Few drivers have accumulated the amount of championship hardware that NASCAR Sprint Cup’s current reigning champion, Tony Stewart, has. At 16, he won the World Karting Association’s title, followed by championships in Midget Car, USAC, Indy Racing League, IROC and now three (and counting) NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
Stewart is the only driver to win both Indy and NASCAR championships, and his 2011 Sprint Cup title makes him the first driver to win NASCAR’s coveted prize under all three (Winston, Nextel, Sprint) sponsorships. He is also the first owner-driver to be crowned NASCAR champion since the late Alan Kulwicki in 1992.You can find a quick rundown here
Notoriously hot-headed and impatient early in his career, Stewart has worked hard to remake his image, and has become one of NASCAR’s more “fan-friendly” drivers. He is also very popular among his colleagues, always willing to assist his fellow drivers, whether by giving advice, making charitable contributions or making public appearances.
But it’s on racetracks across the country that Tony Stewart does his best work, and he has developed the reputation of being not only a fierce competitor, but also extremely skilled. The list of fellow drivers who’ve made the mistake of underrating Stewart, only to be behind him as he takes the checkered flag, is a long one. He’s demonstrated for over a decade that whether it’s stock cars, open-wheel, or even skateboards, he’s got what it takes to win.