Two NASCAR Legends Depart Brickyard Together
Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon took their final lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway side by side after Sunday’s race. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Gregg Ellman)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Two of the most important figures in NASCAR history spent what was most likely their final moments at automobile racing’s most important track on Sunday and they did it together.
And it felt great for all involved and for all watching.
Tony Stewart finished 11th and Jeff Gordon 13th in the Brickyard 400 but that was more than good enough to prompt the two to celebrate together as they took an extra tour of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway side by side.
The idea belonged to Stewart, a three-time Cup champion and two-time Brickyard winner who will retire from driving Sprint Cup cars after the 2016 season.
“It was cool,” Stewart said of his adieu to Indy with co-future Hall of Famer Gordon. “I knew when we got the checkered we just didn’t want to come in just yet. I wanted to run one more lap and Jeff was around us and before that last green run I told my spotter to go get his spotter and said after this thing is over, we need to go a lap around here together because most likely is the last time Read the full story »