll have that. We tend to be a late-blooming team anyhow. We plan on doing the same thing we do every week. We’re not changing our approach."

"Every week our goal is to win the race, and that’s not going to change. That’s how we’ve won two championships. If we go out and win the race, the points take care of themselves. It’s always been that way, and it always will be that way."

Along with Mark Martin, Stewart will be honored as one of the Glen’s Drivers of the Decade. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of racing, Watkins Glen International commissioned a panel of experts to choose the Driver of the Decade for each 10-year segment of competition here.

A fifth Cup win Sunday would make Stewart the first driver to reach that victory mark at the historic track.

"It’s always cool to be a part of history," he said. "When A.J. Foyt was the first to win four Indy 500s – that was huge. To imagine all the different types of racing that’s been at Watkins Glen and know that we’ve got a shot to do something that hasn’t been done before is definitely a cool opportunity.”

While some drivers in the garage area can't wait for the two road race weekends of the season to end, Stewart actually looks forward to them.

"I love the two road courses," he said. "It’s nice because it kind of breaks up the monotony of the season. We do the same thing every week and it’s nice to have two road course races thrown in the mix that give us a chance to do something a little bit off-center for all of us. It’s kind of like the ‘Prelude’ with no dirt added, unless you drive off, which a lot of us do. We still get a dirt aspect in it, I guess.”

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