Stewart Gives Again

Tony Stewart was recognized for his philanthropy by being named NASCAR's 2004 USG Person of the Year.

The award, presented to Stewart Dec. 3 at the National Motorsports Press Association's Myers Brothers Breakfast in New York City, is designed to honor NASCAR drivers for their community service contributions and charitable efforts.

The annual award carried a $100,000 payment, which was to be split between the winning driver and his charity of choice. However, Stewart once again showcased his charitable compassion by donating the entire amount to Kyle and Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp, a facility for chronically ill children located in Randleman, N.C.

"It's an honor to be selected as the NASCAR USG Person of the Year,” said Stewart. “This is a special award, because it's not about what you do on the race track, it's about what you do with your heart. I know that the previous winners of this award were some very deserving people, and to join them means a tremendous amount to me."

Stewart was among four quarterly finalists for the award that is chosen by a select group of panelists. The other finalists were: Jeff Gordon, Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett.

"We cannot be any happier that Tony Stewart is this year's USG Person of the Year,” said Julian Francis, vice president, marketing, USG Building Systems. “We commend all of the finalists for their endless work and dedication in serving the community. While these four drivers were the finalists, we recognize the work that all the drivers and teams do for numerous community and charitable organizations. Like USG, these drivers have dedicated their time and resources to help bring a better quality of life to individuals and communities.”

Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet in the Nextel Cup Series, was the fourth quarter winner for his efforts in hosting a benefit concert that raised more than $270,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, the Easter Seals West Kentucky, the Dream Factory-Paducah Chapter and the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center.

Stewart, the 2002 NASCAR Cup champion, also supports other charities through his Foundation that assists groups caring for chronically ill children and drivers injured in motorsports.

The other charities that Stewart's Foundation supports include organizations in the protection of animals, the Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Indiana Special Olympics, Greyrescue (Greyhound Rescue Organization) and the Charlotte (N.C.) Metropolitan Zoo.

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