July 7, 2008 |
After driving his car as high as third, an ailing Tony Stewart radioed his team he couldn't continue. "Are you sure? Are you sure?" crew chief Greg Zipadelli repeatedly asked. Stewart was certain, climbing from his seat midway through Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., while relinquishing the wheel to backup driver J.J. Yeley. His decision ensured another winless race for Stewart, whose streak stretched to 32. At about the same time, teammate Kyle Busch was making yet another charge to the front as he rolled to his Sprint Cup Series-best sixth victory of the season.
August 26, 2008 |
Joey Logano, only 18 and a reed-thin 140 pounds, will replace Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing next season. With Stewart, a two-time Sprint Cup points champion, set to leave JGR after 10 years to become driver-owner of what is now called Haas-CNC racing, Logano next season will inherit Stewart's sponsor, Home Depot, and his crew chief, Greg Zipadelli. Logano, of Middletown, Conn., has starred at every level, including 14 straight wins in Legends Cars.
November 17, 2005 |
Jimmie Johnson prefers not to think about it, but the thought is there. If he finishes second again in the Nextel Cup series points standings, he will become the first driver to finish three consecutive years as runner-up. With one race remaining this season, Johnson trails leader Tony Stewart by 52 points. All these second-place finishes could give a guy a complex, or at least a rash. "It's going to be tough, no doubt about it," Johnson said Tuesday on a conference call.
July 10, 2008 |
It's official: Tony Stewart is outta here at Joe Gibbs Racing. Stewart confirmed yesterday that next year he will switch to the Haas CNC team as driver and co-owner. The team will be known as Stewart Haas Racing. Stewart's contract with Gibbs ran through next year, but Gibbs is releasing him. The two-time Sprint Cup series champion will finish this season in the Gibbs No. 20 Toyota. "We've had a lot of success with Tony in our 12 years here at Joe Gibbs Racing," said J.D. Gibbs, JGR president.
November 18, 1999 |
With the Winston Cup finale Sunday at Atlanta, it's time to wrap up another successful NASCAR season. Presenting one of the few areas left in NASCAR that is unsponsored: Driver of the Year: Dale Jarrett. No contest. In winning his first Winston Cup title, he was so far ahead of the pack, the other drivers needed binoculars to see his car. Runners-up: Jeff Gordon (seven wins), Jeff Burton (six); Bobby Labonte (four wins, second in points). Owner of the Year: Robert Yates.
June 2, 2001 |
By swearing off pizza, cutting his soda intake, and steering clear of fast food drive-throughs, Tony Stewart conditioned himself for the task of completing the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in one day. After finishing sixth at Indy and charging hard to take third at Charlotte on Sunday, Stewart climbed from his car still hungry for more racing. "If I could find a dirt late model [race], I'd run it tonight," he said after the Coca-Cola race. "I feel fine. I just wish it had been 1,200 miles.
November 21, 2005 |
You win some, you lose some. Before climbing into his No. 20 Chevrolet yesterday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tony Stewart tuned in a trackside television to watch his boss coach the Washington Redskins. Stewart couldn't stick around for the end of the NFL game, so when the Ford 400 ended last night, he had no idea that Joe Gibbs' team had lost, 16-13, to the Oakland Raiders. No one seemed eager to point that out, though, as Stewart celebrated his second Nextel Cup championship - which gave Gibbs his third as a team owner.
June 9, 2003 |
Tony Stewart took a moment to swig a soft drink, adjust his sunglasses, and tug on a ball cap before emerging from his car. Thrusting both fists into the air, Stewart punctuated the emotional moment while flashing a toothy grin that creased his signature 5 o'clock shadow. The smile spoke volumes. One week after storming off without comment, no doubt incensed over a penalty that almost certainly cost him a win, Stewart didn't need to say a word upon his arrival in Victory Lane yesterday at Pocono Raceway.
June 2, 2003 |
Inclement weather, a rough-handling car, an irate Tony Stewart, and Jeff Gordon - a four-time winner at Dover International Speedway - looming in his rearview mirror were just some of the obstacles between Ryan Newman and victory yesterday. Newman met the challenge, winning the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 with a spirited finish in front of nearly 135,000 damp and wind-chilled fans. Newman became the first Dodge driver to win here since Richard Petty in 1975. Newman also is the first pole-sitter to finish first at Dover since Bobby Labonte's victory in June 1999.
April 27, 2000 |
Johnny Benson and Tony Stewart spent a rare off weekend from Winston Cup racing by going to races. For normal people, work would be the last place they'd want to visit on a weekend off. But, as we know, racers are not normal people. Benson traveled all the way to England to relax as a fan. Stewart, last year's Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, served as a crew chief at the Indy Racing Northern Light series race at Las Vegas. While attending the Formula One race at Silverstone, Benson developed a new appreciation for what race fans endure.