The best view Tony Stewart had of Las Vegas Motor Speedway was in his rearview mirror as he left the 1.5-mile oval on Sunday following the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The 267-lap contest was a forgettable one for Stewart. His No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS proved to be a handful throughout the two-and-a-half-hour race.
“Loose” is how Stewart constantly described his racecar, and no matter what crew chief Chad Johnston did in an attempt to solve the car’s ill-handling ways, nothing made a lasting impact. Stewart ended the race in 33rd position, four laps down.
It was an uncharacteristic result for Stewart, who won the 2012 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas.
“Something wasn’t right,” Stewart said after the race.
When the checkered flag dropped, Johnston ordered the team not to touch the racecar. They’ll take it back to Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in Kannapolis, N.C., to diagnose its ailment.