1 He’s a Clutch Performer. Remember in 2011 when, following
an unimpressive 26-race regular season
that produced nary a victory, Stewart went
on an epic tear that produced five wins in
the 10 races of the Chase for the NASCAR
Of course, Stewart’s most impressive
performance over that amazing stretch
was his final one – in the last race at
Homestead-Miami Speedway where he
held off Carl Edwards to win the race and
the championship in a tiebreaker.
Since the first Chase in 2004, Stewart
is the only driver to go winless in the
regular season, only to catch fire when it
really counted and win the championship.
And he didn’t just do it – he did it in
downright convincing fashion.
2 He’s a Risk-Taker. When Tony Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing to
become co-owner of the newly formed
Stewart-Haas Racing organization in
2009, many observers questioned and
even criticized his decision. How could
Stewart leave the organization where
he had won two Sprint Cup Series
championships and 33 races while
establishing himself as one of the sport’s
It seemed at best like a risky move and
at worst like a downright foolish one, since
he was leaving an elite team to join an
unproven one. But Stewart – who clearly
knew something that most people didn’t
– proved his naysayers wrong by enjoying
quick success at SHR and in 2011 becoming the first owner/driver champion since
Alan Kulwicki in 1992.
3 He Helps the Less Fortunate. If there’s a better and more active
philanthropist in NASCAR than Tony
Stewart, good luck finding him or her.
Thanks to the three-time Sprint Cup Series
champion’s vision for helping others, the
Tony Stewart Foundation has long served
three specific groups – chronically ill and
physically disabled children, animals that
are endangered or at-risk, and drivers
injured in the sport of motor racing.
As of last summer, the foundation had
awarded more than $5 million to assist
charitable initiatives for more than 150 organizations throughout the United States.
In 2013, Stewart was a deserving recipient
of the prestigious National Motorsports
Press Association’s Myers Brothers Award,
which recognizes outstanding contributions
to the sport of stock-car racing.
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5 Reasons to Love
As Tony Stewart embarks on his final season as
a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, we present
five reasons he’s loved by so many.