A wise man once said: Never count Tony Stewart out.
Fuel mileage king Stewart must definitely be on a high following New Hampshire. He must know that consistency is key in the Chase, and if there has been anyone who has done consistency this year, its Stewart. To make the Chase with no wins means making points count every week, and with his experience in winning championships, and the fact that Harvick and Keselowski following him have no experience of winning, he looks like the surprise new favourite to win.
However, could you see Keselowski winning the thing? It would be Trevor Bayne's Daytona victory all over again. To make the Chase from so far back and pick three wins up on the way is far more than impressive. I always said that after his Talladega '09 spring victory that he could be a champion someday. He has a great chance to hand Roger Penske their first title in NASCAR.
Old Five-Time is faltering at the sixth hurdle. Then again, how many times have we said 'Oh, he can't win it another year!' And how many times have we been wrong! One man that you must never count out is Jimmie Johnson. And let's hope Kyle Busch doesn't mess this chase up like he did his last one. But the man I'm keeping my eye on is Dale Jr. For me to take him as a serious contender for this Chase, and for (I hope) many Chases to come he needs a win. And desperately. It's all good changing your crew chief and reorganising your whole corporation to help one driver, but the results need to start coming and fast.
Over to F1, and where people should be congratulating Seb Vettel on his second title, people are focusing more on Lewis Hamilton's clash with Massa on Sunday. It's brought up the everlasting questionable driving style.
The way I see it is that Lewis is in a small group of drivers who have always given it all, every single time. He wants to win so much, he's willing to make overtaking moves no one else would dare consider. For people like Senna, Schumacher, Mansell, and select others, this driving style has made their careers. Yeah sure, we all make dubious decisions sometimes; so did Schumacher in '94 in Belgium, '97 in Spain, '06 in Monaco, '10 in Hungary (the list is long). So why is Lewis getting so much grief?
Theories about there being nobody for him to lean on, out of touch with his family and the team, being overshadowed by his team-mate are overblown. It's that kind of press that's running him down. Stories made up out of unfortunate circumstances get to a sportsman, and it forces them to recoil, to become more reserved. It's not the Lewis we're used to seeing, and I hope, for his sake, the fiery, gutsy Lewis turns up on the grid in Australia next year ready to win his second title.
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