But because the three-time and reigning burberry ties Sprint Cup Series champion has made sport of warming up with the weather, having two wins through five starts in 2012 is notable in showing that he can start a year as well as he finishes.
And as his victory in Sunday's rain-shortened Auto Club 400 demonstrated, any opportunity he takes typically won't be given back.
That was obvious after Stewart overtook Kyle Busch on lap 85 as the race leader got caught up with Juan Pablo Montoya, who was trying to stay on the lead lap. Stewart pounced, tailing Montoya in the outside lane and sending his No. 14 Chevrolet to first place.
"My theory has always been, 'You can't pass 'em if you're following 'em,' " Stewart said. "I went behind Juan. My car really liked the outside."
Then he poured it on before pouring rain stopped the race after 129 of a scheduled 200 laps, giving Stewart seven wins in 15 burberry handbags outlet starts, dating back to last fall's Chase for the Cup.
"It's been nice to get off to a good start this year the way we have," said Stewart, who started ninth and led 42 laps en route to his 46th career victory in NASCAR's premier series. "History shows in the last 13 years that we have not had the strongest starts the first third of the year. I'm really, really excited about the start that we've got going."
Busch was second after leading a race-high 80 laps with Dale Earnhardt Jr. earning just his fourth top-five in 20 starts at Auto Club Speedway. Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and points leader Greg Biffle rounded out the top six, and pole-sitter Denny Hamlin was 11th.
Though Busch appeared frustrated with Montoya, his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota stayed in contention through quick pit stops brought on by the urgency of approaching rain.
"Probably lap 60 or 70 we were all thinking, 'OK, we're going to race to lap 100 because that's halfway (the race becomes official a lap later)," said Busch, who passed teammate Hamlin on the second lap.
"Pit strategy kind of played into that. We actually could have went probably five more laps on fuel, but everybody started short pitting, so we kind of came in and got tires as quick as we could so we didn't lose time to the rest of the guys, get ourselves boxed out with traffic maybe a few laps later."
Any hope that Hamlin had of catching Stewart was dashed during the caution, as Stewart deftly turned back out onto the two-mile track burberry sneakers women just before the commitment line on pit road, though Stewart thought Hamlin was going to pit anyway.
"I don't think I faked him out. I'm sure he had made the decision already," Stewart said, then quipped, "It looked good though."
Earnhardt's run was a pleasant surprise given his Auto Club record. (four top-10s, five early exits coming in), to say nothing of his consistency.
He went from 14th to the top 10 within 10 laps and stayed there, drawing the biggest cheer when he vaulted to third during the caution.
"We started off moving forward," Earnhardt said. "Had some really good pit strategies, pitting a little bit earlier than most guys. (Crew chief) Steve (Letarte) brought us down pit road and we gained a little bit of time, passed some guys on pit road. We drove the car up to fifth before the weather came. We felt certain if it started to rain it wasn't going to stop."
But nobody was stronger than Stewart, who also won two weeks earlier at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and led laps for the fourth time in five starts — not bad considering he's breaking in a new crew chief Ray ban sunglasses (Steve Addington) and competition director (Greg Zipadelli, his former JGR crew chief) at Stewart-Haas Racing.
"To be able to come out of the box and carry that momentum with a new competition director and new crew chief," Stewart said, "I think it shows the depth of our program and our group of guys back at our shop."
And to think, he hasn't even warmed up yet.
Johnson's fortunate finish: Five days after a chief appellate officer overturned NASCAR's 25-point penalty against him, driver Jimmie Johnson caught another break.
With the Auto Club 400 race under caution for rain Sunday, Johnson's No. 48 Chevrolet was running 10th when it started spewing smoke and leaking oil. But crew chief Chad Knaus, atop the pit box after his six-race suspension was overturned for a pre-Daytona 500 infraction, told Johnson to stay on the track in case the race was red-flagged. It was, and the five-time champion was able to keep pace under caution to rescue burberry shoes for men a 10th-place finish.
Johnson earned 35 points Sunday; added to the 25 he got back Tuesday, it was a 60-point week. He's now ninth in the Sprint Cup standings, though Friday he remained miffed that his Daytona car was ever under question. A $100,000 fine to Knaus was not overturned, giving NASCAR some vindication that its penalty for illegal C posts — the pieces of sheet metal connecting the roof to the rear quarter panel — was correct.
"I'm happy that the big issues 2012 Burberry fashion wallets cheap sale beige/pink had come down, but I share confusion as well," Johnson said. "Our message all along through Hendrick Motorsports and myself, we didn't feel that a penalty was warranted in the first place."
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