Phoenix Raceway remembers ten of Tony Stewart's top moments in the Valley of the Sun before he takes his last full-time ride around the desert oval on Nov. 13, 2016 in the Can-Am 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Let’s kick things off at where it all began. Tony Stewart began his drive to prominence at Phoenix Raceway in his first start at the season opener for the 1993 USAC’s Silver Crown division. It was the 16th Copper World Classic at the Southwest oval and the 21-year old racer was able to qualify second only to veteran INDYCAR driver Davey Hamilton.
In impressive fashion, the young gun led 31 of the 50 laps and finished second behind Mike Bliss, another Copper World Classic repeat Champion (1993, 1995, 1996).
Tony’s Silver Crown car from the race was featured in the track’s 50th Anniversary ‘Memory Lane’ display during the 2014 NASCAR season.
Looking back on his first laps in the Valley, Stewart said, “I started racing there in ’93 when I ran a USAC Silver Crown car. And since then, I’ve run USAC Midgets, INDY cars, Super Modifieds, XFINITY Series cars and, of course, Sprint Cup. So, I’ve logged a bunch of laps there. To think that it all kind of started at Phoenix, I guess you could say it’s the place where my career came full circle.”