Stewart-Haas Racing Is Building Stamina In Each Race so Far This Year

Amanda BradeenCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

HAMPTON, GA - MARCH 08: Ryan Newman driver of the #39 Haas Automation Chevrolet leads Tony Stewart driver of the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet down the front stretch during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8, 2009 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

This is the first year for Stewart-Haas racing and so far it has been a good season. "Smoke", aka Tony Stewart, has had solid finishes in the past three races.

In Martinsville he finished third, Texas fourth, and Phoenix, a close second to winner Mark Martin.

Ryan Newman on the other hand, has not finished in the top 10 except for a sixth-place finish in Martinsville.

Newman completely lost his radio communication for almost all 312 laps, but he still managed to finish in 16th. Overcoming obstacles like this one is exactly what this No. 39 team needs to continue to do to get top 10 finishes.

Since owning his own team, Stewart has matured not only in interviews, but on the track as well. A once, "rowdy", driver had shown these great qualities and has shown he can lead a great car owner team.

As mentioned at, Stewart says, "We're just chiseling away. Man, it's like I can taste it. I know it's coming. We're going to get a win here soon."

If that isn't a sign of pure confidence, then I don't know what is.

With these solid finishes by Stewart and better in car radios for poor Newman, Stewart-Haas Racing is sure to get a win and have an amazing first year.