It's funny what a little bit of momentum can do, especially within racing.
A month ago, a recurring question from many fans around racing centered upon Tony Stewart. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion had managed just one top-10 finish in the season's first 11 races.
But in racing, one or two good results can do wonders for a team. A seventh-place finish at Charlotte didn't blow anyone's doors off, but it was Stewart's best finish of the season at that point. The forward progression continued a week later. Stewart snagged the win at Dover after moving into the top-five late in the race, getting past Juan Pablo Montoya in the closing laps for the win. Yes, Jimmie Johnson being penalized played a role in Stewart's win, but the win also came because Stewart put himself in position to take advantage of the opportunity.
Then this past Sunday at Pocono, Stewart finished fourth, giving him two top-five finishes in a row.
During the span of a few weeks, Stewart has gone from a question mark to a Chase contender on the rise.
The Fans Say
So, what do the fans think of what happened this week? Well, here's a sampling, courtesy of some of our Facebook fans...
Don't hate that Jimmie is the best driver out there and pretty much the best ever. Haters gonna hate. Tell your driver to get it together
Glad to see it. I think he has it turned around. The RFR camp seemed to have figured something out also. If the pit crew can keep it together next week, I think the 14, 99 or 16 will give Johnson some trouble the last 20 or so laps
Who's Up and Who's Down
This guy's pretty good. Johnson's three wins in points events tie him for the most this season with Matt Kenseth and he's also leading the points.
Finds himself fifth in the points standings following a string of four finishes no worse than ninth, including two top fives.
Mechanical issues within the open laps at Pocono gave Kahne his second finish in a row of 20th or worse, relegating him to eighth in the points standings. Kahne's fans likely hope that bad luck such as this does not revisit their driver as the season goes on.