Stewart is not a 'bad boy"
He's been given part ownership of Haas CNC Racing. It will be renamed Stewart Haas Racing and Tony will be the full time driver. A second team will be announced at a later time.
Tony has been labeled as one of NASCAR's "bad boys," but he's really not a bad person.
He's usually the first one to speak out about something he doesn't agree with in NASCAR, and that gets him into trouble.
But like him or not, when you look behind the race car driver, you find a very giving man.
He's the only driver to give the Victory Junction Gang Camp $3 million of his own money.
The camp is a place where terminally ill children can go with their families and have all their expenses paid, including their medical care, for a vacation.
I recently read a story on nascar.com about Tony granting a wish through the "Make a Wish Foundation," to a 17-year-old girl who was terminally ill and wanted to meet him.
He was only supposed to meet her at the race track and give her an autograph, but Tony decided to take her along with him for the day.
Then there's the time he saw something on TV in Florida about a stray dog that was in need of very expensive medical care, but the shelter was short on funds. Tony called his mother, who runs the Tony Stewart Foundation, and had her send a check to the shelter for $18,000. It more than covered the dog's expenses.
When floods recently swept through his home state of Indiana, he went home to help.
He visited a school that was being used as a shelter for people who were evacuated from their homes and managed to put a smile on everyone's face.
When a mother deer living on Tony's 400-acre property lost her life in the floods, Tony took her four-day-old fawn in and bottled fed the animal to good health. He has about 120 deer on his property that are all well fed.
There's truly not enough space to tell you what he does every day for charity. You can learn more by logging onto the Tony Stewart Foundation.
So let's give Tony a break, because underneath that so called "bad boy" is a man with a big heart.
Bill Deak of New Milford was 13th at the Accord Speedway this past weekend after the brakes failed on his race car. Billy Jr. was running third when he got a flat tire that dropped him to sixth.
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