Photo retro: Tony Stewart's highs and lows

As Stewart sits on the sidelines for an as yet undetermined length of time, Jim Utter looks back at the highs and lows of Smoke's topline career.

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1995

1995
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Stewart became the first driver to win USAC’s version of the “Triple Crown,” earning championships in all three of USAC's major divisions – National Midget, Sprint, and Silver Crown.

Photo by: NASCAR Media

1996

1996
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Named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year after starting from the front row.

1997

1997
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Scored his first IndyCar win at Pikes Peak and crowned the year by winning the Indy Racing League championship.

Photo by: IndyCar Series

1999

1999
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Stewart did the “Double” for the first time – 1,100 miles on Memorial Day weekend by competing in both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. He finished ninth in Indy, fourth at 600. Stewart took his first NASCAR Cup win at Richmond, Va., going on to become series Rookie of the Year.

2000

2000
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Stewart won a series-high six races in the Cup series and also captured the Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car event which he called “one of his greatest wins ever.”

Photo by: Greg Gage

2001

2001
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Ran the “Double” for the second time, finishing sixth in the Indy 500 and third in the Coca-Cola 600. He was also inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

2002

2002
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In 2002, Stewart won the first of three Cup series championships, holding off Mark Martin down the stretch. He also took his first Chili Bowl victory.

Photo by: Richard Sloop

2004

2004
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In January, Stewart teamed with Andy Wallace (above) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in a Boss Motorsports Chevrolet to take fourth in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Photo by: Jack Durbin

2004

2004
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In November, Stewart became the owner of one of America most legendary short tracks, Eldora Speedway.

Photo by: Getty Images

2005

2005
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Stewart grabbed his first Brickyard 400 win on the way to his second Cup series championship. He also earned his first victory in what is now the Xfinity Series with a win in the season-opener at Daytona.

Photo by: Dana Garrett

2006

2006
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Stewart became the first defending champion to fail to qualify for the following season’s championship Chase. He did win two of four races and the season title in the International Race of Champions.

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2007

2007
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Stewart earned his second career Brickyard 400 win in 2007 and his second victory in the Chili Bowl.

2008

2008
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Stewart announced he was leaving Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the year and would become driver and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.

2009

2009
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In May, Stewart took his first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race win and its $1m prize. He won four races and finished sixth in his first season as an owner/driver.

2011

2011
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Stewart stumbled his way into the Chase without a victory, then went on an incredible run, winning five of the final 10 races and earning his third Cup series championship in a tiebreaker over Carl Edwards.

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

2013

2013
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In June at Dover, Stewart scored the 48th Cup win of his career. That’s the most recent time we’ve seen him take the checkered flag. He heads into the 2016 season with a 77-race winless streak.

2013

2013
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In August, a multi-car crash while leading a sprint car race in Iowa broke Stewart's tibia and fibula in his lower right leg. Stewart would miss the rest of the NASCAR season.

2014

2014
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In August 2014, a sprint car driven by Stewart struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt track in upstate New York. Ward, who was involved in a wreck moments before, was walking on the track while the race was under caution when the incident happened. A grand jury declined to indict Stewart but Ward’s family filed a wrongful death suit against Stewart which remains unresolved. Stewart sat out three races and failed to make the Chase for the third time in his career.

2015

2015
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In September, Stewart announced the 2016 season would be his last as a full-time competitor in NASCAR.

Photo by: Getty Images

2016

2016
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On Jan. 31, Stewart suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra while driving a sand buggy in the California desert. He will miss an undetermined amount of races of his final NASCAR season.

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Series NASCAR Cup , IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , Stewart-Haas Racing
Article type Top List