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Stewart claims victory in Talladega
Relive Tony Stewart's 2008 win at Talladega Superspeedway as he claims victory after a controversial last lap in the AMP Energy 500.
Stewart celebrates American technicians
Tony Stewart visits the Rush Truck Center that services Stewart-Haas Racing as they salute America's technicians.
Tony Stewart fills in for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr . again found himself in need of a substitute driver. Tony Stewart was there to answer the call. Earnhardt Jr. was at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday for a Dale Jr. Foundation charity ride-along event. The problem: Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared to drive by his doctors as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms. The event raises "quite a bit of money," Junior said in a video posted to Twitter. Never fear, 'Smoke' is here. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion volunteered to fill the seat so Tuesday's event could go off without a hitch. Earnhardt Jr. posted the thank-you video below, calling Stewart a "good dude" for filling in. Thanks @TonyStewart pic.twitter.com/yhcFaP5fOg — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) October 5, 2016 What friends do for friends pic.twitter.com/jIGLS6LdU9 — Eddie Jarvis (@Eddiejgo14) October 5, 2016 &lt;/p&gt;
Chase trivia with Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman quizzes Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on their Chase knowledge.
Tony can't tie a tie, Jimmie saves the day
WATCH: Ready. Set. Launch Chase event The Ready. Set. Chase. launch Chase media event revealed a lot about drivers. The most important thing we learned on Thursday in Chicago? Tony Stewart can't tie his own tie. During the Chevrolet portion of the event, drivers were challenged to tie a bow tie in honor of the Chevrolet "bow tie" emblem. 'Smoke', the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contender, instantly told the crowd that he couldn't tie a bow tie -- much less a regular tie. "You laugh, back in 2011 (when Stewart won the Sprint Cup title), Jimmie came up and tied my tie for me at the banquet," Stewart said. When asked if it was a bow tie, Johnson said: "No, just a black, regular tie." "I could tie a knot, but that's it," Stewart added. Next time, Tony , spring for the clip-on. &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Relive Tony's 2011 Chicagoland win
Watch the final laps of Tony Stewart's 2011 victory at Chicagoland Speedway which kicked off the run to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
Relive Tony's first NSCS victory
Watch the final laps from Tony Stewart's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, which came at Richmond International Raceway in 1999 during his rookie season.
Bowyer back at home track, eagerly awaits move to SHR
MORE: Bowyer brings fan to tears with surprise " SHR to switch to Ford in '17 KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The emails are already starting to hit his inbox. " Clint Bowyer , No. 14 Ford driver, Stewart-Haas Racing ," the mocked-up, soon-to-be-sold merchandise reads. With six remaining races in the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season -- the one in which Bowyer drives the No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet -- it's hard for the veteran not to look ahead to next year, when he'll replace the retiring Tony Stewart . "Certainly, it's always natural to start thinking about next year. You better be this time of year no matter if you are moving or staying the same and nothing changes," Bowyer said Friday at Kansas Speedway , site of Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "That is how far in advance you have to look in this sport and work. All the organizations are lining themselves up and gearing up for next year, all the while, there is a lot of racing left to do in 2016." It's a trying request for Bowyer not to start licking his chops thinking about his soon-to-be ride when he's struggled with an ill-performing car most of the season and has a mere three top-10 finishes, by far a career low. ANALYSIS: Bowyer, HScott playing catch up It doesn't help to stem the anticipation any when he sees his future teammates battling for wins and titles. Last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a prime example, according to the 37-year-old Emporia, Kansas native. "I look over and I see all the Stewart-Haas cars up front, qualified well, Danica (Patrick) was fast, all the cars raced well," he said. "Those are the things that you look at and get excited for next year. But, hey, you've got an opportunity to come back home and race and compete in front of your hometown crowd. Like I said, there is plenty of racing to do and things to accomplish this year. We've got to cap it off well and start to get focused on next year. "It is exciting. … An email came across my phone and I look over and its No. 14 merchandise approvals for next year. You are like 'holy cow,' it's becoming reality. It's fixing to pick up in a big way." There's basically nowhere to go but up in his impending season with SHR, as a tumultuous 2013 campaign with Michael Waltrip Racing set his career on the path of a winless downward spiral in which his performance declined from every measurable aspect -- a year after finishing runner-up to Brad Keselowski for the Sprint Cup Series title. Last year’s announcement that he’d replace the three-time champion Stewart at season’s end was the first good news he’d had to share publicly since the birth of his son, Cash. RELATED: Baby No. 2 on the way for Bowyer Apart from the increase in performance he can expect from an organization that took home the 2014 title with driver Kevin Harvick , that has five wins this season and put three drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , SHR offers Bowyer a welcoming environment in which he's already comfortable with their top-tiered talent, many of which are longtime friends of his. "Just a great outfit over there, everybody from the top to the bottom; the teammates, I've worked with Kevin (Harvick) for many years. I'm looking forward to Kurt (Busch). Kurt is the one that I've never really known a lot about. Always raced against him, but never worked with him in any way, shape or form. Danica, I'm closer to her than probably some of the others, so I'm just looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be a neat atmosphere and something that 10 years into this thing one of the best opportunities ever is at your doorstep and fixing to happen. " … Just looking forward to being in a situation where you can go out and know that if the equipment is there that you will have a good weekend. That is all you can ask for as a race car driver.” While it's likely that Bowyer will have to wait until next year to finally win a Sprint Cup race at his home track, he knows that there were valuable lessons he'll take away from a frustrating season. "I think I've learned a lot from the racing on the race track and I’ve learned a lot about myself (this year)," he said. "This isn't easy and I think hopefully we can get back in (the media center) and there are going to be these seats filled again. "And I've got a beer in my hand because the trophy is sitting right there, right? That is what we do this for." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Busch paces opening practice at Kansas
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Best 10-lap averages " Chase Grid Defending champion Kyle Busch landed atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard Friday afternoon in opening practice at Kansas Speedway . Busch ripped off a lap of 194.595 mph around the 1.5-mile track in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. His speed slightly slower than the track qualifying record of 197.612 mph, set by Kevin Harvick in October 2014. His brother, Kurt Busch , was second-fastest in the 70-minute session with a best lap of 194.119 mph in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet. Carl Edwards was third-fastest at 194.098 mph in the Gibbs No. 19 Toyota in opening prep for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the fifth of 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Alex Bowman , scheduled for his sixth Sprint Cup start of the season in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr ., was fourth-fastest in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet. Teammate Chase Elliott , a top Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, completed the top five in his No. 24 Chevy (194.056 mph). The cars of Kyle Busch , a first-time Kansas winner in May, and Kyle Larson were both held in the garage for 30 minutes as a penalty for post-race actions in last weekend's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . NASCAR competition officials had warned teams three weeks ago in the drivers' and crew chiefs' meeting at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to avoid taking measures on the cool-down lap that might circumvent the post-race Laser Inspection Station (LIS) platform. "We told them then that we would look at our resources after the races and we've been doing that," said Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition. "They swerved. That's about all there is to it." The cars of Tony Stewart , Regan Smith , Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne were also held 15 minutes on pit road for an accumulation of written warnings and minor infractions. The practice session began 20 minutes after its scheduled 1 p.m. ET start time because of persistent damp conditions after a morning rain. To allow teams more practice time, the end of the session was extended five minutes to 2:30 p.m. ET. Martin Truex Jr ., set to make his 400th premier-series start Sunday, was seventh-fastest in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota (193.882 mph). Jimmie Johnson , last weekend's winner in Charlotte, was eighth-best on the early leaderboard in his No. 48 HMS Chevy (193.653 mph). &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Paul Menard, more receive warnings post-Charlotte
NASCAR gave warnings to several Sprint Cup Series teams for failing either laser inspection station or template inspection during last weekend's on-track action at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500 , including the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing team for driver Paul Menard . The No. 27 team failed pre-qualifying LIS three times, resulting in a written warning and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time for this weekend at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 (2:15 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The No. 30 team of Josh Wise received a written warning and 15-minute loss of practice time, as well, after failing pre-qualifying template inspection three times. The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team of Trevor Bayne , the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing team of Regan Smith , the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team of Matt Kenseth , the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing team of Kurt Busch , the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team of Kyle Larson , the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team of Martin Truex Jr ., and the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team of Alex Bowman all received written warnings for failing pre-race template inspection twice. The No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., the No. 20 of Kenseth, the No. 23 BK Racing team of David Ragan , the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team of Chase Elliott , the No. 31 RCR team of Ryan Newman , the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports team of Chris Buescher and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team of Aric Almirola all received written warnings after failing pre-qualifying LIS inspection twice. Stewart Haas Racing's Nos. 4, 10 and 14 teams -- wheeled by Kevin Harvick , Danica Patrick , and Tony Stewart , respectively -- failed pre-qualifying template inspection twice and received written warnings along with the No. 88 HMS team -- driven Charlotte weekend by Alex Bowman . Both Newman and Patrick served their respective penalties in Charlotte. The No. 3 RCR team of Ty Dillon was the sole XFINITY Series team to receive a written warning after failing pre-race LIS twice.