Tony Stewart kisses the bricks after his first NASCAR Premier Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2005. As Stewart prepares for his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the famed track this weekend, take a look back at his experiences at the storied track through the years.
Sitting in front of the line of bricks that marks the finish line is the first row of the starting field of the 80th Indianapolis 500 in 1996. Shown left to right are Davey Jones, Indy 500 rookie Stewart and Scott Brayton. Stewart started on the pole, but fiinshed 24th.
Stewart relaxes in his pit stall before the 1996 Indianapolis 500.
Stewart climbs into his race in May of 2001 for the 85th running of the Indianapolis 500. Stewart also raced in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race later in the evening in Charlotte, N.C. Tony would end the day finishing sixth in the Indy 500 and third in the Coke 600.
Stewart drives the No. 20 Home Depot car for Joe Gibbs Racing during the 1999 Brickyard 400, where he scored a seventh-place finish.
Stewart made his third appearance in the Memorial Day classic for the 82nd Indianapolis 500 in 1998. He started fourth but finished last after engine trouble.
Stewart is pushed through Gasoline Alley during practice for the Brickyard in August 2003. Stewart finished 12th that year.
Stewart driving during practice for the Brickyard 400 on August of 2004, when he went on to finish fifth.
Stewart heads for the garage in 2005, when he won the Nextel Cup Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis.
Stewart and his team execute the driver’s signature fence climbing after winning at the Brickyard in 2005. Stewart would later discontinue this race-winning tradition after saying he “got too old” for it.
Stewart’s team celebrates the 2005 win after kissing the bricks.
Stewart sprays Joe Gibbs Racing team president J.D. Gibbs with champagne in Victory Lane in July of 2007.
Stewart and his team kiss the bricks after the 2007 win.
Stewart shows off the race-winning trophy after the 2007 victory in his No. 20 Home Depot-sponsored Chevrolet prepared by Joe Gibbs Racing.
Stewart leaves Gasoline Alley in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy to take some practice laps in prepartion for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. Stewart would go on to finish sixth.
With the iconic Pagoda in the background, Stewart drives through the garage area before the 2012 NASCAR Series race at Indy. Tony scored a 10th-place finish in the race.
Stewart (center) shares a laugh with fellow Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick (right) as they stroll down pit road prior to the race at the Brickyard in July of 2015.
Stewart, the Indiana native, surveys what he has called his home track throughout his racing career prior to the Sprint Cup race in July of 2015.
Stewart no doubt would like to be kissing the bricks again following his final race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Sunday.
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