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?”