In 2005, Tony Stewart won five races and led all Nextel Cup drivers with 17 top-fives and 25 top-tens. He has amassed 24 victories throughout his seven years in NASCAR's top series and has never finished worse than 7th in the final point standings. Tony has won two Nextel Cup championships.
The first Cup race he ever won was at Richmond International Raceway in 1999. He had two more victories as well as two 2nd place finishes in final nine events to earn top rookie honors.
In 2002, he won six races. Though he never won the Indy 500 on the IRL circuit, Tony won the All State 400 at his home track in August 2005. He holds championships in the IRL, four in the USAC, and three in go-karts. He has competed twice in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, reaching 2190 miles and never finishing worse than 9th place.
Stewart's racing career dates to when he began "karting" in 1978, at the mere age of 7. He was a local champion two years later but in 1983 and 1987 he took his go-kart to the national level where he won titles.
He moved to the three-quarter midgets category and eventually to the USAC series. Tony became the first driver to win the circuit's Triple Crown Sprint and Silver Crown Titles in 1995 with National Midget. In 1996, he was rookie of the year.
After two years in the IRL, Stewart moved to NASCAR and the Busch Series with Joe Gibbs Racing in 1999.