In the spotlight: Tony Stewart

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2002

HOMETOWN: Rushville, Ind.

LIVES: Columbus, Ind., and Cornelius, N.C.

DRIVES: No. 20 Home Depot Pontiac for Joe Gibbs Racing

2002 RECORD: Three victories, 15 top-fives and 22 top-10s to finish second in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Set rookie record with three wins in 1999

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: His 12 victories have been worth $11,773,960 in career earnings.

PERSONAL NOTES: Nickname is ''Rushville Rocket'' Won the

inaugural Indy Racing League

championship in 1997. Only

driver in USAC history to win

national championships in Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown series Also won the national championship in the World Karting Association in 1987 Failed to finish four races last season, and his 65 bonus points for leading laps tied 10th-place Jeff Burton for the fewest among top-10 drivers Favorite television show is Win Ben Stein's Money, and his favorite athlete is Michael Jordon Co-owns a World of Outlaws team

HOBBIES: Competing in dirt track races, billiards, boating and fishing

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