Gas 'N' Go: Stewart or Kurt Busch at Bristol?

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart has only two top-15 finishes in his last nine starts at Bristol. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

Who finishes higher at Bristol - Tony Stewart or Kurt Busch?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

At this point I'm not willing to bet anything on Tony Stewart out performing anyone on the race track. There are just too many variables surrounding "Smoke" to get a true sense of just where he's at in 2014.

By his own admission he's nowhere near being 100 percent physically and probably won't be for some time. That has to be a major component in trying to judge his performance at a grueling track like Bristol.

Overall with the exception of Kevin Harvick's Phoenix win, the Stewart-Haas Racing organization is struggling. Throw in the early process of Stewart getting comfortable with new crew chief Chad Johnston and there are still a lot of question marks around the No. 14 team here in the middle of March.

While Kurt Busch doesn't have the finishes to show for it, he's been okay in the opening three races of the season. My answer might change further into the season but right now I say "The Outlaw" has a better day in Bristol than "Smoke."

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

It seems hard to believe that Tony Stewart has only two top-15 finishes in his last nine starts at Bristol.

Instead it’s easy to remember how Stewart dominated there, but that’s the trick. It happened years ago. Stewart has led a total of three laps at Bristol since the 2008 night race. Look at his record at the high-banked, half-time track. He has only five top-10 finishes since his victory there in the 2001 night race.

While Kurt Busch’s season has not started well, he has better results at Bristol than Stewart. Busch has five top-10 finishes in his last nine starts there, dating back to the 2009 night race.

Busch will have a better finish than Stewart this weekend at Bristol.

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.

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