The curious case of Anthony Stewart

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 25, 2012 in Fontana, California. The red flag was waved at lap 129 due to rain which shortened the Auto Club 400. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Tony Stewart isn’t supposed to win this early in the season. In fact as an owner driver history shows he really isn’t supposed to be winning at all.

Yet five races into the 2012 NASCAR Stewart has won twice including Sunday’s rain shortened Auto Club 400.  The win was no fluke though. Stewart had one of the strongest cars all afternoon, leading 42 laps before the rains came ending the race at lap 129.

Unlike some rain shortened races, Stewart did earn his spot instead of gaining it through pit stops.

“I mean, you hate to have them end with rain like that,” Stewart said.  “But I’ve lost some that way.  The good thing is we didn’t back into the lead because we stayed out, the leaders came in.  I mean, we were leading the thing and had earned that spot.  Proud of that.”MORE>>>

Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 25, 2012 in Fontana, California. The red flag was waved at lap 129 due to rain which shortened the Auto Club 400. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.