Tony Stewart knocked his teammate, Ryan Newman, out of last week's race.
He spun him on Lap 81 at Talladega, and Stewart took "100 percent of the blame."
But Stewart's the boss, so no hard feelings. In fact, they're going to try to work together again at Martinsville this weekend, when Stewart grabs Newman's setup as a blueprint for the short-track race.
"We are going to Martinsville this weekend with Ryan's package that he's been running really well with, and we have kind of struggled there, so we are going to start with Ryan's setup and work our way from there," Stewart said. "We know it's going to be a little different for me and our driving style. Mine and Ryan's are a little bit different. But I feel that's a good place to start for the weekend."
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Martinsville is an unpredictable place for Stewart. And if nothing else, Stewart is looking for predictability.
He started the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup with two victories, making himself a somewhat unexpected contender for the championship.
Then he was 25th.
But now, he's run in the top-10 twice.
He's gotten himself back in contention, in fourth place 19 points behind leader Carl Edwards.
But if you ask him what to make of his position as the Chase heads into the final four races, he can't tell you if that's good or bad.
"The last four weeks are tracks that I like and that I've had success at, but you know, every time you go to a track, it's a little bit different than the time before," he said. "You know, your setups change, your packages change and you hope that you're staying ahead of it.
"So it's hard to tell whether we are going to be able to be where we need to be, but we are going to do everything we can to be as good as we can be in all four of those races."
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