Friday, April 2, 2010 | 9:04 a.m.
Remember all the talk last season regarding the success that Tony Stewart had in his first year as an owner-driver? Many people, including me, didn’t think Tony would have a season that included four wins and a sixth-place finish in the Chase. Tony’s talent proved the skeptics wrong, but how is this season shaping up in comparison?
In the first six races of 2009, Stewart accomplished one top-five finish, four top-10 finishes and no wins. His best starting position was fifth.
In the first six races of this year Stewart accomplished one top-five finish, three top-10 finishes and no wins. His best starting position was fifth. His car was running at the end of the first six races of each season.
Well you can’t get much more consistent than that. From these statistics, it seems that Stewart is off to another healthy start to the season despite his poor showing at Martinsville. But I would imagine that these stats are not good enough for the highly competitive Stewart. Every driver wants to perform better than his previous season.
In addition, at this time last year, Stewart had led a total of 18 laps. He’s led a total of eight this season.
Even if Stewart’s numbers for his 2010 season remain similar to 2009, it will still be a great accomplishment considering that this is only his second season as an owner-driver. That scenario may not make Stewart happy, but it will be nothing to laugh at.
I’ll revisit these stats later in the season for a more in-depth comparison.
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