Meet Hall of Famer Tony Stewart’s Wife and NHRA Driver Leah Pruett

Published 12/08/2023, 4:50 AM EST

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Legendary NASCAR racer, Tony Stewart‘s name is synonymous with rivalries and intense battles on the track. During his 18-year-long illustrious career, “Smoke” amassed a whopping 49 wins in the Cup Series. However, as if that was not enough, he is now making a name for himself on the drag strips of the NHRA. But as it turns out, it’s not only Tony who has the ‘racing big’ in his family. There is also his wife, Leah Pruett, who is immensely passionate about motorsports.

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Let’s delve deeper into the NHRA driver’s life, who seems to be a force to be reckoned with.

Who is Tony ‘Smoke’ Stewart’s wife Leah Pruett?


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Born to father Ron and mother Linda Pruett on May 26, 1988, in Redlands, California, Leah Christine Pruett, was inclined toward adventure and thrill, from her very childhood.

Activities like wake surfing, off-roading, snowboarding, volleyball, mountain biking, and archery are a few things where she likes to spend the majority of her time. Being a racer’s daughter, Pruett entered into the racing scene at the mere age of 8 and won the National Team Champion Racing title within just two years of her debut.


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The Early Years of Leah Pruett: Childhood to Present

Little did Leah know that her childhood urge to be into sports would pave the way for an athletic scholarship at California State University. However, drag racing always seemed to be her calling.

Having an unquenchable thirst to dominate the race tracks, Leah amassed a whopping 37 Jr. Dragster trophies by the time she was 16. She then went further and competed at the Top Fuel events starting in 2013. In 2016, she not only joined Don Schumacher Racing but also started to come to people’s notice, and let’s just say she has never faded since.

As of now, Pruett has been replaced by Tony in the upcoming NHRA Top Fuel Dragster in 2024 owing to the couple’s wish to start a family.

How did Tony Stewart meet Leah Pruett? 

Tony met Pruett at a sponsored event in 2019. However, it was not a direct meeting as they hardly crossed paths with each other. It was the initiative of the legendary Drag racer Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, who insisted the former NASCAR driver meet her at an off-road trip in Glamis, and he eventually did.

Following the meet, the duo went on a supposed outing at the NHRA Gator Nationals. It was during the Covid-19 pandemic when Pruett invited Stewart to her in Lake Havasu and they spent some quality time with each other.

Leah told Drag Illustrated about how the pandemic brought them closer than they ever thought possible and said, “We got to literally spend four months with each other as a man and a woman. Not race car drivers being on the road and traveling and doing all the crazy stuff that we do. It gave us a chance to really get to know each other before we started adding the racing elements to it.”


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Walking down the aisle and the road to forever

As time went by, the bond between Tony Stewart and Leah Pruett deepened and it reached an extent where both of them could understand what the other was going through without any exchange of words. 

As per AP, Stewart spoke all the merry things about her and said, “She [Pruett] gets me. And I enjoy going to her events and being the one doing the supporting. I mean, if she wanted me to support her at basket-weaving competitions I probably wouldn’t enjoy it, but I am very happy with this relationship and where my life is right now.”

Seeing how far they’ve come, enjoying each other’s company, the two got engaged in March 2021, something Pruett announced on her Instagram. And just 8 months later, the couple tied the knot.

Shortly after the commencement of his wedding, Tony tweeted, “I still can’t believe I’ve been married for a full year to this gorgeous, thoughtful, and most of all fun woman. You make every day exciting, and I’m looking forward to all of the adventures ahead. Love you, babe!”

Leah Pruett’s achievements

Leah is an 11x National Hot Rod Association event winner, with a career-best timing of 3.631 elapsed seconds on November 10, 2018, in Q4 at Pomona, California, and her best speed at 334.15 mph on February 24, 2018, in Q3 at Phoenix. 

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She has also secured the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series championship in the Funny Car class. Not only this, Pruett once pulled double duty for several years by competing full-time in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, winning the 2018 title in her Dodge.

Leah secured the NHRA SAMTech Factory Stock Showdown championship in 2019, DSR’s first series championship in their first year in the class, and is also the only female champion in the short history of the class.

Does Tony Stewart and Leah Pruett have any children?


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A question that usually pops into one’s mind after getting to know about Stewart and Pruett’s marriage is: Do they have any children? Well, the answer is no. Or rather, not yet. While the 52-year-old is “freaked out” about the idea, he is also excited about the prospects of becoming a father in the time to come. 

“I freaked out about the whole process, to be honest,” Stewart laughed during an exclusive interview with Autoweek. “I can’t even take care of myself. She has to take care of me.”

“I’m not gonna lie, I’m excited about it.”


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As Stewart looks forward to becoming a parent alongside Pruett, we wish the couple the best and hope they can overcome their fears to embrace a family. Do you think Tony Stewart and Leah Pruett’s children would take up their parent’s racing legacy?

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Aneesh Gupta


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During my teenage years, the thunderous symphony of Formula 1's V8s and the explosive crack of NASCAR's pistol shot became the soundtrack of my adrenaline-fueled existence. The relentless roars of engines, accompanied by the screeches of tires, ignited a passion within me that couldn't be contained. The screen came alive with a captivating dance of aggression, passion, frustration, and celebration, keeping me on the edge of my seat.
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Ranvijay Singh




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