If anybody ever asks how come NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers are the most popular racers in North America, here’s the answer.
Tony Stewart was having so much fun racing sprint cars at Ohsweken Speedway over on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford Tuesday night that he told the sellout crowd that he was going to stick around and run a race with the World of Outlaws Wednesday night.
Which he did — and not only did he race with the Outlaws, he beat them.
Stewart won the annual Six Nations Shootout over Steve (King) Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky and the rest of the Outlaws regulars.
And he did it with style.
Stewart is a short-track racer at heart (the Indy cars are his natural home in the big leagues but NASCAR is where the money is) and has raced lots of times with the Outlaws but had never won a feature till Wednesday night.
Here’s what he had to say afterward click on video here.
Stewart originally went to Ohsweken for a Tuesday night show featuring the Corr/Pal Sprint Car Series, which stars his girlfriend, Jessica Zemken of Syracuse.
A Meet & Greet Tony Stewart reception attracted 300 people (at $50 a pop) and then Stewart started 24th in the feature, fighting his way up to third at the checkers.
Zemken had difficulties and finished mid-pack. Wednesday night, she made it into the Outlaws feature through the B Main and was 14th.
When Stewart told the assembled fans on Tuesday that he wanted to stay and race on Wednesday, he explained that one of the reasons was his relationship with Zemken.
“There’s nothing she likes more than to beat me at places like this,” he laughed.
The Outlaws are travelling along the 401 today to Brockville for a race there Friday night. From there they go to Drummondville, Que., before heading back to the U.S.
Here is the finishing order of the race at Ohsweken last night.
A-Main — (30 Laps) — 1. 14S-Tony Stewart  [$10,000]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$5,500]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers  [$3,200]; 4. 9-Brad Sweet  [$2,800]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides  [$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,300]; 7. 83-Paul McMahan  [$2,200]; 8. 6R-Bill Rose  [$2,100]; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.  [$2,050]; 10. 11-Steve Kinser  [$2,000]; 11. 7X-Jamie Collard  [$1,500]; 12. 32-Justin Barger  [$1,200]; 13. 6-Kraig Kinser  [$1,100]; 14. 1Z-Jessica Zemken  [$1,050]; 15. 77X-Wayne Johnson  [$1,000]; 16. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$900]; 17. 2M-Dustin Daggett  [$800]; 18. O1-Mikey Kruchka  [$800]; 19. 91-Cody Darrah  [$800]; 20. 5-Keith Dempster  [$800]; 21. O-Glenn Styres  [$800]; 22. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$800]; 23. 80-Chris Steele  [$800]; 24. 7K-Kyle Moffit  [$800]. Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-9, Tony Stewart 10-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+14].