When you hear someone say "Tony Stewart is one stand-up guy"...believe them.

He was just here at Texas Motor Speedway on August 4th for the 2nd Annual Tony Stewart Smoke Show and what an amazing day!

Beyond the $474,000 Tony has raised for children in need in North Texas in the past two years, he is one heck of a host. Twenty-four participants and their guests spent the day with Tony, Speedway Children's Charities and the staff at The Great American Speedway ® finding out exactly (or darn near close to exactly) what it's like to be a Sprint Cup driver for a day. From a drivers' meeting to driving real Sprint Cup cars around the track to then riding shotgun with Tony as he drove 180 miles an hour on the 1.5 mile oval, it was a day full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Tony made this more than just "another event". He made it personal for those who attended. He visited with them in the bleachers, got to know them, played with their kids, posed for pictures with mother-in-laws, joked around with them when they couldn't get the Berettas to fire in Victory Lane...he never missed an instance where he could be interacting with his guests.

To top it off, we had invited U. S. Army Spec. Brett Wolfe who lost both of his legs in Iraq to be our guest the afternoon and evening of the Smoke Show. Brett is a fan of NASCAR and especially a fan of Tony Stewart. He had the opportunity to ride alongside of Tony while he drove hot laps. Brett and his family also joined us in The Speedway Club that evening for dinner and an auction, where Tony bought his own piece of sheet metal for $15,000 and gave it to Brett as a gift for his new home that is being built with the help of staff members from Texas Motor Speedway.

Before Tony left, he made sure to let us know that he was ‘in' for next year. So visit the site often to find out how you can learn firsthand what a stand-up guy Tony Stewart really is at the 3rd Annual Tony Stewart Smoke Show.

Jaime Carlin
Executive Director
Speedway Children's Charities - Texas