Two-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart isn't the friendliest guy at the track. He once spun racing's face man, Jeff Gordon, on pit road, drop-kicked a reporter's tape recorder and punched a photographer in public. Since 1999 the sport has cited him nine times for arguing with Nascar officials, facing off with the media or fighting with competitors.
But Stewart hasn't had any run-ins since 2008. That's when he traded little more than his driving prowess and marketability for 50% of sputtering Haas CNC Racing, a perennial loser run by Gene Haas, founder and president of Haas Automation in Oxnard, Calif.