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Who’s to Blame for Tony Stewart’s Lackluster 2013 Season?

Tony Stewart is a three-time champion in the Sprint Cup Series, so 2013 has been unfamiliar territory for him. He's had dismal years in the past, but with one win, four top-fives and six top-10s after 19 races, 2013 has been Stewart's least productive year to date. The problem isn't because of the new addition in rookie Danica Patrick. Equipment assistance from Hendrick Motorsports isn't to blame, as Stewart-Haas Racing does all of its own setups. Stewart and fellow SHR driver Ryan Newman get along together just fine, so there is no lack of communication there. Yet somehow, someway, the No. 14 crew has been utterly devoid of speed this season. For example, after 19 races in 2012, Stewart had three wins, eight top-fives and nine to...

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