1996 - IRL Rookie Of The Year
1997 - IRL Series Champio
1999 - Sprint Cup Raybestos Rookie Of The Year
2002 - Sprint Cup Champion
2005 - Brickyard 400 winner
2005 - Sprint Cup Champion
2009 - Became Owner/Driver of Stewart-Haas Racing
2011 - Sprint Cup Champion
Tony used to have trouble with his temper. On the track his driving style is often called over-aggressive by his fellow competitors. He has been known to hit other drivers on the track, on pit road and with his fists. During his 2002 title-winning season he spent some time on probation for hitting a photographer and was investigated by a local sheriff's department for pushing a fan.
Tony seems to have gotten that under control. His 2005 Championship season was unmarred by off track incidents. It may have taken Tony a few years to learn it. But NASCAR greatness is only 60% driving ability. The other 40% is your off-track and media personality.
In 2009 Tony Stewart starts a new chapter in his racing career. Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing to become an owner/driver of Stewart-Haas Racing. This has been a rocky road for other established NASCAR stars like Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and Michael Waltrip who all tried to be owner/drivers with mixed levels of success.
Tony Stewart got his team clicking quickly and it only took him a couple of years to get back to the top. Tony Stewart claimed his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, and his first as an owner/driver, with a thrilling Homestead win in 2011. How many more can he win?