NASCAR Great Tony Stewart Announces Engagement to Drag Racing Star and Girlfriend Leah Pruett

Published 03/20/2021, 9:45 AM EDT
PHOENIX – NOVEMBER 5: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet, looks on before his qualifying run for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 on November 5, 2004 at the Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)


A year ago, NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart met and began to date drag racer, Leah Pruett. Now, the 49-year-old finally popped the big question to the drag racing star, and much to his joy, she accepted. In light of this, the three-time Cup Series champion took to Twitter to express his love for his fiancée.

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“So excited to spend the rest of my life with a truly amazing woman,” Stewart wrote. “She’s motivated, hard-working, funny as hell, and as dedicated to her sport as anyone I’ve ever known. Love you babe.”

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Even Pruett was delighted to make the announcement. She wrote on social media that Stewart may prefer to run in circles, but he is a ‘straight shooter.’

Get to know NASCAR legend, Tony Stewart

The Stewart-Haas co-owner retired from full-time competitive racing in 2016. He has walked away from the sport with 49 wins in his accomplished Cup career. Also, as mentioned earlier, he is a three-time Cup champion, having taken home the title in 2002, 2005 and 2011.

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HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 on November 19, 2005 at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Apparently, the couple began dating sometime after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, their relationship has only grown in leaps and bounds. Earlier this month, it transpired that the drag racing season was close to commencing, so Tony Stewart felt that now it was his job to cheer for her.

The former Cup champion declared that spending the last year with Pruett has been the highlight of his life. They celebrated their one-year anniversary earlier this month, and now, Stewart and Pruett will soon be happily married, though they have yet to confirm a date.

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