Stewart hopes to build off 1st victory at Pocono

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Of course, Stewart is only 33 points outside the top 10, which isn’t much for him to make up over the next 13 races before the Chase field is set. Stewart has 42 career victories after June 1.

“That’s all we can do is build on it and continue to improve,” SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said. “When we win a bunch of these things in a row, it means that we don’t have to work on it anymore.”

As a team owner, Stewart can’t even relax just because the No. 14 is showing improvement. SHR’s Ryan Newman (20th) and Danica Patrick (29th) have yet to consistently run at the front of the field, and Stewart won’t truly enjoy his success until all three cars can be considered regular checkered flag contenders.

“He has a huge drive to be fast and make the team better and make his car better and you feel that, for sure. You also feel that passion. And that passion goes for the people that he has around him,” Patrick said. “He really enjoys them and wants them there and treats them well. Maybe a long time ago I thought I heard that you can get people to work out of fear or love, and he gets them to work out of love. I think he cares about them.

“It makes it nice to be around somebody like that.”

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