HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Always a Racer/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, attends the driver's meeting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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Tony Stewart gets roasted during “After the Lap” event

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Champion Jimmie Johnson will get all the attention Friday night during the annual Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas, but Thursday night was all about Tony Stewart.

The newly retired Stewart was a popular topic of conversation during the “After the Lap” event. All 16 Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers were on stage to answer questions and tell fun stories. It didn’t take long for the attention to turn to Stewart.

“Was there another reel because there was nothing from Tony on there,” said Jimmie Johnson after a video package showing scanner chatter from the Chase.

“There’s not enough time in this show for Stewart highlights,” chimed in Kyle Busch.

Said Stewart, “I get my own show when I do that and it’s got to be after 11, 12, after the kids are long asleep.”

Busch then put his phone to the microphone and played a clip of Stewart from Talladega Superspeedway in 2012. In it, Stewart used a sarcastic tone in talking about how NASCAR didn’t fill the quota of crashed cars.

By this time, Stewart had already had a few swigs of Johnson’s tequila and was getting warmed up himself. It was perfect timing as Austin Dillon then asked Stewart what he told Kyle Larson at Watkins Glen after Larson pulled out in front of him during his qualifying lap.

“What had happened was, young Kyle had went down to do his qualifying run, I went down to do my qualifying run, I waited for young Kyle to do his qualifying run, young Kyle pulled out and then stopped,” Stewart said. “Then when I took off, I had every intention of not stopping when I took off, young Kyle saw me coming, and then took off. Side-by-side down the backstretch at Watkins Glen.

“I didn’t make the bus stop. So I went and told young Kyle if he wanted to make the bus stop the next time he’d go when he went out for his qualifying run. And just like normal form, we have not had a problem since.”

As for Larson’s side of it, “Tony’s been mad at me more during a practice then he ever has been in a race.”

Kevin Harvick, who drives for Stewart, also chimed in with a story.

“One time I was standing there watching the race in Richmond as the team owner, dude’s driving my car, next thing I know my car’s gone. I’m like, ‘Where the hell my car go?’ This dude parks it in the middle of the garage in Richmond, decided that he wasn’t running good enough, so he just got out, parked the car, and left.”

Stewart was then surprised with the appearance of A.J. Foyt, his hero. Foyt made the trip to Las Vegas to celebrate Stewart’s NASCAR career.

“Jimmie, you’re a badass, but this is the baddest man on the planet right here,” Stewart said of Foyt.

After getting the sentimental part out of the way, the two traded barbs about their appearances and ages.

“The only thing I told Tony when he first started, don’t act like I do because I acted like a fool many times,” Foyt revealed.

Stewart, however, always did things his way during his 18-year career. So it was only fitting he responded to Foyt with: “How do you think that worked out?”

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In need of a wedding singer? Call Steven Tyler

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 05:  Singer Steven Tyler performs during his "Out on a Limb" tour at the Dolby Theatre on July 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA)
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Steven Tyler has performed with Aerosmith in a video for ESPN back when it broadcast NASCAR races. Tyler also has performed before the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Now, he’s played Kurt Busch‘s wedding.

What more is left for the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer?

Tyler performed at a celebration for the marriage of Kurt and Ashley Busch earlier this month. Kurt Busch posted a photo of the evening.

That NASCAR-themed video Tyler did with Aerosmith for the 2007 season? Here it is:

Before he performed at Bristol in Aug. 2015, Tyler met Richard Petty:

Chip Ganassi Racing adds competition director

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27:  Team owner Chip Ganassi looks on as drivers perpare on Carb Day ahead of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Chip Ganassi Racing has hired Mark McArdle to be its competition director, a new position for the organization.

McArlde will oversee the team’s two Cup teams — Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray — and its Xfinity operation, which features Brennan Poole, Tyler Reddick, Justin Marks and Larson.

McArdle had been with Roush Fenway Racing. He joined the team in Nov. 2014 to oversee engineering for its Cup and Xfinity programs. He previously had been director of racing operations at Richard Childress Racing, joining that organization in April 2013. He spent four years before that at Furniture Row Racing, overseeing the team’s competition department.

At Ganassi, McArdle will report to Max Jones, team manager.

Last year marked the first time in the team’s history that it had two cars make the Cup playoffs. Both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray, though, failed to advance from the first round. Larson, who had one win, finished ninth in the points. McMurray, who was winless, placed 13th.

“I think everybody in the building feels like we took a good step forward last year,’’ said Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing. “We’re not happy with the step we took. We have more to do. So, being able to bring more of the leadership into the building that can focus on how we get there, the process that we need, we continue to bring on more people.

“I think Max feels like another person can help us make sure that everybody is focused on the right thing and we’re not wasting time and resources. Mark brings a tremendous amount of expertise to continue that growth that we’ve seen.’’

JR Motorsports to keep championship-contending tandem together

SPARTA, KY - JULY 07:  Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2016 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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JR Motorsports confirmed Tuesday that crew chief Kevin Meendering will remain with Elliott Sadler this season.

Meendering and Sadler recorded three Xfinity wins last year in their first season together. Meendering also helped Sadler score a career-best 29 top-10 results and finish runner-up for the series title to Daniel Suarez.

The announcement was included in a team release about Hunt Brothers Pizza serving as the primary sponsor for Sadler’s car in two races in each of the next two seasons.

Wood Brothers give a tour of new race shop

LOUDON, NH - JULY 15:  Ryan Blaney, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, 2016 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Wood Brothers begin this season not only with a charter but with a new home.

The team had shared a building with JTG Daugherty in Harrisburg, North Carolina, but moved after last season to a shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. The move puts the Wood Brothers closer to Team Penske. The two organizations are aligned.

The Wood Brothers will again have Ryan Blaney as driver. The team also has a charter, leasing it from Go Fas Racing. That means the Wood Brothers team is guaranteed a starting spot in every Cup race this year, unlike last year when they did not have a charter.