Tony Stewart‘s win Sunday at Sonoma Raceway was a big deal. Not just for the 45-year-old driver five months from retirement, but the sport and the fans who have supported him through the “disastrous roller coaster” that’s been Stewart’s life and career the last three years.
But the pressure finally released into a euphoric state when he won for the first time in 84 races.
A day after the win, “Smoke” took to Twitter to thanks his fans.
Gordon, who competed against Stewart from 1999 – 2015 and is now a Fox Sports analyst, made sure to get a moment with Stewart in victory lane.
Stewart then went out of his way to share the moment with a fan who was lucky enough to be in attendance for Stewart’s win in his last visit to Sonoma as a driver, a track he’s now won at three times.
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This just happened… Literally I've waited forever for this day to come and Smoke's final Sonoma race he wins and invites me into the media center!! He loved the sign and wrote THANK YOU! Probably the best day of my life..!! Still can't believe this happened!!! Thank you Tony! For everything!! 😭😭🏁🏁 I'll never forget this day. @stewarthaasracing @racesonoma #tonystewart #stewarthaasracing #tsm350 #14 #smokehasrisen #nascar #thankyoutony #tributetotony
Before getting to more reaction from the NASCAR world about Stewart’s win, head here to watch the final lap of Sunday’s race as called by the announcers at FOX Deportes.