Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stewart's Fifteen-Year Winning Streak In Danger #nascar

Anthony Wayne "Tony" Stewart has an extremely impressive racing resume. His first USAC championship in 1994, served as a preamble to Stewart’s historic “Triple Crown” triumph in 1995. “Smoke” then went on to win the IndyCar Series Championship in 1997.

After twenty-two NASCAR Nationwide Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing in 1998, Stewart began his winning streak in the Cup ranks in 1999.

Stewart has forty-eight total wins in NASCAR’s highest level with the personal best record of six wins in the year 2000. Unfortunately, Tony Stewart’s fifteen-year streak of winning at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race per year is in jeopardy.

The last two years have been misfortunate for Stewart. In August of 2013, Stewart broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a crash at Southern Iowa Speedway. He missed fifteen races. 

However, Stewart had managed to pass Juan Pablo Montoya on Lap 398 of 400 in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.  He went on to win his only 2013 race.

This year, Stewart who missed three races after the death of Kevin Ward, has yet to record a victory. While he is not in the chase, Tony is always a threat to win.

There are only seven races left this season with races at: Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

NASCAR Race Mom will be rooting for a Steward win.  Hopefully Tony can regain his focus and garnish a bit of luck to keep his streak going another year.

Tony Stewart
Cup Wins

Year Age Win
1999 28 3
2000 29 6
2001 30 3
2002 31 3
2003 32 2
2004 33 2
2005 34 5
2006 35 5
2007 36 3
2008 37 1
2009 38 4
2010 39 2
2011 40 5
2012 41 3
2013 42 1
2014 43 0

Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Championship in 2002, 2005, and 2011.

*As much as Stewart is devoted to racing, he is also devoted to philanthropy, so much so that he formed his own charitable foundation in 2003. Known simply as the Tony Stewart Foundation, the 501(c)(3) organization’s goal is to raise funds that will be primarily distributed to three specific groups – chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and organizations dedicated to the protection of various animal species. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $5 million to assist charitable initiatives for more than 130 organizations throughout the United States. One of the prime beneficiaries of the Foundation is the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which serves as a year-round camp for children ages seven to 15 with an assortment of life-threatening illnesses.

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