Stewart names 4th Quarter person of the year

Tony Stewart Named Fourth Quarter NASCAR USG Person of The Year DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2004) -- It's not often that an event can benefit so many people, but that's exactly what a benefit concert hosted by the Tony Stewart Foundation did...

Tony Stewart Named Fourth Quarter NASCAR USG Person of The Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 24, 2004) -- It's not often that an event can benefit so many people, but that's exactly what a benefit concert hosted by the Tony Stewart Foundation did this summer, raising over $270,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Easter Seals West Kentucky, the Dream Factory-Paducah Chapter and the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center.

For his efforts, Stewart has been named the 2004 Fourth Quarter NASCAR USG Person of the Year.

"It's an honor to be selected as the fourth-quarter winner," said Stewart. "This is a special award, because it's not about what you do on the race track, it's about what you do with your heart. I know that the previous winners of this award were some very deserving people, and to join them means a tremendous amount to me."

Stewart created his Foundation in 2003 to assist groups caring for chronically ill children and drivers injured in motorsports, as well as to support other charitable organizations in the protection of animals. Other charities the Foundation supports include the Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Indiana Special Olympics, Greyrescue (Greyhound Rescue Organization) and Charlotte (N.C.) Metropolitan Zoo.

USG (United States Gypsum), a promotional partner of NASCAR, is in its second year as sponsor of the NASCAR USG Person of the Year program. The award is designed to honor drivers not only for their accomplishments on the track, but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts.

To determine the NASCAR USG Person of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season is divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. A select group of panelists chooses one of the four quarterly finalists as the NASCAR USG Person of the Year. This award will be presented the week of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York City, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his/her choice.

Other notable nominees were Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton. Gordon was the first quarter nominee, Elliott Sadler the second quarter nominee and Dale Jarrett was the third quarter nominee.

In addition to the NASCAR USG Person of the Year, USG also sponsors the Driver of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible winning driver of each of the 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship events. Each USG Driver of the Race Award winner receives $2,500 with an additional $2,500 going to the charity of his/her choice

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Elliott Sadler