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Stewart-Haas Racing
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Owner(s) Tony Stewart
Gene Haas
Base Kannapolis, North Carolina
Series Sprint Cup Series
Camping World Truck Series
Race drivers Sprint Cup
4. Kevin Harvick
8. Chase Rose
10. Danica Patrick
14. Tony Stewart
41. Kurt Busch
Truck Series
00. Cole Custer
Ken Schrader
Sponsors Sprint Cup
4. Budweiser/Outback Steakhouse/Jimmy Johns
8. United States Marine Corps.
10. GoDaddy.com/Aspen Dental
14. Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1/Code 3 Associates/Rush Truck Centers
41. Haas Automation / State Water Heaters
Truck Series
00. Haas Automation
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Career
Debut 2003 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Latest race 2014 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)
Races competed 119
Drivers' Championships 1 (2011)
Race victories 23 (22 in Sprint Cup Series, 1 in Nationwide)
Pole positions 17 (16 in Sprint Cup Series, 1 in Truck Series)

Stewart-Haas Racing is a NASCAR racing team based in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The team is co-owned by Haas Automation founder Gene Haas and three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, and was founded as Haas CNC Racing in 2003 after Haas, whose company was a sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports, elected to form his own team. The team in its current form was born in 2009 after Stewart, who had been driving for Joe Gibbs Racing but was not happy with the team's switch to Toyota engines and who desired to both become a team owner and to get back to racing for Chevrolet, purchased an equal share in the team from Haas, who has fielded General Motors cars since the team was founded.

In the Sprint Cup Series, the team runs the No. 4 Budweiser/Outback Steakhouse/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS for Kevin Harvick, the No. 8 United States Marine Corps. for Chase Rose, the No. 10 GoDaddy.com/Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS for Danica Patrick, the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart, and the No. 41 Haas Automation/State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS for Kurt Busch. In the Camping World Truck Series, the team fields the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet for Cole Custer on a limited basis. The team also formerly fielded teams in Nationwide Series. The team receives engine and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports.[1]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Car No. 4 history[edit]

2004 #0 NetZero Chevrolet

What is now the #4 car was Haas CNC Racing's original foray into NASCAR's top series. After being an associate sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports for a number of years, Gene Haas launched his own Winston Cup team for the 2003 season in partnership with Hendrick. Haas signed Jack Sprague, who had spent the previous six years driving in the Busch and Craftsman Truck series for Hendrick, to be his driver. Sprague, who at the time was sponsored by NetZero, brought his sponsorship with him and Haas' car became the #0 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Sprague posted a career-best fourteenth place finish at the 2003 Daytona 500. Afterwards, however, the team began to struggle. After finishing 40th at Chicagoland, Haas released Sprague in favor of John Andretti, who finished 41st at Loudon, 33rd at Pocono, before qualifying 15th and finishing 19th at Watkins Glen International. Because Andretti had a prior commitment with DEI, Jason Leffler drove the car at Indy, finishing 33rd. Leffler lost his ride at Ultra Motorsports, where he drove the #2 truck for the team in the Craftsman Truck Series, because of his start at Indianapolis, but Haas hired him to drive the car on a more permanent basis shortly thereafter. Five-time Cup race winner Ward Burton was signed to drive the car toward the end of the season, as Leffler was reassigned to the Busch Series to drive Haas' 00 car. In the final four races, he finished 13th at Atlanta and 18th at Rockingham.

In the 2004 off-season, Pontiac announced it was leaving the sport, forcing the team to switch to Chevrolets. Burton began 2004 by finishing 17th at the Daytona 500 and then earned the team's first top-10 finish the next week with a 9th place finish at Rockingham. The team was also 9th place in points. Despite top-20 finishes in 2 of the next three weeks, the team began to slip in points. After a streak of bad races, the team re-emerged at California Speedway with a 10th place finish. The team racked up 5 straight top-20 finishes and Burton earned outside pole at Indianapolis, but made contact early in the race and finally crashed to a 39th place finish. In October, Burton finished again in 10th place, this time at Talladega Superspeedway. After Phoenix, and a 40th place finish, Burton was released by Haas and was replaced by Mike Bliss. The 2002 Craftsman Truck Series champion took over and had an immediate impact finishing 10th at Darlington, signing him for the 2005 season.

Bliss began the 2005 season by finishing the 18th in each of the first four races. Despite a 9th at Pocono and 7th at Bristol, he was released from the ride at season's end. In the off-season, Jeff Green was signed to replace Bliss. Best Buy was signed on as sponsor as NetZero left, and the team began the 2006 season with a renumbered #66 Chevrolet. The new car number was in honor of the year the new primary sponsor opened its first store, 1966.[2] Green finished 28th in the final point standings in 2006, and was signed to continue driving the 66 in 2007.

On October 22, 2007 it was announced that Jeremy Mayfield would take over the #66 car for Green for the final four races of 2007. During the off-season, Best Buy moved to Gillett Evernham Motorsports to sponsor Elliott Sadler's #19 Dodge. Former Evernham driver Scott Riggs took over the #66 in 2008 with State Water Heaters as the sponsor, coming over from Morgan-McClure Motorsports. Riggs finished the season in the top 35, but was released in favor of Ryan Newman following Tony Stewart's entrance into the team.

For the 2009 season, the car became the #39 with Newman driving (the #39 was Newman's midget car number). The United States Army signed on to sponsor the car, which was announced prior to the October Charlotte race, for 23 races, with Haas Automation and others filling the remainder.

In spring 2009 Ryan Newman had a few top tens. He led the first 25 laps at Bristol and finished in 7th spot. He finished in 6th spot the next week at Martinsville after recovering from a pit road mistake. After finishing in the top twenty the next two weeks Newman had his breakout race leading the 2009 Aaron's 499 at Talladega, nearly scoring Stewart-Haas Racing's first win in NASCAR at Talladega. With 2 laps left, he was passed by Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. While Newman was running third place he suddenly saw Carl Edwards, airborne, smash his windshield and hood. Unable to see, Newman let go of the wheel to let his car slide up into the wall and roll to the finish line. Newman would end up finishing third, beating Marcos Ambrose by a bumper. When he climbed out of his demolished racecar, Newman learned Edwards spun off of Keselowski's nose after Edwards tried to block Keselowski.

The next week, Newman led 45 laps at Richmond and ended up in 4th place. Newman made the Chase for the Sprint Cup but failed to win a race in 2009. The team did, however, score 15 top 10 finishes and managed to finish 9th in points.

The Army returned to Newman's car for the 2010 season as sponsor for 15 races. The team won their first race in the #39 at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix in 2010. The win was the first in NASCAR history for a car numbered 39.[3] The team failed to make the Chase though and finished 15th in points.

In 2011, Newman scored a second win at New Hampshire International Speedway, while Stewart finished second making it the first 1-2 for Stewart-Haas Racing. Newman and Stewart made the Chase, and Newman came home 10th in the final standings.

It was announced that Quicken Loans would be a sponsor on the 39 car for the 2012 season. Newman got off to a quick start in 2012 with a win at Martinsville in only the 6th race.

For 2013 Quicken Loans became Newman's primary sponsor as the Army significantly reduced its motorsports sponsorships. Newman would struggle through the first half of the season adjusting to the Gen6 car. Through the second half of the season, SHR's performance would pick up, and Newman would take his first win of the season at the Brickyard 400, winning the pole and driving away from a dominant Jimmie Johnson. He would be come the second Indiana native alongside Stewart to win the 400. Newman originally failed to make the 2013 Chase, but after Michael Waltrip Racing was penalized for "manipulating the results of the Federated Auto Parts 400", and Newman took Martin Truex, Jr.'s place in the Chase.[4]

In 2014, this team became the #4 and is driven by Kevin Harvick with his Budweiser and Jimmy John's sponsorship coming over from Richard Childress Racing, while Newman was released. It was originally announced that SHR did not have enough funds to field a fourth car for Newman.[5] However, the team expanded to four cars anyway, signing Kurt Busch. Harvick won in just his second start with Stewart-Haas Racing at Phoenix International Raceway. The team then won again at Darlington Raceway.

Car No. 10 history[edit]

Main article: Tommy Baldwin Racing

The No. 10 was originally the No. 35 belonging to Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2011. Stewart-Haas and Tommy Baldwin formed a partnership prior to the start of the 2012 season, changing the number to 10. The number was selected by Patrick as she had used the number in her karting days. This was done primarily to ensure Patrick a starting position in the Daytona 500. The No. 10 when driven by Patrick in her 10 race schedule, was fielded under the SHR banner (though it was owned by Baldwin) with Hendrick support, and when it was not driven by Patrick, would be driven primarily by David Reutimann, as well as Tony Raines, Dave Blaney, and Tomy Drissi with ECR engines. The No. 10 moved under the full ownership of SHR for 2013 and was driven by Patrick. Stewart-Haas Racing is the first team in NASCAR history to sign a female driver to a full Sprint Cup Series season.

Patrick started the 2013 season winning the pole for the Daytona 500, the first woman to do so.

Car No. 14 history[edit]

The car which is now the #14 debuted in 2003 with driver David Green. The car was numbered 60 and was sponsored by Haas and co sponsorship from Netzero and Kellogg's. The car only tried out at the restrictor plate races. They only made 2 of the 4 races. The next race the 60 tried out was the 2003 fall race at Charlotte with Brian Vickers making his debut. He qualified 20th and finished 33rd. The car would not appear until the 2006 Coca-Cola 600 as the #70 with Johnny Sauter driving. He ran in the top-ten for most of the day before a blown tire caused him to wreck. The 70 made another attempt later in the season at the Brickyard 400, but did not qualify. It was announced that the 70 would race full-time in 2007, with Yellow Transportation moving up from the Busch Series and Johnny Sauter driving. Sauter and the team worked their way into the Top 35 in Owner's Points after the first five races (which guaranteed a spot in each race), but missed the Food City 500 at Bristol, yet still had top ten runs at Phoenix (9th) in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 and at Richmond (fifth) at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Jeremy Mayfield was chosen to be the 2008 driver. After the seventh race of the season, Mayfield fell out of the top 35 in owner's points, so he and Haas CNC parted ways. Johnny Sauter, along with Jason Leffler, Tony Raines, and others finished out the 2008 season.

For the 2009 season, the team switched to the #14, with Tony Stewart driving. Office Depot, moving over from Carl Edwards' #99 Ford Fusion, and Old Spice, brought by Stewart, came aboard as primary sponsors, with the number chosen in tribute to Stewart's racing hero, open wheel legend A. J. Foyt.[6] Even though the #70 had finished outside of the Top 35 exemption rule, Stewart had the past championship provisional to utilize for the first five races of 2009 if it was necessary. After five races, the team was solidly in the top ten in owner points. Stewart won the 2009 Sprint All-Star Race, which was the first win for Gene Haas. A few weeks later, Stewart brought the team its first points paying win at Pocono Raceway in the 2009 Pocono 500. At the 2009 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, Stewart would win his second race under the Stewart-Haas banner, with Burger King as the sponsor. Stewart continued his winning ways with wins at Watkins Glen and Kansas. He managed a 6th place finish in points.

Stewart struggled for the early portion of the 2010 season, which prompted Old Spice to leave Stewart-Haas for the 2011 season. Stewart recovered later in the year to win 2 races at Atlanta and Auto Club Speedway and managed to make the Chase. He finished 7th in points. It was later announced that Mobil 1 would be the replacement sponsor for Old Spice.

Stewart started the 2011 season with a dominant run at Las Vegas but a speeding penalty put the team out of contention late. Stewart was winless entering the Chase. During the 10 race Chase, Stewart won 5 races at Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Martinsville, Texas and Homestead to win the team's first Sprint Cup championship, tying Carl Edwards in points, but winning the tiebreaker by virtue of most victories (Edwards with 1 victory). The title also made Stewart the only NASCAR driver to have won championship titles under the Winston Cup (2002), Nextel Cup (2005), and Sprint Cup (2011) brands.

For the 2012 season, both Office Depot and Mobil 1 returned to sponsor Stewart as well as having a minor presence on Ryan Newman's 39 car's right left and right rear quarter panels. Burger King would leave the 14 car to form BK Racing.

Stewart and his team got off to a quick start in 2012 after finishing second in the non-points Budweiser Shootout, winning the first Gatorade Duel, the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas, and the rain-shortened Auto Club 400 at Fontana. Later in the season he won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

For 2013, Stewart received a new primary sponsor in Bass Pro Shops, which moved over from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to replace Office Depot. Bass Pro joined Mobil 1, which sponsored eleven races while Bass sponsored eighteen. As of June 20, 2013, sponsorship for the other nine races has yet to be determined, although Stewart said Haas Automation could serve that role if absolutely necessary. Stewart subsequently won the 2013 FedEx 400. On August 4, Stewart broke his right leg in a sprint car accident, and was replaced by Max Papis at Watkins Glen.[7] Austin Dillon was named to drive the 14 at Michigan.[8] After the Michigan race, it was announced that Stewart would miss the remainder of the season, with Mark Martin stepping in as a replacement for twelve of the thirteen races, with Dillon driving at Talladega.[9]

As Stewart was not cleared to drive yet at the end of the 2013 season, including all official off-season testing, Martin continued driving the #14 during off-season testing. Stewart was eventually cleared to race.[10]

Car No. 41 history[edit]

The #41 car is the fourth and newest team added to Stewart-Haas Racing and debuted at the beginning of the 2014 season. On August 26, 2013 Kurt Busch said he would be leaving Furniture Row Racing to drive the fourth Stewart-Haas car. The car is sponsored for the full season by Gene Haas's company Haas Automation.[11] On September 24, 2013, it was revealed that the car would be #41, and later that Daniel Knost would be Busch's crew chief. The car won for the first time in only its sixth race at the 2014 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014.

Nationwide / Busch Series[edit]

The Haas Busch Team made its debut at Kansas in October 2003 as the #00 Haas CNC Chevy in the Busch Series. After starting 11th, Jason Leffler finished 16th despite wrecking during the race. After a pair of 11th at Charlotte and Phoenix, Leffler had his first top-five, starting 14th and finishing 4th.

The team would go full-time in 2004. After a slow start, Leffler would finish out of the top-15 twice: a 34th at California and a 17th at Bristol. Leffler also grabbed a pole at California, and a win at Nashville. It was both Leffler's Haas' first win. Despite being third in points, Leffler was released after signing with Joe Gibbs Racing's Cup program for 2005. His immediate replacement was Blake Feese, who had 7th place start at Kansas. However, he struggled in that race and all 4 races he ran for Haas. With Feese struggling, Haas looked for another driver, even as he moved Bootie Barker to the Cup Series operation. After Tony Raines finished tenth at Phoenix, Justin Labonte took over for the balance of the season. Haas merged with Labonte Motorsports for 2005.

Labonte ran 2005 in the #44 United States Coast Guard Chevy. However, he had limited success. He was 7th at Talladega and 10th at Charlotte in the fall. Despite a 17th place finish in points, Labonte was released and once again Haas was searching for a new driver. Meanwhile, Johnny Sauter had a more eventful year, from being disqualified for an illegal carburetor following the O'Reilly 300 to getting a hometown victory in the SBC 250 in dominant fashion.

In 2006, Sauter drove the #00 Yellow Transportation Chevy were the team finished 8th in the final point standings. A late-season surge for Sauter resulted in the #00 Busch Series team moving up to the Cup series as the #70 team, and the team's Busch Series equipment was sold to Jay Robinson Racing.

Craftsman / Camping World Truck Series[edit]

The team had an agreement for Camping World Truck Series team MRD Motorsports to be the driver development team for Haas CNC Racing which Blake Bjorklund was named the driver for the 2007 season. Bjorklund was originally scheduled to drive 12 races for MRD, but ran most of the schedule before being replaced by Chad McCumbee. In 2014, Cole Custer will run the No. 00 with the team, branded Haas Racing Developments, for 7 races. NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader will run the 00 in the Mudsummer Classic. with sponsorship from Federated Auto Parts.

Wins[edit]

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Nationwide Series[edit]

2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Stewart to partner with Haas Racing in 2009". Racewayreport.com. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  2. ^ "Best Buy on board with Green's No. 66" NASCAR.com. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  3. ^ "Memorable Moments: Phoenix". NASCAR. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  4. ^ "NASCAR Penalizes Michael Waltrip Racing". NASCAR. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (2013-08-26). "Kurt Busch to Join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (August 25, 2008). "Stewart rolls out new cars, will race under No. 14". ESPN. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ DiZinno, Tony (2013-08-06). "Max Papis to replace Stewart at Watkins Glen". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  8. ^ Bromberg, Nick (2013-08-12). "Austin Dillon subbing for Tony Stewart at Michigan". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Tony Stewart to miss rest of season because of broken bones in his leg". Washington Post. Washington, DC. August 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Stewart cleared to race following crashes". Savannah Morning News. January 27, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Haas would sponsor Kurt Busch". ESPN. 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 

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