Has HMS stopped sharing information with Stewart?

As I have said many times before, I am the mistrusting type who often falls for conspiracy theories. With that said, I have wondered lately if Tony Stewart is getting as much help from Hendrick Motorsports as everyone seems to think.

Take a look at the statistics compiled by Stewart in the time since he began driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. In the first 26 races of 2009, he won three times, had 13 top-5s and 18 top-10s. He was leading the points going into the Chase for the Championship cutoff by more than 200 points over the competition.

Since then, Stewart has won once in Kansas last fall. He has nine top-10s over the last 22 races. He has ten finishes outside the top-15 in that same time span.

While Stewart has been known as a slow starter throughout his NASCAR career, 2010 has been especially slow. Until the Autism Speaks 400 in Dover, he had gone six consecutive races without a top-15 finish. That was the longest the two time Sprint Cup champion has ever gone with such a poor streak.

Perhaps only one time this season has Stewart looked dominant. He has led only 104 laps so far in 2010, the vast majority of those coming in one race at Texas. He currently ranks a somewhat disappointing 14th in the standings.

It is well known that SHR receives both cars and engines from Hendrick. Also, a good number of employees and technical support come from the sport’s top organization.

So, has HMS stopped sending the same level of support to its subsidiaries? RacingWithRich.com

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