Monday, November 21, 2016

A Look Back: Phoenix Raceway Celebrates Tony Stewart’s Last Ride in the Desert

Fans attending the Can-Am 500 were able to collect all four limited-edition trading cards commemorating Tony Stewart's last race at Phoenix Raceway.
Beginning in October and leading up to the Can-Am 500 race weekend, Phoenix Raceway remembered 10 of Tony Stewart's top moments in the Valley of the Sun before he took his final full-time ride around the desert oval on Nov. 13, 2016 in the Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

To celebrate these special moments, Phoenix Raceway chose four of Tony’s top moments for limited-edition trading cards to be given out at the gates to race fans on Sunday. Fans could visit the information booths on the Fan Midway to trade and collect all four trading cards with pictures and descriptions of four milestones of Tony’s career at PIR.
Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber presents Tony Stewart with one-of-a-kind
painting featuring some of his legendary races at the one-mile oval.
Phoenix Raceway’s on-track tribute to the No. 14 came on the Start/Finish Line. Guests with an El Sol Pre-Race Pit Pass were able to take their picture and sign the iconic symbol embellished with 14’s in honor of Smoke’s last race at Phoenix Raceway.

Once the green flag dropped, it wasn’t long before it was time for all race fans at PIR to recognize Tony for a special “Thank You” during lap 14.

However the most special celebration came during pre-race ceremonies of the Can-Am 500 when Tony was announced for driver introductions and Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber presented him with a one-of-a-kind painting by Gatorade Victory Lane artist Bill Patterson. The painting illustrated all three cars that Tony has raced on the one-mile oval – a sprint car, Indy car, his No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet stock car and A.J. Foyt’s No. 14 Copenhagen Oldsmobile in honor of the first time Tony ever drove on the track at PIR and was coached by Foyt.

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m really going to miss this place,” Tony said after finishing 15th overall in his 28th and final race at Phoenix Raceway.

After the smoke settles and Tony steps of the driver’s seat officially, we all look forward to the legendary driver being a mainstay at Phoenix Raceway for a long time to come.

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