NASCAR Legend Tony Stewart Reflects on His Career Highlights and Talks about His Racing Hero

Published 12/27/2020, 7:28 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Team owner Tony Stewart stands on the grid during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is set to race in the Superstar Racing Experience in 2021. The former Stewart-Haas Racing driver recently opened up on his illustrious career. He first began his racing career at the age of eight, and 40 years later, he is an IndyCar champion and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion.

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The 49-year-old admitted that it was difficult to choose a particular highlight in his career. Stewart has won the United States Auto Club (USAC) Triple Crown, three NASCAR Cup Series titles, and the 1997 IndyCar championship. Between these accolades, it really is difficult to choose a standout moment.
Of course, just like every other racer or athlete, he also had plenty of pre-race idiosyncrasies. Like many other drivers, Tony Stewart always makes it a point to visit the washroom before every race.

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In addition to that, he enjoys eating bacon as a pre-race meal, especially Smithfield bacon. Finally, he is a classic rock lover and has a playlist that he listens to, before the race, as long as it is upbeat and fast-paced.

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The driver also said that he is quite fond of the Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Additionally, his racing hero is former CART and NASCAR driver, AJ Foyt. Moving to his life away from the racetrack, Tony Stewart revealed that he is the proud owner of a 1976 Plymouth Volare.
JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 19: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 19, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Stewart also appreciated the fanbase for their die-hard nature and passion. According to him, they will still love racing, whether it is during the season or in the off-season.

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It is also worth mentioning that he is pretty much a jack of all trades, having dabbled in various motorsport disciplines. However, Stewart is now content with retirement, with the occasional race in any field that he chooses.
In addition to that, he is also keeping an eye on his Stewart-Haas Racing venture.
In 2021, he is going to compete in the Superstar Racing Experience series. A number of well-known racing from different fields will participate as well. As expected, the 49-year-old is keen to kick things off.

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