NASCAR: Tony Stewart’s Daytona 500 futility continues
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSFirst published Feb 23 2014 09:54PM
Daytona Beach, Fla. • Tony Stewart’s night ended with more Daytona heartache.
Stewart made it 0-for-16 in the Daytona 500 after another failed effort Sunday in the No. 14 Chevrolet. In 18 seasons spanning NASCAR and IndyCar, Stewart has been able to cross most everything off his to-do list. He still has one big milestone to chase in winning the Daytona 500.
Stewart was forced to pit road around the halfway point with an engine problem, then later went to the garage with other issues. He sat in the car while his crew worked on the 14 and eventually returned to the race a whopping 27 laps down.
The three-time Cup champion drove in his first Sprint Cup points race for the first time since he broke two bones in his leg in an August sprint-car crash.
He does have 19 victories at Daytona in all races at the track other than the 500. He has more wins at one of NASCAR’s most famous tracks than everyone except Dale Earnhardt (34).
He started the Daytona 500 in the back because of an unapproved engine change. He was running about 25th when he started reporting engine issues.
"It acts like it’s just out of fuel, and every lap it gets worse and worse and worse," Stewart said. "It’s taking longer to recover, too."