“Smoke” may be known for his bold attitude and swagger. But there’s much, much more to Oakley’s NASCAR speed demon, Tony Stewart, than his edgy public persona. The three-time NASCAR Champion, a couple days after grabbing an emotional Nationwide victory over the weekend at Daytona over Sam Hornish Jr., ducked the cameras and the watchful eye of the industry to visit a handful of fans injured at the race after a horrific crash that penetrated the track’s safety barriers. O’s long-time driver/owner spent a few hours with the victims – some of who were listed as critical upon their arrival at the hospital – to provide comfort and some signed gear.
Maybe it wasn’t the elusive Daytona 500 victory that Tony Stewart has been longing for. But it was brilliant, nonetheless. Executing a dramatic last-lap move to pass Matt Kenseth after starting way back in the 42nd position, Oakley’s NASCAR star powered his way to his 18th overall triumph at the Mecca of stock-car racing. “I’ll trade all of them for a win at the Daytona 500,” Tony said, rocking his Oakley eyewear, base layer, racing boots and racing gloves. “We just haven’t got the right one yet.” Nevertheless, he shined in the Coke Zero 400, securing his fourth Sprint Cup victory in Daytona and his 47th overall Sprint Cup win. He also moves up to 14th in all-time NASCAR triumphs, passing Buck Baker.
Auto Club 400: NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Claims Victory at Rain-Shortened Fontana Stop, Tallies 46 Wins to Tie Buck Baker on All-Time List
It rarely rains in Southern California. Despite a rare soaking scene this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Oakley’s NASCAR Star and defending champion, Tony Stewart, claimed victory at the shortened Auto Club 400 after finishing the 129 out of 200 laps in first place. O’s speed demon, tallying his 46th win, also tied NASCAR legend Buck Baker for 14th on the all-time list. Even better: He now has claimed 13 races as an owner/driver – matching Baker and Junior Johnson for sixth all time.