‘The Rushville Rocket’ gets the ‘call’

Charlotte, N.C. — You can call him a three-time Cup Series champ, “Smoke”, “The Rushville Rocket” or just Tony Stewart, but after January 31 of 2020 you can add NASCAR Hall of Famer to the list.

Stewart won 49 races during his 17-year NASCAR career, and captured his third title in 2011 after breaking away from Joe Gibbs Racing to become a team co-owner. Stewart later told fellow 2020 inductee Joe Gibbs that team ownership was the most difficult thing he has had to tackle. He started his career in a go-kart in Westport, Indiana in 1979.

Photo: Kyo H Nam NASCAR HOF

Stewart will receive the honor along with Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Buddy Baker and Wadell Wilson at a ceremony in North Carolina.