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Top Five Reasons Tony Stewart Won’t Repeat as Sprint Cup Champion in 2012
There is no question that NASCAR fans like me got all they could handle with the way Tony Stewart won the Sprint Cup Championship in 2011. However, for as talented as this three time champion is there are five reasons in particular that will likely keep him from repeating as the Sprint Cup Champion in 2012.
Reason One: Level of Completion
The crop of drivers that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series currently has is arguably the best of all time. With names like Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and more, the level of competition is indeed great and therefore will make it very hard for anyone to repeat as champion even though Jimmie Johnson did it five times in a row, which is a feat not likely to be seen ever again.
Reason Two: Car Owner Responsibilities
Tony Stewart is not only a racecar driver in the Sprint Cup Series, but he is also a racecar owner. So, along with having to worry about his own driving duties and everything else track wise, he must also focus on the day to day operations of his business which includes keeping tabs on his other cars driven by Ryan Newman and part time Cup driver Danica Patrick. Even though he did win the title as an owner/driver in 2011, it was a rare feat that was last accomplished in 1992 by the late Alan Kulwicki.
Reason Three: High Expectations
When you're the champ people expect a lot from you. This is certainly going to be the case with Tony Stewart in 2012 and with great expectations sometimes great disappointments follow. Not that Tony Stewart is a man who caves under any pressure, but it's happened to others before and Stewart is only human after all.
Reason Four: Champion's Hangover
When looking at the year-end championship standings on NASCAR.com you can see that both times Stewart won championships in the past he followed up those campaigns with less than stellar years. In 2002 he won the title only to finish 7th in the standings in 2003 . After winning his second title in 2005 he finished all the way back in 11th in points for 2006. If this pattern holds true then 2012 may not be all that Stewart fans expect and hope for.
Reason Five: Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards
After the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup was won by Tony Stewart he managed to do two incredible things. The first was winning the title, after tying with Carl Edwards for points, which was accomplished by winning the tie breaker which was for the most race wins. The other amazing feat was breaking a string of five consecutive championships won by Jimmie Johnson. So, you can bet both of these guys will be hungry in 2012 and will be gunning for Stewart, in a good competitive way of course.
Champion Regardless of Standings
Tony Stewart has proven to be a great champion and has helped make NASCAR what it is today. In the minds of many fans like me he'll be a champion regardless of what the standings say at the end of the season, but with all he has to contend with it is unlikely that he will repeat in 2012.
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