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Stewart: 'Driver screwed it up this week'

June 08, 2014, Staff report,

Contrite owner takes blame for pit-road speeding

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Tony Stewart was running 1-2-3 with fellow Stewart-Haas Racing drivers Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick at and shortly after the halfway point of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway


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While Busch finished third, Stewart and Harvick slumped to 13th and 14th at the checkered flag, and the owner blamed himself after getting caught for speeding entering pit road at Lap 119.

"One hundred percent driver error," Stewart said. "I don't know how I got through the lights like I did, but I got to where I blew through all the lights and didn't have any on the tach so I had no clue that I was over it. But it was 100 percent driver error."

After finishing seventh place last week at Dover International Speedway, Stewart told his No. 14 team, "Better guys, but we're not (expletive) good enough yet. Gave away a third."

"I gave my guys grief last week," Stewart said on Sunday. "Thought we should have run in the top three, and then I give it away this week." 

Stewart led 24 laps on Sunday, and it was only the second time he's led a race this year, running 74 circuits in the top spot in April at Texas.

"Had an awesome Mobil 1 Chevy all from Friday through Sunday," Stewart said. "Great race car -- just the driver screwed it up this week."

Stewart sits 18th in the standings and seeks to join his teammates Busch and Harvick with a win to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field.


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