No one saw what Tony Stewart did last season coming and, despite what Jimmie Johnson has done, repeating is tough. Add to the equation that Smoke has a new crew chief to try to go out and defend his title with.
There is no question that Tony Stewart is a wheelman, maybe the ultimate wheelman in NASCAR. And there is no question that Stewart can run every type of track. There is also no question his new crew chief Steve Addington is a championship crew chief. But this is a tough business and everyone is out gunning for the number 14. Will the changes they made at Stewart Haas Racing work, or did they upset a good thing?
One thing is sure, Smoke seems to have a renewed sense of hunger on the track. And a driven Smoke it s dangerous Smoke.