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Stewart named Driver of the Year

Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 10:41 am
 
Posted by Pete Pistone

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart was named winner of the 2011 Driver of they Year Award today.

Stewart, the 2011 Cup champion, was awarded the honor by a panel of leading motorsports journalists and broadcasters.

Stewart, who is also co-owner of the Stewart-Haas Racing team for which he drives, was also the leading vote-getter in balloting for the separate Fourth Quarter Driver of the Year Award it was announced Tuesday.

“I have a lot of pride in this,” Stewart said of being named winner of the DOTYs. “This is an award that comes from a highly esteemed group. These are the awards that mean the most.”

Stewart won the Cup championship with dramatic flair. Winless heading into the 12-driver, 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship playoff, the Indiana-native won five times during the Chase.

He started the final race of the year in second place – three points behind Carl Edwards. In that race – the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway – Stewart finished first and Edwards finished second. They tied in points but Stewart won the championship on tie-breaking criteria as he had won more races during the season than had Edwards.

The DOTY is the oldest and most prestigious award of its kind.

In its 45 year, the DOTY Award encompasses all racing series and drivers in the United States. A panel of 19 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the country cast votes this year.

Stewart won the vote in a landslide.

Those who voted in a secret ballot, gave Stewart 15 votes. Edwards, Dario Franchitti of the IndyCar Series, Jason Meyers of the World of Outlaws Series and NHRA Top Fuel champion Del Worsham all received one vote.

In the quarterly voting, Stewart beat Edwards and Meyers, getting all but one of the first-place votes.

“The last quarter was a history-maker, for sure,” Stewart said. “There are so many champions honored this way (the Award). It’s just amazing I don’t know how to put it words. It’s truly an honor.”

Barry Schmoyer, president of the of the Driver of the Year Foundation, said, “It’s certainly ironic that last year’s vote involved a spirited debate, but this year’s was a slam dunk.

“Stewart’s come from behind victory at Homestead will thrill fans for ages.”

Stewart will receive trophies and Tissot wristwatches as part of the award.


 
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Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:30 am
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

Don’t talk about 92, now a panel of 19 superiors selected him for this reward then I don’t think there would have been any politics taken place. It’s simple he is a good racer and he had won many championships, he got what he deserved.  





Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:48 am
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

As much as I would prefer #24 I ahve to say Stewart earned it. Will never ever root for him but that doesn't mean he can't drive.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

He's an IDIOT



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

Ok, you either did not watch the race tobias2006 or you are simply an idiot. No, it was not as thrilling as the '92 race that Kulwicki clinched with but it was definitely in the same ball park. Tony had over come pit problems time and again (at the awards ceremony they mentioned he passed over 140 cars!) and STILL won. If you dont think the restarts he was involved with were exciting, then you don't have a pulse.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

geno, did you not read the article...

 

In its 45 year, the DOTY Award encompasses all racing series and drivers in the United States. A panel of 19 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the country cast votes this year.


damn rednecks, uh?




Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

driver of the year huh? you dont say? he only won the championship... it would be kind of assenine if someone else was named driver of the year.  damn rednecks...



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:28 am
 

Stewart named Driver of the Year

“Stewart’s come from behind victory at Homestead will thrill fans for ages.” --

Huh?  That was a moderately boring race where no one was really racing.  I guess 1992 never happened.


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