Stewart, is that you?

Published 12:02 am Thursday, April 24, 2014

On a daily basis, I typically check out what other papers are putting on their front pages.

The website,, has a plethora of resources to look at various print editions from around the world.

On Wednesday, I gazed on a site that surprised me — a younger looking Tony Stewart atop of The Birmingham News.

For whatever reason, Stewart was pictured with another NASCAR driver from the past with the headline, “Drivers Who Have Done Double Duty.”

Searching for the story on and having no luck, I surmise that it was about drivers who race in both the stock car and truck, and other circuits.

What really drew my eye to the picture of Stewart was how young he looked.

Nowadays, he sports a beard and his face is a little rounder once the helmet is off of his head.

It was a little weird to see the baby face of a driver who is ruthless on the track.

For the longest time, I didn’t really like Stewart because he presented himself as an arrogant, cocky and proud person who doesn’t like to be messed around with.

On Aug. 5, 2013, Stewart broke his leg during a multi-car crash at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, thereby ending his season.

Doctors cleared him to compete this year.

This season has been an up and down one for Stewart.

His best finish came at Bristol, where he crossed fourth. A week later, he finished fifth at the Auto Club 400.

This week’s race — the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond — will be Stewart’s 10th race of the year.

Start time on Saturday is at 6 p.m. on FOX.

When you’re watching for Stewart in the No. 14 car, make sure he’s sporting a beard because you’ll know that’s him and not the surprise that was at the top of The Birmingham News.