Phoenix Raceway remembers 10 of Tony Stewart's top moments in the Valley of the Sun before he takes his last ride around the desert oval on Nov. 13, 2016 in the Can-Am 500 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Semi-Final Race. For the 10th and final moment, we asked “Smoke” himself for his favorite memory over his many years at and around the track.
Tony Stewart’s Top Tony Moment at Phoenix Raceway:
“It’s hard because there are so many great moments. The first time I drove a Supermodified there, I think we were running 22-second or 23-second laps around there. One year, Ryan (Newman) and I had a great race where I was having motor trouble all day. I couldn’t seem to get the car off the corner. It stumbled a lot but, halfway down the straightway, it would come to life and I could use the draft following Ryan to get caught up. He ended up having an issue with two laps to go and we won the race.
"I remember another time in one of the early Silver Crown races I ran at Phoenix where I think we ran fifth to Jac Haudenschild. Jac was sideways all the way down through the dogleg on the backstretch. I would pass Jac through the corners and then, down the straightway, here he would come with smoke coming off the right rear (tire). I thought, ‘Man, this guy’s tire is never going to make it.’ He made it to the end and he finished either third and I ran fourth, or he was fourth and I was fifth. That was one of coolest moments for me,” Tony said.