WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - Tony Stewart is on a roll as the
NASCAR Sprint Cup series heads to Watkins Glen this weekend.

Stewart, who typically thrives in the heat of summer, has three
straight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up last week at

He's a solid eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings.

He's 189 points ahead of 13th-place Mark Martin, a comfortable
cushion as the regular season winds down.

Only five races remain before the 10-race Chase for the championship begins, with only the top 12 drivers qualifying.

Stewart has yet to win this year, but he has Watkins Glen circled on his calendar.

He's won four of the past six races over the 11-turn, 2.45-mile layout, finishing second the two times he didn't win.

He has a record five victories at the storied track in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

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