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The Best Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Moments

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The NASCAR world was saddened with the news that Stewart-Haas racing will shut down at the end of the year. However, this comes after many years of great memories and some of NASCAR’s most iconic and exciting moments. These are the best Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR moments.

  • Stewart-Haas Racing was founded in 2002 by Gene Haas as Haas CNC Racing. Tony Stewart bought into the team in 2009, becoming an owner-driver, and the team immediately took off. Eventually, it grew into a four-car behemoth that contended for wins every week.
  • Overall, the team has won 69 races and two Cup Series Championships so far. Many of these moments will end up on this list.
  • Fans are sad to see SHR go. SHR has many fans who look back on these memories fondly.

5. 2020 The Real Heroes 400: Kevin Harvick Wins the First Race After the Pandemic

From 2018 to 2020, no NASCAR Cup Series driver won more races than Kevin Harvick (21). Perhaps it was appropriate that Harvick dominated when NASCAR returned after the pandemic in 2020. He led 159 laps en route to his first of nine victories that season.

The race itself marked the welcome return of NASCAR to TV, and the beginning of one of the most incredible single-season runs in recent memory. Unfortunately for Harvick, things ended sour as he failed to win the Championship. That being said, the accomplishment of that season and Harvick’s being the first winner after the pandemic will always be remembered.

4. 2017 Daytona 500: Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart Get Long-Awaited Daytona 500 Win

Despite coming so close so many times, Tony Stewart could never win the Daytona 500 as a driver. However, the consolation prize was pretty sweet, as Kurt Busch, another notorious Daytona bridesmaid, won the sport’s biggest race in 2017.

The race came down to fuel mileage, and Busch was well within the lead pack. Busch had it played perfectly as drivers in front of him dropped out in the closing laps due to fuel mileage. He came through turn four and took home the win with a comfortable lead, giving him and his boss the highly anticipated taste of Daytona 500 glory.

3. 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400: Kevin Harvick Wins The Championship

Kevin Harvick walked into the final two races of 2014 knowing one thing: he would likely need to win both races to give SHR his second Championship. He took care of business with a dominant win at Phoenix, then came Homestead-Miami. He spent most of the day perched closely behind the dominant car of the day, but non-Championship 4 contender, Jeff Gordon, before Gordon dropped out of contention late

Harvick had to fight off several late challenges from his Championship 4 rivals, with seven cautions in the final 73 laps. He edged out former SHR driver Ryan Newman to take home the Championship. Harvick’s final two races of 2014 may be one of the most incredible clutch performances in NASCAR history.

2. 2009 Pocono 500: SHR’s First Cup Series Win

When Tony Stewart decided to jump from Joe Gibbs Racing to form Stewart-Haas Racing, the move was met with widespread skepticism. How would Stewart perform after merging with a race team that had never won a Cup Series race? Early in 2009, Stewart proved the doubters wrong, holding the points lead heading into the summer stretch.

However, while he did win the All-Star Race, the one glaring flaw was that Stewart had yet to win a points race in the No. 14 car. That changed at Pocono when Stewart gave the team their first career pole, and crew chief Darian Grubb employed an aggressive fuel strategy. Stewart stretched the fuel just enough to beat the dominant car of the day, Carl Edwards, to give Stewart-Haas Racing its first career win.

1. 2011: Tony Stewart’s Improbable Playoff Run

It’s hard to pick just one moment from this incredible Championship run, so why not include the entire 10-race stretch? Tony Stewart struggled in the 2011 regular season, limping into the Chase with no wins and only three top-5 finishes. Everything turned around in the Chase

Stewart took home a pair of fuel mileage victories at Chicagoland and New Hampshire to start the Chase, but he fell back to regular season form the next two races, falling to seventh in points. Stewart entered the final four races 19 points behind Carl Edwards, and he won at Martinsville and Texas to cut the lead to three points. Stewart then took home the win and the Championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami after an aggressive, three-wide move on the last restart.

Stewart-Haas Racing has had some incredible moments throughout its history. Let us know your favorite SHR moments on Discord or X, and don’t forget you can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and even YouTube

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