Breaking Down Tony Stewart's Slow Start to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season

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Breaking Down Tony Stewart's Slow Start to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season
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It has not been a good start for Tony Stewart in the 2013 Sprint Cup season.

In fact, Stewart is off to the worst season start in his NASCAR career. I'm not just saying it; the numbers are indisputable.

For a driver of his status and ability, that's really saying something—something bad, that is.

How can the driver who has won three Cup championships (2002, 2005 and 2011) and 47 career Cup wins have started the 2013 season in such a hole after four races.

Stewart is currently in 24th place after the first four races of the season.

Even worse, his two Stewart Haas Racing teammates haven't fared much better: Ryan Newman is one spot ahead in 23rd, while Daytona 500 darling Danica Patrick has free fallen all the way to 28th place (which is a slight improvement from ranking 30th last week).

Let's take a look at what's happened to Stewart thus far this season and what he has to do to turn things around:

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