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HIGHS AND LOWS

The highs and lows of Tony Stewart's four seasons, which have brought him 15 career victories, three stints on probation and $85,000 in fines.

Highs

1999

VICTORIES: Sept. 11, Richmond; Nov. 7, Phoenix; Nov. 14, Homestead-Miami.

NOTABLE: Rookie of the year, set NASCAR record for wins by a rookie, fourth in the point standings. Made his first attempt at running the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, completing 1,090 of a possible 1,100 miles while finishing fourth in the NASCAR event and ninth at Indy.

2000

VICTORIES: June 4, Dover; June 11, Michigan; July 9, New Hampshire; Sept. 24, Dover; Oct. 1, Martinsville; Nov. 12, Homestead-Miami.

NOTABLE: Sixth in the point standings. Both Dover wins were the first of consecutive victories.

2001

VICTORIES: May 5, Richmond; June 24, Sears Point; Aug. 25, Bristol.

NOTABLE: Second in the point standings. Won the International Race of Champions event in June at Michigan. Made second attempt at Indy-Charlotte double, completing 1,100 miles and finishing third in the NASCAR event, sixth at Indy.

2002

VICTORIES: March 10, Atlanta; May 4, Richmond; Aug. 11, Watkins Glen.

NOTABLE: First in the point standings, earning his first Winston Cup championship and becoming the only driver to win the title while on NASCAR probation. Did it despite a last-place finish in the Daytona 500, which put him 43rd in the standings at the start of the season. Rallied the week after he punched a photographer in Indianapolis to win at Watkins Glen.

Lows

OCT. 3, 1999: After being knocked out of the race at Martinsville Speedway, Stewart threw the heat shields from his shoes at rival Kenny Irwin. He tried to reach inside Irwin's car and grab him as he passed by. Stewart was fined $5,000 by NASCAR.

FEB. 16, 2000: After making contact on the track during practice, Stewart and Robby Gordon got into a shoving match in the garage at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart was not penalized, but crew member Jason Shapiro was fined $2,000 and placed on probation for aggressively breaking up the fight.

MAY 6, 2000: After losing at Richmond late, Stewart sped his car into the garage and after exiting it, kicked at a photographer.

AUG. 14, 2000: Stewart started a rivalry with Jeff Gordon when the two wrecked each other at Watkins Glen, leading to a profanity-laced argument on national TV. "I'll slam you into the wall the first chance I get," Gordon warned. The two were involved in an accident the next week at Michigan, but both chalked it up to racing.

MARCH 25, 2001: After Gordon wrecked Stewart on the final lap at Bristol, Stewart raced around the track on the cool-down lap, caught Gordon on pit road and bumped him into the retaining wall. NASCAR fined Stewart $10,000 and placed him on probation.

JULY 7, 2001: After ignoring NASCAR's order to come in for a black-flag penalty for making an illegal pass at Daytona, Stewart angrily confronted Winston Cup official Gary Nelson after the race and had to be restrained by his car owner and crew chief. When a reporter approached him for comment, he knocked the tape recorder away and kicked it. NASCAR fined him $10,000, extended his probation until the end of the season and made him apologize to the reporter.

OCT. 19, 2001: Stewart confronted Nelson again after refusing to abide by NASCAR's mandate to wear head-and-neck restraints. Nelson did not let Stewart practice at Talladega until he put a device on, so Stewart stalked off and had to be coaxed back to the car by his crew chief.

AUG. 4, 2002: Stewart punched a freelance photographer after the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR fined him $10,000 and placed him on probation for the rest of the season. Home Depot, his primary sponsor, fined him $50,000. Stewart announced he was undergoing anger management counseling.

SEPT. 14, 2002: An emergency medical technician said Stewart shoved him while he tried to assist the driver after his accident at New Hampshire in July. NASCAR investigated and found no merit.

SEPT. 24, 2002: A Tennessee grand jury heard allegations that Stewart shoved a fan after the August race at Bristol but declined to hand up an indictment.

_ Compiled by the Associated Press.

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