Tony Stewart makes McMullen's day. Toronto, Ontario (June 29, 2002): NASCAR star Tony Stewart and several drivers from Canada's CASCAR series put a huge smile on the face of quadriplegic Robbie McMullen of Etobicoke, Ontario, yesterday night.
Tony Stewart makes McMullen's day.
Toronto, Ontario (June 29, 2002): NASCAR star Tony Stewart and several drivers from Canada's CASCAR series put a huge smile on the face of quadriplegic Robbie McMullen of Etobicoke, Ontario, yesterday night. The drivers were at the 401 Mini Indy (Hwy 401 at 427) for an evening of go-kart racing and to show their support for nineteen-year-old McMullen who was paralyzed last July after a racing accident.
Stewart, one of several NASCAR drivers set to compete against CASCAR's best in this weekend's Canada Day Shootout at Cayuga Speedway, showed he's quick in anything with a steering wheel and a gas pedal. Following a series of qualifying sessions, the field was narrowed down to ten drivers and Stewart was ranked number one. He was looking forward to pole position for a twenty-lap showdown, but the Home Depot driver wasn't going to get away so easily as the grid was inverted, putting him dead last for the start of the race.
Stewart had nine tough CASCAR drivers ahead of him, each gunning for cash prizes donated by Blue Streak Hygrade Motor Products and itching to brag that they beat Tony Stewart. When the checkered flag waved, only Al Turner was ahead of Stewart and, had the race been a little longer, that may not have been the case.
McMullen and the CASCAR drivers seemed quite taken with Stewart's personable and friendly nature as they sat wide-eyed listening to humorous tales of racing in the big leagues. Despite a hectic schedule that had him up early this morning, Stewart was in no hurry to leave, staying well past 1:00 am. Before saying goodbye, he autographed his second-place trophy and handed it to McMullen along with his prize money. He may be one of the toughest customers on the NASCAR circuit, but yesterday night Stewart showed he's all heart.