BROWNSBURG, IND – Entering seven consecutive nights of competition at two of Florida’s most notable facilities, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing opened their 2020 sprint car calendar with a big agenda and padded it with big results, eventually capping their seven-day run with four top-ten finishes and highlighting all starts with back-to-back top-five performances against the All Star Circuit of Champions at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.
The ‘Steel City Outlaw’ Tim Shaffer, a former multi-time All Star Circuit of Champions champion and Knoxville Nationals champion, helped activate Tony Stewart Racing’s 2020 season, officially, by subbing-in for three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart while he was under the weather. Shaffer filled Stewart’s shoes well and earned a pair of top-ten finishes during action at Volusia Speedway Park; sixth and ninth against the All Stars and Outlaws, respectively. Although Shaffer’s sixth-place outcome during All Star action was a result of row two, the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania-native was impressive against the World of Outlaws and earned his ninth place outcome from the outside of row nine.
After Shaffer’s five-day substitution at Volusia Speedway Park, ‘Smoke’ Tony Stewart was back in charge at East Bay Raceway Park, joining the All Star Circuit of Champions during the inaugural Jean Lynch Classic / All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Winn-Dixie. Two starts ended with back-to-back top-five finishes for the recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, winning each of his respective heat races in the process, as well as winning his respective dash on Monday.
“It definitely feels good to be back in the seat. I was under the weather a little bit during the events at Volusia, but I feel a lot better now and I’m ready to get after it,” Tony Stewart expressed. “It will take a little bit of time for our team to become acclimated, but we have a lot of experience on our side and I have a great crew that knows exactly what it takes to stay competitive and motivated during a busy stretch like this.”
Unfortunately, instances of bad luck and unfavorable track conditions negated TSR the possibility of at least two additional top-ten finishes, as an abrasive surface at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, February 6, resulted in tire issues and an eventual 15th-place finish. Also, Shaffer was caught up in an opening lap altercation during World of Outlaws action at Volusia on Saturday, February 8; he was scored 27th.
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|2020 Tony Stewart/Tony Stewart Racing Statistics:|
|Total Races: 2|
|Total Wins: 0|
|Total Top-5s: 2|
|Total Top-10s: 2|
|**Stats reflect Tony Stewart results, only|