Tony Stewart reflected on a very poor season for Stewart-Haas Racing even by their own standards they set especially last season.
Last season, SHR won 10 races. But this number has fallen down to just one in the 25 races so far. Kevin Harvick was the driver with the most win in the 2020 season, with nine and he is yet to win a race this season.
Appearing t the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a promotional video shoot for Mobil 1, team owner Stewart said that something is wrong with the organization.
“It is that time of the year, where you can reflect back and it’s been — not been a season that we’re proud of by any means,” Stewart explained. “We definitely have a problem in our organization and it’s not with people, but there’s something that we’re missing on that has cost us the entire season up to this point and we can’t find it. But we know there is something fundamentally wrong, but we have got everyone in the shop working to try to — A. We have to figure out what the problem is. That’s going to be the hardest part, once we find out what the problem is.”
Tony Stewart reflects on SHR’s performance during the regular #NASCAR season: “It’s not been a season that we’re proud of by any means … It’s frustrating because we’re all sitting there scratching our heads trying to figure out what is wrong and what’s going on…” pic.twitter.com/zT6r3N6TqR
— Alex Andrejev (@AndrejevAlex) August 26, 2021
The only good thing is that the team will have two drivers in the playoffs competing for the playoffs. Aric Almirola will compete by the virtue of at winning at New Hampshire last month while Harvick will go to the playoffs through points.
Stewart fails to explain what went wrong in the organization but gave some reasons for it.
“It’s frustrating because we’re all sitting there scratching our heads trying to figure out what’s wrong and what is going on,” Stewart said. “Part of it is rule changes over the winter, where we lost some of the advantage that we found and created, we lost some of that and haven’t been able to get all of that back, obviously.”
It is very surprising especially for Harvick who dominated so many races last season to struggle like this in this season. Nonetheless, the season is not over yet and maybe the team can salvage something from the poor season.