A new certainty has been added to the list of death and taxes - that a NASCAR driver will win the ESPY Award for best driver.
Last night, reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart became the seventh consecutive stock-car driver to claim the ESPY for best driver, in the made-for-tv awards show to honor the top sports performances of the year. In all the last 15 years, stock-car drivers have won 13 of the ESPN-created awards - with the only two non-NASCAR awards going to F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
“I am thrilled to win the ‘Best Driver’ award after what turned out to be a great NASCAR season last year. I was fortunate enough to be able to take the checkered flag when it mattered most,” said Stewart. “There were some great drivers and great champions in this category, so I cannot thank the NASCAR fans and everyone who voted enough for their unbelievable support.”
Stewart won the award for the third time and was chosen ahead of Indy Car champ Dario Franchitti, F1 star Sebastien Vettel and 2012 NHRA champ Del Worsham.