Stewart-Haas Racing recorded wins in all three NASCAR national series
Stewart-Haas Racing is an American stock car racing team, based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, that currently competes with four cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and two cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The team is co-owned by three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Haas Automation founder and Haas F1 team owner Gene Haas.
Gene Haas founded a team in 2002
The team was originally founded in 2002 as Haas CNC Racing. In 2009, Tony Stewart joined the team as a driver but also bought a 50% stake in it. In 2011, Stewart scored his third Cup Series championship title and the first for the team. In 2014, Kevin Harvick became team’s second driver to win the Cup Series title. From 2002 to 2016, the team was running General Motors cars (Chevrolet and Pontiac), switching to Ford in 2017.
In the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the team fields the #4 Ford Fusion for Kevin Harvick, the #10 Ford for Danica Patrick, the #14 Ford for Clint Bowyer, and the #41 Ford for Kurt Busch. In the Xfinity Series, the team currently fields the #00 Ford Mustang full-time for Cole Custer, and the #41 Ford Mustang part-time for Kevin Harvick.
Before founding his own NASCAR team, Gene Haas was involved in motorsport as a sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports for a number of years. In April 2002, Haas announced a formation of the Haas CNC Racing. He agreed on a technical support from Hendrick Motorsports.
Running Pontiac in first full Cup Series season
The first driver was Jack Sprague, who participated in six events of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the #60 Chevrolet, failing to qualify three times. Before entering the first full season in the 2003 Cup Series, the team switched from Chevrolet to Pontiac.
Sprague continued to drive for the team in the #0 Pontiac sponsored by NetZero. He participated in 18 races before being replaced. Other drivers in the #0 Pontiac were John Andretti, Jason Leffler and Ward Burton. The team switched back to Chevrolet after 2003, when Pontiac left the sport.
Maiden victory in the 2004 Busch Series
Haas CNC also fielded a part-time team in the NASCAR Busch Series during 2003, going full-time in 2004 with Jason Leffler in the #00 car. The first ever victory for the team came in the Busch Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 12, 2004, when Leffler won the Federated Auto Parts 300. It remained the only win for the team in a series.
Ward Burton and Mike Bliss in the #0 Chevrolet
In the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, switching back to Chevrolet, Haas CNC fielded the #0 car for Ward Burton. His best result was 9th place. For the last two races of the season, he was replaced by Mike Bliss, who became a full-time driver in 2005. Bliss spent one season in the #0 Chevrolet, with seventh place at Bristol as his best result.
Two seasons for Jeff Green in the #66 Chevy
Jeff Green was signed to drive in 2006. Best Buy became the primary sponsor and the team was renumbered to #66, in honor of the year when Best Buy opened its first store. Green had two Top 10 results, finishing 28th in the final standings. Green stayed with the team in 2007, being replaced in the last four races by Jeremy Mayfield.
Scott Riggs joined the team in 2008 to drive the #66 Chevrolet with State Water Heaters as the sponsor. His best result was seventh place at Talladega.
Tony Stewart became co-owner in 2009
In mid-summer 2008, it was announced that Tony Stewart would join Haas as the driver and co-owner for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team was renamed Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart took Haas’ second car, former #70, putting the number 14 on it.
Ryan Newman was hired to drive the former #66 car, renumbered to #39.
Maiden Cup Series victory at Pocono
Tony Stewart won the 2009 Sprint All-Star race, giving the team first victory in a series. The maiden points-paying win came in June at Pocono Raceway. Until the end of the season, Stewart has won three more races (Coke Zero 400 Daytona, Watkins Glen, Kansas) to finish sixth in the points.
For Ryan Newman in the #39 car, the best result was the second place in Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He finished ninth in the points.
Championship title for Tony Stewart in 2011
Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were the teammates for four more seasons, until the end of 2013. In that period, Newman scored four wins, one win each year. On the other side, Tony Stewart was much more successful in the #14 Chevrolet.
Stewart won two times in 2010 and then five times in 2011. He became a champion in a tiebreak over Carl Edwards, after winning the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami.
Danica Patrick joined SHR in 2012
For the 2012 Cup Series season Tommy Baldwin Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing formed an alliance, transferring TBR owners points of its #36 car to SHR’s #10 team, ensuring Danica Patrick a spot in the Daytona 500 and nine more races. David Reutimann drove the #10 for the rest of the season.
In 2013, Danica Patrick joined SHR full time in the #10 Chevrolet. The eighth place at 2013 Daytona 500 remained her best result that year. In the following years, she scored five Top 10 results, with sixth place in Atlanta in 2014 as her career-best result.
Leg injury sidelined Stewart in 2013
Tony Stewart missed the big part of the 2013 Cup Series season due to a leg injury which he suffered at the sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He was involved in a multi-car crash. That crash ended his streak of 521 consecutive Sprint Cup starts, dating back to the 1999 Daytona 500.
Kevin Harvick was 2014 Cup Series champion with SHR
In 2014, Kevin Harvick joined Stewart-Haas Racing and captured the championship title in his first season with the team. He was driving the #4 Chevrolet, renumbered from #39 after Ryan Newman left the team.
Harvick won in just his second start with the team at Phoenix International Raceway. He won one more races in the regular part of the season, earning a spot in the Chase for the Cup. With three more wins, including seasons’ finale at Homestead-Miami, he became a champion for the first time in a career.
Kurt Busch joined SHR in 2014, won Daytona 500 in 2017
Along with Kevin Harvick, one more experienced driver joined the team in 2014. It was Kurt Busch, who moved from Furniture Row Racing to drive the #41 Chevrolet. The team founder Gene Haas was sponsoring that car through his company Haas Automation.
Busch scored the first win in his sixth race with the team at Martinsville Speedway. It remained his only victory in 2014 when he finished 12th in the points. In the following seasons, the most notable result of Kurt Busch was his victory at 2017 Daytona 500, the first ever win for Stewart-Haas Racing in the greatest NASCAR race.
Tony Stewart retired at the end of 2016
For three seasons (2014-2016), the team had the same line-up with Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch as drivers. Stewart decided to retire at the end of 2016. Clint Bowyer came as a replacement in the #14 car for the 2017 Cup Series season.
Finishing his long-standing relationship with Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing switched to Ford cars and Roush-Yates engines. The team also restarted its program in the Xfinity Series, fielding two Fords for Cole Custer (full time) and Kevin Harvick (part time).
Cole Custer earned only Truck Series win for SHR
Cole Custer is a son of longtime SHR executive Joe Custer. The 16-year-old Cole was driving the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado in the 2014 Camping World Truck Series with the team, branded Haas Racing Development.
Custer became the youngest pole winner in Truck Series history, earning the top starting spot at Gateway Motorsports Park In June. He finished 6th in the race. Three months later, he started from pole at New Hampshire and won the race, becoming the youngest driver to win a Truck Series race and giving the first ever Truck Series win to Stewart-Haas Racing. With that win, Gene Haas became just the fourth owner to win a race in all three NASCAR national series.