Tony Stewart didn’t know what was coming when he sat down with NBC Sports recently for an interview. Soon he was handed sheets of paper — they were letters addressed to him.
One was from his father, Nelson.
One was from close friend Greg Zipadelli, who was Stewart’s crew chief for two Sprint Cup championships.
One was from journalist Robin Miller, who has covered Stewart since his days of racing on dirt tracks.
And one was from Eddie Jarvis, business manager and close friend to Stewart for 16 years.
Each letter shared personal, touching memories and thoughts about the man called Smoke.
See how Stewart got through reading those letters.
Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 6 – 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Carolyn Manno will host from our Stamford, Connecticut studio, while Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett will be at NBC Sports Charlotte.
Among today’s show topics will be a special feature on three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who will reflect on his racing career through the eyes of four people shaped by it.
Stewart’s father, Nelson; IndyCar on NBCSN analyst Robin Miller; former crew chief Greg Zipadelli and longtime personal manager Eddie Jarvis each wrote letters expressing their appreciation for Stewart’s impact on racing and their lives.
Stewart, who grew up and still resides in Indiana, is retiring from NASCAR racing after the 2016 season.
Stewart will read each letter and react to each on camera in this feature, which will also be aired prior to Sunday’s Brickyard 400 on NBCSN.
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