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Tony Stewart's 5th Win in 10 Races: Why This Is NASCAR's Best Run Ever

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 and the 2011 Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. Stewart wins his third NASCAR Championship.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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David DeNennoContributor IIINovember 23, 2011

The Chase format was a heavily scrutinised form of determining a single champion. Somehow, Tony Stewart overcame a relatively poor regular season to catapult himself into a championship.

Frankly, Stewart's five wins in 10 races is, indeed, the best performance ever demonstrated since the Chase format was introduced.

Even Jimmie "Superman" Johnson has not been able to equal the feat of winning half the races in the Chase. Johnson has won four, but he has also never closed out the season with a victory at Miami-Homestead.

There truly exist no cogent words to describe what Tony Stewart just accomplished. In other sports, it's akin to a pitcher going 6-0 in the postseason, an NBA player averaging 35 points per playoff game or an NFL quarterback averaging three touchdowns against no interceptions for the duration of the playoffs and Super Bowl.

The magnanimous achievement that Smoke recently accomplished will be spoken of for many years to come.

The best part of this story is that he had to challenge, head-to-head, the best second-place finisher in NASCAR history. Carl Edwards did not lose the points battle. The end result was a tie, in terms of points accrued. He simply could not muster the wins collected by Stewart.

Despite all of this, Smoke was still the winner based solely on the threshold of victory. To the victor, goes the spoils.

No individual could have accurately predicted this outcome,

This was the best short run that NASCAR has ever seen. It's quite possible that this effort in the Chase may never be matched. 

Tony Stewart ran himself into the championship. Do not, for any reason, expect this to be an every year occurrence.

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