Trouble In Texas For Stewart
April 20, 2010 | 4:16 P.M. EST
After snapping a 155-race pole winning drought, Stewart was a contender for his first win of the season during the first half of Monday's rain-delayed race at Texas Motor Speedway.
But with 17 laps to go Stewart's day fell apart when he made contact with Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon as the front pack raced through turn four, triggering a nine car pile-up which caused a 19 minute red flag.
"I came off of four there and bounced off of Jeff's right rear," Stewart said. "It was just a pendulum and I lost it and got into his right rear and then I got us to where neither one of us could get away from it.
"Somebody put me three-wide in one and two and that got me up to where I got a lot of crap on my tires and that started it. It was my fault. I feel bad about it, about doing something stupid like that. I didn't plan on getting loose, but it is 100 percent my fault."
Gordon climbed from his car and immediately walked over to talk to Stewart as he exited his battered Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet.
"I think he was worried that I was going to be upset about it on his side," said Stewart, who made his 400th career Sprint Cup Series start on Monday. "It wasn't his fault, obviously. I got a chance to see it in the infield care center, it is definitely my fault. I apologize to all the teams and drivers that got caught up and their fans for it. We had a really good car there and just a shame that it happened."
Despite leading five times for 74 laps, Stewart fell to 13th in the standings and sits just outside the Chase cut-off as the series heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.