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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Saturday NASCAR schedule at Talladega Superspeedway

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Both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series will race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Cup cars will start the day’s action by qualifying for Sunday’s playoff race, followed by the Truck playoff race and then the Xfinity playoff race.

Talladega Superspeedway (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Saturday: Sunny. High of 78.

Saturday, Oct. 1

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 9:30 a.m. — Truck Series
  • 1 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon — Cup Series qualifying (NBC Sports app, Motor Racing Network, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Truck Series race (94 laps, 250 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 4 p.m. — Xfinity Series race (113 laps, 300 miles; USA Network, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Talladega Xfinity starting lineup: Austin Hill wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after scoring his first career Xfinity Series pole.

Hill won the pole Friday with a lap of 182.036 mph. He will be joined on the front row by fellow playoff contender Ty Gibbs (181.981 mph).

MORE: Talladega Xfinity starting lineup

Playoff drivers will start in seven of the top eight spots. The exception is Sheldon Creed, who will start third after a lap of 181.870 mph. Hill and Creed give Richard Childress Racing the first and third starting spots.

Justin Allgaier (181.529) qualified fourth and Brandon Jones (181.305) completed the top five. Noah Gragson, who has won four races in a row, starts sixth after a lap of 181.134 mph and is followed by playoff drivers Josh Berry (181.052) and AJ Allmendinger (180.932).

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network.

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Nemechek earned the pole with a lap of 178.767 mph.

Nemechek is one of four playoff drivers starting in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph), Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and Ty Majeski (sixth, 176.744). Majeski clinched a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

MORE: Talladega Truck starting lineup

Also qualifying in the top five were Carson Hocevar (177.068) in third and Matt Crafton (176.960) in fifth.

Failing to qualify are Tim Viens, Spencer Boyd, Jason White and Natalie Decker.

Saturday Talladega Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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The second race of the opening round of the Xfinity playoffs takes drivers to Talladega Superspeedway.

Noah Gragson secured his spot in the next round by winning last weekend at Texas. Ryan Sieg holds the final transfer spot. Riley Herbst is the first driver below the cutline, one point behind Sieg. Also below the cutline are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:09 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:21 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. … The Brookwood High School choir will perform the anthem at 4:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Noah Gragson won and was followed by Jeffrey Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.