Tony Stewart won five of the last ten Chase races in 2011, after going winless in the 26 race “regular season”, now it seems he just can’t stop winning. On Friday, December 30th, Stewart won the Fort Wayne Rumble in a black No. 2 Munchkin car.
The Indiana native returned to his racing roots in the 14th annual open-wheeled midget car race. The champion had won a record seven times at the 1/6-mile track, making this his eigth win. It was the first time he’d raced his open-wheeled midget car since 2008. In a news release, Stewart said “it’s exciting to be back” in Fort Wayne.
His car, which was a Volkswagen, was build 20 years ago by a Roanoke resident Mike Fedorcak, and Stewart has stuck with it since 2004, winning a total of eight races that season.
It just a couple of weeks, the 2011 Sprint Cup Champion will race at the 26th annual Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He already has two victories at the event. If he wins again, he’d be only the second driver to win it more than twice. This will be the first time since 2008 that Stewart has raced in the Chili Bowl, and in that race he finished eighth.
On January 10th, Stewart will compete in the Fourth Annual Vacuworx International Race of Champions, while the following night he’ll compete in the River Spirit Casino qualifying event. . He commented, “It’s one of the biggest Midget races of the year and it’s just a lot of fun to compete in the Chili Bowl.”
Stewart had an incredible run to becoming the Sprint Cup champ. Before heading to Chicagoland Speedway for the first race of the Chase, many were counting Stewart out as well as the driver counting his self out. He had finished 15 races outside of the top-ten. Stewart then won at Chicagoland Speedway in the Geico 400 and he crossed the finish line the next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the winner. He would go out to win three of the four final races in the Chase.
There is no doubt Tony Stewart had an amazing 2011. Will the hot streak continue into 2012? It looks like he’s got a good start on doing just that by winning on Friday.