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By BILL ORDINE | February 13, 2008
Last year, Stewart suggested that NASCAR races were rigged, contending that the race organization latched on to flimsy excuses, such as minor debris on the track, to wave a caution flag. After some stern words from the great god NASCAR, Stewart said he didn't mean it. But like a little kid who's chronically in the cookie jar or kicking over other kids' sand castles, you knew he'd be at it again. In a comparison that appeared all over the media last year, Jeff Gordon called Stewart "the Rosie O'Donnell of NASCAR" because of his penchant for inciting controversy.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | February 15, 2012
Every driver is motivated. Every one believes he has a shot. Everybody is excited. That's all hunky-dory. The 2012 NASCAR season has yet to start and the optimistic rumble from the garages always precedes the realistic rumble on the track, when the usual suspects rise to the top and the pretenders finish 28th or worse every week. It's not hard to predict which guys will be chasing NASCAR championships in 2012: Defending champion Tony Stewart has huge momentum after a thunderous finish in 2011.
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By Tommy Ventre and Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2002
ROCKVILLE - It had already been a long week for Tony Stewart. Then this happened. Shortly after his Aug. 11 win at Watkins Glen International, Stewart heard that third-place finisher Robby Gordon wasn't pleased with Stewart's quick restart after a late red flag. Indeed, Stewart got on the gas well before he reached the designated restart stripe, but NASCAR officials later said the move was within the rules. Stewart had won the race fairly, but Gordon groused nonetheless. The situation could have devolved quickly.
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George Diaz | January 24, 2012
CONCORD. N.C. — Breakups are always complicated. You rarely leave on equal terms. It seems one party initiates the split. Irreconcilable differences, anyone? That's how it went down with Tony Stewart and Darian Grubb last season. Stewart told Grubb, his crew chief of three years, just before the start of the Sprint Cup 10-race Chase playoff format that he would have a new crew chief in 2012. But then unexpectedly, something clicked between them, and Stewart won five of the 10 races to capture his third Sprint Cup title.
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July 17, 2007
Good morning -- Tony Stewart -- In your case, being on the fence was a good thing.
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November 6, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas --Tony Stewart says he's racing in a different league from NASCAR's playoff contenders. Checker Auto Parts 500 Sunday, 3 p.m., Phoenix International Raceway, chs. 11, 4
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 26, 2006
Calendar NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Pepsi 400 Site -- Daytona Beach, Fla. When -- Saturday, 7:55 p.m. TV -- Chs. 45, 5 (7:30 p.m.) Trac -- Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval) Distance -- 160 laps, 400 miles 2005 winner -- Tony Stewart 2005 pole-sitter -- Tony Stewart INDY RACING LEAGUE Kansas Lottery Indy 300 Site -- Kansas City, Kan. When -- Sunday, 1 p.m. TV -- Chs. 2, 7 Track -- Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval) Distance -- 200 laps, 300 miles 2005 winner -- Tony Kanaan 2005 pole-sitter -- Danica Patrick FORMULA ONE United States Grand Prix Site -- Indianapolis When -- Sunday, 1 p.m. TV -- SPEED Track -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.6-mile road course)
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | August 7, 2006
NEXTEL CUP Sirius Satellite at The Glen Site -- Watkins Glen, N.Y. When -- Sunday, 1:35 p.m. TV -- Ch. 11 (1 p.m.) Track -- Watkins Glen International Raceway (2.45-mile road course) Distance -- 90 laps, 220.5 miles 2005 winner -- Tony Stewart 2005 pole-sitter -- Tony Stewart CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES Grand Prix of Denver Site -- Denver, Colo. When -- Sunday, 3:45 p.m. TV -- Speed Channel (3:30 p.m.) Track -- Street Course (1.657-mile street course) Distance -- 90 laps, 149.130 miles 2005 winner -- Sebastien Bourdais 2005 pole-sitter -- Paul Tracy INDY RACING LEAGUE Meijer Indy 300 Site -- Sparta, Ky. When -- Sunday, 4 p.m. TV -- Chs. 2,7 (3:30 p.m.)
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By RAY FRAGER | September 23, 2008
9:40 p.m. [Encore] Checking the cast list in this Will Ferrell NASCAR movie, you see lots of people playing themselves - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Jamie McMurray, Wally Dallenbach, Elvis Costello. (Elvis Costello?) But you don't see Tony Stewart. Could it be that the producers were afraid Stewart might sock Ferrell (right)in the mouth?
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG and KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN REPORTER | June 3, 2006
DOVER, Del. -- Tony Stewart has been called a lot of things during his racing career. Rude. Gifted. Genuine. Volatile. Blunt. Brilliant. Stubborn. Tempestuous. Reformed. Champion. But love him or loathe him, there is one word that everyone seems to agree best sums up Stewart, and the Columbus, Ind., native has always worn it like a badge of honor: tough. Neighborhood Excellence 400 Dover (Del.) International Speedway, tomorrow, 2:10 p.m. TV: FX, 1:30 p.m.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | November 23, 2011
Tony Stewart won't have any problems celebrating his third NASCAR Cup title when the party hits Las Vegas for "Champions Week. " The official schedule was changed because of Stewart's actions the last time he won the title in 2005. A breakfast honoring the champion and some of the other top drivers is now a lunch because Stewart couldn't gather himself out of bed for breakfast back then. But once the party favors are put away, Stewart will be a busy man trying to gather momentum for the 2012 season.
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November 15, 2011
Edge to Edwards Jim Peltz Los Angeles Times This is truly a tossup, but give Carl Edwards the edge as the Chase concludes Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For starters, Edwards drives for Roush Fenway Racing, and that Ford team has won six of the last seven races at the 1.5-mile Homestead oval. Edwards himself has won two of the last three. Stewart also is strong on 1.5-mile tracks and has won four of the nine Chase races this year. But Sunday's race at Phoenix was telling.
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November 2, 2011
Matt Kenseth took a lot of heat when he won a Cup title in 2003 despite never winning a race. For Kenseth, it was all about consistency, as he snagged a season-high 25 top-10 finishes. So it makes one wonder if Carl Edwards will endure the same type of grief if he ends up winning a title in similar fashion. Edwards has won only one race this year — in the regular season — but leads Tony Stewart by eight points despite the fact that Stewart has three victories in Chase races.
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By George Diaz, Tribune Newspapers | October 5, 2011
There are two ways this can go for Jimmie Johnson: He will either be celebrating his sixth consecutive NASCAR title, or … The other possibility is obvious after some bouncy finishes of late — perhaps there is a flicker of self-doubt in the usually resilient and reliable driver of the Lowe's No. 48. Johnson is fifth in the points standings — only 13 points behind leader Kevin Harvick — and hasn't won since April. He's in some in-between world right now, not dominating but not out of it. So where do we go from here?
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 28, 2011
It has been an incredible run for Tony Stewart , who has risen from the ranks of a competitive afterthought to the driver to beat in the Chase for the Championship. Two victories in two weeks has much to do with that. "It's huge," Stewart said after winning in Loudon, N.H., on Sunday after Clint Bowyer ran out of gas on the final lap. "When you talk about momentum, that race car doesn't know anything about momentum. It knows what you put in it, it knows how we drive it. … It doesn't know anything other than just what's put in it. "Momentum deals with people.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 20, 2011
Well, hello there, Tony Stewart. Where have you been? The dynamics of the Chase for the Sprint Cup certainly got shuffled in a hurry Monday at Chicagoland Speedway, where one of the favorites, Jeff Gordon, ran out of gas, and Stewart, one of the guys who latched onto one of the last spots in the 12-driver field, bolted into championship-contending form. Stewart is now second in points behind Kevin Harvick, most certainly a boost to the NASCAR marketing plan. Not bad for a guy who was only one of two Chase drivers without a victory heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Stewart is also one of the best guys on pit road when it comes to the media.
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November 15, 2011
Edge to Edwards Jim Peltz Los Angeles Times This is truly a tossup, but give Carl Edwards the edge as the Chase concludes Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For starters, Edwards drives for Roush Fenway Racing, and that Ford team has won six of the last seven races at the 1.5-mile Homestead oval. Edwards himself has won two of the last three. Stewart also is strong on 1.5-mile tracks and has won four of the nine Chase races this year. But Sunday's race at Phoenix was telling.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 20, 2011
Well, hello there, Tony Stewart. Where have you been? The dynamics of the Chase for the Sprint Cup certainly got shuffled in a hurry Monday at Chicagoland Speedway, where one of the favorites, Jeff Gordon, ran out of gas, and Stewart, one of the guys who latched onto one of the last spots in the 12-driver field, bolted into championship-contending form. Stewart is now second in points behind Kevin Harvick, most certainly a boost to the NASCAR marketing plan. Not bad for a guy who was only one of two Chase drivers without a victory heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Stewart is also one of the best guys on pit road when it comes to the media.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 14, 2011
Love 'em or hate 'em, the Busch brothers are always in the mix when it comes to contentious relationships in NASCAR. Kurt Busch had to be restrained by team members along pit road in Richmond after an incident with NASCAR.com reporter Joe Menzer . Menzer asked Busch — who had some issues with Jimmie Johnson at the Richmond night race — "Kurt, can either you or Jimmie win the Chase?" Busch cut him off and then said: "How did I see you were going to come with that?
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | September 7, 2011
As Danica Patrick makes the transition from the open-wheel world to NASCAR nation, she will have an excellent mentor. Tony Stewart will be her team owner while she races a select number of Cup races. Another mentor couldn't hurt. Mark Martin, anybody? It seems like a great fit. Martin will be looking for a part-time ride after he steps aside for Kasey Kahne at Hendrick Motorsports. "I would love to have him," Stewart said. "The biggest thing is us getting the financial backing to run the remainder of those races.
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