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Rush-sponsored Stewart limps to 22nd place finish

Jason Cannon March 24, 2013

2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #14 Rush Truck Centers Photo ShootRush Truck Centers’ first race as primary sponsor on Tony Stewart’s Chevrolet SS ended with a 22nd place finish and a post-race pit road melee.

Stewart, frustrated with Roger Penske racer Joey Logano for blocking him on a restart late in the race, confronted Logano on pit road and exchanged a few punches, all caught by NASCAR on FOX television cameras.

“If he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don’t care what lap it is, he won’t make it through the other end of it,” Stewart told FOX reporters after the race.

Sunday’s debut at Auto Club Speedway in California was the first of three races in which Rush Truck Centers will serve as primary sponsor for the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) machine.

“We’ve been doing business with Rush Truck Centers for years,” Stewart says. “It’s an established relationship that will now have a much higher profile thanks to their decision to become a primary sponsor with our team. Rush Truck Centers keeps our trucks and transporters in great condition, and you could argue those are the most important parts of our race team. Without them, our cars never get to the racetrack. The employees of Rush Truck Centers are as detail-oriented as we are, and they play a critical role in the success of our race team.”

A subsidiary of Rush Enterprises, Inc., Rush Truck Centers is the United States’ largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships, representing industry-leading truck and bus manufacturers. With its vehicle centers located in 15 states, Rush Truck Centers operate as one-stop centers offering an integrated approach to the needs of its customers. The company has been a partner to SHR since 2010, playing an integral role in getting the team’s racecars to and from the track.

Rush Truck Centers will again adorn Stewart’s hood April 7 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and April 27 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

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