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Saturday, March 04, 2006

The 43 Days of Daytona - 1st Place in 2005

The Top NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Driver Profiles of 2005.

Featuring NEXTEL Cup Champion for 2005 - Tony Stewart
#20 - Home Depot

Tony Stewart was firmly ensconced in the Joe Gibbs Racing #20 last season and likely will be for many more seasons to come. He recorded 3 poles, 5 wins, 17 Top 5's and 25 Top 10's. His winnings for the season totaled $6,987,530.

He was third in poles with only Ryan Newman(8) and Elliott Sadler(4) getting more, second in wins with only Greg Biffle(6) having more, first in Top 5's, and first in Top 10's. He had a very consistent season.

The 1, 2, and 3 finishers in points last year, Stewart, Biffle, and Edwards, are having early season difficulties. Stewart and Biffle, both had blown motors at California in the 2nd race of the season. Edwards went out early and was the first car out of the race in the Daytona 500. Now, we are only 2 races into the new season, but it isn't a good start. It's a long season and all three teams can recover, but how well they recover will only be shown in the fullness of time.

Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart have spoken regarding their incidents at Daytona. Whether the hatchet is buried or just laid aside for the moment will be revealed in the course of the season.

Tony took a big steps toward maturing in the sport. He became the defacto driver spokesman when he challenged NASCAR to do something about all the bump drafting on the restrictor plate tracks and NASCAR responded. The role of driver spokesman should have probably devolved on Jeff Gordon, but apparently his majesty is too busy being the franchise that he has become and running 22nd and worse despite blanket media coverage to worry about the bigger picture and the driver spokesman role that was vacated with the death of Dale Earnhardt five years ago.

Stewart won the Speed Channel Driver of the Year Award for 2005. He was, also, named the Richard Petty Driver of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association.

Will sponsorship be big enough to allow the team to field a car every week? Yes. The Home Depot sponsorship is solid gold.

Do I think he could go win a championship? C'mon, he's won two out of the last four.

Do I think he could win a race or two and have a good season? Yes. He wins at least two races this season...provided he can lasso that temper back into check and get focused again.


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