"You don't always see it at the track, but Tony has a really good heart," says Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of Stewart's closest friends in racing. "At the track he's a competitor, just like I am, just like my dad was. He really, really loves the sport."
During his off days Stewart will occasionally fly to any of a number of small dirt tracks around the country. He will then race under a fictitious name—one of his favorites is Luke Warmwater. His obsession with racing is almost unmatched. "I'm not just the person that everybody reads about in the media," says Stewart. He's reclining in a seat on his Learjet, looking out over central Pennsylvania at 20,000 feet. "But I know I've caused a lot of my own headaches. I've made my bed, and I'm sleeping in it."
Moments later Stewart closes his eyes and slips into dreamland.