A very good year: Stewart ends '05 with midget win

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- NASCAR star Tony Stewart closed the U.S. Auto Club's 50th season of racing with a victory in a 60-lap midget feature race at the "Rumble in Fort Wayne."

Stewart, the reigning Nextel Cup champion, started eighth and took the lead on the seventh lap, staying in front until the end. He has won at least one USAC race each year since 1991 except in 1999, when he was the NASCAR Cup rookie of the year.

"I'm going to say this because I know my fans like my brutal honesty," Stewart told the crowd after his victory. "Every year, all the competitors go out to the bar and try to get me drunk so I can't run the next day. It didn't work this time."

Stewart also raced in Fort Wayne on Thursday night, finishing 11th in a 60-lap feature race after crashing.