half-mile clay oval in Rossburg, Ohio.
Stewart’s purchase of the All Star
Circuit of Champions winged sprint car
series in early 2015 was his most recent
business acquisition of note.
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 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 substitute driver.
WINS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS
It’s impossible to look back on Tony
Stewart’s stellar NASCAR career
without acknowledging his success
on the race track. Stewart snared
his first title in 2002 and added his
second championship – and final one
with Joe Gibbs Racing – in 2005.
After leaving JGR to become a co-owner
and driver in 2009 for the organization
rebranded as Stewart-Haas Racing,
Stewart needed only three years to
capture a third championship, and in
so doing became the first owner/driver
champion since Alan Kulwicki in 1992.
Of course, championships are just
part of Stewart’s on-track legacy.
He’s also won many of the sport’s big
races, with the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500 being
notable exceptions. Darlington and
Kentucky are the only active tracks
where Stewart has never won.