Tony Stewart is a time champion with now 46 career wins. He had an era from 2002 to 2005 when he won two championships, finished no worse then seventh in points, and won 12 races.
It appears he could be topping himself.
Stewart after yesterday's race, has now won seven of the last 15 races. A feat that ever Mr. five time Jimmie Johnson has not accomplished.
Stewart came into 2012 still riding a high after winning five of then ten chase races, also a feat that Johnson has not done. But Stewart made some drastic changes to his race team. He fired his Darian Grubb, and replaced him with Steve Addington who has won many races with Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. He brought the crew chief that he won two of his three championships and 33 of his 46 career wins with, Greg Zipadelli to be the competition director of Stewart Haas racing.
Many questioned why Stewart would make all these changes. Not many picked him to repeat as champion. In fact only a USA today reporter picked him to repeat.
I guess it is in human nature to doubt the truly great ones.
If Tony Stewart has taught us anything at all, it is not to ever doubt him. People doubted him when he left his comfy ride at Joe Gibbs racing to form Stewart Haas racing. 15 wins between him and Ryan Newman, five chase appearances between the two, and a championship later, most are still eating crow.
Now people felt he and Addington would take sometime to get used to each other. Two wins out of the first five points races and a Gatorade duel victory later and most are once again eating crow.
Stewart is right now the one with the target on his back in the Sprint Cup series. It isn't far fetched to say that he has now somewhat created an Earnhardt like presence on the track and with the fans. At 40 years old going on 41 Stewart is as good as ever and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.