As Tony Stewart wraps up his
illustrious driving career, here
are five lasting contributions
to the sport from the racer
Other than perhaps the late Dale Earnhardt,
there hasn’t been a NASCAR driver in the past two
decades more willing to speak his mind than Tony
Stewart. Whether using a tongue-in-cheek approach, plain old sarcasm or just telling it like it is,
Stewart has never been one to refrain from making
his thoughts known.
His candor with members of the media, fellow competitors, NASCAR officials and even his
teammates will be missed, but the good news is
that he’ll still be around the track on a regular basis
in his continued role as co-owner of Stewart-Haas
Racing. Rest assured – Stewart is going to be vocal
as long as he’s part of the sport.
There’s no tougher driver in NASCAR than Tony
Stewart. In both 2013 and 2016, the veteran
missed significant portions of the season due to
injuries, but ultimately battled back to return to the
seat of his No. 14 Chevrolet.
The first of Stewart’s injuries was a broken right
leg he suffered in a sprint car crash in Iowa. As a
result, Stewart missed the final 15 races of the
2013 season. This year, Stewart missed only the
first eight races after suffering a broken back when
an ATV he was driving crashed during a recreational
trip to the West Coast in late January.
But even while out of the car, Stewart was often
at the track with his team and helping coach his
No NASCAR driver has done more for charitable
causes than Tony Stewart. The goal of the Tony
Stewart Foundation is to raise funds primarily
distributed to serving three groups – chronically ill
and physically disabled children, animals that are
endangered or at-risk and drivers injured in the
sport of motor racing.
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