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Stewart looks to revisit past success


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Tony Stewart is hoping for a little better luck this week than last week.

The Columbus native led three laps early Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway after the race had been postponed by rain Saturday. He was in eighth place when he was collected in a multi-car accident on Lap 20. He later returned to the race to finish 40th.

This weekend, Stewart and his NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors are in Loudon, New Hampshire, for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301.

“There’s nothing tricky or fancy about it,” Stewart said in a news release. “It’s just a fun track. ... Your car has to work well there, but when you get to racing guys — you’re trying to outbreak them, trying to get your car to turn and you struggle for forward bite. It’s just got a little bit of everything the drivers look for to have a good race.”

Stewart has enjoyed success at New Hampshire, having won three times in his Sprint Cup career. Prior to that, he won an Indy Racing League event there in 1998.

“Obviously, I like it because I’ve had success there,” Stewart said. “But at the same time, it’s a tough track to pass on. You can be a couple of tenths faster than a guy, but it still takes you 20 laps to get by him.

“Every race at Loudon seems to be a pretty good race,” he said. “So, I like it. I enjoy racing there even though it is hard to pass.”

In his only race at New Hampshire last year, Stewart finished 26th.

“If you miss on something, it can be a miserable day,” Stewart said. “It seems like you don’t see but three or four guys during the day that really hit it. That’s what makes a day there miserable when you miss. It’s just a matter of keeping a well-balanced car all day. And it seems like you can have bad track position, but if you have a car that drives well, you can drive your way to the front.”

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