Double Your Pleasure

Updated: December 6, 2006, 11:12 AM ET
By Hillary Wasch | Special to

Signature Day

May 30, 1999 - Two races. Two cities. Two top-ten finishes. One day.

Tony Stewart's double-duty performance, driving in the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, made him the first driver to finish both races in the same day. In less than 10 hours he completed 1,090 miles (490 at Indy and 600 in the NASCAR race).

His day was so packed that he barely had time to eat, having only two mini-bagels for breakfast and, while driving, a few bites of a chocolate Power Bar that melted in his hands from the heat.

At Indy, he was among the top five in the beginning of the race, but slowed down after running over a jack in the pit stall on lap 95. He finished ninth.

Stewart flew south for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, just outside Charlotte, N.C., but missed the pre-race drivers' meeting and had to start at the rear, behind 43 other cars. Despite this handicap, he gained the lead just past 400 miles. But during the last 100 miles he felt tired, hot and nauseous.

"The white line on the bottom of the track that's four or five inches wide went to two feet wide," Stewart said. "And a piece of hot dog wrapper would blow past and it looked like a pink-spotted elephant running across the back stretch."

But Stewart wouldn't quit; he finished fourth. Dale Earnhardt came by and asked, "You had enough yet?" Then he patted him on the back and walked away laughing.

Stewart was helped from his car and carried off on a stretcher. An ambulance took the dehydrated Stewart to a medical center, where he was given fluids.

Odds 'n' Ends

  • As a boy, Stewart practiced driving the yard-kart so much that he tore up a ring of dirt in the backyard lawn.

  • Stewart's parents divorced when he was 18.

  • When his mother, Pam Boas, remarried, she sold the house in Columbus, Ind., where Stewart grew up. When he learned the house was put back on sale, Stewart bought the home. He keeps all of his racing trophies there. Stewart moved from North Carolina back to Columbus after the 2004 season because he feels more relaxed in his hometown.

  • His sister Natalie helps run the Tony Stewart Fan Club along with their mother.

  • In 1991, Stewart won USAC's Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award.

  • When he captured USAC's National Midget championship in 1994, he won five of 22 races.

  • In 1996 Stewart set the record for the fastest lap by a rookie at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, going 237.336 mph.

  • Stewart's World of Outlaws circuit team, Tony Stewart Motorsports with driver Danny Lasoski, won the 2001 World of Outlaws championship in its rookie year.

  • On April 4, 2002, before the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Stewart allegedly shoved a photographer when he was trying to shoot him after the race. NASCAR fined Stewart $10,000. Stewart's sponsor, Home Depot, fined him $50,000 and put him on probation for the rest of the season.

  • In August 2002, at the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Stewart was accused of assaulting a female fan.

  • The following month, he was accused of taking a swing at an EMT at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

  • Stewart owns Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises, a group of racers on the USAC Sprint Car circuit. His drivers include Jay Drake, Cory Kruseman and Josh Wise. In 2004, they comprised the No. 1 USAC National Sprint Car team in the country.

  • At the 2005 Daytona 500, Stewart led for 107 laps. Heading the field on the 196th lap, he was overtaken and faded to seventh.

  • Stewart had more success in his next start at Daytona International Speedway, winning the Pepsi 400 on July 2, 2005 for his first NASCAR victory in 14 starts on the circuit's most famous track.

  • He owns several USAC teams, a remote-control car company and a dirt track.

  • Stewart suffers from claustrophobia, which sometimes gives him problems while he's in the tight confines of a racecar.

  • One of Stewart's nicknames is the Rushville Rocket, named after a town near where he grew up.

  • He appeared in a music video for the band 3 Doors Down.

  • Stewart is an animal freak and owns racing greyhounds, a tiger and a monkey named "Mojo."

  • He is left-handed.

  • Indianapolis native Crocky Wright celebrates the anniversary of the day he first witnessed Stewart race a three-quarter midget car at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in 1989. Every July 18 Wright buys a cake and brings it to the gift shop at the Brickyard and shares it with the women who work there..

  • In 2005, when he won his second NASCAR title, Stewart earned a record $13,578,168, including $6,173,633 from the points fund set up by series sponsor Nextel.