Rating Tony Stewart's title surge

Rating Tony Stewart's title surge

Tony Stewart didn't think he had much of a shot at this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup title, despite making the Chase cut. But as the title fight hots up, 'Smoke' is still in the thick of it, as Diego Mejia explains

"We just haven't been on par this year. We were good enough to get here, but we've got to have a revelation to get through the next 10 weeks." Those were the words of two-time series champion Tony Stewart ahead of the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup last month at Chicagoland.

He labelled himself an underdog in the battle for the 2011 title and didn't consider his chances to be anywhere near as good as those of seven other drivers he thought were the favourites, and the ones carrying momentum into the decisive last 10 weeks of the season.

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