The side of Tony that I relate to most and admire most is the man himself, away from the track. Its in the way he looks at a child, they way he stoops down to be at their level when he talks to them. Its the pure love that I see as both of their hearts melt into one touching moment in time. Its the Tony who loves and relates animals. Its the Tony who always jumps into to help another at the drop of a hat, never asking what is in it for him.
NASCAR has given him a platform and a voice that has enabled him to reach out through the Tony Stewart Foundation to really support those who need it most.
The passion that he puts into Eldora Speedway is awe-inspiring. To see him out prepping the track late at night shows his dedication to the racers and the fans to make sure they get the best experience possible.
To see Tony dressed for Halloween with a bowl of fruit atop is head, in a dress, is priceless and shows his amazing sense of humor. And, I will never forget him snuggling with a pig in a blanket! Pork chop cannot be the softest thing I can think of to snuggle with, though he is rather handsome.
Tony makes me laugh when I least expect it. He is an inspiration and just an amazing regular guy, who also happens to be an amazing racer with one great big heart.
These are just a few glimpses of the Tony that I admire the most. I cannot wait to see what he is up to next.
—- Melinda Foster (@fostmel830), East Bend, NC