4 Daytona, July 2009. Although Stewart won four July races at Daytona International
Speedway from 2005-2012, one of those wins stands
alone as by far the most memorable. It came in 2009
when Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet hooked the right rear
of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota in the tri-oval on the
final lap, sending Busch violently into the outside wall
where all four of his wheels briefly left the ground.
As Stewart crossed the finish line, Busch was
clobbered by the No. 9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne, who
lifted the No. 18 car straight up in the air. Busch
walked away uninjured but agitated, while Stewart
admitted in Victory Lane “that’s not the way to win
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Over the course of his lengthy and legendary
career in NASCAR’s top division, Tony Stewart
has amassed many achievements highlighted
by three Sprint Cup Series titles. Following
are his five greatest races:
5 Richmond, September 1999. Already enjoying a stellar rookie season, Stewart proved beyond
any doubt to the NASCAR world that he was the real
deal by winning the September race at Richmond
International Raceway in just his 25th top series start.
And Stewart didn’t just win; he dominated.
After starting on the outside of the front row,
Stewart paced the field for 333 of 400 laps in
his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac at the three-quarter mile Virginia short track that he now calls
his favorite track on the Sprint Cup Series tour.
Stewart would go on to score two more victories as
a rookie and they came on back-to-back weekends
in November at Phoenix International Raceway and