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While other drivers were relaxing in the days leading up the Finger Lakes 355 on Sunday, Stewart was racing instead _ twice at nearby tracks.

“A lot of people went on vacation their last week, I went racing five nights in a row,” Stewart said. “That is just kind of what I’m into and my thing. I feel like the more time I spend in a race car, the better it’s making me as a driver.”

Rest and time away from the track? Not in his world. And Stewart’s sponsors benefit from his time racing sprint cars as much as he does. They only pay for sponsorship space on his Sprint Cup car. As a courtesy, Stewart throws in space on his sprint car free of cost.

“They don’t finance the sprint car program,” Stewart said. “All those sponsors that we have we put them on the car just as a thank-you, and it’s kind of those things where we try to under-promise and over-deliver with them.”


SPARK PLUGS: Richard Petty said Sunday after his driver, Marcos Ambrose, won at Watkins Glen that his company would have to renegotiate with Ford after the season. “I seen some of the Ford people there today. I told them, `Me and Marcos won the race.’ I had the contract in my pocket. I was going to let them sign it right there. I don’t think it went over too good.” … Ambrose’s second victory at Watkins Glen on Sunday was just his second in 141 Cup races. … Denny Hamlin blew an engine in his No. 11 Toyota and finished 34th.