LOOKING AHEAD: Stewart has never been a big fan of restrictor-plate racing even though he has his share of success in those type of races. For that reason, he is really looking forward to Phoenix. "Unlike Daytona, guys can't get in a line at Phoenix and go to the front," said Stewart. "With the draft so important at those two tracks (Daytona and Talladega); it's more of a team deal than an individual deal. What happens at Phoenix and the races after that has to be done on your own. You can't help each other at Phoenix. You just have to go race."

LOOKING BACK: A fuel pressure problem ended any hopes Stewart had of challenging for the win in his first official Sprint Cup race since breaking two bones in his right leg last August and missing the rest of the 2013 season. As a result, he finished 35th.

ETC.: The custom scooter Stewart used to move around following his Aug. 5 sprint car crash has been donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Foundation, in turn, will auction the scooter at the Barrett Jackson event on April 11-13 at Palm Beach, Fl. To make sure the scooter and a special prize package that Stewart has included is a strong fundraiser for the Foundation, Stewart will match the first $50,000 bid and donate it to the Foundation. "The scooter and the money will be well served by Darrell and his team, which have donated wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals through its National Wheelchair Donation program," said Stewart.