Daily Harvest: NASCAR star Tony Stewart to race in Wilmot during Kenosha County Fair

Tony Stewart /Photo by Kim Phillips under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Tony Stewart /Photo by Kim Phillips under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Tony Stewart, a two-time champion of NASCAR’s premier racing series, will be racing at Wilmot Raceway during the Kenosha County Fair on Friday, Aug. 16.

Stewart is expected to fly in from Michigan, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing that weekend, to participate in the IRA sprint car race at Wilmot, said  Jo Weidman, fair secretary.

Says Wikipedia about Stewart’s NASCAR career:

Stewart currently owns and drives the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing under crew chief Steve Addington. From 1999 until 2008, he drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car, under crew chief Greg Zipadelli, with The Home Depot as the primary sponsor. His ten-year tenure with the same team, sponsor, and crew chief is a NASCAR record. Stewart is also the only driver to win both the Winston Cup under the old points system and the Nextel Cup under the chase playoff format, winning those championships in 2002 and 2005 respectively. In 2011, Stewart became the first owner-driver since Alan Kulwicki to win the Cup Series championship, which ended Jimmie Johnson’s streak of consecutive championships at five. He is the only driver to win the NASCAR championship under three different sponsorship titles Winston in 2002, Nextel in 2005, and Sprint in 2011 as well as being the only driver in history to win a championship in both IndyCar and NASCAR. He is also the first driver in Cup to win the championship by virtue of a tie breaker (number of wins during the season is the first level tie breaker, Stewart had 5 while eventual runner up Carl Edwards had 1).

Besides his NASCAR exploits, Stewart is well know for his affinity for open wheel racing. Before NASCAR he raced in the Indy Racing League and competed in midget, sprint  and silver crown cars.

On Friday night there will be a $10 admission fee for the IRA racing program, including Stewart’s appearance. Those attending the race will also need to pay an admission for the fair ($9 for a daily adult admission).


One Comment

  1. Lisa Wadin says:

    I know where I’m going to be!! 😀

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