The best stretch of racing Tony Stewart has ever experienced was in 1995 when he was running USAC cars – at least according to Stewart.
That was the year Stewart won USAC's "Triple Crown," which consists of national titles in Silver Crown cars, Sprint cars and Midget cars.
So when Stewart says his recent streak is nearly as good as the Triple Crown year, it means the driver feels really good about how well things are going.
"I don't feel like we're far off that (1995 run) right now," Stewart said Friday at Martinsville Speedway. "This is the best I've run in NASCAR as far as a long, consistent run like this."
Stewart has won seven of the last 15 Sprint Cup Series races dating to the 2011 Chase opener at Chicagoland. That stretch included an incredible Chase finale – in which Stewart came from behind to beat Carl Edwards for the championship – and a surprising offseason crew chief change.
"I think our group here has done a great job and I just feel like I am always in that race mode," he said. "I am always running something, but it makes it good when you come on a weekend and the cars are driving good and that's been that way since Chicago of last year all the way through now."
Stewart, who turns 41 in May, said he knows his winning streak won't last forever.
"That hard part is, you don't want it to end," he said. "You want it to stay like this."