Stewart, who struggled in the first practice session on Thursday, scraped the wall in the first five minutes of practice Friday, and his Stewart-Haas Racing team decided to go to a backup car.
Tony Stewart wrecked in practice Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. (AP Photo)The backup is a good one—Stewart drove it to victory at the 1.5-mile track last November.
Stewart, who will not have to go to the rear of the field Saturday because he changed cars before Friday night’s qualifying, ranked 35th in the practice session Friday.
Leading the final practice were three Fords: Trevor Bayne (184.641 mph), Greg Biffle (184.370) and Matt Kenseth (184.351). Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger.