Tony Stewart prepares for final Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Columbus native Tony Stewart was back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday afternoon as his final season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series continues.
“I’ll be honest. It wasn’t until today when I got here that I realized that it’s been 20 years since the first time I came here.” said the 3-time Cup champion. “I remember the first year – every day of it like it was yesterday. It doesn’t seem like it was 20 years ago, but there’s been a lot of great memories here.”
After a win in Sonoma last month, Stewart is now solidly in the mix to make a run for a fourth title.
“We still have to do our job these next eight weeks, or nine weeks, whatever it is until we get through Richmond and stay in the top 30 in points… but it’s gonna be nice to at least be in the Chase for my last season.”
Stewart has never been one to get sentimental, but he admits he doesn’t mind the farewell affection from fans.
“That’s why we ran this last year was for the race fans,” he said. “We had people at Daytona last week tell us it was their first NASCAR race live and they came because they wanted to watch us one time.. That’s what this was all about and it’s already made it a success for us because of that.”
Stewart’s final Brickyard 400 at IMS will be run Sunday, July 24.