Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/10/14

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 02: Joey Logano, driver of the Sport Clips Toyota, stands on pit road prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 on October 2, 2010 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The logical place for Tony Stewart to get payback and send a message to Joey Logano that he’s not going to stand behind what he did to him last race at Fontana would be this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway. The track is short at just .526-miles and tempers already will be high. Most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers send their paybacks and messages at Martinsville annually. It’s a safe place where the driver you’re wrecking won’t get hurt and it won’t damage your car much if you do it right. There’s minimal risk with doing so this weekend for most in the series. Millions of eyes will be tuned to see if Stewart gives the payback he vowed he’d do after the race at Fontana two weeks ago. Unfortunately for him it may not be best the best place to do that. Stewart is really in no position for funny business right now. He sits buried deep in the points after having a rough start to the 2013 season. He’s 22nd in the standings and 37 points out of the Chase if it started today. That’s nearly one full race. Why throw another race away and be two races out? Plus, Martinsville hasn’t been too kind to “Smoke” the last few years. He’s finished 24th or worse in four of the last six races despite his win in October ’11. Stewart has one top 10 finish in the first five races this season and wrecking Logano could cause damage and put him deep in the field or even worse spark a payback from Logano himself. He can’t afford to miss the Chase this year with not having sponsorship money full-time on all three of his cars at Stewart-Hass Racing. All three of them are off to dismal starts as Ryan Newman sits the best in the camp at 20th in the standings. The other driver the ever so popular Danica Patrick is back in 29th and doesn’t look like she’s going to be a factor on non-restrictor plate tracks this season. With her certainly coming back next year that means Stewart needs to run up front and get as much money for funding as possible. Newman is a free agent next season and Stewart doesn’t want to let his buddy go. With wrecking cars and having none of the three make the Chase SHR will take a loss monetarily with money already being scarce in ’13. That’s why Stewart needs to look at the bigger picture this weekend and get all three of his cars running well again. Newman is the defending champion of this race and a win would go a long way. It’s obviously way too early to be even talking about the Chase but causing a wreck and being two races out could be detrimental. His best option at payback would be at Richmond on later this month on April 27th if he can get his season turned around. The post NASCAR: Martinsville not a good spot for Tony Stewart to send payback to Logano appeared first on Race Review Online.
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