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Stewart has something to prove

Will Tony Stewart be ready for the challenge of being an owner and driver? He believes -- with a solid foundation under him and Ryan Newman behind the wheel of Stewart-Haas Racing's second car -- he is, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: February 7, 2009, 3:05 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

It was November 2007, and Tony Stewart was none too pleased about Joe Gibbs Racing's pending move to Toyota. He was a General Motors man, after all, and would just as soon keep it that way.

But for Coach Joe and his boys it was a decision born from necessity -- they weren't the big dogs at GM. Hendrick, Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Childress were.

So they made a change.

And so would Stewart -- one that would drop jaws from Daytona to del Rey.

So ...

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