When Tony Stewart announced in 2008 he was going to accept an offer to become half owner of Haas CNC Racing, a Sprint Cup team, many fans questioned his decision.
Owner Gene Haas had been convicted of mail fraud and was serving time in a California federal prison. While the financial end of it looked good for Stewart, there were many in the Cup garage who thought he might be taking on more than he could handle.
But Stewart, along with his teammate, Ryan Newman, are proving the skeptics wrong.
After 11 races into the regular 36-race schedule, Stewart is second in points, just 29 points behind Jeff Gordon.