Tony Stewart to give command to start engines for All-Star Race

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Now that Tony Stewart is back in his car full-time for his final Sprint Cup season, it’s time for all the pomp and circumstance that Stewart will tolerate.

That includes giving the command to start engines for Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, a Charlotte Motor Speedway official confirmed to NBC Sports.

Somebody talked the 2009 All-Star Race winner into giving the command while he sits in his No. 14 car on pit road.

Stewart, who is retiring after this season, has been in every All-Star Race since 1999, his rookie season. Stewart’s win in the All-Star Race came in his first year as a driver-owner for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart has an average finish of ninth in his 17 starts.