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Honest Tony Stewart admits the consequences of the first NHRA victory in seven words

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After two failed attempts to capture his first elimination win of the NHRA Top Fuel season, Tony Stewart earned his first win at the Arizona Nationals at Firebird Motorsports Park. The NASCAR Hall of Famer reached the series semifinals for the first time, beating the likes of Brittany Force and Steve Torrence.

After three events since the start of the Top Fuel season, Smoke is now just one point behind two-time champion Brittany Force in the unofficial standings. Stewart sits ninth overall heading into next weekend's Four-Wide Nationals in Nevada. As a result, the weekend was a big turnaround for Tony Stewart and his team, who had worked hard but failed to achieve positive results in terms of results.

Tony Stewart is relieved after his first elimination round win at the Arizona Nationals

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For Stewart, preparing to compete in the 11,000 horsepower dragster was a huge undertaking. While he's known to excel at pretty much anything with four wheels and an engine, Top Fuel racing has been a huge learning curve for the NASCAR champion. But last Sunday's victory came at the right time and gave his team a sense of achievement after initial difficulties.

These guys really came together [on Sunday]So having the opportunity to go for three runs feels like we're finally starting to get a base and then we can work from there. I never thought it would be possible to win just one round Take such a burden off your shoulders. It's a bit like when we did the first run in Gainesville. I kinda relaxed and settled in,said Tony Stewart via NHRA.

However, after two successful attempts, Stewart suffered a defeat against Justin Ashely. But despite the defeat, it was an invigorating event for Stewart and his team and he is looking forward to next week of racing. “It was the same [Sunday] I managed to get through the first lap and once we did that I started to find that rhythm again. It's good for all of us as a team. We just keep digging. I'm looking forward to [this] Week.

While Tony Stewart celebrated his first success with a few victories in Top Fuel, rumors about the future of his NASCAR team are on everyone's lips.

Rumor has it that Stewart Haas Racing has put its charter up for sale

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The last few years in particular have been tough for SHR. The departure of top drivers like Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola also meant they missed out on important sponsorship deals since the start of the season. Additionally, the standoff between NASCAR and the team has further put SHR in a difficult position. It is indeed difficult to run a successful business in NASCAR, even more so when your team is underperforming.

This instability and uncertainty in charter negotiations has led to rumors that SHR is considering selling several charters before next season. In addition, the team also does not have the support of the manufacturer as the contract with Ford ends this year and there have been no discussions about an extension.

In the event that SHR puts its charter up for sale, there are many interested parties. Companies like 23X1, Trackhouse Racing and Legacy Motor Club are expanding and could add more charters to their existing teams. Teams downsizing and eventually shutting down their NASCAR operations is not a new thing, and for now SHR is heading toward a darker end to its NASCAR history.

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The SHR driver's slip prevented him from using lessons learned from previous failures at Martinsville