Rewind to Loudon just two weeks ago, where Tony Stewart's cars finished 1-2 with teammate Ryan Newman taking the checkered flag. While Stewart may have not won, the two-time champion felt like a winner, knowing his equipment made some tremendous noise at "The Magic Mile."
Believe it or not, success at the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway can translate to a strong Sunday at Indianapolis, as both are relatively flat tracks that aren't exactly conducive for passing. However, Stewart's No. 14 Chevy had a tremendous bite off the corners and strong speed in the straights, all essential to running up front at Indy.
In addition to being a two-time Sprint Cup champion, he's also a two-time Brickyard 400 winner (2005 and '07), both being emotional victories for the Indiana native. After years of frustration and teases by The Brickyard, "The Rushville Rocket" finally propelled himself to the winner's circle - in grand style.
He scaled the fence in 2005 and acknowledged family and friends in the stands near turn two in 2002 while welcoming back the ESPN'S NASCAR coverage with some colorful metaphors. So just imagine what he'd have in store for a celebration should he win this race on Sunday.
While he's not quite consistent enough for a championship run, he's shown that he's got the power to at least make a good run for it. It all starts at Indy for at least 160 laps, 400 miles, and a daunting track that's become his playground just six years ago.
Even at age 40, there's no stopping Stewart from winning races and championships. Today's "AJ Foyt" is truly a venerable racer whose skills and talents have no concept of time - instead, he just keeps getting better as he gets older.
Track Stats for Tony Stewart at Indy: 2 wins, 6 top-5's, 8 top-10's, 1 pole, 217 laps led in 12 races