Tony Stewart’s prospects of winning another Sprint Cup title in his last run are just about, well, “Up in Smoke.”
This will come as bittersweet news in the NASCAR Nation. Stewart is as polarizing as it gets on the circuit: loved or loathed, with few in-between.
Fans adore his feistiness and snarky demeanor. Fans hate his temperament and volatility.
What Stewart doesn’t have is a very good chance to advance to the next three-race round of the Chase for the Cup playoffs. He faces elimination this weekend in Dover, Del., where the field will be whittled from 16 to 12.
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