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Tony Stewart Career Highlights
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Updated Feb 6, 2006 8:02 PM ET
Tony Stewart Career Highlights
Earned second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship by 35 points over Greg Biffle by virtue of a 15th place finish in the season finale at Homestead (Fla.) on 11/20.
Won five Nextel Cup point races Â¿ Sonoma (Calif.) on 6/26, Daytona (Fla.) on 7/2, New Hampshire on 7/17, Indianapolis on 8/7 and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) on 8/14. Won the non-points Gatorade Duel at Daytona on 2/17 to earn a fourth-place starting spot in the Daytona 500.
Those five point-paying wins came in the span of seven races, with back-to-back race victories at Sonoma and Daytona and again at Indianapolis and Watkins Glen. It was the fourth and fifth time, respectively, that Stewart had scored back-to-back point-paying victories.
The road course wins at Sonoma and Watkins Glen marked Stewart's fourth and fifth career road course wins, respectively. He has two career race victories at Sonoma and three at Watkins Glen. In fact, all of the road course wins for Joe Gibbs Racing have come via Stewart.
Scored three Nextel Cup poles Â¿ Daytona on 7/1, New Hampshire on 9/18 and Martinsville (Va.) on 10/21. The pole at Daytona was Stewart's first at a restrictor plate track.
Won first career NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona on 2/19. Stewart became the ninth driver to win at least one race in each of NASCAR's three national series Â¿ Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck.
Scored third career NASCAR Busch Series pole at Fontana (Calif.) on 2/26. His two previous Busch Series poles came at Rockingham (N.C.) in 1998, where he swept the pole for the spring (2/21) and fall (10/31) races.
Won the "Rumble in Ft. Wayne" USAC Midget feature, a 60-lap race at the 1/10-mile Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum on 12/30.
Competed for the third time in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for Howard-Boss Motorsports with co-drivers Jan Lammars and Andy Wallace (2/5-2/6). They were leading with less than two hours remaining when a broken gearbox dropped them off the lead lap. But the crew was able to make repairs so that the trio could rejoin the race, whereupon they finished third. It was Stewart's first podium finish in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
Won fourth USAC championship as a car owner with co-owner Bob East and driver Dave Steele, who took the USAC Silver Crown championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (9/24).
Named Driver of the Year by The Sporting News for the second time.
Named Driver of the Year by Speed Channel.
Named Driver of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) for the second time.
Named Driver of the Year by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association (EMPA) for the third time.
Named Driver of the Year by the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans for the second time.
Named to the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All America First-Team for the eighth time.
Finished sixth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings.
Won two Nextel Cup point races - Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) on 7/11 and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) on 8/15. The win at Watkins Glen was Stewart's third road course victory and his second at The Glen. It was also the third road course victory for Joe Gibbs Racing, all of which have been won by Stewart.
Won two Winged Sprint Car features in Winged Outlaw Warrior-sanctioned events at Sedalia's (Mo.) State Fair Speedway. The first win came on 4/16 and the second was on 5/7.
Competed for the second time in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (Fla.) for Howard-Boss Motorsports with co-drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Andy Wallace (1/31-2/1). They led 355 of 526 laps to hold a commanding five-lap advantage before mechanical problems less than 20 minutes short of the finish ended their shot at victory.
Won third Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals championship as a World of Outlaws car owner with driver Danny Lasoski on 8/14.
Earned the NASCAR USG Person of the Year award for outstanding philanthropic work.
Named "Most Caring Athlete" by USA Weekend for his work with the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Named "NASCAR's 'Good Guy'" by The Sporting News for his work with the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Finished seventh in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings.
Won two Winston Cup point races - Pocono (Pa.) on 6/8 for his first victory on an oval race track more than two miles in length, and Charlotte (N.C.) on 10/11.
Scored seventh career Winston Cup pole at Chicagoland on 7/11.
Won second career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond (Va.) in only his third Truck Series start (9/4).
Won first career ARCA race on the one-mile, dirt oval of the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds (9/1). Stewart also won the pole before leading a race-high 85 of 103 laps. It was Stewart's third career ARCA pole and his third straight at DuQuoin.
Won big-block modified match race at New Eqypt (N.J.) Speedway on 8/20.
Won SK Modified race at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway on 7/16.
Won big-block modified match race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (6/5).
Won the USAC Western Sprint Car Series opener at Madera (Calif.) Speedway at the "Fred Gerhardt Open Wheel Classic," as well as the SRL Supermodified race for Stewart's first ever Supermodified win. (4/19)
Won first ever Winged Sprint Car feature during the Winged Outlaw Warrior-sanctioned event at Sedalia's State Fair Speedway (4/13).
Won third USAC championship as a car owner with driver J.J. Yeley, who took the USAC Silver Crown championship at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse (10/11).
Won second USAC championship as a car owner with Yeley, who took the USAC Sprint Car championship at The Dirt Track in Charlotte (10/9).
Won second Knoxville Nationals championship as a World of Outlaws car owner with Lasoski (8/16).
Earned first Winston Cup championship by 38 points over Mark Martin by virtue of an 18th place finish in the season finale at Homestead, Fla. (11/17).
Took Winston Cup point lead for first time in career following a second-place finish at Talladega (Ala.). Left track with a 72-point lead over second-place Martin with six races remaining (10/6).
Won three Winston Cup point races - Atlanta on 3/10, Richmond (Va.) on 5/4 and Watkins Glen on 8/11.
His win at Atlanta was his first 500-mile victory. His win at Richmond was his third at the .750-mile oval. And his win at Watkins Glen was his second career road course win.
Notched sixth career Winston Cup pole at Indianapolis (8/3). Became the first driver to have started from the pole and led the first lap in both the Indianapolis 500 (1996) and the Brickyard 400.
Notched fifth career Winston Cup pole at Sonoma (Calif.). This was Stewart's first road course pole as well the first road course pole for Joe Gibbs Racing (6/21).
Won the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona for the second straight time (2/10).
Won Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond in only his second Truck Series start (9/5).
Won Round 1 of IROC XXVI at Daytona for his second career IROC win (2/15). Finished sixth in IROC points.
Swept the USAC Sprint/Midget "doubleheader" at the Las Vegas Bullring, the first single-night sweep for Stewart on pavement (11/30).
Won USAC Western Sprint Car race at Irwindale (Calif.) on 11/28, his second Western Sprint Car win of the year.
Won USAC Western Sprint Car race at Altamont Raceway Park in Tracy, Calif. (6/22). The win gave Stewart victories in nine different USAC racing series, an all-time USAC record. Stewart has now won in Silver Crown, National Sprint, National Midget, Western Sprint, Western Midget, TQ Midget, 16th Street Midget, Speedrome Midget and Western Regional Sprint Car competition.
Scored second career ARCA pole at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (9/2).
Won first USAC championship as a car owner with Yeley, who took the USAC Silver Crown championship at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse (10/12).
Won the 16th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at the Tulsa (Okla.) Expo Raceway (1/12).
Competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona for the Crawford Race Cars factory team with co-drivers Jan Lammers and Johnny Mowlem (2/2-2/3).
Named Driver of the Year by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association (EMPA) for the second time.
Named Driver of the Year by The Sporting News.
Named Driver of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association.
Named to the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All America First-Team for the seventh time.
Finished second in Winston Cup points.
Won three Winston Cup point races - Richmond on 5/5, Sonoma on 6/24 for his first road course victory as well as the first road course win for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Bristol (Tenn.) on 8/25. Won the non-points Budweiser Shootout at Daytona for his first win ever on a superspeedway (2/11).
Made 100th career Winston Cup start at Phoenix on 10/28.
Completed 1,100 racing miles in one day - more than any one driver in racing history - by competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on 5/27. Finished sixth and third, respectively.
Won Round III of IROC XXV at Michigan for his first career IROC win (6/9). Finished second in IROC points.
Won "Rumble at the Expo" Midget race in Fort Wayne, Ind. (12/29).
Won USAC Midget race at South Boston (Va.) on 10/13.
Won 358-Modified Super DIRT Series feature race at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. (6/28).
Scored first career ARCA pole at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (9/3).
Won first World of Outlaws championship as a car owner with Lasoski (11/3).
Won first Knoxville Nationals championship as a World of Outlaws car owner with Lasoski (8/11).
Named to the AARWBA All America First-Team for the sixth time.
Finished sixth in Winston Cup points.
Was the winningest driver on the Winston Cup circuit, scoring six victories - two more than any other driver. Those wins came at Dover (Del.) on 6/4, Michigan on 6/11, New Hampshire on 7/9, Dover on 9/24, Martinsville (Va.) on 10/1 for his first win in a 500-lap race, and Homestead on 11/12.
Two back-to-back victories were earned - Dover and Michigan in June, and later at Dover and Martinsville in late September and early October. Swept both Dover races, the first driver to do so since Jeff Gordon in 1996.
Scored third and fourth career Winston Cup poles, respectively, at Pocono on 7/21 and Martinsville on 9/29.
Competed in IROC XXIV and finished third in points.
Won two USAC Midget races - Phoenix's Copper World Classic on 2/6 and Irwindale's "Turkey Night" on 11/23.
Became owner of a World of Outlaws team with Lasoski (11/1).
Named to the AARWBA All America First-Team for the fifth time.
Finished fourth in Winston Cup points and won the Rookie of the Year title.
Debuted on front row of first Winston Cup race - the Daytona 500.
Won first Winston Cup pole at Martinsville, eighth race of the season. Second career pole came at Bristol on 8/27.
Earned first victory at The Winston Open, finished second in The Winston - both at Charlotte.
Became first rookie in Winston Cup history to win three point races in his first year on the circuit. His first Winston Cup win came at Richmond (9/11), followed by back-to-back wins at Homestead (11/14) and Phoenix (11/7).
Completed 1,090 racing miles in one day by competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600. Finished ninth and fourth, respectively.
Named to the AARWBA All-America First Team for the fourth time.
Named Driver of the Year by the EMPA.
Ran 22 NASCAR Busch Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing. Scored two poles, five top-five and five top-10 finishes. Finished second at Rockingham (N.C.) and New Hampshire.
Ran full Indy Racing League (IRL) schedule. Won two races and four poles. Finished third in final point standings.
Competed in IROC XXII and finished sixth in points.
Ran five Busch Series races for Joe Gibbs Racing - Indianapolis, Richmond, Rockingham, Charlotte and Homestead. Finished in the top-10 twice and once in the top-five. Finished third in the October Busch Series race at Charlotte.
Won IRL championship.
First IRL victory came in the inaugural event at Pikes Peak (Colo.).
Won poles for IRL races at Orlando (Fla.), Phoenix, Texas and Charlotte.
Set the fast lap record at Walt Disney World Speedway (Orlando, Fla.) for the IRL.
Won first USAC Silver Crown Championship Series race at Las Vegas.
Earned podium finishes in seven NASCAR Modified Tour events at New Smyrna (Fla.) - one win, three second-place and three third-place finishes.
Named to the AARWBA All-America First Team for the third time.
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
Started on the pole for the Indianapolis 500 and led 44 laps.
Finished eighth in IRL final point standings.
Ran nine Busch Series races for Ranier/Walsh Racing.
Won USAC National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown championships, becoming the first driver ever to win the "Triple Crown" in a single season.
Won six USAC National Midget feature races, including the Hut Hundred at Terre Haute (Ind.), Mel Kenyon Classic at Indianapolis Raceway Park and 4-Crown Nationals at Rossburg (Ohio).
Named for the second consecutive year to the AARWBA All-America First Team.
Received the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Driver of the Year award.
Won USAC National Midget championship with five wins in 22 starts.
Named to 25th anniversary AARWBA All-America First Team.
Captured Midget victory at the Eagle (Neb.) Pepsi Mid-Summer Nationals.
Finished sixth in USAC Silver Crown points.
Won first USAC National Midget race in Hut Hundred at Terre Haute. Made 17 USAC National Midget starts and finished fifth in points.
Two wins out of eight starts in USAC Sprints - Salem (Ind.) and Indianapolis Raceway Park. Finished 10th in points.
Finished second in USAC Silver Crown race at Copper World Classic at Phoenix.
Won USAC Sprint feature at Lebanon (Mo.). Finished fourth in points after 15 starts.
Five USAC Midget starts. Best finish was second at Lebanon.
Received Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Most Improved Driver award in USAC Sprints.
Named USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.
Named Rookie of the Year at Indianapolis Speedrome Midget Series. Finished fifth in points.
Won first USAC Midget race at Indianapolis Speedrome (Aug. 9).
Named Sprint Car Rookie of the Year by Hoosier Auto Racing Fans.
Seven USAC Sprint starts. Best finish was fourth at Kansas City (Kan.).
Two USAC Midget starts. Best finish was 10th at Winchester (Ind.).
Won four feature races and finished seventh in points in Three-Quarter Midget competition.
Won Hoosier Auto Racing Fans First-Year Driver award in Three-Quarter Midget category.
World Karting Association National Champion.
International Karting Foundation Grand National Champion.
Won 4-cycle rookie junior class (ages 8-12) championship at Columbus (Ind.) Fairgrounds.
Wins first race of any kind behind the wheel of a go-kart in Westport, Ind.
Drives a go-kart for the first time in Westport.
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