With Win In Hand Stewart's Quest For The Ultimate "I Told Ya So" On Track

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2009

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 04: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft Foods at the Kansas Speedway on October 4, 2009 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Starting the 2009 season many doubted weither Tony Stewart would win a race, make the chase, or even finish top 15 in points. 

Well to answer that in the regular season Stewart posted 3 wins, 13 top fives, 18 top tens, led the points for 13 straight races having a lead as big as 280 points.
To start the chase they showed speed starting with New Hampshire, starting 2nd, leading 52 laps and looking to be the guy to beat.  But a miscue mechanical failure brought him to pit road, to be as low as 33rd, but to come back to finish 14th. 

At Dover Stewart started 22nd, but was involved in a last 31 crash that sent Joey Logano flipping 8 times.  However Tony sustained small damage, fixed it and came out 37th.  He would rally back the rest of the race to be as high as 5th, pit late, and finish 9th.

People as fickle as they are in this sport doubted Tony once again saying that this might have put a fork into his championship hopes.

But he responded to this just as good as anyone could.  He went to Kansas, started 5th , led 37 laps and won gaining 39 points on Mark Martin and only 67 points behind Mark with 7 races remaining in the chase.

Haven't people learned that Tony Stewart is one of those drivers you never bet against, one of those drivers that you never doubt, because he will always rise.

Even after his win some "experts" still don't believe in Stewart (some even saying they wouldn't even bet a nickel on Stewart winning the championship) and how capable his new team is at winning the championship beating Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, and Juan Pablo Montoya (Yes I know the driver with a grand total of 1 win and his best finish in points was 19th before 2009)

Nevermind the fact that Stewart is a 2 time champion with 37 wins (tied with the 18th most wins with Bobby Isaac) never mind that he has been around racing in cup since 1999. 

Nevermind that Darin Grubb spent 8 years at Hendrick assisting them in all 3 of Johnson's championships, and Jeff Gordon's last championship.

Nevermind the fact that Jeff Mendering was the car chief for the 24 in 2007 and has been in championship situations.

Nevermind the fact that Bobby Hutchens assisted Childress and Dale Earnhardt in several of their championships together.

They may be new to working with each other.  But each brings experience and the championship caliber talent that it takes to win championships.

7 races to go, Tony Stewart is riding a big confidence boost right now, and is very dangerous.  Don't dare doubt him now or else you'll find yourself being told by Stewart himself "I told you so".