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Stewart-Newman 'partnership' pays off in 'Newlywed Game' parody

December 01, 2011, Joe Menzer, NASCAR.com

Stewart-Newman 'partnership' pays off in 'Newlywed Game' parody

LAS VEGAS -- Don't mess with Tony Stewart these days. He's on such a roll that the casinos lining the Las Vegas Strip might want to consider locking their doors to prevent the 2011 Sprint Cup champion from wearing them out.

Ten days removed from the driving victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway that clinched his third Cup championship, Stewart was at it again on Wednesday at the Fremont Street Experience stage -- where he paired with Ryan Newman to win a NASCAR drivers' version of The Newlywed Game, hosted by none other than legendary game-show host Bob Eubanks.

What's on tap


A full slate of activities has been planned for Day 3 of Champion's Week. Thursday's events include the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon, NASCAR Victory Lap and NASCAR After the Lap.

One of the few questions missed by the winning pair on the day: Newman guessed that Stewart said his most annoying habit was passing gas.

"I can fart the alphabet," Newman declared.

Stewart, alas, had insisted that his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate's most annoying habit was "belching throughout our team meetings."

So Stewart had that answer coming out of the wrong end. But for most of the rest of the pleasant, sunny afternoon both he and Newman were a clicking couple, much to the enjoyment of about 2,500 NASCAR fans who looked on and mostly cheered; sometimes they jeered (especially when Kyle Busch was involved).

The Stewart-Newman tandem defeated Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and the younger of the two racing Busch brothers in the finals, as all 12 drivers who qualified for the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup participated.

Among the questions that Hamlin and Busch hit on to get there was when Busch was asked to comment on which physical feature of his partner disturbed him the most. He said it was Hamlin's haircut, which Busch said looked like it "came straight out of [the movie] Dumb and Dumber."

Hamlin got back at Busch and the pair earned another correct answer when Hamlin was asked by Eubanks, "If you want a really good laugh, just watch my partner do what?"

"Attempt to play any other sport," Hamlin said.

Busch later admitted that would indeed draw laughter after correctly guessing that's how Hamlin responded to the question.

To get to the finals, Stewart-Newman had to defeat the teams of Jeff Gordon-Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth-Carl Edwards, while Hamlin-Kyle Busch had to knock off Brad Keselowski-Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick-Dale Earnhardt Jr.

At one point, Eubanks asked Kenseth which driver he would forbid his daughter to date. "Danica," Kenseth deadpanned in return, meaning Danica Patrick. Eubanks doubled over in laughter and the crowd roared.

Johnson chided Gordon for being a whiner and for wearing a "cheesy mustache" at one time; Gordon reminded everyone that Johnson once shaved his legs to compete as a swimmer in high school; and Newman declared Stewart "the hairiest man alive. All was in good fun.

But in the end, the bottom line was that no one could beat Stewart. This obviously is his year. And along the way, Stewart the owner/driver even offered some advice to his teammate (both in racing and Champion Week's "Newlywed Game").

Asked what Newman could do to become a better driver, he smiled and said: "He's got an engineering degree. I think he would be a better driver if he didn't think all the time."

Eubanks arched his eyebrows and then asked, "NASCAR drivers don't think?"

Stewart grinned wider than ever and added, "Hey, it's worked for me."

* Video: Relive the Newlywed fun from Vegas

For more information on the 2011 Sprint Cup Series awards ceremony and NASCAR Champion's Week, click here. For photo images from Champion's Week, including more from This Ain't the Newlywed Game, click below.