Ironically, the high point of the season for Tony Stewart came late in the year, when he won three races during the playoffs after getting knocked out of Chase contention during the last race of the regular season.
Editor’s Note: No new Top 10 this week, so please enjoy this classic from the archives about Tony Stewart’s rough Sunday at Dover during this year’s Chase for the Championship.
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Earning the third starting spot for the prestigious Daytona 500 with a Duel win, Elliott Sadler went on to lead five laps in the race before crossing the finish line in fourth spot. Amazingly, what began as a strong top-five weekend to start out the year would turn out to be Sadler’s best finish of the season.
Kyle Petty’s best finish on the year was an eighth at Bristol in the spring, but the high point of the season might have come after he fought his way back into the Top 35 in owner points to end the season after falling approximately 100 points behind Sterling Marlin’s team.
When Bristol rolled around, though, Scott Riggs was determined to do what he could to get his team to victory lane, even if that meant ruffling the feathers of a four-time Nextel Cup champion. Riggs qualified 23rd, but in the closing laps was working to get a top-five finish… or better.
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Ryan Newman’s high point was a third-place finish in the Daytona 500 – his highest ever placement in the Great American Race. His only other top five this season was a second at Sonoma in June.
Jeremy Mayfield did manage to score two front-row starts in a row at Lowe’s and Dover to start the summer, briefly bringing hope that a longtime marriage could be salvaged in the face of disappointing finishes.
Joe Nemechek’s 13th-place finish at Homestead ended the season with a signature seven-race top-20 streak.