#TBT – “Smoke” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Published On October 1, 2015 » 1001 Views» By Samantha Gray » #TBT, Blogs, Brickyard 400, IMS, NASCAR Sprint Cup

In lieu of Tony Stewart’s recent retirement announcement, we figured the timing was right for a #TBT in honor of our favorite Stewart moments here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Tony Stewart's first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in 1996.

Tony Stewart’s first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was in 1996.

In 1996, Stewart made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving for car owner Harry Rainer. At that year’s Indy 500 Stewart lead the field for 64 laps. However, he trailed off near the end of the race and eventually settled for 5th place.

Tony Stewart and teammates climb the fence to celebrate his first Brickyard 400 victory.

Tony Stewart and teammates climb the fence to celebrate his first Brickyard 400 victory.

It wasn’t until 2005 that Tony Stewart finally broke through the pack with the first victory by a Hoosier-born driver at the Speedway since Wilbur Shaw won the 1940 Indianapolis 500.

“It’s definitely the greatest day of my life,” he said.

“Smoke” passed Kasey Kahne with 11 laps to go and celebrated by imitating IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves and climbing the catch fence—along with his entire team—to the flagstand to claim the checkered flag.

Stewart celebrates his second Brickyard 400 victory in 2007.

Stewart celebrates his second Brickyard 400 victory in 2007.

On July 29, 2007, after leading a race high 66 of 160 laps, Stewart won the Brickyard 400 again. This was his second triumph in the race at his favorite track.

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