TONY STEWART’S CHAMPIONSHIP SPOILS CONTINUE
Ford 400 winner Tony Stewart claimed a 25-foot tournament model boat built by Homestead-based Contender Boats following the race in November (photo courtesy: GETTY IMAGES SPORT)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will soon enjoy yet another prize from his victory in November’s Ford 400 -- a 25-foot Tournament Model fishing boat, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats.
With delivery of the boat scheduled for later this month, Stewart appreciates the reward and come-from-behind victory that enabled him to claim it:
“We had to win the race to win the championship, and that’s what we did,” said Stewart. “To walk out of Homestead-Miami Speedway with a race trophy, the Sprint Cup championship trophy, and then to top it all off – a Contender fishing boat – it really doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve gotten some pretty cool trophies, even a couple of guns for winning poles and races, but never a boat. It’s cool. When we’re out on the water fishing with it, we’ll have a pretty good story to tell whenever someone asks about our boat.”
The vessel, which boasts a four-stroke, 300 horsepower Yamaha outboard, is valued at more than $115,000.
Homestead-Miami Speedway and Contender Boats are awarding the winner of Ford 400 a top-of-the-line fishing boat each year through 2013. This year’s season-ending championship race is set for Sunday, November 18.
About Contender Boats
Contender Boats was founded in 1982 and incorporated in Florida in 1984. It has operated continuously since then, producing more than 6,000 boats with both open and cabin configurations, ranging in size from 21 to 40 feet in length. The current production facility is located in Homestead, where all components are manufactured in-house including metal fabrication, carpentry, electrical, and upholstery. www.contenderoffshore.com