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NASCAR Fans Back Kyle Larson to Emulate $240,000 Heroics Once Led by Tony Stewart & Joe Gibbs

Published 06/03/2023, 1:31 PM EDT

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The world of motorsports has seen certain feats become legendary, etching themselves into the annals of racing history. One such feat was accomplished on May 27, 2001, when Tony Stewart embarked on an extraordinary endeavor known as the Indy-Charlotte double. Stewart’s determination and skill saw him finish 6th at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 and then swiftly make his way to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he claimed an impressive 3rd place finish in the Coca-Cola 600. Now, NASCAR fans are eagerly rallying behind Kyle Larson, hoping he can emulate these heroics and reignite the tradition.

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What made Tony Stewart’s achievement even more remarkable was the charitable commitment that accompanied it. Stewart, then driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, pledged to donate $100 for every lap he completed in both races to the Victory Junction Camp. His charitable venture found more support as JGR, Chip Ganassi Racing, and sponsor The Home Depot also pitched in with a promise to match Stewart’s tally.

The camp, founded by Paul Newman and Kyle Petty, is a place where children with serious medical conditions can experience the joy of camp life. Stewart‘s vow to donate for each lap he raced created a buzz among fans and added a philanthropic element to an already incredible feat.


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The heroics of Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs

Tony Stewart completed all 600 laps, split between the two races, which led to a substantial $240,000 donation to the Victory Junction Camp. The impact of his achievement extended far beyond the racetrack, touching the lives of countless children and their families. This act of generosity and compassion resonated deeply with fans, who marveled not only at Stewart’s racing prowess but also at his commitment to making a positive difference in the world.

Following Kyle Larson’s recent rise to prominence in NASCAR along with his highly anticipated debut at Indycar Next Year, fans have expressed their hopes for him to follow in Tony Stewart’s footsteps and revive the tradition of the Indy-Charlotte double. Social media platforms have been abuzz with fervent discussions and enthusiastic support for Larson’s potential endeavor. Fans yearn for the excitement and spectacle that accompanies the feat, and they believe Larson has the talent and determination to achieve it.


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Fans rally for Kyle Larson to follow Tony Stewart’s footsteps

One fan on Twitter expressed their anticipation, saying, “Only got to ever complete the double. Hope Larson does it next year.” This sentiment captures the longing for Larson to embrace this storied challenge and etch his name alongside the racing legends who have accomplished it before. Fans understand that the double demands a unique combination of skill, physical endurance, and mental fortitude, and they believe Larson possesses the necessary qualities to conquer the two races in a single day.


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Another fan’s tweet encapsulates the desire for the double to become a more frequent occurrence, stating, “I really hope Kyle Larson starts a new trend of this happening more often. The double has been absent for too long.” This sentiment echoes the sentiment of many who yearn to witness the spectacle of drivers racing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. The double is seen as a test of a driver’s versatility and showcases their ability to adapt to different cars and track conditions.

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Beyond the feats on the track, fans have also expressed their appreciation for the philanthropic aspect of Tony Stewart’s double. One fan’s tweet highlights this sentiment, stating, “The side note, or sidebar, if not the footnote of the story, makes it so much better. To learn of the money raised and for a good cause close to many people’s hearts. This really is the story!


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Racing enthusiasts admire Stewart’s commitment to using the double to raise funds and awareness for a charitable cause. They appreciate the impact it had beyond the racing world and eagerly await the opportunity to land on Larson’s lap.

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Written by:

Dasnoor Anand


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Dasnoor Anand is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports who brings a fresh perspective to the world of motorsports. She has always had a knack for writing and a love for cars. For years, she has been a devoted follower of motorsports and is particularly intrigued by the inner workings of Formula 1 teams as well as Stock Car Auto Racing.
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Nischal Kandpal