Tony Stewart tends to win races in bunches, just not lately.
Though the two-time Cup champion is off to a decent start, he's ninth in the standings after the first nine races, he headed into Richmond riding a 23-race winless string.
Stewart has come close to winning several times during the skid that began in August at Michigan. But that isn't much consolation for the driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Neither is there comfort in knowing that new teammate Kyle Busch and returning JGR driver Denny Hamlin have already won this year.
"We don't settle for anything less than winning races," Stewart said.
"When we know that we let one slip away, that's something that we do let ourselves get down about, but that's also what got us 32 (Cup) wins and two championships.
"We have such a high standard of what we feel our performance should be on the race track. I think that shows the caliber team that we have."
If Stewart doesn't seem worried, it's because he and longtime crew chief Greg Zipadelli have been through this before.
They went 27 races without a win from midway through 2002 until the 14th race of 2003.
"We have the same passion, the same desire, the same frustrations," Stewart said of Zipadelli.
"We're on the same playing field, side by side, on the way we think and feel about things.
"Not winning might add a little bit of stress, but if you look at Zippy's past before he came to NASCAR, he was pretty successful. I had good fortune before I came here.
"I think we've both had good fortune since we've been here. It's personalities.
"We're not two guys that are going to sit back and be happy with second or third."