Here's an excerpt from a 2001 article on tony.

By Dave Rodman, Turner Sports Interactive
July 11, 2001
1:02 PM EDT (1702 GMT)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In many ways, Tony Stewart represents all that is good and pure about NASCAR stock car racing. His on-track demeanor and attitude accept nothing but victory, with concessions neither granted nor asked for.

But Stewart, who is only in his third season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series after coming up through a gritty progression of dusty dirt short tracks and no-quarter asphalt bullrings, has had a hard time reconciling his gritty under-the-helmet temperament with the polish needed to co-exist with the media, fans and corporate representatives that are an integral part of the Winston Cup landscape.
A penalty was applied to Stewart late in the July 7 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, when in the judgment of NASCAR officials he contravened rules that were plainly established in the pre-race drivers’ meeting. Stewart chose not to bring his Home Depot Pontiac to pit road to serve a stop-and-go penalty and was penalized 20 positions following the event, knocking him from sixth to 26th.

Stewart was irate when he returned to the garage area, and he reportedly accosted a journalist, slapping his tape recorder out of his hands; and verbally confronted Winston Cup director Gary Nelson. Stewart, who is already on NASCAR probation for a post-race incident at Bristol Motor Speedway in which he rammed his car into Jeff Gordon’s while they were on pit road, is expected to be penalized Wednesday.

As might be expected, Stewart’s fans are legion. And they reacted to the possibility of his penalty with gusto. From Monday evening until Tuesday afternoon, nearly 3,000 e-mails flooded

Now this is 2007 and why I like him he isn't changing for anyone.

Edited by 89montero (07/13/07 03:36 PM)