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Posted: July 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Tony Stewart – from Columbus, Indiana – will take his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at The Brickyard (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN). Starting from the inside of the second row, Stewart is very optimistic that he is in the position to capture his third Brickyard 400 win.

In 17 starts at Indy, Stewart boasts two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s and 227 laps led.

He also owns the second-best average finish (9.6) and third-highest average running position (11.6)

Stewart heads to the 2.5-mile track with plenty of momentum. He has three top-five finishes in his last four starts, including a runner-up showing last Sunday at New Hampshire and a win at Sonoma.

For his career, the No. 14 Chevrolet driver claims three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, 49 wins, 105 top fives, 305 top 10s, and 12,818 laps led. 

A 50th win would tie Stewart with NASCAR Hall of Famers Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 11th on the all-time list.

Every eligible driver with as many wins as Stewart is in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“It’s a big deal to us to win here (at Indianapolis),” Stewart said. “This is an event that I definitely circle on the schedule and emotionally have a lot invested in it. To us, it’s definitely not just another stop that’s on the calendar and on the schedule. You don’t just pull in and say, ‘we’re going to go in, try to win the race and then pull out of here.’ When you’re here, you’re amped up because you’re at Indianapolis.”

Tony Stewart receives a piece of old track fence from IMS President Doug Boles during a press conference at IMS -- Photo by Bret Kelley

Tony Stewart receives a piece of old track fence from IMS President Doug Boles during a press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway –IMS Image by Bret Kelley

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