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If Stewart is this good now…

By admin | March 26, 2012

By Richard Allen

Tony Stewart has begun the 2012 season with two Sprint Cup wins after only five races. Before the start of this season, the three time champion had achieved only four of his 46 career victories prior to Memorial Day weekend.

Typically, this driver who frequently competes in dirt late model and dirt sprint car races hits his stride when track surfaces get hot and slick then carries that momentum through the end of the season. In last year’s championship campaign, Stewart took his usual late season charge to the extreme when he went winless over the first 26 races then won five of the final ten events during the Chase for the Championship.

So, if Stewart is good enough to win two races so early in the season, how good might he be later in the year when he typically is at his best? And consider that he has now won seven of the last 15 Sprint Cup races.

One thing that might offer hope to the competition is that Stewart’s three finishes aside from his wins were 16th, 22nd and 14th respectively. That, in turn, has placed him 4th in the overall standings.

Stewart’s current inconsistencies may not be the best formula for leading the Sprint Cup points throughout the long haul of a NASCAR season but it looks as if he has the potential to pile up a significant number of wins. To a driver who has amassed three championship trophies and with a wildcard spot almost certainly locked up already, that may be what he hopes to do until the playoff begins.

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2 Responses to “If Stewart is this good now…”

  1. Sue Rarick Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I think the changes in tire compounds has negated that Stewart Summer surge. He really hasn’t had one in a couple of years.

    But the fact that the Chase takes place in similar weather to what we have now may be more important.

  2. Glen H. Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    With two wins so far, Smoke is basically guaranteed a spot in the Chase. That means he can focus on wins and not worry as much about points.

    That said, look for Tony to have 7-9 wins before the Chase.