Stewart loses ground in Chase

BY foxsports • October 2, 2011

Tony Stewart lost his points lead. Ryan Newman lost any shot at making a dent in the standings.

It was a rough day at Dover nternational Speedway for the Stewart-Haas Racing team.

Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet was awful in practice and qualifying and he could never get it going in the race, finishing 25th. He entered the race as the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship leader, and left in third, nine points behind Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards.

Stewart said he struggled with ''the whole package.''

''Even when we got the balance halfway decent, it didn't have speed,'' he said. ''So we just missed it.''

Newman finished 23rd and is mired in 10th in the standings.

''We just didn't have it right all weekend,'' he said. ''We tried a number of adjustments and pit strategies but nothing seemed to work in our favor. We have to put this weekend behind us and move on. We're a much better team than where we finished today.''

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