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NASCAR's 2009 Chase Drivers

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart
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Regular-season finish 1st. Wins 3 / Top 5s 13 / Top 10s 18. Best at Dover. Worst at California.

It's been a magical year for NASCAR's onetime enfant terrible. Now a mature professional, Stewart took over a moribund Haas outfit and turned it into a powerhouse in less than a year. Yes, his team's gotten a boost from Hendrick, but Stewart has been driving his fanny off since he finished eighth at Daytona on opening day. About the only thing counting against him is Johnson's record of dominance.
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